Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Why the Bees Died

It's honestly AMAZING how often people act in short-sighted ways against their own longterm self interests (such as almost anyone who votes Republican in the US).

We can keep using our cell phones. The EPA fucked up and ignored their own scientists' warnings. Damn you science, don't you understand the bottom line?

Bayer makes Clothianidin which kills the bees. The stuff spreads through the environment VERY easily and even low doses kill bees. Bees, who are needed to pollinate crops.

And yes, this is due to the Bush administration (a waiver from 2003 which allowed them to ignore the science - and they shut down the research to find the culprit of the bee deaths).

At any rate, stuff like this makes me feel better about the Wikileaks phenomena (even though this one isn't from Wikileaks) - we need transparency about the shit companies and governments try to hide - it's in the best interest of humanity. There's a vested interest in shutting these people down, as usual, by people who have funding and control the media. I'm sorry that Julian Assange's sexual activities may or may not have tainted that part of the debate, and I'm happy that Michael Moore has posted bail for him.


  1. It's the Age of Apathy and Greed, my friend! The only things that matter are money, blood, loud noises and boobs.

  2. While I agree wholeheartedly with my esteemed colleague on the importance of boobs, food is also on that list... and without bees... more than half of the worlds food supply would vanish.

    The FDA sucks balls...First Olestra now this. "oh you have something that makes the chips fat free? the only side effect is anal leakage? sounds ok to me!"

  3. It's not the FDA, which admittedly sucks too, it's the EPA which did this. And of course, Bayer, who KNEW about this, and still sold the pesticides. I'm convinced they knew that destroying the food supply meant that they'd eventually run out of people to sell Asprin (although admittedly they'd sell a lot more in the interim). There could conceivably be a market in selling bees (much like the Monsanto corporation sells seeds to farmers - i.e., the farmers are fucked if they ever stop buying from Monsanto). Bayer benefits from increased food prices.

    That said, Bayer has had lots of recalled drugs that killed thousands after ignoring science funding (THAT is under the FDA fuckups). Is this much different?

  4. follow my logic on this... but maybe Bayer did all of this on purpose so that people would take aspirin for their hunger headaches... ehhhh????????? see what i mean?