Nobody likes to be called a dummy by a dummy.

What's been killing the bees

Apparently they now suspect some kind of fungus:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-sci-bees26apr26,1,367041.story?track=rss&ctrack=1&cset=true

SoP, no word on whether the fungus was caused by cell phone use...
Permalink Send private email Philo 
April 26th, 2007 3:40pm
But fungus have been around forever. That couldn't be it.
Permalink son of parnas 
April 26th, 2007 4:04pm
Diseases come and go.  Mutate and become insanely strong or whatever.  It's certainly possible.  Look at the hysteria about bird flu.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
April 26th, 2007 4:10pm
I think SoP was trying to sarcastically play on the "cell phones have been around for a long time" argument before. Of course cell phone signals aren't going through natural selection and evolution.
Permalink DF 
April 26th, 2007 4:15pm
Heh.  Cellphone signals do "evolve"...  they're pretty different now than they were a few years ago.  Different power, different frequencies.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
April 26th, 2007 4:20pm
Global warming!
Permalink Send private email kneejerk 
April 26th, 2007 4:27pm
Well, see, the cell-phones could be WEAKENING the bees, to the point where the fungus gains a foothold.

OR, the cell-phone RF could be mutating the FUNGUS so that it now is more virulent for the bees.

Or, it could be global warming is providing weather more conducive to fungus production -- damn, kneejerk might just be right!
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
April 26th, 2007 5:37pm
the _really_ important thing here is that the bees are dropping like...uhh...flies...


this actually is the closest we've been to catastophe(sp?) in a long time. 

isn't it interesting how none of the politicians appear to have even noticed?


seriously, without bees, america/europe is entirely fucked.

invest in 3rd world wheat producers :)
Permalink jollyJumper 
April 26th, 2007 6:05pm
Um, it still hasn't changed from the last thread this topic was discussed: bees don't pollinate wheat or corn or rice.

If the US is doomed, it's because people have lost all touch with nature.
Permalink strawberry beeswax 
April 26th, 2007 6:35pm
"bees don't pollinate wheat or corn or rice. "

heh.  oops.

cool, we can still eat wheat, rice and corn.

I dont know why I was worried.
Permalink jollyJumper 
April 26th, 2007 6:48pm
> isn't it interesting how none of the politicians
> appear to have even noticed?

http://www.senate.gov/~clinton/news/statements/details.cfm?id=272419

April 16, 2007

Senator Clinton Calls on USDA to Respond to Widespread Concerns Over Nationwide Honeybee Decline
Permalink bob 
April 26th, 2007 7:48pm
:) thanks, I hadn't seen that.
Permalink jollyJumper 
April 26th, 2007 7:58pm
It's Bush's fault, and I can't believe it's taken anyone this long to point it out.
Permalink  
April 26th, 2007 8:43pm
Hey, that's a good sign that were not knee-jerk liberals.  No matter what Bush says.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
April 27th, 2007 10:34am
El Diablo is killing the bees, when he is in the form of el chupacabra.
Permalink Occam's Razor 
April 27th, 2007 12:14pm
That's just it, bees are our only defense against El Chupacabra.  The bees die when they lose their stingers in battle with the goat-suckers, which is why they're not returning to the hive.

That's why the Latinos, who've known about Chupacabra for a lot longer than us, brought in the African killer bees.
Permalink Lurk Machine 
April 27th, 2007 1:47pm
There are 350,000,000 people in the USA.
Most of the time, thinking about money and sex and violence.

If you put your mind to good things, think positive, love, share, then the bees will come back.

your friend LeLe
Permalink LeMonde 
April 27th, 2007 2:17pm
Wow, I suddenly like LeMonde.

Maybe it's already working.
Permalink Lurk Machine 
April 27th, 2007 2:40pm
"That's why the Latinos brought in the African killer bees."

Yes, that's the simplest explanation.
Permalink Occam's Razor 
April 27th, 2007 9:49pm

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