What Could Go Wrong? Brazil Plans To Kill Zika With Gamma Radiation Burst

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Having "nailed it" with the feces-infused water for the Olympics, killed the golden goose of its economy, and unable to crackdown on widespread corruption, Brazil now has a 'great' idea to solve its utterly disastrous Zika epidemic... by zapping millions of male mosquitoes with gamma rays from drones to sterilise them.


As The Telegraph reports, Brazil is planning to fight the Zika virus by zapping millions of male mosquitoes with gamma rays to sterilise them and stop the spread of the virus linked to thousands of birth defects.

Called an irradiator, the device has been used to control fruit flies on the Portuguese island of Madeira. The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday it will pay to ship the device to Juazeiro, in the northeastern state of Bahia, as soon as the Brazilian government issues an import permit.


"It's a birth control method, the equivalent of family planning for humans," said Kostas Bourtzis, a molecular biologist with the IAEA's insect pest control laboratory.

Brazil is scrambling to eradicate the Aedes mosquito that has caused an epidemic of dengue and more recently an outbreak of Zika, a virus associated with an alarming surge in cases of babies born with abnormally small heads.


The new epidemic threatens to scare visitors away from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August. A Brazilian non-profit organisation called Moscamed will breed up to 12 million male mosquitoes a week and then sterilise them with the cobalt-60 irradiator, produced by Canadian company MDS Nordion, said Dr Bourtzis.

After an initial programme in a dozen towns near Juazeiro, the Brazilian government would have to decide on scaling up the sterile mosquito production with more funding for use in cities, where they would be released from the air, possibly from drones, said Dr Bourtzis.


With no cure or vaccine available for Zika, which has spread to more than 30 countries, mostly in the Americas, the only way to contain the virus is to reduce the mosquito population.


Brazilian researchers are also experimenting with radiation. The Fiocruz biomedical research institute has released 30,000 sterile mosquitoes on an island 217 miles off the coast of northeast Brazil.

What could possibly go wrong? And the question now is - will Olympic athletes be 'tested' for performance-enhancing gamma-radiation?

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peddling-fiction's picture

Is this for real. Naaah. Get out of here. /lol

Might as well make up the gamma radiation bit, if you invented the Zika virus. Right?

Silky Johnson's picture

By male mosquitos they mean people, right?

pods's picture

Zika has been around for a long ass time.  

Small headed babies have surged just last year.

And we are looking at Zika as the problem?

What is the definition of small headed baby?  Has this changed?


Silky Johnson's picture

Long circuses and pinheads!

Father Thyme's picture
Father Thyme (not verified) Silky Johnson Feb 24, 2016 3:50 PM

That picture is the best ever argument for anti-natalism, other than this book:


Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence
David Benatar

This book argues for a number of related, highly provocative views: (i) coming into existence is always a serious harm; (ii) procreation is always wrong; (iii) it is wrong not to abort foetuses at the earlier stages of gestation; and (iv) it would be better if, as a result of there being no new people, humanity became extinct. Although these conclusions are antagonistic to common and deeply held intuitions, the book argues that these intuitions are unreliable and thus cannot be used to refute it's grim-sounding conclusions.

Keywords: existence, harm, procreation, abortion, future people, extinction
Bibliographic Information
Print publication date: 2006     Print ISBN-13: 9780199296422
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007     DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296422.001.0001

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Father Thyme (not verified) Father Thyme Feb 24, 2016 3:51 PM

Well, don't forget the Bible, from which Benatar's book title originates.


• Job 3:3 "Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived."
• Ecclesiastes 4:2-3 "I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive. But better than both is the one who has never been born, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun."
• Jeremiah 20:14-18 "Cursed be the day on which I was born: let not the day on which my mother bore me be blessed. Cursed be the man...because he slew me not from the womb; so that my mother might have been my grave and her womb always great. Why did I come out of the womb to see labour and sorrow?"
• Matthew 24:19 "Woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!"
• Mark 13:17 "Woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!"
• Luke 21:23 "Woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!"
• Luke 23:29 "Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!"
• Matthew 26.24 "It would be better for him if he had not been born."
• Mark 14:21 "It would be better for him if he had not been born."

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KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) Father Thyme Feb 24, 2016 3:53 PM

Oh fuck! Now you've done it... seek truth will be jumping on this in 5...4...3...2..

macholatte's picture

They are going to send at least one drone into the forest and irradiate EVERYTHING in the hope of sterilizing some mosquitoes.
Did I get that right?

Countrybunkererd's picture

NEVER!!! Oh, a government plan?  Yes that is correct then.

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Father Thyme (not verified) Countrybunkererd Feb 24, 2016 4:12 PM

Life is one fucked up tragedy; human intelligence doubly so.


