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    Daily Digest 12/21 – Good News Friday: Resilient Cities, The Benefits Of Being Cold

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, December 21, 2018, 4:00 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!

Economy

Congress just passed the most significant criminal justice reform bill in decades (tmn)

The bill, called the First Step Act, makes modest changes to the federal system. It very slightly pulls back punitive mandatory minimum sentences by, for example, letting judges give lower sentences in some circumstances and relaxing a “three strikes” law to give 25 years instead of life in prison. It makes 2010 crack sentencing reforms, which eased crack sentences to bring them more in line with powder cocaine penalties, retroactive. It expands “good time credits” that well-behaved inmates can use to get out of prison a little earlier. It creates “earned time credits” that encourage inmates to take part in rehabilitative programs for an earlier release.

Resilient cities (Afridev)

No longer are city dwellers happy with the anti-human concrete jungles. They want sustainable, liveable, environmentally-aware cities that provide quality of life.

So, what does the city of the future look like, and, how do we update leadership so these new spaces can be born?

Scientists are developing a breakthrough test that uses gold to detect all types of cancer in 10 minutes (Adam)

They searched for patterns of molecules called methyl groups on the surface of DNA in healthy and cancerous cells — in healthy cells, the groups are scattered across the genome. Cancer cells, however, may as well be devoid of them — except for intense clusters of the molecules in specific areas.

When in solution, the methyl group clusters cause cancer DNA fragments transform into three-dimensional nanostructures that are strongly attracted to gold.

‘That’s what Christmas is all about,’: Newlyweds take guests to Orlando Target to shop for kids in need (Thomas R.)

“I think it’s wonderful. I’ve never seen this done before. It’s a great benefit for all the kids. There are so many that are in need,” Eric LaRoche, Brad Bond’s best man, said.

Guests were given red envelopes with a $10 gift card inside, though they’re spending much more.

Is There an Optimal Diet for Humans? (tmn)

The findings suggest that there is no one “true” diet for humans, who “can be very healthy on a wide range of diets,” said the lead author of the study, Herman Pontzer, an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University. “We know that because we see a wide range of diets in these very healthy populations.”

VIDEO: UPS driver caught dancing on doorbell camera (TS)

“We laughed so much when watching it,” Auth told 2News. “My husband and I were out finishing Christmas shopping. My phone alerted me someone was at our door. I opened the notification to him dancing. I knew I had to share it. Brought a smile to our face during a stressful time of year. You can tell he loves his job and has fun doing it.”

Solar power achieved a New England milestone on chilly Thanksgiving

The day before Thanksgiving, ISO-New England typically issues a news release about the uniqueness of the holiday’s impact on its operations. On any other late-fall day, electricity demand peaks in the early evening as people come home hungry to dark houses. But on Thanksgiving, the ritual of gathering for a big midday meal and watching television has ovens and TVs from Madawaska to Milford, Connecticut, ramping up at dawn. That causes a spike in power demand by 11 a.m. or so.

12 Proven Health Benefits of Cold Exposure & Cold Showers (Uncletommy)

Cold therapy is not a new invention; it is among man’s earliest medical treatments. The Edwin Smith Papyrus (3500 BC), the most ancient medical text, repeatedly mentioned cold therapy.

However, until the late 1980’s, cold exposure remained relatively unappreciated by modern, allopathic medicine.

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8 Comments

  • Fri, Dec 21, 2018 - 8:09am

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    saxplayer00o1

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    Corporate bond issuance shrinks to 7-year low as selloff

    As social security, defense expenses continue to rise, Cabinet OKs …

    The Japan Times-9 hours ago
    … consists of a record-high ¥77.95 trillion for policy spending and ¥23.51 trillion in debt-servicing costs. Among the policy spending, ¥2.03 trillion will go toward …

    Japan’s Cabinet Approves Record Budget to Soften Tax-Hike BlowBloomberg-13 hours ago
     

    China Pledges More Stimulus in 2019 as Economy Seeks Bottom

    Bloomberg-3 hours ago

    … nearly $3 trillion wiped off the value of China’s stock market since the end of January. … The stress on structural deleveraging and moderate debt managemen

    Corporate bond issuance shrinks to 7-year low as selloff …

    Reuters-2 hours ago
    Debt sales from investment-grade and junk-rated companies globally hit $1.34 trillion tmsnrt.rs/2SkhrLT in 2018, down nearly a quarter from the year before and …

    US Leveraged Loan Exodus Deepens as Outflows Top $3 Billion

    Bloomberg-10 hours ago

    Investors withdrew $3 billion from mutual funds that buy the debt, according to Lipper, while exchange-traded funds lost $299 million, the data show. It was the .

