Monday, June 23, 2014

How far the conservatives will carry their hatred of Obama: Beeghazi

The right wing's hatred of Obama is so deeply ingrained in them, they will decry and ridicule ANYthing he says or does -- even when their derision is against their own interest, the interest of their children, and the interest of the country and the world.  Now they are ridiculing the president's formation of a task force to find out what is causing the death of honeybees and butterflies, the pollinators of the crops that feed us. 

I could give a good guess as to why the honeybees are dying at such a fast rate, but chemtrails are not even acknowledged/admitted yet by the government, let alone looked at as a possible killer of insect life...or human life.  Do you honestly think it could be a good thing to be spraying aluminum, barium and strontium particles into our skies, to fall and settle on the water and land -- and to be breathed in by all life on the planet?   

One Reader's Comment on the following article, and a suggestion with which I wholeheartedly agree:

I wish we could split the world into two worlds.
they can live in the world that laughs at and celebrates the death of all pollinators.
we can live in the one that even at this late hour tries to keep them all from dying.
we can have a conference call in fifty years and see how they are doing.

#Beeghazi!: The conservative war on Obama, science, common sense, and bees

By TBogg
Monday, June 23, 2014 9:03 EDT

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On Friday the White House announced the formation of a task force charged with addressing the issue of rapidly diminishing colonies of honey bees and other pollinators.

President Barack Obama ordered the Environmental Protection Agency and United States Department of Agriculture to lead an effort to determine why honey bees, monarch butterflies and other pollinators are dying off, and then recommend ways to boost their conservation.

In announcing this initiative the White House released data explaining why this is an important thing to do:

  • The number of managed honey bee colonies in the United States has declined steadily over the past 60 years, from 6 million colonies (beehives) in 1947 to 4 million in 1970, 3 million in 1990, and just 2.5 million today. Given the heavy dependence of certain crops on commercial pollination, reduced honey bee populations pose a real threat to domestic agriculture.
  • Some crops, such as almonds, are almost exclusively pollinated by honey bees, and many crops rely on honey bees for more than 90% of their pollination. California’s almond industry alone requires the pollination services of approximately 1.4 million beehives annually—60% of all U.S. beehives—yielding 80% of the worldwide almond production worth 4.8 billion dollars each year.
  • Since 2006, commercial beekeepers in the United States have seen honey bee colony loss rates increase to an average of 30% each winter, compared to historical loss rates of 10 to 15%. In 2013–14, the overwintering loss rate was 23.2%, down from 30.5% the previous year but still greater than historical averages and the self-reported acceptable winter mortality rate.

If you’re a libertarian, and you only care about money, there is also this:

  • Insect pollination is integral to food security in the United States. Honey bees enable the production of at least 90 commercially grown crops in North America. Globally, 87 of the leading 115 food crops evaluated are dependent on animal pollinators, contributing 35% of global food production.

So this is pretty serious stuff and nobody could possibly dispute the need to stem the loss of bee colonies and other pollinators, thereby helping to  ensure future food supplies not only in the U.S., but around the world, right?

Wrong. Guess again.

The good folks at Twitchy, which is a conservative site run by people who move their lips when they read and is dedicated to taking 140-character tweets and dumbing them down even further for their Fox-distracted readers, thinks the idea of saving bees and, therefore, the future of food, is the height of high-larity. Beez! OMG! LOL! Bee-rack O-bee-mer! Har har de-har.