Sunday, April 15, 2007

Sunrise in Korea

Sunshine being let in the windows of Washington DC this week promises to reveal many things, previously restricted, to the dark world of the neo-cons.

I do not even know how to describe the chaos about to tear the Administrations lie factory into a mass of twisted e-mail wreckage. The bizarro world of talking points will provide no solace for them any longer, their boat is taking on water on it's way to Davey Jones locker to be archived with the other amazingly stupid Repug tricks like Watergate and Iran Contra.

The rush to pursue a course of shock and awe to the Democratic system and the war against all that the Constitution represents is slowly grinding to a halt, thank God.

Fasten your seat belts, grab your favorite beverage and hang on tight, bumpy road ahead.


carol said...

The Imus aftermath: Healing or ho-hum?

April 15, 2007



It's a busy week. We've got to fire a lot of people.

We've got to fire any radio host who has offended gays, Muslims, African Americans or other minority groups. That's thousands of firings right there.

We've got to comb through comedy clubs and kick out any comedians who use certain words that begin with n, b, h or c. That's hundreds if not thousands more.

We've got to storm through the record companies and dismiss any artists who demean race, gender or ethnicity -- including their own. That will shut down most of the rap industry, but that's what we've got to do.

We also need to bounce all the executives who have been profiting from this insulting poison. MTV will have to go. Sorry, kids.

Speaking of MTV, all those near-naked women who writhe around for videos that are demeaning women -- get dressed. You're fired, too. And HBO, pack up your stuff. Have you seen how "The Sopranos" or "Entourage" treats racial, ethnic and sexual sensibilities?

Sorry, Tony -- bada bing. You're out.

A lot of hot air, so little action

In other words, we must have a national purging -- entire industries shaken upside down -- if we are to heed what the talking heads said on TV last week in the wake of the Don Imus firing for calling the Rutgers women's basketball players "nappy-headed hos."

Everyone from Maya Angelou to Serena Williams to James Carville to Della Reese weighed in on the scandal, and most talked about "healing" and "discourse."

I am all for healing and discourse.

But right now, all I see is Imus, who made a career spewing insults -- while his employers cheered him -- suddenly fired because he used three inflammatory words. Not because he demeaned a race or a gender. He did that for years. Where was all this sanctimony then?

All I see now is a guy who made a classless, racist remark and was clawed apart in an almost joyous, bloody stab fest that American media do best. Healing? Discourse? A move from meanness to kindness? I'm all for it.

But all I see is anger. All I see is gasoline on already burning fires. Some white people may have been "healed," but many more screamed louder about a double standard. Some black people may have been pleased Imus was fired, but many more grumble at the reminder that racism is alive and well, just hiding behind words you can say and can't say.

All I see are the same greedy corporations, which were happy to make money on Imus all these years. But as soon as his ugly beacon shined a light back on them, they ducked.

That's not courage.

That's covering your butt.

The use of the airwaves

Imus is not a rapper. So he should not get to compare his words to a rapper's. He is -- was -- a broadcaster, and there are different standards.

But Snoop Dogg's telling MTV that he has the right to use those words because "we're talking about hos that's in the 'hood that ain't doing" -- I'll spare you the rest -- is not exactly a solid defense. And Snoop did Chrysler commercials. Gotta stop that.

As for Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson? Please. Both have had to rely on public forgiveness so many times, you lose count. They just don't have high-profile jobs to be fired from. But "diamond merchants" and "Hymietown" are ethnic insults to Jews, so those two should be banned from the airwaves.

And Chris Rock goes, too. And Borat. And "Saturday Night Live." Yes, they're just trying to be funny. But that's what Imus said.

So everybody gets the boot if all those talking heads were sincere about healing and turning around the country. Or maybe they were just yakking. Maybe they got caught up in the breathless thrill of a media piety hunt.

And sadly, this week, now that Imus is toast -- and worse, old news -- they, and we, will go back to our private, angry prejudices, because the only real way to erase hate is to kill it in your own heart.

Angelou said on MSNBC that it would be "ironic" if Imus was the one to pull us all together. I'd love that.

Don't hold your breath.

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micki said...

He is -- was -- a broadcaster, and there are different standards.

That was one of my points...we, the people own the public airwaves.

