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Ninth Street Bridge could be renamed to honor Rachel Carson
Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | Dec 5, 2005 | Jerome L. Sherman

Posted on 12/05/2005 4:15:08 AM PST by Ditto

Rachel Carson, a driving force behind the modern environmental movement, grew up in a modest homestead in Springdale Borough near the Allegheny River. For the budding marine biologist, the river's waters were an early inspiration.

Now, more than four decades after Ms. Carson's death, her presence may return to those waters.

Allegheny County Council tomorrow will consider renaming the Ninth Street Bridge in her honor. If the resolution is approved, Ms. Carson would join Roberto Clemente and Andy Warhol as namesakes for the three Downtown "Sister Bridges" that cross the Allegheny.

"This is long overdue," said Esther L. Barazzone, president of Chatham College, Ms. Carson's alma mater and home of the Rachel Carson Institute. "People realize that Rachel Carson is truly world class. We need to strengthen our connection to her."

Ms. Carson's 1962 book, "Silent Spring," criticized the harmful effects of pesticides, sparking a prolonged battle with the chemical industry. In 1970, six years after Ms. Carson's death, the federal government founded the Environmental Protection Agency. Two years later, the government banned the use of the pesticide DDT in the United States.

"Silent Spring" also pushed many people to rethink their connection with the natural world.

"It was wonderful. It inspired me," said Ron Meyers, a former visiting assistant professor with Chatham's environmental studies program. "It showed the courage of environmentalists."

"Silent Spring'' has been translated into almost every known language, according to Fiona Fisher, interim executive director of the Rachel Carson Homestead, a national historical landmark on Marion Avenue in Springdale.

"She used science in a way that ordinary people could understand," Ms. Fisher said. "People began to question what was being done."

(Excerpt) Read more at post-gazette.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: ddt; environment; envirowhacko; junkscience; leftistagenda; malaria; malira; phony; pittsburgh; propaganda; pseudoscience; rachelcarson; silentspring; thanksforthebedbugs
Carson's book, Silent Spring, has not only been demonstrarted to be junk science, but her illinformed indictment of DDT has lead to the needless deaths of many millions.
1 posted on 12/05/2005 4:15:09 AM PST by Ditto
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To: Ditto
Here is a link for information on the death toll caused by DDT junk science."

It is just wrong to honor this woman.

2 posted on 12/05/2005 4:19:27 AM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Ditto

AAAAAAUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHHH!

There is no limit to the insanity in Pittsburgh.

prisoner6

3 posted on 12/05/2005 4:19:41 AM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the left fall out!)
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To: namsman

Ping!


4 posted on 12/05/2005 4:22:14 AM PST by SW6906 (5 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, guns and ammunition.)
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To: prisoner6

Has the County Council there run out of important work to do? Isnt there a bridge in Springdale to name for her? What a joke!!!!!!!!


5 posted on 12/05/2005 4:30:21 AM PST by doosee
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To: Ditto

How about a memorial to all the blind children who would otherwise have their sight if it weren't for this evil woman.


6 posted on 12/05/2005 4:31:17 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Ditto

6 posts and no pancake pics?


7 posted on 12/05/2005 4:32:51 AM PST by Born Conservative ("Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion." -Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: Born Conservative

Why do you want pankakes? To celebrate the needless deaths of millions of children?


8 posted on 12/05/2005 4:35:16 AM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Ditto

Oops; my mistake. I was thinking Rachel CORRIE.


9 posted on 12/05/2005 4:36:43 AM PST by Born Conservative ("Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion." -Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: Born Conservative

Pancakes? I don't need no stinking pancakes.

10 posted on 12/05/2005 4:39:21 AM PST by csvset
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To: doosee

Home

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc.

Tucson, AZ 

www.aapsonline.org

The following resolution was approved on a nearly unanimous vote during the 2004 AAPS General Assembly in Portland, Oregon, October 13-16, as the official opinion of this national association representing thousands of physicians and surgeons in private practice in the United States.

