Demonizing DDT: How the DDT Scare Campaign Cost Millions of Lives

From Reason.tv:

As Nick Gillespie says at Big Government:

In The Excellent Powder: DDT’s Political and Scientific History, Richard Tren and Donald Roberts argue that the infamous insecticide is the world’s greatest public-health success stories, saving millions of lives by preventing insect-borne disease. Unfortunately for those in areas still infested with mosquitoes and other flying bugs, DDT is also the world’s most-misunderstood substance, the target of a decades-long scientifically ignorant and ideologically motivated campaign that has vastly limited its use and applications.

Read the whole thing here.

Previous post regarding DDT: DDT about to be reintroduced as pesticide

Hattip: Big Government

TED Blog: The danger of science denial: Michael Specter on TED.com

TED Blog: The danger of science denial: Michael Specter on TED.com

This is a very good video presentation, although Michael Specter leaves out some of the causative factors of some of the public’s distrust of pop science.

Things like the rampant Healthcare fraud recently perpetuated by Big Government aficionados, using fudged data and faked demographics to ramrod corporatist solutions to problems that would be best left to the marketplace.

The scientifically regressive fraud called AGW, with its ham-handed manipulation of data sets and worse than bad coding of the computer models. As it turns out, all the while the supposed “Climate Scientists” were suppressing basic fact checking, hiding data that didn’t fit the hypothesis and cynically labeling scientific skeptics things like “flat earthers” and ‘Climate Change Deniers”.

A Hypothesis is not a Theory unless other scientists can reproduce the results on their own using the base data that the originating idea is based upon. The AGW hyperbole acolytes “loss” of the original data sets is the antithesis of classic science and an assault on the scientific method itself.

Science is skepticism and skeptics aren’t “Deniers”, skeptics are the guardians at the scientific gate!

Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones Review

Red Letter Media proves once again that a small filmmaker with a modest budget can make a much more entertaining video presentation while using the same footage George Lucas used to create the abomination known as Star Wars Episode II

Star Wars Attack Of The Clones Review

Star Wars Attack Of The Clones Review

Watch all Ninety minutes here! Or just click the screenshot of the video above to view the full playlist.

Even more interesting is that the Cartoon Network filed a bogus DMCA take-down notice over this review. It’s now back up on GooTube in all of its glory!

Update: In case you missed it here is the review for Avatar by Red Letter Media (only two parts!).

The C-SPAN Video Library is now available free on the internet

The C-SPAN Video Library, including 160,000 hours of political events and congressional sessions chronicled by its networks since 1987, is now available free on the Internet. Hattip: Jim Kearney

I can hardly wait for the crowd-sourcing results. It will amusing to see inevitable video mash-ups of politicians talking from both sides of their mouths.

I also expect to see a bunch of this footage in the coming campaign commercials for November’s elections.

When Video first started to become predominant on the intertubes with embedding I predicted that it was going to be interesting to see the results as the phenomenon grew.

This is one more example of a massive amount of free information actually being made available directly to the citizenry without the “filter” of news media outlets. What happens next is anyones guess, but you can be sure that it will be interesting!