I still say good riddance. I wish more of them would get lost. That goes for gangsta rap, too -- rap away, but enough of the crapola.

micki said...

Den, pray for loose lips sinking ships!

DEN said...

Keep hope alive!

the Repugs don't survive.

Long have they ruled the roost,

and their profits they did boost.

Gonna be a showdown in DC,

to show America how not to be,

and add some more Repug mischief to history.

Gerald said...

From a previous blog, I, too, believe Dan Burton is a hypocrite.

Imus goes down!

Ann Coulter stands tall and she continues to be worship by Nazi Americans!!!

Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Hannity, Savage, Rev. Dobson, etc. live on to spew more bullshit and hate.

The people still standing tall have the money machines behind them.

My hat is off to the Rutgers players and coach. Accepting the apology is important but forgiveness heals.

There will always be Imuses around as long as we still have money in our country. Money is the true god in Nazi America. Nazi Americans worship money!!!

Gerald said...

Bush and his band of goons and thugs will not go down because Bush has TOTAL dictatorial powers over Nazi America and her citizens!!! Bush is a LIFER!!! He will remain in office until he dies!!!!!

We must never forget that Bush is not pro-life. Please remember Cindy Sheehan's words, "If Bush is pro-life, why is my son, Casey, dead?"

Please remember the words of Gerald, "If Bush is pro-life, why do so many people die under his emperorship?"

Bush is truly a murderer and a war criminal!!!!!

Gerald said...

Ann Coulter is WORSHIPPED in Nazi America!!!!!

Gerald said...

Hate is synonomous with America.

Hate and America go together like stink on shit!!!!!

ยบ¿carol said...

Kurt Vonnegut Interview
By David Barsamian

June 2003 Issue

Question: What’s your take on George Bush?

Kurt Vonnegut: We have a President who knows absolutely no history, and he is surrounded by men who pay no attention to history. They imagine that they are great politicians inventing something new. In fact, it’s really quite old stuff: tyranny. But they imagine they’re being creative.

Q: In 1946, Hermann Goering said at Nuremberg, “Of course, the people don’t want war. . . . But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.” Does it work the same way in the United States?

Vonnegut: Of course it does. Bush wouldn’t know what I’m talking about because he isn’t responsive to history, but now we’ve had our Reichstag Fire. After the First World War, Germany was trying to build a democracy. Then when the Reichstag, the legislature, was burned down in 1933, this was seen as such an emergency that human rights had to be suspended. The attack on the World Trade Towers has allowed Bush and his gang to do anything. What are we to do now? I say when there’s a code red, we should all run around like chickens with our heads cut off. I don’t feel that we are in any great danger.

Q: Today, war is being produced as a made-for-TV event; war is turned into a video game for the army of couch potatoes.

Vonnegut: It’s incumbent on the President to entertain. Clinton did a better job of it—and was forgiven for the scandals, incidentally. Bush is entertaining us with what I call the Republican Super Bowl, which is played by the lower classes using live ammunition.

Q: You live just a few blocks from the United Nations. On February 15, there was a mass demonstration in New York. You took part in it?

Vonnegut: I was simply there, but I didn’t speak.

Q: What do you think of the efficacy of people turning out at protests and marching?

Vonnegut: I’m an old guy, and I was protesting during the Vietnam War. We killed fifty Asians for every loyal American. Every artist worth a damn in this country was terribly opposed to that war, finally, when it became evident what a fiasco and meaningless butchery it was. We formed sort of a laser beam of protest. Every painter, every writer, every stand-up comedian, every composer, every novelist, every poet aimed in the same direction. Afterwards, the power of this incredible new weapon dissipated. Now it’s like a banana cream pie three feet in diameter dropped from a stepladder four feet high. The right of the people to peacefully assemble and petition their government for a redress of grievances is now worth a pitcher of warm spit. That’s because TV will not come and treat it respectfully. Television is really something.

The government satirizes itself. All we can wish is that there will be a large number of Americans who will realize how dumb this all is, and how greedy and how vicious. Such an audience is dwindling all the time because of TV. One good thing about TV is, if you die violently, God forbid, on camera, you will not have died in vain because you will be great entertainment.

