Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MegaVote - CT's 3rd District and CT Senate 5/21/17

May 1, 2017
In this MegaVote for Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Perdue Nomination
  • Senate: Acosta Nomination
  • House: Register of Copyrights
  • House: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Oversight
  • House: Short-Term Fiscal 2017 Continuing Appropriations
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations
  • Senate: Clayton Nomination
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations
  • House: Workers Comp Time

Recent Senate Votes
Perdue Nomination - Vote Confirmed (87-11, 1 Present, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue to be secretary of Agriculture.

Sen. Christopher Murphy voted YES
Sen. Richard Blumenthal voted NO

The Big Bug Hunt 2017: Gain The Upper Hand On Garden Pests

The Big Bug Hunt

Welcome to the Big Bug Hunt 2017 international research project newsletter!
There’s no better time to be in the garden than spring. There’s lots to do, but this is also a crucial time to start looking out for common, and not so common, garden pests. Aphids, Japanese beetles, slugs – they’re all gearing up for a summer of action and now’s the moment to gain the upper hand and stop them!

Look for pests on the ground among your plants, on leaves, stems and buds, or in the soil as you till, plant and tend. When you find a bug, hop onto The Big Bug Hunt website to file a report. It takes seconds and you’ll be helping to build up a picture of when and where bugs spread. Don’t forget, we want to know about all bugs, both pests and beneficials. Thank you for taking part!
Report any bugs you've seen here..> Report your bug sightings to bigbughunt.com

Get on Top of Slugs

Slugs are the gardener’s enemy number one! Don’t let them get the better of you. Watch our how-to video and win the war on slugs this growing season.

Stop Slug Damage To Your Fruit and Vegetables

Bug Bites: 5 Surprising Slug Facts

Underground Crime: About 95% of the slug population is below ground at any one time.

Eggstravagance: The malevolent mollusks lay up to 100 eggs at once, several times a year!

Living the Life: In ideal conditions a slug will live for up to six years.

Count Them: There are up to 250 slugs in every cubic yard of soil.

Seeing Green: Unlike most animals, a slug’s blood is actually green.

Slugs and slug eggs
Hunt for bugs

Ones to Watch

We’d love to know about all of the bugs you spot, including beneficial bugs such as these ones:


Great because: Eats a range of small insect pests
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Ground Beetle

Ground Beetle

Great because: Controls many pests, including slugs
Find out more...


Great because: Aerates and fertilizes the soil
Find out more...
Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee

Great because: Pollinates many vegetables and fruits
Find out more...
Learn more about these and other pests, plus beneficial bugs here.
Report any bugs you've seen here..>
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On Watch: Episode 14 - Corruption and the Increasing Opioid Epidemic

Below, is the latest edition of Chris Farrell's On Watch.  

To watch this video cast (vodcast) program, click on the arrow below. We have also included a full transcript of the edition below.

Transcript: I’m Chris Farrell . . . and this is On Watch.

I’ve discussed how public corruption is fueled by the flow of Mexican drug cartel heroin across our southern border.  Be sure to go back and watch earlier episodes of On Watch, specifically, our premier show and episode 3 to get up to speed on those subjects.

Today, we’re going to talk about fentanyl.  Fentanyl is a narcotic.  A very powerful synthetic opioid that’s properly used as a pain medication.  It works quickly and has a relatively short duration of action in the body. Most often, it’s used to alleviate pain after surgery and with late-stage cancer patients. 

Stratfor - Russia Regains Its Momentum Across Eurasia


May 12, 2017

The Brief

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has worked hard to rebuild its influence in its former states. But the buffers the country once had, stretching from the Baltic states to Central Asia, have become more independent as time has passed. Though some have remained allies, others have formed new ties, more often than not with the West. angle




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Essential Reading


Watch and Listen

Introducing Stratfor Worldview  Two-decades after Stratfor began forecasting the geopolitical trends shaping our world, we now take a giant step forward with the introduction of Stratfor Worldview, the next generation Stratfor experience. angle
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Targeting the High Value Terrorists 
Stratfor Vice President of Tactical Intelligence Scott Stewart discusses the strategic value of targeting terrorist propagandists. angle
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Stratfor Store Reports

Advances In Quantum Computing This report explores this emerging technology, and how the countries and companies that are the first to access quantum computers will enjoy a powerful advantage over their competitors. angle  
Enter the Dragon   The rise of China is one of the most significant developments of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. This collection goes behind the headlines to understand these monumental changes to the global order. angle

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Monday, May 22, 2017

The Old Farmer's Almanac - To Mulch or not to Mulch? (or, too mulch monkey business for me!)

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May 16, 2017


When elm leaves are as big as a shilling,
Plant kidney beans, if to plant 'em you're willing;
When elm leaves are as big as a penny,
You must plant kidney beans, if you mean to have any

To Mulch or Not to Mulch

Mulching is a common gardening practice done for a number of good reasons.

The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, Volume 7

The Almanac for Kids series is a treasure trove of fun facts, creative activities, and great ideas that will keep kids of all ages loving learning the whole year through. Winner in five categories in the International Book Awards! Volume 7 is not available in stores until June 13, 2017 but it’s SHIPPING NOW from our online store.  

Lovely Lilacs

Who doesn’t love lilacs? The ideal lilac shrub has about 10 canes and produces flowers at eye-level—all the better to enjoy that sweet, haunting fragrance.

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