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Daily Digest 3/3 - Good News Friday: China Coal Consumption Drops, Are Insects the Future of Food?

Friday, March 3, 2017, 1:17 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!

Economy

Tiny fossils could be oldest evidence of life on Earth (jdargis)

"It provides us with this high degree of certainty that these structures are indeed, biological microorganisms that were living and thriving around hydrothermal vents billions of years ago," he says.

If Dodd is correct and the shapes are, indeed, the leftovers of living beings, then these fossils hold the oldest evidence of life on the planet.

Could SpaceX Really Launch People Around the Moon Next Year? (jdargis)

Getting Dragon V2 and the Falcon Heavy up and running in time for a 2018 lunar-mission liftoff will indeed be challenging, said Phil Larson, a former space policy adviser to President Barack Obama who went to work for SpaceX and is now at the University of Colorado Boulder's engineering school. But "challenging" is a far cry from "impossible," he stressed.

From Raising Consciousness to Raising Hell (jdargis)

In this, women are drawing on a long history in the United States of organizing outside traditional political structures because they were so long denied the right to vote, said Ellen Fitzpatrick, a professor of history at the University of New Hampshire. They banded together in the abolitionist movement or social reform drives in health care, prisons or the treatment of the mentally ill.

The Wisdom of Nokia's Dumbphone (jdargis)

First released in 2000, the Nokia 3310 emerged during the Cambrian explosion of mobile devices. Fashionless black bricks crossed the paths of colorful, candy-bar handsets. Slim, black Ericsson flip-phones shared airport security bins alongside silvered Motorola clamshells. WAP-enabled “feature phones” offered rudimentary, useless access to the internet, while the fat fingers of government officials and corporate executives mashed the keys of BlackBerry 957s and Treo 180s. Teens thumb-typed too—but texts instead of emails, on Danger Hiptops. The Nokia N-Gage even tried, and failed, to merge the mobile handset with the portable game system. Over the first half-decade of mass-market mobile devices, everything was attempted and nothing was holy.

China's coal consumption drops again, boosting its leadership on climate change (jdargis)

Trump’s change in tack has provided China – the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases – the opportunity to lead on climate change by reducing its dependency on coal in favor of natural gas and renewable energy. (Coal consumption in the US has also declined, mainly because of a glut in the global steel market and cheap natural gas.)

Are Insects the Future of Food? (jdargis)

Two billion people worldwide already eat about two thousand different species of insects. In South Africa, termites are served with maize porridge. You can get spicy grasshopper (chapulìn) tacos in Mexico. In Indonesia, dragonflies boiled in coconut milk are a delicacy. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, caterpillars are traditional eating. And in the U.S., cricket protein is added to supplement energy bars, cookies, desserts, and snacks.

Gold & Silver

Click to read the PM Daily Market Commentary: 3/2/17

Provided daily by the Peak Prosperity Gold & Silver Group

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Uncletommy
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Good News Friday? I feel better, now. . . I think!

Good news Friday is always a mixed blessing. Any light at the end of the tunnel is always welcomed, If you leave out Jevon's paradox, you may be comforted. However, it's the unintended consequences of our squandering human nature that spawns unease in me when I consider the Three E's.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-gasoline-demand-idUSKBN16920B

Moving my fat ass around in a 2000lbs. hybrid stills strikes me as wasteful, no matter how efficient we become. Guaranteed annual income? Reduced work week? Automation? Increasing credit? Where have I heard this before? This should give you a taste of what we so often forget.

The whole series is worth the time.

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My weekly update

I'll just leave this here too:

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cmartenson
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I may have found my new favorite short movie on leadership

Here's a fantastic instructional video on leadership.

I wonder where we are in our movement according to this model?

:)

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sand_puppy
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Dancing with the Central Myth

The second and third dancing guys show WHY we desperately need people to join PUBLICLY saying,  "This is not a collapse.  I do not believe the story that this is collapsing."

This is a collapse (below):

 

We must dance publicly even when the social cost of dancing is high ("You are a weirdo").  It is how the momentum of conscience is launched.  The less courageous have privately seen the videos but may doubt their own judgment. ("Am I crazy?  Surely this couldn't be right.  Someone would have said something.")  You confirm that their judgment is valid and that 2,800 other architects and engineers support them.  Your courage makes them feel safe enough that they can dance with you.

We are not dancing alone even now.  The former head of the BYU Physics Department started this.

The Neocons are going down.  The question is can they be brought down BEFORE the totalitarian transformation is complete?

We must dance like the world depends on us.

For the children.

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