Q: In Slaughterhouse-Five, you write about the firebombing of Dresden, and a couple of months later came Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Vonnegut: The most racist, nastiest act by this country, after human slavery, was the bombing of Nagasaki. Not of Hiroshima, which might have had some military significance. But Nagasaki was purely blowing away yellow men, women, and children. I’m glad I’m not a scientist because I’d feel so guilty now.

Q: At Nuremberg, Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, who was the chief U.S. prosecutor, said that to initiate a war of aggression is the supreme international crime.

Vonnegut: People are lying all the time as to what a murderous nation we are. So let it be known. We’re behaving abominably. It’s like having a relative go absolutely nuts. Somebody has to say, “I think Uncle Charlie’s off his rocker.” We are behaving in a bizarre manner now. George Bush and his gang imagine they are being political geniuses.

You have never seen greatness in a Presidency; I have. It was a rich kid who you would think had every reason to be a horse’s ass—Franklin Roosevelt. He was humane and wise and resourceful. He was called a traitor to his class. With George Bush, that charge would never stick.

Q: When Bush began to play the Iraq card, it was exactly at a moment when there was an enormous amount of attention paid to the scandals on Wall Street—Global Crossing, Enron, Harken, Halliburton. It distracted the public from what was going on in the corporate sector.

Vonnegut: One thing I learned, with permission of the school committee of Indianapolis, was that when a tyrant or a government gets in trouble it wonders what to do. Declare war! Then nothing else matters. It’s like chess; when in doubt, castle.

The polls demonstrate that 50 percent of Americans who get their news from TV think Saddam Hussein was behind the Twin Towers attack. Man, have they got ways for getting half-truths out right away now, thanks to TV! I think TV is a calamity in a democracy.

Q: What about the importance of reading books?

Vonnegut: It’s hard to read and write. To expect somebody to read a book is like having someone arrive at a concert hall and be immediately handed a violin and told to go up onstage. It’s an astonishing skill that people can read, and read well. Very few people can read well. For instance, I have to be very careful with irony, saying something while meaning the exact opposite. Slaughterhouse-Five is read in high schools, and sometimes the teachers tell the students to write the author. Some of them write that the events are not sequential! It’s hard enough to read a book with Wednesday followed by Monday.

Q: Your stianity—Why Not Give It a Try?”

Q: Shaw, who you’ve described as a hero of yours, was also a socialist.

Vonnegut: It’sfather was an architect. But you said you never saw him read a book. Your Uncle Alex, an insurance salesman, was the one who pushed you to read.

Vonnegut: Yes, he did. And his recommendations were absolutely first rate.

Q: Like what?

Vonnegut: The prefaces to George Bernard Shaw’s plays were an enormous influence on me. To hell with the plays. I remember the title to one of his prefaces was “Chri perfectly ordinary to be a socialist. It’s perfectly normal to be in favor of fire departments. There was a time when I could vote for economic justice, and I can’t anymore. I cast my first vote for a socialist candidate—Norman Thomas, a Christian minister. I had to cast it by absentee ballot. I used to have three socialist parties to choose from—the Socialist Labor Party, Socialist Workers Party, and I forgot what the other one was.

Q: You take pride in being from Indiana, in being a Hoosier.

Vonnegut: For being from the state that gave us Eugene Debs.

Q: Eugene Debs of Terre Haute on the Wabash.

Vonnegut: Where Timothy McVeigh was executed. Eugene Debs said (and this is merely a paraphrase of the Sermon on the Mount, which is what so much socialist writing is), “As long as there’s a lower class, I’m in it; as long as there’s a criminal element, I’m of it; as long as there is a soul in prison,” which would include Timothy McVeigh, “I am not free.” What is wrong with that? Of course, Jesus got crucified for saying the same thing.

Q: With two million souls in prison today in the United States, Debs would be very busy.

Vonnegut: Debs would’ve committed suicide, feeling there was nothing he could do about it.

Q: There is another Hoosier you write about who is unknown, Powers Hapgood of Indianapolis. Who was he?

