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National Geographic Acknowledges Huge Loss of Life to Malaria and Need for DDT
LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/7/07 | Steve Jalsevac

Posted on 08/08/2007 2:04:58 PM PDT by wagglebee



August 7, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - National Geographic (NG), a leading environmentalist, de-population supporting magazine, has published a major cover story by Michael Finkel on the extraordinarily deadly and complex malaria parasite. The July 2007 NG edition article discusses possible solutions to the disease but also uncharacteristically acknowledges a leading expert's contention that the international ban on DDT was a terrible mistake which may have cost many millions of lives, especially in poor African nations. Environmental ideologues have been quick to slam Finkel's article as being flawed and damaging to the their past success in convincing the world to ban the DDT pesticide.

The article, Malaria, Stopping a Global Killer, states, "This year malaria will strike up to a half billion people. At least a million will die, most of them under age five, the vast majority living in Africa. That's more than twice the annual toll a generation ago."

Finkel writes that Robert Gwadz, a malaria specialist at the US National Institutes of Health, says the worldwide ban on DDT that eventually followed the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, which condemned use of the chemical, "may have killed 20 million children." The quote by Gwadz does not include the huge number of adults that have also died since "DDT become nearly impossible to procure" because "the chemical was outlawed by most of the world for agricultural use".

The deaths caused by malaria, however, are only the beginning of the problems caused by the disease. A far greater number of the continent's people are regularly afflicted by malaria, which often causes life-long disabilities and devastating effects on African economies. Gwadz tells NG that "It's possible that due to malaria, almost every child in Africa is in some way neurologically scarred".

NG relates that in the past there were massive numbers of malaria cases in the United States. "A million Union Army casualties in the U.S. Civil War are attributed to malaria." There were also millions of U.S. malaria cases in the 1930s, which led to the launching of an intensive antimalaria program. The Centers for Disease Control was founded in 1946, "specifically to combat malaria". By 1950, reports National Geographic's Finkel, "transmission of malaria was halted in the U.S."

Finkel reports that prosperous nations such as the U.S have been able to eradicate malaria, but "In the meantime, several distinctly unprosperous regions have reached the brink of total malarial collapse." The author presents his own analysis of why this has happened. He does not, however, address the argument presented in past LifeSiteNews articles, that racist western depopulation policies were likely a large factor in the withholding of desperately needed, inexpensive life-saving measures such as DDT from high birthrate African nations.

Internationally prominent author Michael Crichton, who, while having a severe anti-religious bias, nevertheless excels in the area of thoroughly researched fictional novels on scientific issues, presented a more directly condemning view of the Rachel Carson inspired DDT ban in a speech he gave in Sept. 2003. 

In this speech, Environmentalism as a religion, Crichton stated:

"I can tell you that DDT is not a carcinogen and did not cause birds to die and should never have been banned. I can tell you that the people who banned it knew that it wasn't carcinogenic and banned it anyway. I can tell you that the DDT ban has caused the deaths of tens of millions of poor people, mostly children, whose deaths are directly attributable to a callous, technologically advanced western society that promoted the new cause of environmentalism by pushing a fantasy about a pesticide, and thus irrevocably harmed the third world. Banning DDT is one of the most disgraceful episodes in the twentieth century history of America. We knew better, and we did it anyway, and we let people around the world die and didn't give a damn."

The National Geographic magazine website appears to have buried its July malaria cover story. Anyone visiting the site would not be aware that such an important article was published by NG. The article is not listed in the section of latest features at http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/hubs/latest-features.... It can can only be found by doing a search which brings up the appropriate link. 

See the complete National Geographic article at http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0707/feature1/index.h... See previous LifeSiteNews and other reports:  

See previous LifeSiteNews and other reports on the malaria issue: 

Green Hands Dipped In Blood: The DDT Genocide
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/aug/050816a.html

Finally an End to Massive Genocide Caused by Environmental Extremists' DDT Ban http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/sep/06092709.html

Call for DDT Opponents to be Held Accountable for Millions of Preventable Malaria Deaths
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/sep/060927a.html

50-80 Million Deaths Blamed On Environmental Extremists' DDT Ban
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/aug/05081601.html

U.N. TREATY RESTRICTIONS CRIPPLE FIGHT AGAINST MALARIA
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2001/jun/01061301.html

Tierney Takes on Rachel Carson and 'Silent Spring' DDT Ban
http://newsbusters.org/node/13269

Give Us DDT
http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB118160970924631993-lMy...;



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: crowdcontrol; ddt; deathindustry; enviornmentalwackos; malaria; moralabsolutes; overpopulation; populationexplosion; prolife; rachelcarson
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Finkel writes that Robert Gwadz, a malaria specialist at the US National Institutes of Health, says the worldwide ban on DDT that eventually followed the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, which condemned use of the chemical, "may have killed 20 million children." The quote by Gwadz does not include the huge number of adults that have also died since "DDT become nearly impossible to procure" because "the chemical was outlawed by most of the world for agricultural use".

