With sincere apologies to Viktor, (we didn't check the email in time.) This is a guest post from Viktor Silo:
May 27 is the 100th anniversary of Rachel Carson' birth.
Carson once said: "The 'control of nature' is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and the convenience of man." As you can see, Carson was a true believer and she was not above a little sloganeering.
Carson's most famous book Silent Spring was instrumental in creating widespread public support for the banning of the pesticide DDT. The case against DDT was that it caused environmental damage, in particular, by weakening the eggshells of birds and that it caused cancer in humans. However, the link between DDT and cancer has never been proven.
While Rachel Carson did not call for the total ban on DDT, her book caused a stampede by the true believing public to have it banned and hundreds, perhaps, thousands of scientists of all stripes joined in the public outcry against DDT. And so it was banned. There is no record that I know of where Carson decried that ban.
DDT had, up until that time, been used to eradicate malaria carrying mosquitoes and it had done that quite successfully. Since the banning of DDT malaria has had a resurgence. Annual cases of malaria are in the hundreds of millions with an estimated one million deaths a year because of it. No-one will ever be able to tabulate the number of deaths attributable to the banning of DDT but, certainly, it will be in the tens of millions. Rachel Carson will be remembered for many things but it is not often that she will be remembered for this. She should be.
It is claimed that when Carson wrote Silent Spring she unwittingly founded the modern environmental movement. We can also thank Carson for the modern money generating, publicity seeking environmental hysteria peddlers who ride her coattails. Does anyone, in particular, come to mind?
All The Best
THE ELEPHANT BAR IS CLOSED
I want to thank everyone who participated in the Elephant Bar over the past twelve years. We had millions of visitors from all around the World and you were part of it. Over the past dozen years, two or three times a night, I would open my laptop and some of you were always there. I will miss that.
My plans are to continue my work with technology and architecture. You know my interests and thoughts.
At times, things would get a little rough in the EB. To those of you that I may have offended over the years, I apologize. From all of you, I learned and grew.
An elephant never forgets.
Deuce, 21 June 2018