95th Skeptics’ Circle!

Yep, it’s up over at the Skeptic’s Dictionary! Check out the latest revelations of Nostradamus.

Sort of.

Since I’ll be quite busy Friday learning to band geese (or at least being pooped on by geese), I’ll also throw in this photo of a wonderful topiary apparently on the A8. (Photo by MacBern)

I love Wallace and Gromit! If you haven’t seen the DVD set…what are you waiting for?

Why we failed on Malaria

Yeah. What he said:

“The war against malaria in tropical countries was fought and lost in the 20th Century on the basis of faulty intelligence, a ‘dodgy dossier’ which argued that the same methods used to tackle the disease in temperate countries would also work in the tropics.

Eradication failed in almost every tropical and sub-tropical country, because tactics that had been proven to work in countries such as the USA, Greece and Italy were also deployed in tropical countries, despite the existence of evidence that they would they not work, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa….

‘The failure to eradicate malaria in tropical countries, where the parasite is now at its strongest, and the mosquitoes are doing very well, thank you very much is, in part, due to the miscalculation that a one-size-fits-all approach would be effective in every setting – a miscalculation that could have been avoided if we had heeded the evidence from Africa over half a century ago’, he adds.

I just had to point this out, since it’s very similar to what I have said in the past about attempts to revive DDT use. It’s a simplistic assumption that ignores the fact that environmental, mosquito vectors, and insecticide resistance factors are different in each ecosystem.

Just because you have a hammer, that doesn’t mean everything is a nail.