Friday, March 30, 2012

Breaking News Fri. March 30, 2012

It's Friday, it's Friday! Do the happy dance! LOL
I sure hope everyone had a good week this week and will have a good weekend ahead. 

Here's a story I didn't want to get lost in the heap.
NOC: Pentagon Silent on Whether Suspect in Afghan Massacre Took Controversial Anti-Malaria Drug - Amy Goodman, Video Interview: “As Staff. Sgt. Robert Bales is charged with murdering 17 Afghans, we speak with reporter Mark Benjamin, who revealed the Pentagon recently launched an emergency review of a controversial anti-malaria drug known to induce psychotic behavior. Metfloquine, also called Lariam, is used to protect soldiers from malaria, but has been known to have side effects including paranoia and hallucinations. It has been implicated in a number of suicides and homicides, including within the U.S.

and this, from my friend the Ozarker, simply heartbreaking.
MSNBC: Hospital: Mom booted from ER who died in jail was treated appropriatelyRICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. – Officials at a St. Louis hospital on Thursday defended their actions in the case of a homeless woman who sought treatment for a sprained ankle and died in police custody after being arrested for refusing to leave the emergency room.
An autopsy determined that Anna Brown's death in a jail cell in September was caused by blood clots that formed in her legs and migrated to her lungs, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The newspaper also obtained surveillance footage of the woman's final moments. In the video, officers are seen carrying Brown into a jail cell. The cell door closes and Brown is heard moaning and crying.

Much thanks also to RJ at the Global Glass Onion, Be sure to check out his Friday Wrapup of the financial news, and the Ozarker at Conflicted Doomer who will be posting something special for us tomorrow afternoon, Good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise! Also special thank yous to Doug at 3Es News and David at ETF Daily, for their help today! These good friends help make this blog what it is so do, go by and help support their efforts and hard work.

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Peak Oil and Energy News
ETFDaily: Truth About $6 Gas, $200 Oil & The Quest For Energy Independence 
USNews: Why Big Oil Should Give Up Its Tax Breaks
FuelFix: Oil rises above $103 after hitting 6-week low - Oil prices dwelled near six-week lows Friday in Asia amid signs Western powers plan to release strategic crude reserves soon.
CBSNews: GOP blocks Obama's bid to end oil subsidies
Zerohedge: Chicago PMI Misses As Survey Respondents Warn Oil Price Shock "Tipping Point Fast Approaching"
Statesman: A look at the top 5 oil producing companiesETFDaily: Is The Threat Of Air Strikes Against Iran Driving Oil ETF Option Prices Higher?
CNBC: The Great American Energy Boom
TimesTribune: Explosion rocks natural gas compressor station - SPRINGVILLE TWP. - An explosion at a natural gas compressor station in Susquehanna County on Thursday morning blew a hole in the roof of the complex holding the engines, shaking homes as far as a half-mile away and drawing emergency responders from nearby counties.
OilPrice: A New Industry to be Born from the End of North Sea Oil - Following two production peaks, one in the mid-1980s and the second in 1999 at about 7 million barrels per day, production has declined sharply to about 4 million bpd by 2007 and 3 million bpd today. However, changes to what may appear obscure tax allowances have fired up a renaissance of sorts, particularly in the development of smaller, previously less economically attractive new fields.