Vonnegut: Powers Hapgood was a rich kid. His family owned a successful cannery in Indianapolis. Powers was radicalized. After he graduated from Harvard, he went to work in a coal mine to find out what that was like. He became a labor organizer. He led the pickets against the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti. I got to know him late in his life when he’d become a local CIO official. There was some sort of dustup on a picket line, enough to bring the cops into play. Hapgood was testifying in court about what was to be done about CIO members who had made trouble. The judge stopped the proceedings at one point and said, “Hapgood, why would a man with your advantages, from a wealthy, respected family, Harvard graduate, lead such a life?” Powers Hapgood replied, “Why, the Sermon on the Mount, sir.” Not bad, huh?

Incidentally, I am honorary president of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the great science fiction writer and biochemist Dr. Isaac Asimov. John Updike, who is religious, says I talk more about God than any seminarian. Socialism is, in fact, a form of Christianity, people wishing to imitate Christ.

Q: Christianity pervades your spirit.

Vonnegut: Well, of course. It’s good writing. I don’t care whether it’s God or not, but the Sermon on the Mount is a masterpiece, and so is the Lord’s Prayer: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” The two most radical ideas, inserted in the midst of conventional human thought, are E=MC2—matter and energy are the same kind of stuff—and “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” In 1844, Karl Marx said, “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” He said this at a time when opium and opium derivatives were the only painkillers. And he said it helped a little. He might as well have said, “Religion is the aspirin of the people.” At the time he said this terrible thing, we had human slavery as a perfectly legal enterprise. Now in the eyes of a merciful God, who was more hateful back then? Karl Marx or the United States of America?

Q: You’ve said that you wouldn’t have missed the Great Depression or World War II for anything. Why did you say that?

Vonnegut: Well, I actually saw it all. I didn’t have to read about it. I was there, so for that reason I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I have really been an infantry private. I didn’t read about it; I was it. That’s a matter of pride. I was a police reporter for Chicago City News Bureau, which was the outfit that was the inspiration for the play The Front Page. I covered Chicago as a street reporter. I really did it. And I’ve been a teacher and all that. I’m glad for the opportunity to see so much.

Q: When you go to college audiences and give lectures, you’re talking to twenty-somethings. What kind of response do you get?

Vonnegut: Very warm, very enthusiastic. You think crack cocaine is a high? Try being me facing one of those college audiences. It is marvelous.

David Barsamian is the director of Alternative Radio in Boulder, Colorado. His latest book is “Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics.” His most recent interview for The Progressive was with Gore Vidal in the August 2006 issue.

(Carol said: I'm not responsible for some of the goofs in this article. I just copy/pasted it)

Gerald said...

Two giants have passed away this year, 2007. They are people who tried to make our world a better place. One person is Molly Ivins and the second person is Kurt Vonnegut. They will be missed.

Gerald said...

The first Sunday after Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday. It is a day set aside for people who have a special devotion to Jesus' Divine Mercy. Jesus said to St. Faustina that on Divine Mercy Sunday people who pray for my Divine Mercy and who should die that even the most hardened sinners will be saved. Jesus will stand with the sinner before God, the Father, and ask for mercy on the sinner.

We should all pray for God's mercy and we should pray that a merciful God will be our judge.

carey said...

Carol and all,

There's been alot of backlash against the Imus firing.

Enough. (Not you Carol.) As soon as I was aware that the terms nappy-headed ho and jigaboo were allowed out over public airwaves I was stunned. Those are terms that should be publically censored because of their ability to open terrible scars and deeply hurt. They're socially dangerous. They're censored for the public good. These labels are definitely inciteful, ones that over the course of events could lead to racial violence. That's why they should be restricted in use, especially by someone like Don Imus who had much political power and influence in his disc jockey seat. In that respect "nappy-headed" and "jigaboo" can be termed akin to yelling "fire" in a crowded theater. They are eventually explosive words.

People deplore the dumbing of America. Shock-jockism has alot to do with it. And the development of needless hatreds.

I haven't seen the discussion from yesterday yet. We have much math homework this weekend. YUCK!

I've gotta tell you Den. I think that's your best exercise yet in rhyming. One of the keys is the timing that Micki achieves when she rhymes. She gets this lyrical flow.

carey said...

Gerald and all,

For some reason I think it's just a matter of time for Rush Limbaugh. He may be self-destructing before our eyes.

carey said...


You really think we're going to learn anything this week? I doubt it. Gonzo's still here in name only. We'll be treated, however, to a delightful show in Congress as they nail the poor guy. The thing is, Alfredo's not so innocent. He redefined what "torture" means. He majorly deserves the boot.

