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News Briefs 06-03-2009

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Adulations and salutations to GT, RPJ, QAC and RMG

Quote of the Day:

“Never attribute to malice what can be explained by ignorance…”

R. Heinlein

  1. What is killing our honey bees?
    This BBC report was well balanced – except for the following statement: “… Some critics of the bee industry have called the whole concept of CCD a hoax, a public relations stunt designed to attract public sympathy…”

    Critics of the bee industry? As a bee keeper I am in constant communication with all things regarding CCD and other things affecting our bees, but to date, have NEVER come across allegations of CCD being a hoax. I tried Google etc. but failed to find any such comments published -the only links or reports I found all linked back to this BBC report.

    This part of the report smells of a made-up story, design to sensationalise the item.

    CCD and other problems affecting our honey bees are serious and need to be investigated – along with the affects of insecticides.


    1. Perhaps…
      it is something to do with transporting the bees across the whole country? That’s thousands of miles of travel with exposure to widely differing environments, not to mention potential pollutants and contagions.

      I never realized they were using bees extra-regionally. Look what can happen when humans jet around the planet. Get sick someplace they would not normally be and bring back some strange illness to infect others. They could be getting dosed en route or getting weakened by the travel itself. You could even be getting a cocktail of pesticides from widely separated crops interacting.

      We must carefully consider our actions when we do “unnatural” things. Dragging an animal to a series of alien locations should be strongly considered in this problem.

      1. Or maybe…
        The first beekeeper in California that raised the alarm of the missing bees, found this tiny note in one of their hives:

        So long, and thanks for all the polen

        But failed to mention it to the media.

        PS: My lame joke was not an intent to downsize this alarming problem, but comedy is one of the things that prevents some of us from jumping out the window.
        It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
        It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

        Red Pill Junkie

  2. Matrix helmet
    I’ll wait for the canonical method of Matrix insertion, thankyouverymuch.

    Painful as it may seem, it’s still better than looking like a total doofus with that big-ass helmet thingy 😉

    It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
    It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

    Red Pill Junkie

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