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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.

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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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UFO ‘Paralyzes’ Weapons & Electronic Systems of Two Iranian Military Jets Who Try Shooting At It

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    In 1976, residents of Tehran, Iran noticed a big bright object in the sky. The airport traffic controller also noticed. Military jets were scrambled and a game of "cat and mouse" ensued.

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    What will the realization that we are been and have been visited by other intelligence do to human consciousness?

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Mainstream UFO disclosure continues to accelerate at a tremendous pace. The U.S. Navy has released multiple videos and pictures of unknown objects (as well as testimony from the personnel involved) performing maneuvers and travelling at speeds that no known man made piece of machinery is capable of doing. The latest footage comes from the USS Omaha. It shows a spherical object that mysteriously disappeared into the ocean. The truth is, military encounters with these objects is nothing new, in fact it’s been happening for decades and the phenomenon has been well documented. There are thousands of encounters to choose from that provide a description of such events: the testimony of the personnel involved, radar tracking information, and in some cases, photographs and video of the object.

There are many common themes and consistencies with regards to the behaviour of these objects that seems to be quite evident based on the information and the number of examples that have made their way into the public domain. One of them is the fact that these objects, most of the time, seem to perform evasive maneuvers to avoid our own aircraft. Another is the fact that critical electronic equipment in military jets seems to shut down when in close proximity to these objects. This is well documented, and it doesn’t just occur with military jets but it’s something that’s happened at nuclear missile facilities.

At Malmstrom Air Force Base in March of 1967, a base that was responsible for a large amount of nuclear weapons, multiple military witnesses here saw a red, glowing UFO hovering just outside the front gate. After that happened all of the nuclear missiles shut down and went completely dead. This is not an isolated incident and there are multiple examples.

A great example of an air encounter where this happened comes from an incident that took place in 1976. Residents of  Tehran, Iran noticed a big bright object in the sky. The airport traffic controller also noticed, “it was an intensely bright object that was not supposed to be there.” The Iranian Air Force was contacted (at the time they were a close ally of the United States, under the rule of the Shah), and they dispatched two F-4 fighter jets to check out the object. The United States took this encounter very seriously, a report of what happened was sent to multiple national security officials and U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, CIA Director George Bush, and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, among others.

Both of the F-4 interceptor pilots reported seeing the object visually, it was also tracked on their airborne radar. Both planes experienced critical instrumentation and electronics go offline at a distance of twenty-five miles from the object. Here is an excerpt from the report:

Iranian Air Force Jets and a UFO which played “cat and mouse” with them, appearing on radar and “paralyzing” their weapons and electronic systems when the jets attempted to open fire on it….As the F-4 approached a range of 25 nautical miles it lost all instrumentation and communications. When the F-4 turned away from the objects and apparently was no longer a threat to it, the aircraft regained all instrumentation and communications. Another brightly lighted object came out of the original object. The second object headed straight toward the F4.

The report goes on to describe how the smaller object, after detaching from the bigger object, turned inside the arc of the F-4 itself, and then regained the original object. This incident apparently lasted for several hours. This type of “splitting in two” was also observed in an incident occurring near Aguadilla, Puerto Rico airport in April 2013. The incident was filmed and team of analysts working with the SCU, the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies, a private group of scientists, military analysts, and investigators produced a report analyzing the incident.

Objects splitting into two, travelling at speeds no man made aircraft can, performing maneuvers that no known aircraft can, and exhibiting other astonishing “behaviours” is again, nothing new.

What is most interesting about the Iran incident is that the object(s) seem to know when the jets were attempting to fire on them and were able to prevent it. This is suggestive of some type of precognition, in my opinion.

It is also concerning that we would attempt to fire upon an object that doesn’t seem to be performing maneuvers indicative of a threat. Their behaviour no doubt represents potential air safety issues. In my opinion, many of these encounters are indicative of “curious” behaviour. Meanwhile, there is evidence suggesting that governments of the world have been quite interested in capturing some of these objects and have indeed been successful.

The Takeaway: What are these objects? There are a plethora of stories out there involving beings from another world that are associated with these objects. They come from high ranking military personnel, and civilian incidents like the one that occurred at Ariel School, Zimbabwe, in 1994. Although we can’t say for sure, is it responsible to rely on government and mainstream media to give us our perception of this topic? Should we be so naive as to believe that these entities will give us an accurate depiction of what they have discovered about the phenomenon?

It’s no secret that governments and mainstream media are losing trust among a large portion of their citizenry, and this is in large part due to perceived deception with regards to so many global issues, especially geo-political issues. Will mainstream UFO disclosure be any different? I don’t know, but what needs to happen with this topic if we want to learn more about it is likely a citizen based initiative and study of the phenomenon. One that is independent of any government organizations, and this is, and has been happening around the world, for quite some time.

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Former Navy Pilot: We See UFOs “Every Day, For At Least A Couple Years”

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    Lieutenant Ryan Graves talks to 60 Minutes about seeing UFOs "Every day for a couple years at least" during his time as a Navy pilot.

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    Grave's suggestion of sighting frequency is strikingly well beyond that which government has disclosed in the past. Is this really happening everyday? If so, for how long? Why are we only hearing about it now?

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The UFO subject has gained a lot of momentum in recent years, so much so that in 2020, then President, Donald Trump signed a bill that would call on the director of national intelligence and the secretary of defense to produce a report detailing everything the government knows about unidentified flying objects, also known as “unidentified aerial phenomena” or “anomalous aerial vehicles.” Interestingly, in the bill, this request was laid out under the subheading “Advanced Aerial Threats,” suggesting government sees these objects as threats even when long time researchers have pointed out that most declassified documents and whistleblower accounts point to these objects performing evasive maneuvers, signalling a ‘non threatening’ situation.

