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    Daily Digest 11/17 – Good News Friday: Water As A Human Right, The Changing Colors Of Our Living Planet

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, November 17, 2017, 3:11 PM

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!


Arkansas town reaches settlement in ‘debtors’ prison’ lawsuit (sv)

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said in a September report that there was a nationwide problem of local courts imposing inordinate fees on the poor and jailing them if they did not pay.

Michael Mosley, an attorney for the city and Sherwood district court Judge Milas Hale, said Hale had always considered a person’s ability to pay in determining a sentence after a finding of guilt.

Navy’s Largest Floating Hospital Docks In Puerto Rico (Jen H.)

After weeks of ghastly headlines, the Puerto Rican government is trying to flip the script. With help from the U.S. Navy’s hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló wants people to know the island’s health care system is “back on line.”

Canada Moves Closer to Gender Equity for Indigenous Women (sv)

“Our government is committed to working with First Nations, parliamentarians, impacted individuals and experts to ensure all gender-based discrimination is eliminated from registration under the Indian Act,” the office of Carolyn Bennett, the minister for indigenous relations, said in a statement.

HBCUs In Maryland Win A Decade-Old Lawsuit Over The Lack Of Investment In Education (sv)

“Crafting such a plan is a daunting task requiring the good faith collaboration of the coalition and the state,” Blake wrote. “The court urges such collaboration to strengthen and enhance Maryland’s HBI’s for the benefit of all Maryland students, present and future.”

In 2013, a court ruled that “a dual and segregated education system” was in place in Maryland that violated the Constitution.

To think critically, you have to be both analytical and motivated (tmn)

Overall, a tendency for analytical thinking did provide consistent protection against conspiratorial thinking and other irrational beliefs, but only if it was accompanied by a belief in the value of critical thinking. The moralizing version of this belief, where you think everyone should be approaching things critically, didn’t seem to have any influence on holding irrational ideas.

Denver votes to require environment-friendly ‘green’ roofs (sv)

Advocates concede green roofs cost more, but they argue that they pay for themselves in about six years by keeping buildings cooler, resulting in lower utility bills, and they protect underlying roof materials from wear, so they last longer.

Water as a Human Right: How Philadelphia Is Preventing Shut-Offs and Ensuring Affordability (Jen H.)

With an average monthly household water, sewer, and stormwater bill of around $70.87, the number of Philadelphians unable to pay is staggering at nearly 40 percent. In fact, roughly 1 in 5 Philly residents—disproportionately black and Latino households—have had their water disconnected at least once since 2012 as a result of falling behind on their water payments. According to the Philadelphia Water Department, missing two consecutive payments of a past-due amount totaling just $75—about the cost of one monthly bill—can trigger a household’s water to be shut off.

The Changing Colors Of Our Living Planet (jdargis)

The space-based view of life allows scientists to monitor crop, forest and fisheries health around the globe. But the space agency’s scientists have also discovered long-term changes across continents and ocean basins. As NASA begins its third decade of global ocean and land measurements, these discoveries point to important questions about how ecosystems will respond to a changing climate and broad-scale changes in human interaction with the land.

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  • Fri, Nov 17, 2017 - 8:23am



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    Israel + KSA against Iran


    The Saudis and Israel do not have diplomatic ties with one another, and the interview marked the first time an Israeli chief of staff has been interviewed by a media outlet in Saudi Arabia.

    Looks like we could at least get a covert war in the middle east. I'm sure Israel has the same assets as the NSA/CIA targetted hacking teams. Does hacking constitute an act of war if Israel uses it against Iran? I'm sure it does in Iran's eyes. Maybe she will purchase some hacking software of her own from her Chinese counterparts. Or maybe China and Iran can trade oil for some hacking software.... 

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  • Fri, Nov 17, 2017 - 10:34am



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    Robots...from barely walking to more agile than you are

    This is happening very quickly. Look what this thing can do now:



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  • Fri, Nov 17, 2017 - 5:12pm


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    Impressive, but...

    Being a software engineer, I can appreciate the efforts invested in these machines.

    But, and this is a big one, they need energy. A lot of it. As well as a backend industry to support them. While us, human, we run on food (you know, beans, wheat, fruits, water, ...). On the long run, we still outperform them.

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