Global Conflict
JPost: 'One killed, dozens wounded in Gaza Land Day protests'
Hosted: Gaza man killed as thousands protest Israel policy
Iran's Female Ninjas File a Lawsuit for Defamation - Iranian women do not have it very easy in life, which is maybe why 3,500 of them decided to learn the martial art of ninjutsu, modeled after Japan's ancient ninjas. The practice allows them empowerment and independence in a society that wants to deny them both. But now Iran's female ninjas face another hardship: Western media portraying them as "assassins" who want to kill "foreign invaders." They're not, and the media fight over the mischaracterization reveals -- and maybe worsens -- how the West and Iran misunderstand one another.
Time: Israel Seals off West Bank Before Protests
Independent: Israel 'does Azerbaijan airbase deal' in plan to attack Iran - Americans may have leaked news in effort to stop Israelis carrying out their threats BBC: Israeli forces clash with Palestinians on Land Day - JERUSALEM, March 30 (Reuters) - Israeli security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up groups of Palestinian stone-throwers on Friday as annual Land Day rallies turned violent.
NYT: Hard Line on Iran Places White House in a Bind
CNN: Sarkozy: 19 arrested in French police raids 
Hosted: Israel girds for regional anti-Israel protests 
FT: Billions to Stem an Unlikely Bioterror Attack
Republicans and Democrats agreeing on industrial policy to save the auto industry? Unthinkable.
Republicans and Democrats agreeing on industrial policy to promote clean energy companies? Absurd.
But Republicans and Democrats agreeing on industrial policy for the pharmaceutical industry to develop drugs and vaccines to combat bioterror agents? It not only passed by unanimous consent in the Senate earlier this month, it will likely be approved by the conference committee that will soon consider the $4.5 billion Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), the reauthorization of the 2006 law coordinating the nation’s decade-long effort to prepare for a terrorist biological warfare attack.
Reuters: Exclusive: Iran helps Syria ship oil to China: sources
Guardian: North Korea missile launches raise tensions 
IBTimes: Dozens Of Taliban Killed In Air Strikes In West Afghanistan
Reuters: Insight: Obama's North Korean leap of faith turns to ashes - When U.S. diplomats filed into North Korea's grim embassy in Beijing last month they found an unlikely surprise: Starbucks.
ModernSurvival: HUGE .40 Caliber Ammo Contract for DHS
Wired: Darpa Backed Director’s Bomb Detector, Despite Failed Tests - Top Pentagon research arm Darpa gave a well-connected firm millions of dollars to build bomb-detectors — despite deep internal reservations about the technology involved. After years of work and millions spent, the company’s sensor was less effective than “a coin flip” in spotting homemade explosives, in the words of one military insider.
Time: In Post-Gaddafi Libya, Islamists Are Rising in Influence - As they assert their power in the post-Gaddafi era, Libya's Islamists are pressing their prerogatives but insisting they aren't terrorists - How much are contractors costing? Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. Army and DHS discussed savings that resulted from “insourcing”.
MSNBC: Child witnesses to Afghan massacre say Robert Bales was not aloneUPI: Police doubt killer's al-Qaida claim
NYT: Obama to Clear Way to Expand Iranian Oil Sanctions - President Obama has determined there is enough oil in world markets to allow countries to rely less on imports from Iran, a step that could ramp up western sanctions to deter Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, an administration official said Friday.

RawStory: Robert Reich: Wall St. hasn’t changed its ways, despite ‘Occupy’ protests

Hacker News
NYT: Hacking in Asia Is Linked to Chinese Ex-Graduate Student - SAN FRANCISCO — A breach of computers belonging to companies in Japan and India and to Tibetan activists has been linked to a former graduate student at a Chinese university — putting a face on the persistent espionage by Chinese hackers against foreign companies and groups. 

RawStory: Visa confirms report of major hack on credit card processor
CNNMoney: 'Massive' credit card data breach involves all major brands

Domestic Financial News
ETFDaily: Jim Rogers & Peter Schiff Agree, U.S. Treasury Crisis In 2013  - Commodities guru Jim Rogers and Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff have recently gone on the record that the next harrowing event in the ongoing global financial crisis will most likely take place after the presidential election, with the crisis in Europe spreading to Japan and the U.S. Treasury market sometime in 2013.
FT: Millionaires Pulling Their Money from Big Brokers
FiscalTimes: The Small Business Tax Break That Favors the Rich CalculatedRisk: State Unemployment Rates "little changed" in February - From the BLS: Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary  Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in February. Twenty-nine states recorded unemployment rate decreases, 8 states posted rate increases, and 13 states and the District of Columbia had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
Zerohedge: American Spending Goes Into Overdrive As Savings Plunge To 2008 Levels
Reuters: U.S. corporate pensions see record underfunding
CNNMoney: There is no student loan 'crisis'
WorkItTricities: How to keep employees when you can't give a raise 

