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    Daily Digest 10/4 – Good News Friday: Hazelnuts Improve Adults’ Micronutrient Levels, Solar Is Back

    by Daily Digest

    Friday, October 4, 2019, 8:10 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!

Economy

College-student voting rate doubled in 2018, analysis says (sv)

While older voters historically turned out at significantly higher rates, the new data could signal a change going into the 2020 presidential election, a year in which millennials and Generation Z are expected to make up 37% of the U.S. electorate.

Cancer cells stopped by compounds derived from hops (newsbuoy)

“But a potential problem with XN is that enzymes in the liver and the gut microbiota metabolize it into 8- prenylnaringenin, or 8-PN, the most potent phytoestrogen known,” said the study’s corresponding author, Adrian Gombart, professor of biochemistry and biophysics in the College of Science at Oregon State University and principal investigator at OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute.

Hazelnuts improve older adults’ micronutrient levels (newsbuoy)

The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, are important because many Americans do not eat adequate amounts of either micronutrient. Older adults are at particular risk—lower concentrations of the micronutrients are associated with increased risk of age-related health problems including Alzheimer’s disease.

NASA news: An incredible black hole appeared on Jupiter – What is this ‘dramatic image’? (Thomas R.)

The “dramatic image” was snapped by NASA’s probe and enhanced by citizen scientist Kevin Gill. The picture features Jupiter’s upper hemisphere where a pitch-black and round shadow has appeared. NASA’s Juno took the picture on its 22nd close flyby of the Gas Giant on September 11, 2019. During the flyby, the spacecraft dipped to a distance of just 4,885 miles (7,862km) above the planet’s cloud tops.

September snowstorm crashed couple’s big day — but made for epic wedding photos (Thomas R.)

Fletcher advises others dealing with inclement weather on their wedding day to go with the flow. “Take everything with a grain of salt. You cannot control everything, but what you can control is remembering why you’re having a wedding in the first place. Celebrate your love. Everything will work out the way it’s supposed to,” she said.

A teacher designed glittery hearing aids on dolls to make her deaf students feel represented (Sparky1)

“Those with cochlear implants tend to only reach for the doll with cochlear implants, and those with hearing aids tend to do the same. It’s so exciting to watch their interactions with them, and watch as they identify with the doll that resembles them,” she said. “Now, I watch as they feed their babies everyday, and ‘rock them to sleep’, and it’s the sweetest sight!”

Cars & Coffee group keeps Tesla Supercharger free after mass blocking incident (Thomas R.)

“We had a nice turnout today at C&C. We met a great Tesla owner Ben Rich who was spurred to come to C&C due to the social media ruckus of this past week. He saw that what was being said by many folks in the Tesla community (most that live nowhere near here) portraying us as EV/Tesla haters were false. As you can see pictured, we made sure to block off all the Tesla charging spots for the C&C time period to avoid issues experienced last week. We learned a lot about Teslas from Ben and had an all-around great morning,” the organizers wrote.

Scooter Startup Bird Raises $275 Million In New Funding Round (Thomas R.)

Launched in 2017, Santa Monica-based Bird became the fastest company to ever reach a billion-dollar valuation, snagging “unicorn” status in a little over a year. It’s now raised a total of around $700 million in funding, including the latest round led by previous investor Sequoia and Quebec pension fund CDPQ. TechCrunch had previously reported that Bird was raising a round.

The Sunrise Movement Is Building An Army In The Early 2020 States (RS)

“I think this is the number one issue young people care about,” Van Fosson said about climate change. “For many of them, this is their first election where they have an opportunity to get involved and make a change.”

10,000 Farmers And Ranchers Endorse Green New Deal In Letter To Congress (sv)

“We believe these climate goals are achievable,” the letter argues, “but only if the GND includes policies that spur two large-scale transitions: the transition away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy alternatives, and the transition away from industrial agriculture toward family farm-based organic and regenerative farming and land-use practices that improve soil health and draw down and sequester carbon.”

US Coal Exports to Drop by 10 Million Tons This Year, Over 8 Million More in 2020 (sv)

Peabody Energy Co. (NYSE: BTU) traded down about 6% Thursday, after issuing a statement confirming what Platts analysts said earlier this week: “For the full year of 2019, recent trends suggest capital expenditures and seaborne coal volumes are expected to come at the lower end of the targeted annual range, with metallurgical coal costs now expected at the higher end of the annual range.”

Solar is back with an ETF tracking the sector up more than 50% this year (Thomas R.)

The ETF is international in scope and includes companies in all areas of the solar economy from part makers to panel manufacturers to battery storage suppliers. Top holdings include SolarEdge, First Solar, Xinyi Solar Holdings and Enphase Energy.

Federal judge declines to dismiss Bears Ears lawsuit (RS)

Anticipating that a new version of the lawsuit would be filed, Chutkan set aside — at least temporarily — additional arguments that legal claims brought against Trump’s edict weren’t yet legally ripe for interpretation and that the Antiquities Act was enough to decide the matter.

