Zika

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  1. joeyd999

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    Well, Zika is now here in Florida, close to my neck of the woods:

    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article93057392.html

    It is only a matter of time before epidemic levels have been reached here in S. Florida, IMHO, followed by a spread to other states. It is transmitted via mosquitoes and sex (therefore, an STD), and is suspected in causing Microcephaly in infants born to infected mothers.

    I have one word for the powers-that-be:

    DichloroDiphenylTrichloroethane.

    I care much more for the health of potentially 10's of thousands of humans than for a few thin egg shells. Time to use what works, dammit.

    Edit: the pesticides they are currently using are not effective.
     
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  3. JoeJester

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    I heard on the news it went from 10 to 14. The reporter asked if it was growing exponentially. I gave that reporter too much credit in the past.
     
  4. crutschow

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    DDT is effective until the mosquitoes develop a resistance to it, which they have in some parts of the world.
    And, of course it's not the thin egg shells per se, that's the problem, it's that it kills off the birds that lay the eggs.
    But what's a few less bird species more or less. :rolleyes:
     
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  5. joeyd999

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    Due to over-application wrt agriculture.

    But what's a few more microcephalated children, more or less.
     
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  6. joeyd999

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    If next week the number is 20, then, yes.
     
  7. wayneh

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    Two points can establish an exponential curve. But you need to know the x values that go with the y. ;)
     
  8. joeyd999

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    Even if...

    Two points can (partially) specify just about any curve you desire.
     
  9. wayneh

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    It's arguable that one of the greatest mass murderers in human history is Rachel Carlson, the author of Silent Spring in 1962. The hysterical backlash against DDT caused by that book caused a complete ban of DDT rather than a more sensible usage strategy. With proper management, we could have eagles and children, not just eagles.
     
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    Now, we have eagles and large wind turbines. Which will win?

    BTW, reluctance to use DDT or bioremediation (from Japan) has resulted in the near total destruction of American ash trees.

    John
     
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    People and the environment somehow managed to survive large amounts of DDT for Disease vector control in the past.
     
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  12. joeyd999

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    OMG! Do you realize that every single animal, many of the trees and plants, and probably most of the humans in that video are dead today?
     
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  13. wayneh

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    We used to love to ride our bikes behind the DDT spraying truck as it drove slowly around the neighborhood. But my mom was a chemist and my dad a chemical engineer, so they always told us not to if they caught us doing it. I always resented not having Twinkies in my lunch like the other kids, too.
     
  14. tracecom

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    Me too. I still remember the smell; I liked it.
     
  15. cmartinez

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    Well... at least they're calling it Zika, and not some region-labeled name.

    I remember when the H1N1 flu was infamously called "Mexican Swine Flu" by the media ... the stupid thing didn't even start in Mexico in the first place!. Next thing I know, Mexicans were feeling an ugly backslash all over the world!

    In fact, ground zero was California, if I remember correctly
     
  16. joeyd999

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    All stupid things start in Mexico...
     
  17. cmartinez

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    o_O
     
  18. joeyd999

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    That was a joke -- just in case there was any question.
     
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  20. Papabravo

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    I'm glad that @joeyd999 is neither wise enough to be in charge nor funny enough to be a comedian.
     
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