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Issue 482 In This Issue June 18th, 2016

Editors Corner

Are you aware that the temperatures in Monnesota last week got so hot that the roads started to buckle? I don't think it got quite as bad as the main image for the article might have you believe (that's just a "stock" image), but the roads did get bad enough to send some vehicles airborne. Click here

Speaking of heat, did you know that a couple of weeks ago, Greenland was hotter then New York? Greenland rarely ever gets above 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10C) around this time of the year but a few weeks ago it got up to 75F (about 24C)! That's pretty warm for a place "that is basically one huge ice cube". Click here

Technology can and give us practically instant access to lots of information but can also be a source of distraction, sometimes welcome, sometimes not. Have you ever wondered if technology, with all it's distracting capabilities, can actually give us the info or messages we need without distracting us from what we need to be doing? Tristan Harris, in his wonderful TED Talk, believes it can. Click here

That's about it from me for this week.
Enjoy this newsletter and have a wonderful week.

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Nature Watch

Plants have an immune system, too. It’s called soil.
Organic agriculture has long focused on fortifying soils to provide a sort of immune system for crops. Rather than fighting diseases after they arrive, the thinking goes, make crops sturdy enough so they don’t get sick in the first place. And it works: There’s evidence that the right soil makes for healthier plants — but we’ve never understood exactly how it works. Without some rudimentary understanding of the process, it’s impossible to separate useful techniques from mysticism and snake oil. Science writer Carl Zimmer recently summed up in the New York Times what scientists have learned about soils that act like immune systems. It turns out that healthy plants love company. Soils swarming with microbes protect against disease because there’s just no room for pathogens to get a foothold. It’s called competitive inhibition. Plants can also summon helpful soil microbes to launch counterattacks against specific pathogens.

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In The News

Welcome to the future, where it’s so hot roads are buckling
Talk about a hot dish. A heat wave in Minnesota last week saw temperatures reaching into the mid-90s. And while Minnesota is no stranger to extreme weather, the rapid temperature rise caused roads in the scorched state to buckle under the sun and send unsuspecting vehicles airborne, as CityLab reports. A Minnesota Department of Transportation camera caught the action on Highway 36 this weekend:

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European Union officials outraged by glyphosate opposition as Germany, Italy and France refuse to relicense herbicide
Within a matter of weeks, glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, declared a likely human carcinogen by the World Health Organization last spring, may no longer be approved for use in Europe. As we reported recently, the European Union is scrambling to reach an agreement regarding the relicensing of the world's most widely used herbicide; however, time is running out, and instead of caving to pressure from companies like Monsanto, member countries are standing firm in their decision not to approve glyphosate renewal. Establishment lawmakers controlled by the special interests of agrochemical companies have expressed outrage regarding EU member countries' reluctance to endorse the renewal of Monsanto's herbicide. The EU's health chief was reportedly "fuming" last week, after several key nations including Germany, Italy and France abstained from the June 6 vote to temporarily extend market approval of glyphosate for 12 to 18 months pending further scientific review.

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Earth Watch

Massive sinkholes in Texas could combine to form even massiver sinkhole
Welcome to West Texas, where sometimes the ground just opens up under your feet. Two existing sinkholes — one in the adorably named town of Wink, the other in the absurdly named town of Kermit — are about a mile away from each other, but data suggests they might be expanding. Researchers from Southern Methodist University analyzed radar images of the area and found some hints of movement in the surrounding ground. If the sinkholes keep growing, it’s possible they will merge into one supermassive sinkhole. And that would be a big problem indeed. “This area is heavily populated with oil and gas production equipment and installations, hazardous liquid pipelines, as well as two communities,” said study author Jin-Woo Kim in a press release. “A collapse could be catastrophic.” Sinkholes are not uncommon in this part of West Texas, thanks to the area’s prolific oil and gas industries. These particular sinkholes, however, are large even by Texas standards: The hole in Wink, which formed in 1980, is 361 feet across — or the length of a football field — and its neighbor in Kermit varies between 600 and 900 feet across. Both are over 100 feet deep.

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Technology Watch

Fancy streetlights save a lot of energy but steal your sleep
Getting politicians to agree on climate-change policy is usually about as easy as settling a bar fight. Cities spend decades squabbling over parking, public transit, and how much hassle people should have to go through before they can put up solar panels. But there is one high-wattage exception to all of this: LED streetlights. They last forever and save city budgets a whole lot of cheddar. As a result, 10 percent of the country’s streetlights have gone LED without much fuss. Is there a hitch? There’s always a hitch. This week, the American Medical Association (AMA) released a policy statement declaring that LED streetlights are a public health risk, because the strong bluish tint of LED lights interferes with our production of the hormone melatonin, making it harder to fall and stay asleep. Streetlights also compete with the moon. The glare-off between the two has a documented history of messing with bird migration, baby turtle survival, salmon spawning, and lightning bug sex. Because LEDs are brighter and bluer (more moon-like) than the lights they replace, they take a bad situation for animals and make it badder.