2019 Fall Foliage Prediction Map (tmn)

It all starts with photosynthesis. Leaves typically produce their vivid hues of green from spring through summer into early fall through the constant creation of Chlorophyll. As we all learned in 5th grade science, Chlorophyll is the key component in a plant’s ability to turn sunlight into glucose, which in turn feeds the trees. Many millions of these Chlorophyll cells saturate the leaves, ultimately making them appear green to the eye.

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  • Fri, Oct 04, 2019 - 10:33am

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    thc0655

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    Brilliant idea to kick off the climate change “solution”

    https://guerrilla-capitalism.com/articles/drastic-climate-action-needed-now-lets-ban-private-jets/

    As the din of climate hysteria grows ever louder, the eco-pious and super-rich call for urgent and drastic action on climate change. Justin Trudeau, still licking his wounds from being outed for his multiple episodes of blackface and brownface, took more heat today as he’s criss-crossing the country ahead of the forthcoming federal election with not one, but two private jets.

    As these calls for immediate climate action are accelerating, in fact we’ve seen numerous trial balloons floated from a complicit mainsteam media (or as Canada’a reigning Liberals call it “Approved Media”).

    These trial balloons / admonitions include:

    And of course:

    • Fly less. Let’s have fewer planes in the air, to reduce carbon output.

    These guidelines are understandably hard sells for Joe Public, as many common people like to eat meat, or need a car to get to-and-from work, and children, as demanding as they can be, eventually grow up and can mow our lawns and do chores around the house.

    So if we’re serious about drastic climate action, right now, before the world ends, we need to do something that has maximum bang for the buck, while disrupting as few lives as possible. This way, the rabble masses will see that our leaders and elites are serious and they have the will to take whatever action necessary to make this happen.

    #BanPrivateJets

    … But if we banned private jets, with immediate effect, no exceptions, very few working class and middle class people would be affected. In fact even upper class, lower-tier wealthy would be relatively unscathed. It would only affect the tiny sliver at the top of the wealth pyramid, the same ones who seem most vociferously adamant on drastic climate action now and who could best afford to make alternate arrangements for attending climate summits or other important events. The annual Davos summit could be held via Skype, for example.

    Taking the important step now will set the tone for the coming, rapid and drastic restructuring of every aspect of our lives, and it will be an easier pill to swallow when the elitists driving this change are leading the charge by example. Be the change you wish to see! #BanPrivateJets

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  • Fri, Oct 04, 2019 - 10:40am

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    newsbuoy

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    Why Do Black People Always Have to Forgive?

    Why Do Black People Always Have to Forgive?

    I hope the team going to Nevada consider the implication of this case. Training reflexes. If you were the one eating ice cream in front of you TV, how would you respond? Did the Guygers training reflex murder Botham Jean? How soon can we expect to here that she will mostly do community service and we’ll all just learn to get along. [snicker]

    Please submit any other case of murder with a pending 10-year sentence. Is it because she’s a woman? (white) or because the victim was a man (black)?

    Is this justice? guess so.

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  • Fri, Oct 04, 2019 - 2:22pm

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    thc0655

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    Prison sentences

    Please submit any other case of murder with a pending 10-year sentence. Is it because she’s a woman? (white) or because the victim was a man (black)?

    “Ten to 20 years” for third or second degree murder is the most common sentence in Philadelphia and most large, high crime, Democrat-run US cities. And, practically speaking, that sentence means the convict will serve at most ten years unless s/he commits additional felonies while in prison. Almost all convicted murderers given a 10-20 year sentence are paroled at about the 7-8 year mark. This is probably what will happen to Guyger. Should she stay LONGER because she’s white, or the victim was black? Today’s big phrases are “mass incarceration” and “criminal justice reform,” which, in part, mean fewer criminal charges, fewer convictions, shorter sentences and more early releases. Are you in favor of mass incarceration and opposed to criminal justice reform? I hope not, because I have it on good authority that those attitudes and thoughts are indicative of racism. You’re not racist are you? 😳

