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    Daily Digest 5/18 – Good News Friday: The Meaning Of True Generosity, Gardening By The Moon

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, May 18, 2018, 2:25 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!


He Was Dying. Antibiotics Weren’t Working. Then Doctors Tried a Forgotten Treatment. (blackeagle)

Strathdee’s friends knew she was desperately searching for solutions, and one told her about an acquaintance with an intractable infection who had traveled to Eastern Europe to seek out a century-old cure. Strathdee spent days reading whatever she could find about it, and now she was composing a last-ditch email to the hospital’s head of infectious diseases, the person who would rule on whether they could use it to help her spouse.

True generosity involves more than just giving (DennisC)

So a second requirement is that a generous person’s motives in donating have to be primarily altruistic, or concerned with the wellbeing of those who would be helped, regardless of whether the donor will benefit in the process. If she does, that’s great! But if she doesn’t, that’s OK too. Her benefit is not the point. Note that I said ‘primarily’. Some self-interested reasons could be present, too. But the altruistic motives had better be stronger.

Senate approves bipartisan resolution to restore FCC net neutrality rules (sv)

Senate supporters of the FCC rules put forward the legislation under the Congressional Review Act, a law that permits Congress to revisit — and reject — decisions by administrative agencies within a certain window of their approval. The resolution, or CRA for short, passed with the backing of all 49 Democratic senators and three Republicans: Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, John N. Kennedy of Louisiana and Lisa A. Murkowski of Alaska.

Ohio votes to reform congressional redistricting; Issue 1 could end gerrymandering (sv)

"It should be a ray of hope for people in Ohio concerned with both political parties working together to get something done," said Rep. Kirk Schuring, a Canton Republican who worked on the proposal as part of a special bipartisan committee in the Ohio Legislature.

Five Ways to Save Serious Money on Car Repairs (from 2013, Thomas R.)

Now, the "good guys" aren't always your mom and pop mechanics. Sometimes you'll find them in a suburban dealership. Other times you'll find them in a gas station garage. If you hear someone tell you to avoid "X type of establishment" at all costs, reject their advice unless they have a specific place they suggest you go. 

Kayak Fishing: 7 Tips To Become A Better Kayak Angler (Thomas R.)

This may be the most difficult adjustment for anglers used to fishing from the bank, or the stable front deck of a boat. Even the most stable kayaks don’t have much room between the sitting surface and the water – making the standard two-handed windup cast a dicey proposition. Experienced kayak anglers cast one handed the majority of the time, with either baitcasting or spinning tackle, so it’s important to gear up accordingly. Instead of the super heavy flipping stick and 1 ounce jig, maybe opt to fish with lighter combos and more finesse tactics.

Lockheed Martin, ComEd Team Up For Chicago Microgrid With Solar, Battery Storage (edelinski)

According to Lockheed Martin, the project will allow ComEd to take full advantage of work funded by two grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). One grant involves developing and testing a microgrid controller that will control the cluster of the Bronzeville microgrid and the microgrid at IIT. A second DOE grant is focused on studying how large amounts of solar PV and batteries can be integrated into a microgrid.

Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and become world's first decarbonised society (sv)

"When we reach 200 years of independent life we will take Costa Rica forward and celebrate … that we've removed gasoline and diesel from our transportation,” he promised during a victory speech.

Cod and ‘Immune Broth’: California Tests Food as Medicine (sv)

The Ceres Community Project — its meals prepared for cancer patients by teenage sous-chefs — is at the forefront of the “food as medicine” approach increasingly embraced by physicians, health insurers, researchers and public health officials.

Gardening By The Moon 2018 (Thomas R.)

Old-time farmers swear that this practice results in a larger, tastier harvest. The editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Janice Stillman, explains more in our Gardening by the Moon video.

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  • Fri, May 18, 2018 - 8:56am



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    School shootings

    Given the amount of media attention placed on gun violence, U.S. citizens may witness extraordinary legislation out of Washington D.C.
    I can only hope that decisions made in high places do not turn the campfire into a forrest fire. Wishing you all a safe weekend.

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  • Fri, May 18, 2018 - 1:37pm


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    An ounce of media prevention is worth a pound of gun control

    I don't agree with everything your first article says and it's anti-gun drift, but the main point of the article is spot on:

    A growing body of research suggests that increasingly intense media coverage of mass shootings is partly to blame. Call it the “media contagion effect,” as a recent paper by researchers Jennifer Johnston and Andrew Joy (presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention) put it: The majority of mass shooters — mostly alienated, socially isolated straight white men, according to the authors — fixate on mass shootings as a way to “regain social capital” through the fame they know the media will bestow upon them with non-stop coverage of their crimes. “If these events do provide a way to regain any lost status, reestablishing dominance in the most extreme fashion, then ending the rampage in suicide allows them to avoid the retribution and perspective correction from the society they hate,” the authors write. “In essence, these killers believe that they are buying stock low, and selling high.”
    In essence, the media becomes a vehicle through which mass murderers deal with “a deep sense of victimization and belief that the killer’s life has been ruined by someone else,” as researcher Adam Lankford, author of The Myth of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killerswrote in the New York Times days after Adam Lanza slaughtered 20 six-year-olds at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut:

    Not surprisingly, the presence of mental illness can inflame these beliefs, leading perpetrators to have irrational and exaggerated perceptions of their own victimization. It makes little difference whether the perceived victimizer is an enemy government (in the case of suicide terrorists) or their boss, co-workers, fellow students or family members (in the case of rampage shooters).

