No, it is not the union; think again ;)
I want us to kill the most dangerous animal of all, about which I have blogged before. For years now, I have been dreaming of a world without them.
It is the damn mosquitoes that I want us to wipe out. Forever. Not all the 3,500 species, but only the "6% of species that draw blood from humans." Those are the suckers that I want gone. They have caused nothing but misery for us humans throughout our existence. The rapidly spreading Zika is the latest misery they have inflicted on us.
I am a man of peace, yes. But, I have no patience for the blood-thirsty, disease-spreading, mosquitoes. BTW, did you notice that even among that 6%, it is only the female kind that troubles us? Now, that is a group of females that I can live without ;)
Daniel Engber is even more enraged than I am:
It’s time to kill all the mosquitoes. It’s time for mass mosquito-cide.Sign me up for this war!
Enough of the politeness: The ugly situation on the ground does not call for Integrated Mosquito Management; it demands a program of Total Mosquito Destruction. And here’s the thing: For the first time in human history, that dream could be realized. We have a better way to kill mosquitoes—a nuclear option—but up until this point we’ve been too afraid to use it.And that option: to release millions of sterile males that would mate with the females. (Do porn sites offer videos of mosquito sex? hehehe)
A PG-rated description of mosquitoes mating would go something like this: The female enters the swarm. A male seeks her out, his wing-beat slowing until it matches hers. Using his large front legs he grabs her back legs and swings under her abdomen. In less than a second the lovers are joined. And then, connected, they fly slowly out of the swarm while making out in mid-air. The entire coupling can take less than 16 seconds.Now, if it is a sterile male that does the wild thing ... slowly we can wipe out those damn bloodsuckers.
Understanding this 16 second frenzy, and making sure it doesn't lead to breeding, is the challenge
I am sure there will be some pesky people who will complain about the unintended consequences from two issues here: a) that it is wrong to eliminate a species like this, and b) the sterile male comes via genetic modification. To them, I have only two words as a response: who cares! This is war. Either you are with us, or against us ;)
Whatever its unintended consequences (and there are always unintended consequences), the elimination of mosquitoes would save billions of human lives and trillions of dollars, in the decades to come. It would end untold suffering among the world’s poorest people.Exactly.
When we eradicated the Variola virus, which caused smallpox, we rightly celebrated.Precisely. What is good for the smallpox and polio viruses is good for the six percent of the mosquitoes that kill and torture us humans.
"We are playing an evolutionary game with mosquitoes," says Hawkes. "Hopefully it's one we can get on top of over the next 10 to 15 years."The good thing is that the Republican Party will not oppose this; after all, they don't even believe in evolution! It is the bleeding-heart liberals who will oppose it without realizing that the blood is coming from mosquito bites ;)
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