    I lost all my naive delusions about the criminal justice system two years into my time on the Philadelphia Police Department. I was working the midnight shift and answered a 911 call for three men in a silver SUV threatening people with guns. I was the first officer on scene and talked to four people sitting on the front steps of a row house. One female was crying. The other female and two males were visibly shaking and breathing rapidly. They looked scared out of their wits. I asked what happened and for a more detailed description. One male said nothing happened and the rest refused to talk to me. You can draw your own conclusions, but I decided they had been threatened by the three men with guns (and probably over an unpaid drug debt). A neighbor probably saw the whole thing and called police. Hoping the three guys with guns would come back, I kept driving by the location when I wasn’t busy on other assignments. Almost three hours later, I spotted a car matching the description with three males inside 1/2 block from the location. I started following the car (as always I was in a marked car,  in uniform). To make sure any potential arrest wasn’t thrown out in court for me having insufficient cause to stop the car, I decided to wait for the driver to violate any one of hundreds of motor vehicle laws before stopping them. I was working on the assumption that these were indeed the three armed men from the previous assignment and that I would have to be careful in approaching them (it was then about 3:00 am). My suspicions were further aroused when the driver began coming to a full and complete stop at every stop sign and signaling all his turns. Who drives that carefully?! A minute later the car turns onto an alley with the backs of rowhouses on one side and recreational fields on the other. No street lights. No witnesses. The car stops, blocking the alley to traffic (a motor vehicle code violation, just what I was looking for). I was born at night but it wasn’t last night! 😀  There was no way I was going to approach that car in that dark alley if there were three men armed with guns inside. I stopped two car lengths behind them. Patience. We sat there idling, looking at each other for nearly two minutes and I decided if I lived that long that I would stop the car at my next opportunity. Finally, the suspect vehicle started moving again and I followed. Two blocks away the car pulled up to an all night corner bodega and parked. The occupants opened their three doors and I popped out of my rolling death trap ready for my first shootout as a police officer. Instead the two passengers headed toward the bodega and the driver began haranguing me, “Why did you stop me? I didn’t do anything.” We we’re walking toward each other and I answered, “I didn’t stop you. You stopped yourself by parking here to let your friends go into the store.” At that very moment, the police dispatcher came over radio with another urgent assignment which was almost identical to the first one (three males with guns threatening people at the same address). I asked the driver, “Did you hear that?” He said, “Yes.” I said, “NOW I’m stopping you. Put your hands on the trunk of your car and don’t move,” while I drew my pistol and held it at the “low ready.” I told the shocked radio dispatcher that I had that car stopped and had the driver at gun point, and asked for back up. Turns out each male was a convicted felon (prohibited from even handling a gun or being in the presence of one, and prohibited from associating with any other felons) and each one had a loaded handgun under the seat where he was sitting. I arrested all three. Further, the driver had just been released from prison after serving only 8-1/3 years on a sentence of 10-20 years for murder! Boy that was a wake up call for me: released after 8 years, for murder!! 🤦‍♂️

    The driver was returned to prison for violating his parole but he only served the 1-2/3 years necessary to get to his 10 year minimum. The judge chose not to exercise his ability to give him more than the minimum. Criminal justice reform at its best!

    The driver served his 1-2/3 year and within 6 months of his release had another encounter with the Philadelphia Police Department. Two officers in a car used their lights and siren to signal him driving a two year old Jaguar to pull over and stop. He pulled over, opened his door, got out and started shooting at the officers. The officers took cover behind their car, called for back up and returned fire. Other officers arrived and joined in the gun battle. Eventually the paroled murderer was killed by police gunfire after a combined expenditure of over 200 rounds by the suspect and the police. Detectives later found a half kilo of bulk packaged cocaine in the suspect’s car.

    The view from 30,000 feet, so to speak, is that the US has too many people in prison for too long. On the ground, however, many, many criminals are never convicted, those who are convicted get surprisingly short sentences, and most are released shockingly early. It’s a mess.

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  • Fri, Oct 04, 2019 - 2:32pm

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    davefairtex

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    banning private jets to fight climate change

    Tom-

    Big fan of banning private jets to fight climate change.  They can fly commercial like the rest of us peons.  Suffer with us – kinda – in the first class cabin.

    Until all those leaders who are demanding us lowlifes make life-altering changes walk the walk and fly commercial in a tiny gesture of “shared sacrifice”, I’m really not interested in hearing what their solutions happen to be.

    Banning private jets might also reduce all that sex trafficking.  As we know from the Epstein experience, the human trafficker’s favorite mode of transportation is a private jet.

    “Private jets are for human traffickers.”

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  • Fri, Oct 04, 2019 - 7:48pm

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    newsbuoy

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    Envy Is The Central Fact Of American Life

    Happy Birthday Mr. Vidal

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  • Fri, Oct 04, 2019 - 8:26pm

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    davefairtex

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    leading by example

    Envy?  Nah, its not envy.  I just want them to lead by example.

    Examples like: sending their sons and daughters off to die in our pointless wars.  I guarantee we’d have fewer pointless wars if they did.

    That used to be the case.  It isn’t anymore.

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  • Fri, Oct 04, 2019 - 9:31pm

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    incredible example of exemplary human behavior

    Regardless of the tragic details of the case (for all parties concerned), the display of forgiveness by Botham Jean’s brother was incredible.  I was brought to tears watching that.  If only more human beings could exercise that level of forgiveness, the world would be a much, MUCH better place.

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  • Fri, Oct 04, 2019 - 9:33pm

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    and private helicopters and megayachts

    I couldn’t agree more.

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