MastersConnection 2020
Issue 466 In This Issue February 20th, 2016

Editors Corner

Greetings
Did you know that the FDA will apparently start monitoring glyphosate levels in various foods? Apparently the monitoring will start some time this year. Click here

Speaking of food, have you heard that almond growers in California are having trouble with hired bees being stolen? Apparently the nut growers are having trouble securing enough bees as it is, without them being stolen. Click here

Nature can be formidable at times. The Fiji islands are finding this out first hand with cyclone Winston, a category 5 cyclone, bearing down on them. This is believed to be the strongest in history to hit the area. Click here

And while nature can be formidable, it can also be beautiful. You may have heard of the Amazon's boiling river, but have you seen the rainbow trees of Hawaii? Or the glowing sparkles in the waters of Vaadhoo? Click here

There's more, but I will leave the rest for you to discover and enjoy.
Have a wonderful week.

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Weather Watch

Cyclone Winston: Fiji on 'Total Public Curfew' as Category 5 Cyclone Bears Down
Fiji was hunkering down ahead of a huge cyclone packing winds of 186 miles per hour that was bearing down on the Pacific island nation on Saturday. Cyclone Winston was forecast to pass between the two main populated islands overnight. A "total public curfew" was put into effect across the country by the National Disaster Management ahead of the Category 5 Tropical Cyclone making landfall. Domestic and international flights have been canceled and authorities were urging people to secure their homes and not venture outside. Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama wrote on Facebook Saturday that the island's evacuation centers were operational and the government was prepared to deal with a potential crisis. "As a nation, we are facing an ordeal of the most grievous kind," he wrote. "We must stick together as a people and look after each other." Bainimarama said he was concerned some people in the cities weren't taking the threat seriously enough. The U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center said gusts from the cyclone were reaching 224 mph.

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Food Watch

FDA to test foods for controversial herbicide
The U.S. government will test various foods for exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in several herbicides. Tests on foods including soybeans, corn, milk and eggs are set to begin this year, says Food and Drug Administration spokesperson Lauren Sucher. In 2014, the Government Accountability Office called on the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to strengthen their monitoring of glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world. Previously, methods for such testing would have been too costly and labor intensive, Sucher says, but new methods now make it more feasible.   Evidence for glyphosate’s ill effects is mixed and often clouded by spin on both sides. But there is little doubt that human exposure has increased along with a sharp increase in the herbicide’s use. Introduced in the 1970s in Monsanto’s Roundup, glyphosate soon dominated the pesticide market; more than 250 million pounds are applied yearly to agricultural lands in the United States today. Initially, the herbicide, which interferes with an essential enzyme found in plants, was primarily used to clear weeds from fields before planting.

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On The Lighter Side

Thought the Amazon's boiling river was bizarre?
Nature's other surreal spectacles include flowering deserts and rainbow trees

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Firefall phenomenon shines bright in Yosemite National Park as waterfall reflects the setting sun in perfect weather conditions

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Incredible glacier art pays homage to our disappearing ice

Diane Burko has a penchant for glaciers. Her paintings and photographs of frozen landscapes evoke the sensation that you’re standing on ice that could soon melt away — as ice these days is wont to do. “I always say that I think ice is a real indicator of climate change,” Burko says. “It’s sort of my niche.”

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RSE Newsletter

Global Warming Shattering Records Now and RSE’s Longstanding Culture of Sovereignty:
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Love – The Art of Creation February 6, 2016 – Event Links:
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“More than half the world suffers from ‘severe’ water scarcity, scientists say”:
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“E.T. Intervention Prevented Nuclear War, Says Former Apollo Astronaut”:
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Headline News: “Retired priest: ‘Hell’ was invented by the church to control people with fear”:
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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

February 19th, 20th, & 22nd @ 7:30pm: LIVE STREAM- DAVID WILCOCK 3 NIGHT SEMINAR
Doors open at 7pm and Live Stream Starts at 7:30pm $25 per night or all three nights $65. Visit the Conscious Life Expo WEBSITE for more information. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
Topics each night:
- 19th: History of the Secret Space Program with Corey Goode.
- 20th: Revealing the Secret Space Program.
- 22nd: Spontaneous Ascension, the latest evidence.

February 26th thru March 13th: THEATRICAL PRODUCTION - Standing Room Only is back with "The Importance of Being Earnest" an Oscar Wilde classic. In this hilarious comedy, pandemonium ensues when a duplicitous duo of wealthy playboys find themselves together, both masquerading as the same person, with each wooing a different woman. All amid a flurry of mistaken identity, witty banter and cucumber sandwiches!
To see Show times and purchase tickets CLICK HERE Tickets also available at The Triad Theater.

March 1st @ 7pm: Miracles & Inspirations - News not on TV with Scott Mowry
Cost: $10

To stay in the know in the now…
Website - www.TheTriadArtsTheater.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/triadtheater
Email us at thetriadtheater@gmail.com

Community Calendar

We do love to hear from you especially about community events that you think our readers ought to know about. So, thanks and keep the info flowing.

March 4, 5:30pm to 10:30pm: Center for Self Governance class
The Center for Self Governance (CSG) is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to training citizens in applied civics. CSG teaches unconventional, tried and tested techniques in applied civics proven to Keep the Republic. CSG training puts you, the citizen, in the drivers seat of self governance. Click here for full text
This class will be held in Rainier. Call or email Marian Clements for further details or questions. 360-446-7724 tablet@fairpoint.net

In The News

DoJ files motion to force Apple to crack San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone
The US Department of Justice is escalating its legal fight against Apple, asking a federal judge to compel the company to comply with the FBI’s order to open the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Congress should resolve the dispute over encryption between Apple and the US Department of Justice, senior Apple executives said in a media conference call on Friday, Reuters reported. Company executives expressed dismay at the DOJ’s demand that the tech company create software to break through the encryption of an iPhone used by one of the attackers in the December 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting. They said such an official request was not appropriate for the US, considering its history of strong civil liberties protections. This follows Apple CEO Tim Cook denouncing the court order in an open letter on Tuesday, in which he said that the kind of access that the FBI is seeking would reduce security for all iPhone users. "The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand," Cook wrote.

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Bee thieves a buzz killjoy for almond growers
Nothing is more important to a robust almond harvest than a bee, so much so that farmers pay top dollar to borrow the pesky buggers for a growing season. But this year, soaring bee rental fees for California's $6 billion almond crop are attracting a swarm of recent hive heists and leading to stinging losses for beekeepers. It also has created angst for some nut growers as they cope with higher costs and scramble to secure enough honeybee colonies in their orchards for the almond pollination process that begins this month. "It seems to be picking up this year," said Butte County Sheriff's Detective Jay Freeman, who has been tracking recent bee thefts. "That could be due to the increased prices and pollination fees and also a shortage of bees coming into California as well." At least a half dozen honeybee thefts have been reported this year in five counties — Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Kern and Sutter. Some beekeepers have estimated their losses could reach $100,000 for the theft of hundreds of hives they rent out to pollinate almonds and other crops. To discourage and trace theft, honeybee boxes, lids and pallets in use typically have distinctive markings or hive frames branded with official numbers.

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Technology Watch

New Hampshire introduces US-first bill over Tor privacy software
A new bill has been introduced by state legislators in New Hampshire to allow public libraries run privacy software, such as Tor. It is the first law of this kind in the US. The legislation comes after last year's incident in Lebanon, New Hampshire, when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) caused a Tor relay to be removed from the Kilton Public Library. Tor allows internet traffic to be bounced over three relays, using three layers of encryption, making the original IP address undetectable. The traffic passes through a final "exit relay" before reaching its final destination, and the IP address of that last relay is signaled as the source of the traffic (rather than its actual source IP address). As they conceal the original IP address, Tor exit relays are sometimes used for illegal activity online, drawing the attention of law enforcement agencies. The Department of Homeland Security emailed the local police about Kilton Public Library’s use of the anonymous internet browsing service last September, leading to a meeting between local law enforcement, city officials, and the library. The Tor relay at the library was suspended for a week before being restored after a vote by the library board of trustees.

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‘I would eat my shoe’: McAfee tells FBI he can open San Bernardino iPhone for free
John McAfee, a computer security pioneer, has offered to crack a phone belong to a San Bernardino shooter free of charge in just three weeks – if the agency drops its “back door” order to Apple, which he says is “the beginning of the end of the US.” “I work with a team of the best hackers on the planet,” McAfee wrote in an op-ed on Business Insider. “I will, free of charge, decrypt the information on the San Bernardino phone, with my team.” On Wednesday, Apple rejected the FBI’s request “to build a back door to the iPhone” used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. The iPhone 5C, used by Syed Rizwan Farook, has an auto-erase function which destroys all of its encrypted data if it detects a hacker. Apple said on Wednesday that it would appeal a California judge’s order to help prosecutors unlock the encrypted iPhone. The FBI called it "reasonable technical assistance," stressing that it would only apply to San Bernardino case. “This is a black day and the beginning of the end of the US as a world power,” McAfee wrote in his piece, which reads like a kudos to Apple’s Tim Cook, who refused to assist the feds.

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Health Watch

Air pollution is so bad in China, it's turning womens' facial skin BLACK
It's a well-known fact that air pollution is a major problem in China – millions of Chinese citizens die each year from pollution-related health problems – but respiratory ailments are not the only problems caused by the unrelenting smog. A recent report revealed that air pollution in China and Germany (the countries where the large-scale research study was performed) is also responsible for the formation of lentigines – dark areas of skin also called "liver spots."

Head researcher Jean Krutmann, MD, of the IUF–Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Dusseldorf, said: In addition to particulate matter, traffic-related air pollution is characterized by increased concentration of nitrogen dioxide (NO2). While NO2 exposure is known to be associated with low lung function and lung cancer, the effect of NO2 on human skin has never been investigated. This is important because environmentally-induced lung and skin aging appear to be closely related.

The study involved 806 Caucasian German women and 743 Han Chinese women from the Taizhou region. The exposure to NO2 among these two groups was found to cause the formation lentigines on the facial area.

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