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But Her Heart Was Good (How many has Rachel Carson killed?)
Forbes.com ^ | 5/21/07 | Rich Karlgaard

Posted on 05/21/2007 7:25:01 PM PDT by gridlock

Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring--the book that got mosquito-killer DDT banned and launched the modern environmental movement--while struggling with cancer. The disease killed Carson in 1964, two years after Silent Spring came out.

Today's Washington Post has a story on Carson--whose 100th birth anniversary occurs later this month--and her noble fight against cancer. A touching piece.

But maddening, too! Because in the story's 34 paragraphs, there are only a buried pair, the 26th and 27th, that note the ongoing controversy about DDT's ban.

A Maryland Congressman (evil Republican, of course ... wink, wink) is quoted as saying that malaria deaths might have been prevented had DDT not been banned.

That happens to be true. DDT kills mosquitoes, which carry malaria, which was all but eradicated before DDT was banned.

Buried in paragraph 27, and paraphrasing the Congressman, The Washington Post concedes that "numerous" deaths might have been prevented by DDT.

Let's stop here. Any curious reader would ask, Just how "numerous" is numerous? Wouldn't you ask that question? The Post never asks that question. Why?

Because the answer devastates Rachel Carson and her followers. According to these CDC figures, malaria kills more than 800,000 children under age five every year.

Every year, 800,000 small children die from malaria, a disease once nearly eradicated. Ponder that.

And all The Washington Post can say is "numerous?"

That's scandalous.

What do you think? Post your comments below.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: carson; cryptocommunitst; ddt; ddtistasty; ecofraud; envirotards; frauds; idrinkddt; malaria; silentspring
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Another piece pointing out the obvious.

I saw a couple of Hollywood types making a very earnest pitch on a TV commercial yesteday to raise money to buy mosquito nets for Third World children to save them from malaria. I think the enviro-weenies are beginning to see the backlash coming and want to be seen doing something... anything... to look like they are getting out in front on this issue.

The fact that all this malaria is completely attributable to the non-sensical elimination of DDT completely escapes them.

1 posted on 05/21/2007 7:25:10 PM PDT by gridlock
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To: gridlock

They were just trying to reduce the ecological footprint of Africans.


2 posted on 05/21/2007 7:28:07 PM PDT by lonestar67 (Its time to withdraw from the War on Bush-- your side is hopelessly lost in a quagmire.)
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To: gridlock

Absent from the Liberal mindset is the wisdom that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.


3 posted on 05/21/2007 7:28:32 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth shall set you free))))
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To: gridlock

Another typical liberal environmental boondoggle. Ever notice how things never improve after they convince everyone to do their bidding? The reason is, what we are forced to do to appease them has no effect on the non problems they wring their hands about. In this case, they truly did damage, but will never be held accountable.


4 posted on 05/21/2007 7:30:05 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: gridlock

That’s liberals. But they always meeeeeeeean so well. And of course, as we all know, being a liberal means never having to say you’re sorry.


5 posted on 05/21/2007 7:31:43 PM PDT by livius
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To: w1andsodidwe

How many times in a row must environmental legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them “unintended”?


6 posted on 05/21/2007 7:32:14 PM PDT by gridlock (On January 20, 2009, Fred Dalton Thompson will be sworn in as President of the United States.)
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To: gridlock

But the liberals mean well and that’s all that really counts.


7 posted on 05/21/2007 7:33:12 PM PDT by mimaw
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To: livius

You would think that 800,000 dead kids a year would make an impression... but I guess not.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the fact that the vast majority of these children are African or Asian has a lot to do with the fact that your typical Liberal cannot manage to care.


8 posted on 05/21/2007 7:34:04 PM PDT by gridlock (On January 20, 2009, Fred Dalton Thompson will be sworn in as President of the United States.)
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To: gridlock
According to the Washington Post, there are "numerous" abortions every year too.

And they don't care, since most of them (by far) are just expendable brown people.





[spit]

9 posted on 05/21/2007 7:35:15 PM PDT by Petronski (Ron Paul will never be President of the United States.)
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To: gridlock
How many times in a row must environmental legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them “unintended”? I think I am going to promote that one to tag-line status...
10 posted on 05/21/2007 7:36:43 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: Petronski

(spit), Indeed!


11 posted on 05/21/2007 7:37:19 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: gridlock

Shame on you all for looking at the actual results instead of at their intentions!


12 posted on 05/21/2007 7:37:34 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Petronski

But we eeeeeevil Republicans are the racists, don’tcha know...


