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NYT Article Admits DDT Ban as a Cause of Bedbug Outbreak
NewsBusters ^ | August 25, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick

Posted on 08/25/2010 4:30:24 AM PDT by PJ-Comix

Sleep tight. Don't let the bedbugs bite.

Unfortunately for residents of many urban areas such as New York and Philadelphia, the bedbugs are not only biting but spreading at an alarming rate. Despite this outbreak, the mainstream media has until recently kept insisting that bedbugs developed a resistance to DDT so any emergency lifting of the EPA ban on that pesticide is unnecessary. However, your humble correspondent has speculated that the MSM would eventually have to change its position on the DDT ban due to the fact that so many of its members are being assaulted by bedbug attacks which keep increasing despite the use of other pesticides. Well, it now appears that New York Times writer, Emily B. Hager, has had a revelation about DDT. While its not an outright call for a lifting of the DDT, consider it an important pit stop on the way to demanding the ban be lifted:

...Bedbugs, once nearly eradicated, have spread across New York City, in part because of the decline in the use of DDT. According to the city’s Department of Housing and Preservation, the number of bedbug violations has gone up 67 percent in the last two years. In the most recent fiscal year, which ended on June 30, the city’s 311 help line recorded 12,768 bedbug complaints, 16 percent more than the previous year and 39 percent above the year before. A New York City community health survey showed that in 2009, 1 in 15 New Yorkers had bedbugs in their homes, a number that is probably higher now.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bedbugs; carson; ddt; illegals; rachel; rachelcarson; silentspring
It's only a matter of time. The bedbug infestation will get so bad in NYC that eventually MSM members will DEMAND a lifting on the EPA ban on DDT. Self-interest in just getting a good night's sleep.
1 posted on 08/25/2010 4:30:25 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Liberals are poised to admit the DDT ban is a scam when their precious NY hotel rooms are at stake but they didn’t bat an eye when the DDT ban killed tens of millions (or hundreds of millions, who knows for sure) Africans from malaria.

They are heartless inhuman bast*rds. Every single one of them.


2 posted on 08/25/2010 4:39:34 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: PJ-Comix

Rachel Carson’s whiny, ‘Silent Spring’ is to blame for this; and for the malaria that has taken millions of lives. She was heralded as an environmental genius (of the AlGore variety). Her politically timed rants against DDT (and other needed pesticides) have caused more suffering than will ever be admitted.

She was from Pittsburgh (they even renamed a bridge after her!) and when I was in school I had a wonderful science teacher (a Sister of Mercy) who railed against the idiocy of Carson’ turning back the hands of progress that bettered human existance; and against the the purported ‘coming Ice Age.’ (She taught of the Maunder Minimum, sun spots.)


3 posted on 08/25/2010 4:49:29 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom ( (((((((((((((((((((PALIN/BACHMANN 2012))))))))))))))))))))
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To: PJ-Comix

How can they claim that bedbugs have developed a resistance to something that hasn’t been used for thirty years?


4 posted on 08/25/2010 4:55:03 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: PJ-Comix

So, let’s see,
Bedbugs brought in by illegals (product of liberalism)
Bedbugs not exterminated by DDT (banned by liberalism)

Yea, I think I got it.


5 posted on 08/25/2010 5:14:15 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (We are the Patrick Henry we have been waiting for!)
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To: raybbr

Bingo.

We now have something called and integrated pest management system that requires the rotational use of pesticides.

A lawsuit would be grand! Especially if the claim is found to be false.


6 posted on 08/25/2010 5:19:27 AM PDT by EBH (Our First Right...."it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,")
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To: PJ-Comix

The DDT ban has destroyed far more human lives than the Holocaust.


7 posted on 08/25/2010 5:20:47 AM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey (There's not a moment to lose.)
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To: PJ-Comix
This plague of bedbug could turn into a blessing if the ban on DDT is truly lifted.
8 posted on 08/25/2010 5:21:20 AM PDT by 2001convSVT ("Hand out pocket Constitutions to everyone you can")
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To: PJ-Comix

NOT DDT. It is the infected criminal illegals
imported by the White House, DNC and Congress.

Hmmmmm Hmmmm Hmmmmmm.


9 posted on 08/25/2010 5:21:56 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: PJ-Comix

Is this the DDT Ban that was effective after December 31, 1972?


