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Issue 487 In This Issue July 23rd, 2016

Editors Corner

Did you know that when a honeybee colony gets too warm, some of the bees go and collect water specifically to help cool the hive? As a hive heats up, some bees start using their wings to move hot air out, while others move outside to help open up passage ways and reduce body heat. If the core is still not being cooled enough, some of the bees are sent to get water. Click here

While we're on the subject of nature, are you aware that some species of trees talk to other species? Apparently they exchange information as well as nutrients. Trees also seem to recognize their own offspring and give them preferential treatment and more supporting nutrients compared to offspring of the same species but different parent. Click here

Have you ever created garden beds with treated lumber or cinder blocks? You may know that the chemicals in treated lumber can be toxic and can leach in to the soil, but did you know that cinder blocks may also contain toxic substances? Click here

There's more, but I will leave the rest for you to discover and enjoy.
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Bloggers Corner
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
By Florence Vincent

Our Legislative district 2 senator, Randi Becker is a member of the ALEC Education Task Force and will probably be attending their 2016 Annual Meeting July 27-29th in Indianapolis, Indiana. Interestingly enough, our former Senator Marilyn Rasmussen was once a member of ALEC. ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wish-lists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. These corporations pay for a seat on key ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. David & Charles Koch are the right-wing billionaire co-owners of Koch Industries. As two of the richest people in the world, they are key funders of the right-wing infrastructure, including ALEC. Some dangerous ALEC-backed bills include Stand Your Ground; Voter Suppression laws; reducing or eliminating income taxes (for the wealthy); blocking paid sick leave bills; attacking efforts to raise wages; taking down state renewable energy standards; banning the exposure of unsafe or cruel farm practices; eliminating transparency in healthcare.

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Something Worth Knowing

The Toxic Truth About Cinder Blocks Every Homesteader Should Know
Planning to add some raised beds to your homestead this year? Raised beds are excellent for those who need more compact gardens or those who have back or knee pain, as they eliminate the necessity of bending down to weed the rows. Natural rock can be used to create raised beds. Think of the stone fences frequently seen throughout the countryside. Most of these barriers were constructed out of rocks gathered from the adjacent fields. Although you may not be able to gather enough rocks from your homestead alone, visiting with a local building contractor may allow you the opportunity to glean rocks from new construction sites for the amount needed for your project. Of course, raised gardens also can be constructed out of lumber. Cedar is a popular choice, since it is resistant to wood rot and deters termites. Avoid using treated lumber of any kind. Treated lumber can harbor toxic chemicals that will leach into the soil, contaminating both the soil and plants grown in the affected soil. The same can be said for railroad ties and other scrap lumber of unknown origins. In an effort to save time and money, many homesteaders have turned to using cinder blocks, new and reclaimed, to build raised beds on their property. Although cinder blocks are relatively easy to obtain, are simple to work with and last for years with very little maintenance, there are a few safety concerns that should be addressed.

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In The News

New DNC email leak reveals anti-Sanders bias, pro-Clinton collusion among top officials
A WikiLeaks dump of nearly 20,000 Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails, the supposedly neutral governing organization of the Democratic Party, indicates that the committee strategized with the Clinton campaign and plotted against Bernie Sanders.

Collusion with Clinton and the media
A communication from late May laid out the pros and cons of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz accepting an invitation to CBS’s 'Face the Nation', and indicated that the DNC was plotting its moves based on what would be amenable to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. “Clinton campaign is a mess, they’re afraid of their own shadow and didn’t like that we engaged,” DNC communications director Luis Miranda wrote. “But they’ll be unhappy regardless, so better to get out there and do some strong pivots and land good punches on Trump. They can’t tell us NOT to do TV right now, we shouldn’t pull ourselves out until they actually do.” “It’s clear that Bernie messed up and that we’re on the right side of history,” Miranda wrote in another bullet point, referring to the Nevada convention. “Let's take this offline,” Wasserman Schultz said in response. “I basically agree with you."

