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Issue 474 In This Issue April 16th, 2016

Editors Corner

Did you know that pollen is becoming junk food to bees? According to researchers, as CO2 levels rise, the concentration of protein in pollen goes down. Apparently it's the human equivalent of eating a diet with more starch. Click here

Have you heard that some day soon, the cells that make up "love handles" could become useful? Apparently "researchers reprogrammed fat cells from a person's waistline into pancreatic cells capable of producing the crucial hormone insulin." Click here

Speaking of altering cells, are you aware that there are now white button mushrooms, along with the Arctic Apple and some potatoes, that have been genetically tweaked so they don't brown as quickly after being cut? The genetic modification was done using the CRISPR method which apparently is not subject to USDA regulations. Click here

That's about it from me for this week. Don't forget that there are more articles of potential interest on our website,
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Bloggers Corner
Democracy in Action
By Florence Vincent

I'm sharing this fascinating journey I'm on with my new found friends. A journey I would welcome you to join. Since getting involved in the Democrats monthly Legislative District (LD2) meetings I have seen the meetings grow from 8-10 people to 20-30 people. It's happening because people want change and change happens from the bottom up. And the LD2 meetings are the bottom, (on the 1st Monday of each month)! You could become a PCO, Precinct Committee Officer. It means you vote on the people who move up the ladder. You can run for office from there, or just be involved. You'll be creating the changes you want to see in our government, in our lives. Since the March 26th Caucus, when the state overwhelmingly voted for Bernie Sanders to be our nominee for President, we have been organizing for the next caucus on April 17th. The lucky people who were elected as delegates and alternates on March 26th, must attend the April 17th caucus for your nominee to keep their votes. It's at Ridgeline Middle School, 10605 Carter St SE, Yelm and starts at 1pm. From there the delegates and alternates, some 400+, gets narrowed down and about 60 go on. 17,000 statewide delegates will become the approx 118 who'll attend the National Convention in Philadelphia in July!

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Earth Watch

Mount Aso volcano erupts following violent earthquake streak in Japan
After a series of deadly earthquakes in Japan, a “small-scale” eruption of Mount Aso has been recorded by the Japan Meteorological Agency. However, it decided to keep the alert level at 2, as it was not immediately clear whether the natural disasters were related. Plumes of smoke rose some 100 meters into the sky, according to local media and videos captured by witnesses. The eruption of Mt. Aso, located in southern Japan, was recorded at around 11:30pm GMT Friday. Since small eruptions had been recorded at Mt. Aso even before the series of deadly quakes hit the area on Thursday and Friday, the Japanese Meteorological Agency has reportedly decided to keep the alert level at 2 on a scale of 1-5. The volcano eruption follows two deadly earthquakes and dozens of powerful aftershocks that devastated Japan earlier this week. On Friday (1:25am Saturday local time) a violent 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the city of Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu. At least 11 people have so been confirmed dead in the disaster so far, while several dozens are feared to still be trapped under the rubble. Some 760 were treated in hospitals while rescue teams continue to search ruined houses.

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Greenland is melting way ahead of schedule
To say the 2016 Greenland melt season is off to the races is an understatement. Warm, wet conditions rapidly kicked off the melt season this weekend, more than a month-and-a-half ahead of schedule. It has easily set a record for earliest melt season onset, and marks the first time it’s begun in April. Little to no melt through winter is the norm as sub-zero temperatures keep Greenland’s massive ice sheet, well, on ice. Warm weather usually kicks off the melt season in late May or early June, but this year is a bit different. Record warm temperatures coupled with heavy rain mostly sparked 12 percent of the ice sheet to go into meltdown mode (hat tip to Climate Home’s Megan Darby). Almost all the melt is currently centered around southwest Greenland. According to Polar Portal, which monitors all things ice-related in the Arctic, melt season kicks off when 10 percent of the ice sheet experiences surface melt. The previous record for earliest start was May 5, 2010. This April kickoff is so bizarrely early, scientists who study the ice sheet checked their analysis to make sure something wasn’t amiss before making the announcement. “We had to check that our models were still working properly,” Peter Langen, a climate scientist at the Denmark Meteorological Institute (DMI), told the Polar Portal.

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Nature Watch

Pollen becoming bee junk food as CO2 rises
Bees may need their own supplemental protein shakes as increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere saps the nutritional quality of pollen. Pollen collected from plants gives bees their only natural source of protein (nectar is a sugar-shot for energy). Yet protein content in pollen of a widespread goldenrod species (Solidago canadensis) dwindled by a third, from about 18 percent to 12 percent, over 172 years, according to analysis of recently collected flowers and of preserved specimens at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. During those same years, CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere increased from about 280 parts per million to 398 ppm, researchers report April 12 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The same themes also showed up in two years of growing the goldenrod at CO2 concentrations up to 500 ppm. More CO2 meant less concentrated protein in pollen, say Lewis Ziska of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md., and his colleagues. “It’s like you’re eating a starchier diet — what would that do to us?” says study coauthor Joan Edwards of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. “Bees aren’t so different.”

