I know I can be accused right now of being a Colorado groupie for all the things that state is doing to address The Perfect Storm, not just in Corrections Sentencing but overall, but I’m willing to bear it (it would be nice if they’d give me a t-shirt, though). This story is an excellent example, the Governor’s speech to a “State of the Rockies” conference (not the ballteam) the other day. He not only recognizes that Australia already has been dealing with what we will have to and has provided us ready-made models, he says flat-out, “Our self-discipline in the amount of water we use is going to be the foundation of everything we will do.” Yep. Can’t be summed up any better. Also can’t think of any other governor in any other state that gets it as well.
You might not know it but this story about researcher finding an insecticide that might be responsible for the truly scary bee hive/society collapses of the last few years might be the best news you’ll ever hear. Why?
At least a third of U.S. honeybee colonies have died out in the past six years. “The significance of bees to agricultural cannot be understated,” Lu said. They pollinate about one third of U.S. crop species, including almonds, apples, grapes, soybeans, cotton, and others, the failure of which could lead not only to food shortages, but also to large economic hits for farmers—and consumers.
That news comes at the same time as this story of growing food shortages globally and the threat of social and political unrest that already toppled Egypt’s government over the issues last year.
Of course, Bayer, the maker of the insecticide (and the former provider of the baby aspirin I will now buy from others), assures us that the study is bogus according to its studies. And, if you buy that one, there is a department in OK that will tell you that the drug courts it both evaluates and advocates for in the state legislature are just peachy keen despite the one independent evaluation of them finding such claims “excessive” that I’ll be glad to sell you.
Think bees are scary? What about the Amazon Rainforest, seeing moisture levels being drawn away by the Atlantic as it warms, making it more susceptible to fires? Oh, well, that’s far away. No need for us to . . . what? “Dry, windy conditions fuel wildfires in East” . . . Never mind.
This story reminds us that those of us (us included) who focus solely on gasoline prices affecting transportation and the price of all the things transported are making a big mistake. We need to be stressing the increasing price of diesel more since its impact is even greater in many ways. So we will now. And it's already over $4 a gallon. Meanwhile, this story alerts us to a probable 6% higher price of gasoline for the summer. Got that built into your budgets, do you?
Finally, let’s end this with some good news, to demonstrate that, yes, The Perfect Storm won’t be fun but also, yes, there are things we can do. This is a very important story on those “food deserts” in poor communities that we’ve discussed regularly now, especially since those communities tend to coincide with the areas where we send the bulk of our releasees. Specifically, it details SNAP Gardens, which isn’t just the growing but also the whole network of credits, distribution, and partnerships with non-profits that will be needed to ensure adequate food for those residents. We’ve mentioned here the existing and needed programs to get offenders trained to participate in these efforts, to help them rebuild constructive lives in and for their communities rather than just going back to the same old crap that got them with us to start with. Stories like these really do make you hopeful that people aren’t just paying attention but are taking the necessary actions to build the processes and structures to confront the challenges. (Oh, and you don’t have land, but you have a major rooftop area, say, like an abandoned shopping center? Maybe you could find out this Brooklyn project, too.)
See? You can have a good week. So do.