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Monsanto Roundup Is Used on Wildlands, but No One Knows How Much
As I write this, I’m looking out at a salt marsh that requires regular spraying with the herbicide glyphosate (sold by Monsanto as Roundup) to keep it from being smothered under dense, eight-foot-high stands of an invasive grass called phragmites. At a nearby lake where I’m a member of a rowing club, the aquatic vegetation is now so dense that it’s being treated with another herbicide called flumioxazin. And along the roads back and forth, even more herbicides get applied, to keep down weedy vegetation along the edges. More than 50 years after Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring first raised the alarm about their uncontrolled use, herbicides are everywhere in North American life. Use of glyphosate alone has increased 15-fold since the introduction of genetically modified Roundup Ready crops in the 1990s. In 2014, that worked out to 250 million pounds of the stuff—eight-tenths of a pound for every acre of U.S. cropland. And it’s not just about agriculture. A new study in the Journal of Applied Ecology attempts for the first time to add up herbicide use on North American wildlands.

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Weather Watch

‘Atomic blast from Mother Nature’: Chopper cameraman captures incredible storm burst

A cameraman for a local television station in Phoenix, Arizona, couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a huge mushroom-cloud shape in the skies while shooting footage from his news helicopter. Being in the right place at the right time, Jerry Ferguson managed to capture the moment perfectly. “Arizona may not get much rain, but when we do, it is dramatic,” he said in a Facebook post. “Here's an aerial photo of a strong microburst that dumped rain and high winds in south Phoenix.

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History Watch

Tiny Notebook Reveals Leonardo Da Vinci’s First Statement Of The Laws Of Friction
A tiny notebook reveals Leonardo Da Vinci’s first statement of the laws of friction. Scribbled notes and sketches on a page in the book have been identified as the place where Leonardo Da Vinci first recorded his understanding of the laws of friction. The old notes were previously dismissed as irrelevant by an art historian, but new research shows they are very significant indeed. The research conducted by Professor Ian Hutchings, Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John’s College also shows that Da Vinci went on to apply this knowledge repeatedly to mechanical problems for more than 20 years. It is widely known that Leonardo conducted the first systematic study of friction, which underpins the modern science of “tribology”, but exactly when and how he developed these ideas has been uncertain until now. Ironically the page had already attracted interest because it also carries a sketch of an old woman in black pencil with a line below reading “cosa bella mortal passa e non dura”, which can be translated as “mortal beauty passes and does not last”. Amid debate surrounding the significance of the quote and speculation that the sketch could represent an aged Helen of Troy, the Director of the V & A in the 1920s referred to the jottings below as “irrelevant notes and diagrams in red chalk”.

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July 30th, Noon to 2:00pm: "Natural Solutions" Intro Class
The Benefits of Using Doterra's Essential Oils and Wellness Products Everyday
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Science Watch

Updated Brain Map Identifies Nearly 100 New Regions
The brain looks like a featureless expanse of folds and bulges, but it’s actually carved up into invisible territories. Each is specialized: Some groups of neurons become active when we recognize faces, others when we read, others when we raise our hands. On Wednesday, in what many experts are calling a milestone in neuroscience, researchers published a spectacular new map of the brain, detailing nearly 100 previously unknown regions — an unprecedented glimpse into the machinery of the human mind. Scientists will rely on this guide as they attempt to understand virtually every aspect of the brain, from how it develops in children and ages over decades, to how it can be corrupted by diseases like Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. “It’s a step towards understanding why we’re we,” said David Kleinfeld, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, who was not involved in the research. Scientists created the map with advanced scanners and computers running artificial intelligence programs that “learned” to identify the brain’s hidden regions from vast amounts of data collected from hundreds of test subjects, a far more sophisticated and broader effort than had been previously attempted.