RESOLUTION  61-02, 2004: Legalizing DDT to Fight Malaria in Tropical Countries

WHEREAS: malaria has killed more people than any other infectious disease in history and is still epidemic in tropical countries – infecting 300,000,000 people and killing more than 1,000,000 every year, most of them pregnant women and children under five in sub-Saharan Africa; and

WHEREAS: more than 50 million people have died from malaria since EPA Administrator William Ruckelshaus arbitrarily banned DDT in 1972, contrary to expert testimony and a decision by Judge Edmund Sweeney that the pesticide was not harmful to humans, animals or the environment – a position subsequently affirmed by the World Health Organization and many other experts; and

WHEREAS: the WHO-UN-World Bank “Roll Back Malaria” campaign to cut malaria rates in half by 2010 has relied entirely on bed nets and drug therapies, and refused to consider the use of pesticides, even as the rate of malaria increased by more than 15% during the program’s six-year existence, killing millions, leaving others too sick to work, and perpetuating poverty in many nations; and

WHEREAS: mosquitoes are much less likely to develop resistance to DDT because it is no longer used in agriculture, and spraying tiny amounts of this pesticide on the walls of traditional huts repels mosquitoes and kills them on contact for six months or more, without contaminating the environment; and

WHEREAS: South Africa successfully used DDT to reduce malaria by more than 90% in three years, by using DDT to spray huts and in combination with artemisinin-based drugs and other strategies – a program that many poor countries want to emulate, but are prevented from doing so by threats from donor agencies and activist groups that continue to oppose the use of DDT under any circumstances;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons supports efforts to insist or require that agencies of the United States and United Nations permit, encourage, and fund the use of DDT in tropical countries where malaria is prevalent and health ministries wish to use it to save lives.  

 

11 posted on 12/05/2005 4:41:01 AM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Ditto

Because of Rachel Carson, more people have died than from Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot combined

When I've contacted the Sierra Club and other organizations and asked them to provide hard scientific evidence of the damage that DDT does, they either send me some emotional junk with no hard scinece studiesm or they ignore me.

I'm waiting to see if Silent Spring is still on the school's reading list this year. If it is, I'm going to start a one woman campaign to get it removed!!


12 posted on 12/05/2005 4:42:34 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: prisoner6
The Malaria Death counter --- more than 90 million people needlessly dead since the EPA ban on DDT.
13 posted on 12/05/2005 4:47:58 AM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Ditto

What DID cause the silent spring?


14 posted on 12/05/2005 4:49:39 AM PST by Muzzle_em (I'm an island awash in a sea of stupidity)
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To: Ditto

This is nothing more than doublespeak for the democrats taxing the city into the ground. They need the donations (i.e. naming rights) and PR in the worst way.


15 posted on 12/05/2005 4:50:23 AM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad against The Red Cross.)
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To: Ditto
" The Malaria Death counter --- more than 90 million people needlessly dead since the EPA ban on DDT"

But the Bald Eagles are thriving!

/envirowhacko mode>.

16 posted on 12/05/2005 4:53:13 AM PST by Rebelbase (Food stamps, section-8, State paid Child support, etc. pay more than the min. wage.)
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To: prisoner6
There is no limit to the insanity in Pittsburgh.

Ya wanna know how nuts it is? The Steelers' special teams coach still has a job this morning.

17 posted on 12/05/2005 4:55:12 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Ditto; prisoner6; Badray; mountaineer

Hi, Ditto -- thanks for posting that info. Isn't there a cemetary that can be dedicated to her?

Best to you all, 'burghers. Stay warm! (hehe!)


18 posted on 12/05/2005 4:56:14 AM PST by cyn
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To: Ditto; Petronski; martin_fierro; prisoner6; OldFriend
Great thread.

I live in Pittsburgh and if it is renamed for this "woman" they should then paint the damn bridge BLACK, instead of the yellow that it is now!

19 posted on 12/05/2005 5:00:05 AM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: Ditto

I think they should rename it for Fat Albert. Anyone besides me remember that comedy skit?


20 posted on 12/05/2005 5:01:13 AM PST by Richard Kimball (Tenure is the enemy of excellence.)
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To: Muzzle_em; Rebelbase
Read the links I posted. DDT had nothing to do with harming birds, thinning egg shells, liver cancer in fish or any of the other horrors the MSM and watermellons have been feeding you all of you life. That scientific information exonorating DDT was available in 1962 when Carson wrote Silent Spring, but she completly distorted the research.

