I went to an auction for a small town school that was recently closed. I was there for a ten burner stove, which I got for a steal of a price. But one of the other attractions was the idea of bidding on a school library’s amount of books.

And there were a ton of books there. I was ablet to come home with six boxes of books and six different sets of encyclopedias, ranging from encyclopedias on geography to the human body for just $150.

I thought that was a pretty good deal.

I didn’t really get a chance to fully inventory the books, as they were in boxes, In the bottom of one of those boxes, I found these two liberal gems below:

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I don’t know too much about the paperback, but the hardcover book, Silent Spring, is responsible for the death of millions of people.

Published in 1962, Silent Spring used manipulated data and wildly exaggerated claims (sound familiar?) to push for a worldwide ban on the pesticide known as DDT – which is, to this day, the most effective weapon against malarial mosquitoes. The Environmental Protection Agency held extensive hearings after the uproar produced by this book… and these hearings concluded that DDT should not be banned. A few months after the hearings ended, EPA administrator William Ruckleshaus over-ruled his own agency and banned DDT anyway, in what he later admitted was a “political” decision. Threats to withhold American foreign aid swiftly spread the ban across the world.

The resulting explosion of mosquito-borne malaria in Africa has claimed over sixty million lives. This was not a gradual process – a surge of infection and death happened almost immediately. The use of DDT reduces the spread of mosquito-borne malaria by fifty to eighty percent, so its discontinuation quickly produced an explosion of crippling and fatal illness. The same environmental movement which has been falsifying data, suppressing dissent, and reading tea leaves to support the global-warming fraud has studiously ignored this blood-drenched “hockey stick” for decades.

I wrote about the unintended consequences of environmentalism here, and included a section on Silent Spring.

I was considering a post on the fact I accidently bought a copy of this book anyway, but this video from Reason TV motivated me to get it done now. It was the first thing I saw when I opened my RSS reader this afternoon. Serendipity.

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