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TownHall.com ^ | Wednesday, October 9, 2002 | by Walter Williams

Posted on 10/08/2002 11:29:54 PM PDT by JohnHuang2

Activists in the environmentalist movement have a callous disregard for people. You say: "What do you mean, Williams? We can't think of a more caring people." First, I'm not talking about sensible people who're concerned about clean air and water. I'm talking about the movement leaders and the politicians they have under their thumbs. Let's look at it. The New York Green Party said in its opposition to pesticide spraying to halt the spread of West Nile disease, "These diseases only kill the old and people whose health is already poor." In East Meadow and Hempstead, N.Y., local officials, following the advice of environmental activists, decided not to spray. Nassau County's Health Commissioner said, "We believe the risk of infection for residents remains quite low." Two county residents became infected with West Nile disease and died. Environment activist Lynn Landes says, "West Nile may be a nasty experience for a very few, fatal for an exceedingly rare number, but as diseases go it's no big deal." According to the most recent Centers for Disease Control statistics, 2,530 Americans have been infected with West Nile disease and 125 died, but to environmentalists that's "no big deal."

American deaths due to environmental activist callousness pale in comparison to other countries. How about a few statistics? In 1972, the activist-controlled Environmental Protection Agency banned DDT, a pesticide once considered a "miracle" for all of the lives it saved by killing the mosquitoes that carried malaria. The ban went into effect despite the evidence that with proper use it posed no health hazard to humans and only little substantial harm to animals. The EPA ban led to diminished DDT production, making the pesticide less available to the world.

What were the effects? In what is now Sri Lanka, there were 2,800,000 malaria cases and 7,300 malaria deaths in 1948; with the use of DDT there were only 17 cases and no deaths in 1964. After DDT use was discontinued, Sri Lankan malaria cases rose to 500,000 in 1969.

Worldwide, malaria's devastating effects all but ended during the time that DDT use was widespread, roughly from 1950 to 1970. DDT was seen as such a miracle that it earned Dr. Paul Muller the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1948. In 1970, a committee of the National Academy of Sciences wrote: "To only a few chemicals does man owe as great a debt as to DDT. In a little more than two decades, DDT has prevented 500 million deaths due to malaria that otherwise would have been inevitable."

According to the World Health Organization, now about 2.5 million people die of malaria each year. Most of the victims are in Africa and are children. According to the American Council on Science and Health's president, Dr. Elizabeth Whelan, some 60 million or more lives have been needlessly lost since the ban on DDT took effect. Whelan says, "It's a real tragedy that DDT has been so demonized over the years by activist organizations such as Environmental Defense and the regulatory bodies that they have duped."

C.S. Lewis made an observation applicable to do-gooders everywhere: "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."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ddt; enviralists; walterwilliamslist
Wednesday, October 9, 2002

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1 posted on 10/08/2002 11:29:54 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Bump.

Got a good arguing point out of this article. The lefties like to ooh and ahh so much over Nobel Prize winners- well, I'll have to start bringing Dr Paul Muller up in the argument.

2 posted on 10/09/2002 2:54:26 AM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: JohnHuang2
The "green bigots" (Thomas Sowell's term) have never cared about the "environment," however we might interpret that famously flexible term. What they care about, plainly, is power.

The proof is in whom they appear to trust: governments, the biggest polluters and despoilers of land in the history of the world. The enviro-nazis would rather have government assume total power over all decision making than allow people to use Round-Up on their driveways without posting a $500,000 surety bond. As long as they could get jobs in the regulatory agencies, of course.

Of course, human life is of no value in their equations. One look at the murders and vandalism they've been willing to commit, the human suffering from disease and poverty they condone, and the bizarre ideas their affiliates espouse (check out the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement!) is enough to convince anyone that the thing they hold least valuable is human life.

Of course, it helps them along that it's not their rich, well-secured lives that are on the line. Only a few poor schmucks in Sri Lanka or Guyana, and what point is there in protecting them? They don't contribute to the NRDC or the Nature Conservancy. They don't even vote.

Forgive me, friends. The older I get, the hotter certain of my buttons get. This is one of the hottest.

Freedom, Wealth, and Peace,
Francis W. Porretto
Visit The Palace Of Reason: http://palaceofreason.com

3 posted on 10/09/2002 4:23:43 AM PDT by fporretto
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To: *Enviralists; *Walter Williams list; madfly
http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/bump-list
4 posted on 10/09/2002 6:37:19 AM PDT by Free the USA
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To: fporretto
I'm sure Greens really do love people and are concerned about them. Only about a month ago, they urged starving people in Zimbabwi not to eat that nasty, mutant creating, genetically engineered corn donated from America. These liberals, full of love, compassion, and concern, have "enlightened" the peoples of S. Africa that it is better to starve than eat something genetically engineered that might cause an individual to become un-P.C.

