A great big thank you to Rachael Carson again. Gotta love those libs.

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Yup folks here she is. Has probably killed more then Stalin and Hitler combined


Folks there has been a sky rocketing case of bedbugs in hotels. motels, and Wal-Mart   Just a caution. Umm why can’t we use DDT. Tell that to the millions of children who have died from Malaria.           Steve
Just be careful and know what to look for, especially when you’re traveling (they’re in airline seats, blankets, pillows, too) and know what to do if you are exposed!
3. Environmentalists Blamed for Deadly Bedbug Plague
Government policies on the use of pesticides have led to a resurgent population of bedbugs — including some that carry a deadly antibiotic-resistant germ.
Bedbugs had been almost completely eradicated in the United States for half a century through the use of the now-banned pesticide DDT, but their population has grown rapidly during the past decade, overwhelming hotels, hospitals, schools, and apartment buildings, according to a report from the Heartland Institute.
Canadian researchers have recently discovered bedbugs carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to some antibiotics and can be deadly if it reaches the bloodstream.
H. Sterling Burnett, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis, blames the bedbug resurgence on “poor policy decisions.”
He told Heartland Institute: “Most households have never seen a bedbug before now. But in the early 1970s, the government banned the pesticide DDT, and now we’re seeing bedbug infestations in European and North American cities.
“This is another legacy of Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring,’ the 1962 book credited with starting the environmental movement, leading to the ban of DDT.
“By banning DDT, we’ve killed people in developing countries through the spread of malaria. Now we’re subjecting the U.S. population to bedbugs and other pests and vermin.
“Government should lift the ban on DDT and other pesticides that are effective in treating pests like bedbugs.”
Angela Logomasini, director of risk and environmental policy with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, agrees.
“We had eradicated bedbugs in the past, then we banned DDT for home use, and now they’re back. I think this policy needs to be reevaluated.”
She also said, “We need a better regulatory environment. Rather than removing products from the shelves, which is where we are today because of the precautionary principle, more evaluation and experimentation is needed.”
here is some back ground on the mass murder
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Carson
~Steve~                            H/T May

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0 responses to “A great big thank you to Rachael Carson again. Gotta love those libs.

  1. Am I The Only One?

    If We were still using DDT Today, Bedbugs and other Related Insects could be on the “Endangered Species” list!
    “What A Country!”

     
  2. There’s a DDT replacement called Sevin (same kind of funky-smelling white power) that’s non-toxic to and rapidly excreted by birds, mammals, etc. (i.e., doesn’t build up in egg shells, tissues, etc.) but seriously fatal to all insects/arthropods (incl. roaches!) but it’s unknown and hasn’t widely caught on because of the big DDT broughaha. (I know about Sevin because my mother used to dust me and the cats with it during the summer to keep down fleas and other blood-sucking insects.)

     
  3. First, you need to know that bedbugs became immune to DDT in the 1950s. We used other stuff to get rid of bedbugs, not DDT.
    Second, you need to know that DDT has never been banned in Africa nor Asia. It’s been in constant use since 1946, and by WHO since the middle 1950s. However, by 1965 mosquitoes in Africa began to show serious resistance and immunity to DDT — so use was curtailed where it won’t kill local mosquitoes.
    Third, you need to know that the death toll from malaria has continued to fall ever since DDT use started to slow in about 1960. 1960 was the peak year for use of DDT — about 4 million people died from malaria in 1960. Massive use of DDT outdoors was stopped in the 1960s, but by 1972, when the U.S. banned DDT use on crops, about two million people died each year from malaria. In 2008, the death toll from malaria fell to under 900,000. So, since peak DDT use, the death toll from malaria has been cut by 75%.
    So, you’re complaining about a boom in malaria deaths that never occurred. You’re complaining that the ban on DDT on crops caused bedbugs to increase, but you don’t explain the 40 year lag between DDT reduction and bedbug growth, nor do you explain why spraying DDT on crops would reduce bedbugs. And you’re urging the use of a pesticide that doesn’t work against bedbugs.
    Come on over to my blog, look for the collection of DDT stories, get the facts.

     
  4. That’s nasty!! I thought bedbugs were a hoax, like the boogeyman…

     
  5. Steve, in addition to your claim being 18 years old, and outdated, it applies ONLY to the nations of South America — not even including Central America and Mexico, not even including the Caribbean nations.
    The death toll from malaria, worldwide, has dropped from 4 million a year at the height of DDT use in 1959 and 1960, to under 900,000 a year today — that’s a reduction of 75%.
    Be honest. Read up on the research and the facts, and stick to the facts.
    DDT is still a deadly poison to thousands of animals and insects — but unfortunately, not necessarily for mosquitoes. Bednets are more effective and much cheaper than DDT. WHO still uses DDT, but is phasing it out because it’s not the best tool, and it’s increasingly ineffective.
    Let’s fight malaria, and stop taking cheap shots at environmentalists, please.

     
  6. Good idea gal…I wash everything, new or used, that comes through my door. Bought new towels the other nite & mom asked me why I was washing them, duh.
    I’ve always had cats & for some reason, NEVER have had a prob w/fleas. They have all been outdoors, never use flea collars or meds on them. Brush them often and vet is always surprised they aren’t infected. Go figure…

     
  7. Did you know she was a bit nutty and dying of Cancer when she wrote it.

    No, and I’ve never known anyone who told that lie knowingly. Now that you know better, don’t repeat it.
    Carson’s book won the National Book Award — an award that requires that its facts be checked out. The President’s Science Advisory Council checked the book out, and reported it accurate on science and policy.
    Who should we believe — a panel of 20 of the nation’s top scientists including a few Nobel winners, or . . . who was your source again? Wouldn’t leave a name?

     

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