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Issue 438 In This Issue July 18th, 2015

Editors Corner

Did you know that farmers in Canada are now able to grow peaches? Apparently the climate change/shift that's taking place has shifted the first frosts there so they start later, allowing for a longer growing season. Click here

Speaking of warmer climates, are you aware that regulators and legislators in California and Arizona are apparently over-estimating their water reserves? Click here

On a slightly different subject, you most likely know that Aloe Vera can help soothe, and aid in the healing of, sunburn and other skin irritations. But did you know that pure Aloe Vera has a lot more uses then that? Click here

One last thing, have you seen the 'bunny' eared sea slugs? They're quite cute. Click here
That's it from me. Enjoy this newsletter and have a wonderful week.

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Water Watch

Arizona and California are ignoring the science on water
Deep beneath the bleached-out, dusty surface of the drought-stricken West is a stash of water sequestered between layers of rock and sometimes built up over centuries. Officials in the Colorado River basin states have long treated this liquid treasure as a type of environmental retirement account — an additional supply of water they can raid to get through the driest years and make up for the chronic overuse of the rivers themselves. In recent years, the withdrawals have taken on even more importance: At least 60 percent of California’s water now comes from underground, some researchers say. Arizona, staring down imminent rationing of Colorado River water, pumps nearly half its supply from aquifers. But in allowing their residents to tap underground resources this way, regulators and legislators in Southwestern states have ignored an inconvenient truth about how much water is actually available for people to use: In many places, groundwater and surface water are not independent supplies at all. Rather, they are interconnected parts of the same system.

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Thirsty birds are dying all over California — thanks, climate change
You know that historic and disastrous drought currently turning California into one big heap of straw? You know how it’s probably being exacerbated by climate change? And indicative of the conditions that will become more common as the climate continues to warm? As if that weren’t bad enough on its own, there’s more: All those hot and dry conditions mean that climate change is basically flipping the bird to birds, which are in serious trouble as they make their long migrations over parched California. Yup — welcome back to Spoiler Alerts, where climate change is always a jerk.

Here’s the gruesome scene from National Geographic: Along the 4,000-mile-long Pacific flyway — one of four main routes in North America for migrating birds — up to six million ducks, geese, and swans wing south every year to find warmth after raising young in the rich habitats of Alaska, Canada, and Siberia. They are joined by millions of shorebirds, songbirds, and seabirds, including the ultimate endurance winner, the arctic tern.

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Health Watch

“Safe” Alternatives to Chemicals in Plastics Linked to Health Problems
Plastics are everywhere: product and food packaging, beverage containers, electronics, office supplies and even the microbeads in hygiene products. The list doesn’t stop there. Even though we have a pretty good idea of what types of products plastics are in, do we know what is actually in the plastics we use? A new series of studies from the NYU Langone Medical Center reports that two chemicals, di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) and di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), could be linked to adverse health effects such as insulin resistance, elevated blood pressure and other metabolic disorders. These chemicals are known as phthalates. The chemicals in questions were actually used in plastics as a replacement for di-2-ethylhexylphlatate, or DEHP, because it was linked to similar health effects. The most recent study reports a “significant association” between high blood pressure and the presence of DINP and DIDP: for every tenfold increase in the amount of phthalates, there was a 1.1 millimeter of mercury increase in blood pressure. In an earlier study, the NYU team found that in adolescents with high levels of DINP and DIDP, one in three had insulin resistance whereas one in four with normal levels presented the precursor to diabetes.

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Climate Watch

Climate Change Brings New Crops to Canadian Farms
Shoppers walking down the produce aisle in search of peaches for their grandmother’s famed summertime pie may soon check the price tag and find something they've never seen before: “Country of Origin Canada.” As climate change warms the planet and growing regions shift further north, more fruits and vegetables – even citrus fruits – could start making the journey to the United States from Canada. Extreme winter cold and shorter growing seasons historically have prevented certain crops from being grown there, but as temperatures rise and first frosts happen later, the time could be ripe for Canadian farmers to expand their ranges. “We’re seeing that here in Canada, particularly in Southern Ontario, people are pushing the limits,” John Pedlar, a Canadian Forest Service biologist, said. Pedlar helped author a study last year that found that a shift in growing regions may be more closely tied to climate change than previously thought. “We’re starting to see a lot more grapes grown up here,” said Pedlar, whose work was published in the journal BioScience. “People are trying their hand at things like peaches a little further north from where they have been trying. Presumably, that kind of thing is just going to increase.”

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On The Lighter Side

Aww! Cute sea slugs with ‘bunny’ ears enchant Japan (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Sea slugs have suddenly turned into a source of admiration for Japanese fans of all things nice. Dubbed “sea bunnies” for a loveable appearance, the sea creatures have become an internet sensation.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

July 21st @ 7pm: Scott Mowry's NEWS UPDATES
This will be held at Triad Regular Location

July 23rd @ 7pm: "Poets of Yelmshire"
Suggested $5 donation. Open mic for newcomer poets.

August 2nd @ 7pm: Whisperings Solo Piano Radio presents An Enchanting Evening of Piano Music
Featuring original music played by the composers: Joe Bongiorno, Amy Janelle and Brad Jacobsen. Original Solo Piano Artistry by Three Award-winning Composers. Energy, Humor, Intimacy, Storytelling and of course, MUSIC! Invite your friends! Tickets $20 (advance and at door). Buy tickets online at

August 19th @ 7pm: Guest lecture - Early India - Sacrificial Fire
Focus on Agni - God of the sacrificial Fire-Alter and messenger of the Gods - a key figure in early Indian Religion, and texts from the Vedas - the earliest strata of Indian oral literature. Free. Donations to The Triad Theater welcomed.

