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    Daily Digest 4/20 – Good News Friday: Victories Since The First Earth Day, De-Nuclearizing North Korea

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, April 20, 2018, 8:03 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!


Philly's House of Correction, a 'dungeon,' to close by 2020 (sv)

The jail currently houses just 199 inmates in its 666 cells, according to the current prison census. Systemwide, the jails hold 5,500 people — down 26 percent since the reform initiative was announced two years ago. That’s a population level not seen in Philadelphia since the 1990s. Kenney said in the same time that the jail population was reduced, major crime also fell by 3 percent.

Opioid Prescriptions Dropped In Every State Last Year (Adam)

"We're seeing declines across every state," says Murray Aitken, executive director of the IQVIA Institute. "The states that have the highest per capita consumption are also the states with the highest decline." But Aitken also offers a cautionary note: though opioid prescriptions have been dropping since 2011, they are still about six times higher than they were in 1992.

FDA committee recommends cannabis-based drug (TS)

“Epidiolex represents hope for the many individuals living with intractable seizures and rare epilepsies, who every day face incredible challenges and disabling seizures, and live with the continual risk of serious injury and death,” said Philip Gattone, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation.

Bernie Sanders Backs Bill To Punish States With Harsh Marijuana Laws (jdargis)

"Leaders in the Democratic Party are increasingly recognizing that leading the charge on legalization is not only good policy, but good politics," Justin Strekal, political director of NORML, said in an interview. "The constituencies which the party claims to stand for are the ones who have most felt the weight of prohibition and the lifelong consequences of prohibition."

Separately on Thursday, Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York announced that he intends to file additional far-reaching marijuana law reform legislation.

Seoul: N. Korean leader removes major nuclear sticking point (TS)

“North Korea is expressing a commitment to a complete denuclearization,” Moon said during a meeting with the heads of media organizations in South Korea on Thursday. “They are not presenting a condition that the U.S. cannot accept, such as the withdrawal of the American troops in South Korea. … North Korea is only talking about the end of a hostile policy against it and then a security guarantee for the country.”

New York Gov. Cuomo gives parolees the right to vote in his state (sv)

What happens to a person convicted of a felony varies from state to state, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. New York joins 14 states and the District of Columbia, where they lose their rights only while incarcerated, the conference says.

According to the governor's office, there are roughly 35,000 individuals on parole in New York who cannot vote.

Flat-pack heaven? Robots master task of assembling Ikea chair (Jason K.)

It took a few attempts to get it right. Early on, the robots dropped wooden pins, let go of parts too soon, and performed moves that did more to dismantle the chair than assemble it. Some moves required a part to be held by both robots at the same time, and since industrial robots are far stronger than Ikea furniture, a number of mistakes ended badly. “We bought four chair kits and broke a few of them,” said Pham.

48 Environmental Victories Since the First Earth Day (jdargis)

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 went into effect the following year, becoming a landmark law that requires every major decision of the federal government to be evaluated for its impact on the environment. This began the era of requiring environmental impact statements for building dams, roads, and other major projects. It has been called the "environmental Magna Carta" for its wide impact and for the precedent it set in government, both in the U.S. and abroad.

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  • Fri, Apr 20, 2018 - 12:32pm



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    Disintegrating "Russian Bot" narrative

    The UK’s Guardian parroted a British government analysis claiming that two famous social media personalities were “Russian Bots”. However, it has rather quickly emerged that in reality, the first personality (“Ian56”) is a British pensioner, while the second (“Partisangirl”) is a Syrian expatriate operating out of Australia. The UK Guardian and the British government can’t even seem to tell the difference between a “Bot” and a human being.
    Then, Sky TV had “Ian256” on the tube and had the nerve to try to convince him, to his face, that he was a liar because he had tweeted in 2012 that he was “voting” for Ron Paul, while later tweets stated he was living in Britain. Well, he explained, he meant to say “voting” figuratively: as in, “supporting”. Only a bot wouldn’t see that as a perfectly credible explanation.
    Look at the horror of how “Ian256” was grilled on national TV, when they owed him an apology. He did manage to get a few zingers in edgewise, though. (Not sure how to embed video here.)


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    Guardian reporter defends herself on Twitter? (Not.)

    Heather Stewart says the Guardian story is not her fault. Other Twitter users don’t see it that way.

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  • Fri, Apr 20, 2018 - 1:52pm



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    Prehaps it has something to do with being British?

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  • Fri, Apr 20, 2018 - 2:50pm

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    Unlikely a Language Issue, IMO

    I checked the directions myself, nothing but pictures and icons, so it’s unlikely the Swedish version was the issue in this case, again IMO.  Must be something else, say no more, nudge, nudge, know what I mean?
    and the GB English version (I didn’t check the US English version but hopefully it’s even simpler, right?)

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