This article was shared on Facebook by Mr. Glen Gary of Toronto:
“Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically related to nicotine. The development of this class of insecticides began with work in the 1980s by Shell and the 1990s by Bayer.[1] The neonicotinoids were developed in large part because they show reduced toxicity compared to previously used organophosphate and carbamate insecticides. Most neonicotinoids show much lower toxicity in mammals than insects, but some breakdown products are toxic.[2] Neonicotinoids are the first new class of insecticides introduced in the last 50 years, and the neonicotinoid imidacloprid is currently the most widely used insecticide in the world.[3]…

industry-sponsored science upon which regulatory agencies’ claims of safety have relied may be flawed, concluding that, “A high acute risk to honey bees was identified from exposure via dust drift for the seed treatment uses in maize, oilseed rape and cereals. A high acute risk was also identified from exposure via residues in nectar and/or pollen.”[6] An author of a Science study prompting the EESA review suggested that industry science pertaining to neonicotinoids may have been deliberately deceptive, and the UK Parliament has asked manufacturer Bayer Cropscience to explain discrepancies in evidence they have submitted to an investigation.”

When I was young I knew of one child with cancer, no adults. It was a small town, bad news travelled like lightening. My research includes data (primary sources) on over 60,000 subjects who died before 1950, and I have cause of death information on a small sample of them. A few of the subjects died of cancer, very, very, very few. Some did though, so the medical profession could and did identify the disease of cancer, as it usually became quite progressed before death occurred.

Now I know scores of people battling cancer, and observe a huge industry grown to battle the disease. I wonder if ill-health has become a pre-commodity asset, the sick need medicine, health care and research into their disease. I wonder, if I were a corporation or large financial entity, making money dealing with the disease, would I really be too keen to find a solution, prevention or cure? Would I “guide” research towards compassion or profit?

I’ve wondered where all this cancer is coming from, it is a new trend that does’t seem to get much recognition as a developing trend.
So I wonder about neonicotinoid and our food supply, among other things.

Remember thalidomide, and lead poisoning from early canned goods? Corporate science (corporations fund science, private and public) concerns itself with scientifically measured “death rates” and “side effects”. In my opinion, “science” is failing to ask pertinent questions, and so “measuring” only certain answers or parameters, because the answers to those unasked, pertinent questions would impact the flow of national/international capital, and profit-making at all scales. Obfuscation becomes an even more efficient strategy when the effects of a substance or practise are cumulative or delayed. Human’s do not seem like such an intelligent species when viewed from the larger picture.

I fear the bees are not the only population at risk.

The great conceit of greed is that it so easily becomes totally self-serving, and by this virtue in turn becomes self-destructive in a complex and interactive universe.

Worldly Distractions


-11 °C
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 101.7 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -11.4°C
Dewpoint: -14.4°C
Humidity: 79 %
Wind: SSW 17 gust 32 km/h


“The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.”
620 BC – 560 BC


Where my blog entry ended up today:

This post garnered some unwanted attention.

This post garnered some unwanted attention.

Take Two

I just deleted a very, very lengthy entry! After taking a break from it I decided that nothing I was writing about needed to be said or read, delete!

Last week Attila had his flue shot at a public health clinic. I go to the family physician to ensure the non-medicinal ingredients do not include my allergen. So far, so good. One never knows when things will change. My appointment was onf Friday and while I was at the family physician’s I also received my first pneumonia inoculation. The tiredness and soreness in my arm remain, but I can easily live with this slight discomfort. I did find though that over the weekend I felt cranky from time to time, and I was aware of it. I hope I kept that well away from other people, I think I succeeded, with the exception of one little terse conversation with Attila, who wasn’t being all sugar and honey himself at the time.

We made a whirlwind trip to our little house in the city. On Saturday we arrived, cooked and ate a box of Kraft Dinner (poorly planned that one!) and headed out to Terra and Lares new house. They moved on Saturday and by the time we arrived all the lifting and toting had been done. Their house was full of jolly people, all of whom had helped with the move, except us of course.

The house does need a lot of work. What an adventure it will be, slowly nursing this century home back into good health. It is large and beautiful; well worth the effort to bring it back.

Luna and Janus travelled a long distance to help with the move, and the whole family came, Imp and Elf and Tink. Well almost the whole family, the dogs Benny and Bim were left with the in-laws and Soot the cat was left in peace at home.

It was wonderful to see the Grandbabies. They have grown a lot and are such characters. They are all so different from one another and we enjoy and love each personality. They spent a lot of time playing in the “exercise room”, an office in a separate building which was carpeted. They played happily in there for hours and we could see them through the window and could keep an eye on them.

Since we could not help with the actual move, we contributed otherwise. Attila build two extremely strong saw horses for Lares, and I prepared breakfast for the crowd that stayed overnight till Sunday, after the hectic Saturday move. My first priority was to prepare toast and peanut butter for the Grandbabies. After they had all they wanted to eat, I prepared toast and sausages and eggs for the rest. I also kept a sink full of dishwater and washed and dried the dirty dishes as they were piled by the sink. By the time everyone had eaten the dishes were done and the kitchen cleaned up; ready for the sanding and painting job which is next on Terra’s list.

Then it was back to the little house to wash up the dishes there and get things shut down and locked up until the next visit.

The drive home was beautiful. So much colour, even without autumn leaves! Bright sunshine is a balm.

Today I am making more applesauce for freezing and baking a cranberry-apple crisp for breakfast and snacks later in the week. I’ve been offered a few more hours work in the coming weeks, so I will be busy.

Standing at the window this afternoon I spotted what could be a lone coyote trotting down the road in front of the house, head lowered, glancing back over its shoulder. A little later I saw him running out our driveway, he had obviously been in our back yard. The tail seemed a little too long for a coyote, but it was very large and certainly did not resemble any of the Red Foxes that I have seen trotting by in the past. I have my camera out and ready now in case it passes this way again, then perhaps the species can be identified with a photograph.

Worldly Distractions


7 °C
Date: 3:00 PM EST Monday 19 November 2012
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 102.7 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 6.7°C
Dewpoint: 1.4°C
Humidity: 69 %


“It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.”
Mark Twain
1835 – 1910
Long live the imprudent, say I!!!