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It’s no secret that bees are dying.

So what’s killing bees ?  Many theories have sprung up but a lot of evidence has come up pointing the finger at Monsanto’s neonicotinoid pesticides.  The European union has banned the use of neonicotinoid pesticides and the bees are coming back.  So what if bees die  those things are scary and build their hive in inconvenient places sometimes.

produce choices with bees and without

The problem with bees dying is that they wont pollinate plants.   So we won’t have enough food to feed animals and people. From a conspiracy theorist point of view it’s a great way to control population and or a way for corporations to take advantage of the situation and make more money.

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Smart countries are now banning neonicotinoid pesticides.  The U.S should make a law limiting the use of neonicotinoid pesticides at least for commercial pesticides. Millions use pesticides to kill bugs and weeds and more often than not harm the good bugs and plants. Then the chemicals get washed away by rain and end up in oceans. This causes algae to grow and soaks up oxygen from water but we will go into detail on that on another post. 

how to help bees

I know I know bees are scary right ?  When ever a bee get’s close to me I swear I turn gay for about 5 seconds and scream and run away.  Everyone who can should plant a garden. Fill it with fruits and veggies.  It’s better than just planting grass.  Can’t eat grass.  Bees will pollinate plants and in return  we can eat their sweet sweet honey. 

Updated: May 22, 2016 — 9:36 PM

Neerja Bhanot youngest & first civilian to get awarded the Ashok Chakra

neerja bhanot heroineNeerja Bhanot was  a flight attendant for Pan Am, based in Mumbai, India, who was murdered while saving passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on 5 September 1986. She helped save so many lives yet many people don’t know about her. A group of terrorist from the  Abu Nidal Organization hijacked the flight she was working on.

 The terrorizers instructed her to collect all the passengers passports so they could find out who the Americans were so they could kill them.  So her and other flight attendants rounded up all the passports but hid and threw away the American passports.  They had to figure out how to get rid of 41 passports so they threw most of them in the trash and hid some under a seat. 

So after 17 hours the terrorist started opening fire and setting off explosives. Thanks to  Neerja’s quick thinking she opened an emergency exit and started evacuating passengers.  She decided to let the passengers off first. Before she could escape she was killed by shielding three children from a hail of bullets. 

With insurance money and help from Pan Am a  Neerja Bhanot Pan Am Trust was set up by her parents that gives two awards annually.  One award goes towards  flight attendants that go above and beyond the call of duty and the other award goes towards Indian woman who help fellow women in distress. 

 

Updated: March 23, 2016 — 11:34 AM

The “paradox of free trade”

 

Tom wants an apple. John has an apple and offers it for $1. Tom counter-offers 50 cents. John re-counters at 75 cents. They agree. Sale. John decides this is a business he likes. But he notices other sellers are nearby. So, John needs to be competitive. One day John has some older apples that he normally doesn’t sell. But he thinks they are ok and really needs the income. Tom buys these apples – eats them – and gets sick. Tom returns to John and ask for his money back. John refuses claiming Tom has no proof it was his apples that made him sick. Tom calls his lawyer and sues John to pay for his doctor’s visit. John goes to court and loses. John learns a lesson about the power of the government.
Yet, Tom wasn’t alone in reporting bad apples. Others besides John have also been selling bad goods, causing many lawsuits. So, government decides to set up an organization to regulate the production and distribution of apples. John, bothered now by costly new regulations that are threatening the profitability of his apple business decides to befriend the regulators and offer money in exchange for leniency. They agree, albeit covertly, and suddenly John has even better profitability, with his competitors now at a disadvantage. Over the next few years, John expands his apple business, buying up other shops in the region to limit competition. At a certain point, he is able to undercut just about everyone else around due to mass production, putting many small shops out of business. One of the people he put out of business goes to the government and complains that there is no way others can compete with John in the market. The official decides the man is correct and, under public pressure, forces John to break up his apple shop monopoly.

John, who has become quite wealthy by this point, does not like this and quietly arranges for his executive friends to take control of the now divided apple shop monopoly. Then, in secret, the different shops work together to assure they get maximum returns by keeping prices fixed overall, creating a cartel.  Over time, John’s public stature in the community grows as he gives to charities, attends fundraisers and makes friends with government officials. John is happy. That is until it comes to his attention that a new apple shop is working to import apples from another town, posing a competitive threat. So, John, who gave generously to financially help a government friend get reelected into office, asks for a return of the favor. That being, to increase the town tariff on apple imports, making the cost is high enough to ensure the other shop would no longer be profitable.