    Agency warns pension ruling a ‘credit negative’ for Kentucky

    Idaho Statesman-16 hours ago
    “A credit downgrade will increase borrowing costs, putting even more pressure on … benefits and would have changed how the state pays off its pension debt.

     

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  • Sat, Dec 22, 2018 - 7:10am

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    LesPhelps

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    Is there an optimal diet for humans?

    Interesting article.  I’ll have to look up the study.  Apparently, cholesterol is not a problem for primitive hunter gatherer tribes who eat mostly meat, unless they relocate and adopt a western diet.  Then, apparently, cholesterol in the mostly meat and dairy diet, begins to affect their health.
    Makes sense.
    NOT!
    What gets me is the effort to reconstruct a primitive diet.  
    There are over 7 billion people on the planet to study.  Most are eating crap, so no problem finding people to test, who are committing suicide with their fork.  There are also an adequate number of people who have figured out how to eat healthy, for study purposes.  I’m sure some of them would participate.
    Real healthy eating information is now available for anyone who doesn’t want to delude themselves.
    Conversly, there is already plenty of misguided info available for those who want to justify their addiction to specific food groups.
    BTW, seven months on a WFPB eating style, only perhaps 90% compliant, my total cholesterol in a recent lipid panel, was 135.  This is typical of WFPB.  I’d be more interested in other lifestyle paths, if they could match these results.

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  • Sat, Dec 22, 2018 - 7:40am

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    VeganDB12

    VeganDB12

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    genetics

    Hi Les! you know I am happy for you.
    Haivng said that, I fell into a plant based low fat diet over the years and recently found out that my genetics are best supported by this diet. Various genes apparently have occurred to combat acute short term insults and cause longer term problens if you get to be old.(if you read Dr Mathias Rath you will see that mice with genes for high blood lipid survive scurvy longer because the lipids plug the holes in their arteries from scurvy so they don’t bleed to death).  Lipid markers like APOE ( if you have type 2 or 3 maybe high fat may be good, if you have type 4 fat can be very bad)  affect our response to diet.  Just the way it goes. I guess people have some intuition about what io eat if they avoid addictive foods like sugar.
    I think a lot of this variability is due to evolution over the millenia as we migrated to areas and adapted to our local fauna and flora.
    In short, I think there is an ideal diet for everyone but we may be quite different in what is best for each of us.  I think that explains why I get violently ill on ketogenic while many here do well with it. I have tried keto 3 times and always end up quite ill. Of course vegan keto is a challenge unto itself. 
    I think looking at our family history, regional foods from several generations prior can give as clue as to what we might need. Organic is best and no doubt glyphosate, HFCS, trans fats and lots of other poisons in our food have contributed to many problems…..

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  • Sat, Dec 22, 2018 - 10:38am

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    LesPhelps

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    Genetics and nutrition

    Hey VeganDB12.
    I never planned on being vegan.  Then I read some compelling books, changed my way of thinking and got angry.
    Doctors successfully treating, at least in some cases, things as varied as CVD, cancer, MS and Parkinson’s with nutrition, is compelling, to my mind.
    The angry part is the farming and food industries placing their profits above public health.  It’s like Phillip Morris and tobacco/cancer all over again.  The differences being, first, the food and agriculture industries combined have much deeper pockets than the tobacco industry and, second, virtually 100% of the US is addicted to the Western Diet, where less than 50% were addicted to tobacco.
     

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  • Sat, Dec 22, 2018 - 10:54am

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    sand_puppy

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    Hyperdense cities

    You have long heard here, and will hear it again and again.  Get out of the hyperdense cities and slums.  The fighting will become more intense and the social structure more and more primitive.
    Rio de Janero has a plan to train and release police/military snipers into the slums to remove “criminals with guns.”  The rules of engagement will be to “shoot on site” anyone with a rifle.
    By every standard, life in the crime ridden and impoverished favelas is brutal and rough.  Gangs rule and violence is the norm.
    Here the state attempts to respond.
    Most expect a low-density rural environment will be much slower to find this level of violence.  Get out of the cities as the social order stumbles.

