When the bees are gone, in four years we will be gone.

beesNatural Society Portland, Oregon has joined at least seven other cities in banning the usage of neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides that many scientists think is behind colony collapse disorder and the premature death and dysfunction of many bees and other pollinating insects. The ban applies to all city lands and will be enforced despite the opposition of some nearby farmers who claim neonicotinoids are critical for producing their food crops.

Neonicotinoids are highly neurotoxic, sharing a common mode of action that affects the central nervous system of insects, resulting in their paralysis and death. Pollinating insects are essential for the growth of numerous crops, including apples, plums, broccoli, peppers, cabbage, Brazil nuts, and cashews.

In 2008, neonicotinoids were scrutinized for their environmental impact in Germany, where they were linked with several adverse ecological effects. In 2013, the EU and some other European countries banned use of certain members of the neonicotinoid family.

Meanwhile, the USDA took a broad look into the decline of bee colonies in the country. Their report highlighted the fact that in 1990, there were 3 million bee colonies. By 2013, that number had dropped to 2.5 million, demonstrating that the collapse is a long-term issue. Though their report was dire for insects and people, it did not offer any immediate solutions. Soon after it was released, the EPA approved a fourth generation neonicotinoid, known as sulfoxaflor, an action that left many followers of the situation dumbfounded.

In 2014, tens of millions of bees were found dead in Ontario Canada, just days after a planting of genetically modified corn. Ontario’s The Post reported that the crops were sprayed with neonicotinoids produced by Bayer CropScience. The air seeding of neonicotinoid-treated GM corn was seen as and accelerating factor in the bee losses. It is likely that in most parts of North America the reason neonicotinoids continue to be permitted is heavy influence from the chemical industry.

Because the federal government has refused to do anything about the havoc being caused by neonicotinoids, dealing with it has become the province of the states and municipalities. In 2013, Eugene Oregon was the first city to ban its use. Since then, efforts have centered around the Pacific Northwest, with Seattle and Spokane in Washington joining in.

One recent example can be seen with Amanda Fritz, Commissioner of Portland, who was successful in gaining approval of the measure to ban neonicotinoids on city lands such as gardens and municipal parks by presenting it as a public health issue requiring emergency action.

“I think we’re doing another good thing for the city of Portland, Oregon…and maybe the entire world,” she said.

Oregonians protest Nestlé's proposed bottle plant in Gorge»PLAY VIDEO

PORTLAND, Ore. — Dozens of people ascended to Hawthorne Bridge in Portland Thursday morning to protest Nestlé’s proposed bottling plant at the Columbia River Gorge.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife last week applied to transfer part of its water rights at Oxbow Springs to the city of Cascade Locks, which would free up the area for Nestlé to bottle water.

Nestlé’s plans to build the bottling plant have been stalled for years, while environmental groups protested and appealed the construction. Initially, the city of Cascade Locks had planned to exchange the water at Oxbrow Springs for city well water.

City leaders told Hood River News late last year they’re pursuing a water transfer instead of an exchange, because it would be a “simpler process.”

According to the organization “Keep Nestlé Out,” the transfer period would not require a formal public review by the Water Resources Department.

The proposed plant would employ 50 people and fill 100 million bottles annually.

Nestlé’s is facing national scrutiny after it was discovered the food and drink giant’s permit to transport water across California’s San Bernardino National Forest expired in 1988.

Ted Cruz, Cuban Canadian iceback “running” for President:

intel-design-120209“The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution isn’t for just protecting hunting rights, and it’s not only to safeguard your right to target practice. It is a Constitutional right to protect your children, your family, your home, our lives, and to serve as the ultimate check against governmental tyranny — for the protection of liberty,” Cruz wrote to supporters in a fundraising email on Thursday, under the subject line “2nd Amendment against tyranny.”

You’ve almost got it, bozo (respects), but it’s a little thinner than that: The Second Amendment to the Constitution provides redress, provides relief, for the impositions of tyrannies upon the majority (the rest of us) by a minority (you).

