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Daily Digest 7/7 - Good News Friday: EV Revolution Accelerates, Using Etherium To Fix Journalism

Friday, July 7, 2017, 1:00 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!


Settlement Reforms Solitary Confinement of Juveniles at Onondaga County Jail (sv)

He says the teens were often sent to solitary confinement for minor offenses. They were housed next to adults, some with mental illness, who threatened them, threw urine and feces, and deprived them of sleep. Cotter says this can have a profound effect on teens whose brains are still developing. Some went into depression and contemplated suicide. Now, he says, solitary will be a last resort.

A Former Politico Editor Is Using Ethereum to Help Fix Journalism (Afridev)

Newsrooms enable coverage by identifying "niche and local" topics that audiences members, or "citizens", can either express interest in or not. "Stations" are monetization platforms that allow journalists to price their work "however they want." While "fact-checking-as-a-service" uses tokens to incentivize audience members to identify libel, plagiarism, errors and more.

To power the interlocking system of smart contracts, Civil intends to launch its own token that services several functions, including allowing access to content, voting on newsroom decisions and penalizing inaccuracy.

House committee unexpectedly backs Barbara Lee’s bill to end military authorization (sv)

In a move that surprised many on Capitol Hill, the GOP-controlled House Appropriations Committee approved Lee’s amendment to the annual defense appropriations bill with a voice vote. If signed into law by President Trump, it would repeal the 2001 authorization eight months after Lee’s amendment passes. A new vote in Congress would be required to continue military action against the Islamic State or other terrorist groups.

Forty-five States Refuse to Give Voter Data to Trump Panel (sv)

The panel is seeking "dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number if available, voter history (elections voted in) from 2006 onward, active/inactive status, cancelled status, information regarding any felony convictions, information regarding voter registration in another state, information regarding military status, and overseas citizen information."

Nineteen states — both red and blue — and D.C. are flat-out refusing to comply with the request, citing privacy concerns and some claiming the 15-member vote fraud panel is politically-motivated.

Volvo, Betting On Electric, Moves To Phase Out Conventional Engines (jdargis)

It is the first mainstream automaker to sound the death knell of the traditional engine, saying that starting in 2019 all the models it introduces will be either hybrids or powered solely by batteries.

Tesla Loses Stranglehold As EV Revolution Accelerates (Michael K.)

But as the Volvo announcement notes, Tesla won’t be the only game in town. Volvo represents “the hard-reality case that Tesla will face intense competition by next decade from legacy [auto makers] expanding their electric options,” Barclays auto analyst Brian Johnson wrote in a research note to clients. “Tesla may have a lead in battery costs,” he said, but the long-established major carmakers have “scale advantages” that will allow them to catch up quickly, and perhaps even overtake Tesla.

Myth or Magic? 16 Pest Control Tricks We Tested For You (jdargis)

...I then inquired at our local garden center and a lovely gentleman suggested spraying the fruit with a solution of 1 part hot sauce (without seeds) plus 3 parts water. Note: I learned (the hard way) that hot sauce seeds clog up the sprayer, so use a kind that doesn't have them. I have been doing it all summer and have already enjoyed half a dozen tomatoes, with more ripening by the day. I should note, there was one bite early on, but after a single spicy nibble, we've been bite-free all summer. I am DELIGHTED.

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