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A Mushroom Is Saving Millions Of Bees From A Deadly Virus

Researchers suspect the mushroom either boosts their immune system or somehow fights the viruses.

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John Vibes, Truth Theory

According to a recent study published in Nature Scientific Reports, a specific type of mushroom extract can help honey bees fight off a devastating virus that is suspected of contributing to massive bee die-offs in recent years.

The study was conducted by researchers at Washington State University, with help from the USDA and a Washington based business called Fungi Perfecti.

The researchers found that bee colonies that were given mycelium extract from amadou and reishi fungi saw a 79-fold reduction in deformed wing virus and a 45,000-fold reduction in Lake Sinai virus.

One of the paper’s authors, WSU entomology professor Steve Sheppard, says that he hopes this finding will make this deadly virus a thing of the past.

“Our greatest hope is that these extracts have such an impact on viruses that they may help varroa mites become an annoyance for bees, rather than causing huge devastation. We’re excited to see where this research leads us. Time is running out for bee populations and the safety and security of the world’s food supply hinges on our ability to find means to improve pollinator health. One of the major ways varroa mites hurt bees is by spreading and amplifying viruses. Mites really put stress on the bees’ immune systems, making them more susceptible to viruses that shorten worker bee lifespans,” Sheppard said.

Sheppard’s lab is working with a company called Fungi Perfecti, which is owned by the famous mushroom researcher Paul Stamets, who is also a co-author of the study.

Sheppard explained that, “Paul previously worked on a project that demonstrated the antiviral properties of mycelial extracts on human cells. He read about viruses hurting bees and called us to explore the use of the extracts on honey bees. After two years, we demonstrated that those anti-viral properties extend to honey bees.”

Unfortunately, the mycelium extract isn’t currently available in large quantities for mass distribution, but Stamets says that they are in the process of increasing their production volume.

“We are ramping up production of the extracts as rapidly as is feasible, given the hurdles we must overcome to deploy this on a wide scale,” Stamets said.

The researchers aren’t entirely sure how the extract works, but they suspect that it either boosts the immune system or somehow fights the viruses.

“We aren’t sure if the mycelium is boosting the bees’ immune system or actually fighting the viruses. We’re working to figure that out, along with testing larger groups of colonies to develop best management practices and determine how much extract should be used and when to have the best impact,” Sheppard explained.

If you ever felt like you would be interested in beekeeping, it is now easier than ever with simple new designs that allow people to enter the vocation with very little experience or exposure to the bees.

By John Vibes | TruthTheory.com | Republished under Creative Commons.

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The Very Book The Government Does Not Want You To Read Just Went #1 In The World

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George Orwell’s 1984 is a classic book depicting a populace ruled by a political regime that persecutes individualism and independent critical thinking as “thought-crimes” that must be enforced by the “thought police.” This party seeks power above all, and, through the propagandist Ministry of Truth, presents the people with their version of truth and casts away all other information and opinion. Sound familiar?

This is exactly what’s happening today right in front of our eyes. The “ministry of truth” comes in the form, at least on social media, as Fake News watchdogs. These are entities that are flagging information that threatens corporate and political interests and labels it as “fake news” when a lot of it, is in fact, the complete opposite. Since when does an authoritative entity like the government have to step in and decide for the people what is real and what is not? Are people not capable of examining sources and determining this for themselves? These fake news watchdogs have some interesting sponsors. One of these sponsors, for example, is NewsGuard. They are funded by Clinton donors and big pharma, with ties to the CFR. You can read more about that entity here.

Companies and government agencies who are threatened by information also seem to be employing an “army of bloggers, surrogates, trolls, and bots on Twitter, Facebook, and by email” (Robert F. Kennedy Jr.) to try and sway discussion and brainwash people.

The world knows why the hunt for Julian Assange was ongoing for so long, it’s because he leaked secrets and exposed those who keep them. He exposed the lies, corruption and deceit that represent the backbone of the Western military alliance and the American empire. He exposed, in the words of John F. Hylan, former Mayor of New York City, the “real menace of Republic”, the “invisible government, which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation.” He exposes the ones “who virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes.” (source)(source)

He exposed immoral and unethical actions that have no basis and justification, he is a hero.

The same thing goes for National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, who leaked classified documents regarding the scope of the US governments surveillance programs, which is and was huge. He is and was not the first; William Binney did the same, along with Thomas Drake and many others.

Keep in mind that this is a global mass surveillance program. Snowden recently released a book about it, and more.