CalculatedRisk: Los Angeles Mayor to "lay off a large number of employees" - Just a reminder that the state and local layoffs haven't ended ...
CNNMoney: The highest earning hedge fund manager is ...
CE: Dissecting U.S. Inequality in International Perspective -  We all know that the United States has the highest level of income inequality of any high-income country. Right? But at least according to OECD statistics, this claim is only true if one looks at inequality after taxes and transfers. If one looks at inequality before income and taxes, the U.S. economy has less inequality than  Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and about the same amount of inequality as France.
CNNMoney: Retiring at 65 with $1.5 million: Making it last - (MONEY Magazine) -- I'm in my mid 60s and I'm rolling $1.5 million into an IRA. I'd like to create a portfolio of 60% stocks and 40% bonds using low-fee ETFs and mutual funds. Is this a good plan -- and which funds and ETFs would you suggest?
MyBudget360: Expanding the debt bubble to a tipping point – US government debt growing 4 times faster than GDP. Retail investors largely out of stock market.
OutsideTheBeltway: Canada Kills The Penny, And So Should We  - Several years after it got rid of its paper dollar in favor of a coin, Canada is now getting rid of its lowest denomination coin:
JessesCrossroadsCafe: MF Global: Forbes Sums It Up Well, And My Take, ‘Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here’ 
FT: Grim Housing Data Shows We Have Not Hit Bottom - A new string of grim housing data confirms what economists and analysts have long predicted: the housing market has yet to hit bottom, and once it does, it will be a long slog back to health and stability.

Global Financial News
BBC: Fuel strike over Easter ruled out
RedPepper: Spanish general strike: Notes from the margins - Fire. Violence. Tear gas. Rubber bullets. That’s the image of Barcelona that’s beaming out across much of the Spanish and global media about M-29, the 29 March general strike. My experience, and those of many protesting here, was a whole lot less dramatic – but possibly more symptomatic of the widespread collective action against austerity that is spreading here. I didn’t go looking for the moments of greatest drama, but here are a few impressions on how the day unfolded.
CuriousCapitalist: Apple Agrees to Labor Reforms After ‘Serious’ Foxconn Violations
BusinessInsider: UH-OH: Japan’s Industrial Production Unexpectedly Falls, Raising Doubts About Economic Recovery - Japan's factory production fell in February in its first decline in three months, the government said Friday, as demand for exports weakened, despite signs of modest improvements in employment and consumer confidence. The 1.2 percent decline in industrial output in the world's third-largest economy was worse than expected and reflected lagging output in the transport equipment, electronics components and machinery industries.
NakedCapitalist: Wolf Richter: Taking Bosses Hostage – A Labor Negotiating Tactic In France
FiscalTimes: Euro Rescue Package Gets Boost
Guardian: Spain’s general strike shows first signs of rebellion against austerity - With near-empty railway stations, shut factories, mass marches and occasional outbreaks of violence during a general strike on Thursday, Spaniards showed the first signs of rebellion against the reformist, austerity-preaching conservative government they voted in four months ago.IBTimes: Foxconn deal: iPhone, iPad prices may rise
CNBC: Roubini: Euro Must Come Down to Dollar’s Level - The euro needs to sink to parity with the US dollar in order to restore Europe’s peripheral economies to growth, Nouriel Roubini, the economist known as “Dr. Doom” for his bearish predictions, told CNBC Friday.
TulsaWorld: Spain engulfed by nationwide anti-austerity strike - Spanish workers enraged by austerity-driven labor reforms to prevent the nation from becoming Europe's next bailout victim slowed down the country's economy in a general strike Thursday, closing factories and clashing with police as the new center-right government tried to convince investors the nation isn't headed for a financial meltdown.
IrishTimes: Brics seek greater power in IMF in return for extra funds - LEADERS OF the world’s most powerful emerging economies have threatened to withhold additional financing requested by the International Monetary Fund to fight the European sovereign debt crisis unless they gain greater voting power at the fund. Meeting in India yesterday, the heads of state from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa expressed their frustration at the slow pace of reform at the Washington-based multilateral lender, historically dominated by Europe and the US.
WSJ: The Family Behind Hong Kong's Skyline Japan PM says he staking all on doubling sales tax
Guardian: Bank of England faces calls for full review of handling of financial crisis - Publication of Treasury review admitting mistakes prompts MPs to call on Threadneedle Street to follow suit at 'soonest appropriate time'
NPR: Dreams Of A Mining Future On Hold In Afghanistan - Afghanistan faces the daunting prospect of a drastic reduction in foreign aid, which currently makes up about 90 percent of the country's revenue. Some have seen an economic life raft in geological surveys that indicate huge deposits of copper, iron, uranium and lithium in various parts of the country. But multinational mining firms have been slow to invest in Afghanistan — not least because of questions about stability after American troops draw down.
SFGate: Eurozone gets $670 billion in fresh bailout funds
NYT: Europe Agrees to $1 Trillion Bailout Fund for Euro

