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August 8th, 2009

Married In London Janis Ian (Funny song at the end) [Aug. 8th, 2009|08:14 am]
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On bees. [Aug. 8th, 2009|08:28 am]
"One of the interesting things I learned in writing the book is that all pesticide testing is done by the pesticide companies themselves. They do their own testing and report to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), so basically it’s all self-policing. And the only thing they check for is how much of a pesticide it will take to kill the creature of concern. They don’t check for behavioral[sic] changes that a low level of pesticide might be instigating. Sub-lethal impacts of pesticides and chemicals on ecosystems and individual species may become a huge story within the next four or five years."


They don't already?
Blimey - that's rather short sighted - especially with small sensitive insects!

Remember this test they did with spiders?

Un-drugged spider web:

Web created while exposed to Mescaline\Peyote

Web created while exposed to Marijuana

Web created exposed to Caffeine

Web created exposed to Chloral Hydrat (sleeping pills)

Images from: http://www.trinity.edu/jdunn/spiderdrugs.htm
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Bird lovers. [Aug. 8th, 2009|09:16 am]
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For programmers... [Aug. 8th, 2009|05:54 pm]
Check the source code out of this page:

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Where is the UK economic recovery coming from? [Aug. 8th, 2009|06:09 pm]
"I tried to find the apparent source of wealth in the UK, but found that there was no explanation except for a massive expansion in credit. Output of commodities were in decline, manufacturing output had remained static for many years, and export of services provided no explanation for the massive 'growth' that had apparently taken place in the economy. The remaining explanation was that the UK's growth had been built upon borrowing, and in particular borrowing from overseas.

We can now fast forward two years in time, and I can ask the same questions. Exactly what is the source of the current 'recovery'? Which sector is producing the growth in wealth creation to justify the 'recovery'. Let's start with manufacturing:


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