You are in the minority.

“Christians” don’t love Israel, don’t love the Jews. In order for their precious lord and master to come floating down out of the sky on a white horse with a thousand angels to carry the few faithful away to paradise – after the bloodbath, after the world is destroyed, the blood as deep as a horses’ bridle – two thirds of the Jews, two thirds of Israel must be destroyed. “Christians” don’t love Israel, don’t love the Jews, they want to see them destroyed.

freddykruegerunclesamNot to defend Israel. Israel is a Terrorist State. The Mother of All Terrorist States. An utterly foreign occupier perpetrating an American Taxpayer conceived, financed and morally sanctioned genocide upon the indigenous descendants of the “biblical hebrew”. It has no “right” to exist and this world will never know Peace until it does not.

Though I oft despair and concede yes, just let the rat bastards have their dog-damned little apocalypse and get it over with and when their precious lord and master doesn’t come floating down out of the sky on a white horse with a thousand angels to carry the few faithful away to paradise then perhaps get on with cleaning up the mess that has been made but no, that would be as clear and present a danger to my grandchildren’s survival as anthropogenic atmospheric disruption, as christian capitalist induced climate change.

We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us. Expect us.

As I wrote in my e-mail to you, do not fast track the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Act out of committee and vote no to the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Act. It is bad for Oregon Agriculture. It is bad for Oregon Business. It is bad for Oregon’s Environment. It is bad for Oregon.

imagesThough I have long supported – and voted for – you and actively campaigned for your junior partner Jeff Merkley, like me of a multi-generational Oregon Logging and mill family and the first of that family to go to college, you people are walking on egg-shells with me over what you did to the most popular governor in the history of the State of Oregon re-elected to an unprecedented fourth term with the highest vote count ever. As a non-affiliated voter, if you weasel Democrats keep selling out to the corporations, to the Fascists, then you will join your counterparts the Republicans on my list of those I will never again vote for, regardless how qualified or well-deserved.

Trust me, I am paying attention, and I vote.

Do not fast track the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Act out of committee and vote no to the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Act. It is bad for Oregon Agriculture. It is bad for Oregon Business. It is bad for Oregon’s Environment.

It is bad for Oregon.

So put down the Ambien, Prozac, Viagra and crotch-shots on Fox Kool-Aid and turn off the television, because this is the Enterprise Bridge over Lake Oroville in Butte County, California. Been over it many times back in my logging days. Lake Oroville has an interesting logging history: rather than the yarding (skidding) and trucking of logs out of the woods to the mill they were left to lie until the rising water floated them to a staging area and railhead at the dam.

Built a lot of houses in New York City with that lumber.
lakeorovillewaterlevel

The picture on the left is July 2011. The picture on the right is the lake today.

Felicia Marcus of the State Water Resources Board told an audience last week:

We don’t know if its going to rain next year.

We don’t know if its going to rain after that.

This Was The Hottest 3-Month Start Of Any Year On Record

You are a clear and present danger to my grandchildrens’ survival. Fear me.

fascism

Fire the bitch:

“Overzealous, dangerous patriotism”: School nurse refused to treat student who didn’t stand for Pledge of Allegiance

The American Humanist Association, an atheist group, has sent a letter of complaint to Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Area School District after a school nurse at Wilson Middle School refused to treat a middle school student who didn’t stand during the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to the letter, when the student was confronted by the nurse, she responded that she had the right not to stand if she wanted. The nurse responded, “Fine, then leave! I have the right not to service you!”

The AHA’s attorney, Monica Miller, wrote:

The student reports that she left the nurse’s office in tears and went to the administrative offices to call her mother. A secretary then led the student to an office, but at that time the same nurse appeared again, saying, “She isn’t calling a parent until I have a long conversation with her!” Still sobbing, the student said she only wanted to call her mother. At this point a school counselor arrived and took the student to his office, where the student remained for the first two class periods. Though he showed some sympathy, he also incorrectly instructed the student that she should stand in the hallway if she does not wish to stand for the Pledge exercise!

