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It's first day of spring, do not forget bees
► Monsanto buys leading bee research firm after being implicated in bee colony collapse → ~
► My friend posted this with the comment “R.I.P. Bees.” Pretty accurate.
►►Vanishing Of The Bees
►►Silence of the Bees
~ Silence of the Bees
Beeologics’ acquisition announcement explains that Monsanto plans to incorporate all the biological research that Beeologics has conducted over the years into its own programs for developing more GMO systems. Monsanto has also seized control of a key product that is currently in the Beeologics development pipeline that supposedly “help[s] protect bee health.”

“Monsanto will use the base technology from Beeologics as a part of its continuing discovery and development pipeline,” says the announcement. “Biological products will continue to play an increasingly important role in supporting the sustainability of many agricultural systems.”

To translate, it appears as though Monsanto plans to useeven more chemical inputsto supposedly solve the bee collapse problem, even though it is these very inputs that are largely thecauseof the bee collapse problem. Several recent studies, after all, have definitively linked crop pesticides and herbicides, as well as high fructose corn syrup, to CCD.

The future looks bleak for bees, in other words, as Monsanto appears poised to slowly gobble up all the competing companies and organizations that threaten its own GMO products, while pretending to care about the dwindling bee populations. And unless drastic action is taken to stop Monsanto in its continued quest to dominate global agriculture, the food supply as we know it will soon be a thing of the past.

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Below is a list of some of our favorite websites. These folks are all making important contributions to raising awareness, and to the paradigm shift toward sustainable living:
► "Vanishing of the Bees"--A documentary film sponsored, in part, by Save the Honeybee Foundation
Vanishing of the Bees

The Melissa Garden
Spikenard Farm and Apiary
Birch Creek Arts and Ecology Center
Stephen Buhner/Foundation For Gaian Studies
~ Acutonics/Kairos Institute of Sound Healing
Cheryl Dunlap/Great artist with honeybee greeting cards
~ Tree-Beez: A great honeybee awareness company that donates to Save the Honeybee Foundation

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"Compared with other recent tales of American farmworkers, Villalobos and Gomez might consider themselves lucky.

In Florida, tomato pickers have been locked in box trucks under the watch of armed guards; in North Carolina, pregnant workers have been exposed to pesticides during harvest and birthed babies with missing limbs; in Michigan, children as young as six have been found laboring in blueberry groves.

Those are marquee cases that garner national media, shining the spotlight on the most egregious abuses. In relative terms, suits like Villalobos are mundane, but they are also ubiquitous, filed with a frequency that suggests the most pervasive and insidious abuse faced by farmworkers is the kind Villalobos encountered: the blatant disregard of labor laws governing wages, safety, and health.

This type of abuse is most typically seen in fields managed not by farmers but by farm-labor contractors, many of whom started out as farmworkers themselves."
In the fields of California, wage theft is how agribusiness is done. 

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Interested in energy? The results from our new public opinion energy poll will be released 4/9. We'll cover attitudes on climate, fracking, politics, consumer choices, and more. Email me for dial-in details.

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Another example of Republican Tea Party Fascism.

Presented at 2013 CPAC, the imagery features the White Nationalist Fascist Cross - but applies it to the 'Development Party', implying the Democratic Party.  But it doesn't stop there...

It also echoes the old and tired NeoCon screed to beware those 'liberal, pinko, communists' - a weak attempt to incite irrational fear of one's fellow citizens with McCarthy and Cruz zest in the sound bite...

The 'heroes of liberty' are reminiscent of Nazi Blackshirts of the 1930's - almost Gestapo like in their fervor for country...

It even manages to stir dread in the irrational 'religious' far right, implying the 'mark of the beast' placed on 'transaction card' - further implying the anti-christ of Revelation...

And last, the only person with light brown skin in the paranoid fantasy - a woman - is okay with 'free stuff'....

All the rest are - white.

I keep thinking the far right has bottomed out with their stuck on stupid antics....

They keep proving me wrong.


Shameful and disgusting....

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This DIY projector will take your phone, tablet, or laptop screen and throw it up on the wall for everyone to see! It's cheap, easy to make, and while it's not perfect, it gets the job done pretty nicely:

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Ding Dong - Larry Bell is Dead
How Bell Sells Climate Denial Bunk

A recent article on Forbes by Larry Bell is titled:
"The Feverish Hunt For Evidence Of A Man-Made Global Warming Crisis"

What it reveals is that Larry Bell is on a feverish hunt to save his job at Forbes, as the climate science is sound and - well - Bell is not.

Bell uses a disrupt and divert tactic known as the 'gish gallop'.  What's the Gish Gallop?

