Mosquito Repellent Guidelines | Mosquito Research and Management

In 2011, I produced a document designed to provide guidelines on the use of mosquito repellents. I put these guidelines together because I’d noticed that the mosquito repellent recommendations provided by local health authorities didn’t reflect the wide range of products available or questions I was asked by the community. You can download this document for free here:

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John Grisham: ‘I Am Not Worried about Trump’ – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Grisham: Bernie is a fluke. Bernie is the kind of guy that the Democrats used to nominate because the left wingers ruled the party, just like the right wingers rule the Republican Party.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: But doesn’t he bring up valid issues?

Grisham: They sound great to a point, but look at our history. In 1972, McGovern was a left-wing guy and got annihilated by Richard Nixon, I think it was the largest defeat in history. In 1984, Walter Mondale got killed by Reagan. In 1988, Michael Dukakis, a Democrat, got slaughtered. Bernie cannot win in November. He has a lot of far-left voters, but there aren’t enough to win. He’s got a bunch of young kids who have no clue what they’re talking about. He’s not going beat Hillary. And if he does, we’re doomed as Democrats. He can’t win in November. If it’s Bernie versus Trump, God help us.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Either way, it seems like we’re heading into a nasty fall campaign.

Grisham: The divisions are getting deeper. Most of my friends are Republicans, my family is split 50/50. And we never discuss politics because if we did it would get really ugly really fast. We all have such strong feelings, and their feelings are just as strong as mine. So we learned. Don’t get anywhere near politics. It cannot be discussed. It’s been that way for the last 20 years, and it’s not getting any better today.

Source: John Grisham: ‘I Am Not Worried about Trump’ – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Tons Of Cali Voters Accidentally Registered With An Ultraconservative Fringe Party: LAist – ROTFLMAO – read what you sign folks!

Thousands of Californians intending to register as independent voters accidentally affiliated with the fringe, ultraconservative American Independent Party. An L.A .Times investigation finds that nearly three in four registered AIP voters— likely confused by the use of “Independent” in the name—did not realize they had joined the party.

Source: Tons Of Cali Voters Accidentally Registered With An Ultraconservative Fringe Party: LAist

IRIN | 18 months on, Gaza donors still falling way short

That’s an increase of only $159 million since the last time the World Bank issued data on the donations in August 2015, and major pledgers continue to fall short: Qatar has given only 15 percent of its $1 billion pledge; Saudi Arabia 10 percent of its $500 million promise; and the UAE just 15 percent of the $200 million it pledged. Kuwait has dispursed none of its $200 million pledge.

Source: IRIN | 18 months on, Gaza donors still falling way short

Germany Green Lights Legal Case Against Erdogan Critical Comic – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Yet even as she announced that legal proceedings would go ahead, the chancellor also signaled her intention to abolish the law before the end of the current legislative session, saying it was “unnecessary.” The chancellor also shared her concerns about the situation of the press in Turkey and the plights of individual journalists in the country. She added that the German government would ensure freedom of expression at home and she emphasized that the independence of the judicial system applied as much in Turkey as it does in Germany and “other countries in the democratic world.”‘Kicking Kurds, Beating Christians’ Merkel, in short, was doing her best to walk a political tightrope — trying to satisfy Erdogan while at the same time seeking to assuage those voices which have accused her of sacrificing European values in the interest of securing a political deal with Turkey aimed at reducing the number of refugees coming to Europe.

Source: Germany Green Lights Legal Case Against Erdogan Critical Comic – SPIEGEL ONLINE

How To Handle The Disgusting Smell and Mosquitoes Overtaking Beirut

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Pic via Mawtoura. Pic via Mawtoura.

Here it unfolds, the worst chapter in the non-ending story of the Lebanese garbage crisis. Don’t be fooled, the crisis is far from over. The governmental “solution” is so short-sighted and non-sensical that the crisis is bound to be repeated if not in 60 days, then in a few months or years. This is how we do things in this country: we put band-aids on gaping wounds, without making sure that the wound itself has actually been stabilized enough to be managed with band-aids; we do makeup coverups for problems that need hardcore fixes.

Perhaps nothing exemplifies how short-sighted and lala-landish our government is than the Minister of Environment tweeting (then deleting) a few days ago that the wave of mosquitoes and flies the likes of which this country has not seen in recent memory is due to nothing other than the heat. He then subsequently blocked…

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