It works. And John is happy again. But not for long. It appears John’s apple farm has been employing illegal workers and paying them very little. A gaggle of annoying human rights activists then come to his farms, causing a stink. John claims he was unaware of the illegal hiring and fires some of his staff as scapegoats. He then rectifies the situation, assuring his regulator friends it was all just an honest error.  Unfortunately, one of John’s former staff, upset by being fired, then goes to the authorities with legal documents and memos proving not only that John ordered to hire illegal workers but also revealing payments to the apple shop regulators, the conspiracy to assure cartel power, and the collusion with government officials for the tariff hike. John, after being found guilty on all counts, stands up to face the judge in court: Judge: Do you understand the crimes you have been proven guilt of? John: No Sir. I was only following the ethic of the free-market. Judge: Clearly you must have failed economics as you have engaged in government collusion, conspiracy, price fixing and illegal employment. John: No Sir. I have simply let supply meet demand and voluntary choice decide each action. 

Judge: So something like price fixing is not against the theory of free-market practice? Last I checked a free-market was to be free of interference and collusion? John: No Sir. A free-market is having the freedom to trade and compete as you see fit, buying and selling whatever you choose, with all parties voluntary in exchange. Judge: That may be so, but your actions, such as conspiracy in tariff fraud, are clearly going against such principles as you are using force to stifle your competitors.  John: Your reasoning confuses me, Sir. All acts of competition exist to stifle and outperform competitors. Only voluntary exchange binds how the act of competition unfolds in a free-market. One does not make your claim when a person purchases advertising, disproportionally exposing a consumer to an item over other competitors. Using government to my advantage is the same thing. Judge: So let me get this straight. You are telling me that the free-market allows for the buying and selling of the very mechanisms designed to regulate the free market? John: That is correct Sir. The free-market includes the freedom to the take away the market freedom of others through the act of competition.  Judge: Well, I’m sorry to break it to you John, but not everything in this world can be bought and sold.

Our society was not set up to benefit those with the most money. Your sentence is 15 years in jail or a 50 million dollar fine. The judge then drops his gavel in a bold sign of dignity and satisfaction. John pauses, grins in amusement and pulls out his checkbook. He pays the full fine, gets in his Ferrari and goes back to his mansion in time for a dinner party.

 

Welcome to the true free-market.”

by Peter Joseph

Updated: March 25, 2016 — 10:40 AM

Alcohol and the female personality.

Drink: Beer 

Personality: Casual, low-maintenance, down to earth.
Your Approach: Challenge her to a game of pool.

Drink: Blender Drinks 

Personality: Flaky, whiny, annoying, a pain in the butt. 

Your Approach: Avoid her, unless you want to be her cabin boy. 

Drink: Mixed Drinks 

Personality: Older, more refined, high maintenance, very picky, knows exactly what she wants.  

Your Approach: You won’t have to approach her; if she is interested, she’ll send you a drink. 

Drink: Wine (does not include White Zinfandel, see below) 

Personality: Conservative and classy, sophisticated yet giggles. 

Your Approach: Tell her you love to travel and spend quiet evenings with friends. 

Drink: White Zinfandel 

Personality: Easy, thinks she is classy and sophisticated, but actually has no clue. 

Your Approach: Make her feel smarter than she is; this should be an easy target. 

Drink: Shots 
Personality: Likes to hang with frat-boy pals and is looking to get totally drunk … and naked. 
Your Approach: Easiest hit in the joint. You have been blessed this evening. Nothing to do but wait. However, be careful not to make her mad!

Updated: March 25, 2016 — 9:42 AM

50 positive one liners. Worthy of reading again & again

1. Have a firm handshake.

2. Look people in the eye.

3. Sing in the shower.

4. Own a great stereo system.

5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.

6. Keep secrets.

7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.

8. Always accept an outstretched hand.

9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.

10. Whistle.

11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.

12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.

13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.

14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.

15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.

16. When playing games with children, let them win.

17. Give people a second chance, always.

18. Be romantic.

19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.

21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.

22. Be a good loser for your  loved ones.

23. Be a good winner of Hearts.

24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.

25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.

26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.

27. Keep it simple.

28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.

29. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.

30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets

31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.

32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.

33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.

34. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.

35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.

36. Begin each day with some of your favourite music.

37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.

38. Forgive quickly. Life is short.

39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.

40. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3a.m.

41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.

42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.

43. Make someone’s day by encouraging them.

44. Become someone’s hero.

45. Marry only for love.

46. Count your blessings.

47. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.

48. Wave at the children on a school bus.

49. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.

50. Don’t expect life to be fair…

Updated: February 17, 2016 — 9:57 AM
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