You would think, in this the golden age of technological advances, that stories like this would be a sick joke. But unfortunately, Environmentalism - what once was a noble cause - has degenerated into a sickness of the mind and soul.
The classic example is the famous case of DDT. This pesticide (Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane) was used with great effect among both military and civilian populations to control mosquitoes spreading malaria and lice transmitting typhus, resulting in dramatic reductions in the incidence of both diseases.
However, Environmentalist Rachel Carson published the book "Silent Spring," which suggested that DDT and other pesticides may (important distinction) cause cancer and that their agricultural use was a threat to wildlife, particularly birds. Its publication was one of the signature events in the birth of the environmental movement. Silent Spring resulted in a large public outcry that eventually led to most uses of DDT being banned in the US in 1972.
Of course, with the main prevention of malaria banned, millions of third-world natives have perished as a result of the good intentions of the environmentalists.
That is why the news I read today, albeit sounding absurd, causes me a great deal of worry:
Experts call for end of flushing toilets on World Toilet Day
The man goal of these people is to slow - if not stop entirely - the waste of water in our daily hygiene. To be fair to these people, leading health advocates have called for the use of "dry" toilets which separate urine from feces and remove the need to flush. However, until such time as these "dry toilets" become globally available (and affordable), the environmentalists propose to reduce the amount of water wasted through toilet flushing with a proposed new "toilet tax."
Once again, these people shameless hide their real agenda under the premise of "saving the planet." But there real goal is, and always has been, the end of capitalism. Whether it be by promoting the very unproven science of "global warming" - keeping in mind that now there has been such a backlash that the new demon is simply "climate change" (since the Earth has actually been cooling lately) - or by the Kyoto treaty, or even a "toilet tax," the ends always justify the means to these people.
Clearly, they ignore the fact that because of modern technology - toilets included - countless diseases that were rampant in history have been mostly eradicated. The average lifespan of human beings have been growing tremendously in the last hundred years. And who is to be credited for these great advancements?
Capitalists, of course.
We live in the wealthiest country in the world and in countries where democracies flourish, public health is at an all-time platitude. Need an example? Compare the lifespan of a North Koren vs. a South Korean. Or an Israeli vs. an Arab (assuming the Arab didn't detonate a suicide vest in the Israeli's vicinity).
One of the biggest crimes against humankind is the vilification of capitalism and it's meaning towards the health of mankind. Are there exceptions? Of course there are. We are humans, after all. But if anything will destroy the great advances America, and other free countries have made, it is the current environmentalist movement.
In the past, environmentalist worked hand in hand with society to make people more aware of how we treat the Earth and animals. But in coat-tailing with the hippy movement of the 1960's, these people have completely deviated from what was once a very noble cause.
It is time to stand up to the threats and the harm these people have done and can do in the future. Today, it's flushing toilets. Tomorrow, it may be even worse.