It's about time the left had to answer for their incredible death toll.

1 posted on 08/08/2007 2:05:02 PM PDT by wagglebee
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Finkel writes that Robert Gwadz, a malaria specialist at the US National Institutes of Health, says the worldwide ban on DDT that eventually followed the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, which condemned use of the chemical, "may have killed 20 million children."

But remember - the Zero Population Growth wing of the Left thinks that is a good result.

2 posted on 08/08/2007 2:06:34 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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3 posted on 08/08/2007 2:06:37 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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4 posted on 08/08/2007 2:06:56 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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5 posted on 08/08/2007 2:07:22 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
the worldwide ban on DDT may have killed 20 million children."

Yeah, but think of all the mosquitos the liberals saved!

6 posted on 08/08/2007 2:08:29 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: wagglebee

where is rachel carson and al gore when the world needs them???

after all....its for the children....about 20,000,000 that have died without the ddt!!!


7 posted on 08/08/2007 2:10:28 PM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: wagglebee

As if there are no other pesticides and counter-measures against malaria vectors.

Life Site News is now a part of the DDT industry’s bizarre PR plan to get them money for their poison? And they complain about Amnesty International?


8 posted on 08/08/2007 2:10:44 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: wagglebee

This is an old story. Been around for years. The leftist MSM has been studiously ignoring it and covering it up. I’m amazed that NG would even touch it, let alone cover-story it, but it won’t matter. ABCNBCCBSCNN will continue to ignore it and cover it up.

Having said that, I have a question regarding a different anti-mosquito agent. I remember reading about 10 years ago about a revolutionary new weapon against mosquitoes. At the time it was referred to as the Mosquito Diet Pill. It was a biological agent that could be spread on the surface of ponds and other bodies of water that prevented mosquito larvae from ingesting whatever it is the little critters ingest. At the time it was billed as “The End of the Mosquito”.

Does anybody remember reading about that? What ever happened to that? Did the environmental nazis kill that one, too?


9 posted on 08/08/2007 2:12:18 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: nyyankeefan

Rachel Carson never claimed to care about children, her only interest was how thick birds eggs were.


10 posted on 08/08/2007 2:13:23 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
"It's about time the left had to answer for their incredible death toll."

"The left" has never given a damn about the deaths their efforts have caused--witness the 150,000,000 people killed by various socialist systems ("national socialist" or "international socialist). A few tens of millions is chicken feed compared to what they've already done.

11 posted on 08/08/2007 2:13:33 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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To: dead
think of all the mosquitos the liberals saved!
They didn't do it to save mosquitoes. They did it, ostensibly, to save birds. In reality, they did it to fight chemical companies. It's one of their "things".
12 posted on 08/08/2007 2:14:00 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: Shermy
As if there are no other pesticides and counter-measures against malaria vectors.

Then WHY aren't they being used?

13 posted on 08/08/2007 2:14:12 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

The Left lied and people died.


14 posted on 08/08/2007 2:14:19 PM PDT by BeckB
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To: nyyankeefan
where is rachel carson
She has far more deaths on her hands than does Hitler. (I know. Groan. Bringing up the H-word. But it's true.)
15 posted on 08/08/2007 2:14:57 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman

I know it’s an old story, anyone with half a brain had it figured out over thirty years ago.


16 posted on 08/08/2007 2:15:12 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Here we go again.

Nobody tells Al Gore.


17 posted on 08/08/2007 2:17:13 PM PDT by tennteacher (Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
But remember - the Zero Population Growth wing of the Left thinks that is a good result.

As long as it's the children of others who suffer needlessly.

However, when it comes to their own children, they are very defensive.

18 posted on 08/08/2007 2:17:21 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis * U.Va. Engineering '09 * Friends Don't Let Friends Vote Democrat * Fred in 2008)
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To: Shermy

Put down the Kool Aid


19 posted on 08/08/2007 2:17:21 PM PDT by ValerieTexas
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To: wagglebee
Then WHY aren't they [alternatives to DDT] being used?
They are hugely more expensive (and in Africa that's a show-stopper) and hugely less effective.

