We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
With all due respect to Professor Jacobson, the purpose of categorizing, separating and segregating "ethnic or national" ancestry is the only way to control the narrative of the multi-cultural ethic. To expect those who fight the racial/ethnic wars to just drop the whole thing means they lose funding and status not to mention perpetual grievances against what ever suits their fancy.
I have wondered how bad the honey bee crisis really is. I see many kinds of bees on my herbs in the summer. I am not a scientist but would think that all bee species would be reduced and not just the commercial honey making varieties if there was a major problem.
If the bees are that rare, why is honey still available in supermarkets at affordable prices?
I am not saying there is no bee problem. It is a right to be sceptical because the enviromental scientists have discredited themselves with many false predictions of disaster.
You really have to wonder whether all these "crises" are contrived and coordinated.
Within the past 48 hours, flipping through the TV channels I have been confronted with three different "documentary" shows talking about how bees are supposedly disappearing from the earth and something urgently needs to be done, although all the programs were a big vague on the last point other than somehow fundamentally reorganizing consumption, etc.
Now I read this. It all seems more than coincidental to me.
I live "right close" to an apiary of some renown. The bees are alive, well, and occasionally over here. Haven't heard about any kind of bee crisis there, or at the Amish place further up the road where we buy way cheaper, almost identical honey without the "green" premium from the "apiarist."
I used to have three hives and never experienced any issues with die off over winter. This was ten/twelve years ago.
Recently, I was talking to the owner of CT's largest apple orchard, blueberry/raspberry/currant producer about this. He has seventeen hives and has had to replace six in the past ten or so years which, on average, isn't all that critical, but it is unusual compared to prior winters when he might lose one every four or five years.
However, it seems odd because the hives are still producing at the same rates - in fact, he had a bumper crop of apples, blueberrys, etc., this year on a reduced hive count - 15.