March 02, 2007
Can a Bee Be a Canary?

One of my favorite Kronos Quartet tracks is the classic “A Door is Ajar”. And then, as always, there’s Bill Hicks.

One time me and three friends dropped acid drove around in my Dad’s car, he’s got one of those talking cars, we’re tripping, the car goes “the door is ajar”. We pulled over thought about that for 12 hours. “How can a door be a jar?” “Shit I don’t know but I see it, I see it. Why would they put a jar on a car man?” I’m proud of every moment in my life, alright?

So my question is, if a door can be a jar, can a bee be a canary?

You’ve probably heard about the big bee scare. Apparently they’re dropping like flies.

Worse, they’re not even dying where we can find their little bee bodies and try to figure out what the hell’s going on. They seem to have disappeared, leaving in many cases colonies full of honey, pollen, and larvae, and drunk somebody’s Kool-aid.

Naturally everyone in our enlighted community realizes the importance of bees in general. But did you know that their contribution to the American economy is reckoned at $14 billion a year? By a source as reputable as the New York Times? Of course that mostly represents the pollinating we get them to do for a pittance; the honey we have to pay for, so it isn’t as profitable.

Fortunately, and no doubt by chance, an international consortium of scientists recently published the sequence of the entire honey bee genome. So I guess this means we don’t have to care, we can just engineer some more. Right?

If it comes to a federal system for monitoring feral bees, though, we’re in deep doo-doo.

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Posted by Chuck Dupree at March 02, 2007 03:00 AM
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Yeah, let's construct genetically engineered bees which are resistant against 'Gaucho' and similar products. That's so much more elegant than what the dumb French did, just banning these pesticides.

Posted by: Peter on March 2, 2007 7:07 AM

Maybe we could find a way to "de killer" the man made killer bees too.

Posted by: susan on March 2, 2007 11:45 AM
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