13 posted on 05/21/2007 7:37:52 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: gridlock
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for 'our own good' will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

-- C. S. Lewis

14 posted on 05/21/2007 7:39:05 PM PDT by M203M4
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To: M203M4
C. S. Lewis is the Man!
15 posted on 05/21/2007 7:39:57 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: gridlock
According to these CDC figures, malaria kills more than 800,000 children under age five every year.

They would never say so openly, but the population controllers and the greenies probably think this is a good thing. Fewer third worlders to screw up the environment and increase global warming.

16 posted on 05/21/2007 7:41:38 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: MrB
Shame on you all for looking at the actual results instead of at their intentions!

When people do the same thing over and over with the same result, over and over, one can be forgiven thinking that that same result is not what they were after, all along.

17 posted on 05/21/2007 7:42:44 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

This is not directly relevant to the topic of discussion here, but speaking of intention, why does intention play a major role in murder cases ? For example the penalty for murdering a spouse with the intention of collecting insurance is different from the penalty given for say rage killing--eg finding out that the spouse has been unfaithful. Is the penalty punishing the thought or the crime ? I don't know the answer.. I am just wondering.

18 posted on 05/21/2007 7:42:56 PM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: gridlock

Rachael Carson is responsible for an almost equal number of deaths as Communism..


19 posted on 05/21/2007 7:44:11 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: Cicero
Fewer third worlders to screw up the environment and increase global warming.

Funny how Greenies always seem so happy to eliminate other people, but never get around to eliminating themselves.

Any committed Environmentalist who does not immediately go out and kill himself is a poseur...

20 posted on 05/21/2007 7:44:41 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: TASMANIANRED
Rachael Carson is responsible for an almost equal number of deaths as Communism..

Your obvious error is to assume that Environmentalism and Communism are not one and the same.

21 posted on 05/21/2007 7:46:17 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: gridlock

The Pittsburgh newspapers (mainstream and alternative) regularly polish Carson’s saintly image and consider her one of the city’s greatest products.


22 posted on 05/21/2007 7:46:46 PM PDT by relictele
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To: gridlock

Hate to rain on anybody’s parade, but the screen door and screened windows was effectively controlling Malaria in the southern US before DDT came along. Doesn’t mean I’m against the judicious use of DDT in Africa or elsewhere.


23 posted on 05/21/2007 7:46:48 PM PDT by Hiddigeigei (One doesn't have to regret the Enlightenment to be a conservative!)
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To: gridlock

bump


24 posted on 05/21/2007 7:47:15 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Hiddigeigei
Hate to rain on anybody’s parade, but the screen door and screened windows was effectively controlling Malaria in the southern US before DDT came along.

If your house has no walls, where do you put the screen?

25 posted on 05/21/2007 7:47:56 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: gridlock
Eliminating DDT didn’t save the birds either.

New influx of mosquito's carrying west nile and ravaging the bird population, especially raptors.

26 posted on 05/21/2007 7:50:31 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: gridlock

DDT is our friend.
DDT for insect control, hexachlorophene for antibacterial/antifungal soaps that almost got rid of ringworm infections. They’re even trying to get rid of childhood immunizations. The greenies and the lawyers have gotten rid of everything that made us healthier as a species.


27 posted on 05/21/2007 7:50:35 PM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: relictele

Rachel Carson is considered, by many, to be a secular saint.

Sad, but true.


28 posted on 05/21/2007 7:50:47 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball
For example the penalty for murdering a spouse with the intention of collecting insurance is different from the penalty given for say rage killing--eg finding out that the spouse has been unfaithful

At least in your example, there is reason to treat the two crimes differently. In the former, there is a certain cold calculation - one has to decide that the value of the taken life is less than the monetary gain to the perp. Then, one has to plan such a deed (presumably trying not to be caught). One assumes that the killer is fully aware of the consequences of their actions and yet decides to carry them out anyhow, and purely for financial gain.

In a rage killing, you could have an isolated case of a person so overwhelmed with emotion, that they react without thinking, possibly not intending to kill, but using excessive force being blinded by anger. There's no intent or forethought involved, and probably not much consideration of the consequences. Plus, a jury can understand being so angered that a person could lash out - the jury may even sympathize with the killer, where its difficult to find sympathy in one who plans a murder for financial gain.

Just my thoughts...
29 posted on 05/21/2007 7:51:25 PM PDT by CertainInalienableRights
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To: M203M4
>>...omnipotent moral busybodies.<<

How I wish that Mister Lewis could be here today to witness the “good conscience” of:

Hillarycare
Michael Moore
Al Gore
Atheist Dawkins
PETA
ELF
NEA GLESN
The Democratic Party

The Loonie Lethal Lefties...All Chiefs, No Indians!

