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   Undertoad  Tuesday Feb 24 03:20 PM

2/24/2004: Pesticide spraying in Java



I was struck by this recent MSNBC pick. In our modern world, this would be a terrible violation of our rights. In Java, in poverty, getting rid of a disease means getting rid of the insects that spread it, and it looks like there's little choice in the matter.

I guess sometimes the firm hand of an authority is needed to prevent a spreading pestilence, even if it seems on the face of it to be a violation. This woman's grandchildren may get cancer in 20 years, but she and her family won't be wiped out this year.



Happy Monkey  Tuesday Feb 24 03:57 PM

Violation of rights? The whole DC area is sprayed for mosquitos/caterpillars, etc most summers. Pesticides fill the air in any farming area. The victim of a termite infestation (or their insurance) must have an exterminator over, or risk lawsuits from neighbors.

But the poor guy ought to have some sort of gas mask, and the family should be told to stay away for a while.



Leah  Tuesday Feb 24 04:15 PM

Hell, that's what I'm like when I see one little cockroach in my place, I spray it to death (until it's all white a foamy) then squash it before it runs away, I'm satisfied then.
I Hate any creepy crawly especially spiders.



jinx  Tuesday Feb 24 04:17 PM




jinx  Tuesday Feb 24 04:20 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Leah
when I see one little cockroach in my place
Cockroach? I'd freakin' move.


Leah  Tuesday Feb 24 04:54 PM

Sydney is inundated with these horrible little critters. I just keep spraying and doing my bit for the ozone. I only have little ones, (not many but enough to make me puke). Some people have the huge flying ones the size if a hand.
It's the heat that brings them out. All insect sprays are selling quickly at supermarkets. Good industry to be in.



glatt  Tuesday Feb 24 05:02 PM

Actually, DDT is a benefactor of all humanity. It's just bad for the coastal birds like the Bald Eagle. DDT is a great way to stop hundreds of thousands of people dying from malaria each year. It doesn't harm humans (when used properly.) Don't misunderstand, I'm glad it was banned. It is pretty harmful to sea birds. But it was great for humans.

As for government spraying being a violation of our rights: that's just crazy talk. I remember as a kid in the late 1970s, we had a huge problem with dutch elm disease. Trucks would drive through the neighborhoods at night when people were inside and spray the shit out of all the trees in the neighborhood. That's not to mention all the spreying for skeeters that happend then and happens now. It's one of the few good gov't programs.



jinx  Tuesday Feb 24 05:28 PM

Just shore birds??

Does a number on important microorganisms too, like algae and plankton.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Feb 24 07:58 PM

That looks like a real gas.



Slartibartfast  Tuesday Feb 24 08:50 PM

Microsoft should learn how to debug from these guys.



chrisinhouston  Tuesday Feb 24 10:47 PM

I've got a fogger like that one. We use it for photo shoots in outdoor areas that need a lot of fog. It uses some kind of 2 cycle engine that superheats the fogger juice and probels it out. It's REAL LOUD but it puts out a lot of fog. We don't use insecticide but some kind of non lethal fog juice from Hollywood.



Torrere  Wednesday Feb 25 12:30 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by Slartibartfast
Microsoft should learn how to debug from these guys.
But it would probably kill off a lot of features, too!

Oh, wait.


wolf  Wednesday Feb 25 01:37 AM

That's not a bug. It's an undocumented feature!



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Feb 25 06:35 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by chrisinhouston
We don't use insecticide but some kind of non lethal fog juice from Hollywood.
Great White believed that too.


Blizz  Wednesday Feb 25 12:28 PM

I'm in Utah. I have 44 ounces of caffienated love on my desk. I agree though...Brazil sounds pretty damn amazing. Has anyone been to "Fiesta" in San Antonio? I'm heading down there for business in April during Fiesta...just curious if I need to pack some bead necklaces...

I lived in NYC for a couple of years...too may cockroaches to begin describing. I was too poor to buy Insect Killer...resorted to the ol' hairspray and a lighter technique.

Buenos Roaches.



Pi  Wednesday Feb 25 12:42 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Blizz
resorted to the ol' hairspray and a lighter technique.
We did it with deo and lighter to get rid of those tiny scorpions (3-4 cm) we found in the morrocan desert.


windhund  Thursday Feb 26 09:48 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by glatt
That's not to mention all the spreying for skeeters that happend then and happens now. It's one of the few good gov't programs.
Yup. We used to clap when we'd hear the mosquito truck come around (living in the vicinity of the Great Dismal Swamp had its disadvantages).


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Feb 26 10:12 AM

40 years ago the cockroaches in Boston were very genteel. If you turned on a light they would excuse themselves and retire to inside the walls.



dasviper  Thursday Feb 26 04:12 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by xoxoxoBruce
Great White believed that too.
Gosh, Bruce, that's hilarious. 100 people dead, barely a year ago. Maybe you want to pick a different emoticon, next time, though, to properly express your mental illness.


Happy Monkey  Thursday Feb 26 04:37 PM

Yes, Bruce. I am shocked - SHOCKED, I tell you - that you would stoop to such an insensitive joke. This is supposed to be a family board!



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Feb 26 09:56 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by dasviper


Gosh, Bruce, that's hilarious. 100 people dead, barely a year ago. Maybe you want to pick a different emoticon, next time, though, to properly express your mental illness.
A year ago. OK, how many people have died in the last year? The last month?
Week? Today? Damn, I'll never get this mourning coat off.
Since you're a Rugby player, you have no room to talk. Everybody knows you eat your dead.


Wonderbat  Wednesday Mar 3 02:51 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by Blizz
Has anyone been to "Fiesta" in San Antonio? ...just curious if I need to pack some bead necklaces...
Fiesta in San Antonio isn't really equivalent to Mardi Gras, so no, not really (not that there won't be partying going on)... more of a cultural/historical-based event... here's a </a href>website on it.


aerion_13  Thursday Mar 4 02:30 PM

All kidding aside. Here in the great state of SC, we have fire ants. Supposedly they have a pesticide that'll work. So Clemson U has said. But because they cover 5-6 southern states. It would have to done all at the same time.
Those things are a real nuisance. Take them back to South American please! I'm also allergic to them.



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