I just did my first series of podcasts, with RE and Monsta of the Doomstead Diner. As the title says, these cover my quitting of film, WWOOFing in New Zealand, my two visits to the Age of Limits conferences, and collapse.

It's time we stop perpetuating the status quo of unhealthy, mechanistic beekeeping that the new Flow™ hive continues, and move towards more holistic practices that would allow the bees to show us the way it should be done.

Netflix is the latest in a long list of motion picture technologies, and it's sweeping the globe. But what do increased video technologies do for climate change, and thanks to peak oil, how long until Netflix – and film & television in general – go kaput?

So I'm surprised to say that lo and behold, not only am I back on the Internet after five years off, not only do I have a blog/website, but I've also now started doing podcasts. That would be with the folks from over at the Doomstead Diner, RE and Monsta. They regularly do interviews with various writers from the collapse blogosphere, in a series which they call the Collapse Cafe. Similarly, each Wednesday RE puts up a new podcast "rant" on the latest happenings in "the world of doom." If you haven't heard either of them, the Collapse Cafe interviews feature some primo authors (John Michael Greer, Ugo Bardi, and others), while the "rants" take the gloom out of "doom and gloom" and are more like "doom and bust your ass laughing."

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The difference in cell sizes that occurs when honey bees are allowed to create their own comb is glaringly obvious
(image courtesy of Christy Hemenway)

Over the past several years there's been a steadily growing awareness that a problem exists with our honeybee populations. Although not quite a household term, what has been called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has evoked enough concern that a chorus of observers have suggested in various ways that if honeybees go the way of the dodo bird, so do us humans.

These warnings stem from what I'd say are two main understandings of the situation. First off is the fact that honeybees are used to pollinate about one-third of the food we eat, be it directly by pollinating vegetables, fruit, and nut trees, or by pollinating plants such as clover which get eaten by herbivores and so indirectly supply us with meat, milk and other animal products.

Secondly, there is the more general "canary in the coalmine" interpretation that posits that if we can't manage to live in this world in a manner conducive to the existence of our honeybees, what does that ultimately say about our chances? That is, if our honeybees can't live in the toxic milieu we force them into, will we ultimately be able to?

But although a raising of awareness has certainly been going on, one can't be blamed for wondering if what have often essentially been value-free campaigns – save the bees! – has actually resulted in more harm being done than good. What I'm talking about here is the unprecedented response to, and financial success of, the Flow™ hive.

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The Netflix Wall, the Netflix Fall

I think that's Russian or something

As far as such things go, March 24th, 2015, marked a momentous day in the annals of film & television in Kiwi land and the land Down Under. As was conveyed to me the day before the occasion by a flabbergasted Canadian I (vaguely) know, "Oh my God! It's coming? I had no idea! Ugh, they've only got, like, six channels here. Kiwis have no idea what they're missing!"

Astoundingly, no. To their credit, Kiwis apparently don't have any idea what they've been missing out on.

When showing to Kiwis the image of the logo I (ahem) created above, not only did I not get a single chuckle, but all I got was blank stares and disinterest. It didn't register in the slightest, as apparently nobody was aware of the inherent reference. But that's most certainly all about to change. Why is that? Netflix has arrived in New Zealand and Australia.

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