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In the mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth and nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.

Wake made her way from Spain to Britain, where she convinced special agents to train her as a spy and guerilla operative. In April 1944 she parachuted into France to coordinate attacks on German troops and installations prior to the D-Day invasion, leading a band of 7,000 resistance fighters. In order to earn the esteem of the men under her command, she reportedly challenged them to drinking contests and would inevitably drink them under the table. But her fierceness alone may have won her enough respect: During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. (via)

Isn’t this the woman Spielberg and the game makers of Medal of Honor based their only female lead game on?

A Mass Murder Celebrated

The Green Death
posted at 12:58 am on February 16, 2010 by Doctor Zero

Who is the worst killer in the long, ugly history of war and extermination? Hitler? Stalin? Pol Pot? Not even close. A single book called Silent Spring killed far more people than all those fiends put together.

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.

The motivation behind Silent Spring, the suppression of nuclear power, the global-warming scam, and other outbreaks of environmentalist lunacy is the worship of centralized power and authority. The author, Rachel Carson, didn’t set out to kill sixty million people – she was a fanatical believer in the newly formed religion of radical environmentalism, whose body count comes from callousness, rather than blood thirst. The core belief of the environmental religion is the fundamental uncleanliness of human beings. All forms of human activity are bad for the environment… most especially including the activity of large private corporations. Deaths in faraway Africa barely registered on the radar screen of the growing Green movement, especially when measured against the exhilarating triumph of getting a sinful pesticide banned, at substantial cost to an evil corporation.

Those who were initiated into the higher mysteries of environmentalism saw the reduction of the human population as a benefit, although they’re generally more circumspect about saying so in public these days. As quoted by Walter Williams, the founder of the Malthusian Club of Rome, Alexander King, wrote in 1990: “My own doubts came when DDT was introduced. In Guayana, within two years, it had almost eliminated malaria. So my chief quarrel with DDT, in hindsight, is that it has greatly added to the population problem.” Another charming quote comes from Dr. Charles Wurster, a leading opponent of DDT, who said of malaria deaths: “People are the cause of all the problems. We have too many of them. We need to get rid of some of them, and this is as good a way as any.”

Like the high priests of global warming, Rachel Carson knew what she was doing. She claimed DDT would actually destroy all life on Earth if its use continued – the “silent spring” of the title is a literal description of the epocalypse she forecast. She misused a quote from Albert Schweitzer about atomic warfare, implying the late doctor agreed with her crusade against pesticide by dedicating her book to him… when, in fact, Schweitzer viewed DDT as a “ray of hope” against disease-carrying insects. Some of the scientists attempting to debunk her hysteria went so far as to eat chunks of DDT to prove it was harmless, but she and her allies simply ignored them, making these skeptics the forerunners of today’s “global warming deniers” – absolutely correct and utterly vilified. William Ruckleshaus disregarded nine thousand pages of testimony when he imposed the DDT ban. Then as now, the science was settled… beneath a mass of politics and ideology.

Another way Silent Spring forecast the global-warming fraud was its insistence that readers ignore the simple evidence of reality around them. One of the founding myths of modern environmentalism was Carson’s assertion that bird eggs developed abnormally thin shells due to DDT exposure, leading the chicks to be crushed before they could hatch. As detailed in this American Spectator piece from 2005, no honest experimental attempt to produce this phenomenon has ever succeeded – even when using concentrations of DDT a hundred times greater than anything that could be encountered in nature. Carson claimed thin egg shells were bringing the robin and bald eagle to the edge of extinction… even as the bald eagle population doubled, and robins filled the trees. Today, those eagles and robins shiver in a blanket of snow caused by global warming.

The DDT ban isn’t the only example of environmental extremism coming with a stack of body bags. Mandatory gas mileage standards cause about 2,000 deaths per year, by compelling automakers to produce lighter, more fragile cars. The biofuel mania has led resources to be shifted away from growing food crops, resulting in higher food prices and starvation. Worst of all, the economic damage inflicted by the environmentalist religion directly correlates to life-threatening reductions in the human standard of living. The recent earthquake in Haiti is only the latest reminder that poverty kills, and collectivist politics are the most formidable engine of poverty on Earth.

Environmental extremism is a breathless handmaiden for collectivism. It pours a layer of smooth, creamy science over a relentless hunger for power. Since the boogeymen of the Green movement threaten the very Earth itself with imminent destruction, the environmentalist feels morally justified in suspending democracy and seizing the liberty of others. Of course we can’t put these matters to a vote! The dimwitted hicks in flyover country can’t understand advanced biochemistry or climate science. They might vote the wrong way, and we can’t risk the consequences! The phantom menaces of the Green movement can only be battled by a mighty central State. Talk of representation, property rights, and even free speech is madness when such a threat towers above the fragile ecosphere, wheezing pollutants and coughing out a stream of dead birds and drowned polar bears. You can see why the advocates of Big Government would eagerly race across a field of sustainable, organic grass to sweep environmentalists into their arms, and spin them around in the ozone-screened sunlight.

Green philosophy provides vital nourishment for the intellectual vanity of leftists, who get to pat themselves on the back for saving the world through the control-freak statism they longed to impose anyway. One of the reasons for the slow demise of the climate-change nonsense is that it takes a long time to let so much air out of so many egos. Calling “deniers” stupid and unpatriotic was very fulfilling. Likewise, you’ll find modern college campuses teeming with students – and teachers – who will fiercely insist that DDT thins egg shells and causes cancer. Environmentalism is a primitive religion which thrives by telling its faithful they’re too sophisticated for mere common sense.

