DDT, the tsunami, and Junk Science
Back in May last year I posted a link to JunkScience’s 100 things you should know about DDT, and again I call your attention to it. Read sections “VI. Egg shell thinning, VII. Bald eagles, VIII. Peregrine falcons, IX. Brown pelicans”, and “X. Bird populations increase during DDT years”. Jack was posting about Kristof article on DDT. Kristof did good in bringing up the subject, but the fact is that his statement, “It was a tragedy that we nearly allowed DDT to wipe out such magnificent birds [the bald eagle]”, is not supported by the scientific evidence. JunkScience has this to say,
I suppose it’s possible that WWF’s Richard Liroff and Greenpeace’s Rick Hind were misquoted by Kristof or that they don’t really mean what they say. But if they really stand-by use of DDT in anti-malarial programs, JunkScience.com calls on the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace to apply their multi-million dollar budgets toward ensuring that not another death occurs that could have been prevented by DDT.
JunkScience also has a list of articles on tsunami fact and fiction. The fiction part boggles the mind, which leads me to this post by Eric of Classical Values
an utterly fascinating new theory: that the tsunami was deliberately triggered by a nuclear device. Who would do such a thing? Why, a conspiracy involving Australian Prime Minister John Howard, his Wall Street banker overlords, the Neo-Cons, and of course, the Jews.
Eric sees Wilkipedia’s policy of objective neutrality in its support for harebrained theories for what it is,
I’m sorry, but where it comes to such palpable insanity, I’ll take healthy, common-sense bias over mindlessly egalitarian “objectivity.”
especially when it comes to conspiracy theories.
Speaking about the tsunami, don’t miss The Diplomad‘s latest,
Our folks in Aceh report that UN “coordination” means that the UN holds a meeting every day at 5 pm near the runway in Aceh. Every donor nation and NGO stands up and states what it’s doing; the UN rep writes it down. Some times, however, it’s hard to hear. The distinctive “whoop! whoop! whoop!” of those nasty American choppers and the roar of Australian and American C-130 engines on the tarmac can prove very bothersome to the UN rep as he tries to hear what everyone else is doing. Poor man! If only those stingy Aussies and Yanks would have the decency to shut down relief operations while the UN rep is trying to hold a meeting, after all, he’s here to help, help himself, that is, to taking credit for what the others are doing.
Helen at EU Referendum says, Enough aid already
Now it is different. Now the countries must be left to recover, using their own resources. What the West needs to do, is to help that process by removing those appalling trade barriers that prevent development and deny the people of South-East Asia proper money for their work.
Helen points out, “At least part of the reason farmers in Afghanistan turned to poppy growing was because they could not sell the food with the UN and NGOs bringing free supplies in”, and concludes,
If the UN wants to help it could co-ordinate (please note gratuitous use of the UN’s favourite word) the restoration of transport and communication, buy food from the local producers, if the villagers on the seashore really have no money, but buy it at local market prices not to destabilize the micro-economy and encourage local reconstruction as far as possible. But that is unlikely to produce big news items on the likes of the BBC. So those well-paid UN employees will continue to posture, dump huge amounts of food, dislocate local production and distribution and, eventually, withdraw, leaving a horrendous mess behind them.
A prior post, We don’t want your money reflects on the culture of dependency,
Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has told the international community that, rather than giving financial aid, it could help Thai tsunami victims directly by giving back tax and trade concessions for Thai exports, including shrimps.
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A current rates, this would be worth up to £400 million a year to the Thai economy – and has cost the economy over £3 billion since the higher rates came into force. This is considerably more than the £1.5 billion aid expected from the tsunami relief fund to cover the whole region – and the income from selling shrimps would provide real jobs for the fishermen about which so many hacks are shedding crocodile tears.
Now, that would be effective help.