Keep in mind that the driving force in the EPA ban in 1972 was not science or the environment. William Ruckelshouse, the EPA Administrator, completly ignored all the recomendations of his own staff scientists when he banned DDT. It was the "Population Bomb" crap that the radicals were pushing and DDT became public enemy #1 because it was effective in stopping malaria and saving millions of lives in tropical (i.e. non-white) countries.

21 posted on 12/05/2005 5:05:53 AM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Ditto
Rename the bridge:

The Silent Deaths of Millions due to a misguided enviro-whacko Bridge

22 posted on 12/05/2005 5:20:55 AM PST by Red Badger (There are no female angels..............)
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To: Wolfie

Cowher does, too........although he has lost his mind.......I expect him to punch a ref before the season's out........


23 posted on 12/05/2005 5:22:45 AM PST by Red Badger (There are no female angels..............)
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To: Ditto

The left is trying to erect a monument, or symbol, for Carson because they know a landmark fight is coming on this front which will threaten to undermine the entire 'environmental movement' and it governmental machinery. If people think she's a 'genuine' cultural hero and even has public monument status, her credibility as a scientist will be beside the point. This is extremly shrewd and effective tactical move by leftists.


24 posted on 12/05/2005 5:31:32 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth (The problem with being a 'big tent' Party is that the clowns are seated with the paying customers.)
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To: Ditto

A mass murderer bridge? Oh my God.


25 posted on 12/05/2005 5:33:46 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Ditto

Carson lied and millions died.


26 posted on 12/05/2005 5:38:28 AM PST by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find.)
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To: doosee

Has the County Council there run out of important work to do?

Peter Principle in action........they are past their level of comptetence.


27 posted on 12/05/2005 5:47:39 AM PST by PeterPrinciple (Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: Ditto; beyond the sea; Willie Green; xsmommy
Rachel Carson, a driving force behind the modern environmental movement, grew up in a modest homestead in Springdale Borough near the Allegheny River. For the budding marine biologist, the river's waters were an early inspiration.

Ah, the Allegheny Whitefish...

28 posted on 12/05/2005 6:14:29 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Wolfie

l o l


29 posted on 12/05/2005 6:15:26 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Ditto
"Silent Spring" also pushed many people to rethink their connection with the natural world as they died of malaria!
30 posted on 12/05/2005 6:27:34 AM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (Have you visited http://c-pol.blogspot.com?)
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To: beyond the sea

Our family loves Pittsburgh. Son went to Carnegie Mellon and we loved to visit. He goes back every so often to visit friends.


31 posted on 12/05/2005 6:43:00 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Ditto

bttt


32 posted on 12/05/2005 6:48:22 AM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Wolfie

ROFL!


33 posted on 12/05/2005 7:04:43 AM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: beyond the sea
I live in Pittsburgh and if it is renamed for this "woman" they should then paint the damn bridge BLACK, instead of the yellow that it is now!

Well, yellow for Yellow Journalism is appropriate.

34 posted on 12/05/2005 7:16:24 AM PST by Malsua
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To: OldFriend
Son went to Carnegie Mellon and we loved to visit.............

......... maybe when it was known as Carnegie Tech?

35 posted on 12/05/2005 7:22:43 AM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: Malsua; Petronski; martin_fierro; prisoner6
I live in Pittsburgh and if it is renamed for this "woman" they should then paint the damn bridge BLACK, instead of the yellow that it is now! ----------------- Well, yellow for Yellow Journalism is appropriate.

LOL........... I think the silly color is all about the sports teams in the city......... and the fact that union painters would find the need to repaint a faded colored bridge such as yellow/gold more often!!!

I say, "Paint it Black!!!"

36 posted on 12/05/2005 7:26:52 AM PST by beyond the sea (Murtha: Redeployment - What .......Surrender? // “Victory is not a strategy”)
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To: Ditto
If you actually want a realistic assessment, read this post I made in the "DDT Saves Lives" thread:

post from the "DDT saves lives" thread

I'm more than happy to discuss.

37 posted on 12/05/2005 7:31:08 AM PST by cogitator
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To: cyn

When I heard this a month ago, I sent a lot of info to the Republican Council woman, Eileen Watt, who is sponsoring it. She supposedly is conservative. I think that she's pandering for votes. I'm more than disappointed in her. I never heard back from her.

