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Comment: Complete BS! (Score 1) 381 381

In the real world people work as much as necessary or as much as they want. I'm sure Bill Gates and Warren Buffer work far more than 40 hours/week. It's obvious that, to them, it's worth it. Now, you have to expand you horizons and see that probably a lot of people have decided that their salary is worth the time required even if they aren't billionaires and millionaires. Would they like to work less, hell yeah, but we can't all live in Greece.

Comment: Decline of the taxonomist? (Score 1) 294 294

Not sure what came first, the decline of new species or the decline of taxonomists. But there has been a steady decline in the number of the taxonomists. In the field of botany lots of newly discovered plants are not described because they just aren't interesting enough for the taxonomists to work on them. Anyway, the best way to stop the perception of an extinction event is to create more species! Admittedly, that would be a short term fix.

Comment: Re:What's that you say? (Score 1) 528 528

I just put a kid through college in Florida. It wasn't all that expensive with the Bright Futures scholarship and Florida's relatively low cost for college. I spent more on the car than I did on tuition and that was certainly optional. We never even considered getting a loan.

Comment: Stop shipping hives to California in winter! (Score 1) 220 220

So maybe greedy almond growers are the real problem. I can't imagine anything more stressful than doing this.

"..80 percent of the world's almonds come from California's central valley, an 800,000 acre area of almond orchards that are 100 percent dependent on bees pollinating the trees. Surprisingly, almonds are the number one agricultural product in California.

Once a year, in late winter, 1.5 million bee hives from around the country are delivered to these orchards where the bees' pollination efforts take place over the course of just a few days. It's the largest mass-pollination effort in the world."

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