Some may recall that back in '99 when WNV first arrived in NYC a TreeCo Owner/Freind/Customer of mine & I were the only conservative industry voices to be heard above the din of hug-a-tree liberals in NYC. Talk radio conservative on WABC 770AM even jumped on board the band wagon. I became a regular call-in guest of Curtis & Cooby as "Steve the Pesticide Salesman from Whitelondia CT". No, I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. This really happened. You see, we knew the family of the first WNV fatality. I was plenty pleased the night I got sprayed with Malathion outside my old LESCO Service Center in White Plains. But not the NY press. They jumped all over Rudy Gulliani & Gov George Pataki like files on corpses. And they didn't let up either. There were no pesticide related injuries, as I publicy predicted. And there have been more deaths now. As predicted. If you live in an area that has been found to harbor mosquitoes that are vectoring WNV, please protect yourselves, your families, & your employees. Check this attachment for what could be interesting news. Steve_____________________________________ I thought you would find this commentary of interest. Permission to publish is granted. A Norton Anti-Virus protected attached text is also provided. -- Alan C. Environmentalism Kills: West Nile Fever Spreads By Alan Caruba It has taken a scant three and a half years since West Nile Fever made its appearance in New York State and has spread to States west of the Mississippi River. It has killed five people in Louisiana and a state of emergency has been declared to fight it with widespread spraying of insecticide. Centers for Disease Control director, Julie Gerberding, was reported by the Associated Press saying "officials should spray for mosquitoes as much as possible", noting that people shouldn't worry that pesticides being used to kill mosquitoes pose a health threat. "There are very, very few if any health consequences. Basically they're safe and the risks they present are outweighed by the benefits of reducing the mosquito population." The one insecticide not available is DDT, banned on June 30, 1972 by then director William Ruckelshouse without a scintilla of scientific evidence to support its loss. Here's the scary part, behind closed doors, the American Mosquito Control Association fears this nation will lose virtually all of the insecticides still available to defend people against the new plague of West Nile Fever and the return of Malaria to the US. Will Yellow Fever return as well? You can blame the environmentalists for this and you can lay the deaths from West Nile Fever at their doorstep. You can blame their icon, Rachel Carson, author of "Silent Spring", for misusing data to make her case against DDT. She is personally responsible for the needless deaths of millions of people around the world. You can blame the US Environmental Protection Agency that ignored the findings of hearings held in 1971-72 which concluded, after seven months and 9,000 pages of testimony, that "DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to manâ¦DDT is not a mutagenic or teratogenic hazard to meâ¦The use of DDT under the regulations involved here do not have a deleterious effect on freshwater fish, estuarine organisms, wild birds or other wildlife." The Greens are never deterred by facts. Their goal is to reduce the Earth's human population in order to "protect" and "save" it. How bad is the toll of Malaria in the world today? Harvard University's Amir Attaran offered the following comparison. "Imagine seven jumbo jets, each packed with women and children, crashing into the ground every day, day after day, year after year, adding up to more than two million deaths a year. Now imagine that many, if not most, of those deaths could have been prevented with limited use of DDTâ¦" Malaria, spread by mosquitoes in the same fashion as West Nile Fever, is contracted by 300 to 500 million people very year. And every year, at least two million die from it, mostly pregnant women and children under the age of five. Now the question is this: how many more Americans will have to die from West Nile Fever before the EPA reverses its ban on DDT and permits its use to defend people against a new disease sweeping across the nation? The "unintended consequences" of environmentalism are killing people and will continue to do so until their lies are buried along with their victims. Alan Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs", posted on www.anxietycenter.com, the web site of The National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about scare campaigns. Copyright, Alan Caruba, 2002 Permission to publish is granted. ________________________________________________________________ The National Anxiety Center 9 Brookside Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040 (973) 763-6392 Alan Caruba, pundit, sage, and the scourge of environmentalists everywhere, will be a guest on the Rita Cosby show, Fox News Channel, Saturday, August 10th. The program is aired from 10PM to 11PM. The subject will be West Nile Fever and why the banning of DDT and loss of other major pesticides has needlessly been the cause of death for millions around the world and led to the rapid spread of WNF here in the US. Caruba's views will be opposed by some poor soul who will wish she had not accepted the invitation to appear with him. The show will be hosted by John Scott, sitting in for Rita. 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