Daily Archives: April 26, 2016

Global warming continues apace

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London, April 26, 2016: The end of spring as we know it

April 26, 2016: Snowstorm hits London. But, but, back in 2000, Britain’s Independent declared “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past”. 

Even though you’d think the Independent’s article, citing real scientists and things like that, would have finally settled the science and we could go about the business of beating our sleds into solar panels, the people assigned to keep up the heat keep publishing new scare stories, none of which have turned out to be true. Typical of those was the NYT’s contribution in February 2014, when it reported on “The End of Snow”, a scientific conclusion based on a dearth of the white stuff in Maine. (The winter of 2014-2015 saw record snowfalls in Vacationland, but the Times neglected to run a follow-up).

Also in 2104, The Daily Caller compiled a list of five big fails in the end of snow campaign, including Al Gore’s 2008 prediction that the Arctic would be “ice-free in five to seven years” (it’s doubled).

Global warming isn’t science, it’s religion, as shown by its adherents’ dogged persistence in denying all evidence that contradicts their thesis. Real science doesn’t do that; doomsday preachers, who watch the sun rise the day after they’ve called their flock together to witness the end of the world, simply shrug off the proof of their error, pick up their placards and return to the streets to warn of the next doomsday, “only this time we really, really mean it!”

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Shocker: the same man who hid his $7 million yacht in Rhode Island to evade Massachusetts taxes also has stashed cash in the Caymans

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Senator Kerry aboard his vessel, HMS Tax-free

That man, of course, would be our Secretary of State John Kerry.

Secretary of State John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz have invested millions of U.S. dollars through family trusts in at least 11 offshore tax havens, according to an analysis by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The revelation comes on the heels of the release of the Panama Papers, a treasure trove of 11.5 million legal and financial records documenting how some of the world’s richest and most powerful people have used offshore bank accounts to conceal their wealth and avoid taxes.

Since the release of the papers, no American politician has been identified as using the secretive offshore accounts.

A DCNF investigation has confirmed that the former Massachusetts Democratic senator and his billionaire wife, using an elaborate set of Heinz family trusts, have invested “more than $1 million” each into 11 separate offshore accounts — mainly hedge funds in the Cayman Islands.

It’s far more worrisome that this bumbling liar has negotiated some secret deal with Iran and won’t tell us what’s in it, but tax evasion is spar for the course for a Democrat politician: leading by example is not their preferred method of operation.

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Riverside land sales

74 Summit

74 Summit Rd

74 Summit Road, $1.055 million, 27 days on the market. You can usually tell a land sale: when the listing agent posts just a single picture, and it’s of the exterior, you don’t want, nor need to see inside.

And that swamp lot at 26 Normandy Lane has sold for $2,163,538 (go figure), after asking $2.6 million for a year. No information available because the Greenwich Association of Realtors insists on removing all listing information from a house once it’s reported as pending. That’s supposed to thwart online competitive services like Zillow, though I’ve yet to see much effect.

But we discussed this house over the past year, as it sunk slowly into the ooze, so what’s left to say? Only this, perhaps: the agent describes the address as being on “Normandy Lane, the revered and sought after street in Riverside”. I can only interpret that as meaning some wild Colonial once galloped down its macadam,  awakening citizens from their beds, and here’s a picture of that:

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It’s still for sale! Hurry!

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Just because it will fit in your mouth doesn’t mean you should do it.

Disgusting pictures of politicians eating food on the campaign trail.

Angela Merkle auditions for the Queen of England Show

Angela Merkel auditions for the Queen of England Show

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Throw money at it, but for God’s sake, don’t offend the base

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And the real reason: “My own doubts came when DDT was introduced for civilian use. In Guyana, within two years it had almost eliminated malaria, but at the same time the birth rate had doubled. So my chief quarrel with DDT in hindsight is that it has greatly added to the population problem.” —Alexander King, cofounder of the Club of Rome, 1990

Schemer and his puppet master are all for spending $1.9 billion of other people’s money, for naught. 

