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    Daily Digest 1/31 – Good News Friday: ‘Unprecedented’ New Photos of the Sun’s Surface Are Being Hailed as Landmark Achievement for Science

    by Daily Digest

    Friday, January 31, 2020, 9:13 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header “Good News Friday.” We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


‘Unprecedented’ New Photos of the Sun’s Surface Are Being Hailed as Landmark Achievement for Science

Scientists have used a new solar telescope to capture the world’s most detailed pictures of the sun’s surface—and the achievement is being hailed as a historic milestone for “ushering in a new era of solar astronomy”.

These newly-released first images from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope reveal unprecedented detail of the sun’s surface and preview the world-class products to come from this preeminent 4-meter solar telescope.

Woman Is Reunited With Her Lost Dog After Seeing Her On A Beer Can

Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton recently teamed up with Manatee County Animal Services to help spread the word about adoptable dogs.

One of the dogs pictured on a beer can, Day Day, is going to her forever home, but she wasn’t adopted.

Minnesota Will Pay Homeowners To Replace Lawns With Bee-Friendly Wildflowers And Clover

Minnesota homeowners can benefit financially if they start letting their grass go to the bees.

The state has set aside $900,000 over one year to assist homeowners by covering much of the cost of converting traditional lawns by planting wildflowers, clover and native grasses in an effort to slow the collapse of the state’s bee population.


British Carbon Tax Leads to Whopping 93% Drop in Coal-Fired Electricity

A tax on carbon dioxide emissions in Great Britain, introduced in 2013, has led to the proportion of electricity generated from coal falling from 40% to 3% over six years, according to research led by University College London (UCL).

British electricity generated from coal fell from 13.1 TWh (terawatt hours) in 2013 to 0.97 TWh in September 2019, and was replaced by other less emission-heavy forms of generation such as gas. The decline in coal generation accelerated substantially after the tax was increased in 2015.


Watch the Thundering Return of Bighorn Sheep to Nevada Land They Haven’t Roamed for 100 Years

With the help of a local Native American tribe, 21 desert bighorn sheep became part of an important reintroduction program to create a population of Nevada’s state animal in lands they’ve been absent from for almost 100 years.

The bumblebee is a discerning nectar shopper. When choosing which flowers to gather the sticky substance from, it might consider a plant’s distance, the shape of the petals and how sugar-rich the nectar is.

But according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, there’s another variable the bees may be considering on a nectar run: How fast can they barf it back up?

As fires continue to rage across Australia, destroying ecosystems and killing millions of animals, it’s hard to imagine any good emerging from such devastation. But it’s long been known that some small plants can benefit from a fire, because they grow back faster than grasses and trees, giving them an advantage in the battle for resources.

A study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences gives another explanation for that success, at least for one prairie plant that has been in decline: reproductive advantage.

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  • Sat, Feb 01, 2020 - 9:41am



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    Whoa. Bioweapon.

    Just had a chance to carefully read about the HIV spike protein insert into the nCoV that is NOT present in any other CoV or bats but comes from HIV.


    I’m going with “It’s a bioweapon.”

    And, not from the animal market.

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  • Sat, Feb 01, 2020 - 10:44am



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    Pepe Escobar: China, CoV, Total Informational Warfare

    Anyone allergic to conspiracy theories should just skip this post.


    Having a BSL-4 lab studying CoV in a city of 11 million is a starting point.

    Pepe Escobar, at the Saker, offers his view of the Chinese “breathtakingly” rapid and effective response to the CV as suggestive of a pre-planned operation aimed at taking “total informational control.”  The familiar story of domination of the masses by their elite using the mechanism of crisis to create change.

    1.  In a matter of a few days, at the peak of the most congested travel period of the year, China did manage to quarantine an urban environment of over 56 million people, including megalopolis Wuhan and three nearby cities. This is an absolute first in terms of public health, anytime in history.

    2.  Waging a “peoples war” against the virus–that has the effect of consolidating power in the hands of the CCP over the people.

