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Dr Carlo Speaks: Radiation Is Killing the Bees Despite the Cell Phone Industry’s Disinformation Campaign

Posted by smeddum on May 17, 2009

Dr Carlo Speaks: Radiation Is Killing the Bees Despite the Cell Phone Industry’s Disinformation Campaign
Von: Paul Doyon
Datum: Tue, 5 Jun 2007 13:49:12 +0800

This seems to be the argument I hear all the time. There is no scientific proof. Planted by the disinformation specialists and repeated by laypeople the world over. The hell there isn’t!!! There is a massive amount of scientific proof despite the cell phone industry’s attempt to bury it and put pressure on journals not to publish it.
After the first news cycle, the mobile phone industry ‘hit squad’ went into action.  First, they planted stories that cast doubt on the Einstein quote.  Never before have I seen such a desperate attempt to distance a quote from a figure as revered as Albert Einstein.  In the process, his name was besmerched.  Very sad.   Next, they conscripted scientists from a number of universities to begin going public with other explanations…viruses, bacteria, pesticides etc., etc., etc..  These alternatives have been making the rounds over the past month.  The mobile phone industry is putting quite a bit of money into the pockets of these scientists by supporting their work regarding viruses and alternative explanations.  The industry is dealing with it as a politics and public relations problem….thus, manipulation of the public perception is the appropriate remedy for them.  Sadly, this is business as usual for the mobile phone industry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Colony Collapse the price of E.M.F progress?

Posted by smeddum on April 14, 2009

Is Colony Collapse the Price of E.M.F. Progress?
Presentation to the Beekeepers Association, Glastonbury 9th August 2008 Mast Sanity

Mr Ferguson purchased a Georgian house in Bath. The only problem appeared to be 30 nests of bees sharing the same property. Everything was tried to rid his house of bees, but all efforts failed. Then Mr Ferguson installed a WiFi system; the bees left and never returned. (1) Read the rest of this entry »

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The bees are back in town(?)

Posted by seumasach on March 7, 2009

ITNT has argued since its inception that there is a serious pollinator crisis which is, furthermore, a threat to the survival of humanity.Here, The Economist has turned its sceptical pen to this question. To aid comprehension I have added some commentaries at the foot of each paragraph.


5th March, 2009

The economic crisis has contributed to a glut of bees in California. That raises questions about whether a supposed global pollination crisis is real

AT THE end of February, the orchards of California’s Central Valley are dusted with pink and white blossom, as millions of almond trees make their annual bid for reproduction. The delicate flowers attract pollinators, mostly honeybees, to visit and collect nectar and pollen. By offering fly-through hospitality, the trees win the prize of a brush with a pollen-covered bee and the chance of cross-pollination with another tree. In recent years, however, there has been alarm over possible shortages of honeybees and scary stories of beekeepers finding that 30-50% of their charges have vanished over the winter. It is called colony collapse disorder (CCD), and its cause remains a mystery.

[There are stories about bees disappearimg without known reason]

Add to this worries about long-term falls in the populations of other pollinators, such as butterflies and bats, and the result is a growing impression of a threat to nature’s ability to supply enough nectar-loving animals to service mankind’s crops. This year, however, the story has developed a twist. In California the shortage of bees has been replaced by a glut.

[Other pollinators are also disappearing]

Bee good to me

The annual orgy of sexual reproduction in the Californian almond orchards owes little to the unintended bounty of nature. Francis Ratnieks, a professor of apiculture at Sussex University who has worked on the state’s almond farms, says the crop is so large and intensively grown these days that it has greatly surpassed the region’s inherent ability to supply pollinators. Decades ago, when there were fewer almonds, farmers could rely on pollination just from the beekeepers who live in the Central Valley. Now, they have to import migrant apian labour.

[More almond tress require more bees]

Scientific AG, a firm based in Bakersfield, California, helps broker pollination deals between local almond growers and apiarists from across America. Joe Traynor, the pollination broker who founded Scientific AG, says that in the 1960s there were 100,000 acres (40,000 hectares) of groves. Today it is 700,000 acres and the industry claims it supplies 80% of the world’s almonds. In order to meet this pollination demand, more than a third of America’s beehives must be moved to California for the season. Such changes to the industry have been reflected in the prices for bee hives. In 1995 growers could rent a hive for $35. Today, says Mr Traynor, a strong colony would cost $150-200.

[Bees have to be brought in from outside. The price reflects supply and demand]

It is hard to pin down what has been causing honeybees to vanish. “People want it to be genetically modified crops, pollution, mobile-phone masts and pesticides,” says Dr Ratnieks, and it is “almost certainly none of those”. But he adds that such large losses to a population are not unusual in epidemics.

[No one knows why bees are vanishing but it’s not mobile phone masts. Its nothing new]

One explanation offered by both Dr Ratnieks and Mr Traynor is of a once-rare disease, possibly caused by the Israeli acute paralysis virus (IAPV), sweeping through colonies that have already been weakened by parasites such as Nosema ceranae, a parasitic fungus from Asia. Some have suggested that N. ceranae alone might be sufficient to cause CCD, as the fungus is believed to have been widespread since 2006, when CCD first became a problem. There is also Varroa, a parasitic mite, which has been another problem in bees for some time, and which might also transmit the IAPV. But there is almost certainly a further factor causing stress on the bees—a poor diet.

