The loss of honey bees has been one of my major causes for many years. It has always been on my list of probable causes adding to the coming apocalypse. Now finally the government is creating a task force to study what is causing bees to die out.
The White House announced Friday its commitment to saving the mysteriously declining honeybee population, putting a task force of federally-backed scientists on the case.
I first learned about the loss of honey bees in 2007 and created a design based on those milk cartons showing lost children except with pictures and descriptions of honey bees and Colony Collapse Disorder(CCD). That is what they were calling the unknown cause of death for these insects.
This is a world-wide problem and in the intervening years, while European scientists have boiled the major issue down to the use of insecticides, specifically neonicotinoids, and mite infestations, research in the U.S. has been falling behind. Finally funds are being loosened up to allow some research.
You Can Help
Biodiversity is one thing that will help the pollinators of the world survive. For that we need many different plants for bees and other similar insects to pollinate in the wild. So one of the things that anyone with room for some dirt can do to help is grow some flowering plants outside. Even if its just posies on the porch in a pot, bees and other pollinators will find them and be able to pick up some nutrients. Get any flowering plants native for your area, set aside some space in your garden for them, and never use any herbicides or pesticides, ever. Besides, weeding by hand is great exercise.
I Beleve in gun control. If I can’t control my gun how else am I gonna hit what I’m aiming at?
Recent legislation in Georgia has brought about many fears of running gun battles in the streets. The Safe Carry Protections Act, which was nicknamed by opponents as the ‘guns everywhere bill’, went into effect on July 1, 2014. There are many provisions but the bottom line is people who have valid concealed carry permits can carry their gun into public places like bars, churches, schools and parts of airports. These places retain the right to refuse to let guns in if the choose. Similar laws have recently been passed recently in several other states.
I can’t see this as anything but a good thing. We already have criminals carrying guns wherever they want. We already have people getting hit by stray bullets in the cross fire. Three children in my city have been hit this year, one fatally, and it’s only July. So why not loosen up the laws and give the law abiding folks a even chance.
In the areas where these laws have been passed, the street were not immediately transformed into Dodge City with Marshall Dillon taking down the bounty hunters who think they have a mission. In fact just the opposite. No one noticed a change in downtown Atlanta when the new law went into effect. Several years ago in another city there was even a thwarted robbery at a drugstore because of a similar law. The only reason that guy got in trouble was he was concealing his weapon and he was therefore charged with a misdemeanor.
In other places, where guns have been a part of the culture for almost 200 years, they become a marketing device. There’s a restaurant in Rifle, Colorado (what better place?) where the servers all carry guns and the customers are encouraged to do the same. The place hasn’t been robbed yet. I think the sign posted in the dining room sums it up the best:
Please keep all weapons holstered unless need arises. In such case, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.
This sounds like the simple philosophy that should allay any concerns of non-gun-toting bystanders. Just keep your gun in your holster until you have to use it. And when you feel threatened, don’t miss what you’re aiming at. Even Duke Wayne would go along with that thought.