DDT worked. It stopped mosquitoes dead.

But it also killed birds the left would rather have dead people than dead birds. Any day of the week.

20 posted on 08/08/2007 2:17:38 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman
She has far more deaths on her hands than does Hitler.

Rachel Carson and Margaret Sanger are responsible for more deaths than every genocidal maniac in the history of the world COMBINED.

21 posted on 08/08/2007 2:17:39 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
But remember - the Zero Population Growth wing of the Left thinks that is a good result.

As long as it's the children of others who suffer needlessly.

However, when it comes to their own children, they are very defensive.

22 posted on 08/08/2007 2:17:39 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis * U.Va. Engineering '09 * Friends Don't Let Friends Vote Democrat * Fred in 2008)
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To: wagglebee

Margaret Sanger was part of this?


23 posted on 08/08/2007 2:18:12 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: nyyankeefan

Hopefully rachel carson is in hell, experiencing what the people who suffer from malaria go through every day.


24 posted on 08/08/2007 2:18:23 PM PDT by flashbunny (<--- Free Anti-Rino graphics! See Rudy the Rino get exposed as a liberal with his own words!)
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To: wagglebee
Many-fold more people die of malaria than from AIDS, a disease which is quite preventable.

The Bill and melinda Gates Foundation, I believe, has spent more dollars in support of malaria research than has USGOV and WHO combined over the past five years.

Sadly, the virus that is the etiologic agent of AIDS enjoys more "civil rights" than does the Plasmodium parasite........

25 posted on 08/08/2007 2:18:25 PM PDT by tracer
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To: wagglebee
Mass genocide in the name of horribly false philosophy:
  1. Joseph Stalin
  2. Adolph Hitler
  3. Mao Zedong
  4. Pol Pot
  5. Rachel Carson

26 posted on 08/08/2007 2:18:30 PM PDT by TChris (The Republican Party is merely the Democrat Party's "away" jersey - Vox Day)
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To: BeckB

This is funny.


27 posted on 08/08/2007 2:18:32 PM PDT by tennteacher (Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Oops, my bad. Double post.


28 posted on 08/08/2007 2:18:42 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis * U.Va. Engineering '09 * Friends Don't Let Friends Vote Democrat * Fred in 2008)
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To: samtheman

I was simply trying to counter the “evil DDT agenda” lie.


29 posted on 08/08/2007 2:18:52 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: samtheman

Carson’s and Sanger’s work both resulted in the practice of eugenics


30 posted on 08/08/2007 2:20:00 PM PDT by ValerieTexas
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To: samtheman
They didn't do it to save mosquitoes.

I know, I was being facetious.

But the proof that it actually saved any birds is tenuous. It did actually save billions of mosquitoes.

31 posted on 08/08/2007 2:20:09 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: samtheman
But it also killed birds the left would rather have dead people than dead birds.

That was a theory which was later proved false. DDT does not harm birds.

32 posted on 08/08/2007 2:20:22 PM PDT by TChris (The Republican Party is merely the Democrat Party's "away" jersey - Vox Day)
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To: wagglebee

As if there are no other pesticides and counter-measures against malaria vectors.

Talking third world here, DDT is/was really cheap and effective. The newer pesticides are much more expensive.


33 posted on 08/08/2007 2:20:59 PM PDT by READINABLUESTATE ("life is dangerous")
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To: wagglebee

Ask Hillary and Obama where they stand on using DDT in poor African nations.


34 posted on 08/08/2007 2:21:08 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: TChris

I did not know that. I thought it did kill birds. Not that I would choose birds over people. I would accept the deaths of birds to save the lives of millions of children. But you’re saying the threat to birds has been disproven? You have a link to that?


35 posted on 08/08/2007 2:22:30 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: TChris

Mao’s gotta be number one on that list. His final score had nine digits!


36 posted on 08/08/2007 2:22:54 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Shermy

What DDT industry?


37 posted on 08/08/2007 2:22:58 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: Southack
Ask Hillary and Obama where they stand on using DDT in poor African nations.
Amen to that!
38 posted on 08/08/2007 2:23:26 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: wagglebee

“Then WHY aren’t they being used?”

Because they are, have been for years, or if not, due to local0 government breakdown and anarchy.

