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Friday, March 27, 2009

I was right! In part.

According to Scientific American, April 2009 issue, scientists are making some headway with the bee problem.

There is no one disease killing them off according to their findings. Though one does seem to be doing a lot of the damage, as bees are falling susceptible to it. That disease is called IAPV (Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus). What these scientists are saying is that they believe (no definitive answers, but they feel close) the bees are falling susceptible to diseases due to weakened immune systems. And why are their immune systems so weak?

They find two major factors: poor nutrition and high counts of pesticide contamination.

Some hives were found to have upwards of 35 different pesticides in them. Add that to the fact that giant monoculture farms do not revive the nutrients in soil, and therefore in their crops, and of course that bees are harvesting in one type of field and getting only that food very often, and you get malnourished bees. Just like we learned from In Defense of Food about the soils and wildlife being affected by diminished nutrients in the soil and plants.

Interesting. I highly recommend the article to anyone interested in the subject.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Naked Discussion

No, it's not a nudist thing.

Ok, so who here read Naked by David Sedaris? Please let us know what you thought.

My thoughts are forthcoming, I'll let you guys start this one.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Well Lookie Here

I'm baaaaaaaaack.

How are you? Where are you with reading? Did you finish Naked and move on to Panic in Level 4? I've just started Panic myself. Had a tough time getting myself to finish Naked. Hrmph.

I'm thinking we could do the Naked discussion tomorrow. You up for it?

I'm planning to do a book opening Monday. Watch for drawing announcements.

Happy reading you guys.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Irritation

I can't see any of my posts when I log in, until I put up another post. Is this happening to anyone else? It's making me crazy. Also, when you come in here, are there times when you can't see anything but my sidebar? What is going on with blogger?