dow stands by the safety of insecticide which can harm the brains of fetuses

Es­ti­mated reading time is 2 minutes.

​IN MY DOTAGE, I find my­self con­stantly (if merely mildly) con­ster­nated by the goings-on of my fellow hu­mans. When con­fronted by their (pos­sibly insecticide-inspired) shenani­gans and the fact that so many ap­pear per­ma­nently stuck in auto-destruct mode, to soothe my trou­bled mind I often reach for the 1979 movie Life Of Brian. If I don’t have time for a full viewing, I skip to the final scene.

It is calling this scene in Life Of Brian to mind that al­lows me to find some­thing pos­i­tive in an ed­i­to­rial like “Trump’s Legacy: Dam­aged Brains” by Nicholas Kristof for The New York Times. In it, Mr Kristoff takes the present ad­min­is­tra­tion to task for em­bracing and en­cour­aging the use of a rather hor­ri­fying chem­ical, chlor­pyrifos.

“The pes­ti­cide, which be­longs to a class of chem­i­cals de­vel­oped as a nerve gas made by Nazi Ger­many, is now found in food, air and drinking water. Human and an­imal studies show that it dam­ages the brain and re­duces I.Q.s while causing tremors among chil­dren. It has also been linked to lung cancer and Parkinson’s dis­ease in adults.” 2

Insecticide: poster for the Allgemeine SS of Nazie Germany.

All Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camp staffs were orig­i­nally part of the Allgemeine-SS under the of­fice of the Con­cen­tra­tion Camps In­spec­torate (In­spek­tion der Konzen­tra­tionslager or IKL). 

This is an in­sanity that will­fully em­braces ap­proving the use of a chem­ical which ex­ten­sive re­search has shown can harm the de­vel­oping brains of fe­tuses and chil­dren who eat food from plants treated with the com­pound. 1

But Mr Kristoff notes that Dow’s spokesperson Rachelle Schikorra claims, “Dow stands by the safety of chlorpyrifos.”

After reading Mr Kristof’s piece, I im­me­di­ately saw the bright side: Ms Schikorra joins such lu­mi­naries as Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachman, Kellyanne Conway, and the host­esses on Fox News as ex­am­ples of fe­male “ac­com­plish­ment” in to­day’s po­lit­ical and cor­po­rate world that al­lows us men to ably and man­fully negate any ar­gu­ment that any fem­i­nist can ever make con­cerning how fun­da­men­tally bad/greedy/evil men are and how much better things would be under a matriarchy!

For this we should be thankful.

Finally—and, un­for­tu­nately, without a trace of irony—Mr Kristof notes, “Dow had do­nated $1 mil­lion for Pres­i­dent Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion.” 4

Insecticide: photo of Dow Chemical spokesperson Rachel Schikorra.

Rachel Schikorra, Head-Media Re­la­tions & Fi­nan­cial Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Dow Chem­ical Com­pany. “While acts of evil can mush­room into mon­u­mental tragedies, the in­di­vidual human per­pe­tra­tors of those acts are often marked not with the grandiosity of the de­monic but with ab­solute mun­danity.” 3

Spoiler Alert!

If you haven’t seen Life Of Brian, please not watch this video—get ahold of the movie and watch it all the way through.

If you have seen Life Of Brian, go ahead and watch this video—it should prove more than nostalgic . . .

Insecticide: photo of an airplane dusting crops.

FEATURED IMAGE: An air­plane dusts a field of soy­beans with any one of thou­sands of pos­sible chem­i­cals al­lowed on foods that reach our ta­bles in America.



1   See “A con­tro­ver­sial in­sec­ti­cide and its ef­fect on brain de­vel­op­ment: Re­search and re­sources.”

2   See “Dow Chem­ical is pushing Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to ig­nore studies of toxic pes­ti­cide.”

3   See “The Ba­nality of Evil: Hannah Arendt on the Nor­mal­iza­tion of Human Wicked­ness and Our Only Ef­fec­tive An­ti­dote to It.”

4   See “Trump 2017 In­au­gu­ra­tion Donors.”



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