In the book, Snowden goes into great detail about how he risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance. In it, he reveals the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.

Mass surveillance, facial recognition, etc., are justified by the national security state for the purposes of combating terrorism, for example. But, what does the connection between terrorist organizations and the US government say about these programs? If the US government itself, or factions of it, are arming these terrorists, creating them, and carrying out false flag events blaming them on terrorism in order to justify infiltration of a country for ulterior motives as well as a heightened the national security state which involves mass surveillance, this means that their justification for these programs is a complete lie. So what’s the real reason for them?

This is well known, a few years ago current democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard introduced the stop arming terrorist act, which would stop the U.S. government from using taxpayer dollars to directly or indirectly support groups who are allied with and supporting terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda in their war to overthrow the Syrian government. (source)

As far as false flag terrorist attacks go, many believe the chemical gas attacks in Syria were orchestrated by the western military alliance in order to justify the infiltration of the country. The evidence for this is quite grand. 9/11 is another example many people believe was false flag terrorism.

Protecting National security’ has now become an umbrella term to justify immoral and unethical actions.

Perhaps Snowden’s book sheds light on that. I have yet to read it.

William Binney is a former high ranking intelligence official with the National Security Agency (NSA). He’s had quite the go, starting in 2002 when he let the public know of a system ( ‘trailblazer’) intended to analyse data carried on communication networks (like the internet). He exposed the agencies eavesdropping program and has faced harassment from the FBI, NSA and more. He has been in and out of the court room ever since he decided to resign and blow the whistle.

Binney hasn’t stopped, one of the highest-level whistle-blowers to ever come out of the NSA. He is now saying:

“At least 80% of fibre optic cables globally go via the US, this is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores. The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control.” (source)

The Takeaway

At the end of the day, the US government suing the publisher of Snowden’s book is only bringing more attention to the truth of mass censorship and that the global elite are losing power. The more the global elite respond the way they are, with this like the mass censorship of information, alternative independent media outlets being shut down, and jailing people like Julian Assange, the more they hurt their own interests… which is inspiring for humanity as we awaken.

This article (The Very Book The Government Does Not Want You To Read Just Went #1 In The World) was originally created for Collective Evolution and is published here under Creative Commons.

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A Referendum To Abolish The Monarchy To Be Initiated In Britain When The Queen Dies

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The republican movement in Britain has recently announced its campaign to make a case for a future referendum in regards to the state of the British monarchy after the Queens death.

For years the United Kingdom has been under the monarchy, paying large sums to the royal family every single year and essentially upholding very archaic traditions that in reality do little to add to the lives of the British citizens. Finally, people are starting to see through this charade and question what gives this family the right to sit on these thrones and live this lifestyle.

Republic is a grassroots movement which includes over 5,000 members and 35,000 supporters feel that the British monarchy is not the “harmless tourist attraction some people think,” but that it has a long history of abusing the money that is funded by the public and meddling in the realm of politics.

Why Do We Even Have A Queen?

The group posted a statement on the evening of the Queen’s birthday, mentioning how the event “reminds us that support for the monarchy is bound up with support for the Queen.” Their website has a pink banner wishing Mrs. Windsor a “happy birthday”, right beside a subtle, or not, hashtag, “Stop the reign.”

In an interview with The Independent, Graham Smith, the chief executive of Republic, shared his and the organizations view to have a referendum as soon as possible. He feels that the period of time between the Queen’s funeral and her son, Prince Charles’s coronation will be an ideal time.

It will be the first time most people have seen a change in the head of state,” he says. “I think that’s going to be a slightly odd, jarring experience for a lot of people. All of a sudden you’ve got this other monarch who has been hoisted upon us and no debate about who it is going to be.”

“For once, actually seeing hereditary power in practice – you’ll actually see the inheritance of the throne taking place.”

He added: “It [the referendum] is to get rid of it… it needs to be a straight-forward constitutional reform referendum. We may win or we may lose but the succession would change public opinion, it will change the nature of the debate.”

“I think most public opinion is indifferent to the whole thing and awful lot of it is tied up with the Queen. Over the next ten years the debate is going to pick up because people will be coming alive to the fact that Charles is looming on the horizon as King.”

Recently, during a convention of the Alliance of European Republic Movements in Madrid, Mr. Smith said that while there is “nothing wrong with turning 90,” there is “something wrong with turning 90 when you have been Queen of England for sixty-something years.”

