Ugh. He’s back. In a way, it’s actually quite a flattering indication that I must be having an effect with my little campaign to point out the (many) inaccuracies in the “DDT is safe, Rachel Carson is the AntiChrist” campaign. I’ve been singled out for not one, but TWO posts on how wrong I am. Exciting, since the other person so honored is Deltoid at ScienceBlogs.com. Not bad company!
It is annoying, though, to have someone quote-mine you, and accuse you of lying and all sorts of other silly things. (Especially when your Real Life is going crazy. Don’t Even Ask about the software launch. It went even worse than I’d feared.)
The part that is most amusing about this, though, is that Mr. Beck has a link to this on his website: World Swim Against Malaria. And the money generated by this event? It goes to buy BED NETS. Not insecticide sprayers, or DDT. Bed nets, that are treated with insecticides, and that work really well, if you can get them to enough of the population. And, if you don’t use DDT and cause the mosquitoes that you’re fighting with the bednets to become cross-resistant.
Recently published example:
“Unfortunately, the knock-down resistance (kdr) gene conferring cross resistance to pyrethroids and DDT has become widespread in anopheline mosquitoes in Africa [2-5]. This resistance may represent a threat to the future success of malaria vector control programmes, based on insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS). “
I encourage you to support the swim charity, or one of the many other groups fighting Malaria with proven science, not rhetorical nit-picking and nasty personal attacks on a dead woman. (Or a living one, for that matter!)
(BTW, World Swim is registered with Guidestar, and I Looked over their US tax forms–curiously lacking details, so I can’t verify much, but certainly the officers weren’t paid. World Swim isn’t ranked on Charity Navigator, which gave AMREF top marks.)