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    Racism does not amuse me, ever. We probably don't have enough human DNA in common to sustain a convo, if it amuses you.
    If you would quit trying to police the dumbasses, they would just wonder off.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kallie Knoetze View Post
    Ms. Madeline,

    I didn't think it was ugly. Just the opposite, it was quite clever.
    Clever to joke that illegal immigrants are an invasive species? I guess it depends on the audience. I thought it seemed kind of low brow and pablum. To each his own, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StanStill View Post
    Clever to joke that illegal immigrants are an invasive species? I guess it depends on the audience. I thought it seemed kind of low brow and pablum. To each his own, I guess.
    Pssst....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    This is probably one of the worst in America.

    The honeybee.

    Its not native to the states and since its importation has managed to drive off almost all other pollinators.

    We are seeing the repercussion of this in the ecosystem as the honeybees die off (for whatever reason they are) and not being replaced by our original pollinators.

    So when you hear stories about massive bee die-offs you should be thankful because that needs to happen so we can get back to our original system.
    Good point, but before the honey bee populated north America, there were plenty of other bees going way back.

    Honey bees existed at least 14 million years ago in North America, according to a fossil record recently identified by paleontologist-entomologist Michael Engle of the University of Kansas, Lawrence. The fossilized female worker bee, now at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, was unearthed in paper shale from Stewart Valley, west-central Nevada. The geological epoch: Middle Miocene.

    Engle, the lead author of research published in the May 7th edition of the Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, says the bee is definitely a honey bee. It has the distinctive hairy eyes, wing patterns and barbs on the stinger.

    Unfortunately, this ancient bee--which Engle and his colleagues have named Apis nearctica--no longer exists. The researchers say it's most similar to the extinct species, Apis armbrusteri Zeuner from the Miocene epoch of southwestern Germany.


    This 14-million-old fossil, unearthed in Nevada, is a honey bee, proving that North America did have a honey bee before colonists brought the European honey bee here in 1622.


    First Native American Honey Bee - Bug Squad - ANR Blogs
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    Was going to post Kudzu, but it's already been mentioned.

    "How do you plant kudzu?"

    "Throw it and run!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki View Post
    I used to be a beekeeper, and am going to get another hive hehe. Nothing anyone can do about it. Named the white mans fly by native Indians.
    Spooky is being spooky, no polinaters can fill the bees shoes.
    I did wonder how an insect could be viewed as an invasive species. Hardly seems likely humans were necessary to introduce a new species.

    We have a "killer bee" species rapidly making its way north, in Texas, that wasn't found in North America at all a few decades ago. I think this change is occurring because of climate change, weather patterns, rising temperatures, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StanStill View Post
    Was going to post Kudzu, but it's already been mentioned.

    "How do you plant kudzu?"

    "Throw it and run!"
    Kudzu was introduced into the U.S. by our agricultural scientists, as a way to control erosion.

    It's certainly successful at that!

    Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    I did wonder how an insect could be viewed as an invasive species. Hardly seems likely humans were necessary to introduce a new species.

    We have a "killer bee" species rapidly making its way north, in Texas, that wasn't found in North America at all a few decades ago. I think this change is occurring because of climate change, weather patterns, rising temperatures, etc.
    It is a change by how the honey was harvested. (Humans in Africa and South America use to burn the hives so what happened most aggressive bees survived,) not climate change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by galatin View Post
    Nothing is really new, but Trump in trying to destroy the WTO, the Paris agreement on climate, the Nafta, the Transpacific agreement etc.... is going to reduce the global political influence of the USA in the world at a time when the US have doubts about their destiny as the only superpower. Finally are for others the policies of Trump likable ? Countries allied to the USA will be patient for some time, but at the end, if Trump does what meant here will be a major loss of influence for the USA to the benefit of mainly China and other emerging powers mainly in Asia.
    Agreed.

    Hope China turns out to handle that power more responsibly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puzzling Evidence View Post
    If you would quit trying to police the dumbasses, they would just wonder off.

    Otto is no troll, IMO. We have an ignore feature to starve those nuisance people out. Mine's pretty long, but I don't think he's one such.

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