[Viruses, mites and poor diet may cause bees to vanish]


It is increasingly being recognised that managed bees need food supplements. In some places, a decline in the area of pasture land on which they can forage, the loss of weedy borders and the growth of crop monocultures mean it is hard for bees to find a wide enough range of pollen sources to obtain all their essential amino acids. In extreme cases they may not even find enough basic protein. Writing in Bee Culturethis February, Mr Traynor observes that places where crops with low-protein pollens, such as blueberries and sunflowers, are grown are also places where CCD has appeared.

[Lack of certain nutrients may cause bees to vanish]

The suggestion is that poor nutrition has weakened the bees’ immune systems, making them more vulnerable to viruses and other parasites. Feeding bees supplements, rather than relying on their ability to forage in the wild, costs time and money. Many beekeepers therefore try to avoid it. Anecdote suggests, however, that those who do fork out find their colonies are far more resistant to CCD.

[Food supplements seem to prevent bees vanishing]

This year’s Californian bee glut, then, has been caused by a mixture of rising supply meeting falling demand. The price of almonds dropped by 30% between August and December last year, as people had less money in their pockets. That has caused growers to cut costs, and therefore hire fewer hives. There is also a drought in the region, and many farmers are unlikely to receive enough water to go ahead with the harvest. Meanwhile, the recent high prices for pollination contracts made it look worthwhile fattening bees up with supplements over the winter. That may help explain why there have been fewer colony collapses.

[Now that almond production is being cut back, there are too many bees. Demand for bees has therefore fallen but the price keeps on going up for some reason, making it economical to use supplements to stop them vanishing]

The rise and fall of the managed honeybee, then, owes as much to the economics of supply and demand as it does to the forces of nature. And if the nutrition and disease theory is correct, next year’s lower contract prices may see beekeepers cutting back on supplemental feeding, and a resurgence of CCD.

[Next year the price will fall which means it’s not worth feeding them supplements, to stop them vanishing, and they will start vanishing again]

Bee off with you!

Despite the importance of the honeybee, none of this is evidence of a wide-scale pollination crisis or a threat that is specific to pollinators. No one has shown that colonies of wild bees are collapsing any more frequently than they used to. And while it is true that many species of butterflies, moths, birds, bats and other pollinators are in retreat, their problems are far more likely to mirror broader declines in biodiversity that are the result of well-known phenomena such as habitat loss and the intensification of agriculture.

[Although some species of pollinators are declining this is only because there is less diversity of species.]

Troubling though this loss of diversity is, it does not necessarily translate into a decline in the amount of pollination going on. Jaboury Ghazoul of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, writing inTrends in Ecology and Evolution in 2005, points out that the decline of bumblebees in Europe that has been observed recently mostly affects rare and specialised species—an altogether different problem.

[Less pollinators doesn’t mean less pollinating]

Though the idea that there is a broader and costly pollination crisis under way is entrenched (the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation is spending $28m on a report investigating it), the true picture is cloudier. In 2006 America’s National Academy of Sciences released a report on the status of pollinators in North America that concluded “for most North American pollinator species, long-term population data are lacking and knowledge of their basic ecology is incomplete.” Simply put, nobody knows. As for the managed bees of America, Dr Ratnieks says that “the imminent death of the honeybee has been reported so many times, but it has not happened and is not likely to do so”.

[ Bees are not vanishing, anyway]

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Bees disappearing, bring on the fruit bats

Posted by smeddum on August 26, 2008

Pollinator Specialists To Consider Responses To Bee Hive Collapse Crisis
Written by Imperial Valley News

From the sublime to the ridiculous, there is a valid assumption that the bees are on their way out, but can they really be replaced by fruit bats? Bats themselves are under threat of extinction and do pollinate but they are several million short when it comes to the massive pollination tasks of bees. Including bumblebees ( BBC 2001) and here MSNBC(2007). Yet again there is an eerie ignorance in both articles of the role played by magnetite in bees navigation.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Sacramento, California – With the widespread issue of hive collapse affecting agriculture around the world, CDFA Secretary A.G. Kawamura is promoting and supporting the Native Pollinators In Agriculture Work Group, which is conducting a field tour of working farms in Yolo County on Wednesday, August 27, 2008.

Secretary Kawamura is working with the project’s steering committee as it examines real world opportunities to enhance pollination services and profitability with native pollinators, such as native bumblebees and other bees native to California; some moths; and even fruit bats. Notably, honeybees are not native to California. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is the Agency Hiding Colony Collapse Disorder Information?