10 posted on 08/25/2010 5:24:07 AM PDT by John W (Chuck Todd Is An Ass)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
Doncha love those old-school nuns? They told it like it was. Something happened to that order, though, they're extremely liberal here in Michigan.

We need one of our capable conservative leaders (Mark Levin, paging Mr. Mark Levin) to write an expose on the whole Rachel Carson/DDT scandal and tie it into the overall, planned reduction of the population: the Malthusian movement, Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood, the eugenics movement, the green and animal rights movements, and the tax exempt foundations that funded those leftist efforts, and the NGOs set up to implement them, mostly through the UN - to name a few. Tyrants need to reduce populations in order to control them.

11 posted on 08/25/2010 5:28:22 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ( VIVA la SB 1070!)
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To: PJ-Comix
...MSM members will DEMAND a lifting on the EPA ban on DDT...

Don't count on it, that would be logical. What the government will probably do is announce a war on bedbugs to be fought using a expensive "GREEN" alternative treatment that they will subsidize claiming it creates jobs. Their friends and low income housing will qualify for "free" treatment that you and I will pay for.

12 posted on 08/25/2010 5:29:19 AM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: 2001convSVT
This plague of bedbug could turn into a blessing if the ban on DDT is truly lifted.

Very true. If NYC and the left get behind lifting the ban then maybe the international community will start using DDT to kill mosquitoes in the third world and prevent millions of deaths annually.

13 posted on 08/25/2010 5:31:26 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality Now: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: PJ-Comix

With the kids coming back to Georgetown, GW and American Washington DC is sure to be in bedbug outbreak soon. Perhaps once DC gets hit, DDT will quickly get re-permitted.


14 posted on 08/25/2010 5:37:16 AM PDT by bvw
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To: paulycy
I want my DDT! Life in the deep south is full of mosquitoes and their associated deceases (and many are making a come back) DDT is the best way to control, an out of control insect populations. I want my DDT!
15 posted on 08/25/2010 5:40:04 AM PDT by 2001convSVT ("Hand out pocket Constitutions to everyone you can")
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To: 2001convSVT

I was raised in dry Los Angeles but I remember visiting family in Nebraska as a child and seeing the DDT trucks going up and down the street spraying for mosquitoes. (I also remember the cicadas. What a racket!)

None of my family got sick or died from DDT. And not from malaria or any of the other mosquito borne diseases either.

DDT worked, served a valuable purpose in society and was railroaded by the first environmental whackos.


16 posted on 08/25/2010 5:44:55 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality Now: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: FrdmLvr
We need one of our capable conservative leaders (Mark Levin, paging Mr. Mark Levin) to write an expose on the whole Rachel Carson/DDT scandal and tie it into the overall, planned reduction of the population

It - the DDT ban - has caused literally millions of deaths by malaria over the past thirty-odd years. DDT was - is - truly a miracle of twentieth century chemical science. Yet the all-caring environmental Luddites don't care about the cost in human lives - it's okay, they'll send more mosquito nets.

17 posted on 08/25/2010 5:45:31 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
Rachel Carson

I don't normally speak ill of the dead, but I would make an exception for her.

18 posted on 08/25/2010 5:46:16 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: PJ-Comix

July 2007 Nat Geo ran an extensive article documenting that DDT was NOT a problem around the world in it’s use for contolling maleria.
The ONLY place it was an issue is here in the U.S., were it was way over used and collected in deltas and estuaries.

IT WAS BANNED BECAUSE MALERIA CONTROLS THIRD WORLD POPULATIONS!!!!!
It was all about eugenics! PERIOD!


19 posted on 08/25/2010 5:51:21 AM PDT by G Larry (Democrats: expediting the Destruction of America, before they lose power...)
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To: ladyvet
What the government will probably do is announce a war on bedbugs to be fought using a expensive "GREEN" alternative treatment that they will subsidize claiming it creates jobs.

Yes. And sort of. One of the miracles of DDT is that it is very cheap to produce. The new and very expensive pesticide will be DDT manufactured under a protocol that will increase its manufactured cost by 10,000%. Watch for it.

