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‘Comedy Gives Back’ Proves People Can Make a Difference — But Not the Way They Expected

Just keep telling the truth. It may take years, but sometimes we "crazy right wingers" change minds and get results.

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Kathy Shaidle

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October 18, 2013 - 12:00 pm
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Yes, the group hands out mosquito nets, but they do a lot more, such as making state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment options easily available.

Then, invited to “Read our DDT policy,” I did:

Dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, better known as DDT, is one of the chemicals used for Internal Residual Spraying. In the 1960s, DDT use was outlawed by most of the world for agricultural use. While the chemical remained legal for malaria control, it became nearly impossible to procure. However, in 2000, the World Heath Organization approved DDT as one of 12 insecticides safe for use in indoor residual spraying and in 2006, the organization began actively supporting DDT for use in malaria control.

While MNM’s focus is on advocacy, awareness raising and strategic investments, we do support a comprehensive set of solutions to combat malaria—including proven interventions like indoor residual spraying. The use of DDT—or any indoor residual spray— is determined by each country’s National Malaria Control Program. Malaria No More supports the leadership of African countries and the World Health Organization, and we welcome smart, proven and safe solutions that help end deaths by this disease.

So there you go.

And don’t doubt it for a moment:

If it hadn’t been for “crazy right wingers” challenging the received liberal wisdom about the “evils” of DDT all these years, there’s no way the WHO and groups like Malaria No More would be as open as they are to using it, and who knows how many lives have been saved.

So hang in there, my fellow “global warming” “denialists” — one day we might very well get the last laugh.

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(KATHY SHAIDLE is a blogging pioneer who runs FiveFeetOfFury, now in its 14th year. She's been called "one of the great virtuoso polemicists of our time," by MARK STEYN. Her NEW book is Confessions of A Failed Slut (Thought Catalog, 2014).

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mosquitoes not only carry malaria, they also carry W. Nile Virus, equine encephalitis (rare but can be contracted by humans) Yellow fever, encephalitis, heartworm (dogs) and dengue fever.

and with the *cough*immigration today, we are all at risk of getting these, even if some are 3rd world diseases .
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my friend's step-mother makes $76 every hour on the internet. She has been unemployed for 10 months but last month her income was $17168 just working on the internet for a few hours. original site----www.Rush64.ℂom
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Kathy: "If it hadn’t been for “crazy right wingers” challenging the received liberal wisdom about the “evils” of DDT all these years..." Well, yes, but as always, who will get credit for the changes: liberals. The media will never say, "We had it wrong, we've been corrected." Follow the history of the California MBTE crisis of a few year ago as an example in miniature. Global Warming will be the same. Never expect a backlash by the media against the liberals who sold them a bill of goods, or for them to switch to the other side, admitting, "Wow, conservatives had it right." Don't ever expect that, ever. As a conservative, I have never expected gratitude from anybody, especially liberals; their thanks would be excrement anyway.
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mosquitoes not only carry malaria, they also carry W. Nile Virus, equine encephalitis (rare but can be contracted by humans) Yellow fever, encephalitis, heartworm (dogs) and dengue fever.

and with the *cough*immigration today, we are all at risk of getting these, even if some are 3rd world diseases .
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Yup, Mule Team, cough, cough. I know this well. Yellow fever has just been detected, cough, cough, in mosquitoes trapped in California. There is positive side to this: they were detected, cough, cough, in Menlo Park, just a stone's throw from Stanford University.
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When my Dad was in the army (Korean War era) they had a lice issue. So they brought in a bunch of guys in protective suits, and they sprayed the whole unit - all of the soldiers, no protective anything, that is - with DDT They got the runs, nothing more.
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Funny thing thing about liberals is that they love to rail against things for which they have no skin in the game. DDT, BPA, GMF, etc. are all things that they perceive can be eliminated without affecting them too much. Malaria, food shortages, material costs, jobs, not really a factor in suburbia. But something like talking on the cell phone while driving, they'd never consider a wholesale ban because that would directly affect them. As for safety, if it's somebody else creating a theoretical danger, we better ban it. If they themselves are doing something actually proven unsafe, then it's not so ban worthy.
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Like saving a few bucks by pumping your own gas and breathing in a carcinagen.
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