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    Re: i stopped smoking ..... i knew i could do it

    Maybe in your state, but the federal tax is not near as bad.

    Here in Utah though, they actually just increased the tax on cigars from 35% to 86% of the manufacturer's price with no cap, and...
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    Re: i stopped smoking ..... i knew i could do it

    You can get a cheap cigar for a couple bucks, and it will last like 45 minutes. The government doesn't tax cigars as much as they do cigarettes and chewing tobacco, probably because rich people...
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    It doesn't have to be scientific. The fact is, the majority of bees are feral. No matter what steps you take to prevent disease in your own hives, the reality is that eventually all hives will have...
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    Even with things like HERVs, there is no good evidence that they cause any genetic disease, just speculation for now. The thing is, these viruses and the RNA fragments they inject have been around...
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    That is a rather unscientific hunch you are working from.
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    Am I missing something? We're not talking about something that makes bees more susceptible to disease here. I thought we were talking about pieces of viral genetic code that make bees less...
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    Viral fragments are a fact of life. Humans have remnants of many thousands of viral DNA fragments. Just the ones we have in common with chimpanzees is 48,000. It happens rarely, but it does...
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    Having code inserted that protects against disease doesn't necessarily damage the organism. The inserted code is in addition to the code the bees already have. I'm not sure why the worry about it...
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    Re: i stopped smoking ..... i knew i could do it

    Might try electronic cigarettes. It lets you get all the things you like about smoking without the carcinogens. I haven't had an analog cigarette in 6 months, and I can now "smoke" (vaporize)...
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    I'm sorry if I jump a little quick on those things. I know you're not doing it, but I'm used to people that use that term arguing with me about evolution for religious reasons.
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    What is Darwinism first of all? That is a word made up by people that are afraid of the idea to try and show it as a religion.

    Evolution doesn't describe how the changes happen, it explains how...
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    Africanized bees are more resistant to varroa because of the shorter amount of time before they emerge as adults. That's why varroa likes drone brood, since they take longer to emerge.
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    Re: My Daughters first hive.

    Nice. Makes me glad I don't have a daughter though. Looks like way too much work to paint that.
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    Well, in doing a cursory search about dicistrovirae, I found nothing speaking of reverse transcriptase, long terminal repeats, primer binding sites, etc. That's why I was curious about it, since...
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    Peter: Am I missing something? It looks to me as though this is not epigenetic, since it is actually changing the host DNA.
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    Hemolymph is not the actual germ cell itself though, so whether or not it's bathed in it seems irrelevant.

    In terms of a retrovirus that may be similar in the sense that it infects the leukocytes...
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    WLC, I don't remember ever learning about dicistrovirae in college, and I have to admit paying very little attention to virology except to pass tests. At the time I had no idea how important...
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    Only retroviruses insert themselves into the genome. I'm not aware of a current retrovirus that we are dealing with in bees. What would that be?
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    Re: Feeding Old Uncapped Nectar/Honey?

    You should be fine then. I wouldn't worry about it.
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    Re: Feeding Old Uncapped Nectar/Honey?

    Kind of depends on why they died.
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    The "majority of intelligent people" is not helpful. You can be extremely intelligent and still not realize how evolution is not a religion. You can be a scientist in certain fields and still hold...
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    That thread went bad way before that KKK comment.
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    Re: Russian bees just all hybrids?

    All bees are hybrids. Hybrid of what would be the question. The bees we use are hybrids of bees with traits that have been desirable to prior generations of beekeepers. So, when you ask if Russian...
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    Re: What would you do?

    The idea that you'll get over $100 in honey in a feral hive is rather optimistic.

    Anyway, I understand not wanting to do it if you don't get the bees. I would just be honest about it. If he is a...
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    Re: Natural Comb - Wonderful Stuff

    Really? I guess I never found any earplugs that good. I could swear I could hear the yelling half way across town.
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