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    Daily Digest 6/23 – Good News Friday: Tiny Kindnesses, How VT Cleaned Up Its Waters

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, June 23, 2017, 3:13 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!


Food, Energy, And The Evolution Of The Human Species (Eric G.)

In this episode of A Worldview Apart I explore the energetic roots of the evolutionary process, particularly in the context of how we, as a species, evolved over millions of years to look and behave so differently than other Great Apes. I explore the importance of energy input-output ratios in the evolutionary process, and how tools use, clothing, and fire aided our question to acquire ever more edible calories from the landscapes we inhabit all while minimizing the energy we expend to acquire those calories.

Bikers escort bullied 10-year-old boy to school (sv)

Xander rode on the back of one of the motorcycles, waving to onlookers lining the streets of Whitney Pier as the large progression, filling up an entire lane, made their way to Harbourside Elementary School.

Once they arrived, the bikers walked the 10-year-old boy from the parking lot to the school’s front doors while watchers applauded.

Mayor Kasim Reed Raises Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour for City Workers (Atlanta) (sv)

“I am proud to announce today that the City of Atlanta has raised its minimum wage to $13 per hour, effective July 1, and will increase to $15 per hour over the next two fiscal years,” said Mayor Reed. “With this action, we are demonstrating that the City of Atlanta offers competitive employment at all levels, and respects the dignity of all workers. I am also pleased to raise the starting salary for our firefighters, who set the standard for professional fire departments in our state.”

Out of High School, Into Real Life (jdargis)

This graduation season, The New York Times talked with seniors across the country who are not headed to college about their plans, hopes and dreams.

Researchers optimize a powered exoskeleton to cut energy used in walking (jdargis)

Over the course of an hour on the treadmill, an algorithm runs the exoskeleton, testing various combinations of the four parameters and tracking the metabolic exertion that results. After a round of testing, a genetic algorithm picked the best performers and used aspects of each to create a new generation for testing. The hour was enough in most cases to go through four generations of control software. Taking things further generations led to minimal improvements.

Everything Changes: Tiny Kindnesses (jdargis)

My husband and I were having lunch together at a deli. A woman two tables over from us was eating by herself and received a phone call on her bluetooth. She began crying from what appears to have been bad news. She was fairly quiet about it and kept it to herself, but she was obviously crying. Another patron in the restaurant stopped, patted her shoulder and mouthed “Are you OK?”. She nodded through her tears and continued with her phone call. He and a few other patrons continued to monitor her out of the corner of their eyes, but gave her her privacy. It seemed a small gesture – but I felt all of us in the restaurant sending her strength through the man’s small pat on the shoulder.

Australian farmer’s weed-destroying invention draws world interest (cmartenson)

According to the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), weeds cost Australian grain farmers around $3.5 billion a year, and there is an increasing problem with weeds such as annual ryegrass that have built up a resistance to commonly used herbicides.

How Vermont tackled farm pollution and cleaned up its waters (jdargis)

The stink, the animal feces, the algae blooms, even the lamprey were all “things that didn’t belong here but now had the run of the place,” Swain says. Many could be linked to nutrients that leach from farms upstream and fertilizers flowing from fields and lawns, making their way into streams and eventually the lake. This persistent ooze of waste has been steadily rising over the last century, changing the lake’s ecology and stimulating the growth of blue-green algae, which can prove fatal to dogs and toxic to humans. Beach closures have become an annual summer event in part due to the toxic algae, setting up a conflict between those like Swain who prize Champlain for its recreational opportunities and those who make a living by growing food in the watershed.

Go Fly A Kite (jdargis)

In recognition of the warmer weather in the northern hemisphere, this is an invitation to take some time, go outside, and set a kite aloft. Collected here, some delightful images of kites in flight around the world from the past century.

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  • Fri, Jun 23, 2017 - 8:47am



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    The best solution to the healthcare debacle I have read to date.

    short, sweet and simple. KD scares me but this is a very elegant solution that makes complete sense
    Here it is:
    “Notwithstanding any other provision in state or federal law, a person who presents themselves while uninsured to any provider of a medical good or service shall not be charged a price greater than that which Medicare pays for the same drug, device, service or combination thereof.”

    It allows the health insurance companies to stay in business so it won’t crash the market or GDP nearly as much as universal coverage while providing the same price oversight as universal medicare. Now just add a little pricing regulation for medications through part D and maybe it will work….
    Just my 2 cents

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  • Fri, Jun 23, 2017 - 2:55pm



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    Food, Energy, And The Evolution Of The Human Species

    Eric G
    Thank you for referring this article. The author has links to many good documents.  I think that the quality of “The Daily Digest” is getting better this year and (together with CHS’s blog at, becomes a good substitute for MSM…………

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    Driverless cars: Kangaroos throwing off animal detection software
    To be fixed by more technology that brings new issues that be fixed by new technos that brings new issues that….
    The driverless horses of the 19th century = intrinsic reliability.

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  • Sat, Jun 24, 2017 - 7:45am



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    Re: Driverless cars

    Good luck with rain, snow, ice, construction, disabled vehicles, idiot drivers. Snow is the worse since the machines can’t track the roads.

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