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Don Rideaux-Crenshaw
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If it ain't broken, take it apart.
If it ain't broken, take it apart.

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Speaks for itself
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Keep your friends close. Keep your enemies closer.

In case you can't read the fine print, here's the story I shared:

When the major payers pulled out of the exchange market, millions of Americans lost options and were held hostage to corporate greed. This is not the way America treats its citizens. Adequate health care is both a civil right and a human right which should not be left to the whims of the market.
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First truly warm day and the ladies have already found pollen -- likely from a maple tree.
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At UofMN advanced beekeeping course. I sure have a lot to learn.

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That darn pesky president is up to more shenanigans. Go ahead and take the survey. It won't make much difference but it's sort of fun in it's own way.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/joint-address-issues-survey
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Could A Bumblebee Learn To Play Fetch? Probably
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/02/24/516532358/could-a-bumblebee-learn-to-play-fetch-probably

They're not only smarter than you think they are; they may be smarter than you are.

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Genetically modified bees as an alternative to robotic bees? Further evidence we live in a world gone mad.
Robots Won't Replace Bees

There are those who believe we can replace declining bee populations with robotic simulacrums -- to take up the task of pollinating the wild plants and agricultural crops of this Earth. To quote a recent article in The Verge: "Black Mirror's terrifying robot bees may soon be reality."

No. They won't.

Some of you may recall that I wrote a book about swarms of drones getting complex, cooperative tasks done. However, the drones in my book were designed to wage war, and war is not primarily concerned with cost -- it's concerned with destroying an enemy. That's why waging war distorts an economy over time. Growing food, on the other hand, needs to be economically and ecologically sustainable. Robot bees are neither, and they won't be anytime soon.

While the following article goes into the deficiencies of current and proposed bee-drone projects (and is quite interesting), there's a bigger issue here: biotech is undergoing a renaissance all its own.

It would be much more feasible to responsibly use new technologies like CRISPR and gene drives to propagate genetic edits that help existing bee species resist viral and parasitic infestation -- or even de-extinct species that have already succumbed. Doing so would allow us to retain real bees' highly evolved behaviors (and in the process preserve all the other ecosystems co-evolved with them).

Furthermore, the same biotechnologies could be used to change the industrial agriculture system that's damaging bee ecosystems in the first place -- greatly reducing or eliminating the use of neonicotinoid insecticides and increasing biodiversity. If done in an open-source, transparent way, these tools could help the environment revert more to its ever-changing, natural state, even in the presence of modern civilization -- all without clockwork bees.

#bees #robotics #genetics #sustainability

Posted FRI Feb 24, 2017 (2:28 am)

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Great summary of this conference. While the focus was commercial beekeeping, there were important messages for we hobbyists and sideliners.

tl;dr: 1) New problems require new solutions. 2) Mites

Thanks Bee Smart Technologies for the report.
"Bees don’t live in the same world that they used to live in, and beekeepers today are not the beekeepers of the past..." Check out our blog and get an inside scoop on what happend at California State Beekeepers Association Conference in San Diego. 

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While honey bees are the "poster children" for pollination problems, they are less important in the over all scheme of things than native pollinators of all sorts.

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You've got to be freaking joking Facebook. You send me an image of Zuckerberg's passport first.

It just gets sillier and sillier. Social Security Card? FFS! Hey Mark, I'll show you mine if you'll show me yours
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