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  • Sat, Dec 22, 2018 - 11:23am

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    Michael_Rudmin

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    To SP and CM, USA is not Rio, Venezuela OR France

    To put it succinctly, people do what has already been done for the most part.
    In the pop-psych “The Tipping Point”, it’s permission giving.
    In line with that, South American dictators were trained in Georgia to kill protestors; that’s what you do in Venezuela. Therefore.
    Paris allows protestors to boil over and even kill the elite troops, and their kings. That’s what they do in France.
    Here in America, I’d stay away from schools and mass gatherings: our crazies now have permission to do mass shootings. I’d avoid potential riots.
    That’s what we do. We don’t kill our kings; we don’t kill protestors (nobody remembers Ohio State, really… and that was a school). Even crazy people like to keep things normal (maybe they’re not so crazy, maybe they just decided to go ahead and be evil)

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  • Sat, Dec 22, 2018 - 12:00pm

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    newsbuoy

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    What Are The Counter Arguments?

    Indeed the bias here at PP seems to be that cities (as expressions of human overshoot re: McPherson) are un-sustainable and we see everywhere in the zeitgeist projections of a post-apocalyptic nightmare. Sells books and movies. If we look at the data. The folks living on farmsteads are the ones with the bigger carbon footprints. Cities can be quite efficient. You see where I’m going with this. I’m not disagreeing but find it most helpful to use the Aikido concept of blending to test my own “ideas” about what’s going to happen. Will the folks outside the city start lobing mortar shells into the city?  Will the zombie masses stream out of the cities consuming all in their path like locust. Will the nukes keep running and not melt-down? only the Shadow knows.

    sand_puppy wrote:

    You have long heard here, and will hear it again and again.  Get out of the hyperdense cities and slums.  The fighting will become more intense and the social structure more and more primitive.
    Rio de Janero has a plan to train and release police/military snipers into the slums to remove “criminals with guns.”  The rules of engagement will be to “shoot on site” anyone with a rifle.
    By every standard, life in the crime ridden and impoverished favelas is brutal and rough.  Gangs rule and violence is the norm.
    Here the state attempts to respond.
    Most expect a low-density rural environment will be much slower to find this level of violence.  Get out of the cities as the social order stumbles.

     
    “Be cheerful while you are alive.”  — Ptah-Hotep, 24th Century B.C.
    “The problem with quotes on the internet is that it is often difficult to
    verify their authenticity.” –Abraham Lincoln

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  • Sun, Dec 23, 2018 - 1:45am

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    Grover

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    Lots of replies today!

    Les, I’ve found the most vehement anti-smoker is a former smoker. You seem to fit that bill – only with eating. I’m glad you’ve found something that works for you. I really am! I raise my own beef. Although I don’t have control over what happens to the cows during the first year of life, I know exactly what they get during the last 8 months of life. They get plenty of water, grass, alfalfa, garden surplus, and fruit from my orchard. When it is time for slaughter, I thank them for what they are about to give. They don’t seem to care. I also have chickens and ducks that get to roam my yard daily. They have a pelletized supplement and eat whatever they find all day long. Then, they lay eggs and I eat the eggs.
    I’ve found my cholesterol is tightly related to my body weight. As my body weight goes up, so does my cholesterol. Is that happening for you? Has your body weight dropped due to diet and you’re attributing this to a healthier diet? This time of year, my bugaboo is pumpkin pie. (I can resist anything but temptation.) There is something about pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and sugar that just sends my salivary glands into overdrive. Other than the eggs and milk, my pies are vegetable based. I’d proffer that sugar is the worst ingredient.
    sand_puppy and newsbuoy, I happen to agree with sand_puppy that urban centers are where the most intense fighting in a TEOTWAWKI situation will occur. Cities are fine while all the wheels are running and business-as-usual is still usual. What happens to all those city dwellers when the trucks stop running? Where are you planning to get your food?
    Dense cities might have a few dandelions growing through the cracks in the sidewalk, but definitely not enough to sustain the populace for longer than a few minutes. What are all those “civilized” people going to do when the grocery store isn’t restocked? (That’s why the fighting will be most intense there. Civility is 9 meals away from becoming extinct.) What will happen to the vaunted carbon footprint when the cities burn?
    I do agree with newsbuoy’s ending comments. “Be cheerful while you are alive.” Enjoy this moment in time. This moment will quickly vanish – only to be replaced by another moment.
    Grover
     

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