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GMO Watch

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has ruled that a white button mushroom that was genetically modified using the CRISPR method is not subject to USDA regulations. The white button mushroom, like the Arctic Apple and some genetically modified potatoes, has been tweaked so that it doesn't brown as quickly when cut and subjected to oxygen. Produce typically browns when it comes into contact with oxygen because of an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase. So, in the case of this white button mushroom, a plant pathologist named Yinong Yang from Penn State University used CRISPR to delete some of the genes that create that enzyme. With the process, he was able to dull the browning enzyme's work by about 30 percent. In a letter, the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service writes, "APHIS has concluded that your CRISPR/Cas9-edited white button mushrooms as described in your letter do not contain any introduced genetic material. APHIS has no reason to believe that CRISPR/Cas9-edited white button mushrooms are plant pests." Older methods of genetic modification involve introducing bacteria or viruses as tools to alter DNA. And because those organisms could become what the USDA calls "plant pests," they regulate the plants that are modified in this way.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

Weekends in April, 4pm to 7pm: ART SHOW - The Triad Art Gallery presents "Images of the Northwest"
CLICK HERE to see a preview and pictures from Opening Night.

April 16th, 4pm to 7pm: Sylvia Keeslar's Memorial
Please come celebrate this remarkable woman's history with us. Bring Supplies.

April 17th @ 1pm: "The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest" - different episodes in the series run every Sunday in April starting at 1pm - FREE (your generous donations are always welcome). Details from "TTAC": Let’s end the cancer pandemic once and for all! Every single day, tens of thousands of people, just like you, are curing cancer (and/or preventing it) from destroying their bodies. It’s time to take matters into our own hands and educate ourselves on real prevention and treatments. It could save your life or someone you love. Doctors, researchers, experts and survivors show you exactly “how-to” prevent and treat cancer in “The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest.”

April 30th: Miceal Returns
Details to be announced soon - Save the date.

May 6th @ 8pm: Seis De Mayo - Live Comedy
Tickets available now on-line by CLICKING HERE. $15 on-line, $20 at the door. Details on our website at

May 7th: Yelm Chamber Orchestra and Choir
Details to be announced soon - Save the date.

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April 10am to 6pm: Paradise Organics now open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
We have vegetable starts, soil amendments, organic chicken feed and free range organic chicken eggs. Raw unfiltered local and pure honey is available as well.
Hours: 10:00 - 6 PM Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Please call for availability of fresh vegetables. 360-894-1328.

April 16th, 2pm to 5pm: Rally Against the Superdelegates!
Submitted by MC2020 reader Carolyn S.
72% of Washington voted for Bernie Sanders, but all of Washington state’s superdelegates are choosing Hillary Clinton. Is the Democratic Party actually democratic? Come to Olympia to tell the Superdelegates to respect the choice of Washington!
Saturday, April 16 at 2 PM - 5 PM
416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98504
(The steps of the Legislature)
Find this event and ride share info on Facebook: click here
This flyer and event are NOT sponsored by the Bernie Sanders campaign, but started by grassroots Bernie activists and folks committed to democracy.

April 16th @ 5pm: Blue Lotus Lumine Holistic Spa - Grand Opening
404 1st ST S, Yelm, WA, 98597
Detox, Relax, rejuvenate in our European Sauna and mild Hyperbaric Chamber with Oxygen, and in our jetted soaking tub and Light Therapy, Aromatouch Massage and Magnet Therapy with Accu Touch (which vaporises Morgellons ), get a free Bio Survey Body scan with your first visit, enjoy Doterra, Seacret dead sea minerals for a mini vacation.

May 7th @ 7:30pm: A Recital to Benefit The Phoenix Rising School
Pamela Roberts-Aue and The Phoenix Rising School Present
Greg Dempster, piano
Pamela Dare, soprano
In a Recital to Benefit The Phoenix Rising School
Works by Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, Chopin, Barber, Liszt
This event will be held at The Commons, Yelm Middle School, 402 Yelm Avenue West, Yelm, WA 98597
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In The News

Venezuela nears total collapse as government now unable to provide food, water, electricity and protection for citizens
Every day seems to bring new evidence that Venezuela's transition from a market-based economy to a socialist one is proving to be every bit as ill-advised as it has sounded from day one. The country is now nearing total collapse as the government is failing miserably to provide its citizens with basic necessities such as water, food, electricity and protection. Meanwhile, inflation is set to exceed 700 percent this year. The socialist policies put in place by the late Hugo Chavez and perpetuated by current president Nicolas Maduro are driving the country to complete collapse. The fall in oil prices isn't helping matters, as the nation heavily relies on oil exports. Medical suppliers are cutting off shipments, and health organizations warn that people are dying from a lack of medicine. Unrest is rising dangerously, with protesters regularly clashing with police in bloody demonstrations. Zero Hedge reports that morgues are overflowing as the country descends into chaos, and collapse is pretty much inevitable. Violence is rising sharply, with murders rising dramatically.

