Monday, August 8, 2011

Observations From the Back Row: 8-8-11

“De Omnibus Dubitandum”
Everything we are told should bear some resemblance to what we see going on in reality!

Green is not an investment; it is a religion! Rich Kozlovich

More priceless quotes from Al Gore:

The former vice president dropped in on an Aspen Institute media forum in Colorado titled "Networks an Citizenship" on Thursday and railed against corporate evildoers who put profit above society.   [In a related story, Al Gore could become the first 'carbon billionaire']

Gore referenced the book "Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming" by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, which tells of how petroleum, steel, autos, utilities and others enlisted lobbyists to cloud the climate debate.

Gore recalled how not long ago tobacco giants "succeeded in delaying the implementation of the surgeon general's report for 40 years - 40 years! In every one of those 40 years the average number of Americans killed by cigarettes each year exceeded the total number of Americans killed in all of World War II: 450,000 per year. My sister was one of them. . It was evil, evil, evil."

[Same old tired tobacco argument that has nothing to do with climate change. But, since he brought it up, Gore fails to mention he grew up on a tobacco farm, worked on it, and continued to accept checks from that farm for years after his sister died. In 1988, while running for president, he defended tobacco farmers while campaigning in Southern tobacco states (and made the quote: 'I've raised tobacco ... I've shredded it, spiked it,... and sold it.') He accepted contributions from tobacco companies as late as 1990. Gore claimed that "emotional numbness" led him to defend and profit from the tobacco industry. "Sometimes, you never fully face up to things that you ought to face up to."]

Extensive permethrin and DDT resistance in Anopheles arabiensis from eastern and central Sudan
The distribution of insecticide treated nets (ITN) has been dramatically scaled up in eastern and central Sudan. Resistance to insecticides has already been reported in this region and there is an urgent need to develop appropriate resistance management strategies, which requires detailed information on the extent and causes of resistance. This study assessed resistance to permethrin and DDT in seven populations of Anopheles arabiensis from Sudan.

My Take - One of the big arguments against the use of DDT is the fact that most mosquitoes are resistant to it. Well, now we have serious resistance showing up in permethrin. This is the primary product used in bed netting. While bed netting should be a part of any malaria control program, by itself it is a failure. While resistance is an issue with DDT it is still the best pesticide product on the market for four reasons. One, if mosquitoes sit on it long enough, even many resistant mosquitoes will die. Two, it is much longer lasting than the carbamates or pyrethroids that are being used. Three, it confuses and disorientates mosquitoes so that, like a drunk holding on to a lamp pole, they cling to a wall and eventually die. Four, it is highly repellent to mosquitoes. None of the other products can make this claim. And finally the cost of DDT is lower than the other products, in spite of claims to the contrary.

So now…it appears that the resistance argument is going to come back and bite them. Of course the greenies will simply ignore this, lie or claim they merely have altered they solutions based on science. In reality they will never admit they were wrong.

How Preble's Mouse Hopped Back into Protection
The reinstatement on Saturday, Aug. 6, of protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for a mouse in Wyoming might seem a small move, but it encapsulates many of the special interest considerations that dominate land use decisions in the West. The issue, which goes back several years, revolves around the familiar question of what “best science” means. Government agencies, the courts, the media, and biologists themselves have weighed into the debate, closely attended by conservationists, ranchers, and politicians…….“The Endangered Species Act designations are said to be based on the ‘best available’ science,” a press release from the office of U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) said. “Today’s relisting announcement by the USFWS is another reminder that many listings are actually based on the best available lawyer.” The release declared, “These designations are now mostly driven by the courts instead of wildlife experts, which was never the original intent of the ESA.”

My Take - Let’s get this right. They had to do DNA testing to see if this was a distinct species. And since there are lot of meadow mice with slightly different DNA distinctions this is the disaster that Supreme Court Justice Powell warned of saying, “the act covers every animal and plant species, subspecies, and population in the world needing protection. There are approximately 1.4 million full species of animals and 600,000 full species of plants in the world. Various authorities calculate as many as 10 percent of them – some 2000,000 – may need to be listed as endangered or threatened. When one counts in subspecies, not to mention individual populations, the total could increase to three to five times that number." OK...let's get this firmly fixed in our minds. This is working exactly as the greenies. It was the legislators that didn't get what was really going on. The goal is to eliminate advanced societies by the true believers. It is a tool to gain power and money by the leaders of this movement.

Please see:
ESA Outrages, Part I
ESA Outrages, Part II
ESA Outrages, Part III

After post after thought:

Setting the record straight: Why Rawesome Foods does not need a license - a Civil Rights issue

While I agree in principle with these people, I would like to point out that these are the same loons that would demand all sorts of legislation to regulate everyone else. The problem with the left/green movement is that they are not overly fond of facts and they have a consistency problem. Having said that....this is an interesting story that you may wish to follow. There are, in my opinion, very real Constitutional issues here that could set a chain of events into motion. 

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes, and ships, and sealing wax -
Of cabbages and kings,
And why the sea is boiling hot,
And whether pigs have wings."


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