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    Daily Digest 7/19 – Good News Friday: New Device Could Bring Solar, Clean Water To Millions, The Perks Of Being A Hermit

    by Daily Digest

    Friday, July 19, 2019, 6:48 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!

Economy

How A 10-Year-Old-Boy Helped Apollo 11 Return To Earth (jdargis)

“The bearing was replaced with the assistance of a 10-year-old boy named Greg Force who had arms small enough that he could work through a 2½ inch diameter hole to pack [the bearing].”

The rest is history. This month, America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, an event firmly planted in the nation’s collective memory.

SunTrust to stop financing private prisons and immigrant-detention centers (Jen H.)

SunTrust’s decision follows similar moves by Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co. Protesters and politicians including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is running for president, have urged bank executives and investors to back away from the business as immigrant detentions have soared.

Woman was so excited she beat cancer that she broke the ‘cancer-free’ bell (TS)

“I couldn’t even fathom being done, I was so overwhelmed yesterday,” she told CNN. “Guess I didn’t know how strong I was!”

Jaye said she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in February. She said she had a fast-growing tumor, and thought she was going to have to have chemotherapy. She ended up being treated with 30 radiation treatments, and yesterday was the last one.

The House Just Voted to Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 (jdargis)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he would not bring the bill to a vote before the Senate, claiming that a minimum wage hike “would kill jobs and depress the economy.” But research has shown that areas that have already raised the minimum wage, such as New York, have seen poverty decrease with no negative effects on jobs.

Why this man became a hermit at 20 (tmn)

“First he was never for a moment, in all 27 years, bored. He was never lonely. He said that he felt almost the opposite of that. He said he felt utterly and intricately connected to everything else in the world. It was difficult for him to tell where his body ended, and the woods began. He said he felt this utter communion with nature and with the outside world.”

Scotland Is Now Generating So Much Wind Energy, It Could Power Two Scotlands (jdargis)

Coal power stations didn’t supply any energy to the grid for seven days in a row, according to the National Grid in the UK – a total of 167 consecutive hours. Gas turbines, nuclear power, solar energy and other renewables all played a part.

That’s in line with the UK government’s target to do without coal completely by 2025, and it looks as though Scotland could have a big part to play in reaching that goal.

Device could bring both solar power and clean water to millions (Jen H.)

“Having a significant amount of freshwater produced continuously on a daily basis [means] many challenging tasks can then be easily achievable,” said Wang. “The generated clean water can be used [for] cleaning solar panels to remove dust particles; it can be use to irrigate plants and crops, making desert agriculture possible.”

Brand New Material Could Lead To Cheaper Solar Cells (Michael S.)

The KU research is the latest discovery that could, in the future, lead to much higher solar cell performance than previously thought.

Recent research and experiments have led to discoveries in both organic semiconductors and conventional silicon-based solar cells.

‘We won’: Environmental activists claim victory after Detroit incinerator closes (Jen H.)

“We may only know later what finally brought us justice and closed the thing, but I know that elected officials generally respond to demands from big numbers of constituents which the signatures represented,” Hunter said.

Hunter felt motivated to fight against the incinerator as he compared the grim realities of his own Detroit neighborhood to the clean air of northern Michigan.

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  • Sat, Jul 20, 2019 - 5:50am

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    peasantfarmer

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    Molybdenum [Mo]

    I read the article on the two Chinese researchers at Kansas Univ. concerning their research to harness the free electrons in molybdenum to be able to make much more efficient solar cells.  On the surface this sounds great.  But when one is looking at any process to create usable energy, one must always look at the entire process and then calculate the  net energy, or joules of input per joules of output.  Molybdenum is not simply scooped from the ground as a usable transitional metal.  A good easy to understand article on the mining and processing can be found here: http://metalpedia.asianmetal.com/metal/molybdenum/extraction.shtml

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  • Sat, Jul 20, 2019 - 10:48am

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    David Collum Goes Conspiracy Theorist Max

    For those of us who have struggled with this stark choice, David Collum is a breath of fresh air.  He makes me laugh.

    An interview.

    Collum Thinks Jeffrey Epstein Could Have Been Working For “Powerful People” And “Setting People Up”

    The discussion starts with analysis of the current Jeffrey Epstein fiasco and Collum ponders what “can of worms” could open for Bill Clinton and Donald Trump as a result of Epstein going to trial and documents relating to his indictment coming to light.

    “It’s going to be bi-partisan,” Collum says about the Epstein allegations. “Epstein was working for powerful people, to get dirt on powerful people. Epstein wasn’t just a dirtball, he was setting people up,” he continues.

    Collum comments:

    “Nowadays getting photographed on a boat with a blonde sitting on your lap doesn’t even cause you to lose a vote. Now they gotta get you with something much dirtier. I think that’s where the underage kids come in. I think Epstein has been building a portfolio of dirt, like J. Edgar Hoover.”

    Collum Doesn’t Buy The 9/11 Narrative – “Physics Tells Me There’s Problems”

    Collum then discusses why he doesn’t believe the mainstream narrative behind the 9/11 attacks. He cites physics, Building 7 and the lack of video footage of the plane crashing into the Pentagon as two of the big reasons that he questions the official story.

    “I think there’s problems with 9/11, but no one wants to say that because they’re embarrassed to say that. But the laws of physics tell me there’s problems. I don’t give a shit about the squibs or Larry Silverstein saying they decided to pull the building. When I watch two towers come down perfectly and I go ‘chaos theory alone says they should have gone asymmetric and stopped tumbling‘…”

    “”I can’t believe Building 7 should have fallen. There’s really not a shred of footage of the plane hitting the pentagon. Not one frame. The official frame isn’t a frame. If someone’s got the footage, let me see it.”

    Collum Doesn’t Believe the Las Vegas Shooter Story – “There Were People Saying ‘You’re All Going To Die'”

    Dave also weighs in at length on the Las Vegas shooting, questioning with the host why a motive was never found, how somebody could get rich playing video poker as the shooter was alleged to have, whether or not there were character actors on the news after the event and what happened to the security guard who was involved and only gave one quick interview on the Ellen show before “relocating” to Mexico.

    “There’s about 150 things that just don’t add up,” Collum says about the Steven Paddock Las Vegas narrative.

    He speaks about the security guard from the day of the shooting:

    “You got Jesus the security guard. He gets shot in the f*cking leg then all of a sudden goes off the radar. Then he disappears and the word is that he’s gone to Mexico. The explanation is that he had a vacation planned. Then he comes back with a cane and comes back – and does one interview with Ellen Degeneres.”

    Collum also talks about other mysterious occurrences from the day of the shooting:

    “There were people saying there was a couple walking around the infield saying ‘You’re all going to die in 45 minutes’ – and then they got escorted out. And then, ‘boom boom boom’, a lot of them died!”

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