In a recording of the event published on YouTube, Mr. Smith added: “When the Queen dies, the moment she is declared dead, Charles is king. So there is no gap. And there is certainly no official plan for a referendum. He is king immediately. The coronation would be about six months later.”

“So that will be an opportunity, after the funeral and before the coronation, for us to do some campaigning and say, ‘Hang on a minute, this is the 21st century, if we are going to have a new head of state then perhaps we want to have a vote.’”

The group was more than off put with the BBC’s coverage of the Queen’s birthday, Mr. Smith said, “The Queen’s birthday does not warrant this kind of coverage, it is inappropriate to celebrate a political figure like this and the public just aren’t that excited about the royals.”

“The BBC has a duty to report, not to celebrate the royals. That reporting must be fair, balanced and proportionate. So far this week the BBC has failed completely on those measures.”

It’s completely over the top,” Mr. Smith told The Independent. “I don’t wish the Queen anything but a happy birthday but it does raise all these questions about the future of the monarchy.”

Final Thoughts

To those of us who are not living in the UK or have a country that has a monarchy, it seems pretty far out that this sort of thing still exists. As I mentioned earlier, it only takes a little bit of outside the box thinking to realize that having any sort of monarchy at all doesn’t really make sense. What made the people in those families so special and why are so many of our hard earned income tax dollars going to support these lucky/chosen few? This concept feels very archaic, outdated, and it’s about time these types of things were put to an end. Really, for what reason at all do we need a queen or a royal family for that matter?

Let’s hope this campaign gets the attention it deserves and open’s the eyes and minds of millions of oblivious Britain’s.

The views in this article may not reflect editorial policy of Collective Spark.

This article (A Referendum To Abolish The Monarchy To Be Initiated In Britain When The Queen Dies) was originally created for Collective Evolution and is published here under Creative Commons.

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Rap Superstar Akon Creates World’s First ‘Crypto City’ In Africa To Fight Controlled Economy

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Rap Superstar Akon Creates World’s First ‘Crypto City’ In Africa To Fight Controlled Economy
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Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project

While many other rappers in the hip hop world use their spare time and money to pose for photos with large amounts of cash while degrading women, rap superstar, and Senegal transplant, Akon is using his fame and changing the world. In 2018, he began a solar investment program in Sierra Leone to bring thousands of solar powered lights and traffic lights to the people, which was successful. Now, he’s founding an entire ‘crypto city’ to help pull Africa’s economy out of poverty and corruption.

The city will be known as “Akon City” and will trade exclusively in his own digital cash currency called AKoin.

“I really want to make the biggest impact in Africa for sure,” Akon said during a previous interview with CNN. “If I could have my way, Africa would be the United States of Africa.”

And now he’s following through.

In less than one year, according to Akon Lighting Africa, a wide range of quality solar solutions, including street lamps, domestic and individual kits, have been installed in 14 African countries — thanks to a private-public partnership model and a well-established network of partners (including SOLEKTRA INT, SUMEC and NARI).

As a result, a number of households, villages, community houses, schools and health centres located in rural areas have been connected to electricity for the first time ever. Local jobs, primarily for young people, have also been created in these communities, for installation of equipment’s and for maintenance.

Now, they are moving on to build an entire sustainable city using the same drive.

Reports suggest that Akon City will be built in the seaside village of Mbodiene and is reportedly just five minutes from Senegal’s new international airport. Akon City is billed as an environmental campaign and sustainable tourism village. Last week, Akon also signed a “memorandum of understanding” with Senegal’s state-owned tourism company SAPCO, according to LadBible.

Akoin is expected to launch in July of this year. The building plans for the 2,000 acre city will take a little longer, however.

“It’s a 10-year building block so we’re doing it in stages. We started construction in March [2019] and stage two is going to be 2025,” Akon said in the course of an interview with Los Angeles rap radio station Power106. It comes with a price tag of $2 billion. 

The new city will be “all renewable, the Akon-tainment solar city,” Akon told Power106.

A proponent of the block-chain, Akon will stave off the widespread corruption in Africa using the highly secure and decentralized means of security.

“I think that block-chain and crypto could be the saviour for Africa in many ways because it brings the power back to the people,” he said on announcing his plans for Akon City.

Cryptocurrency and block-chain technology offer a more secure currency that enables people in Africa to advance themselves independent of the government.”