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June 23rd, 4pm to 9pm: Beer & Brats Fest!
Join the Yelm Cooperative for the 4th Annual Beer & Brats Fest at the Yelm Co-op / Gordon's Garden Center! Watch the Prairie Days Parade with a cold beer in one hand and a delicious brat in the other! This year's brats will be supplied by Blu Nynja Dogs of Yelm Farmers Market fame, and the Wine Cellar of Yelm will also be on hand for wine lovers.

June 28th 6:30pm to 8pm: It’s a Party!! Come Play Essential Oil BINGO!!
There will be lots of prizes, snacks and free stuff. We promise you will learn and laugh. Bring a friend, and join us for a fun evening.
Location: Yelm doTERRA classroom, 17008 146th Ave SE, Yelm
Hosted by: Anita Marriott and Jan Jones More info: 360-458-4500

Climate Watch

Greenland was hotter than New York City last week
Greenland, the Arctic nation that is basically one huge ice cube, is feeling rather balmy lately. The island experienced the highest temperatures ever recorded on June 9, when air temperature in Nuuk, the capital city, soared to 75 degrees F. While that may seem like no sweat, the average high for this time of year between 1961 and 1990 was just 44 degrees F, and even Greenland’s hottest month rarely broke 50. But that was then. That record-breaking day in June was hotter in Nuuk than it was in New York City, while a heat wave in April saw warmer weather in Greenland than in Boston. All this hot air caused Greenland’s sea ice, which is the size of Texas, to begin thawing nearly six weeks before normal this year. The rapid melting of over 12 percent of the ice sheet was so unusual in April that Danish Meteorological Institute scientist Peter Langen said they “had to check that our models were still working properly.”

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California’s trees are thirstier than a college kid with a hangover
California won’t be throwing much shade this summer. It would need trees to do that. Last year, almost 30 million trees died in the Golden State — and that number is expected to double or triple by the end of 2016. The high mortality rates come at a time when the state needs healthy forests most, with climate change looming always and a La Niña — El Niño’s dry hermana — on the way. The likely outcome? California’s landscape will radically transform, starting with a surge of wildfires that will trigger mudslides, diminished water quality, and the rise of new vegetation. None of this should be surprising, considering the stress California’s forests have been under. The Golden State is facing its fifth year of severe drought — one of its driest periods in the last century. “Tree mortality will continue until drought conditions subside,” says John Heil, press officer at the U.S. Forest Service. That has left millions of trees thirstier than a college kid with a hangover.

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TED Talks

How better tech could protect us from distraction
Tristan Harris

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Calendar of Events

Weekendz, Noon to 4pm: Shitzale continuez by popular demandz

Sundays in June, 1pm to 4pm: Art Classes - Charcoals & Acrylics
CLICK HERE for details and enrollment information. Taught by Artist Susan Tabor.

June 18th @ 7pm: MOVIE - Consumed
This dramatic thriller explores the complex world of genetically modified food. The story is anchored by a working class, single Mother on a hunt to uncover the cause of her son's mysterious illness. Interwoven are the stories of an organic farmer, the CEO of a biotechnology corporation, two Scientists on the verge of a major discovery, and an ex-Cop caught in the middle of it all. Cost: $8

June 19th, 1pm to 4pm: Art Classes - Acrylics begin
Only $15 per lesson. Contact to enroll.

June 21st @ 7pm: Scott Mowry translates todays news in Miracles & Inspiration.
Cost: $10.

June 22nd @ 7pm: (donations only) Focus Group
This will be followed by Matt Kahn.

June 23rd @ 7pm: Yelm Prairie Days Parade starts
Prairie Days Celebration in Yelm June 23rd, 24th, & 25th.

June 24th @ 7pm: LAURA EISENHOWER with Brooks Agnew & hosted by Miceal
Available on our website here: Laura E. REG/VIP tickets Only 7 VIP seats remain. Who is she? FIND OUT HERE

June 25th @ 3pm: Early Bird Movie - Quartet
The plot takes place in Beecham House, a retirement home for former professional musicians, patterned after the real-life Casa di Riposo per Musicisti founded by Giuseppe Verdi. Cost: $8

June 25th: Fireside Chat & Dinner with LAURA EISENHOWER
Only 10 seats (20 if weather is good). $125 Available on our website here Laura E. Fireside Chat/Dinner

July 6th/7th: Lecture & Workshop with Psychic SOLRETA ANTARIA
For those interested in Lecture only on July 6th is $15. Workshop is on July 7th. Cost for both nights is $100. Workshop held offsite under the stars. Available on our website here: Psychic Solreta Antaria

July 13th @ 7pm: Martine Kraft - Composer and Virtuoso performs LIVE on The Triad Stage
Cost: $20. Links: Martine Kraft Tickets   Visit Martine's Website

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