Mineweb: Gold edges up ahead of euro zone finance meeting

M 5.2, offshore Chiapas, Mexico
M 4.6, Veracruz, MexicoM 4.9, Greenland Sea
M 5.1, off the east coast of Honshu, Japan
M 4.9, Vanuatu
(seems like it was an "earthquakey" kind of day today. 
Grist: Beekeepers to EPA: We’re running out of time
WildlifeNews: Trapped wolf photo adds up to anger, threats 
 Link to photo and more of the story at Great Falls Tribune
It has been viral on the web — the photo of Josh Bransford, an FMO at the Nez Perce National Forest, with a big grin on his face has he poses in front of a black wolf he trapped while the wolf was still alive, standing 3-legged in a circle of bloody snow.  Most folks seem to have assumed the blood was from the wolf’s leg in the trap, but it seems to have come from local Grangeville, Idaho youth who saw the trapped wolf and had been shooting at it with their .22 rifles.  A second photo showed the wolf’s paw in the trap. It did not appear to be bleeding.  

(Agent Smith was right about us after all.) 

WashingtonPost: Bee research details harm from insecticides
DesdemonaDespair: A message from a Republican meteorologist on climate change: ‘We have good reason to be alarmed’ - I'm going to tell you something that my Republican friends are loath to admit out loud: climate change is real. I'm a moderate Republican, fiscally conservative; a fan of small government, accountability, self-empowerment and sound science. I am not a climate scientist. I'm a Penn State meteorologist, and the weather maps I'm staring at are making me very uncomfortable. No, you're not imagining it: we've clicked into a new and almost foreign weather pattern. To complicate matters I'm in a small, frustrated and endangered minority: a Republican deeply concerned about the environmental sacrifices some are asking us to make to keep our economy powered-up.
WildLifeNews: Very unusual story about a bear saving a man from a mountain lion attack
ScientificAmerican: 'Earth Hour' Pauses at U.S. Border 
DesdemonaDespair: Global poaching crisis: ‘We’re losing all of our wildlife, and people are just sitting back and letting it happen’ - Reeking of infection, the elephant stumbled into the Tanzanian camp where Thomas Appleby works as a safari manager. Its back legs festered with gangrene radiating from the open, pungent wounds that the animal had evidently endured for at least two long weeks. Ivory poachers had shot the elephant in both legs, but it had probably bolted before they could subdue the massive beast enough to hack off its tusks. The infection had slowly spread throughout the animal’s limbs, and Appleby had to put it down.
Spiegel: North Sea Gas Leak
 Total Weighs Options As Explosion Fears Mount

Wired: Slow Swimming Shapes Unique Dolphin Society - The male dolphins of Shark Bay, Australia, are known to marine biologists for their messy social entanglements. Their relationships with each other are so unusual — they’re more like the intricate webs of the Mafia than the vertical hierarchies of chimpanzees — that, in a new paper, one team of scientists argues that the dolphins live in a social system that is “unique among mammals.” Intriguingly, the researchers also suggest that these complex, and often cooperative, relationships may stem in part from one simple, unexpected factor: the dolphins’ low cruising speed.
ScientificAmerican: Radioactive Iodine from Fukushima Found in California Kelp
Reuters: BP: U.S. hiding evidence on size of Gulf oil spill

America in Decline
WSJ: Cities See Murder Slide End - Police Forces Shrunken by Budget Cuts Face Rise in Killings; Weighing Priorities in Stockton, Calif.
ChrisHedges: Totalitarian Systems Always Begin by Rewriting the Law -"The NDAA implodes our most cherished constitutional protections. It permits the military to function on US soil as a civilian law enforcement agency. It authorizes the executive branch to order the military to selectively suspend due process and habeas corpus for citizens. The law can be used to detain people deemed threats to national security, including dissidents whose rights were once protected under the First Amendment, and hold them until what is termed 'the end of the hostilities.'"
NYT: Older Women Struggle to Make Ends Meet - The United States is aging, and a new report from Wider Opportunities for Women sheds some light on what that may mean and underscores the importance of saving for retirement. Sixty percent of women in the United States who are 65 or older do not have enough income to cover basic expenses without help, even if they are married, according to the report. 
BlacklistedNews: Virginia First State to Sell Naming Rights to Roads
CharlesHughSmith: Welcome to the United States of Orwell, Part 4: "Consumer Protection" Just Another Federal Reserve Power Grab
Alternet: Thomas Frank: How Americans Have Gotten Played — Over and Over and Over Again
Wired: Read the FBI Memo: Agents Can ‘Suspend the Law’
You'll Never Guess What Thieves Are After Now - Thieves, especially in a tough economy and high unemployment, have been known to steal seemingly odd things that most people wouldn't think had much value. But the thieves know different. Among the vulnerable: copper pipes from building and vacant condos; freshly planted landscaping; plumbing fixtures from vacant condos. Now you can add tailgates from pickup trucks. Huh? That's right. Law enforcement in at least eight states this year have been reporting rashes of tailgate thefts. Unlike the stuff you might leave on the seat of your truck, the tailgates are not protected by locks or barriers such as windows. Thieves have become adept at wrenching the tailgates, as well as pricey accessories, off the truck.

