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Another Bumblebee Species Has Been Put On The Endangered Species List In The US

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The first bumblebee in the United States was recently pronounced endangered. Once a common sight, the rusty patch bumblebee is now “balancing precariously on the brink of extinction,” according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The bumblebee previously thrived in 28 states, but has been on a steady decline over the past two decades, with its population dropping by a staggering 87%.

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Of the more than 3,000 species of bees in the United States, about 40 belong to the genus Bombus, including the Bombus affinus — the rusty patched bumblebee.

Are There Other Endangered Bees?

The rusty patched bumblebee is not the first bee in the United States to become endangered, however, as last September seven species of Hawaiian yellow-faced bees received protection under the Endangered Species Act.

What’s Causing These Bees to Disappear?

Multiple factors are at play here. The rusty patched bumblebee, along with seven species of yellow-faced Hawaiian bee species, are suffering from habitat loss, diseases, parasites, pesticides, and climate change. Since bees pollinate a significant portion of our food, this is not an issue we can ignore for much longer.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “Bumblebees are among the most important pollinators of crops such as blueberries, cranberries, and clover and almost the only insect pollinators of tomatoes.”

“The economic value of pollination services provided by native insects (mostly bees) is estimated at $3 billion per year in the United States.”

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What About Advocacy Groups?

There are many groups that are trying to save the bees directly by raising awareness and educating people on what they can do to spread this important message.

One insect advocacy group, Xerces Society, actually sued the federal government for not acting on this matter sooner. “Bumble bees are dying off, vanishing from our farms, gardens, and parks, where they were once found in great numbers,” said Rebecca Riley, Senior Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), who partnered with the group on their case.

General Mills, the company behind many well-known cereal brands, including the popular Honey Nut Cheerios, has recently launched a new campaign, Help Bring Back The Bees, designed to draw attention to the issue of declining bee populations.

They have recently removed their popular mascot, “Buzz the Bee,” from their boxes, leaving an outline of where he would be to highlight and raise awareness about the issue. Included in new boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios are packets of wildflower seeds, meant to encourage people to plant so they can do their part in feeding bees.

Raising awareness is a very important step, and planting flowers can certainly help, but I can’t be the only one who sees the irony in this campaign. Let me explain…

General Mills is known for their use of genetically modified ingredients. The wheat, soy, and corn products they use in their products all come from genetically modified sources. This means that these products are not organic, and must be sprayed with large quantities of pesticides. Pesticides, and genetically modified crops specifically, are quite possibly one of the largest factors contributing to the loss of the bees.

I believe if General Mills truly cared about bee population decline, they would start using organic ingredients in their products. Taking a stance on the honey bee issue merely diverts attention away from their other practices, making it look as though they care for the environment even though their other actions are clearly unsustainable. Or is it just me?

Is There Anything We Can Do?

Of course! There is always something we can do. Here are some simple yet effective ways you can help save the bees, right now.

  • Plant a garden. We all know it — bees are pollinators, and in order to do their job, they need to have lots of vegetables, flowers, fruits, and other plants around to feed from. Having a garden in general can really help them out. This is especially ideal if you have the yard space, since bees get nothing from grass. Why not benefit yourself, the bees, the environment, and your bank account and plant a garden?
  • Go Native. If you are going to plant a garden, consider doing some research and including plants native to your location. These will not only thrive, but they will be exactly what the bees would order up if they had a voice. It is also important to protect these native plants so that they too do not become endangered. If you don’t have space for a garden, check out “5 DIY Projects For Those Who Don’t Have Space For a Garden.”
  • Save the Queen. New bumblebee queens need spring-blooming flowers, shrubs, and trees. New queens are born in the fall and, after breeding, hibernate for the winter. Come spring, they emerge and need nectar and pollen sources in order to start their colonies.
  • Offer a home for the bees. You can install a bee block or a bee hotel, both of which you can find online, or build one yourself. This offers a habitat for the bees to nest in, which gives them a greater chance of survival.
  • Use permaculture techniques. By using these techniques you can virtually eliminate the need for chemical pesticides or fertilizers, which can help the bees and protect the environment as well.
  • Spread the word. Raising awareness is key. Spread the word, and tell people what you’re up to!

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Elon Musk And Over 2400 AI Scientists Sign Pledge Against Killer Robots

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  • The Facts:

    More than 2,400 AI scientists and researchers have signed a pledge which intends to deter military firms and nations from building lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS).

