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    Daily Digest 3/26 – Good News Friday: IRS says face masks, hand sanitizer are tax-deductible medical expenses, The American Bald Eagle Population Has Quadrupled Since 2009

    by Daily Digest

    Friday, March 26, 2021, 11:43 AM

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!

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IRS says face masks, hand sanitizer are tax-deductible medical expenses

The IRS said Friday that face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes bought to curb the spread of COVID-19 are tax-deductible medical expenses.

“The purchase of personal protective equipment, such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of coronavirus are deductible medical expenses,” the agency said in a statement.

These amounts are also eligible to be paid or reimbursed under health flexible spending arrangements, health savings accounts, Archer medical savings accounts or health reimbursement rearrangements, the agency said.

The American Bald Eagle Population Has Quadrupled Since 2009

The number of American bald eagles has more than quadrupled since 2009, with an estimated 316,700 soaring over the lower 48 states, government scientists said in the report.

“This is truly a historic conservation success story,” US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said in a news briefing.

Hemp is Already Being Used in Walls and Insulation as a Game-Changer in Construction Industry

It has become almost a cliché to discuss the benefits of hemp, the supposed wonder plant with almost endless uses—from woven fibers to edible seeds to bioplastics.

“Of course, hemp is that magic crop that does everything,” says Nicholas Carter, an environmental researcher who, along with Tushar Mehta, a Toronto-based doctor, runs the website Plant Based Data.

LA Officially Becomes ‘No-Kill’ City As Animal Shelters Achieve 90% Save Rate

Los Angeles has officially achieved “no-kill” status for the first time after achieving a save rate of 90.49%.

The milestone achievement was announced on March 10 by Best Friends Animal Society, a nonprofit that does nationwide outreach with shelters, rescue groups and members to promote pet adoption, no-kill animal rescue, and spay-and-neuter practices.

Elon Musk’s Brother Starts ‘Million Garden Movement’ to Plant a Garden For Every Household Living in a Food Desert

What do ten dollars, a garden, Harrison Ford, and Elon Musk’s brother have in common? They’re all being used to combat food insecurity, malnutrition, and to build the world’s single biggest gardener community.

Launched on the equinox, the Million Gardens Movement (MGM) is a charitable and educational initiative that hopes to put a garden in every household—whether that’s on a fire escape, in a window box, or as part of a community garden initiative—and fresh fruit and veg on every plate.

50 Years Ago NASA Sent a Map Into Space to Help Aliens Find Earth—Now They’ve Got An Awesome Update

Half a century ago, NASA scientists shot a map into space that contains the position of Earth for aliens to find—but it won’t always be accurate.

However, the daughter of the man who made that map is ensuring the next one will remain accurate not just for a few million years, but for a billion years.

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  • Sun, Mar 28, 2021 - 12:12pm

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    pinecarr

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    YCC to Accelerate Foreign Dumping of USTs | Alasdair Macleod (3/22/21)

    If you haven't listened to Dunagan Kaiser's interview of Alasdair MacLeod from 3/22/21, it is worth a listen.  In particular, Alasdair is asked a question about the stresses on the banking system at 33:33 that is worth listening to, as he goes over various regions' financial status (EU, UK, US, etc.).  (Sorry if someone has already posted this!)

    "Intending to prop up the US stock and bond markets with Yield Curve Control (YCC,) the Fed may cause foreigners to accelerate dumping of low-yielding US Treasury bonds, speeding the demise of the USD and our financial lives. Former bank president and head of research at GoldMoney.com, Alasdair Macleod, returns to Liberty and Finance to offer an update on the bubble of everything, the the impacts to you and me of runaway USD monetary inflation."

     

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  • Sun, Mar 28, 2021 - 1:53pm

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    000

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    Get a Tracter and Change the Future for All Mankind

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  • Mon, Mar 29, 2021 - 3:53pm

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    NY State to begin implementing vaccine passports

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/new-york-will-officially-begin-requiring-vaccine-passports-on-april-2

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  • Mon, Mar 29, 2021 - 4:21pm

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    NY vaccine passports

    Just saw a local news program promoting this "app" which was "designed by IBM using blockchain technology" so"you know your data is secure". Big names and budgets for what is being marketed as a little app to help us reopen.

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  • Mon, Mar 29, 2021 - 5:00pm

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    pinecarr said:

    Wow, that sucks thc0655!   Not looking forward to seeing how this impacts my life as a resident of New York State.

    By contrast, I just saw an article from Epoch Times that Gov. DeSantis, the Florida Governor, is taking executive emergency action to fight vaccine passports for Florida.  Maybe it is time to relocate to a state that cares about its citizens' freedom!

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  • Mon, Mar 29, 2021 - 5:34pm

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    Yes

    We already moved to NH. Time’s getting short. You better get going.

     

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  • Mon, Mar 29, 2021 - 6:24pm

    Mysterymet

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    Strategic relocation from NY

    I have quite a few friends that have moved out of NY and have never been happier. Take the plunge!

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  • Tue, Mar 30, 2021 - 7:27am

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    000 said:

    Is Epock Times your referencing the "moonie" journal?

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  • Tue, Mar 30, 2021 - 7:35am

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    000 said:

    Nothing to worry about here. IBM is a trusted technology company. Look at the great job they did for Germany in the 1940's counting the jewish population. [sic]

    Legalizing pot with one hand and implementing Brave New World tech with the other. He gets the vote of the "just us worriers" with the one and the vote of the ignoranti and Gates fans with the other. "cooel"

    THC, have you comment anywhere here on living in a long cold winter location? how was your transition? what do you do during the mud season? (disclaimer: serious inquiry)

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  • Tue, Mar 30, 2021 - 2:26pm

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    acesovereggs said:

    The black market for these passports will be massive

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  • Tue, Mar 30, 2021 - 7:10pm

    pinecarr

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    You called that ones, acesovereggs!

    "Health Care Workers Bragging About Forged Vax Cards As Fake "Passports" Hit The Street", @ https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/health-care-workers-bragging-about-forged-vax-cards-fake-passports-hit-street

    "It was inevitable.

    Healthcare workers across the country are taking to social media to brag about stealing COVID-19 vaccination cards from their jobs in order to falsify their vaccination status - allowing them to falsify their vaccine status."

    And...

    ""I work at a pharmacy and grabbed blank ones for me and my hubby," said one TikTok user, who was identified by other users as a pharmacy tech in Illinois - and promptly reported to state healthcare authorities, according to the Daily Beast.

    "Can I pay you to ship a couple to me," another TikTok user identified as a Texas nurse wrote under the original video bragging about the theft - and was also promptly reported to Texas healthcare authorities.

    "I got a template if u want it," posted one TikTok user under a viral video about faking vaccination cards."

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