We're chemical machines, that have been built over 4 billion years, and we've been tested in what can be called quite accurately a 'Gladiator War'; where the machines went into the battle and if you won your DNA replicated, and that's all it was was a war. And as time evolved the war became more complex. As the organisms evolved they get more and more elaborate tools.
Our intelligence only exists because it was a scheming tool, because it made us better at stealing star energy from other organisms. That's the only reason why it exists. And it still remains its only function. To be used as a scheming tool to derive gratification or satisfaction of our selfish individual desires.

Gladiator War (Graphic Content)

froze25's picture

OK so lets get this straight.
Zika around since 1940
No other cases of shrunken heads outside of Brazil
Zika in other places than Brazil
New Pesticides used in Brazil starting about 1 year ago
Shrunken heads appear about 1 year later.
Brazilian Gov't is covering their A$$'s and blaming Zika.
Monsanto sub corp is producer of the Pesticide
What else do we need. This is a cover up and Brazilian Gov't is trying to avoid taking responsibility.

ThaBigPerm's picture

I, for one, can't wait for the Kaiju movies that will come from this...

Retired Guy's picture

Yes let's get this straight. They sterilize the males in the lab then set them loose to outnumber the functional males. This makes successful mating rare. This practice is long established with other pests and works to reduce the pest population. 

The title of the article misleads to visions of lose nukes. Unfortunately some posters have swallowed the delusion.

gonetogalt's picture

Yes, this is the first actual fuck up by a Tyler, probably due to bad translation from the Portagge linga...(Google translate?)

Paveway IV's picture

You have to admit... Zippy's parties are epic. Why can't we get a quality candidate like him to run for prez? 

froze25's picture

I hear he frequently has "Deez Nutz" hanging around.

Raisuli's picture

I don't think so. One irradiator in a mosquito breeding lab on the ground sterilizes millions of male mosquitoes that then are released from drones.

eforce's picture

They should becareful, they might mutate, only a few IQ points seperates Mosquitos from providing a more effective leadership than the current government.

Countrybunkererd's picture

BS!  Prove to me that the mosquitos are less intelligent!

Seek_Truth's picture

-pester everyone in the area they lay claim to.
-never consider the feelings of their host.
-suck as much blood as possible from their hosts.
-spread disease and death as a matter of course.
-are mindless in carrying out their actions.
-won't stop until terminated.

-pester everyone in the area they lay claim to.
-never consider the feelings of their host.
-suck as much blood as possible from their hosts.
-spread disease and death as a matter of course.
-are mindless in carrying out their actions.
-won't stop until terminated.

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KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) Seek_Truth Feb 24, 2016 4:29 PM

Well, it took 23 minutes... (so, people, the present world record for 5...4...3...2... = 23 minutes)


Hey seek... Do you think the 2nd coming of Christ already has a ZH user account, or is he still waiting for the right moment to strike?


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Father Thyme (not verified) KesselRunin12Parsecs Feb 24, 2016 4:48 PM

Great quote, Kessel!

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Father Thyme (not verified) Seek_Truth Feb 24, 2016 4:35 PM

Fe Fi Fo Fust, I smell the stink of an anarchist. Generally known to be pretty low IQ individuals, like pictured above.

A shallow-minded school of social philosophers, the anarchists, chose to ignore the matter by suggesting a stateless organization of mankind.
Ludwig von Mises
The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science

Terminate government and you terminate civilization itself.

Government as such is not only not an evil, but the most necessary and beneficial institution, as without it no lasting social cooperation and no civilization would be possible.
Ludwig von Mises
The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science

Anarchists are like sailors who think sinking the boat is the solution to all shipboard problems.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

One does not need to be an anarchist to have a strong desire to see the size and expense (and power) of Government reduced by a serious degree.

Using phrases like 'stink of an anarchist' and 'generally know to be pretty low IQ individuals' does not help make your point.

Father Thyme's picture

True. But he wants to see government "terminated." Just like a halfwit Communist who wants to see the state "wither away."

And if you don't like derogatory terms about anarchists like "shallow-minded," then don't read Mises and get all butthurt.

Seek_Truth's picture

Listen nitwit.

Termination is what happens to all failed governments.

The Roman Empire was terminated.

The Assyrian Empire was terminated.

The Babylonian Empire was terminated.

Etc, etc, etc.

It should be obvious that I am not an Anarchist- I am a Christian.

Presumptuous idiot.

PS- get a sense of humor- that is what the comparison between mosquitoes and human governments was- they are both parasites, and as such, have very much in common.

PPS- as of right now, at least 10 people appreciated the comparison in question- perhaps you aren't as "with it" as you imagine as you talk to yourself in the mirror.

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Father Thyme (not verified) Seek_Truth Feb 24, 2016 6:04 PM

at least 10 people

I've met shallow-minded menpleasers like you before.

Seek_Truth's picture

You obviously have a problem with facts.

You've shown it repeatedly.

You're just a narcissistic troll.

Always trying to stir up trouble.

Never learning anything of substance.

