June 13, 2007

Needed: Investigative Reporters to Expose Those Allowing Thousands to Die

Sam Zaramba, in a subscription-only op-ed column in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, gives the next Woodward or Bernstein a hot story to follow up on:

….. malaria ….. is the biggest killer of Ugandan and all African children. Yet it remains preventable and curable. Last week in Germany, G-8 leaders committed new resources to the fight against the mosquito-borne disease and promised to use every available tool.

Now they must honor this promise by supporting African independence in the realm of disease control. We must be able to use Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane — DDT.

….. Today, every single Ugandan still remains at risk. Over 10 million Ugandans are infected each year, and up to 100,000 of our mothers and children die from the disease.

No one could possibly be conspiring to prevent eradication of malaria, could they?

Well, yes they could. And they are, as Zaramba notes:

Although Uganda’s National Environmental Management Authority has approved DDT for malaria control, Western environmentalists continue to undermine our efforts and discourage G-8 governments from supporting us. The EU has acknowledged our right to use DDT, but some consumer and agricultural groups repeat myths and lies about the chemical. They should instead help us use it strictly to control malaria.

Environmental leaders must join the 21st century ….. and balance the hypothetical risks of DDT with the real and devastating consequences of malaria. Uganda has demonstrated that, with the proper support, we can conduct model indoor spraying programs and ensure that money is spent wisely, chemicals are handled properly, our program responds promptly to changing conditions, and malaria is brought under control.

Who ARE these people who are allowing thousands to die? America’s and the world’s journalists should be devoting substantial resources to finding out who these people are, naming names, and exposing their treachery to the public. These enviro-religious zealots are stuck in the 1960s and 1970s. Lives are lost for every day they cause delay.

What else could possibly be more important than exposing these people?

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Carnival Barking (061307)

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 10:06 am

Carnival of Ohio Politics Number 69, ably handled this week by Ben Keeler of The Keeler Report, is here.

Couldn’t Help But Notice (061307)

A Month to Forget (but it doesn’t work that way):

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I predicted last week (first item at post) that receipts would be down 5% or more in May 2007 vs. May 2006. Zheesh — try almost 15%. And even though the spending number for May is down slightly from last year, last year’s spending was well above the average for the year.

I wish I would have saved the link, but there was a guy who claimed after April’s blockbuster receipts that Uncle Sam had figured out how to speed up collections from the self-employed and contractors to the tune of something like $20 billion or so vs. previous years. I discounted the argument at the time, but if that person is right, there’s not a lot to be concerned about in terms of the government being on track to getting to a breakeven point next year. Again if that person is right, you would therefore expect June and September, when big estimated payments come in, to be barnburners, and July and August to be especially mediocre like May just was.

We’ll just have to see.

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Republican officeholders would be skewered from here to Cleveland, and all other points in and around Ohio, for allowing an appointment like Frankie Coleman’s in the first place, and for tolerating her misconduct for as long as hers was tolerated, before she finally, and mercifully, resigned. Of course I wish her a speedy and permanent recovery.

As it is, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher will skate, and it will all be chalked up as a big “mistake.” How nice it must be to have a pliant statewide Old Media press corps on your side.

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From the “I’m So Not Surprised” file:

Olympic firms ‘abusing workers’

Some official merchandise for the 2008 Olympics in China has been made using child labour, forced overtime and low wages to boost profits, a report says.

Playfair – an alliance of world trade unions – has condemned “severe workers’ rights violations” in four Chinese factories ahead of the Beijing games.

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Real Estate Rent-Seeking Racket Revisited (NY Times link may require free registration; previous related posts are here and here; HT Techdirt) –

The conclusion, in a study to be released today based on home-sales data from 1998 to 2004 in Madison, Wis., is that people in that city who sold their homes through real estate agents typically did not get a higher sale price than people who sold their homes themselves. When the agent’s commission is factored in, the for-sale-by-owner people came out ahead financially.

….. The findings fly in the face of studies by the National Association of Realtors. The group has said that houses sold via its members’ local multiple listing services get a 16 percent premium over homes sold by their owners.

In the age of Zillow and other services, that 16% figure is no-way-Jose ridiculous.

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Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio is suspending operations (link may require registration) and hopes to reopen in 2012.

Antioch is/was a hotbed of radicalism that is perhaps best known for its zany sexual conduct code:

IN THE EARLY 1990s, in the midst of a national debate about feminism, sexual relationships, and sexual violence, the media discovered an unusual sexual conduct policy at Antioch College, a small liberal arts school in Ohio. The policy, adopted in response to complaints from a group called Womyn of Antioch about not enough being done to stop date rape on campus, mandated explicit verbal consent every step of the way in a sexual encounter — from undoing a button to sexual intercourse. At the time, it elicited a lot of mockery.

Deservedly so, but it has spawned less radical imitators, which leads to this thought — I would hazard a guess that there’s little need for a far-left school like Antioch when so many of the less expensive public universities have gotten almost as loony.

This One’s Getting Delegated (the SOB Boehner Call)

Filed under: Economy,Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:03 am

I attended the SOB Alliance conference call with John Boehner yesterday.

Everyone else did such a good job chronicling what happened that I’ll go the lazy route and tell you to go to their places for the details:
- Porkopolis, who gets top billing both because of the dominant topic (earmarks), and for asking the best questions.
- Bearing Drift Ohio
- Gribbit
- Lincoln Logs
- Right on the Right
- Viking Spirit
- Weapons of Mass Discussion

Any SOBs who filed reports that I have missed are more than welcome to nag me until I link to them.

I will say one thing — If the GOP had a couple of hundred people like Boehner in the previous session of Congress, the results of the 2006 elections would have been very, very different.

Also: NixGuy’s related self-confessed ramble.

Positivity: FBI agent donates a kidney to a woman he picked online

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From the Chicago area (HT DailyGood e-mail):

FBI agent a reluctant hero

April 18, 2007

He’s an FBI special agent, a father, a crisis hotline volunteer, and — on Thursday — he’ll donate a kidney to someone he just met.

But Tom Simon doesn’t want to be called a hero.

Simon, 37, says he wanted to make a difference in someone’s life and show others that donating an organ isn’t difficult to do.

He looked on a donor Web site, www.matchingdonors.com, and found Brenda Lagrimas’ profile.

She was young, wanted to start a family and, like him, was in law enforcement. To Simon, she was the perfect match.

“I’d like to draw attention to the fact that this isn’t a giant sacrifice in my life,” Simon said. “Brenda is going to die if she doesn’t get a kidney. I have one to spare. I’m not being a hero. This is social justice.”

Simon started with the FBI 12 years ago and investigates major financial and white-collar crimes. He’s married and has two children, ages 4 and 3. He made the decision after many long talks with his wife, he said.

Go here for the rest of the story.

Simon has a blog. His April 25 entry indicates that donee and donor are doing fine.