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North Texas Objectivist Society (NTOS) Message Board › Altruism: the true killer

Altruism: the true killer

A former member
Post #: 26
Look at this: could anything possibly make it clearer that altruism is truly
the worship of suffering and death? This article doesn't even mention DDT
or the relationship between the DDT ban and the resurgence of malaria in the
world. But if you look in the sidebar under Related Searches, there's a
LTE in the Buffalo News that spells it out: "DDT ban has enabled malaria to

Governor Henry deserves to be condemned for evading the DDT issue and Mr
McNutt deserves to be condemned for not mentioning it. I could write more
on the philosophical-moral implications of all this but unfortunately I do
not have the time at the moment.

Rob Abiera­

Fri June 15, 2007
Henry going on mission to Ghana
By Michael McNutt
Capitol Bureau

Gov. Brad Henry and first lady Kim Henry leave today to help Ghana residents
avoid malaria.

The couple are part of a 10-day mission trip to give away treated mosquito
nets to families. They are traveling with 11 other volunteers to the
southern coast of western Africa and will themselves be at risk.

No vaccine is available for malaria; instead, they are taking preventive
drugs to reduce the risk of infection.

"We plan our trips to each country at the peak of the malaria season,? said
the Rev. T Thomas, founder of His Nets, a Norman nonprofit Christian
organization working to combat the malaria epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

Volunteers will be going to north-central Ghana, which is one of the worst
areas for malaria deaths.

"The health department there says that one child in two dies before they're
6 from malaria,? Thomas said. "We're going at the worst time of year into
the worst area, and we're doing it intentionally.?

Malaria is the biggest killer in Africa, killing twice as many as AIDS,
Thomas said. Malaria claims the lives of thousands of Ghanaians each year.

"We want people who go on this trip not just to do some good by giving out
the nets, but also come face to face with the reality of Africa's biggest
killer,? he said.

The Henrys are paying their own way. The cost of the required security
detail will be paid by the state.

Malaria prevention

The Henrys and others plan to give away 5,200 mosquito nets and provide
information about how to prevent malaria. The nets help protect people from
malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

The nets cost about $6 each and last about four years. The nets are the most
cost-effective defense in Third World countries because most families cannot
afford anti-malarial medication, said Thomas, whose group hopes to give away
15,000 to 20,000 nets this year.

The Henrys were invited to take the trip by the Rev. Paul Calmes, a former
pastor at the Henrys' home church, First Baptist Church of Shawnee.

Calmes, who is leading the mission trip, said the Henrys have tried to make
two other mission trips but conflicts in schedules arose, such as Henry
winning the 2002 gubernatorial election.

Saving lives

Calmes, associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Shawnee from 1979 to
1984 and pastor of the church from 1994 to 2005, said this is the third time
he has gone to Ghana with His Nets.

"Some of these villagers walk 30 miles to get a net,? he said. "In northern
Ghana, one net can save a life, maybe two.?

Calmes said he has contracted malaria on earlier trips.

"It's a debilitating kind of illness, and it stays with you,? he said. "I
can't give blood.?

Calmes is a consultant with His Nets and is director of missions for the
Cooperating Baptist Fellowship of Oklahoma, a small group of churches that
do missions together. Calmes, 62, also is interim pastor of University
Heights Baptist Church in Stillwater.

"I retired from full-time pastoring to have more time to do mission
projects,? said Calmes, who will go on six mission trips this year with his
wife, Barbara.

Thomas and his family founded His Nets in 2004 after his oldest daughter
nearly died of malaria while he was a missionary in Burkina Faso. He also is
director of the Cooperating Baptist Fellowship of Oklahoma, which is based
in Norman.
Plano, TX
Post #: 506
Malaria...and lice.
Now the 2nd is something that has been seen in a lot more numbers amongst even the middle class and upper class the last 20 years. Sure...sure...malaria is definitely the more scary of the two, but I wonder if more people realized that banning it also increased lice infestations if they would feel okay with it still being banned. How many white collar people do you know in suburbia that come down with Malaria?
(Good article -thanks for posting!)

Here is an interesting site:
Rachel Was Wrong Uncovering Silent Spring's Deadly Consequences
A former member
Post #: 27
There is something else which has repercussions here in Oklahoma and possibly Texas as well. Mosquitoes carry West Nile virus - which has killed at least a few people here in Oklahoma already.
A former member
Post #: 29
Wow! The Oklahoman has done an almost complete about face on this! Hmmm . . . I wonder if the letter I sent them last week had anything to do with it . . .­

Tue June 19, 2007
Net result: Africa needs a potent malaria fix
The Oklahoman Editorial

GOV. and Mrs. Brad Henry's remedy for the malaria problem in Africa is to give the people mosquito nets. U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's malaria fix is a shot of Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane.

The Henrys headed to Ghana last week on a 10-day Christian mission trip to distribute nets. The state isn't paying for the journey (except for security), so the ACLU can relax about any taint of church-state admixture on the trip.

In a year when the world is commemorating the 45th anniversary of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring", malaria and DDT are topics for discussion. Carson's book was instrumental in getting DDT banned in the U.S. in 1972. Coburn, a physician, believes the prescription was overly harsh and is costing human lives.

He has support in this argument from Dr. Sam Zaramba, director general of health services in Uganda. Writing last week for The Wall Street Journal, Zaramba noted that every Ugandan is at risk for malaria and more than 10 million are infected each year. The annual death toll can reach 100,000 "of our mothers and children".

While a DDT ban may continue to make sense in developed countries, which used the chemical to nearly eliminate malaria long ago, it makes less sense in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is Africa's biggest killer. The mosquito-borne disease is far more devastating than AIDS in that continent. Yet Coburn and others who espouse a DDT solution are ridiculed and Carson is canonized for protecting animals against the chemical's effects.

Some of what Carson wrote in "Silent Spring" didn't hold up to scientific scrutiny, but the widespread loathing of DDT has certainly held up. Nevertheless, the effectiveness and economics of using DDT to combat malaria are indisputable. Even the World Health Association is OK with including DDT in the anti-malarial package, along with insecticidal nets.

The Henrys are to be commended for doing the Lord's work in Ghana, but Africans can use more than mosquito nets.
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