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We Have to Save Our Bees

Last year, half of all of California's bees died off, and bee populations across the world continued to plummet. The research is conclusive: bee colony collapse starts when bees are exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides. These pesticides are already banned in the European Union and are being banned around the world--but not in the United States where powerful lobbies are flooding Congress with money to kill the Save America's Pollinator's Act introduced by Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon. If we do nothing, our bee population is going to decline to unrecoverable levels in just a few more years, and for the first time in its history, the United States is going to experience food shortages.

A petition has been created to present to Congress urging the passage of the Pollinator's Act, and Whitley and Anne Strieber urge you to take a moment to sign it. To add your name to the list, go here.

It is my almost-never humble opinion that our political system is BROKEN. Not just "Broken", but FRACKIN' BUSTED to DOG DOO-DOO!
First, corporations should NEVER have more influence than the people! Second, lobbying, influence-peddling, bribery and other forms of political coersion must be OUTLAWED, with Severe penalties for those trying to curry favour for their unhealthy deeds. Third, we have to STOP THE SPIN, and wake people up to what's REALLY going on. This fear-mongering in the name of furthering a militaristic false sense of "Security" Must Stop.
Ok - soapbox aside, I KNOW in my gut that mega-corporations like Monsanto, Ortho and Bayer are at the very least responsible in part for this horrific decline - if not directly, then by weakening bees' immune systems with insecticides to where they cannot defend against any onslaught, no matter how trivial - a sort of 'bee AIDS', if you will.
Is there anything else that we can do, or is our "democratic" system no longer effective?

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