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While scientists remain puzzled as to the cause of  the dramatic decline in honeybee populations in North America and elsewhere, some are speculating the cause may very much be human related; however, not technological, but  philosophical. It appears that “Randism”, a trend that has recently exploded on the American political landscape may similarly have caught on among our bee brethren. It seems that the reason for the decline of hive populations is that many bees are now practicing “the virtue of selfishness”, keeping the nectar they collect for themselves and not returning to the hives they emerged from. These bees consider the notion that they should return for the benefit of the whole colony “evil altruism” and look down upon the “Hive-ists” who would act for a goal larger than themselves. They argue that “there is no such thing as a species” and that it all comes down to individual bees and their pursuit of their own happiness. When it is pointed out to them that this could result in the extinction of honey bees and have cataclysmic results on worldwide crops, they scoff and say, “and this is my problem how?”

Meanwhile, more religious-minded bees are concerned about how to carry on in the aftermath of what they regard as “The Great Rapture” that has decimated their populations. “Left Bee-hive”, the bee adaptation of the “Left Behind” series of books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, paints a bleak picture of life on earth after the Chosen Bees have been taken up to their Maker.

So, will it be Rand that the bees turn to, or the Good Book? “Why should I care?”, a distraught bee who agreed to be interviewed for this article lamented. “It’s so hopeless that I just may go off somewhere and sting someone!”

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Questinia
8 years ago

Apropos I recently found about a hundred honey bees buzzing on my lamb’s ears and lavender. Didn’t know I had them.

So, I just may get bee-hive boxes. Only I hope they aren’t Rand-bees cause then they’ll want their hives to go condo and have concierge service. I’m not up to that.

Emerald1943
8 years ago

Love it, love it! Thanks for the good belly laugh! I needed that today!

escribacat
8 years ago

U funny, whats!!

KillgoreTrout
8 years ago
Reply to  whatsthatsound

Ah, the old double entendre of a train going into a tunnel!

Khirad
8 years ago
Reply to  whatsthatsound

[img]http://www.grrrlmeetsworld.com/wp-content/uploads/old/blindmelon.jpg[/img]

KillgoreTrout
8 years ago
Reply to  whatsthatsound

Shudder, shudder shudder…………..

AdLib
Admin
8 years ago

Damn greedy bugs, all just want to be Beelionaires!

AdLib
Admin
8 years ago
Reply to  whatsthatsound

😆 Ouch!

Though one of my favorites is:

[img]http://thetoiletpaper.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Wasp%20Woman.jpg[/img]

escribacat
8 years ago
Reply to  AdLib

How on earth did I ever miss that one?? Gotta put that on my Netflix queue.

jkkFL
8 years ago
Reply to  AdLib

This place is out of control!!
Love it. 😉

KillgoreTrout
8 years ago
Reply to  AdLib

escribacat
8 years ago
Reply to  KillgoreTrout

Cool. Did she say she pulled that off using “queen jelly?”

KillgoreTrout
8 years ago
Reply to  whatsthatsound

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqYDRxdgnC0

After all these years, I still find this hilarious!

KillgoreTrout
8 years ago
Reply to  AdLib

HA! that’s great. It reminds me of the original version of “The Fly,” with Vincent Price! Too funny.

KillgoreTrout
8 years ago
Reply to  whatsthatsound

AdLib
Admin
8 years ago
Reply to  whatsthatsound

I believe Ayn Rand posed for this.

KillgoreTrout
8 years ago
Reply to  AdLib

BWAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

kesmarn
Admin
8 years ago

“It’s Probably ‘Bee'” Sting

ADONAI
8 years ago

If this entire post was just an excuse to get in the “Left Bee-Hive” joke, I applaud you sir. I’m still laughing. And I hate puns.

Greta42
Greta42
8 years ago

Hi whatsthatsounds – I thoroughly enjoyed your article, giving me my first laughs of the day. Your analogies were quite on target with the Randian bees narrowing view of their ‘community’ until it disappeared and only the individual bees remained solidly self-interested to the detriment of everything else. An apt description of the state of our current social/political scene.

jkkFL
8 years ago
Reply to  whatsthatsound

K whatsie, after the above closing comment- I nominate your skinny behind
as the target for the distraught bee. 😉

jkkFL
8 years ago
Reply to  whatsthatsound

That scrawny excuse for a butt???..
Go back to the Oprah/God painting and check the knobby knees- and the fact that Rosie- who weighs a pound soaking wet- with Hershey bars in both pockets, covers front and back!!! 😉

jkkFL
8 years ago
Reply to  jkkFL

@Khirad- been there; done That??? 🙂

jkkFL
8 years ago
Reply to  jkkFL

@wts: Go for it- we could all use a laugh.
Things have been a bit serious these days!!

*Photograph!!*

Not a “wishful” painting! 😉

Khirad
8 years ago
Reply to  jkkFL

I like big buzz and I can not lie
You other buzzers can’t deny
That when a queen walks in with an itty bitty waist
And a round thing in your compound eyes
You get stung.