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    Daily Digest 2/23 – Good News Friday: The Cure For Illness Is Community, Building A Backup Bee

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, February 23, 2018, 2:54 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

The town that’s found a potent cure for illness – community (blackeagle)

Frome is a remarkable place, run by an independent town council famous for its democratic innovation. There’s a buzz of sociability, a sense of common purpose and a creative, exciting atmosphere that make it feel quite different from many English market towns, and for that matter, quite different from the buttoned-down, dreary place I found when I first visited, 30 years ago.

How Banks Could Control Gun Sales if Washington Won’t (blackeagle)

For example, Visa, which published a 71-page paper in 2016 espousing its “corporate responsibility,” could easily change its terms of service to say that it won’t do business with retailers that sell assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks, which make semiautomatic rifles fire faster. (Even the National Rifle Association has said it would support tighter restrictions on bump stocks.)

Oregon legislature passes bill strengthening state’s gun laws (Rebecca S.)

“A person who assaults their boyfriend or girlfriend is no less guilty of domestic violence than someone who assaults their husband or wife,” House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson (D) told OregonLive.

The bill will now go to Gov. Kate Brown’s desk, who has said the legislation is a major priority for her. She tweeted that she will sign the bill into law.

America’s Basketball Heaven (blackeagle)

Founded in 1791, Kinston has seen its share of troubles: recurring floods, economic devastation, rampant gang violence — even, as Maxwell now recounts, wayward nuclear bombs. That Kinston has survived is remarkable enough. This does not make Kinston unique in a nation whose small towns have been battered for decades by economic dislocation. What does make Kinston unique is that this town of some 21,000 residents is most surely, per capita, the greatest producer of NBA players in America.

A Larger Role for Midwives Could Improve Deficient U.S. Care for Mothers and Babies (jdargis)

“We have been able to establish that midwifery care is strongly associated with lower interventions, cost-effectiveness and improved outcomes,” said lead researcher Saraswathi Vedam, an associate professor of midwifery who heads the Birth Place Lab at the University of British Columbia.

Are Germany’s Energy Transition Plans Working? (Michael K.)

Around one-third of the energy produced in Germany in 2016 was from renewable sources, but only 12 percent of the energy consumed in the same year was from renewables, creating a gap of 23 percent. This is attributed to both exports and waste, as the distribution network simply cannot keep up with production surges, although progress is being made on this issue.

Monsanto loses bid to stop Arkansas ban on farm chemical (jdargis)

The Arkansas ban hurts Monsanto’s ability to sell dicamba-tolerant seed in the state and has caused “irreparable harm” to the company, according to Monsanto’s lawsuit. The state also limited use of Monsanto’s dicamba herbicide in 2017 but allowed sales of products by other companies.

Building A Backup Bee (jdargis)

BOBs are nothing like honeybees, however. Honeybees are social. One queen and thousands of female workers live together in colonies that can last for years. Multiple generations of workers divvy up the jobs that keep the hive functioning. BOBs are solitary, spending their entire lives alone except when they mate. Mating is a male bee’s only job. Because they do not collect pollen for the babies, males often are not even counted in pollination work.

Gold & Silver

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7 Comments

  • Fri, Feb 23, 2018 - 8:02am

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    blackeagle

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    Interesting reading

    It's Time to Say It: Retirement Is Dead. This Is What Will Take Its Place

     

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  • Fri, Feb 23, 2018 - 8:24am

    DennisC

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    Great Article, IMO

    I thought the very first line was the best:

    We get old when the weight of our memories and regrets starts to exceed that of our dreams.

    Thanks!

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  • Fri, Feb 23, 2018 - 9:16am

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    Uncletommy

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    Bell curve retirement? Enjoy what you can!

    A better article might be from a while back in 2014:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/10/how-retirement-was-invented/381802/

    Keep in mind that guys just don't last as long as women and some provision should be made for that in any future end years planning. Couples seem to do better than singles in life expectancy, with some qualifiers:

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/mar/31/women-marrying-younger-men-dying-earlier-research

    Psalms 90 is fairly concise:

    The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

    However, my experience suggests that,

    "married men really don't live longer than singles; it just seems that way" (Henny Youngman)

     

     

     

     

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  • Fri, Feb 23, 2018 - 1:49pm

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    KugsCheese

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    How to Protect Against GMO Proteins and Synthetic Pesticides

    Check out Restore (Restore4Life) developed by Dr Zach Bush.   I have no financial connection except as a customer.   From the soil to the soil.  I also use a soil-based probiotic that has 28 strains (PreScript Assist).   GMOs are invading Europe now so expect to see IBS everywhere there and more cancer as GMOs/Pesticides attack the Appendix where the body stores good bacteria to re-seed the colon.

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  • Sat, Feb 24, 2018 - 8:20pm

    neelyll

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    Gun sales

    ​Why do you think reduced gun sales is good news?

    Are you against personal protection?

    Isn't this site about self sufficiency?

    Shame on you. 

     

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  • Sat, Feb 24, 2018 - 8:22pm

    neelyll

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    Gun sales

    Double post

     

     

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  • Sun, Feb 25, 2018 - 4:19pm

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    neelyll

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    Dissenting comments

    So are dissenting comments regularly deleted from this site?

    where is my comment from yesterday?

    Really???

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