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Over 40 killed in Saudi Arabia, Yemen floods
Over 40 people have been killed after heavy rains caused severe flooding in Saudi Arabia and Yemen this week.  According to the General Directorate of Saudi Civil Defence, rains and flooding claimed lives of 18 people throughout Saudi Arabia and more than 900 had to be rescued inside their vehicles. The directorate added that floodwaters inundated roadways in Riyadh, Mecca and the mountainous south. Deaths were reported across the country, from Riyadh to Hail, Makkah, Madina, Al Baha, Asir, Najran and Jazan. A tornado was reported in the country's southwest. Widespread flooding in Yemen killed at least 24 people, as of late Thursday, April 14, and caused the collapse of small dams, including two north of the capital, Sanaa. 16 were killed over the past 24 hours, mostly in Omran and Haja provinces. Damage to property in Yemen was particularly heavy, with rushing muddy water cutting off roads and sweeping away cars and cattle, Gulf News reported. Besides Hajjah and Omran, unusually heavy rainfall has also hit Sanaa and the southern port of Aden.

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Water Watch

Global leaders are very worried about water shortages
Secret conversations between American diplomats show how a growing water crisis in the Middle East destabilized the region, helping spark civil wars in Syria and Yemen, and how those water shortages are spreading to the United States. Classified U.S. cables reviewed by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting show a mounting concern by global political and business leaders that water shortages could spark unrest across the world, with dire consequences. Many of the cables read like diary entries from an apocalyptic sci-fi novel. “Water shortages have led desperate people to take desperate measures with equally desperate consequences,” according to a 2009 cable sent by U.S. Ambassador Stephen Seche in Yemen as water riots erupted across the country. On Sept. 22 of that year, Seche sent a stark message to the U.S. State Department in Washington relaying the details of a conversation with Yemen’s minister of water, who “described Yemen’s water shortage as the ‘biggest threat to social stability in the near future.’ He noted that 70 percent of unofficial roadblocks stood up by angry citizens are due to water shortages, which are increasingly a cause of violent conflict.”

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Technology Watch

Canadian police intercepted 1mn messages using BlackBerry's master encryption key
Canadian police have reportedly been in possession of a BlackBerry master encryption key for the past six years, which has been used to intercept over one million messages. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) managed to intercept messages sent through the phone's BBM service, according to court documents obtained by Vice News and Motherboard. The papers indicate that the RCMP keeps a server in Ottawa which “simulates a mobile device that receives a message intended for [the rightful recipient].” From there, the “BlackBerry interception and processing system” decrypts the message using the master key. In a technical report attempting to reveal the significance of the key, filed with Superior Court of Quebec, the RCMP said it had obtained “the key that would unlock the doors of all the houses of the people who use the provider's services, and that, without their knowledge.” It is unclear how the police obtained the key, and neither the RCMP nor BlackBerry has confirmed that the phone manufacturer handed it over. Both parties reportedly fought against a judge's order to release more information about their working relationship. It is also unknown whether the key has since been changed, or if the police are continuing to intercept messages.

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Science Watch

'Love Handles' Transformed into Insulin-Producing Cells
A body part that many would wish away — their love handles — can be turned it into life-saving transplant: Researchers reprogramed fat cells from a person's waistline into pancreatic cells capable of producing the crucial hormone insulin. If further testing shows that the cells are safe to implant into a person's body, and effectively produce insulin once they are there, they could one day be used to treat people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, experts say. In a petri dish, researchers coaxed these reprogrammed pancreatic cells, called beta cells, to produce ample amounts of the hormone insulin, which helps the body turn food into fuel for muscles and organs such as the brain. "We're very confident that we're the closest to natural beta cells which you can get," said study co-author Martin Fussenegger, a bioengineer at ETH Zurich, a science and technology university in Switzerland.

Blood sugar regulation
Normally, when food is broken down, levels of glucose (or sugar) rise in the blood, and in response, the cells of the pancreas produce insulin and release it into the bloodstream. Insulin then binds to receptors on cells throughout the body, essentially unlocking them and allowing body cells to absorb glucose from the bloodstream and use it for energy.

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Pamela Roberts-Aue and The Phoenix Rising School Present
Greg Dempster, piano
Pamela Dare, soprano
In a Recital to Benefit The Phoenix Rising School
Works by Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, Chopin, Barber, Liszt

7.30PM, Saturday 7 May 2016
The Commons, Yelm Middle School
402 Yelm Avenue West
Yelm, WA 98597

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