"Sexytime Frankenstein Death Mosquitoes". can we just not?
I mean, look, I get it. clever. also,
I read your post, went back and read your Upworthy article and have given it several hours thought…
but I am still not happy. I will be as careful as I can be in my response.
there are fewer than 15,000 full-time residents in the Florida Keys. meaning we don’t just fuck off to other homes on the mainland during hurricane OR mosquito season. county records show just over 70,000 residents (including the 15k fulltimers) read: the balance are second home owners, vacation property owners, etc. that own their properties here in the islands. now, who voted and approved the release of the Oxitec mozzies over five years ago?
who are those crying foul now?
look, I know that I have some knuckle-dragging mouthbreathers for neighbors, but here’s my point: it does no one any good to sensationalize - with ever more alarming headlines - this very needed project to TRY to do SOMETHING other than douse those of us who live here year round with aerial bombardment of toxic chemicals (that have knock-on effect of killing the ever so put upon native pollinators, bees, butterflies, etc. not to mention the effects on those folks with compromised breathing issues). terms like “FrankenSkeeters”, “Mutant Mozzies” or “Sexytime Frankenstein Death Mosquitoes” only serve to frighten those aforementioned neighbors that couldn’t be arsed to read any of the actual study or reasearch - however sparing - and make themselves knowledgeable to participate. I’ve been to the public hearings, sat in on county commissioners meetings on this subject. Oxitec was clear on what they know, what can be reasonably expected and what is just frightful fantasy.
I want this project to go forward. the last board meeting said it will. good. there were 70 cases of dengue (breakbone) fever on Key Largo last summer. Key Largo is a target island for release. good. do you or any others here have anything to try?
so, this is from your conclusion to the Upworthy article:
While the science fiction fan in me is still terrified of the consequences, the rational human in me understands the math.
Eliminating 80% of the mosquitoes that deliver these diseases could save nearly half a million lives every year.
So what are we waiting for?
I think we are waiting for headlines and scare phrases like f*cking “Sexytime Frankenstein Death Mosquitoes”
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