A MIND FOREVER VOYAGING THROUGH STRANGE SEAS OF THOUGHT, ALONE


This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.



The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

BRING BACK BRING BACK BRING BACK DDT

I forget where I first heard this, but when people were talking about the person who killed more people in the 20th century and names like Stalin, Lenin etc were being tossed about someone suggested Rachel Carlson, author of Silent Spring.  The book that led to the banning of DDT.  Seems DDT caused condor and eagle eggs to have thin shells.

Looking back now some 40 years, there are countries where malaria killed hundreds of thousands of people every year, DDT was introduced and the cases dropped to less than 100 each year, then DDT was removed and it climbed back up to hundreds of thousands, see Sri Lanka for example.

Now some third world said "condors, we don't care about no stinkin' condors" and have kept using DDT and insect born deaths are fairly rare.

Over the past 30 years, we've seen Lyme Disease and West Nile infect this country.  We now have bed bug problems many places that never was an issue until we opened the door for anyone who could reach our border to come on in with no delousing or health checks.

And now we got this new Z thing carried by mosquitos and they are finding it in mosquitos and people in Florida with the rest of the southeast and southwest soon to follow.

It's not too bad if you are not elderly, a child, or going to have kids.  The kids if a parent has it tend to have heads several sizes larger than normal - which will probably lead to a jump in abortions.

Did some research today on DDT and you know, it was actually hard to find articles that were not in the vein of "no real evidence it causes any problems to people" in spite of the baby boom generation being doused in the fog of DDT machines in the 1950's and 1960's.

Even such publications as the NY Times had articles saying DDT is not the health threat it was made out to be and should be considered.

Of course the fruit and berries publications still rant and rage about it's dangers to bird eggs but while I like birds and eagles and all that, maybe they could have a couple of bad years of eggs so humanity could be saved?  Ya think?

Although this is obviously not (and was never intended to be) a comprehensive report, based on toxicology and carcinogen data from multiple sources, it is safe to say that DDT’s reputation as a deadly poison is not based on real evidence. In fact, it’s the opposite.
The chemical is no more acutely toxic than drugs that we ingest every day. People who were fed a capsule containing a significant dose of the chemical for one-and-a-half years suffered no ill effects, and evidence for DDT causing cancer is so weak as to be in the realm of chance; scientifically nonexistent. It is, in fact, a rather ordinary chemical with a very bad reputation.



In one of the more famous moments in scientific risk, there is the story of the scientist at a press conference who actually ate DDT right in front of everyone and 40 years later still told the story, no cancer no nothing.

And while our EPA would scream bloody murder, as the article points out our same EPA worked with the WHO to provide and instruction people in OTHER COUNTRIES how to safely use DDT spraying in the home.

So, there is the solution to the problem of many diseases affecting millions of Americans and future Americans and carpetbagging Obamaians, a way to stop west nile, lyme, Z and other things and we will never do it.

Hope the condor's are happy.  I wonder if they ever sit perched on some cliff and think how many humans died so they could live.

I was told a million times
Of all the troubles in my way
Might he grow a little wiser
Little better ev'ry day
But if I crossed a million rivers
And I rode a million miles
Then I'd still be where I started
Bread and butter for a smile
Well I sold a million mirrors
In a shop in Alley Way
But I never saw my face
In any window any day
Now they say your folks are telling you
Be a super star
But I tell you just be satisfied
To stay right where you are
Keep yourself alive keep yourself alive
It'll take you all your time and money
To keep you satisfied

Queen