According to WIKI:

First synthesized in 1874, DDT's insecticidal properties were not discovered until 1939, and it was used with great success in the second half of World War II to control malaria and typhus among civilians and troops. The Swiss chemist Paul Hermann Müller was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1948 "for his discovery of the high efficiency of DDT as a contact poison against several arthropods."[2] After the war, DDT was used as an agricultural insecticide, and soon its production and use skyrocketed.[3]

I remember being in college in the south in the 50's listening to a local song on the radio, "Ain't no flies on Jesus 'cause He's sprayed with DDT". Children were fed spoonfulls of DDT as a wormer. Many grew up to become fullblown Arkies, mountain men, and etc.

20 posted on 08/25/2010 5:56:21 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (They are the vultures of Dark Crystal screeeching their hatred and fear into the void ....)
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To: paulycy
(I also remember the cicadas. What a racket!)

I had a visitor from the west coast come out, and she couldn't believe the noise by the little critters! They do get loud, don't they? We're right in the middle of their "season" right now.

Mark

21 posted on 08/25/2010 6:09:44 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: PJ-Comix

I said this on another thread when the bedbug issue first came up.

DDT not only will kill those bugs, but the BAN is responsible for the MURDER of millions in 3rd world countries.

Bring BACK DDT !!!


22 posted on 08/25/2010 6:11:47 AM PDT by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami - Unless the GOP Senate ruins it all...)
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To: raybbr

I had the same thought, but isn’t it closer to 50 years. I remember having to read “Silent Spring” as a freshman in high school, and I graduated from high school in 1963.


23 posted on 08/25/2010 6:41:16 AM PDT by blau993 (Fight Gerbil Swarming)
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To: blau993

It may be 50 years in the U.S. I am not sure about around the world.


24 posted on 08/25/2010 6:56:31 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: blau993
From here:

III. EPA hearings

DDT was banned by an EPA administrator who ignored the decision of his own administrative law judge.

 


25 posted on 08/25/2010 7:02:57 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: Rummyfan; FrdmLvr
It - the DDT ban - has caused literally millions of deaths by malaria over the past thirty-odd years.

You misunderestimate the number and you left out dengue.

Call a spade a spade. The DDT ban was genocide on the 3rd world in the tropics. But hey, all those mosquitos are more deserving of life than people, right?

I have family in places where dengue, malaria, etc. are serious business and for me, it's personal.

26 posted on 08/25/2010 8:04:55 AM PDT by altair (Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent - Salvor Hardin)
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To: RachelFaith
DDT not only will kill those bugs, but the BAN is responsible for the MURDER of millions in 3rd world countries.

Amen! (It's 10s or hundreds of millions, but who cares about the 3rd world, right?)

I'm not the only FReeper who lives in the 3rd world.

27 posted on 08/25/2010 9:36:00 AM PDT by altair (Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent - Salvor Hardin)
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To: PJ-Comix
Also kills flies and mosquitos.


28 posted on 08/25/2010 9:43:58 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (AKA Rodrigo de Bivar)
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To: PJ-Comix

Time Magazine
Science: Homemade DDT
Monday, Aug. 06, 1945

Many a civilian would give red points to get his hands on a little DDT, the Army’s high-priority insecticide. Recently citizens of Media and Swarthmore, Philadelphia suburbs, were astonished: two of the towns’ hardware stores offered bottles of DDT for sale across the open counter. The solution was just right for killing flies and mosquitoes. The stores did a land-office business at $1 per pint. Then WPB heard about it and asked grimly: where did the stuff come from?

The answer: a Swarthmore chemist named Walter Steuber (of Houdry Process Corp.) had decided that the easiest way to get DDT was to make it himself. He was turning it out by the gallon in his cellar. Said Steuber: any competent chemist can figure out the formula and make DDT out of non-priority materials. The ingredients are: chloral hydrate (better known as “Mickey Finn”), monochlor benzine, and concentrated sulfuric acid.

WPB solemnly ruled: “Anybody can make DDT, provided he uses non-priority materials or materials for which he has obtained a priority rating. But you can’t sell it except for military or experimental purposes.”

Last week, as a result of Steuber’s enterprise, WPB suddenly changed its mind. Beginning this month, it announced, regular manufacturers will be allowed to sell limited supplies of DDT to civilians, manufacturers producing less than 1,000 lbs. weekly may sell their product to anyone they choose.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,803716,00.html#ixzz0xebmKAUZ


29 posted on 08/25/2010 2:24:57 PM PDT by King_Corey (www.kingcorey.com)
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