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April 25, 2007

What Will It Take? Environment

Great rant from Bill Maher:

Here's a quote from Albert Einstein: "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man." Well, guess what? The bees are disappearing. In massive numbers. All around the world. And if you think I'm being alarmist and that, "Oh, they'll figure out some way to pollinate the plants..." No, they've tried. For a lot of what we eat, only bees work. And they're not working. They're gone. It's called Colony Collapse Disorder, when the hive's inhabitants suddenly disappear, and all that's left are a few queens and some immature workers...

But I think we're the ones suffering from Colony Collapse Disorder. Because although nobody really knows for sure what's killing the bees, it's not al-Qaeda, and it's not God doing some of his Old Testament shtick, and it's not Winnie the Pooh. It's us. It could be from pesticides, or genetically modified food, or global warming, or the high-fructose corn syrup we started to feed them. Recently it was discovered that bees won't fly near cell phones &mdash the electromagnetic signals they emit might screw up the bees navigation system, knocking them out of the sky. So thanks guy in line at Starbucks, you just killed us. It's nature's way of saying, "Can you hear me now?"

Last week I asked: If it solved global warming, would you give up the TV remote and go back to carting your fat ass over to the television set every time you wanted to change the channel. If that was the case in America, I think Americans would watch one channel forever. If it comes down to the cell phone vs. the bee, will we choose to literally blather ourselves to death? Will we continue to tell ourselves that we don't have to solve environmental problems — we can just adapt: build sea walls instead of stopping the ice caps from melting. Don't save the creatures of the earth and oceans, just learn to eat the slime and jellyfish that nothing can kill, like Chinese restaurants are already doing.

Maybe you don't need to talk on your cell phone all the time. Maybe you don't need a bag when you buy a keychain. Americans throw out 100 billion plastic bags a year, and they all take a thousand years to decompose. Your children's children's children's children will never know you but they'll know you once bought batteries at the 99 cent store because the bag will still be caught in the tree. Except there won't be trees. Sunday is Earth Day. Please educate someone about the birds and the bees, because without bees, humans become the canary in the coal mine, and we make bad canaries because we're already such sheep. [Emphasis added]

We can't continue to take the path of least resistance. Our future depends on it.

Greed kills. That includes greed for comfort and convenience.

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German Scientists are working on the theory that Colony Collapse Disorder may be caused by GM crops, as this disorder seems to primarily happening in areas where GM crops are grown, and the guts of those juvenile bees left have the same bacteria DNA signatures of that which is used for DNA.

Posted by: M.Squirrel at April 26, 2007 06:23 AM

Well - it was a great rant, so I feel a bit curmudgeonly pointing this out, but the mobile phone thing seems to have been discredited as the source of colony collapse disorder.


The best bet seems to be GM crops and pesticides though I haven't seen anything definitive yet - however Monsanto do appear to be reading blogs that mention the possibility of a link if my SiteMeter is any guide...

Posted by: Big Gav at April 26, 2007 07:47 AM

Some people think it's a new class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids:




Still we kid ourselves that we can live healthy lives in a poisoned world.

Posted by: Michael at April 26, 2007 10:34 AM

>however Monsanto do appear to be reading blogs that mention the possibility of a link

Yup. If you make a 'monsanto section' and put of negative material, you'll get pro-Monsanto commentators.

I await people setting up anti-Monsanto stuff JUST to suck in/have Monsanto spend money defending the data. Go with the Al-Queda style management - some blog that tracks what is being seen and suggest ideas to suck 'em into a tar pit.

The pro-monsanto people go away when someone 'in charge' holds their feet to the fire and demands them to back up what they say, then deny them access when they don't.

Posted by: eric blair at April 26, 2007 12:07 PM