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Review of Bee Health: Correcting the Record Interventions

The Washington Post: Was a USDA scientist muzzled because of his bee research? https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/was-a-usda-scientist-muzzled-because-of-his-bee-research/2016/03 [1st comment]

The record shows that USDA did NOT muzzle anyone, see here http://www.thecre.com/oira_pd/?p=12712 The record is also clear that it is the deformed wing virus, spread around the world by the varroa destructor mite, not neonicotinoids, that is the threat to bees, http://www.thecre.com/oira_pd/?p=12667

Grainews: Facts about bees, birds are next:Something is afoot in the bee community, but is agriculture really to blame? http://www.grainews.ca/2016/03/21/facts-about-bees-birds-are-next/

Bee health decline has been definitively linked to the varroa destructor mite which carries Deformed Wing Virus and other pathogens, http://www.thecre.com/oira_pd/?p=12682.

Why Uber Continues to Expand

One might wonder why Uber continues to expand notwithstanding growing complaints from its drivers, its competitors and its regulators.  See for example this article from the Wall Street Journal:

Uber Driver Held in Michigan Shooting Spree That Left Six Dead

Authorities investigate whether man took paying passengers around between attacks in Kalamazoo County

Well we surmise that the reason is service.  Say what you wish, when you call Uber you get a ride in minutes.  Compare for example an Uber experience  with that of  the Publisher calling Red Top  Select Sedan  (Arlington, Virginia)  repeatedly this morning and no one answered the phone.

Organizations Who Read the CRE Post Critical of A Harvard Study on Bees

CRE has a family of Interactive Public Dockets (IPDs) which report on misstatements by NGO’s.  Recently CRE posted an article on misstatements made by Harvard researchers which dealt with the health of bees.

The following report was compiled based on information obtained from CRE website monitors; we identified the most influential readers, not all who read the article.

Organizations Who Read the CRE Post Critical of A Harvard Study on Bees

New Kansas health insurance mart meets skepticism

From: KansasReporter.org

TOPEKA — Justin Hill expects the cost of health insurance for his more than 40 employees to skyrocket when the new electronic health insurance exchange opens in Kansas in 2014.

Hill is president of the Lawrence Paper Company, a Lawrence family-owned business that in 1882 opened the first corrugated box factory west of the Mississippi River.

Small businesses, like Hill’s, are on the hook for a Kansas average $4,632 in annual premiums for individual workers’ coverage and $12,136 for family coverage, calculates America’s Health Insurance Plans, a health plan providers’ trade association in Washington, D.C.

Florida refuses to accept federal grants under the Affordable Care Act

From: USInsuranceOnline.com

Despite opposing the 2010 healthcare law reforms, most Republican governors and state legislators have accepted the funds given to them by the federal government. One of the exceptions is Florida.

Florida Governor Rick Scott and the state’s Republican-controlled legislature have repeatedly rejected all federal funding offered under the Affordable Care Act. Even though the state has the second-highest rate of uninsured citizens, it has turned away millions of dollars in grants that would go toward initiatives like moving long-term care patients back into their homes and improving state regulation of health premiums.