I see where Paonia's residents were up in arms about the recent spraying of Malathion to kill mosquitoes that might be carriers of the West Nile Virus. Under pressure, the city government substituted something supposedly nontoxic.
It brought back memories of the outrage I felt in 1984 when a crop duster sprayed insecticide over residential areas in Glenwood. It left a smelly, greasy slick over windows, cars, vegetation and everything else, not to mention lungs. I don't know who authorized that spraying, but I suspect City Hall. Talk about pure idiocy! At the time, I was so mad I had thoughts of shooting the plane out of the sky.
It's bad enough we have to contend with all the other pollution in this world without our own government deliberately poisoning its own citizens. ... Fluoridation also comes to mind. (Albeit, they do it with good intentions. ... You know that road to hell!)
To endanger the health of the entire community in order to possibly kill a mosquito that could possibly be carrying West Nile Virus that could possibly infect a vulnerable citizen, is criminal, to say nothing of just plain nuts! (Sounds like U.S. foreign policy.) And don't give us any of that claptrap about low toxicity. A whole series of misguided, insidious government policies (not just local) piled one on top of the other over the years definitely has the cumulative effect of creating compromised immune systems and therefore vulnerable individuals. Anyone for a vicious cycle?
I certainly hope our city leaders are not considering such measures. But, if my protestations are to no avail, please have the decency to inform our citizenry (which should be law), when, where, how, why and with what we will be attacked. I, for one, plan on being out of town that day if at all possible, for whatever good that will do me.
Come to think of it, we'd all be much better off if all synthetic chemical pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and all ___cides were totally outlawed worldwide.
We have to overcome our relentless drive to subdue the natural order or we will surely subdue ourselves right out of existence.
P.S. That's what I call a pre-emptive verbal strike informed by past and continuing atrocities carried out with the use of weapons of mass destruction. Want a real eye-opener? Look up chem trails on the Internet, look up in the sky and then tell me Chicken Little is paranoid.
Cities, counties nationwide begin mass aerial sprayings of toxic 'anti-West Nile Virus' pesticides
(NaturalNews) Dallas County, Texas, and several nearby towns and cities in the Dallas area are currently being forcibly sprayed with toxic insecticides as part of a government effort to supposedly eradicate mosquitoes that may be carriers of West Nile virus (WNv). The mass sprayings, which are ramping up all across the country, involve blanketing entire areas with chemicals sprayed via airplanes, a highly controversial protocol that threatens not only all other insects and animals exposed, but also humans.
According to the City of Dallas, more than 380 state-confirmed cases of WNv have been reported throughout Texas this year, and at least 16 people in the Lone Star State have died in conjunction with the virus. The specifics of these cases and deaths have not been publicly released, but authorities insist that the situation is serious enough to warrant a series of at least three conjunctive aerial sprayings throughout Dallas County, including in Highland Park and University Park.
Aerial spraying chemicals linked to causing Colony Collapse DisorderThe chemical product being sprayed is known as Duet, an "advanced dual-action mosquito adulticide" that contains both sumithrin, the active ingredient in another mosquito pesticide known as Anvil, and prallethrin. Both chemicals are known to be highly-toxic neuropoisons that target not only mosquitoes, but also bees, bats, fish, crickets, and various other animals and insects
Sumithrin, a synthetic pyrethroid, is known to kill bees, and is linked to the widespread bee die-off phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). In tests, sumithrin has been shown to damage human kidneys and the liver, and is also linked to causing both liver and breast cancers. Household pets exposed to sumithrin are also at risk of serious health complications, as are fish and other aquatic animals
Prallethrin, another synthetic pyrethroid, is hardly any better. A 1993 study published in the journal *Environmental Health Perspectives* suggests that prallethrin is a human endocrine disruptor. And like sumithrin, prallethrin is highly toxic to bees and other creatures besides just mosquitoes, threatening to very seriously disrupt the natural ecosystem of areas sprayed with it
Trust us, we're from the governmentDespite all this, officials continue to publicly insist that the spraying chemicals, the details of which are not being openly disclosed, are harmless to humans, though there is no legitimate scientific evidence to back this claim. Instead, residents are simply being told that the sprayings are safe and necessary -- and many local residents seem content with this, having little or no concern about the harmful consequences of exposure.
In a recent photo published by the *San Francisco Gate*, for instance, local residents can be seen enjoying themselves on an outside patio at a local Dallas bar while spraying planes bombard them with chemicals overhead. As you will notice, these individuals appear to be amused by the large, toxic plumes in the sky
The same report explains that many local residents have been largely"unfazed" by the sprayings, and even the warnings to stay indoors while they are taking place. Many local residents have reportedly continued on with their normal routines despite the sprayings, including jogging on outside trails and engaging in other outdoor activities
Contrary to the reassurances of public officials, there is also no evidence that aerial spraying chemicals are safe for humans. A *Center for Public Integrity* review of data compiled by the U.S. *Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that pyrethrin chemicals<http://www.naturalnews.com/chemicals.html> can cause severe reactions in many people, and may be responsible for injuring and killing far more people than they theoretically save from dying of WNv.
"Both peer-reviewed scientific research and mathematical modeling demonstrate that spraying is ineffective for WNv," says a recent report byCalifornia Progress Report. "A model widely used for infectious diseases produced two important conclusions when applied to WNv transmission: 1) early, sufficient treatment for mosquito larvae is the key to control; 2) treatment aimed at adults later in the season cannot possibly eradicate the virus."
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