Sen. Charles Schumer vowed on Sunday he’d fight for President Obama’s proposal to spend $1.9 billion to fight the Zika virus.

About 800 Americans — including 60 residents of New York state — have contracted the mosquito-borne disease, prompting the need for fast action, he said.

“There’s a lot that has to be done. A stitch in time will save nine. If we spend the money now, we will avoid a horrible problem,” Schumer told reporters outside his Midtown East office.

“It’s time to act. And we have to act now. We have to do what’s needed. The bottom line is very simple. We need to build a firewall against Zika.”

The Zika virus, which has spread in hot spots in South and Central America and the Caribbean, can cause pregnant women to give birth to babies with abnormally small heads.

The White House-backed legislation puts money into vaccine development, protection against the disease coming to the US and efforts to combat Zika in Puerto Rico.

Schumer said the United States should be able to defend itself against Zika in the same way it’s crushed other diseases.

“We have already been very successful in eradicating mosquito-borne diseases in the United States,” the senator said. “We don’t have malaria in the US. We don’t have yellow fever, which is carried by the same mosquito.”

The Senator might, were he so inclined and if he could do so without his liberal base deserting him, ask a very simple question: why don’t we have malaria and yellow fever in the United States?  The answer, horrifying and thus inadmissible by all properly-educated readers of Rachael Carson’s “Silent Spring”,  is DDT.

But here’s the fact: The Rachael Carson claim that DDT was killing the earth was long ago debunked.

One of the first countries to benefit from the use of DDT for civilian purposes was the United States. In the years immediately preceding World War II, between one and six million Americans, mostly drawn from the rural South, contracted malaria annually. In 1946, the U.S. Public Health Service initiated a campaign to wipe out malaria through the application of DDT to the interior walls of homes. The results were dramatic. In the first half of 1952, there were only two confirmed cases of malaria contracted within the United States.[12]

Other countries were quick to take note of the American success, and those that could afford it swiftly put DDT into action. In Europe, malaria was virtually eradicated by the mid-1950s. South African cases of malaria quickly dropped by 80 percent; Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) reduced its malaria incidence from 2.8 million in 1946 to 17 in 1963; and India cut its malaria death rate almost to zero. In 1955, with financial backing from the United States, the U.N. World Health Organization launched a global campaign to use DDT to eradicate malaria. Implemented successfully across large areas of the developing world, this effort soon cut malaria rates in numerous countries in Latin America and Asia by 99 percent or better. Even for Africa, hope that the age-old scourge would be brought to an end appeared to be in sight.[13]

A Bestseller Begins a Movement

But events took another turn with the appearance of Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring. A former marine biologist and accomplished nature writer, Carson in 1958 contacted E. B. White, a contributor to The New Yorker, suggesting someone should write about DDT. White declined, but the magazine’s editor, William Shawn, suggested that Carson herself write it. The ensuing articles, supplemented by additional material, became Silent Spring, for which Carson signed a contract with Houghton Mifflin in August 1958.[14]

Carson based her passionate argument against pesticides on the desire to protect wildlife. Using evocative language, Carson told a powerful fable of a town whose people had been poisoned, and whose spring had been silenced of birdsong, because all life had been extinguished by pesticides.[15]

Published in September 1962, Silent Spring was a phenomenal success. As a literary work, it was a masterpiece, and as such, received rave reviews everywhere. Deeply moved by Carson’s poignant depiction of a lifeless future, millions of well-meaning people rallied to her banner. Virtually at a stroke, environmentalism grew from a narrow aristocratic cult into a crusading liberal mass movement.