He’s right too. Throughout Africa, corrupt governments print money to finance their spending which has created an inflation epidemic on a massive scale. As TFTP reported, citizens of South Sudan saw prices rise—thanks to government caused inflation—over 160%. Some countries have seen inflation rates topping 800%. For those struggling to get by, watching their money lose most of its value, literally overnight, is a horrifying fate. To combat this problem, many folks across the continent are switching to cryptocurrency.

On the Akoin website, Akon explains how Africa is rich in resources but its people are poor because they are exploited by corrupt governments.

“The African continent has 15% of the world’s population. It is the most valuable region in the world in terms of under and aboveground resources. It has 8% of world’s natural gas reserves: 45 countries on the continent have oil reserves. It has 57% of the world’s cobalt, 47% of its diamonds, 49% of its manganese, 31% of its phosphate and 21% of its gold. Moreover, the continent has a tremendous potential for hydroelectric power, solar energy and geothermal energy. 

By this reckoning, the African continent should be the realm of the richest countries and people. However, the truth is the exact opposite. Africa is the least developed continent in the world, having 34 of the 49 poorest countries. More than 40% of its population live on less than one dollar a day. Furthermore, Africa suffers from civil wars and terrorism.”

Now, through free market innovation and the block-chain, Africa may soon see these wars and terrorism come to an end as its people begin to prosper and it’s partly thanks to one man’s desire to do good. This world needs more Akons.

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on TwitterSteemit, and now on Minds.

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Police Responding To Man Having A Seizure, Shoot And Kill His Service Dog

Why are police so quick to shoot?

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Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project

Monday night, Larry Massey — likely warned by his service dog — pulled over to the side of the road before going into a seizure. When Massey would come to after losing consciousness, his service dog Butch would be dead — shot and killed by an Okeechobee police officer.

According to police, they received a call around 11:59 p.m. on Monday. The caller stated there was an unconscious man in his car on the side of the road. When the two officers, identified by the city only as Rojas and Daigneault, responded to the vehicle, they found Massey inside in the midst of a seizure along with his service dog.

Police claimed to be familiar with his medical condition, and when they arrived, they said they attempted to revive Massey with a sternal rub. For those not familiar, this procedure involves rubbing your knuckles to the patient’s sternum to inflict pain to see how unconscious the patient is.

As the officer rubbed Massey’s sternum, they say his service dog Butch attacked them. Police say the service dog originally bit at the officer’s pant leg before being kicked away. Police then claim that the dog then grabbed the officer’s arm and came back a third time, at with point the officer shot him. No attempt to taser or pepper spray the dog was made prior to shooting it.

There has been no report that the officer was injured.

While the officers claim the dog was aggressive, Massey says they misunderstood what was happening because Massey was having a seizure.

As WPTV reports:

“Police said Daigneault pushed the dog away with his foot, but the dog lunged at Daigneault again, grabbing the officer’s arm.

Daigneault pushed the dog away a second time, but the dog lunged at Daigneault’s face. Police said Daigneault then shot the dog once to protect himself and others.”

This is an unfortunate situation because the officer was doing what he’s trained to do, protecting himself and other people,” said Okeechobee Police Chief Robert Peterson in an exclusive interview with WPTV on Tuesday.

Peterson said officers have a long history with Massey and knew he suffered from seizures. However, he said they couldn’t explain why the dog attacked.

You really feel for the dog, and the dog’s owner, and the officer,” said Chief Peterson.

Peterson went on to say he didn’t believe the dog was formally trained as a service dog but noted that this does not matter.

It was a service dog to that individual,” said Chief Peterson. “He does have seizures, and he felt the dog was helpful to him and provided him support. So as far as we’re concerned, for him it was a service dog.”

According to chief Peterson, the officer is on administrative leave — which is standard procedure when a weapon is fired — but he is entirely justified in the shooting. The chief said multiple witnesses backed up the officer’s story of the dog attacking.

We have independent witnesses that actually saw the dog attack the officer, and the officer didn’t shoot the dog until it made its third attempt at biting him,” said Chief Peterson. “So unless something else comes up in the investigation, where we stand now, the officer acted appropriately.”

While the chief may feel that shooting the dog was justified, anyone else responding to that scene, who is not a cop, would not have had that choice. If an EMT would have responded to the scene, they would have been forced to resolve the situation without shooting the dog. The same goes for bystanders.

How is it that countless UPS, FedEx, postal workers, pizza delivery workers, and others are able to successfully navigate their daily routines without killing the millions of dogs they come in contact with but police are so quick to shoot?

By Matt Agorist | TheFreeThoughtProject.com | Republished with permission

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