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    Daily Digest 12/30 – Good News Friday: Rewriting The Code Of Life, Recycling Plastic Locally

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, December 30, 2016, 1:44 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 with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


Rewriting The Code Of Life (jdargis)

“What if we could wave our hands and make this problem go away?” Esvelt asked the two dozen officials and members of the public who had assembled at the island’s police station for his presentation. He explained that white-footed mice are the principal reservoir of Lyme disease, which they pass, through ticks, to humans. “This is an ecological problem,” Esvelt said. “And we want to enact an ecological solution so that we break the transmission cycle that keeps ticks in the environment infected with these pathogens.”

West Sacramento Girl Finds New Way to Pay it Forward During Turbulent Times (jdargis)

Leah Nelson started “Becuz I Care”, a program to encourage people to treat each other with kindness.

What she asks is simple — just do a nice deed for another, whether it’s paying a compliment or buying a coffee. Then seal the deal with a bracelet, compliments of Leah. The bracelet is to be passed from person to person as each does a good deed for another.

Random Act Of Sport: Russian Man Dives Into Ice-Cold Water To Save Puppy (jdargis)

As the puppy struggles to paddle, a man strips down to his underwear, steps to the snowy edge of a pier, and enters the water. As heavily layered friends call out instructions from land, the man swims toward the dog, grabs the animal, and helps direct him to shore.

Japan Wants Its Overworked Citizens to Start Weekends Early (jdargis)

One indication of just how tough it is to get change in Japan’s rigid work practices: the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which is pushing the idea, hasn’t decided yet if its officials will get to join in. However, METI Minister Hiroshige Seko said “I’m giving my secretaries a strict order not to put in any appointments after 3 p.m.” on the first Premium Friday.

This man is on a mission to fix the way we sleep (jdargis)

Sense gives you more information than just the number of hours you spend in bed. Besides tracking your room’s conditions, the orb half of the system doubles as a white noise machine and glowing alarm clock. The latest model can even take voice commands that will let you control the smart lights in your bedroom or lower the thermostat.

Precious Plastic: Machines To Recycle Plastic Waste, Locally (blackeagle)

Let people in every corner of the world know they can start their own local plastic workshop.

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  • Fri, Dec 30, 2016 - 2:00pm



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    The Millenial Question

    I found this to be a very interesting point of view:

    Worth discussing.  The presenters name is Simon Sinek.

    Bottom line:  The reason we homeschooled our children, and parented with a decidedly anti-helicopter approach,  is that the future we saw coming was going to require adaptive, confident, creative individuals.

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  • Fri, Dec 30, 2016 - 3:56pm

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    Thanks Chris

    My wife is orientation counselor in a high school (with master in psychology). I think she will use this video.

    Phone addiction is not only for millenniums. Older people around me have also the same illness: One of my colleagues (in his mid-forties), one day went to the lavatory, and two seconds later he came back running to pick-up his iphone before going back there. Yep! The phone has more precedence than natural needs. 


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  • Fri, Dec 30, 2016 - 7:10pm



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    CNN runs fake news story about Russia closing school

    CNN, one of the media outfits that regularly complains about “fake news,” ran a fake news story of its own when it claimed that Russia was closing an Anglo-American school in Moscow as retaliation for President Obama’s sanctions.

    “Russian authorities ordered the closure of the Anglo-American School of Moscow, a US official briefed on the matter said. The order from the Russian government closes the school, which serves children of US, British and Canadian embassy personnel, to US and foreign nationals,” reported CNN.

    However, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova responded swiftly by denying that the school had been closed.

    “US officials ‘anonymously informed’ their media that Russia closed the Anglo-American School in Moscow as a retaliatory measure,” Zakharova wrote on her official Facebook page. “That’s a lie. Apparently, the White House has completely lost its senses and began inventing sanctions against its own children.”

    Zakharova accused CNN of spreading “false information citing official American sources”.

    The misreported story is an embarrassment for the network, which has run a series of articles over the past month complaining about so-called fake news.

    Oh, the delicious irony.

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  • Fri, Dec 30, 2016 - 7:48pm



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    I will second that endorsement by Blackeagle. Some of the most profound and meaningful experiences I have had have been in the garden or on a walk in the woods with my grandchildren. What can be more profound than having your kids/grandkids wanting to spend time with you? We home schooled several of our children and have found the rural/agricultural milieu of their education was essential to our continuing relationships. Connections take time. Working together for a common goal takes time. We are all "pilgrims" on our way through life. Which path are YOU going to choose and will you take the TIME and occasionally stop to smell the flowers along the way. What's the rush (no pun intended)? Perfect message to take into the New Year. Thanks, Chris, for posting. 

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  • Sat, Dec 31, 2016 - 2:48am


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    Precious Plastic

    Thanks for the Precious Plastic piece in today's Daily Digest.  I just watched all their videos about how to make fairly simple machines that would allow someone to set up a small operation to directly recycle our ubiquitous waste plastics into new things.  Tools for working wood, metal, and even ceramics are relatively common, but not really for plastics.  This could change that, though it does seem that some knowledge in metalworking is quite handy for really getting into this.  As I do have this knowledge I'm going to contemplate looking into this more.

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