I've been reading that the emails lost by the RNC are probably permanently gone. You can just picture them scrambling like ants to get rid of the evidence. That's undoubtedly the number one priority in the White House besides fervently trying to figure how the hell to raid Iran with zero troops available.

The facts are becoming clearer as the Administration continues to falter. People now expect lies and colossal mistakes.

David B. Benson said...

Is Rush Limbaugh going to self-distruct?

Oh Goody!

carey said...

Our Step it Up demonstration was held on the beach. It was small but covered by the local media. Still, I was disappointed by the turnout. It didn't get publicized enough beforehand I believe.

Yesterday's blog is delightfully entertaining. Micki and Den put together the makings of one nasty little joke.

"What does Pres. Bush plan to put in his library?"

[An] autographed copy of "My Pet Goat.

That is to die for. Cleverly sums up Bush's two terms, doesn't it?

carey said...

Ann Coulter's not worshipped Gerald. She/He is just used by the Nazis, they don't like him/her much.

He/She is weird (to them).

Oh Gerald. You brought up Molly Ivins. I'm having a difficult time with this one. She left such a tremendous void. My gosh she's terribly missed.

carey said...


You worry about the timing in your prediction of Alfredo's demise.

Since when has anything logical and rational happened with this administration? They have to be pushed and pushed and pushed. Bushco specializes in painting itself into corners. Everything they've done is beyond any former boundaries.

micki said...

April 13, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

For God’s Sake


In 1981, Gary North, a leader of the Christian Reconstructionist movement — the openly theocratic wing of the Christian right — suggested that the movement could achieve power by stealth. “Christians must begin to organize politically within the present party structure,” he wrote, “and they must begin to infiltrate the existing institutional order.”

Today, Regent University, founded by the televangelist Pat Robertson to provide “Christian leadership to change the world,” boasts that it has 150 graduates working in the Bush administration.

Unfortunately for the image of the school, where Mr. Robertson is chancellor and president, the most famous of those graduates is Monica Goodling, a product of the university’s law school. She’s the former top aide to Alberto Gonzales who appears central to the scandal of the fired U.S. attorneys and has declared that she will take the Fifth rather than testify to Congress on the matter.

The infiltration of the federal government by large numbers of people seeking to impose a religious agenda — which is very different from simply being people of faith — is one of the most important stories of the last six years. It’s also a story that tends to go underreported, perhaps because journalists are afraid of sounding like conspiracy theorists.

But this conspiracy is no theory. The official platform of the Texas Republican Party pledges to “dispel the myth of the separation of church and state.” And the Texas Republicans now running the country are doing their best to fulfill that pledge.

Kay Cole James, who had extensive connections to the religious right and was the dean of Regent’s government school, was the federal government’s chief personnel officer from 2001 to 2005. (Curious fact: she then took a job with Mitchell Wade, the businessman who bribed Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham.) And it’s clear that unqualified people were hired throughout the administration because of their religious connections.

For example, The Boston Globe reports on one Regent law school graduate who was interviewed by the Justice Department’s civil rights division. Asked what Supreme Court decision of the past 20 years he most disagreed with, he named the decision to strike down a Texas anti-sodomy law. When he was hired, it was his only job offer.

Or consider George Deutsch, the presidential appointee at NASA who told a Web site designer to add the word “theory” after every mention of the Big Bang, to leave open the possibility of “intelligent design by a creator.” He turned out not to have, as he claimed, a degree from Texas A&M.

One measure of just how many Bushies were appointed to promote a religious agenda is how often a Christian right connection surfaces when we learn about a Bush administration scandal.

There’s Ms. Goodling, of course. But did you know that Rachel Paulose, the U.S. attorney in Minnesota — three of whose deputies recently stepped down, reportedly in protest over her management style — is, according to a local news report, in the habit of quoting Bible verses in the office?

Or there’s the case of Claude Allen, the presidential aide and former deputy secretary of health and human services, who stepped down after being investigated for petty theft. Most press reports, though they mentioned Mr. Allen’s faith, failed to convey the fact that he built his career as a man of the hard-line Christian right.

And there’s another thing most reporting fails to convey: the sheer extremism of these people.