  • Reflect On:

    Are we as individuals, working together on shared concerns for all humans on the planet, starting to see the power we have to effect positive change?

It is not an uncommon story in the history of science and technology: the most brilliant and innovative minds of their time discover, create, and invent technologies that can have hugely positive benefits for mankind as a whole. Inevitably, the largest and wealthiest ‘consumer’ of such technologies is the Military-Industrial Complex, and the main ways these technologies are produced in our world are as tools of control, warfare, and human suffering.

In earlier times scientists and inventors didn’t have much say in how their work was used, and could often be persuaded that their use in military applications was actually for the benefit of humankind. Today, those naive days are gone, and the landscape is different. Some of the most prominent minds that are creating advanced technologies are starting to speak out more and more about how their work is being used in the world.

More Than 2400 Signatories

Elon Musk of SpaceX and Demis Hassabis at Google DeepMind are among more than 2,400 signatories to the pledge which intends to deter military firms and nations from building lethal autonomous weapon systems, also known as LAWS. The signatories are scientists who specialize in artificial intelligence, (AI) and have declared that they will not participate in the development or manufacture of robots that can identify and attack people without human oversight. The pledge was created by the Future of Life Institute:

LETHAL AUTONOMOUS WEAPONS PLEDGE

Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to play an increasing role in military systems. There is an urgent opportunity and necessity for citizens, policymakers, and leaders to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable uses of AI.

In this light, we the undersigned agree that the decision to take a human life should never be delegated to a machine. There is a moral component to this position, that we should not allow machines to make life-taking decisions for which others – or nobody – will be culpable. There is also a powerful pragmatic argument: lethal autonomous weapons, selecting and engaging targets without human intervention, would be dangerously destabilizing for every country and individual. Thousands of AI researchers agree that by removing the risk, attributability, and difficulty of taking human lives, lethal autonomous weapons could become powerful instruments of violence and oppression, especially when linked to surveillance and data systems. Moreover, lethal autonomous weapons have characteristics quite different from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and the unilateral actions of a single group could too easily spark an arms race that the international community lacks the technical tools and global governance systems to manage. Stigmatizing and preventing such an arms race should be a high priority for national and global security.

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We, the undersigned, call upon governments and government leaders to create a future with strong international norms, regulations and laws against lethal autonomous weapons. These currently being absent, we opt to hold ourselves to a high standard: we will neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of lethal autonomous weapons. We ask that technology companies and organizations, as well as leaders, policymakers, and other individuals, join us in this pledge.

The Power Of Public Shaming

The pledge hopes to amount to more than just words. In calling on countries to legislate laws, technology companies to not accept contracts, and individuals to voice their support against lethal autonomous weapons, they hope to sway public opinion overwhelmingly against LAWS, and in doing so shame any person or group who would go ahead with its development. There is some precedent for this approach working, according to Yoshua Bengio, an AI pioneer at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms:

This approach actually worked for land mines, thanks to international treaties and public shaming, even though major countries like the US did not sign the treaty banning landmines. American companies have stopped building landmines.

The timing of this pledge is crucial. The military is one of the largest funders and adopters of AI technology. With advanced computer systems, robots can fly missions over hostile terrain, navigate on the ground, and patrol under seas. More sophisticated weapon systems are in the pipeline. Toby Walsh, a professor of AI at the University of New South Wales in Sydney who signed the pledge, had this to say about it:

We need to make it the international norm that autonomous weapons are not acceptable. A human must always be in the loop.

We cannot stop a determined person from building autonomous weapons, just as we cannot stop a determined person from building a chemical weapon. But if we don’t want rogue states or terrorists to have easy access to autonomous weapons, we must ensure they are not sold openly by arms companies.

Collective Consciousness Rising

This pledge is but one example of how people are implicating themselves in the future of the planet. No longer are we waiting on the sidelines and leaving decisions up to corporations, the military, or our political leaders. When we identify ourselves not as a race, culture or nation but as a planet, where all of humankind is considered part of the family, then we get to have greater access to the power of our collective consciousness. Once we harness that power, no initiative that is for the benefit of humanity is beyond our abilities.

