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Are Those Bugs at Burning Man The Result of Desert Agriculture or a Plague Sent From God?

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Do you recall those green bugs that invaded the Burning Man grounds and became the buzz of the Internet? You might have heard they were green stink bugs (GSB), but it turns out this might not true. In an article that appeared in Gizmodo, Alex Wild identifies the bugs as GSB from photographs and explanations by organizers preparing the festival. Cornell University entomologist, Professor Peter Jentsch, tells us this might not be the case.

“As another article states, seed bugs are common to the Sonoran Desert, look like shield bugs/stink bugs and are likely the culprit. Some seed bugs – Conenose beetle; Common to Arizona and Nevada – have been known to ‘sting’ humans, which could also be confused with the presence of GSB,” Professor Jentsch writes in an e-mail to me.

“To be honest, there are only hints of identification of green stink bug (GSB) that, by the way, do not bite humans,” Professor Jentsch wrote.

Stink bugs do not have the physical capacity to sting or bite humans. Predatory SB species do pierce other insects, usually larva, that they then feed on.

Interestingly, the components of the smell associated with stink bugs have certain uses for humans.

“The aldehydes that contribute to the ‘smell’ are used as ingredients in various products for flavour and perfumes,” Jentsch, the Hudson Valley Research Lab’s Laboratory Superintendent, stated. “They do produce compounds that some folks with sensitive skin experience burning sensation and lesions on their skin, often confused with a bite along with the presence of the stink bug.”

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Dr. Peter Jentsch teaching a course outdoors. Image: Cornell

“If indeed these are GSB, then this may be a reasonable explanation,” he adds. To Be certain, Professor Jentsch is unfamiliar with stink bugs inhabiting desert climates, but he does believe there is a possibility they do today.

“Given the rise of agriculture in deserts and use of aquifers to water plants, increasing diversity and population of insects will likely follow,” Jentsch, who works in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, writes. “Stink bug species generally do well under drought conditions as long as suitable moisture and nutrients can be obtained through the utilization of irrigated plants as are found in most agricultural systems.” There could be another explanation, the Cornell entomologist puts forth.

“Burning man is generally considered a Pagan event, self-centered (versus God-centered), filled with sex, drugs and rock and roll. As stated on their site, it is an experiment in ‘community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance,’” writes Professor Jentsch, whose research focuses on the use of reduced risk approaches to improved insect pest management on pome fruit, grape and onion.

“In biblical times the Lord God would frown on such events, causing plagues of vertebrate and invertebrates to fill camps and cities with various pestilence, including insects, to get folks thinking about what they were doing,” he points out.

Considering Burning Man attendees have already spent hundreds of dollars on tickets, it might be too much to ask them to rethink what they are up to there in the Nevada desert. Yet there could be another solution for the bugs. Perhaps this year Burning Man should burn the man – as it does each year at the end of the festival – to start off Burning Man 2015, since bugs are attracted to light. Right?

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  1. oneduality

    September 1, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    No, they are stink bugs and they are very good at infesting things, they are also very attracted to light.. They’ve become increasingly more common in the US over the last couple of years and they like to hide in things like cars, campers.. etc … all it would take is a bunch of cars with hitch hiking stink bugs to start an infestation at burning man.

    The pictures I’ve seen of them are EXACTLY the same type we had in my house one year and they were horrible to get rid of ..

    • oneduality

      September 1, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      As for stink bug bites, they can and do bite! It’s just nor common unless they feel threatened.. I’ve even found an online guide for treating bites from them… in a highly crowded place like burning man it would be easy to imagine them feeling threatened, especially if they are being killed.. they omit an odor that also alarms near by bugs of attack… this could very well cause a chain reaction leading to aggressive behavior.

    • oneduality

      September 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      And yes it’s very likely that another infestation is possible but these bugs aren’t dessert dwellers, those that were there before won’t be there next year.. another infestation is only going to happen if they are hauled in like they were before… so possible! … likely? we’ll see ..

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Philip Morris International Incorporated is an American multinational firm that manufactures cigarettes and tobacco. Its products including its best-seller Marlboro cigarettes that are sold in over 180 countries around the world. The company has a diverse workforce of over 81,000 employees and touts an estimated 150 million consumers worldwide. In 2017, Philip Morris generated 7.8 billion dollars in revenues.

Technical Analysis of Philip Morris (PM)

PM looked toppish in June 2017 when it failed to take out resistance of $120 after two attempts. On top of that, the stock was trading in extreme overbought territory on the weekly chart. These were indications that bulls were exhausted.

Things went from bad to worse when the stock breached support of $110. This activated the head and shoulders reversal pattern on the daily chart and effectively reversed the trend. The downtrend saw PM drop to as low as $76.21 in June 2018. However, it appears that the worst may be over for the stock.

Technical analysis show that PM is respecting key support of $78. Bulls have defended this level since February 2012. It looks like they will continue to take control of this price level, especially after PM successfully backtested the support in August 2018.

In addition, we can see the weekly RSI breakout from its own falling wedge pattern. This is an indication that bulls are significantly gaining momentum.

Fundamental Analysis of Philip Morris (PM)

In addition, we have fundamental analysis to back up our bullish view. PM’s trailing twelve month price to earnings ratio stands at 19.78. The stock is still relatively undervalued considering that it has a five-year maximum of 28.51. This suggests that investors are generally willing to pay more for PM stocks.

