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Wild Bee Population Collapses By 90% In New England, Study Warns 

Researchers from the University of New Hampshire conducted a study to document declines in about 100 wild bee species critical to pollinating crops throughout New England. What they discovered, according to the study, was a collapse in the wild bee population across the state, reported AP. Researchers analyzed 119 species in the state from a museum collection at the college dating back more than a century. Sandra Rehan and Minna Mathiasson published the study in the peer-reviewed journal called Insect and Conservation Diversity this month. They concluded 14 species found across New England were on the decline by as much as 90%. Several of the species include leafcutter and mining bees. “We know that wild bees are greatly at risk and not doing well worldwide,” Rehan, assistant professor of biological sciences and the senior author on the study, said in a prepared statement. “This status assessment of wild bees shines a light on the exact species in decline, besides the well-documented bumblebees. Because these species are major players in crop pollination, it raises concerns about compromising the production of key crops and the food supply in general.” The AP noted that wild bee populations across the world are in decline, and scientists have blamed a wide range of factors including industrialization, insecticides, herbicides, parasites, disease, and climate change. Bees are crucial for pollination, and about one-third of the human...

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Petras: Why Venezuela Has Not Been Defeated

Authored by James Petras via The Unz Review, Introduction Over the past half decade, a small army of US analysts, politicians, academics and media pundits have been predicting the imminent fall, overthrow, defeat and replacement of the Venezuelan government. They have been wrong on all counts, in each and every attempt to foist a US client regime. In fact, most of the US-induced ‘regime change’-efforts have strengthened the support for the Chavez – Maduro government. When the US promoted a military-business coup in 2002, a million poor people surrounded the presidential palace, allied with the military loyalists, defeated the coup. The US lost their assets among their business and military clients, strengthened President Chavez, and radicalized his social program. Likewise, in 2002-03 when state oil company executives launched a lock-out.They were defeated, and hundreds of hardcore US supporters were fired and Washington lost a strategic ally. A more recent example is the overbearing role of President Trump’s bellicose proclamation that the US is prepared to invade Venezuela. His threat aroused massive popular resistance in defense of national independence ,even among discontented sectors of the population. Venezuela is in the vortex of a global struggle which pits the imperial aspirations of Washington against an embattled Venezuela intent on defending its own, and like countries, in support of national and social justice. We will proceed by discussing the multi-sided means and...

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CIA Chief Says Russia And Iran Are New Focus, Praises Trump’s North Korea Efforts

On the same day the Mueller report went public, CIA Director Gina Haspel made a rare public appearance at Auburn University outlining the Central Intelligence Agency’s new priority to better understand “nation-state adversaries such as Russia and Iran,” according to a new WSJ report.  Though she made no mention of the special council’s now public report, she said the agency had made both Russia and Iran a central focus over the past year, shifting resources to these areas to better prepare for the threat.  CIA director Gina Haspel. Image source: CNN “Our Russia and Iran investment has been strengthened after years of falling behind our justifiably heavy emphasis on counter-terrorism” in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Haspel said in the remarks. “We still have a lot of work to do on that front, but we’re making good progress,” she added. She mentioned new potential government adversaries “whether in Moscow, Tehran or Pyongyang” according to the WSJ’s summary of the speech, but also pledged to put continued focus on threats from al-Qaeda and ISIS.  Significantly, it was only the second time the CIA chief had given public remarks since taking the director post last May. She’s seen as having kept a low profile, given her clandestine service background and intelligence community tensions with the Trump White House.  Also interesting is her praise of Trump’s engagement with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un,...

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Ilargi Meijer: “They Were All Lying!”

Authored by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog, A dear friend the other day accused me of defending Trump. I don’t, and never have, but it made me think that if she says it, probably others say and think the same; I’ve written a lot about him. So let me explain once again. Though I think perhaps this has reached a “you’re either with us or against us’ level. What I noticed, and have written a lot about, during and since the 2016 US presidential campaign, is that the media, both in the US and abroad, started making up accusations against Trump from scratch. This included the collusion with Russia accusation that led to the Mueller probe. There was never any proof of the accusation, which is why the conclusion of the probe was No Collusion. I started writing this yesterday while awaiting the presentation of the Mueller report, but it wouldn’t have mattered one way or the other: the accusation was clear, and so was the conclusion. Even if some proof were found through other means going forward, it would still make no difference: US media published over half a million articles on the topic, and not one of them was based on any proof. If that proof had existed, Mueller would have found and used it. And sure, Trump may not be a straight shooter,...

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Distressed Nation: Each American Would Owe $700,000 To Eliminate Worsening Debt Situation

  Truth In Accounting (TIA), a 501(c)(3) – focused on government financial information, published a new report that suggests the federal government’s overall financial conditions worsened by $4.5 trillion in 2018. The report also calculates the actual national debt on a per taxpayer basis. With assets of $3.84 trillion, the federal government’s unfunded obligations and debt total $108.94 trillion, which contributed to a $105 trillion debt burden. “Our elected officials have made repeated financial decisions that have left the federal government with a debt burden of $105 trillion, including unfunded Social Security and Medicare promises. That equates to a $696,000 burden for every federal taxpayer,” TIA states. TIA rated the federal federal government with an “F” for its financial outlook and worsening fiscal situation that could trigger a crisis in the not too distant future. TIA explains that while the $779 billion national deficit is troubling, it doesn’t reflect the true financial situation. “The overall decline in Net Position presents a better picture of the government’s financial decline,” the report states. “The federal government’s financial position continued to deteriorate – and much faster than indicated by the government’s own ‘bottom-line,’” TIA’s Director of Research, Bill Bergman, said. TIA pulled data from the “Financial Report of the U.S. Government” for the fiscal year ending Sept. 2018. TIA’s “bottom line” measures the government’s unfunded debt, jumped by $4 trillion in 2018,...

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