These articles are lies. There apparently is a campaign by the DDT patent holders to allow them to dump their product in Africa again. I think it is a hope in vain.

These DDT articles don’t derive from some idle pseudo-scientific speculation, they are funded, prepared and released in a programatic way to pursue a political goal. It’s just as how the finance industries are funding and programming the public discussion about global warming.

I think the pr managers are getting a good laugh on all sides of this. Intimate that pollution isn’t a threat to the environment, the corporate conservative go gaga for DDT. Intimate the oil companies are against you, the corporate liberals go gaga for cap and trade.

I’m imagining there are two sets of PR people that have a gentlemen’s bet, who can propagandize the USA best about an absurdity, DDT or Cap and Trade of carbon credits.


39 posted on 08/08/2007 2:23:50 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: wagglebee

Better late than never, but this is another example where worldwide political correctness can truly create much more damage than good. It’s also not good that the United Nations continues to practice political correctness to the fullest instead of practicing full commonsense to the best of human abilities.


40 posted on 08/08/2007 2:24:07 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore
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To: Mr. Jeeves

I used to work with a guy that thought the world was overpopulated. I was shocked one time to ask the guy if he thought it would be good if a large portion of the world’s populace were to die. He said yes. I aske how many and he state about 3/4ths of the world populace.

This was a guy with a doctorate (not ecology related). I will say he was a very nice person other than wanting about 3.5 billion people to die (at that time).

There are some strange people out there. I will note though, it’s my opinion that the third-worlders aren’t who they want to see die off. And that’s where the National Geographic story begins to make some sense.

It’s the industrialized nations, you and I they want to see six feet under, and they don’t mince words if you press them.

The nature freaks have a real mental sickness IMO. I know we kid about that, but this has to be categorized as clinical IMO.


41 posted on 08/08/2007 2:24:49 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking it's heritage.)
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To: wagglebee

Forget Mao, or Stalin, Pol Pot, or Hitler, Rachel Carson is the greatest mass murderer in history, and racist one at that. Shes nothing less than a genocidal fiend.


42 posted on 08/08/2007 2:25:08 PM PDT by monday
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To: ValerieTexas

“Put down the Kool Aid”

Put down the DDT


43 posted on 08/08/2007 2:25:53 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy

The DDT patent expired decades ago. Anyone can make it now.


44 posted on 08/08/2007 2:26:00 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

I was thinking the same thing, the left must be very pleased with all those deaths caused by malaria. Banning DDT achieved what abortion couldn’t in third world countries.


45 posted on 08/08/2007 2:26:07 PM PDT by Eva
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To: samtheman

“She has far more deaths on her hands than does Hitler. (I know. Groan. Bringing up the H-word. But it’s true.)”

Actually you could say she has inadvertantly killed more than Hitler, Mao and Stalin combined. But her intentions were good so all is forgiven.


46 posted on 08/08/2007 2:26:07 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberals, replacing what works with what doesn't since 1940.)
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To: wagglebee

Interestingly, malaria — once endemic in the southeastern US — was virtually wiped out BEFORE the introduction of DDT. Civilization is more powerful against malaria than DDT.


47 posted on 08/08/2007 2:26:12 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: wagglebee
At least National Geographic acknowledges that there was an international ban. Most “environmentalists” today are deniers — they are busy rewriting history to cover up the ban.

Ironically, even the ZPG zealots have nothing to cheer about the 50 million (plus) unnecessary malaria deaths. It’s been pretty well established that birth rates go up to more than compensate for high childhood mortality rates. People want to ensure that they have a male heir — if they expect a large number of their children to die before maturity, they’ll have extras as “spares”.

48 posted on 08/08/2007 2:26:41 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: wagglebee

Considering the moonbat tilt NatGeo has been taking I admit I was quite surprised when I read the malaria article. Of course this bit of common sense was “balanced” in the same issue with the greenie propoganda piece “The Truth about Tongass.” After 20-something years I’ll probably be letting my subscription expire this time. I just don’t want to be associated with their belief system.


49 posted on 08/08/2007 2:27:02 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY (Hey! Must be a devil between us)
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But you’re saying the threat to birds has been disproven? You have a link to that?

DDT: A Case Study in Scientific Fraud

The Ban of DDT: Science That Wasn’t (Mentions the above study)

50 posted on 08/08/2007 2:27:32 PM PDT by TChris (The Republican Party is merely the Democrat Party's "away" jersey - Vox Day)
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