“The actions of the nurse are indefensible, as she provides an example of the kind of overzealous, dangerous patriotism that any true patriot would loathe,” the letter continued.

Human Beings, do not.

Hide Witch hide, the good folk come to burn thee;
They hide their keen enjoyment behind…
A perfect mask of duty.


There are no “gods”
, only fairy tales. Fantasies to explain away the dark, justify sex with young children, and profit. You really don’t think the witch doctor really believes that tossing a virgin in a volcano will make it rain, do you? Nooo… tossing a virgin in a volcano keeps him in his cushy witch doctor gig, with the additional perk of spending a few quality end of life hours with the virgin – what…!? you thought the virgin, stoned to the bone on AmbienProzac, and Viagra and smiling all the way to the bottom, was still a virgin when the witch doctor tossed ‘em in? I’ve got some property to sell. Ocean-front. Cheap. Cash only, in small bills. You’ll love Idaho!

Recalling that in all legend lay a kernel of fact, reading the fabrications koranbible, and torah in larger, historical context with other fabrications lain down in stone it is in fact quite easy to afford “Intelligent Design” a measure of credibility. When chariots with wheels of fire flitting about, vast arks propelling the seeds of life across vast empty spaces, and fathers asking of their wives “be this my son, or that of a “giant?” are lain aside the physical record it isn’t all that far fetched to supposit that at some point in the past half-million years extra-terrestrial travelers – for whatever reason: pure science, sheer boredom, desperate survival, or profit – genetically interfered with the development of the proto-humans they found roaming the savannahs of Northern and Western Africa. Not only are we but fleas agitating the hide of a far greater organism, but some bastard’s abandoned science project, if not cattle, as well. Wrap the twelve percent of your brain you use around that.

This notion that the bastard is going to come back and rescue us… that as the blood of our adolescent squabbles over whose imaginary dog has the bigger dick rises to the horses’ bridle will come floating down out of the sky on a white horse with a thousand angels to carry away the chosen few, the faithful… Who are these “Chosen People”, these “faithful”? The genetically purest cattle (or pigs, as it is)? More accurately: just who do they think they are? Get this straight, these “Chosen People”, these “faithful”, can destroy the world – burn the forests, chop down the mountains, turn the air we breath into toxic gas and waters we drink into vast garbage reservoirs… can

drop their fucking bombs and burn the screaming babies

and at the last moment, the moment the world is utterly destroyed, after the bloodbath, some spectral being with whom they’ve entered into some kind of “special” contractual obligation is going to float down out of the sky and carry them away.

Uh-huh. To what?

Far the more likely thousands upon thousands of cavernous spacecraft, vast slaughter-houses piloted by ravenous vaguely reptilian creatures, replete with horns and folked tail, intent not as benevolent overseers of the demise of this world and our current iteration in human evolution and our children’s evolution onto the next iteration of humanity but as ravenous reptilian creatures… you know, hungry lizards.

We did, afterall, invite them to “Come Eat!”

Though I often despair of humanity, seeing the mass as that of maggots: a few will evolve and escape as flies, the vast majority will consume the host and die, we as a species, the human species, as a “race”, the human race, today stand at a cusp, an iteration, in the evolution, in the maturing, of humankind. But if we don’t abandon – outgrow – this irrational dependency on adolescent fairytales and attendant adolescent squabbles over whose imaginary dog has the bigger dick… we may very well not survive at all. And while Americans certainly enjoy the “right” to believe whatever fairytale it is chosen to be believed, we are equally free not to believe in fairytales, and leave me remind you of Ben Franklin’s admonishment that “‘rights’ end with the tip of [the] nose”. There is no inherent “right” to impose such nonsense on me, or mine, nor is there any “right”, “divine” or otherwise, to destroy the world my grandchildren are growing up in… in the name of some dog. To do so will result, “right”fully so, in short order and at my hand, in instruction in the difference between prey, and prayer.

