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CUBAZUELA : Maduro’s Empty And Bizarre “Sacudón”

by moctavio

When I first began this blog, I overused hyperlinks. My reasoning was simple: Some of the things going on were so bizarre and difficult to believe, that my credibility was at stake if I did not indicate the source of what I was saying was happening.

This is no longer the case.

The way Venezuela is run, the things the country's leaders say or implement, from the Ozone tax, to President's that talk to birds to 20 billion dollars rip-offs (twice), by now people have become accustomed to the bizarreness of the revolution.

But somehow, the Bolivarians never cease in amazing and surprising us. It would be entertaining, if were not so painful. Which it is.

I mean, when a President announces that he will make important announcements the next day, which involve the Sacudón (Big shake up?) of the structure of the State, the "misiones" and the economic and social offensive, you expect something. You expect even more, given the current state of the economy, with inflation…

The Plight of the Honeybee

Bryan Walsh@bryanrwalsh

Aug. 19, 2013

Photograph by Hannah Whitaker for TIME

Mass deaths in bee colonies may mean disaster for farmers--and your favorite foods

You can thank the Apis mellifera, better known as the Western honeybee, for 1 in every 3 mouthfuls you'll eat today. 

Honeybees — which pollinate crops like apples, blueberries and cucumbers — are the "glue that holds our agricultural system together," as the journalist Hannah Nordhaus put it in her 2011 book The Beekeeper's Lament. 

But that glue is failing. 

Bee hives are dying off or disappearing thanks to a still-unsolved malady called colony collapse disorder (CCD), so much so that commercial beekeepers are being pushed out of the business.

So what's killing the honeybees?

 Pesticides — including a new class called neonicotinoids — seem to be harming bees even at what should be safe levels. 

Biological threats like the Varroa mite are killing off colonies directly and spreading deadly diseases.

 As our farms be…



Companies are increasingly expected to join with other organizations—both public and private—to address social and environmental problems. Here are seven ways to make such alliances successful.

July 2014 | byMarco Albani and Kimberly Henderson

Business is being asked to do more than ever to solve social and environmental problems.1

As a result, a growing number of leading companies are taking the challenge of sustainability seriously, not only to reduce their environmental footprint and bolster their reputations but also to improve operations and financial performance.2

Many ecosystem challenges cross jurisdictional boundaries and require systemic changes beyond the capabilities of individual companies or even of an industry. 

In these cases, the best approach for business can be to partner up—with governments, investors, local communities, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and other companies. Think of these partnerships as distinctive and complicated joint ventures, often with…