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Technology Watch

Edward Snowden Develops Phone Case to Alert Users if Their Data is Being Compromised
Three years ago, when Edward Snowden fled from the US and met with reporters in Hong Kong to reveal his reasons for leaving — he asked them to put their phones in the hotel room refrigerator. He asked them to do so in order to block the signals sent to and from the phones. Now, three years later, Snowden and Andrew ‘Bunnie’ Huang have used that same principle to design a phone case that warns users when their data is being monitored. Say hello to the Snowden phone case. Snowden and Huang revealed their plans for the case via video link to an event at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusettes. The duo showed how the device connects to the phone’s radio transmitters and alerts the owner when a cellular, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection is being used to share or receive data. According to Snowden and Huang’s research, the idea to make such a case was inspired by protecting journalists.

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Nature Watch

How trees talk to each other

To douse hot hives, honeybee colonies launch water squadrons
When a honeybee colony gets hot and bothered, the crisis sets tongues wagging. Middle-aged bees stick their tongues into the mouths of their elders, launching these special drinker bees to go collect water. That’s just one detail uncovered during a new study of how a colony superorganism cools in hot weather. Using lightbulbs to make heat waves in beehives, researchers have traced how honeybees communicate about collecting water and work together in deploying it as air-conditioning. The tests show just how important water is for protecting a colony from overheating, Thomas Seeley of Cornell University and his colleagues report online July 20 in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Water collection is an aspect of bee biology that we know little about, says insect physiologist Sue Nicolson of the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Collecting pollen and nectar have gotten more attention, perhaps because honeybees store them. Water mostly gets picked up as needed. Bees often get as much water as they need in the nectar they sip. But they do need extra water at times, such as during overheating in the center of the nest where eggs and young are coddled.

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Space Watch

Perseid Meteor Shower 2016
When, Where & How to See It

The Perseid meteor shower will burst into light this August as Earth passes through the long trail left by Comet Swift-Tuttle — and this year, it's slated to put on a spectacular show. Here's how and when to see the Perseids.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

Weekendz, Noon to 4pm: Shitzale Continuez by popular demanz
Enter through the front Yelm Ave Door. We got some really good Shitz! New Shitz still accepted. Leave it in front of building.

All four Tuesday's in July: A quadruple dose of Scott Mowry!!

July 23rd @ 5pm & 7pm: Winding Stream
Heartwarming story of American Roots Music Dynasty...the Carter Family featuring Johnny Cash, June Carter, Rosanne, Cash, and of Course the Carter Family! Cost: $8. Rated:*****

July 24th, 12:30pm to 6:30pm: CANCELLED - Day of the Dead - Family DNA Liberation Process
Celebrate your ancestors. PLEASE RSVP as lack of participants will make this event un-doable. Cost depends on level of participation. CLICK FOR MORE DETAILSCLICK TO RSVP

July 30th @ 7pm: CANCELLED - Joseph Cerecedes is back with a lecture on pure water education. See for more information.

June 31st @ 3pm: Movie - "Whale Rider", then a Documentary - "The Nisqually Tribe"
In honor of The Nisqually Tribe Canoe Paddle we're showing the movie "Whale Rider" followed by a documentary: "The Nisqually Tribe". $10 for both.

August 5th @ 7pm: Documentary - Minimalism
This documentary is about the important things, it examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life.

August 6th @ 6pm: Miceal returns with "Conversations"
Doors open at 5pm, Cost $35. Registration will be posted soon.

August 26th to 28th: A Midsummer Night's Shakespeare: A Multi-generational Musical for the entire family with a cast of 20 adults and 20 children of all ages. Brought to you by Summerstruck Productions & Standing Room Only Acting Company. Choose from four performances - Friday, August 26th at 7:30pm $10; Saturday, August 27th at 2pm $10; Saturday, August 27th at 7:30pm $10; Sunday, August 28th at 2pm $10
Ticket Link: Shakespeare Production

TBA @ 5pm & 7pm: TWO showings of First Contact
First Contact, narrated by legendary actor James Woods, tells the true story of Darryl Anka’s UFO encounter that led him to channel an extraterrestrial entity called Bashar who delivers powerful messages to humanity. The film explores channeling and the potential positive impact of ET contact on our society.

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