Of all the people in the world to commemorate today, people who have done truly great things, this is who Google chose?
Today would have been marine biologist and “Silent Spring” author Rachel Carson’s 107th birthday. Unfortunately, thanks to Carson’s radical environmentalism, millions of children were robbed of the chance to celebrate a fraction of that many birthdays.
How many deaths is Rachel Carson responsible for? Why is this woman being honored?
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) May 27, 2014
— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) May 27, 2014
Carson’s proselytizing and advocacy raised substantial anxiety about DDT and led to bans in most of the world and to restrictions on other chemical pesticides. But the fears she raised were based on gross misrepresentations and scholarship so atrocious that, if Carson were an academic, she would be guilty of egregious academic misconduct. Her observations about DDT have been condemned by many scientists. In the words of Professor Robert H. White-Stevens, an agriculturist and biology professor at Rutgers University, “If man were to follow the teachings of Miss Carson, we would return to the Dark Ages, and the insects and diseases and vermin would once again inherit the earth.”
Carson’s disingenuous proselytizing spurred public pressure to ban DDT in many countries, with disastrous consequences: a lack of effective control of mosquitoes that carry malaria and other diseases. Malaria imposes huge costs on individuals, families and governments. It inflicts a crushing economic burden on malaria-endemic countries and impedes their economic growth. A study by the Harvard University Center for International Development estimated that a high incidence of malaria reduces economic growth by 1.3 percentage points each year. Compounded over the four decades since the first bans of DDT, that lost growth has made some of the world’s poorest countries an astonishing 40 percent poorer than had there been more effective mosquito control.
The legacy of Rachel Carson is that tens of millions of human lives – mostly children in poor, tropical countries – have been traded for the possibility of slightly improved fertility in raptors. This remains one of the monumental human tragedies of the last century.
Last time we checked, peddling faulty science that ultimately proves deadly for millions of people worldwide shouldn’t win you accolades — or Google doodles:
Noticeably absent from @google’s Rachel Carson doodle is the pile of dead African children she’s responsible for. Wouldn’t fit, I guess.
— The H2 (@TheH2) May 27, 2014
Debunked pseudo-science FTW! RT @iowahawkblog: Google celebrating Rachel Carson this morning; her millions of malaria victims, not so much.
— ConservativeLA (@ConservativeLA) May 27, 2014
Google's Rachel Carson tribute today would more fittingly be the face of one of the millions of malaria victims killed by her DDT hysteria.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) May 27, 2014
Do you realize how many deaths are caused by the banning of DDT, Google? Screw you AND Rachel Carson.#SilentSpringMyAss
— ⭐❤ Harriet Baldwin (@HarrietBaldwin) May 27, 2014
When you Google "Preventing Malaria" today, they add "LOLOLOL" to the Rachel Carson doodle.
— Shane Styles (@shaner5000) May 27, 2014
Today is Rachel Carson's birthday. Millions of malaria victims won't have another birthday thanks to her, yet she's a hero to econuts.
— Rick Moore (@RickMoore) May 27, 2014
Rachel Carson has probably killed more people than Jenny McCarthy.
— Craigé Schmuckatelli (@CraigR3521) May 27, 2014
Rachel Carson was to DDT what Jenny McCarthy is to measles vaccine.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 27, 2014
On Rachel Carson's birthday, I prefer to remember Bakouma Kpatekatola. http://t.co/2QcMCFU5nt
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 27, 2014
I wonder how malaria-stricken Africans celebrate Rachel Carson's birthday. Thanks a bunch, Rach. http://t.co/mCwZmdQofc
— Ken Shepherd (@KenShepherd) May 27, 2014
.@google Nice call celebrating Rachel Carson's birthday. How about a doodle celebrating how she got millions killed by banning DDT?
— Sam Valley (@SamValley) May 27, 2014
Google celeb's Rachel Carson 107 BD, Did they mourn the 10's of millions who died from malaria do 2 DDT being banned based on her agitprop?
— Carleton (@TrajansMarket) May 27, 2014
Rachel Carson's B-day CELEBRATED!? "Somewhere on Earth, on average every 12 seconds, a child dies of DDT-preventable malaria" @Instapundit
— Mike Church (@TheKingDude) May 27, 2014
Happy Birthday #RachelCarson. Your scaremongering and lack of science/knowledge about DDTs has caused untold suffering throughout the world!
— Shaun McDonnell (@McShauno) May 27, 2014
— Al Gorelioni (@Al_Gorelioni) May 27, 2014
We wouldn’t be surprised.
— M K Elston (@MKElston) May 27, 2014
Google doodle celebrates Rachel Carson's birthday, though we're still waiting for that Silent Spring (and an end to malaria). #hiphiphooray
— Ivo Vegter (@IvoVegter) May 27, 2014
Google celebrates Rachel Carson today… the woman responsible for the the eventual global ban of DDT, allowing millions to die from malaria
— Bob Loblaw (@555ft) May 27, 2014
Meanwhile, brave men and women who gave their lives to save the lives of countless others warranted nothing but a cold shoulder from Google:
I think I am done using Google after their disrespect for Memorial Day today. Rachel Carson, who helped millions die from malaria? Really?
— Tony de la Mancha (@tonybalogna) May 27, 2014
GOOGLE IS A PURE TROLL SITE; the day after ignoring Memorial Day, Google honors Rachel Carson, whose anti-DDT idiocy killed millions.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) May 27, 2014
Google does nothing for Memorial Day, but celebrates Rachel Carson’s birthday. What happened to “Do The Right Thing; Don’t Be Evil?” #bing
— Tony Katz (@tonykatz) May 27, 2014
Google does NO Doodle for Memorial Day yesterday. Today, it does a Doodle for Environmentalist Rachel Carson's 107th Birthday. Priorities.
— peterepublic (@peterepublic) May 27, 2014
Jesus. Nothing for Memorial Day but a doodle for Rachel Carson. (Turns out spring was silent because of all the dead from malaria.)
— bitmaelstrom (@bitmaelstrom) May 27, 2014