On top of that, Zacks reports that Philip Morris beat expert projections for the second quarter of 2018. Analysts estimated that PM would generate revenues of $7.528 million and an earnings per share (EPS) of $1.23. However, PM brought in revenues of $7.726 million and an EPS of $1.41. With these developments, even the Wall Street Journal is overweight on the stock as they published a target price of $93.27.

The strategy is to buy as close to $78 support as possible. If bulls can successfully defend the support, then PM might be able to rally to our target of $95.

The timeline for the target is less than six months.

Weekly PM Chart

Monthly PM Chart

As of this writing, the Philip Morris International Incorporated stock (PM) is trading at 81.93.

Summary of Strategy

Buy: As close to 78 support as possible.

Target: 95

Stop: Close below 76.

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Alleged FBI Hacker Lauri Love Ordered to US Extradition by UK Home Secretary

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The long-running court saga of Lauri Love, a British hacker and activist accused of compromising and stealing data from the likes of the FBI, NASA and the US Federal Reserve has been ordered by the UK’s home secretary for his extradition to the United States.

31-year-old Love who has Asperger’s syndrome launched a legal challenge to avoid his extradition to the U.S., following a court ruling by a UK judge in September 2016. Love, who suffers from depression and eczema argued against the extradition ruling, claiming it could lead him to a mental breakdown or suicide. Despite his plea, the ruling district judge, Nina Tempia, determined that Love would be cared for by medical facilities in the United States, while accepting that Love suffered “both physical and mental issues.”

On the other side of the pond, Love potentially faces legal proceedings in three different US jurisdictions, reports the Guardian. Meanwhile, the UK home secretary had been given a deadline of November 16, in order to decide if Love was to be extradited or not. A day before the deadline, Rudd signed the order for Love’s extradition to the US. His lawyers believe he faces up to 99 years in prison if convicted of charges related to hacking.

The UK Home Office stated that Rudd had “carefully considered all relevant matters” before ruling:

[Love] has been charged with various computer hacking offences which included targeting US military and federal government agencies.

The case drew parallels to that of Gary McKinnon, a British hacker whose extradition to the US was blocked by Theresa May in 2012, as the home secretary at the time.

Love’s legal battle with the ruling garnered support from The Courage Foundation, whose acting director Sarah Harrison stated:

The US has ruthlessly persecuted hackers and digital activists for years, and nobody expects that to improve under President Trump. Theresa May set a good example by protecting Gary McKinnon back in 2012. For a home secretary in her government now to willingly send a brilliant and vulnerable UK citizen to Donald Trump’s America beggars belief.

Love was bailed earlier this year in June when US prosecutors were already doing plenty to extradite him stateside.

Lori’s alleged hacking endeavors were a part of #Oplastresort, an operation by Anonymous, the global hacktivist collective. This particular operation was in response to the treatment endured by Aaron Swartz a prominent programmer and hacktivist. Swartz faced 35 years In prison, asset forfeiture and a million dollars in fines with two counts of wire fraud. Swartz committed suicide for his alleged computer crimes.

Love’s legal defense is certain to bring up the unfortunate series of events that led to Swartz committing suicide under the threat of persecution. Love has 14 days to appeal against Rudd’s order and will almost certainly do so.

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WikiLeaks: Podesta Received E-mails On Extraterrestrial Disclosure

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While most fallout from the Podesta emails has been political, there are extraterrestrial implications for some of the e-mails released by whistleblower source WikiLeaks. 

An email on behalf of Apollo astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta turned up in the recent data dumps. The email was sent by Rebecca Wright of the Institute of Exoconsciousness. 

Mitchell requested in an email dated July 29, 2014 to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss extraterrestrial disclosure, but was partially rebuffed.

“Fifty years ago Battelle, Brookings and RAND studies on UFOs convinced the government to remove knowledge of the extraterrestrial presence from the citizens of our country. These organizations advised with their best information. However, today much, if not most, of the extraterrestrial reality they examined is known by our citizens,” the e-mail states. “These organizations’ resultant strategies and policies of 50 years ago no longer hold credibility or benefit.” Mitchell says a well-informed public is important to further disclosure. 

Podesta’s secretary wrote Mitchell saying Mr. Podesta would rather meet alone before arranging a meeting with Obama. A Skype meeting was scheduled for Aug 11, but whether or not the meeting happened is unclear. Mitchell died in February 2016.

According to the leaks, former Blink 182 frontman Tom Delonge emailed John Podesta twice about extraterrestrial beings.

“Things are moving with the project. The novels, films and nonfiction works are blooming and finishing,” DeLonge said in an October 2015 email to Podesta. “I would like to bring two very ‘important’ people out to meet you in DC. I think you will find them very interesting, as they were principal leadership relating to our sensitive topic.” DeLonge emailed again later.

“When Roswell crashed, they shipped it to the laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. General McFasland was in charge of that exact laboratory up to a couple years ago,” DeLonge wrote. “He not only knows what I’m trying to achieve, he helped assemble my advisory team. He’s a very important man.”

Hacked reported in 2015 that DeLonge was working on various ET-related projects, and the former pop-punk superstar, whose 1999 album Enema of the State sold 15 million copies worldwide, has since released books and plans to release a documentary on extra terrestrials.

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