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    Daily Digest 6/19 – Good News Friday: How To Entertain Your Kids This Summer, Why All Americans Should Celebrate Juneteenth

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    Friday, June 19, 2020, 9:29 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!


An original ‘Juneteenth’ order found in the National Archives (tmn)

The order sparked jubilation among African Americans in Texas and resulted in generations of celebration. It rings poignant today, as in recent weeks outpourings of anger against police brutality and racism have filled America’s streets.

It is a modest, two-paragraph entry in the book labeled “Headquarters District of Texas, Galveston … General Orders No. 3.” But it affected the lives of about 250,000 enslaved people.

Juneteenth Should Be a National Holiday: Readings in Black History and Joy (jdargis)

Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865 arrival of Union troops in Galveston, Texas—over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation—who brought with them official news of the end of slavery in the United States. Long a day of celebration of Black life and family in America, Juneteenth should become a national holiday not so the whole country can indulge in box-store deals or culturally empty binge-drinking but rather to center the history of African Americans. For too long this country has told an incomplete story of itself, basking in Abraham Lincoln’s high words while ignoring the systemic injustices upon which white America has prospered, and which have yet to be redressed.

Why all Americans should celebrate Juneteenth (tmn)

“Juneteenth is a deeply emotional moment for enslaved people,” says historian Karlos K. Hill, of the University of Oklahoma.

In Texas and across the country, emancipated African Americans began celebrating annually, with parades, concerts, and picnics. “Being able to go wherever they want and being able to wander about; for enslaved people, it was an expression of their freedom,” says Hill. “Formerly enslaved people celebrating, in public, their newfound freedom, was an act of resistance.”

Cows take over beer garden at closed restaurant and hotel (Sparky1)

“We had spaced out the tables and chairs to try our meter or two-meter social distancing, but they showed no respect for that. We wondered if they thought they had herd immunity,” Chris Lewis, managing partner of Moat House owner Lewis Partnership, told the Express & Star newspaper.

Lewis said the herd wandered over from a nearby farm.

More Than A Meal (jdargis)

When we lost restaurants this spring — when their doors closed and many of their workers were sent home — we didn’t just lose places to be fed. We lost a theater of experience. Here, several renowned writers recount some of their most memorable meals out.

How to Entertain Your Kids This Summer (TS)

Unfortunately, as Steven Mintz, the author of “Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood,” told me, “The pandemic has exaggerated and intensified the worst features of children’s play today: adult intrusion; the decline of physical, outdoor and social play; and mediation by screens.” Ow.

So, how do we adults ameliorate that while staying safe, employed and reasonably sane? Here are some ideas.

Experiments show hummingbirds see colors you’ve never dreamed of (jdargis)

The researchers watched as wild broad-tailed hummingbirds came to visit, recording which feeder they flew up to first. After a set number of visits, the feeder positions would be switched so the birds couldn’t simply return to the same spot once they found the sweet stuff. The idea was that they would use the color of the light to identify the feeder on return visits. They couldn’t track individual birds separately, but based on some banding, they estimated the local population at 200 to 300 (depending on the year). In total, they recorded over 6,000 hummingbird visits.

Lost in Yellowstone, The Misadventures of Truman Everts (tmn)

The next day, he rose early and set off in the direction he had been traveling, certain to meet his comrades. But somewhere in that thick timber, he lost his way again—and made a serious mistake. He dismounted his horse and left it with the reins trailing while he walked ahead to scout a route over a particularly tough section. Something spooked his horse and it took off, “at full speed among the trees. That was the last I ever saw of him.” On the horse were Everts’s supplies, blankets, guns, everything. He had only the clothes on his back, a couple of knives and a small opera glass.

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  • Fri, Jun 19, 2020 - 4:27pm



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    Detailed context and background necessary to understand the George Floyd arrest


    Summary: you have to understand 6 key facts to fully understand what transpired. The excellent investigative article also discusses other “excited delirium syndrome” cases for context.

    1. Floyd’s symptoms began well before he was restrained on the ground by police.
    2. The Minneapolis Police Department policy permits the use of neck restraint with resisting suspects.

    3. The officers reasonably concluded Floyd was experiencing “excited delirium syndrome.”

    4. Restraint is common in ExDS and suspects with ExDS have died under all kinds of restraint. (Examples given.)


    5. Floyd had a potentially lethal amount of fentanyl in his system and two serious heart conditions — resulting in an unusually fragile condition.

    6. There is reason to believe Officer Chauvin’s knee restraint did not exert a dangerous amount of force.

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  • Sat, Jun 20, 2020 - 12:26pm



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    Bill Gates – The Agenda


    (from Armstrong's blog)

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  • Sat, Jun 20, 2020 - 2:35pm



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    Trickle down or percolate up?

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  • Sat, Jun 20, 2020 - 3:10pm



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    Trickle down does not work in theory - it was good theory

    However, its clearly been demonstrated it doesnt work.. its was a nice theory to sell, but i am sure no one expected to to work , even the creators  I run a retail store,  The richer the client, the less money he wants to spend.. and get more.   They think of us as little people only deserving of not even morsels.   I could give you even bigger horror stories about the wealthy that will leave you detesting and despise this grotesque  population.

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  • Sat, Jun 20, 2020 - 3:31pm



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    thc0655, I thought you would be interested in this moment of uncommon truth these days if you haven’t already seen it.


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