FROM Aaron Hobbs
The Mysteriously Disappearing Honeybees Honeybees the tiny farm workers responsible for dozens of crops, from almonds to cherries have been dying off at alarming rates for more than two decades. Recently honeybee deaths have spiked beekeepers report they lost more than 40 percent of their hives in the past year. Scientists point to a number of possible explanations. Whatever the cause, honeybee services are worth about $10 to $15 billion a year to the agriculture industry. A White House task force has proposed planting wildflowers along pollination routes to help the ailing bees. But many environmentalists are more concerned about pesticide use. We explore the worrisome trend with honeybees and the multi-billion-dollar agriculture industry that depends on them.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."