The legacy of Silent Spring provides an object lesson in the importance of bringing the global-warming con artists to trial. No one was ever forced to answer for the misery inflicted by that book, or the damage it dealt to serious science. Today Rachel Carson is still celebrated as a hero, the secular saint who transformed superstition and hysteria into a Gospel for the modern god-state. The tactics she deployed against DDT resurfaced a decade later, in the Alar scare. It’s a strategy that offers great reward, and very little risk. We need to increase the risk factor, and frighten the next generation of junk scientists into being more careful with their research. If we don’t, the Church of Global Warming will just reappear in a few years, wearing new vestments and singing new hymms… but still offering the same communion of poverty, tyranny, and death.

15 Delightful Parenting Tricks From The Animal Kingdom | Mental Floss

If you have child-rearing questions, Mother Nature’s got plenty of helpful tips… most of which won’t be showing up in traditional parenting manuals anytime soon. Instead of following in these creatures’ footsteps, just be happy your parents were humans.


1. Float Away From Your Kids

Formica selysi is a species of Old World ant famous for a particularly extreme survival strategy. When a colony is threatened by rising water, its members use their own bodies to make a raft… and put their chubby infants directly at the bottom for added buoyancy.


2. Find a Permanent Baby Sitter

Evolution’s nothing if not crafty. European cuckoos lay eggs that look virtually identical to those of other birds. A stealthy mother will invade a nearby nest, discard the owner’s actual eggs, and replace them with her own. As a result, the unaware birds often wind up raising hungry cuckoos instead of their real chicks.


3. Attack Predators Early

Few carnivores would dare take a swipe at an adult African elephant. However, lions have been known to take down defenseless juveniles from time to time. In an attempt to nip the problem in the bud, these massive herbivores actively stalk lion cubs. All’s fair in love, war, and parenting in the animal kingdom.


4. Let the Little Ones Eat You

There’s letting your mother feed you and then there’s literally feeding on your mother. The female Taita Mountain Caecillian—a species of limbless amphibian—has a unique way of helping her babies grow up big and strong: she allows them to nibble on chunks of her own skin with their razor-sharp teeth.


5. Give Up On Eating

The Pacific Giant Octopus takes motherhood very seriously. Moms have been known to go for a full six months without feeding while guarding their eggs in a specially selected den. After they finally hatch, the exhausted parent often dies from her ordeal.


6. Don’t Fret Over Sibling Rivalries

Brothers and sisters always fight, but if one of them happens to actually execute the other during a squabble, look on the bright side: at least the family food budget goes down a notch. Such is the attitude of the Black Eagle, which lays two eggs and generally permits the elder sibling to kill its younger nest-mate.


7. Mate With Every Male in Sight After You Get Pregnant

Because male bottlenose dolphins kill calves that aren’t theirs, resourceful mothers try their darnedest to keep the father’s identity a mystery. Mum can dramatically increase her child’s chance of survival by gathering as many mates as possible, since males are less likely to attack juveniles they suspect to be their own progeny.


8. Don’t Be Easily Grossed Out

In lieu of mammary glands, some fish, such as the Midas Cichlid, secrete a nutritious mucus for their young to ingest.


9. Your Own Vocal Sac Makes For an Excellent Nursery

The male Darwin’s Frog swallows its own tadpoles and lets them brood over a 50 to 70 day period in his vocal sac. When they turn into miniature froglets, he promptly regurgitates them.


10. Really Bleed For Your Young

Cockroaches get a bad rap. The younglings of one aquatic species scientifically known as Phlebonotus pallens are housed under their mother’s wings, where she permits them to suck her own blood until they’re old enough to fend for themselves. Talk about dedication!


11. Adopt via Baby-Snatching

Nursing patas monkeys have to be constantly on guard against childless females, who regularly kidnap temporarily unattended infants. Fortunately, these would-be parents usually don’t get very far, as the rightful moms are quick to retrieve their little tykes.


12. Eat Your Kids

When it comes to the Doederlein’s Cardinal fish, a dad is as faithful as his options. After mating, expecting fathers store the eggs in their mouths until they’re ready to hatch. However, should an attractive home-wrecker swim by, the male will actually cannibalize the whole bunch and try to mate with her.


13. Take Out Your Kids’ Competitors

Spotted hyenas are intensely political animals. Although it’s a rare occurrence, females have been known to slaughter the offspring of rival moms within their clan to ensure that a greater share of the group’s resources go to their cubs instead.


14. Lock Up Your Roost… And Trap Mama Inside

Think you don’t get out much? At least you’re not a female great hornbill. These Asian birds mate for life and take no chances when nesting season rolls around. After consummating their relationship, a pair will locate a spacious hole in a nearby tree. Once they do so, the mother is sealed inside, where she remains for four full months. Dad drops by several times a day to stuff food through a narrow slit for his spouse and their bouncing baby chicks.


15. Gobble Up the Complainers

Scottish researchers have found that burying beetle larvae who beg for food by poking their parents’ mouths too often run the risk of winding up as an entrée themselves, for moms are liable to eat their neediest offspring

I love it when people say But Nature has no war and everyone gets along!

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Seriously if Morgause moved her hand - then she would have done Merlin’s job for him.   Killing her own half sister.   For a few moments I thought Morgause was teaming up with Merlin on the killing of Morgana.

  Man Katie was one brave woman to be lying there with her eyes closed with a very sharp edge knife right against her face.   (Hell even if the prop was fake - rubber I’m sure her heart beat was racing).

I don’t think that’s a knife, it’s the edge of her gauntlet. She was trying to protect her sister, not hurt her.

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