As time has gone on, anticipation about what will be released by the US government in this intel drop has grown. As more and more mainstream media outlets begin to task journalists with exploring this subject more openly, interesting stories have been emerging that increase public awareness further – but sometimes these stories truly shake up the story we’ve received from government.

It’s not that what is being said isn’t true, it’s that to those that have spent time exploring this subject credibly for years, the stories we are hearing are painting a picture that government has essentially just not been able to gain accurate intel about UFOs up until recently, and that simply doesn’t make sense. The Pentagon has gone from strict public denial of UFOs, including ridiculing the subject, to now admitting it, with the story changing almost every six months. Is the Pentagon really begrudgingly admitting something they don’t want to admit? Or is there another game at play here?

In a recent 60 Minutes episode, Lieutenant Ryan Graves, a former Navy pilot, is describing his experience having seen these objects over the course of his career. To Graves, and the Navy in general, UFOs are considered a security risk. In the clip below, when Graves refers to how often they have seen UFOs you can hear 60 Minutes interviewer Bill Whitaker say “wait a minute, everyday for the last couple years?” as if he is confused, and he should be. For decades we have been told in mainstream conjecture that UFOs are nothing more than weather balloons and to not pay attention. Sure, in recent years the government has alluded to some rare footage of UFOs capture on flight instruments, but now all of a sudden we hear that these events have been happening ‘everyday?’

Below is a transcript from the video above, outlining a few key takeaways from the interview.

Bill Whitaker: So you’re seeing it both with the radar and with the infrared. And that tells you that there is something out there?

Ryan Graves: Pretty hard to spoof that.

These photographs were taken in 2019 in the same area. The Pentagon confirms these are images of objects it can’t identify. Lieutenant Graves told us pilots training off the Atlantic Coast see things like that all the time.

Ryan Graves: Every day. Every day for at least a couple years.

Bill Whitaker: Wait a minute, every day for a couple of years?

Ryan Graves: Uh-huh.

When I hear “every day for at least a couple years” I can’t help but think: if this indeed has been happening this frequently, for that long, perhaps longer, why are we only hearing about it now? Why has it gone from “these sightings are rare, we don’t really know much about them” to “we are seeing these every day”?  Can we really believe that government doesn’t know what these are, as is often claimed, when they have that frequent experience with them? This is a rather absurd idea.

Look at the wonder and excitement on the face of Ryan in the interview, does he seem scared? Worried? Does it seem like he’s dealing with a threat? No. He seems curious and fascinated. Likewise when we hear “every day for at least couple years,” don’t you think something ‘threatening’ would have happened by now?

I’ve spoken to Constitutional and public interest lawyer Daniel P. Sheehan on a number of occasions, he has made it quite clear to me that from his perspective and interactions with high level officials, no one is really seeing this as a threat. Yet that is the story that comes out to the public.

Why does the version of disclosure we are getting paint government in an innocent light when the deception coming from them has last almost 100 years? We can speculate on this all day, but one thing seems clear, the US government is not going to tell us all they know about this subject, and we should not expect them to. Inquiry into this subject will have to be done another way.

“Frankly, there are a lot more sightings than have been made public. Some of those have been declassified. And when we talk about sightings, we are talking about objects that have been seen by Navy or Air Force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery, that, frankly, engage in actions that are difficult to explain, movements that are hard to replicate, that we don’t have the technology for, or traveling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom.” – Trump’s former intelligence director John Ratcliffe.

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Gaza Fights For Freedom: The Full Documentary

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    A film showing Gaza’s protest movement. Filmed during the height of the Great March Of Return protests, it features exclusive footage of demonstrations where 200 unarmed civilians have been killed by Israel snipers since early 2018.

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    Why does mainstream media ignore a particular perspective? Why do social media giants censor it? What is going on?

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Gaza Fights For Freedom is a film directed by Abby Martin of The Empire Files that portrays life in all aspects for the people of Gaza. It was released in 2019, but is quite relevant right now given the human rights abuses and crimes against humanity that are taking place there. The topics covered are varied but all are centered on the imprisonment and deprivation caused by the Israelis blockading the small territory. The Israelis have created a situation where most of the water is toxic, where electricity on a good day maybe lasts eight hours, but often only four and frequently never. Imports of food are limited, as put officially by the Israelis themselves to put them on starvation rations. Movement is restricted by the Israeli military on all sides, and no construction materials are allowed through to repair the severely damaged infrastructure from recent Israeli attacks.

Right now, people are marching all over the world in support of the Palestinians, yet there is absolutely zero appropriate coverage by mainstream media.  Facebook and other social media platforms have been quite active in censoring and blocking activists in support of Palestinians, and Israel just bombed a major press building that was the home of multiple media outlets, like Al Jazeera and the Associated Press

A statement from Al Jazeera condemned the attack, calling on “all media and human right institutions to join forces” in denouncing the bombing and to “hold the government of Israel accountable”. “Al Jazeera condemns in the strongest terms the bombing and destruction of its offices by the Israeli military in Gaza and views this as a clear act to stop journalists from conducting their sacred duty to inform the world and report events on the ground,” the statement read.

The film highlights the Israeli (and US) military and political leaders’ complete disregard of many international humanitarian and war crimes treaties.  All the great information aside, and all the great journalistic photography aside, “Gaza Fights For Freedom” allows the Palestinians to speak for themselves. Abby Martin serves as an occasional commentator not so much to offer an ideology but so as to introduce a topic.

It’s a great documentary to introduce people to what has been happening in Palestine.

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