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Robobee Is On The Way

by Ian R Thorpe
If you have not read Aldous Huxley's Brave New World recently, the things that are going on around you make the 1932 novel worth another look. In a world where everything is artificial, syntesized for profit, where even what nature gives us free has been superseded by commercial products. News of robot pollinators to replace the bees being made extinct by chemical spraying makes it seem frighteningly close.
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Robobee Is On The Way

by Ed Butt

Robobee, is this a plug for some new Hollywood Sci Fi Schlockfest you might well ask. I would like to tell you it is, but unfortunately the truth is more sinister. Robobee Officially Takes Flight someime soon. In answer to the concerns of rational people everywhere about bee colony collapse, thepsychopaths, sociopaths and misantropes who run our world have,(with help from their pet scientists of course, built tiny robotic pollinators to replace natures own bees that are beeing (oops, prdon) exterminated by weed killers and pesicides.

According to the research team's video ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6PpCTMEAVM )this amazing feat of engineering and computer technology functional robotic insects have now made their first controlled flight. According to the enineers:

"The demonstration of the first controlled flight of an insect-sized robot is the culmination of more than a decade's work . . . Half the size of a paperclip, weighing less than a tenth of a gram, the robot was inspired by the biology of a fly, with submillimeter-scale anatomy and two wafer-thin wings that flap almost invisibly, 120 times per second."

See another video The Flight Of The Robobee - sorry, this is a serious matter, I'll try not to do any more jokes - ( http://youtu.be/cyjKOJhIiuU )

In addition to insecticide producers rather glib dismissal of fears about the effect bee colony collapse could have on food supplies and prices when a spokesperson suggested we should "plant more flowers" to aid the declining bee population, Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has been working with staff from the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Northeastern University's Department of Biology to develop robotic bees for several years. These insectoid automatons would be capable of a multitude of tasks in addition to the mechanization of pollination they are said to have uses in search and rescue, military surveillance, climate mapping, traffic monitoring surveillance - to name a few of the less sinister potential applications.

Now call me cynical if you like possums, but I wonder how much a swarm of these things will cost and how long will they last?

The will not be a cheap as the pollinators nature provides I'm sure.

Is the death of bees part of another corporate scam to help bring about the mechanisation of nature. Build man made, patented pollinators to replace natural pollinators killed by patented pesitcides and herbicides sprayed on to feilds of patented pesticide and herbicide resistant crops to protect them from natural pests and weeds that threaten corporate profits but do not threaten human health as much as the toxins from the herbicides and pesticides that find their way into the food chain. Then sell healthcare to the large swathes of the population made chronically sick by the whole process.

It's all very Brave New World, in Huxley's corporate dystopia people who loved nature were despised because a walk in the country consumes nothing and so makes no profit for anybody. So while this may look like a conspiracy theory to you, to a corporate CEO or finance Director it would look like a business plan.

(As a former computer and communications consultant I have to add that the scientists, as usual, getting carried away with a relatively minor success. After a decade of development and who know how much taxpayers' money they have made robot insects that can fly. However to introduce the level of artificial intelligence and mechanical sophistication necessary to use these as substitute pollinators is probably another decade of development and a few billion dollars away. Surveillance tools however, now that's a different story.)

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Euro nazi EU To Regulate Your Garden.

by ianrthorpe @ 2013-05-03 – 17:41:54
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a href="http://machiavelli.blog.co.uk/2013/05/03/euro-nazi-eu-to-regulate-your-garden-15822393/">from Little Nucky Machiavelli)

Yes you read the headline right and no it is not one of my tabloid spoofs.

In order to protect the profits of lying, thieving, murdering shits like G M crop monopolists Monsanto you friendly local pan European neo Nazi dictators at European Union HQ in Brussels plan to regulate what you can grow in your garden.

via Infinte Unknown:
- EU wants to regulate cultivation of fruit and vegetables in gardens (Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, April 23, 2013):

Google translation:
'The European Commission wants to impose on farmers and gardeners in the future the use of standard seeds. Old and rare varieties have little chance of an approval, their cultivation will be punishable by law – even if it takes place in private gardens.

The European Commission is working on a revision of the European seed market in the form of a regulation. Thus, a decision of the European Court is legalized in July 2012: Farmers are allowed to sell only officially authorized seed. So far, old and rare seed varieties were excluded that were grown in long standing economic and exchange traded, usually in small quantities. If it goes to the Commission’s plans, small farmers or private persons may not even give away their homegrown seeds in the future.'

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And what kind of seeds will you be able to plant in your garden or allotment. You can bet the range will not include the seeds the old guy next door put aside from last year's crop.

You have to understand that as far as corporate executives and their scummy chummies in politics are concerned, anything that we get free from nature is evil.

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