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    Daily Digest 8/16 – Good News Friday: A Cure For Ebola In The Congo, Rethinking The Link Between Crime And Incarceration

    by Daily Digest

    Friday, August 16, 2019, 8:16 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!

Economy

Ine Chicago, Rethinking The Link Between Crime And Incarceration (Jen H.)

Crime rates in the United States have declined significantly since the early 1990s, but studies show that incarceration has not contributed to that trend. David Roodman, an economist working with the Open Philanthropy Project (a funder of The Appeal), conducted a comprehensive review of research and concluded in a 2017 report that there is as much proof that incarceration increases crime as decreases it. Roodman reviewed tough prosecution policies, like California’s three-strikes law, and found that they produce no significant deterrent effect.

The No. 1 job in America with the ‘best career opportunities’ pays $112,000 a year — and it’s not in tech (Thomas R.)

Data scientists are also in high demand. They ranked No. 1 on Glassdoor’s recent “Best Jobs in America” for 2019 — for the fourth straight year. They boast median base annual salary of $108,000, but Glassdoor also says there are signs their salary growth has been leveling off. They were followed by nursing managers at No. 2 ($83,000), marketing managers at No. 3 ($82,000), occupational therapists at No. 4 ($74,000) and product managers at No. 5 ($115,000).

Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change A Culture (tmn)

“Most people don’t have ready-made attitudes on most things we think are important. If your language nudges you in some direction, it should have some nontrivial effect on your opinion,” says Pérez. “You could boil it down to, how does the language you speak affect how you see the world?”

A Cure for Ebola? Two New Treatments Prove Highly Effective in Congo (Sparky1)

REGN-EB3 is made by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals of Tarrytown, N.Y., which also makes other antibody treatments. Dr. Fauci’s institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, developed mAb114 and licensed production last year to Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, a Miami company.

Uber Driver Surprises Fast Food Worker With New Clothes After Hearing About Her Christmas Wish (Thomas R.)

“This was on my mind from the moment she got out my car, so I had to contribute,” Jabbar wrote in the Instagram video caption. “Can you imagine waiting till Christmas just to get a robe, house shoes and a outfit for church? We tend to take things for granted, but why not help someone else if you can?”

Historic First: Wind Turbines Deliver More Energy Than Coal in Texas–the Largest Consumer of Coal in US (Thomas R.)

The Electrical Reliability Council of Texas, which manages about 90% of the electrical flow in the state, released a report earlier this month stating that—during the first half of 2019—wind power generated 22% of the state’s electrical usage while coal only generated 21%.

New York decriminalizes marijuana use (Jen H.)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday to decriminalize marijuana use in the state. Under the law, use could still result in a fine, but will not be considered a criminal offense that could result in prison time.

Coke and Pepsi abandon the plastics lobby (Jen H.)

The association took positions that “were not fully consistent with our commitments and goals,” Coca-Cola said in a statement last week, noting that it withdrew from the group earlier this year. Pepsi said it had joined the association to learn about innovation as it works to “achieve a circular economy for plastics.”

“We do not participate in the policy advocacy work of the association or its subsidiaries, and our membership will conclude at the end of this year,” Pepsi said.

Report: How restoring polluted Great Lakes waters leads to cities’ rebirth (Thomas R.)

“By cleaning, reclaiming and reconnecting local communities to the waters, these communities have also catalyzed local economic development and community rebirth to the tune of hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars of economic benefits and countless new jobs for local residents,” the report states. “Finally, they have rebuilt the emotional connection — the ‘love of the lakes’ — that is such a defining attribute for those lucky enough to live in their vicinity.”

This Tasty Seaweed Reduces Cow Emissions by 99%—and It Could Soon Be a Climate Gamechanger (Thomas R.)

“When added to cow feed at less than 2% of the dry matter, this particular seaweed completely knocks out methane production. It contains chemicals that reduce the microbes in the cows’ stomachs that cause them to burp when they eat grass.”

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  • Fri, Aug 16, 2019 - 2:13pm

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    Chris Martenson

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    Extinction Rebellion

    I rather enjoyed this interview on BBC with an (the?)Extinction Rebellion leader Roger Hallam.

    Awesome quote:  “The Public Is Now Aware That the Elites Are Taking Them To Their Death!”

    The thing I took most from this was the utter inability of the interviewer to understand the predicament.

    He tried to discredit, box in, needle, and otherwise belittle Mr. Hallam mostly, I suspect, because he himself was unable to process the information (that we’re really scroomed here) in any meaningful way.

    If you let the interviewer be your stand-in for that average person, you can easily see why there’s virtually zero hope of any appropriate collective action.  Most people would rather put a life-preserver shaped granite block around their own necks as long as “hope” was inscribed on the front of it.

    The tyranny of hope. The optimism bias. Very useful things evolution has declared. They may turn out not to be such an evolutionary advantage after all. Oops. Nature will adjust. Life will go on. Just maybe without humans.

    /shrug/

    Won’t be the first species failure. Won’t be the last.

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