PS- you would know about "menpleasers", it' s right in your profile that you seek the adoration of men, rather than the truth:
What a shallow, transparent anti-Christian you demonstrably are.

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Father Thyme (not verified) Seek_Truth Feb 24, 2016 7:47 PM

You mad, bro?  *snort*

Dr. Acula's picture

That's superseded by Rothbard and Hoppe.

Seriously, get with the times.


Anyway, von Mises says

""The evils of violence, robbery, and murder can be
prevented only by an institution that itself, whenever needed,
resorts to the very methods of acting for the prevention of which
it is established... Government as such is not only not an evil, but the most
necessary and beneficial institution"

I don't see any proof about the institution needing to have a monopoly over a particular geographical region.


goldsaver's picture

This anarchist believes in the correct definition of the word, deriving from the Greek "Anarchos" (without a ruler). Societies work just fine without the violence of the State. Only the State can extract production from the inhabitants of a particular geographical area in order to commit mass murder against the inhabitants of another geographic are for the benefit of the few.

"For war is essentially the health of the State"  --The State, Randolph Bourne

No State, No war.

You statists are convinced that in order to be protected from the 1% of the population that would freely steal and murder you the 1% of the population that calls itself the government must be given the moral authority to steal and murder you.

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Father Thyme (not verified) goldsaver Feb 24, 2016 7:51 PM

Societies work just fine without the violence of the State.

Another anarchist/pacifist/primitivist who is completely full of shit.

Primitive tribal societies work fine without the State, but they still work on violence. Humans are obviously experts at violence, as our hand is specifically evolved for it.

Human fist evolved to punch, new study says


BuddyEffed's picture

Could be used against the local opposition if done from drones.
Would be insane to cross those robot things in the earlier article (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rVlhMGQgDkY) with this radiation sterilizing tech.
Kind of like this linked image of Gort but with a radioactive beam. https://www.google.com/search?q=gort+photo&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&cl...
Could screw you over from a nearby hillside with some hours or days of "treatment" and you would never even know it.
Of course it could do worse than just sterilize.
And SBD too.
Might be a RFP for it already.
The Isis mindset would tend to try something along those lines. Or maybe some rogue oligarch.

Jena's picture

Yeah, as hard as they've been looking, they don't have a direct corellation between Zika and the new cases of microcephaly even though they can recover active Zika from brains of microcephalic stillborn fetuses. There could be a co-factor, like cytomegalovirus (non-mosquito borne) or something else that isn't on the radar yet.

Something doesn't add up.

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KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) Jena Feb 24, 2016 3:52 PM

I'll bet you're just a RIOT on a first date, huh?

Wahooo's picture

Rather talk about Zika than Katy Perry.

gonetogalt's picture

Here's an introductory article on Zika, (Here in Guyana there have been two cases confirmed, one a couple of miles from here)...



And releasing the Irradiated male 'skeeters has been going on for a while in Brazil as Dengue Fever reduction. Only thing new here is releasing them by drone, which is probably not a bad idea.

weburke's picture

you new to the actions of elites? scapegoat  mosquitoes


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KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) pods Feb 24, 2016 3:51 PM

So, I guess this Gamma Ray Burst is gonna come from the sun explosion of the solar system of PLANET CLAIRE


FFS ~ the B-52's didn't even play PLANET CLAIRE on their set in 'Rock in Rio' ~ sheesh!


Oh well... There's always a PARTY! [somewhere] I guess


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KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) ToSoft4Truth Feb 24, 2016 4:14 PM

Oh yeah, I'm sure the man made Large Hadron can do the job of an imploding red Giant, because, well u know, we're EXCEPTIONAL (& are gonna stop global warming & shit in our spare time by painting the roofs of our houses white & driving a Prius).


All we need now is 'rigged' digital P2P currency exchange and EVERYONE (not just me), will be able to do the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs (in a broken down Chevy Vega).

True Blue's picture

You do know that a parsec is a unit of distance, not time; right?

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KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) True Blue Feb 24, 2016 5:02 PM

Yes grasshopper, I actually do... (but to satisfy your curiosity)


1. It's just a stupid dumb quote from a movie (& that's all it's ever meant to be)

2. The PARSEC (as a unit of distance) conundrum could theoretically be resolved by considering that the so called 'Kessel Run', (as a unit of distance), might have been achieved by flying dangerously close to the event horizons of black holes (during the 'RUN'), that had otherwise been attempted, (& thereby, shortening the 'distance' ~ & whereby'UNDER' would be indeed valid)


So, if you want to bore me with other comments, please feel free...

undertow1141's picture

And to be honest, due to the fixed speed of light, distance and time are identical. You could measure it either way and be correct.

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KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) undertow1141 Feb 24, 2016 5:42 PM

assuming the speed of light is, indeed, fixed (which, at some point in the present or past, might be  the same sort of assumption as the earth being flat).

gonetogalt's picture

Light speed is established to be DECREASING ...

Which sorta fucks everything else up.