"Bell uses the key technique that denialists use in debates, dubbed by Eugenie Scott the “Gish gallop”, named after a master of the style, anti-evolutionist Duane Gish.

The Gish gallop raises a barrage of obscure and marginal facts and fabrications that appear at first glance to cast doubt on the entire edifice under attack, but which on closer examination do no such thing.

In real-time debates the number of particularities raised is sure to catch the opponent off guard; this is why challenges to such debates are often raised by enemies of science. Little or no knowledge of a holistic view of any given science is needed to construct such scattershot attacks. 

The approach also works somewhat in print, if the references are sufficiently obscure and numerous...."

Keep in mind the Gish Gallop as you read the following from his recent article:

" But let’s imagine that CO2 is the big greenhouse culprit rather than a bit-player, and that its influences are predominately warming.

Even if CO2 levels were to double, it would make little difference. While the first CO2 molecules matter a lot, successive ones have less and less effect.  That’s because the carbon that exists in the atmosphere now has already “soaked up” its favorite wavelengths of light, and is close to a saturation point.

Those carbon molecules that follow manage to grab a bit more light from wavelengths close to favorite bands, but can’t do much more…there simply aren’t many left-over photons at the right wavelengths.  For those of you who are mathematically inclined, that diminishing absorption rate follows a logarithmic curve."

Keep galloping, Larry, even though your absolutely wrong.

Here's how it works:
"If the edges of the absorption bands were completely abrupt, as if CO2
 absorbed 600 cycles/cm light completely and 599 cycles/cm light not at all, then once an absorption band from a gas was saturated, that would be it.

Further increases in the concentration of the gas would have no impact on the radiation energy budget for the earth. CO2 , the most saturated of the greenhouse gases, would stop changing climate after it exceeded some

It turns out that this is not how it works. Even though the core of the CO2
band is saturated, the edges of the band are not saturated. When we increase the CO2 concentration, the bite that CO2  takes out of the spectrum doesn’t get deeper, but it gets a bit broader."

So - what does that mean?
"If we want to re-balance the energy flux after kicking it by adding CO2
, we do that by increasing the temperature of the ground....

Visually, we have cut some area out of the CO2  absorption band, and added it in the atmospheric window and other parts of the spectrum, until the overall area under the curve is the same as it was initially.

Adding the CO2 caused the planet to warm."

And Larry fails to recognize other greenhouse gases, such as methane.  CO2 warming acts as a triggering mechanism for releasing methane gas trapped in colder ice covered regions of the planet.

A molecule of methane added to the atmosphere is 20 times more powerful than is a molecule of CO2.

Game over, folks.

Rather than call Larry Bell a climate change denier - let's call him what he really is - an absolute fraud.

He's an architect that refuses to recognize basic physics.  As an engineer, if your looking for someone to design your building, then it would serve you best not to hire Larry Bell.

Why?  Because he's a fraud.  And he'll bring the whole building down on your head while blaming you for his lack of ability to fully understand the technical science of architecture.


Want to do your part to mitigate climate change?
Then the time to start is now

Only 20 days left on Indiegogo for iPower Station - even small solar can make a large difference.  Fund and share - and be part of the solution. 

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I agree with the first three scenarios, and believe they will happily coexist. 

A home printer to make plastic gizmos, toys for the kids, and the occasional things you need. this printer is limited to those things that can be layered without requiring a kiln, a water jet, a fume hood, or a skilled operator.

local businesses will have highly specialized printing machines making what they sell. example would be a dress printer, using seventy spools of thread to act as a 3d loom, making the dress as you watch... nimble sewing machine mechanics attaching buttons, special materials and extra bits at various stages, all being monitored and adjusted on by a skilled artisan who is crafting the dress, just for you, at low prices that would have been unheard of a few years ago. 

and tech shops (I want to own one) helping local people make "whatever". Teaching them the skills to open their own shops, acting as a general "make anything" using routers, 3d printers beyond just plastic, laser cutters, and lots of software to craft an unbelievable number of things. catering to the local community as a commons workshop. charging membership fees using a business model similar to a gym.

And finally fungible goods. there will still be many businesses for some time to come. microchip manufacturers won't be out of business over this, i suspect EVERYTHING will get a chip added....

 special materials will still have to come from somewhere, can't 3d print gorilla glass... but you CAN shape and cut a blank to fit your thingy.

Nor will companies go under that make bulk products where it's simply not cost effective to make a one-off.  sure I can 3d print a clothespin... but a hundred cost a buck. I'll just order some (to be delivered by quadrotor  a few minutes later).
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