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    Daily Digest 12/1 – Good News Friday: Searching For The Origins Of Life, AUS Powers Up World’s Biggest Battery

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, December 1, 2017, 4:22 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!


Searching for the Origins of Life Thousands of Feet Underwater (jdargis)

“It’s a unique area, and so it might host some unique life systems,” says Frieder Klein, a marine geologist, who’s leading the scientific team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Klein is standing barefoot on Alucia’s top deck in cargo shorts and a faded MC5 T-shirt, squinting in the noonday sun. A few hundred meters to the north, waves crash and fizz on the shores of the 15 bite-sized rock islets.

Australia Powers Up the World’s Biggest Battery — Courtesy of Elon Musk (jdargis)

“This fits into his M.O. of doing these big, grandstanding things to get attention for the company and the technology that he’s building,” said Ashlee Vance, the author of a 2015 biography of Mr. Musk. “Tesla’s at this really critical stage where they’re trying to be both a car company and an energy company at the same time.”

The big Washington food fight (blackeagle)

Companies are increasingly under pressure to find growth in a market in which more and more consumers are seeking healthier fare, whether they’re buying organic baby food, cereal without artificial colors or meats raised without antibiotics. These changing tastes are no longer considered just a niche market driven by high-income consumers. The top 20 U.S. food and beverage companies lost roughly $18 billion in market share between 2011 and 2017, according to a recent analysis by Credit Suisse.

Canada’s largest school board votes to end armed police presence in schools (sv)

In August, TDSB trustees voted to temporarily suspend the program while staff and students were surveyed and community consultations took place. Before that, school resource officers were stationed at 45 TDSB high schools.

More States Hatch Plans to Recycle Drugs Being Wasted in Nursing Homes (jdargis)

In Iowa, a program called SafeNetRx retrieves the excess medication, inspects it and dispenses it for free to needy patients. Almost 80,000 Iowans have used SafeNetRx to obtain medication — from cheap antibiotics to cancer drugs worth thousands of dollars per month.

The state funds the program for about $600,000 a year and in fiscal 2016 it recovered and distributed drugs valued at about $3.4 million. This year it’s on pace to hand out more than $6 million of reclaimed medicine.

The Art Of Flying (tmn)

The art of flying is a short film about “murmurations”: the mysterious flights of the Common Starling. It is still unknown how the thousands of birds are able to fly in such dense swarms without colliding. Every night the starlings gather at dusk to perform their stunning air show. Because of the relatively warm winter of 2014/2015, the starlings stayed in the Netherlands instead of migrating southwards. This gave filmmaker Jan van IJken the opportunity to film one of the most spectacular and amazing natural phenomena on earth.

Shell Aims To Half Emissions By 2050 (Michael K.)

So, natural gas, renewable energy including biofuels, wind power, and EV charging networks – that seems to be the energy diversification plan of Shell. Yet, the company is not stopping there. Amid Amnesty International allegations that Shell needs to be investigated for complicity in abuses of human rights in Nigeria’s military suppressing protests in the oil-rich Niger Delta in the 1990s, the company said it will start reporting on the estimated carbon footprint of the people who use the fuels and other energy products it markets.

2017 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar (jdargis)

Time once more for one of my favorite holiday traditions, the 10th annual Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar. Every day until Monday, December 25, this page will present one new incredible image of our universe from NASA’s Hubble telescope.

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  • Fri, Dec 01, 2017 - 11:52am



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    I dare anyone:

    Tell me Elon Musk is NOT bipolar. In his manic periods (which seem to be most of the time), he can save the world from fossil fuels and deliver our species to the stars. Not that he isn’t smart and talented. It’s just that even he has limits, even if HE can’t see them. If I wasn’t busy shorting the dollar and modern society as currently configured, I’d short him and Tesla. Instead, I just stand back and cringe, waiting for a massive wave of reality to wash over him and the true believers onboard his spaceship. frown

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  • Fri, Dec 01, 2017 - 2:53pm



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    Beauty, eh?

    This was a hoot, just in my idiot opinion of course.  But hey, this is so much fracking fun, right?  What did my rich uncle once say?  Oh right, it went something like “great minds think alike but fools seldom differ”.

    The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Being an Idiot

    Thus, for idiots’ sake, we’ve boiled The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Being an Idiot down to its crystalline essence:

    One: Buy bitcoin north of $11,000.


    Two: Buy FANG stocks at present valuations.


    Three: Short the VIX at sub-10.

    We consider these to be actions for idiots.  But what do we know?  Remember, idiots often make the wrong decision at precisely the right time.

    So, with a little luck, those who follow this guide won’t just be idiots.  They’ll be rich idiots to boot.  Such is the poetry of life.

    We’ll be rich, I tell you. Rich beyond our wildest dreams.

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  • Fri, Dec 01, 2017 - 4:10pm

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    DennisC wrote: We'll be

    DennisC wrote:

    We’ll be rich, I tell you. Rich beyond our wildest dreams.

    I have a gorgeous and loving wife, two great kids, enough wealth to prepare for the inevitable, and my health. I am already rich beyond my wildest dreams.



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