While excellent literature, however, Silent Spring was very poor science. Carson claimed that DDT was threatening many avian species with imminent extinction. Her evidence for this, however, was anecdotal and unfounded. In fact, during the period of widespread DDT use preceding the publication of Silent Spring, bird populations in the United States increased significantly, probably as a result of the pesticide’s suppression of their insect disease vectors and parasites. In her chapter “Elixirs of Death,” Carson wrote that synthetic insecticides can affect the human body in “sinister and often deadly ways,” so that cumulatively, the “threat of chronic poisoning and degenerative changes of the liver and other organs is very real.” In terms of DDT specifically, in her chapter on cancer she reported that one expert “now gives DDT the definite rating of a ‘chemical carcinogen.’”[16] These alarming assertions were false as well.[17] (Carson’s claims about the supposed pernicious effects of DDT are examined more fully below.)

The Banning of DDT

The panic raised by Carson’s book spread far beyond American borders. Responding to its warning, the governments of a number of developing countries called a halt to their DDT-based anti-malaria programs. The results were catastrophic. In Ceylon, for example, where, as noted, DDT use had cut malaria cases from millions per year in the 1940s down to just 17 by 1963, its banning in 1964 led to a resurgence of half a million victims per year by 1969.[18] In many other countries, the effects were even worse.

Attempting to head off a hysteria-induced global health disaster, in 1970 the National Academy of Sciences issued a report praising the beleaguered pesticide:

To only a few chemicals does man owe as great a debt as to DDT. It has contributed to the great increase in agricultural productivity, while sparing countless humanity from a host of diseases, most notably, perhaps, scrub typhus and malaria. Indeed, it is estimated that, in little more than two decades, DDT has prevented 500 million deaths due to malaria that would otherwise have been inevitable. Abandonment of this valuable insecticide should be undertaken only at such time and in such places as it is evident that the prospective gain to humanity exceeds the consequent losses. At this writing, all available substitutes for DDT are both more expensive per crop-year and decidedly more hazardous.[19]

To some, however, five hundred million human lives were irrelevant. Disregarding the NAS findings, environmentalists continued to demand that DDT be banned. Responding to their pressure, in 1971 the newly-formed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched an investigation of the pesticide. Lasting seven months, the investigative hearings led by Judge Edmund Sweeney gathered testimony from 125 expert witnesses with 365 exhibits. The conclusion of the inquest, however, was exactly the opposite of what the environmentalists had hoped for. After assessing all the evidence, Judge Sweeney found: “The uses of DDT under the registration involved here do not have a deleterious effect on freshwater fish, estuarine organisms, wild birds, or other wildlife…. DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to man…. DDT is not a mutagenic or teratogenic hazard to man.”[20] Accordingly, Judge Sweeney ruled that DDT should remain available for use.

Unfortunately, however, the administrator of the EPA was William D. Ruckelshaus, who reportedly did not attend a single hour of the investigative hearings, and according to his chief of staff, did not even read Judge Sweeney’s report.[21] Instead, he apparently chose to ignore the science: overruling Sweeney, in 1972 Ruckelshaus banned the use of DDT in the United States except under conditions of medical emergencies.[22]

DDT saves lives: even the NYT  recognizes that.

It would be to allow DDT in malaria-ravaged countries.

I’m thrilled that we’re pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the relief effort, but the tsunami was only a blip in third-world mortality. Mosquitoes kill 20 times more people each year than the tsunami did, and in the long war between humans and mosquitoes it looks as if mosquitoes are winning.

One reason is that the U.S. and other rich countries are siding with the mosquitoes against the world’s poor — by opposing the use of DDT.

“It’s a colossal tragedy,” says Donald Roberts, a professor of tropical public health at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. “And it’s embroiled in environmental politics and incompetent bureaucracies.”

In the 1950’s, 60’s and early 70’s, DDT was used to reduce malaria around the world, even eliminating it in places like Taiwan. But then the growing recognition of the harm DDT can cause in the environment — threatening the extinction of the bald eagle, for example — led DDT to be banned in the West and stigmatized worldwide. Ever since, malaria has been on the rise.

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