Archives for May 2004
Parking-building-built-on-the-stream back in the headlines
. . . in at least one of the dead-tree papers (but not on its on-line version; the other dead-tree paper didn’t even mention it): Garage suit returns to court: Appeals panel hears argument on redevelopment law
The suit alleges the borough improperly applied the state’s redevelopment law to the project and did not put the $13.7 million bond ordinance to . . . to a referendum.
The attorney for Concerned Citizens said his clients were conceding Phase I of the development (i.e., the parking-building-built-on-the-stream, a five story mixed-use building, and a plaza), but not Phase II (another 5-story building, food market and small plaza)
The presiding judge said “the case is a difficult one that raises substantive legal questions”.
NYTimes admits to faulty information
. . . while Belmont Club examines the problem, and concludes
It stems directly and plainly from a very poor management of the factual source material. . .
It is only fair to say that these defects can be found in conservative news outlets as well because the media in general is not organizationally structured to verify and preserve the integrity of information nor to apply rigorous analysis to it.
EU Referendum has questions on how Schröder attempts to bully Poland, and also asks Is press freedom in the EU our business?
Volokh, however, posts on why GWB said, I’m honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein. And I’m honored GWB does.
BW&BK: “Do you think 9/11 will be viewed as the first event in the US empire’s decline and fall?”
JS: “No. This is not an empire, first of all. If the United States was an empire, your country would be our 51st state.”
A man after my own heart (even with the bad language). I’ll be listening to Iced Earth now.
Go, Stuyve, Go!
Mr. Pell’s on his way back from Washington! I’m sure I speak for all his friends in wishing him a successful and fun trip.
He’s raising funds for the Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton, as well as the Trenton After School Program, so please contribute a donation for Mr. Pell’s bike ride, by making a check out to: Trinity Church, 33 Mercer St., 08540. The words “bike ride” need to be written as a memo on the check.
More on junk environmental “science”, plus update
Yesterday Jane made a comment, “This reminds me of the environmentalists successful campaign to stop the use of DDT in Africa where malaria rates are now sky high”.
Junk Science has an article by Roger Thurow that explains why In Malaria War, South Africa Turns
To Pesticide Long Banned in the West
Mr. Sharp believes that the best way to keep mosquitoes from becoming pesticide-resistant is for the entire region to hit them with a coordinated rotation of sprays that include DDT. Otherwise, he says, resistant mosquitoes will cross borders to areas where they can thrive.
Mr. Sharp unfurls a map of the Mozambique-South Africa-Swaziland border area, where he has charted the prevalence of the malaria parasite in children under 15. In South Africa and Swaziland, where DDT is sprayed inside houses, most rates are in the single digits, with the highest, 41.8%, recorded in a South African village near Mozambique. In southern Mozambique, where a more expensive carbamate insecticide is used, the rates rarely fall below 70% and often approach 90%.
“No doubt about it, malaria’s the most common illness here,” says Antonio Gumende, sliding behind his desk in the one-room clinic in the small southern Mozambican village of Mahubo. “In the summer, it’s about 100 cases a week.”
On Mr. Sharp’s map, Mahubo is in an area where three-quarters of the children are thought to have the malaria parasite. “Last month, the government introduced nets for beds, but I don’t think it’s enough,” Dr. Gumende says, adding that he doesn’t remember any spraying locally. Should DDT be used? “Whatever works,” he says
The same site also has a list of 100 things you should know about DDT , including It is believed that [malaria] afflicts between 300 and 500 million every year, causing up to 2.7 million deaths, mainly among children under five years. When used carefully, DDT would help save lives.
Update: Climate change and other alarms, at Samizdata.
From Forbes, Preying On Human Cargo
Newly arrived illegals are herded into what veterans call “hell houses.” They’re not allowed to leave until they pay off the snakehead. For those who haven’t brought the cash with them, it means a phone call or two to relatives back in China who must raise the money and send it immediately. Toughs do everything they can to get paid–threatening the relatives of illegals back home and subjecting the migrants to torture and interest rates of up to 5% a month. Immigrant rights activist Wong, a former investigator with the U.S. Coast Guard who participated in raids, recalls seeing people with burns from cigarettes. Some had bloody bruises on their heads, apparently from hammer blows. But Wong says these are extreme cases; 85% of illegals in these circumstances pay up within three weeks, then spend years at below-minimum-wage jobs as dishwashers and sweatshop workers to reimburse their relatives.