You see, Regent isn’t a religious university the way Loyola or Yeshiva are religious universities. It’s run by someone whose first reaction to 9/11 was to brand it God’s punishment for America’s sins.

Two days after the terrorist attacks, Mr. Robertson held a conversation with Jerry Falwell on Mr. Robertson’s TV show “The 700 Club.” Mr. Falwell laid blame for the attack at the feet of “the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians,” not to mention the A.C.L.U. and People for the American Way. “Well, I totally concur,” said Mr. Robertson.

The Bush administration’s implosion clearly represents a setback for the Christian right’s strategy of infiltration. But it would be wildly premature to declare the danger over. This is a movement that has shown great resilience over the years. It will surely find new champions.

Next week Rudy Giuliani will be speaking at Regent’s Executive Leadership Series.

micki said...

Kurt Vonnegut said (in the article Carol posted):

Every artist worth a damn in this country was terribly opposed to that war, finally, when it became evident what a fiasco and meaningless butchery it was. We formed sort of a laser beam of protest. Every painter, every writer, every stand-up comedian, every composer, every novelist, every poet aimed in the same direction.

Den -- keep up the good work using poetry as your outlet!

micki said...

Carey -- I read just yesterday that some survey results put Ann Coulter on the Top 100 Least Sexiest Man list!

DEN said...

Aw heck, I just wing it, sometimes it sounds OK, sometimes goofy.

Would not give up my day job just yet tho.

David B. Benson said...


David B. Benson said...

The Indenpendent is carrying an important story today, linked by HuffingtonPost:

Cell mobile phones are implicated in bee colony collapses!

More, about effects directly on people using cell mobile phones, is at the end of the article.

Stay away from cell phones!

Carey said...

I just wanted to add something to one of my comments. I didn't mean that the now infamous racist terms should be publically censored when it's in the realm of art. Gangsta rap lyrics should be next, however. They've always been a target. Pundits have stupidly or expediently ignored that.

DEN said...

Any speech or form of expression that derides and demeans any particular individual or group should be avoided, because Americans are supposed to be NICE.

Except for the dumazz Repugs, open season on those fascists because is not an American value they maintain, rather contrary to Constitutional protections and the Bill of Rights.

Check your fascism at the door please, and keep a civil tongue.

DEN said...

Krugman is right, there are religious extremists all over spouting their wacked out ways THEY think things should be run.

Neo-fascists, the real terrorists.

Just a myth? Separation of church and state?

The Founding fathers knew religion could be a problem;

"Congress should not establish a religion and enforce the legal observation of it by law, nor compel men to worship God in any manner contrary to their conscience, or that one sect might obtain a pre-eminence, or two combined together, and establish a religion to which they would compel others to conform" (Madison, Annals of Congress, 1789).

"The appropriation of funds of the United States for the use and support of religious societies, [is] contrary to the article of the Constitution which declares that 'Congress shall make no law respecting a religious establishment'" (James Madison, Veto, 1811)

"In the course of the opposition to the bill in the House of Delegates, which was warm & strenuous from some of the minority, an experiment was made on the reverence entertained for the name & sanctity of the Saviour, by proposing to insert the words "Jesus Christ" after the words "our lord" in the preamble, the object of which would have been, to imply a restriction of the liberty defined in the Bill, to those professing his religion only. The amendment was discussed, and rejected by a vote of agst." (James Madison, Memorial and Remonstrance)

micki said...

Re cell phones and bee colony collapses: is this a hypothesis or is it a theory?

DEN said...

They noticed bees would stay away when a cell phone was on in the area.

Not true research I believe.


Definitely a dire situation however that needs a solution soon.

I'm not real big on starvation.

micki said...

I wonder if Bayer paid for the study on Bee Colony Collapse -- better to blame cell phones for the bottom line, than to admit that pesticides might play a role...

Imidacloprid, a pesticide has been banned in France due to a suspected relation to Bee Colony Collapse disorder. The manufacturer of the chemical, Bayer, claimed that they found no evidence to warrant a ban. But...

Imidacloprid is used in the U.S. on a variety of crops. Due to the systemic nature of the chemical's action it is frequently applied directly to the row of soil where the crops are to be planted.

During recent years some insects have developed a resistance to the pesticide.