Jim Dandy put me onto this wee gem of a publication that is expelled out of a printing press in London Ont. It’s the usual collection of luvvies and oddballs doing their thing in a community rag but one piece stood out in particular – well JimD’s tweet helped it stand out.
Some ill-informed person by the name of Mary Lou Ambrogio decided to try and take the Greens out behind the woodshed for their involvement in a bed-bug epidemic and also the millions who suffer through malaria every year. But in doing so she only highlights her own ignorance in these matters – I should have guessed that she would after her opening statement
It seems fitting that in an increasingly socialist world….
Yup I should have known that what was about to come was not really going to be based in reality but rather in the febrile imagination of a born again wingnut, and so it proved to be.
While a resurgence of bedbugs may be annoying, the resurgence of malaria in some parts of the world thanks to environmentalists who caused the banning of DDT, has been deadly to millions of pregnant women and children in the developing world.
Apart from the exclusionist language that seems to either not care about the men who die or think that they somehow don’t die of malaria, this statement is wrong. Not just a little bit wrong, but wrong in its entirety.
The Stockholm Convention grants DDT an exemption for use in public health and that exemption will remain as long as there are no alternative insecticides that are as effective and as cheap as DDT. Given the lack of investment from both public and private sources for new public health insecticides, this situation is likely to persist for many years.
And believe it or not it is still used widely to fight malaria. However the stupid and widespread use of DDT in agriculture did lead to other problems such as resistance developing in vector insects, thereby negating the effectiveness of DDT. In fact resistance is still an issue that has to be accounted for (WHO page 9). If its use hadn’t been restricted then DDT would be probably useless by now. But hey don’t let that impinge on your rant Mary Lou after all it’s all the Greens fault… right?
Oh and don’t let the facts that areas with malaria had a lot of their anti-malarial programmes disrupted via civil unrest, poor leadership, under funding etc. The involvement of global capitalism, the arms trade and political interference by world powers had nothing to do with that either did it? Nope just the Greens.
All in all your first sentence told me everything I needed to know about your intelligence and veracity and both are lacking. A terrible piece that is based on prejudice, imagination, ignorance and no facts what so ever.