Food and Water
NOC: Made from Genetically Modified Bacteria Waste, Aspartame Risks Public Health - “Aspartame is one of the most used artificial sweeteners in the food supply today. It also happens to be one of the most dangerous. Aspartame is used in thousands of products as a substitute to sugar, though consumers would actually be better off eating regular sugar. Specifically, the toxic substance is often found in diet soft drinks and various candies. You should also be aware that aspartame is even present in a number of lesser-known conventional products as well.”  

CBSNews: Governors try to save pink slime's image
CityFarmer: World’s Largest Rooftop Farm Planned For Brooklyn Making New York The Model For Urban Agriculture
BBC: Farming needs 'climate-smart' revolution, says reportNOC: Outrageous Lies Monsanto and Friends Are Trying to Pass off to Kids as Science
Reuters: U.S. farmers to plant most corn in 75 years
ScienceDaily: Electronic nose knows when your cantaloupe is ripe

Science and Technology
PopSci: 'Cyberplasm,' a Micro-Robot Modeled After the Sea Lamprey, Could Swim Around Inside You
RedditScience: Study: Caffeine, Amphetamines Make Slacker Rats Work Harder, But Make Worker Rats Lazier
ScienceDaily: Scientists reveal genetic mutation depicted in van Gogh's sunflower paintings
ScienceDaily (Mar. 29, 2012) — In addition to being among his most vibrant and celebrated works, Vincent van Gogh's series of sunflower paintings also depict a mutation whose genetic basis has, until now, been a bit of a mystery. 
PopSci: Swimming On The Hot Side
I first heard about nuclear diving while I was getting my hair cut in downtown Manhattan. My stylist seemed out of place in an East Village salon, so I asked her where she lived. Brooklyn? Queens? Uptown?
“Upstate,” she answered. “I commute two hours each way a few times a week.”
I asked her why, and she stopped cutting.
“Well, my husband has kind of a weird job,” she said. “He’d rather not live around other people.”
I sat up in the chair. “What does he do?”
“He’s a nuclear diver.”
“A what?”
“A diver who works in radiated water at nuclear power plants.”
Wired: Gigantic Solar Tornado Is 5 Times the Size of Earth
ANN: Europe's 'earliest string instrument' found - Archaeologists believe they have uncovered the remains of the earliest stringed instrument to be found so far in western Europe.

Medical and Health
ScienceDaily: 'Backpacking' bacteria help ferry nano-medicines inside humans
DoctorTipster: Study Sheds Light On Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (Preeclampsia)
Guardian: Drug-resistant strains of TB are out of control, warn health experts - The fight against new, antibiotic-resistant strains of tuberculosis has already been lost in some parts of the world, according to a senior World Health Organisation expert. Figures show a 5% rise in the number of new cases of the highly infectious disease in the UK.
CNN: CDC: U.S. kids with autism up 78% in past decade
Vitals: Experts: Wide 'autism spectrum' may explain diagnosis surge
Reuters: New suspicions rise about first cancer vaccine - NEW YORK - Provenge has long incited passions unlike any other cancer therapy. In a new round of this heavyweight healthcare fight, one scientist is determined to expose what she believes are deadly flaws in the studies that led to the drug's FDA approval.

Healthcare Law
WashingtonPost: Supreme Court justices vote Friday on outcome of health care case; opinion
Bloomberg: Republicans Tampered With Court Audio in Obama Attack Ad - In a spot circulated yesterday, the Republican National Committee excerpts the opening seconds of the March 27 presentation of Obama’s top Supreme Court lawyer, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, in which he is heard struggling for words and twice stopping to drink water. “Obamacare,” the ad concludes, in words shown against a photograph of the high court. “It’s a tough sell.” A review of a transcript and recordings of those moments shows that Verrilli took a sip of water just once, paused for a much briefer period, and completed his thought, rather than stuttering and trailing off as heard in the doctored version.  
CBSNews: Biden confident top court will uphold health law
SFGate: Justices Roberts, Kennedy key to health ruling
VancouverSun: Idea of U.S. health care overhaul gets wide support: Poll
Reuters: HMO investors worry less about health ruling - NEW YORK - Now that the Supreme Court has given a glimpse of how it will consider the healthcare overhaul, more investors in health insurance stocks are breathing easier about the eventual ruling. USNews: Justices Meet to Decide Fate of Health-Reform Legislation 
NYMag: What to Do If the Court Strikes Down Obamacare 