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The Flying Humanoid Phenomena Of Mexico

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  • The Facts:

    There have been multiple reports over the years of bizzare activity in the skies of Mexico. People have claimed to be seeing flying humanoids in the sky. Though not fully verified as to what onlookers have seen, it is clear what they believe.

  • Reflect On:

    Experiences & stories such as this bring us to the question most of us have heard before, 'Are we alone?' What is the true nature of our reality? More importantly, what could this mean for us as a collective, as humanity?

Throughout time in mainstream media and the entertainment industry we have been programmed to see beings outside of human as dangerous, and for the most part there is a good chunk of fear-based propaganda to remind us of the potential danger if we were to encounter a visit.

Though new films and shows have been coming forth with a different perspective & narrative and new space forces are being declared, it is interesting to question the why. Stories of otherworldly visitors have been spread for centuries, and it is time we closely examine them with an open mind.

In this specific instance, an officer driving his patrol car in Mexico has seen a dark shape that he verified was, in fact, a “flying humanoid entity” which he described looked like a floating old woman, dressed in all black with dark skin and eyes that were “just black sockets, without eyelids.”

This startling apparition then apparently flew over to hover right in front of the vehicle and the stunned occupant within. He could see it better at this time, and noted that it was a hideous old woman that “resembled a witch.” Apparently annoyed by the car’s high beams, the witch then reportedly covered her face with some sort of cloak and then flew right into the vehicle’s windshield, causing the dumbfounded officer to go speeding back in reverse. He would explain the terrifying events like this:

As soon as I realized it was a kind of woman being, or a witch, very strange standing there trying to cover her face, she threw herself against my car very fast, falling on the car and hitting the windshield. She was flying very fast and it took only a second to hit the windshield glass. I was so shocked by this action that I put the car in reverse and pushed the accelerator trying to get away while requesting backup assistance by radio.

It was a woman with big black eyes, everything was black, no eyelids. Her skin was dark brown and her expression was horrible. She was furiously trying to get me with her claws while I was running away in reverse calling desperately for backup assistance to any units around.

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There Is More Than One Type Of Intelligence

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    The current model of schooling puts emphasis on one particular type of education, which only covers a small percentage of the population of children. It also educates children in batches, assuming they are all ready for the same thing.

  • Reflect On:

    Is it time to reevaluate this method of schooling to be more inclusive to children with all types of other intellect and creative ability? Is our education system even bringing out the full potential in our children?

What was your experience in school like? Did you hate it or love it? Were you an all ‘A’ student and found it to be a breeze or did you struggle with understanding some of the subjects you were being taught?

The fact of the matter is, our modern education system is not catering to students as individuals, but lumping them all into the same category and expecting them to succeed, even at things they are not particularly good at or even interested in, while those who got the highest test scores were praised and reminded of their perceived superiority and intelligence.

Because of this, many children experience anxiety around tests because they have been taught over and over again that their value is determined by a letter grade and not their creative abilities. If one child has an amazing skill to write poetry, but then fails a math exam, the latter will be the topic that is looked at and how this failure can be turned around. Often telling the child they need to pay attention more in class or study longer, even though this particular topic may not be where the child’s intelligence lies. This system is designed strictly for children to learn how to memorize and regurgitate what they have learned in the form of tests, not giving much leeway for other talents and abilities.

Our modern-day schooling system was designed to train children into becoming the perfect employee, to sit at a desk perhaps, or follow orders effectively for when they are old enough to enter the workforce. The hours, little time for play, taking instructions from a person with authority and unfortunately, leaving little room for exploring creative abilities. This system, in reality, only caters to a small percentage of people in the world, and because of this, we are effectively killing the creative potential that exists within all human beings.

The following video from Sustainable Human sums this up quite nicely.

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As it says in the video, “How did we get to the point where we decided the best way to school our children is to sit them behind a desk and insist they keep still?”

Children are meant to play, to explore, to observe, to stumble, to be curious, to ask questions, to find answers, to learn from others and as they go. Sitting them in a desk seems far from natural, yet this is something that to this day we still accept as normal and see it as, ‘just the way it is.’ However, it hasn’t actually been that long that this has been our generally accepted method of schooling.

“If a kid is failing, it is not the kids fault, the fault is within the system.”

Let us not forget that there are MANY forms of intelligence and it’s time we embraced every single one. The schooling system as we know it, needs an overhaul.

Let’s get this discussion started over in the Collective Evolution Group on Facebook.

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