Daily Archives: February 11, 2020

COLOMBIA Fighting dengue in Colombia


New China TV



Published on Feb 11, 2020

Who knew insects were so important? Olga Patricia Fulla Oviedo is a biologist and specialist in entomology, the study of insects. She leads a special team at the National Institute of Health that monitors insects that are responsible for transmitting tropical diseases in Colombia.

Climate Induced Frenzy: Grasshopper Metamorphosis from Loner to Ravenous Super-Swarm Munchers


Paul Beckwith



Published on Feb 11, 2020

Solitary grasshoppers are passive, minding their own business. Bunch them together in close quarters and it is a different story. Close together their hind legs kick their neighbours many times per minute; then watch out!! Serotonin courses through their little grasshopper brains and they then have an “Incredible Hulk” metamorphosis. Apart from becoming super horny, they double in size, become brightly coloured, super aggressive, and fly long distances, eating their weight in a day. Eating themselves out of house and home (like teenage humans) they swarm to new areas to eat, rendering the landscape devoid of vegetation.

The ‘remarkable’ DOJ controversy over Roger Stone’s sentencing


PBS NewsHour



Published on Feb 11, 2020

Roger Stone, the sixth former associate of President Trump to be convicted on charges stemming from the Mueller probe, is again at the center of controversy. Federal prosecutors recommended Stone be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison, but senior Justice Department officials intervened. Now, all four line prosecutors quit the case. John Yang talks to The Washington Post’s Matt Zapotosky.

Trump Fires Key Impeachment Figures Following Acquittal

Feb 10, 2020

President Trump fired two key figures from the House’s impeachment proceedings Friday: the National Security Council’s Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. A Trump adviser said the move was intended to send a message to anyone considering opposing Trump.

Trump Budget Seeks Boost to Military and Nuclear Spending, Cuts to Social Programs and EPA

Feb 10, 2020

President Trump is set to unveil his 2021 budget request today. The $4.8 trillion budget would increase military spending while cutting Medicare and Medicaid, seeks $2 billion for construction of Trump’s border wall and slashes EPA spending by 26%. Axios is reporting Trump will also request nearly $50 billion for nuclear weapons programs. Experts and Democratic lawmakers warn that increasing the nuclear stockpile will increase the likelihood of nuclear war and defy international agreements.

Manhattan DA Considers Reopening Investigation into Murder of Malcolm X

Feb 11, 2020

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says he is considering reopening the investigation into Malcolm X’s murder, over half a century after the civil rights leader was killed in 1965. The announcement came just days after the release of a new Netflix documentary titled “Who Killed Malcolm X?” that sheds new light on the case.

Successfully Block Major Transportation Sites

Feb 11, 2020

In Canada, 47 people were arrested Monday while protesting in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders as they are raided by Canadian police. Protesters around the country blockaded ports, railways and other sites of transportation. The blockades affected 20,000 rail passengers and prevented 200 freight trains from traveling. Indigenous activists have been in a protracted battle to protect their land from the construction of TransCanada’s 400-mile, $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline.