Wednesday, September 02, 2009

"...brain cancer breast cancer liver cancer, whee!"

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1947 ad for the synthetic pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, now banned worldwide because, in addition to insects, it also killed bald eagles, cats, dogs, and lots of humans. DuPont should have cross-tested it on their suffocating Cellophane® babies (image via).


Blogger Unknown said...

Cancer and soft egg-shells led to the ban of DDT? Alexander King, president of the Club of Rome, wrote: "My own doubts came when DDT was introduced. In Guyana, within two years, it had almost eliminated malaria. So my chief quarrel with DDT, in hindsight, is that it has greatly added to the population problem."

And ... In 1970 The National Academy of Sciences, in their book "Life Sciences," stated that, "In little more than two decades DDT has prevented 500 million deaths due to malaria."

A few years later, infamous eugenicist Dr. Wurster replied to a reporter's protests that banning DDT may actually cost lives: "So what? People are the cause of all the problems. We have too many of them. We need to get rid of some of them and this is as good a way as any."

Then asked by the same reporter about the use of genuinely dangerous DDT alternatives, "Doctor, how do you square the killing of people with the mere loss of some birds?" Dr. Wurster is reported to have replied, "It doesn't really make a lot of difference, because organo-phosphate acts locally and only kills farm-workers and most of them are Mexicans and Negroes."

There’s more than softening eggshells and cancer going on here …


1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It almost eliminated the scourge of bedbugs, which happen to be making a miraculous comeback in my goddamned box spring. Bring it back!

11:54 AM  

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