Coming in August: The Triad Art Gallery
Attention all Artists, Musicians, and Actors! Art Directory (Greater Yelm Area) taking apps now! The Triad along with the Yelm Business Association is creating an Artist Directory... $10 one-time processing fee and you are in forever. Go to the Triad Website to submit your application. It's easy!

September 12th @ 7pm: Alpha Centauri Presents - John Hogue - Expert on Nostradamus
Skype interview to Yelm. Predictions for 2015. $20

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In The News

Everything goes! Greek government mortgages the country's airports, banks and infrastructure to EU debt collectors
Some last-minute deal-making to ensure that Greece's bailout debt is fully repaid is not likely to sit well with the Greek electorate. A week ago, voters in Greece overwhelmingly rejected a deal, rebuffing European leaders who were demanding new austerity measures and a piece of Greece's soul. In the end, it looks as though that's what EU creditors are going to get anyway. As reported by Zero Hedge, a new deal negotiated by the Greek government of Alexis Tsipras will only further enrage Greeks who were already decrying the loss of the country's sovereignty to creditors who are simply trying to get their money back.

Hand over the keys to the banks
A central part of the deal requires that some 50 billion euros in Greek assets be escrowed in a liquidation fund: Granted said fund will not be domiciled in Luxembourg as was originally envisioned, but Europe will still have control and first refusal rights over what are technically Greek properties, in the process Athens handing over about 25% of Greek GDP (and sovereignty) over the Brussels.

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Greece asks EU for help as ‘hellish’ forest fires rage around Athens (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

One man died and residents of several villages in southern Greece had to flee their homes due to wildfires raging in the region of Peloponnese, aggravated by strong winds and high temperatures. Four main fronts of 34 separate forest fires have spread from the island of Evia, northeast of Athens, to the southern Peloponnese on Friday, according to police, Reuters reported.

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GMO Watch

House Backs Monsanto and BANS GMO Labeling
On Tuesday, US food companies and Monsanto sealed a critical victory as the House Agricultural Committee approved a measure that bans the mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods and prevents cities and counties from banning GMO crops within their jurisdictions. Several counties in California and Oregon already have bans in place, and this threatens those restrictions. The measure also paves the way toward preventing food companies from even telling you that their food is GMO free. While dozens of countries around the world ban GE crops and have ousted Monsanto after citizens protested, petitioned, and took to the streets, the United States seems to want to do everything it can to keep its citizens in the dark about what they are actually eating. Americans clearly want labeling that presents them with accurate and consistent information about what is in their food. As it stands right now, each state has a different method of GMO labeling and some have none at all. Farmers and food manufacturers cannot keep up with 50 different standards. Maine has already passed a law requiring labeling GMO products, and those labels would be prohibited if this bill is upheld in the Senate.

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Something Worth Knowing

The Ultimate Guide to Aloe Vera and its Many, Often Unknown, Uses
Aloe vera’s rise to superfood status has been a long time coming. Often extolled for its soothing qualities, aloe vera is most commonly used as a topical ointment for burns, sun damage and skin abrasions, but this ancient plant may offer deeper healing abilities when taken orally. Most of us are familiar with the presence of aloe vera in cosmetics and skin creams; it moisturizes and has anti-aging effects. However, many people who live according to a natural health philosophy have long viewed the plant as a potent superfood. That’s right. As kale and blueberries quickly ascended to the top of superfood lists, aloe vera has remained a quiet competitor. Walk into any health food store and you’ll see plenty of aloe vera juices and gels, but what do they really do? Search for aloe vera information on the Internet and you’ll be bombarded with aloe products touting the plant’s virtues, but is it safe to use? Learn how aloe vera is used as a functional food, ways to incorporate it into your diet and what safety precautions to take. As always, it’s a good idea to consult your physician before starting any complementary medicine regimen. Keep reading to gain a deeper understanding of the plant’s history, how it’s cultivated and what you might learn about aloe vera in natural health school.

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Do You Hate Styrofoam? Here’s How to Ban It in Your City
Do you love getting takeout food or a cup of coffee, but hate it when it’s served in Styrofoam? Take heart from communities on both coasts. Washington, D.C., Seattle, Washington, Takoma Park, MD and New York City have managed to get Styrofoam banned—and they still have takeout food! Styrofoam is the trade name for “expandable polystyrene foam.” The compound, which is used to make throwaway drink and soup cups, bowls, plates, trays, clamshell-type containers and packing peanuts, appears to cause cancer in animals, and may be a human neurotoxin: it can accumulate in the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves, potentially impairing the central nervous system. Polystyrene also poses various environmental problems. It fractures into tiny little pieces that are impossible to recycle. Because it is so light, it blows all over the place, creating unsightly litter and contributing to the micropellets that are polluting oceans, lakes and even soil. When it gets into the marine environment, it can get lodged in the intestines of animals and cause blockages that can be lethal. “Imagine eating a ball of Styrofoam,” said Douglas McCauley, a marine biology professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. That’s what some marine animals are doing—and they’re dying for it. Styrofoam is absorbent, so it can act like “little pollutant sponges, picking up and concentrating some of the nastiest contaminants in the ocean,” said McCauley.

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