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Thousands Of Dead Bees Wash Up On Florida Beach

by Whitney Webb, True Activist

Beach goers in South Florida were dismayed to find thousands of dead and dying bees washed up along the shoreline.

South Florida beach goers might not have expected to be stung by a bee in the surf, however, that’s exactly what’s been happening. In a rare occurrence, thousands of dead and dying bees have been washing up onto a popular beach in Naples, FL. Martha Duff, a Naples, FL resident told NBC Miami, “I’ve been stung a couple of times and at first, I didn’t know what it was and then I realized and then I had an allergic reaction.” Residents are confused and concerned asking questions like those posed by Duff: “Why are there bees? Where are they coming from? And why are they in a very specific area of the beach?” Some visitors to the area, local residents, as well as families with children are avoiding the beach due to concerns about bee stings, causing concern throughout the local community regarding the impact the unexpected event could have on tourism.

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This National Park Opted To Shoot Poachers On Site, Has Killed 50 So Far

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

Guards are trained to shoot and kill poachers, which is why thousands of Indian one-horned rhinos are still alive in the park.

If humans fail to change their ways and adopt more sustainable habits, incredible species will go extinct. In fact, the African Elephant isn’t expected to outlast the next decade due to increased poaching activity. It’s because of this sobering reality and the increasing demand for ivory that a national park in India is shooting first and asking questions later.

The BBC reports that Kaziranga National Park has a pretty successful track record when it comes to protecting rhinoceroses from poachers. However, a controversial tactic is utilized by park rangers: shooting on sight. So far, the park has killed 50 people.

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Bridges Being Built For Wildlife Are Saving Thousands Of Lives

by Jessica Murray, True Activist

The wildlife bridges allow animals to safely pass over or under main roads.

An increasing number of animal bridges are being put up across the globe by conservationists to ensure the safety of the world’s animals. These relatively new wildlife crossings are a huge and innovative upgrade from the simple road signs on highways which show a brief warning that animals may be in the area. These bridge methods are being employed with the sole purpose of protecting wildlife and preventing human-animal conflict and in turn preserving the world’s ecosystems, by helping to stop habitat fragmentation. In the United States alone, estimations have shown that the current road systems affect the ecology of a huge one-fifth of the country’s land, whilst vehicle-animal collisions are costing the US around $8 billion a year, according to a recent report.

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Cops And Lawmakers Exposed In Massive $800M Private Prison Bribery Conspiracy

By: The Free Thought Project   JACKSON, Miss. (CN) — Mississippi sued 10 people and 15 corporations this week to recoup more than $800 million in state money lost in a seven-year prison bribery scandal.

Defendants in the 11 lawsuits included former Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps, and former Republican state House Member Cecil McCrory, the key figures in the conspiracy. They and four other people pleaded guilty to their involvement in the conspiracy.

Attorney General Jim Hood says in the lawsuits that multiple corporations, including prominent private prison contractors, paid millions of dollars in bogus “consulting fees” to people who used the money to pay bribes and kickbacks to Epps.

Epps then steered approximately $800 million in public contracts to those private prison contractors.

“The state of Mississippi has been defrauded through a pattern of bribery, kickbacks, misrepresentations, fraud, concealment, money laundering and other wrongful conduct,” Hood said in a statement. “These individuals and corporations that benefited by stealing from taxpayers must not only pay the state’s losses, but state law requires that they must also forfeit and return the entire amount of the contracts paid by the state.”

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CNN Caught ‘Reminding’ ‘Objective’ Audience Members What Debate Questions To Ask

A recently surfaced photo purports to show the questions given to presidential candidates during town halls were pre-selected by CNN.

By:  Jack Burns / The Free Thought Project   There were two candidates for the presidency who both came out on the losing end of their party’s nomination: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT). Both men bore the blunt of some vicious attacks from members of their own party. Cruz fell victim to then candidate Donald Trump, who repeatedly referred to him as “Lying Ted.” The characterization seemed to stick, and Cruz eventually was forced to drop out of the race, unable to keep pace with Trump. Likewise, Sanders was targeted by members of the Democratic National Committee, all in an insider’s attempt to de-legitimize Sanders, leaving Hillary Clinton as the heir apparent to the Democratic Party nomination. Now, a recent photo of a debate between the two has surfaced, which purportedly demonstrates unwitting audience members were possibly involved in a larger scheme to make the two front-running candidates look worse than their competitors.

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Amazon Builds A Prototype Store Run Almost Entirely By Robots

by Jessica Murray, True Activist

The new store will sell food and drink items and as well featuring an in-store pharmacy.

There is currently a new prototype in place which demonstrates the future of online shopping giant, Amazon. According to a recent report by the New York Post the prototype is a near-future Amazon supermarket, called Go, and has no cashiers or checkouts. The convenience store will be 10,000 to 40,000 square feet on two stories, and will only employ a few real people. The rest of the workers will be a workforce of robots, who will bag all of the items for the customers who are browsing the store on the level below. Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, has claimed that he wants the new store to include a ground level where the shoppers can physically touch and select items themselves, according to recent

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Veterans Return To Standing Rock To Act As Human Shields Against Police

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

This is a clear sign that the fight between water protectors and law enforcement is far from over.

Since April of 2016, “water protectors” who oppose the construction of the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) have been camped out near Cannon Ball, ND. Even throughout the harsh winter, they’ve remained on the plains, as they maintain the belief that the land which the DAPL passes through rightfully belongs to the tribe due to an 1851 treaty. Activists also believe that its development may potentially contaminate the Missouri river and uproot sacred burial ground.

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Hundreds Of Whales Are Currently Stranded On A Beach In New Zealand

by Jessica Murray, True Activist

After 100 whales were helped back into the ocean, a further 240 arrived and became stranded.

After 300 pilot whales were found dead on a New Zealand beach, with a further 140 found struggling for survival on the coast on Friday, a further 240 arrived the following day, making the situation even worse. Magazine writer and editor Cheree Morrison stumbled across the scene as she took a pre-dawn trip to capture the sunrise, accompanied by a photographer and guide. She described the scene before her, claiming that it was the sounds of soft sighs and cries that first struck her before she ventured closer and saw the full extent of what has been described as one of the worst whale strandings in the nation’s history. She said,

“You could hear the sounds of splashing, of blowholes being cleared, of sighing. The young ones were the worst. Crying is the only way to describe it.”

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#NoDAPL Last Stand: Final Construction Could Begin Today As Army Corp Grants Easement

Final construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline could begin now that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers filed a notice of intent on Tuesday to grant Energy Transfer Partners the easement necessary to drill under the Missouri River’s Lake Oahe reservoir.

By: Claire Bernish / The Free Thought Project   Cannon Ball, ND — Final construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline could begin as soon as today, now that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers filed a notice of intent on Tuesday to grant Energy Transfer Partners the easement necessary to drill under the Missouri River’s Lake Oahe reservoir.

In short, the Army Corps failed to uphold a December announcement it would complete a full environmental impact assessment as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe had requested, and has instead abruptly sided with the Trump administration for Big Oil over environmental concerns and treaty rights.

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