    “We in Wuhan have truly entered the stage of people’s war against the new viral pneumonia”; and many people, “mainly Communist Party members” have been confirmed as “volunteers and observers according to street units.”

    3.  Conducting themselves in “total transparency,” but, the Chinese internet wall is left in place.

    4.  Breathtaking response times

    the speed of the Chinese scientific response has been breathtaking – and obviously not fully appreciated in an environment of Total Information War. Compare the Chinese performance with the American CDC, arguably the top infectious disease research agency in the world, with an $11 billion annual budget and 11,000 employees.

    During the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014 – considered a maximum urgency, and facing a virus with a 90% fatality rate – the CDC took no less than two months from getting the first patient sample to identifying the complete genomic sequence. The Chinese did it in a few days.

    During the swine flu in the US in 2009 – 55 million infected Americans, 11,000 killed – the CDC took over a month and a half to come up with identification kits.

    The Chinese took only one week from the first patient sample to complete, vital identification and sequencing of coronavirus. Right away, they went for publication and deposit in the genomics library for immediate access by the whole planet. Based on this sequence, Chinese biotech companies produced validated essays within a week – also a first.

    5.  Citizens download WeChat app for reporting one’s health and location to the authorities.

    .. the government directed everyone to install a “Wuhan Neighbors” applet downloaded from WeChat. That determines “our home’s quarantine address through satellite positioning, and then lock on our affiliated community organization and volunteers. Thenceforth, our social activities and information announcements would be connected to the system.”

    Theoretically, this means that “anyone who develops a fever will report their condition through the network as soon as possible. The system will immediately provide an online diagnosis, and locate and register your quarantine address. If you need to see a doctor, your community will arrange a car to send you to the hospital through volunteers. At the same time, the system will track your progress: hospitalization, treatment at home, discharge, death, etc.”

    So here we have millions of Chinese citizens totally mobilized in what’s routinely described as a “people’s war” using “high technology to fight against illness.” Millions are also drawing their own conclusions when comparing it with the use of app software to fight against the police in Hong Kong.

    6.  Experiments without consent in the name of public safety.

    Coronavirus opens a true Pandora’s box on biogenetics. Serious questions remain about experiences in vivo in which the consent of “patients” will not be required – considering the collective psychosis initially developed by Western corporate media and even the WHO around coronavirus. Coronavirus could well become a pretext for genetic experiments via vaccines.

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  • Sat, Feb 01, 2020 - 8:08pm



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    Uber Corporate Social Responsibilty

    They have suspended 240 accounts in Mexico City in order to prevent spreading the virus.Eighteen students returned from China with one strongly suspected case.Can you imagine NYC or LA?

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  • Sat, Feb 01, 2020 - 10:03pm



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    Run on N95 masks in CV Cali, 15% off tomorrow at Tractor Supply

    I'm in Central Valley, California and went out today to finally replenish my dwindling supply of N95 masks that were depleted (distributed to family and friends) during the wild fires across the state. I visited 4 stores (Home Depot, Walmart, Rite Aid, and Tractor Supply). Home Depot very few N95 and more 100s in the more expensive 1-2 packs. (I bought a 2 pack N95 just-in-case; stays in the car.) I finally snagged the last 10-pack box of N95s at ACE Hardware, the 5th store I visited. I spoke with store workers at each site and all reported record sales and shortages of masks, with a few mentioning the flu/coronavirus specifically. Tractor Supply has some on order for delivery this week. Today/tomorrow they have a 15% discount on all sales. I got a rain check to lock-in the price and my 20-pack box of N95s. They'll call me when they come in.

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  • Sun, Feb 02, 2020 - 7:24am



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    Helix said:

    There are numerous Twitter threads hotly debating the bioengineered virus theory.  According to some who claim expertise in this area, the insertions noted in the ZeroHedge article are segments found not only in HIV but in many other viruses as well, including other corona viruses.  I think the jury's still out on whether this virus as been engineered or has evolved.

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