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Issue 448 In This Issue September 26th, 2015

Editors Corner

Have you ever heard of something called "gene drive"? In the words of Wikipedia, this is the practice of "stimulating biased inheritance of particular genes to alter entire populations". It has been proposed as a technique to make harmful organisms, such as mosquitoes, less dangerous. However some scientists believe this technology could have undesired consequences or easily be used in undesirable ways. Click here

While humans are making alterations to nature, nature is altering itself to adapt to new environments. Did you know that "Bees’ tongues are getting shorter because climate change"? Apparently there are some bumblebees that live in the central Rockies whose tongues have shrunk by 25% in less then 50 years, most likely because the changing climate has shifted the available flowers. Click here

Speaking of nature, have you ever wondered if there was a way to make gardening easier, especially if you have trouble bending? This week we have an article that gives some tips and tricks that may help with your gardening. Click here

That's about it from me for this week. If you haven't seen the "Star trails around the world" yet, I urge you to take a look. Click here
Have a wonderful week.

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Garden Watch

How to Garden When the Body Won’t Bend
Aging is particularly hard on gardeners who must bend, lift and stretch to make their beloved green things grow. But you don’t have to give up on gardening when your body no longer cooperates. “No style or garden is out of reach,” writes Joann Woy in her book, Accessible Gardening. “As with so many things in life, you may have to be a little more creative, a little more ingenious, and a little more adaptive to achieve the results you want.” Here are tips on how you can continue your green passion no matter what physical shape you’re in.

Raise Them Up: Raised gardens – the higher the better – are the best way to eliminate the grunt work of gardening. Not only can you avoid bending to plant seeds and harvest vegetables, but you can fill the raised boxes with a potting soil and compost mix that will cut down on weeds for many seasons. And when weeds eventually appear, the light soil mix makes them easier to pluck.

• Buy or build your boxes waist or wheelchair high.
• Make sure you have enough room between boxes to maneuver.
• Place boxes near a water source so you can easily hook up a hose or dip a bucket.

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You Decide

New GMO "gene drive" technology could be used to unleash the world's most devastating biological weapon
The next generation of genetically engineered life will more than likely possess a novel trait known as "gene drive" that literally spreads gene alterations like a virus within the host population, whether it is a plant or an animal. Many scientists are starting to worry that if it is placed into the wrong hands, the self-replicating technology could eventually turn GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) into covert bio-weapons for destroying food crops, livestock and even humans. Gene drive is the scientific community's latest attempt to domesticate Mother Nature and eliminate undesirable issues such as mosquito-borne illnesses -- or at least that's what we're being told. The Independent (U.K.) says that gene drive technology has the potential to "address global problems in health," but it also warns that gene drive has the potential to worsen global problems in health, not to mention contaminate the entire food chain with irreversible GM traits. In a letter in the peer-reviewed journal Science, a cohort of 27 leading geneticists has urged the scientific community to take a step back and consider the ways in which gene drive technology poses serious risks to human health and the environment. In essence, the technology gives genetic butchers the ability to ignite a chain reaction of genetic changes that can't be stopped, effectively transforming an entire population of life within just a few generations.

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Something to Contemplate

The Rat Race Life - Thought Provoking

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Star trails around the world

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

September 26th @ 7pm: Autumn Medley
A Musical Recital Featuring The Talented Students of Sonia Pena Studios Program: Enjoy the coming of Fall with a varied repertoire of instrumental and vocal solos, duets, and songs to inspire... Admission $3 / Kids 12 and under Free

October 2nd @ 7:30pm: Renee Webb Productions & The Triad Theater Presents: WOMEN & SPIRITUALITY
From Pain to Joy: Healing Myself Through Truth.
Come and enjoy a night of learning with this brilliant former NASA Rocket Scientist now Spiritual Leader. This is the second event in the women lecture series presented by Freedom 4 Women Today. $12 donation

October 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th @ 7:30pm, 11th, 18th & 25th @ 2pm: Standing Room Only Presents - Incorruptible - An irreverent medieval comedy
A play by Michael Hollinger. Directed by Nancy Hillman. Tickets $15 in advance, $10 Military and Students, $20 at the door. Tickets on sale now at Gordens Garden Center and the Yelm Food Co-op. Call 1 (856) 67-STAGE or visit:

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Important September Update

Nature Watch

Bees’ tongues are getting shorter because climate change
If you think about iconic symbols of climate change, you’ll probably picture a polar bear, emaciated, and clinging to a precariously small chunk of ice. You’re probably not thinking of a bumblebee, flitting about an alpine meadow with a shorter-than-average tongue. And yet, according to new research from Nicole Miller-Struttmann from SUNY College at Old Westbury, these shrinking tongues speak volumes about how nature’s most intimate partnerships might change in a warming world. In the central Rockies, there are many species of bumblebee, and some have unusually long tongues for their body size. These are adaptations to the deep tubes of certain flowers like Parry’s clover and alpine skypilot, allowing the bees to lap at nectar that smaller-tongued species can’t reach. The tubes, in turn, are adaptations to the long bee tongues, providing exclusive access to nectar in exchange for exclusive pollination services. Both partners are locked in a co-evolutionary dance, held together by beautifully fitting tongues and tubes. Recently, all has not been right with this dance. Miller-Struttmann’s colleagues, who have been studying the local bees and flowers for decades, started to notice weird changes.

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In The News

‘Snowden Treaty’ drafted to end mass surveillance, protect whistleblowers worldwide
Two years after Edward Snowden leaked information about the US government’s mass surveillance to reporter Glenn Greenwald, the two were joined by other journalists and leaders to draft an international pact for privacy rights called the Snowden Treaty. Officially called The International Treaty on the Right to Privacy, Protection Against Improper Surveillance and Protection of Whistleblowers, the global agreement seeks to “curtail mass surveillance and protect the rights of whistleblowers,” according to the website. “Protecting the right to privacy is vital not just in itself but because it is an essential requirement for the exercise of freedom of opinion and expression, the most fundamental pillars of democracy.” Greenwald, who originally broke Snowden’s story, and other journalists were joined at a Thursday forum in New York by the image of Edward Snowden being broadcasted remotely. Over his video link from Moscow, Snowden called mass surveillance “a global problem,” and said that the treaty was “the beginning of work that will continue for many years.” The pact aims to institute international protections for whistleblowers and pressure governments to recognize privacy as a human right. Snowden also warned against the creep of government surveillance into more mundane parts of life.

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China is about to launch the world’s biggest cap-and-trade program
On Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping will announce that China will start the world’s largest carbon-trading system by 2017, according to a statement released Thursday night by the White House. The announcement allows China to implement something that evaded President Barack Obama during his first term in the White House: an economy-wide reform putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions and encouraging big polluters to develop alternative ways to generate energy. Ultimately, the program is intended to curb the planet-warming emissions that are generated by burning fossil fuels. To those who have closely followed China’s extensive actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, today’s announcement that the planet’s biggest emitter of CO2 will launch a nationwide cap-and-trade sysetm will not come as a surprise. The program—which builds upon seven regional carbon markets that are already active across the country—has been in the works for some time, and first appeared in the press last year. But Friday’s high-profile announcement marks the first time that the Chinese president has committed to the cap-and-trade program—as well as the first time China has laid out a firm timetable—says Li Shuo, who tracks international climate negotiations for Greenpeace.

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