Doomsteading, Gardening, Urban Farming
ModernSurvival: Survival Medicine Handbook – contest winner
CityFarmer: ‘Our Seeds’ – one hour documentary released on the Net
CanadianDoomer: Comfort Food, Pigs and Kids
ModernSurvival: Veggie Chili From Your Food Storage
WaldenEffect: Pulling the incubator plug

Other News
MSNBC: New video may contradict Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin case
MSNBC: Did the media already try Zimmerman? (like msnbc isn't media. no, not us some other media! LOL)
Telegraph: French Bread Spiked With LSD In CIA Experiment - A 50-year mystery over the 'cursed bread' of Pont-Saint-Esprit, which left residents suffering hallucinations, has been solved after a writer discovered the US had spiked the bread with LSD as part of an experiment.
MSNBC: Trayvon Martin case: Mayor says police resisted release of 911 tapesReuters: Man arrested with fireworks at Philadelphia airport
UPI: Mega Millions approaches $600 million - NEW YORK, March 30 (UPI) -- Millions of lottery tickets were snapped up in 42 U.S. states ahead of Friday night's Mega Millions drawing, 
Atlantic: Why Do So Many U.S. Students Leave College?
CBSNews: Report: Zimmerman described as "Jekyll and Hyde" - An anonymous former co-worker of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin five weeks ago, told a newspaper that Zimmerman "loved being in charge ... loved the power" and could become violent.  
Mineweb: Ex-mine chief pleads guilty to worst US mine accident in 40 yrs
eXiled: The Hunger Games: A Belated WTF
Reuters: Washington governor signs gay marriage law 

FT: Billionaire Adelson To Pull the Plug on Gingrich
USNews: In Defense of Sarah Palin and Rick Perry
MSNBC: NBC/Marist Poll: Romney leads in Wisconsin primary
Truthout: Is There More to Sen. Snowe’s Resignation Than Congress’s “Crumbling Center”?
RawStory: Fox News host urges viewers to ‘vote Republican’
USAToday: Board certifies signatures for Wis. recall election

TinfoilPalace: Meet the real-life Barbies: Internet craze sees teenagers turn themselves into freakish living dolls
TinfoilPalace: Right Wing Freak Hailey Barbour's Lobbying Firm Tied to Iran Nuclear Program
TheOilAge: Doom Burnout
TheOilAge: Total Rowan Viking Rig Out of Control
HubbertsArms: On the Brink: Planet Near Irreversible Point....
HubbertsArms: Aircraft Carrier Enterprise Sets Off On Final Journey - Direction Iran
SilentCountry: Einstein was right (honey bee collapse)
SilentCountry: Starlings decline by almost 80 per cent - RSPB
DestinyCalls: Roll yer own and save some cash
DestinyCalls: Dark arts reading and research books


  1. my comment at the WaPo, copied here:

    though i'd just as soon see them ban neonicotinids and the rest of the pesticides, i aint willing to put colony collapse into the solved column on top of them yet...i did a lot of reading on CCD when it first broke (subscribed to 2 bee journals back then) and i havent seen anything that fits all the cases reported in those early years..i still think that Israeli acute paralysis virus, first discovered in 2004, is one of several underlying factors, probably weakening the bees to succumb to other issues, such as varroa mites or pesticides...

    the only colony i ever lost to CCD symptoms was last april, & it was so wet at the time there wasnt a piece of farm equipment out in the fields anywhere in this county - so no one was using pesticides at that time (im in a wildlife area where there is little activity anyhow)

    i think some reported CCD is likely normal winter kill, and i know there's also been a lot of CCD in non agricultural areas, too...i'm interested to see how the bees make it this year; im willing to bet that with this warm spring in the east, CCD will almost disappear..

  2. Hey RJ and thanks for that. and with what you just said, I guess we should not call this "case closed" just yet.
    thanks a lot, that was really fascinating and I didn't know you have hives!
    wish I lived closer and I'd buy honey from you!

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