Rather than beating of breasts and wailing on street corner, far better to do as Jesus said: put it in the closet.

[Originally published at Homeless on the High Desert Sunday 12 April 2009(pig-era) as a part of the Easter Blogswarm Against Theocracy, an international Internet protest of the imposition of religion upon government, and The People. Lyrics (blockquote) Paul Kantner, 1969. Thomas Ware – Ten Bears (O’Owlish Amenheh) – is a local “witch doctor” who would gleefully toss a virgin in a volcano… if he could find one.]

We won’t give up, we won’t go away;
‘Cause we’re not about to live in this mass delusion;
We don’t want to hear another word you say,
‘Cause we know they’re all depending on mass confusion.

What do we want!? We want change!
How we gonna’ get there?
Revolution!

Your jew/christian/muslim/mormon dog isn’t big enough to protect you.

To be Gnostic [nos-tic`] is Greek to know, or more accurately to choose to know. As a-typical (atypical) is to be not-typical, a-political (apolitical) is to be not-political, etc. a-gnostic (agnostic) [ag.nos-tic`] is to not know, or more accurately chose not to know. It’s the chicken-shit way out.

A-Theism(atheism) is not-theism. Theism is the fervent belief in gods or deities – religion. Atheism is not-religion. No,  “being an atheist” does not “require[s] as much belief in an unknowable…”

Atheism rejects belief in an unknowable. War is not the answer. Next question.

I find it fascinating as a not-necessarily disinterested nor outside observer as reinforcement of comfort zones unfold through the exercise of definition of that unlike. The fundamental problem is you don’t listen. When I tell you there are no gods you don’t hear “there are no gods” – you hear does not believe in gods. Atheist. But what you heard, “does not believe in gods”, is not what I said – there are no gods. It makes you comfortable, it reinforces your worldview, your belief system, to assign labels to that which you do not understand, are indeed fundamentally incapable of understanding. It makes you comfortable to call me a name, a something, I am not – you call me “does not believe in gods” as if “gods” exist, but that is not what I am. There are no gods.

As a Gnostic I have chosen to know, or more accurately have chosen to pass through the doors of and pursue the path of knowledge – to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge, if you wish. There is no unknowable. Only the undiscovered. I know things you don’t know. I know things you don’t want to know. Hell’s Belles, I know things I don’t want to know. And above all else because of your worldview I know things you are fundamentally incapable of knowing. Upon entering into, embracing, investing in, your belief system you consciously chose to close the door to the path of knowledge, to reject the fruit of the tree of knowledge, to embrace ignorance and thus must reinforce your conscious choice to do so through “definitions”, insults, labels and mockery.

I mock  you as you once mocked me for my consumption of green tee when I say “far more the likely than heyZeus floatin’ down out’a the heavens on a white horse with a thousand angels to carry away the faithful thousands of cavernous spacecraft piloted by ravenous vaguely reptilian creatures repleat with horns and folked-tail. We did, afterall, invite them to “Come Eat”.” But does that sound any crazier than the apocalyptic christian worldview? I shock you when I say “animals, those insufficiently evolved, bow down to gods, Human Beings do not”, but I would far rather you didn’t exist to me at all… I am far more interested in understanding why there are California Wood Ducks on The High Desert for the first time in my half century and more memory than your inter-fairytale squabbles ‘ore whose non-existent dog has the bigger dick. And make no mistake, the jew/muslim/christian cult, the cult of Abraham, as with all other theisms –religions – is naught but a fairytale to sooth the adolescent breast, explain away the dark and keep the bed dry at night, yet one somehow, seemingly devinely manifest, capable of bringing about the end of the world my grandchildren are to grow up in.

As I have said here and elsewhere numerous times before, facing the challenges we today face we as a species, the human species, as a “race”, the human race, stand at a cusp, an iteration, in the evolution, in the maturing, of humankind, but if we don’t abandon – outgrow – this irrational dependency on adolescent fairytales we may very well not survive at all.

We are but fleas agitating the hide of a far greater organism.

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