Posted by smeddum on August 20, 2008

Is the Agency Hiding Colony Collapse Disorder Information?
NRDC Forced to Sue to Get Public Records on Bee Mystery commondreams

” The first finding, as explained, is formulated thus by Ulrich Warnke:
Other causes are also discussed, which aim to explain the disappearance of the bees:
Single-crop farming, pesticides, the Varroa mite, mobile apiaries, corroded seeds, too
severe winters, genetically modified plants. It remains uncontested that these also
cause problems. Yet, the fact that for the last two to three years bee death has
appeared rather suddenly and spread across countries, can be explained convincingly
by none of the above mentioned causes. If the bees simply became excessively
weakened and ill, they would have to perish in or in front of the beehive. Yet, in the
case of this particular phenomenon, no sick bees are to be found. (p. 13) ” link below

The reports that no sick bees are to be found outside the nest runs so contrary to the pesticide experience of beekeepers that it ought to be dismissed as the cause of CCD . Pesticides are not friends to the bees and do kill them but the damage that they do is evident in front of the nest. Everything that points to EMF radiation is not even considered by those who catch on to the pesticide threat to the bees.
Officially, the reason given by the USDA that “areas with no cell phone coverage still showed CCD” but they gave no parameters for this decision. Cell phones were also described as “low priority” for further investigation. For instance, it is not reported as a given that bees travel far, beyond 7 kilometers, also what is unclear is the extend and influence of the global communication system known as HAARP. has on electrosmog. There is certainly more room to investigate this phenonomen if the evidence we have given on this website is not sufficient.

WASHINGTON – August 18 – The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit today to uncover critical information that the US government is withholding about the risks posed by pesticides to honey bees. NRDC legal experts and a leading bee researcher are convinced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has evidence of connections between pesticides and the mysterious honey bee die-offs reported across the country. The phenomenon has come to be called “colony collapse disorder,” or CCD, and it is already proving to have disastrous consequences for American agriculture and the $15 billion worth of crops pollinated by bees every year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Khalil Almustafa – We The People Of Hip-Hop . . showing lack of knowledge

Posted by smeddum on August 16, 2008

While this poet is very hip and hilarious and no doubt spot on in much of his critique of modern society.
This is another example of agnosticism on the issue of the extinction of the bees. This time from the green left. If you really want to know what is going on check out this article here with attention to the articles referenced in the foreword.

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Forget climate change – the bees are buzzing off

Posted by smeddum on August 14, 2008

August 14, 2008 Olivepress

“In a pandemic which has been dubbed Apian Flu and Mad Bee Disease, there is no shortage of suspects. Parasites, viruses, pesticides, climate change, GM crops and even radiation from mobile phones interfering with bee navigation. These have all been cited as the main culprit.
But without evidence, these remain simply theories.” As for evidence check here , here and here

If bees became extinct today, mankind would follow suit in 2012. Albert Einstein proclaimed this insect the most important factor in our food chain. As their numbers dwindle, BOB MADDOX believes we must refocus our attentions and save the humble bumble bee Read the rest of this entry »

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US honeybees remain still at peril

Posted by smeddum on June 17, 2008

“With affected hives, there are no dead or dying bees on the ground as we see with pesticide exposures or other diseases. No one can explain this behavior.”


Jun 16, 2008 9:44 AM, By David Bennett
Farm Press Editorial Staff

In 2006, after honeybees abandoned hives in massive numbers, beekeepers began sounding an alarm that gained volume in 2007 when the mass exodus and die-off of bees picked up speed. Researchers named the mysterious malady colony collapse disorder (CCD). Read the rest of this entry »

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Mass death of bees in Germany:Pesticide approvals suspended

Posted by seumasach on May 26, 2008

There is an obvious ommission in this article: it fails to point out that the ban on these pesticicdes in France has not stopped the mass death of bees.

The cause of mass bee deaths has been established: pesticide products from chemical companies Bayer and Syngenta. They have been removed from sale in Germany. We should now pressure Bayer and regulators to remove them from sale elsewhere… Read the rest of this entry »

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Varroa Mite or Electromagnetic Fields? New Research into the Death of Bees

Posted by seumasach on May 25, 2008


An important report whose translation we hope will soon be made public. However, Warnke is mistaken in thinking that  CCD first appeared only two or three years ago


Letter to Beekeepers and Beekeeper Associations (HESE PROJECT)


Dear Board Members and Directors of Beekeeper Associations, 


Dear Beekeepers! 


The death of bees has for some time concerned beekeepers, the media, but also worried 

scientists who have affiliated themselves with our Kompetenz initiative for the protection 

of man, environment and democracy ( 


The disturbing phenomenon is presently predominantly attributed to the Varroa mite in 

newspapers and periodicals. It remains uncontested that there are such connections. Yet 

plausible arguments have been put forward explaining that the mite attack also occurs as 

a result of previous damage to the bees’ immune system due to electromagnetic fields.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Bees and biodiversity linked to food shortage

Posted by seumasach on May 19, 2008

Leaving aside the usual “climate change” shibboleths,any reference to this taboo connection is significant. Someone out there is trying to conceal from us the devastation we face through the loss of bees and other pollinators.


FRANKFURT: A two-week conference aimed at ensuring the survival of species globally in the face of climate change and pollution opened Monday with delegates from more than 190 nations. Read the rest of this entry »

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