    Data reinforces this hypothesis. Severalstudies by Columbia University’s Madelyn Gould have already established that media reports on murders and suicide tend to trigger a subsequent rise is similar incidents in different communities. A 1999 analysis of several mass murders in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom between 1987 and 1996 found that the disparate massacres “appeared to be influenced by each other in a number of ways, often spanning many years and across continents,” as the Washington Postput it. More recently, a 2015 analysis of 232 U.S. mass murders between 2006 and 2013 (176 of which involved guns) and data on school shootings from 1998 to 2013 revealed an increase in the likelihood of a massacres for a period of two weeks after similar instances of mass violence.
    This is where media coverage comes in. “On average, mass killings involving firearms occur approximately every two weeks in the U.S., while school shootings occur on average monthly,” Johnston and Joy write. “There is no significant evidence of contagion in mass shootings that involve three or fewer people killed, possibly indicating that the much higher frequency of such events compared with mass killings and school shootings reduces their relative sensationalism, and thus reduces their contagiousness.”
    With this in mind, it’s safe to posit that increased exposure to media reports surrounding mass murders have precipitated the rise of copycat killers. There seems to be a correlation between the rise in mass murders and structural expansions in the media with the emergence of the 24-hour cable news cycle (see: the Gulf War in 1991 and the O.J. Simpson saga). According to the 2016 APA paper, some 50 percent of news coverage focuses on violent crime “despite other crime being much more common”; a similar examination from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma found that reporting on violent crime doesn’t tend to reflect actual crime rates at all. And from ubiquity, democracy: The colonization of the Internet by news organizations desperate to capture every minute of our fleeting attention (and legions of viewers with smartphones at the ready) has only hastened the saturation of the media landscape with mass violence.
    We’ve witnessed the collision of the media’s mass murder fixation and the fame-seeking of would-be perpetrators: the Columbine shooters’ desire “to leave a lasting impression on the world”; Jared Lee Loughner’s pre-Tucson proclamation that he’d “see you on national TV”; Umpqua Community College shooter Chris Harper-Mercer’s belief that “it seems the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.”

    Personally, I'm very opposed to government regulations on the way media outlets cover these events, even if that would reduce their frequency.  But I am loudly in support of the media voluntarily restricting just three types of information.  I (and others who don't get much play in that same media though they try) want them to live by these three simple rules, which still leaves them a lot of room to make money off of these tragedies (which of course is their primary motive):
    1. Never reveal the killer's name.  
    2. Never show the killer's photo or video of him.
    3. Never go into significant detail about the killer's motives or manifesto.
    Those three simple, self-imposed restrictions would rob the killers who want to get famous their "reward" and we'd only be left with the occasional nutjob who wants to kill his former boss or strike a blow for Allah, regardless of the "fame."
    But I'm not holding my breath waiting for ethical, responsible journalism from the MSM.  So this will continue, along with the vain attempts to think that more gun control will help.

    During an interview with the Fox News Channel on Friday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) argued that schools can’t be defenseless and disturbed shooters “aren’t so disturbed that they’re going to shoot up the sheriff’s office. They’re showing up where there is no self-defense.”
    Rand said, “I think the first thing we should do is, there needs to be an announcement by every school district that we’re going to defend our children, and that we’re not going to have a sign outside that [says], ‘We’re defenseless.’ And I think that’s the problem, is that we do have these homicidal or crazy or mentally disturbed kids, but they still aren’t so disturbed that they’re going to shoot up the sheriff’s office. They’re showing up where there is no self-defense.”
    He added, “I think we get distracted. We start talking about something that Republicans and Democrats disagree with on gun control. … Look, every Hollywood actor that hates guns has armed bodyguards defending them. So, they hate guns unless the guns are defending them. Let’s announce tomorrow and let’s encourage everybody who protects our kids, superintendents, principals, school boards, announce tomorrow we’re not going to leave our kids defenseless. We are going to defend our schools from crazy people with guns.”
    Rand also argued that we need to try to stop people who have psychiatric disorders that cause them to act violently and prevent people who are crazy from getting firearms. He further said there isn’t enough work being done to keep people who are mentally unstable or breaking the law from having guns.


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  • Fri, May 18, 2018 - 4:11pm



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    An Ounce Of Media Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Gun Control

    I agree with your assessment completely. Gun owners know that there is an underlying agenda to disarm the U.S. citizenry, simply by following the media fueled attack on gun ownership. The anti-gun camp has not been this hyped up and organized since Columbine. 
    I suspect the ultimate goal is to turn this into a shooting war between Americans. The question is who stands to benefit monetarily ?
    IMHO Soros is an enemy of the American People, and we know which side he's playing.
    And don't forget music and movies.

    FYI, I'm just posting links. And www is loaded with links.

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