I wish I could get my definition of "Liberal" into Webster's dictionary. Liberal: A vindictive, self-centered individual, full of vanity, envy, and a lust for control and destructive power over others, carefully masked behind a facade of love, concern and caring; see sociopath; see psycotic; see twisted.

Like every families Aunt Abigail, whose visits are dreaded more than an invasion of warring Huns. A woman, who knowingly and with forethought, has never bought a Christmas present that fits, or is useful to anyone, a hypocondriac with over a hundred bottles of medications, constantly taking her own temperature and pulse, while accusingly comparing her purity,(a con game designed to see how much she can get out of you and how much control she can exercise over you), to your lack of.

Liberals and Aunt Abigail, spend their time among us delightedly trying to clone everyone into carbon copies of themselves. Putting down everything from how we run our homes, to the contents of our fridge, and passing out guilt trips like free raffle tickets. Trying to break up our marriages, attempting to drive a wedge between us and our children, and all masked under concern, caring, a desire to enlighten you, make you a "better" person, more to their own self serving standards while assuring themselves that all their efforts are for your own good.

Lord save us from Liberals and Aunt Abigails, who seem to be spread out among the general population just enough to cause misery for every living soul. Unlike Aunt Abigail, Liberals are dangerous because their harmful lust for power infects more than one family, their mental/spiritual illness is a danger to a healthy, sound, society. The Health Dept. should insist they all wear t-shirts with a large orange hazzard cone on the front so we know to stay away from them.

5 posted on 10/09/2002 7:58:35 AM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Stand Watch Listen; freefly; expose; Fish out of Water; .30Carbine; ...
ping
6 posted on 10/09/2002 1:06:16 PM PDT by madfly
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To: JohnHuang2
Bless your heart JH2. You have been the silent poster from hell on this issue. You're doing God's work, you really are.
7 posted on 10/09/2002 1:15:07 PM PDT by AAABEST
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To: MissAmericanPie
Good post girl. Keep singing, your country needs you more than ever.
8 posted on 10/09/2002 1:16:03 PM PDT by AAABEST
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To: All
C.S. Lewis made an observation applicable to do-gooders everywhere: "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."

Bump for Prof. Williams.

9 posted on 10/09/2002 1:22:43 PM PDT by .30Carbine
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To: AAABEST
Thank you kind Sir.
10 posted on 10/09/2002 1:25:40 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: madfly
BTTT!!!!!
11 posted on 10/09/2002 1:29:01 PM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: fporretto; MissAmericanPie
Excellent commentary to the article.
12 posted on 10/09/2002 1:32:04 PM PDT by jimt
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To: MissAmericanPie
You are marvelous simply marvelous

BTTT

13 posted on 10/09/2002 1:36:40 PM PDT by TonyWojo
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14 posted on 10/09/2002 1:45:00 PM PDT by lodwick
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bttt
15 posted on 10/09/2002 2:00:16 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: JohnHuang2
Another great article!
16 posted on 10/09/2002 2:41:39 PM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: madfly
Another form of population control.

I wonder if they just watch mosquitoes drink their blood , or do they slap them.

What ever happened to common sense ?

17 posted on 10/09/2002 3:13:31 PM PDT by Eustace
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To: MissAmericanPie
Lord save us from Liberals and Aunt Abigails, who seem to be spread out among the general population just enough to cause misery for every living soul.

Excellent post, Ma'am. Hones in well on that "holier-than-thou" attitude that libs often sport...

18 posted on 10/09/2002 3:22:25 PM PDT by maxwell
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To: JohnHuang2; madfly; maxwell; All
Hey, big John ! Walter Williams...my other favorite "Dubya". I call him "Dubya Dubya"......

He can hit 'em outta the park too !

Thanks for the post and the ping.....


I killed that one !!

Howdy, Maxwell ! I see you've already checked in here.....
19 posted on 10/09/2002 4:27:58 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: MeeknMing
What do you think Hairy Belaphomey thinks about our friend Walter...
20 posted on 10/09/2002 4:39:46 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: madfly
Thank you for the heads up, madfly. Thomas Sowell for Senate!

..or head of AP.

21 posted on 10/09/2002 6:15:52 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: JohnHuang2
Bump for common sense.

My great grandmother died from malaria.

22 posted on 10/09/2002 6:18:51 PM PDT by GWfan
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To: tubebender
What do you think Hairy Belaphomey thinks about our friend Walter...

Hmm? Ok, I'll bite. Who is that?....

23 posted on 10/10/2002 3:32:56 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: JohnHuang2
Bump for a great article by a great man.
24 posted on 10/15/2002 9:51:07 AM PDT by Macaw
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