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    Daily Digest 7/10 – Good News Friday: Finding Your ‘Social Pod’ To Find Joy, India’s lockdown Spurs New Gardeners

    by Daily Digest

    Friday, July 10, 2020, 6:16 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!


How ‘Social Pods’ Can Help Families Find Joy Again (JK)

Pods have gained traction throughout the country: The idea being that you expand your isolated immediate unit to a small number of trusted friends or family members. You can go to each other’s homes, hang out without masks, eat together, play games — socialize as normal — because you trust your pod is taking the same precautions you are. (Also because a pod is small, if someone does get Covid-19, the number of people exposed will be limited.)

Laughter is vital (tmn)

This is not to say that it’s impossible to laugh in times of hardship. In many cases, humour appears to serve as a coping mechanism in the face of tragedy or misfortune. In 1999, as he was being carried out of his house on a stretcher after a crazed fan stabbed him, the former Beatle George Harrison asked a newly hired employee: ‘So what do you think of the job so far?’ On his death bed, Voltaire allegedly told a priest who was exhorting him to renounce Satan: ‘This is no time for making new enemies.’ Following Bergson’s logic, perhaps in some cases humour is cathartic precisely because it forces us to look at things from a detached perspective.

These dancers may stun you because they can’t hear music (Sparky1)

Dancers and musicians who are hard of hearing or blind perform around the world with the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe.

Mom died without access to hospital. Her son vows ‘never again’ (Sparky1)

Karimul Haque’s mother died because she couldn’t get to a hospital. Turning grief into action, he started a free ambulance service in rural India.

GW to Eliminate All Fossil Fuel Investments from Endowment (Bill M.)

Earlier this year, the board created the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Responsibility Task Force to establish a long-term, proactive approach to managing ESG responsibility. In addition to recommending the board divest the university endowment from companies that focus on the extraction of fossil fuels, the task force made recommendations around campus sustainability, carbon neutrality, responsible investing and academics that the board has also accepted (PDF). The task force, made up of trustees, students, alumni, faculty and staff, sought out feedback from the broader GW community in a series of town halls and online forums.

Goldman Sachs See Renewable Investment Surging While Fossils Pay Huge Risk Premium (Bill M.)

The report said cleantech investment “has a major role to play in the upcoming economic recovery,” producing 1.5 to three times as many jobs as fossil fuels. That makes it a “strong example of pro-growth, pro-environment, public-private collaboration,” Goldman stated. By contrast, “financial conditions keep tightening for long-term hydrocarbon developments, creating higher barriers to entry, lower activity, and ultimately lower oil and gas supply in our view.”

Court Orders Dakota Access Pipeline To Shut Down Pending Environmental Review (Bill M.)

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg wrote that the court found that the U.S. Amy Corps of Engineers violated the National Environmental Policy Act when it granted an easement to Dakota Access to create a segment of the crude-oil pipeline without writing the required Environmental Impact Statement.

Hair From Ghostly Bears Reveals New Genetic Secrets (tmn)

Though culturally significant to First Nations, scientific understanding of these bears is in its infancy. And ecotourism, including viewing bears, now drives employment and revenue along British Columbia’s Central Coast, where the largest tract of intact temperate rainforest left on the planet was partially protected in a 2016 agreement designating the Great Bear Rainforest. The Kitasoo/Xai’xais and Gitga’at Nations have spearheaded a collaboration with scientists to better understand the prevalence of Spirit bear genes, while also probing how well Spirit bear hot spots are protected.

How Native Americans are saving vegetables from extinction (Sparky1)

Rare strains of corn, beans, squash and other native crops might have been lost forever if not for the protection efforts of the Potawatomi and Ojibwe tribes and the Jijak Foundation in Hopkins, Michigan. Thanks to the salvation efforts of these tribes and a seed-lending library, native foods are making a comeback and being used in traditional ceremonies.

AP PHOTOS: India’s lockdown spurs new gardeners in Nagaland (Sparky1)

Reflecting a tradition of foraging the forests for nutrition during past days of conflict, several villages organized residents to collect vegetables in the wild. They distributed what they gathered for free in big towns with dwindling supplies.

Neichutuonuo Yhome, 23, started a vegetable garden with her two younger sisters in the early stages of lockdown. Their patchwork garden now has half a dozen varieties, including bean vines crawling up a bamboo trellis.

Coldwater Science: Underwater Photography & Ocean Exploration (tmn)

The World Ocean is as close as you can get to outer space without leaving Earth. It’s an entirely different universe, nothing like the life we have on land. And while people dream about alien life forms from other planets, there is another universe right here, closer than anyone expects. As a marine biologist and underwater photographer, I have been studying and documenting this world for more than 10 years, organizing expeditions to the far-off corners of the planet, spending days and weeks under the polar ice, giving lectures, teaching classes at schools, writing books and making movies with a whole team of great people involved in my own project.

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  • Fri, Jul 10, 2020 - 3:31pm



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    A friend shared a blog from peak prosperity alum Erik Townsend.  These are short reads and worth a look.

    It would surprise many Americans to know that most of our government's actions are unconstitutional—and therein unlawful. Including, federally-backed mortgages and student loans—the bailing-out of any company, group, or individual—loans and aid to foreign governments—and much more. Understanding why, under the Constitution, the federal government was granted few and defined powers, and why states were denied powers, defines what it is to be an American, and why being born American was—for so long—a great political fortune.


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  • Fri, Jul 10, 2020 - 6:01pm



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    Working link for Social Pods article


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  • Fri, Jul 10, 2020 - 6:42pm

    Mohammed Mast

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    Nice to Hear From Erik

    It all sounds good till you get to Supreme Court decisions. At that point you would have to review every decision. Also it should be remembered the Federal code takes up over 22 feet of shelf space.

    One has to remember Hamilton sold the country out to the BOE when he established The First Bank of the US. What is that quote? Oh yeah "give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes its laws" It was game over before the ink dried.

    Erik might like the following link. I have posted it several times but here goes again.


    PS My favorite constitutional question is, how come Obomba did not get impeached for murdering Amerikaan citizens, w/o a trial?


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