We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Penicillin, and its deadly poisonous antibiotic cousins, kill billions of life forms yearly. Some near-extinct critters hardly exist, these days, outside the zoos of biologists' labs. The little Anthrax critter, for example, and variola.
These little bugs are just as much a part of the ecosystem as any other living thing.
Photo is of the Pneumococcus, a species which humans attack and kill by the billions every year. Even good old treponema pallidum and yersinia pestis are near extinction.
Where is PETA? This is a serious biodiversity issue. The vast majority of earthly life forms require microscopes to see, but is that any reason to excuse man-made extinction of these critters?
Is it just because they don't look cuddly? Dr. William Osler famously termed pneumoccal pneumonia "the old man's friend" because it provided a peaceful ending.
Don't be giving the anti-human envirowackos any ideas of protecting or releasing deadly bacteria back into the environment. They have probably exceeded Hitlers death count by denying the use of DDT in Africa to stop malaria. Blick
steve in CT: Yup, thanks to that witch Rachel Carson, and Silent Spring, JP. The numbers of people who died needless deaths are roundly decried, so don't look for a piece on this in the NYT or on MSNBC.
DDT was restricted for agricultural uses, but is still used for vector control. Overuse of DDT not only led to ecological problems, but provoked the evolution of DDT-resistant insects.
That scenario (enviroweenies deciding to exterminate mankind through biowarfare) has been used many times in fiction, I've no doubt in my mind the idea has crossed the mind of more than one ecoterrorist and they may even now be working on a plan of execution.
Problem (for them, for the rest of the world it's a blessing) is that it's not as easy as it sounds in the novels and movies. to create a truely deadly pathogen that can be spread far and wide before it gets stopped by quarantine, vaccination, etc., and grow enough of it to infect a large enough portion of the population to assure success without major facilities that are impossible to hide.
The interior of one's body is, at times, a no-prisoners battlefield, with millions of bacteria killed by one's immune system.
Must a war crimes tribunal be convened?
Must our genomes be reprogrammed to switch off our homicidal immune systems?
Must we think of the daughter bacteria?
I've made this point many times. PETCO, whoops, PETA is all for protecting certain animals and not others.
Most people are the same, can't kill & eat a horse but a cow, well okay. What's the difference? Many easily eat chicken but will scamper away from rabbit.
Vegans may be pure but what kind of crazy does it take to not eat milk chocolate?
vegans are hardly pure. If they were that animal friendly they'd not eat any vegetables either, as those are grown on land that rightfully (using their own logic) "belongs to nature".
They'd not live in houses, drive cars, indeed do anything at all except run naked through the woods scavenging for scraps.