30 posted on 05/21/2007 7:51:35 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: gridlock

I hope she meets all of those souls one at a time.


31 posted on 05/21/2007 7:51:47 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Satan is working both sides of the street in World Socialism and World Courts.)
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To: gridlock
I was simply remarking on Rachael Carson...Environmental Communism came after wards.
32 posted on 05/21/2007 7:53:11 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: BuffaloJack
The greenies and the lawyers have gotten rid of everything that made us healthier as a species.

To what end?

I gotta say, I read Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six back when it was published, and thought it was just silly. Now I see that Clancy may have just been a few years ahead of the curve.

33 posted on 05/21/2007 7:53:18 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: Cicero
They would never say so openly, but the population controllers and the greenies probably think this is a good thing. Fewer third worlders to screw up the environment and increase global warming.

"It's terrible to have to say this. World population must be stabilized and to do that we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. This is so horrible to contemplate that we shouldn't even say it. But the general situation in which we are involved is lamentable." -- Jacques Cousteau, November 1991
34 posted on 05/21/2007 8:02:35 PM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: bmwcyle
I hope she meets all of those souls one at a time.

I am going to be charitable and assume that Carson did not intend to kill all those children. The problem is, she did not stop to think things through. Nobody did.

35 posted on 05/21/2007 8:03:15 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: M203M4
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36 posted on 05/21/2007 8:04:08 PM PDT by HoosierHawk
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To: tang-soo

Good one. I think I missed that.


37 posted on 05/21/2007 8:04:20 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: tang-soo

Who gets to pick today’s 350,000?


38 posted on 05/21/2007 8:04:44 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: gridlock
Who gets to pick today’s 350,000?

Cause, let's face it, Des Moines, Iowa is just annoying...

39 posted on 05/21/2007 8:08:07 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: gridlock

Liberals have been wrong on EVERY major issue for the last 50 years.

This is just one more issue they are wrong about.


40 posted on 05/21/2007 8:10:15 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: gridlock

Ah, but children don’t count in the life of a liberal. Especially third world children.


41 posted on 05/21/2007 8:12:23 PM PDT by DanielLongo (Don't tread on me)
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To: gridlock

Some estimates put the number of malaria deaths as high as 2,000,000 people every year. Whether they were over the age of five or under it makes no difference. It’s been going on for 30 years.


42 posted on 05/21/2007 8:12:34 PM PDT by sig226 (Where did my tag line go?)
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To: DanielLongo
Ah, but children don’t count in the life of a liberal. Especially third world children.

Maybe they just consider them to be really, really, really late-term abortions...

43 posted on 05/21/2007 8:13:42 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: gridlock
My house has walls. Doesn't yours?
Kidding aside, I understand what you mean, of course. Maybe we should fumigate under the bridges and let the Africans produce their own DDT.
44 posted on 05/21/2007 8:14:11 PM PDT by Hiddigeigei (One doesn't have to regret the Enlightenment to be a conservative!)
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To: sig226
Thanks for the figure. If you have 800,000 under five, then 2,000,000 overall would be in the right neighborhood.

I think the reason to focus on the children is because Libs are always talking about what we have to do for The Chilllllrun, as Rush would say...

45 posted on 05/21/2007 8:15:50 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: BuffaloJack
hexachlorophene for antibacterial/antifungal soaps that almost got rid of ringworm infections.

We are in ringworm hell at my house. 10 days into treatment, the first site isn't looking much better and we've just discovered site number two.

FReeper advice would be appreciated!

46 posted on 05/21/2007 8:17:08 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: Hiddigeigei
One doesn't have to regret the Enlightenment to be a conservative

One doesn't have to regret the Enlightenment to be a conservative... But it helps!

Sorry, playing to the Pubbie stereotype, again...

47 posted on 05/21/2007 8:18:14 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: Dianna

I remember the shampoo we used when we were kids. But I’m pretty sure that stuff, foul as it was, is not available anymore. It sure did the trick, though!


48 posted on 05/21/2007 8:20:02 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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To: gridlock

Up your wazoo.


49 posted on 05/21/2007 8:20:07 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right but never in doubt)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

That’s not where I get bitten by mosquitos... but maybe I’m not hanging out at the right kind of parties...

My question regarding a house with no walls was more related to conditions one might find in Africa.


50 posted on 05/21/2007 8:21:58 PM PDT by gridlock (How often must legislation have negative consequences before we can stop calling them unintended?)
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