Tuesday, March 06, 2007

To Bee Or Not To Bee

“There is a general consensus that it is now reaching crisis proportions,” says professor May R. Berenbaum, head of the department of entomology at the University of Illinois, and chair of a committee for the research arm of the National Academy of Sciences that studied the status of pollinators in North America.

The good professor is talking about the recent disappearance of bee colonies throughout the U.S. Up to 70% have now vanished in 20 states, and it's cause for serious concern. The so-called experts have even given it a cute name- colony collapse disorder. It sounds like what would happen to China if punk rock was introduced there, but, all jokes aside, our food-growing capacity would be seriously diminished if colony collapse disorder continues unabated. The bees' worth to our economy is roughly 14 billion a year. The beekeepers do not know the cause of the disappearance, so there are no answers currently at hand.

In other news, Hillary Clinton seems to have acquired a southern accent, and a pretty hokey one at that:


"I don't feel no-ways tired". I DO, Hillary. I'm very tired of you, and all the other tin-horns coming down the trail. You're about as trustworthy as a diamondback rattlesnake, and just as beady-eyed. What did we ever do to deserve you?


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Blogger fatrobot said...

i like that barack obama guy
he seems cool

6:46 AM  
Blogger Big Daddy Malcontent said...

Albert Einstein warned that if bees disappear, humans would be two or three years behind them. That might be a bit of an overstatement, but the fact remains that the honeybee situation is calamitous. The same thing is happening in France, which would wreak havoc on the wine industry. Same for the kiwi industry down under.

But don't worry, I'm sure Bush Inc. has a nice healthy stockpile of hives at their secret hideaway in Paraguay.


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