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I know the video you speak of, James.  Fry's participation in that event, added to that of our man, the Hitch, was nothing short of brilliant ... and their opponents were, shall we say, a touch over-matched?!?

Catholic priest sentenced to 50 years for child pornography.  "Minutes before, Ratigan choked back emotion as he told the judge, "Fifteen years is a lot of time, but fifty, come on."

Maybe we should ask them which hand they jack off with, then do to them what Islamists do to thieves.

When I lived in Nigeria, the Muslims I lived among didn't do amputations.  They did necklacing instead.  A much more permanent fix for the problem of thievery.

Reminds me of the young offender throwing himself on the mercy of the court in an "open plea" (no deal with prosecutor) only to hear the jurist pronounce a stiff sentence: "Sixty years."  The young man complained, in a whine, "I just can't do that much time, your honor!"  The old judge shrugged slightly and said, "Do as much as you can, son."

Amazing.  A pederast priest with a sense of entitlement. 

I just liked the juxtaposition of Father "Marriage-equality-is-satanic" with Father "Come-here-little-girl".  So catholic.

@ Scott & Sentient re: bees.  Just as I read  your posts about the fate of the world bee population the local TV news here (Gulf Coast of Texas) has it that a bacteria has shut down almost all of the shrimp farms in Thailand.  The reporter quoted a professor from nearby Port Aransas as saying this has increased the shrimp price in the U.S. by 100%.  What they do not say is that farmed shrimp is almost tasteless.  The only good shrimp we get here is from the Gulf.  And one suspects BP has done a lot of damage to that, just as it did with the oyster beds in LA. MS. &c.  Gulf shrimp is caught at much higher expense, but it tastes like shrimp. Now, if they increase farming here, it makes sense that it would only be a matter of time before the bacteria got to them too.  Quaere: Can the bacteria spread to shrimp in the Gulf as well?! 

I am constantly reminded of the scary strory by P. D. James that became a great movie: Children of Men.  It depicts a dystopia in which climate change has so ravaged the earth that the only remaining habitable countries are deluged with immigrants; women are barren, and factions are fighting for every inch of land.  Good SciFi is always a reflection of what is going on NOW and a warning of what is to come.  I think my brother lives in Mexico (on Lake Chapala) because he actually feels safer there than he did here.  Mexico refused to go along with Bush as part of the so-called "Coalition of the Willing." Go figure.

"...researchers at Mahidol University in Thailand warn EMS could appear anywhere in the world, since the bacteria live in natural waters." EMS being a euphemism for "disease that kills shrimp"  The article goes on to say that warmer waters have led to an oversupply of lobsters.

Shrimp EMS is caused by a bacterium, but one that has been given special properties via viral infection.  Sort of like how Spiderman became super only after being bit by a radioactive spider. 

Impress your friends by saying, "I hope that bacteriophage-infected Vibrio parahaemolyticus doesn't invade the Gulf and cause shrimp EMS here".  They'll be in awe.

Our reduction in bee populations seems to have coincided with the introduction of neonicotinoid pesticides in row crop production here.  I suspect that hives may recover if they are banned, but I am not too sanguine.  The neonicotinoids are just too darned useful.  Turns out the mud bees are much more immune, since they don't venture far from the hive, and don't contact them.  Coffee requires pollination, and I'm hearing that some farmers are using neonicotinoids to control the coffee borer beetle, which is the worst pest we deal with.  But if they end up losing the crop to a loss of pollination, the borer beetle won't matter. 

There was a permit issued a few years ago for a very large shrimp farm in the Gulf of Nicoya, but it was never built.  I suspect that the same bacterial disease that is wiping out shrimp farms in Thailand and Vietnam is present here, and is why the project here didn't go forward.  It's been re-permitted for growing out bluefin tuna, but even that hasn't gone forward yet.

We are seeing a lot of red-claw langostino farming here now.  It is selling for $4.50 a pound live in the local markets, so it's a rapidly growing business.  I have a friend who raises tilapia in pens, and allows langostino to grow in the rest of his pond and under the pens.  It's a freebie harvest that costs nothing to produce, and they're great tasting.  Better than shrimp.  Smoked in a coffee-wood barbeque, they're wonderful!

I certainly feel safer here in Costa Rica than I did in Phoenix.  I don't fear being stopped at a traffic stop here like I did in Phoenix, and I don't see petty crime here as being any worse.  But I greatly fear for the future - besides the rapidly increasing drug-related violence (thanks to Uncle Barry's "war on drugs"), the country's running out of resources fast, and the population is still growing quickly (thanks to a 20 minute speech by pope John Paul II which undid two decades of careful, dedicated population control work - but that's another story). 

I can't say neonicotinoid without adding cusswords so I better stop. 

Soon we'll all just be eating corn and corn-product and modified corn and corn fed everything.  And chemical companies will use giant bulldozers collect the sick and starving and dying and homeless from the streets, and use them as substrate to make fertilizers for corn.

If Gleevec is cheap in Costa Rica you might get a balding bespectacled bearded visitor at your door.  But I have a feeling I better keep my day job.  Plus I don't want to give up my beekeeping hobby.

Nutritionists are claiming now that corn and corn-based products are very bad for you.  That is bad news for me, cause I love the stuff.  My Aunt Laura committed slow suicide by eating corn on the cob with a ton of butter on it.  She just blew up.  I think she is supposed to have eaten a dozen ears at a sitting.

Don't know how cheap Gleevec is, but if its available as a generic or analog, it's probably about half the cost of the States, or two thirds if still under patent.  I can ask at the pharmacy if you'd like. Meds used to be dirt cheap here, then we signed a free trade agreement with the States and all that changed.  Don't even get me started on that one.

A man I knew near San Ramón kept bees professionally in an area where little farming is happening - it's mostly secondary forest around there, and he was doing quite well, but had given up trying to re-queen his hives all the time and accepted that he was going to have Africanized hives, and had to work his bees fully dressed up.  He told me they do fine, but abscond a lot more readily, and are a little more difficult to manage.  He was producing a delightful honey, but as a diabetic, I had to use it judiciously.  It was a lot like clover honey, and had the same strong tendency to crystallize.  The africanized bees here seem to be a lot less aggressive than in Arizona, but they're still dangerous.

In precolombian times, the Indians kept mud bees in hives, and that is still being done by a few diehards, but few people bother anymore, since the invention of the supermarket.  They're a small, black, odd-looking bee that have a very mild sting, but protect the hive aggressively.  I've never tried the honey. Sadly, very little supermarket honey here is of decent quality - most is cut heavily with cane sugar syrup.



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