Maybe we can rename it the Death by Malaria Bridge.


38 posted on 12/05/2005 7:49:20 AM PST by Badray
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To: doosee; martin_fierro; xsmommy
Isnt there a bridge in Springdale to name for her?

Nah, there ain't nuthin across the river from Springdale worth buildin' a bridge across to 'nat.

Them poor jags either gotta go 2 miles upriver on old Freeport Road to West New Kensington to cross the C. L. Schmitt / 9th Street / New Ken Bridge (pending on whatcha wanna callit, I bin there lotsa times, but not too much soze my memry's not too good on at one) to get to New Ken 'nat...

Or they can come 3 miles downriver on old Freeport thru Cheswick and Acmetonia til they get to Harmarville. There they can cross the Hulton Bridge (the pink one) to Oakmont 'nat...

Of course, if they're going to Monroeville 'nat, they can also crossover on the turnpike bridge just before they get to Harmarville. But I'd still take the Hulton Bridge to Oakmont instead and go the back roads to Monroeville. That ways, yinz don't hafta pay the toll 'nat.

Oh, en-airs also a railroad bridge nexto the turnpike bridge, but you can't get to it in yer car, not even a SUV 'nat. Heck, that ones way the hell up in the air. I wouldn't even wanna try to hike it, not even drunk. Sheeeesh, yinz'd hafta be NUTZ ta even think bout pullin a stunt like at. Bone between the ears...

39 posted on 12/05/2005 8:35:08 AM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Willie Green; martin_fierro
the C. L. Schmitt / 9th Street / New Ken Bridge (pending on whatcha wanna callit, I bin there lotsa times, but not too much soze my memry's not too good on at one)

Hmmmm... looks like they named that one after Schmitt sometime in the '80s, so it's a safe bet everybody still calls it the New Ken Bridge or the 9th Street Bridge or something like that. Probably the New Ken Bridge soze not to get it mixed up with the 9th Street Bridge in the 'Burgh. (LOL! as if anybody even cared that New Ken had a 9th Street too!)

But that one might make more sense to name after Carson...it IS a lot closer to Springdale afterall. Besides, it's not as if Schmitt is gonna complain about having to share the bridge with Carson. Cripes, he's dead too!

40 posted on 12/05/2005 9:13:55 AM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Willie Green; xsmommy

That is one uuuuugly bridge.

Poor New Ken. It usedta be a nice place.

41 posted on 12/05/2005 9:20:45 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro
Poor New Ken. It usedta be a nice place.

We used to go there a lot when I was little.
Dad worked up in Tarentum/Brackenridge, so us kids would go to the company Christmas party they had for kids up there. And we'd also do a lot of shopping in New Ken. But as we got older, we were too big for the Christmas party. And it was easier for us to go shopping at the "new" malls that were built in Monroeville and the North Hills. (Yeah I know... I'm gettin OLD... (((sigh))) )

42 posted on 12/05/2005 9:30:14 AM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Badray

oooh, that had to hurt!

Though I'm kinda surrprised it took someone so long to make this move ... does #24 sound like reasonable motive, in addition to the pandering?

Ya'll take care.


43 posted on 12/05/2005 10:24:43 AM PST by cyn
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To: KosmicKitty

Hey, don't give the council idiots any ideas. With all the bridges in Pittsburgh, I'm sure they can find a way to name them after some of Carson's "partners in crime" that you noted!


44 posted on 12/05/2005 11:13:48 AM PST by ssaftler (Politically Correct is neither!)
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To: Ditto

How about a memorial for the uncounted millions of dead who died of insect borne diseases who would otherwise have lived if it wasn't for this woman and her crusade against a beneficial chemical.


45 posted on 12/05/2005 11:15:42 AM PST by Spiff ("They start yelling, 'Murderer!' 'Traitor!' They call me by name." - Gael Murphy, Code Pink leader)
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To: cyn

Yeah. 24 makes a lot of sense. It's just sad to see Eileen taken in by their garbage. Even if she didn't know the harm that would occur, it still happened. It's nothing to memorialize.


46 posted on 12/05/2005 2:09:52 PM PST by Badray
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