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Daily Digset 7/21 - Good News Friday: Wireless Powered By Light, What Bitcoin And Solar Have In Common

Friday, July 21, 2017, 9:30 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

Toronto man builds park stairs for $550, irking city after $65,000 estimate (Adam)

Astl’s wife, Gail Rutherford, says the stairs have already been a big help to people who routinely take that route through the park. “I’ve seen so many people fall over that rocky path that was there to begin with,” she said. “It’s a huge improvement over what was there.”

Astl says members of his gardening group have been thanking him for taking care of the project, especially after one of them broke her wrist falling down the slope last year.

I Dropped Out Of High School — And I’m Doing Just Fine (jdargis)

I’ll say it again: My dropout strategy is not a one-size-fits-all approach. More than a few things were working in my favor: Despite my poor test-taking skills, I was a really good student when a subject engaged me (and in college, most subjects did). I come from a middle-class family that was happy to support me when needed throughout my college education. I flourished in a university environment where the emphasis was less on testing and the rote memorization of facts and more about demonstrating a full understanding of concepts and processes. I’m charming, so my professors loved me. Besides, I was also the only 16-year-old in all my classes, which made me a welcome novelty in all my study groups.

Judges ordered to set affordable bonds for defendants who pose no danger (sv)

"I think people who are arrested will be given the full recognition that they are presumed innocent," Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans, who signed the order outlining the new policy, told the Tribune in a telephone interview.

A future for light-powered wireless connectivity, thanks to graphene (jdargis)

Now, let's move to the optical regime. We can go easy on ourselves and stick to the infrared, with a wavelength of about 10μm. The feeds to our 4×4 array need to have a length accuracy of about 500nm. That seems doable, but remember: with light, it's not just the length that matters. If the feed lines are just 40μm long, then the refractive index of the feed lines cannot vary by more than a percent. The longer the feed lines, the more similar the refractive indices have to be. The manufacturing tolerances become more and more difficult to meet as the wavelength gets shorter, or the distance between emitters grows.

What Bitcoin And Solar Have In Common (Michael K.)

“Yes, I believe that proof-of-stake blockchain applications can validly compete with other non-blockchain based solutions in energy trading,” he says. “Peer-to-peer energy trading is nascent, notoriously difficult to manage and blockchain solutions might be useful.”

Innovations in the policy landscape will necessary to allow blockchain-based energy to thrive.

House defeats amendment to strip climate study from Defense bill (sv)

“Literally, litanies of other federal agencies deal with environmental issues including climate change,” Perry said. “The federal mandate [in the bill] detracts from the central mission of securing our nation against enemies.”

The climate change study was included in the annual defense policy bill after a unanimous voice vote during a committee markup.

Chile Just Converted 11 Million Acres Into New National Parks (Jen H.)

The Tompkins Foundation of one million acres will help form a network of 17 national parks along Patagonia that spans most of Chile. This donation will aid efforts in "rewilding" Patagonia, an effort to roll back decades of development and deforestation. The Chilean government agreed to pledge an additional 10 million acres under Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. This expansion will create five brand new national parks and add acreage to other parks, creating what is called the "Route of Parks" running North-South along Chile. The total 11 million acres of protected national park land is larger than Denmark and three times larger than Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks in the US combined.

Fireflies sparkle in a Pennsylvania field at dusk (jdargis)

Found all over the globe, fireflies or lightning bugs are winged beetles that emerge in warm, humid weather. Though their signature bioluminescent flashes are actually complex communications, the effect can create a magical feeling for humans that witness them. Video artist Diana Lehr captured a field full of fireflies in these silent videos from rural Pennsylvania.

Gold & Silver

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Towns sell their public water systems — and come to regret it

Towns sell their public water systems — and come to regret it

Peoria Journal Star-15 hours ago
Selling the water system would erase $11 million in utility debt and leave the city ... By one estimate, U.S. water systems need to invest $1 trillion over the next 20 ...

Easy Money Saved This Italian City. Soon, It Will Run Out.

New York Times-21 hours ago
A stimulus program by the European Central Bank helped revive the train factory ... Precisely when the European Central Bank will allow interest rates to rise ...

 

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In praise of IBC Totes for Emergency Water Storage

I found a local guy on craigslist who distributes IBC Totes, the 275 gallon, 4' x 4' x 4', shipping containers used to transport food intermediates (like tomato paste and olive oil) from one food processing plant to another.  After one use, they are sold on the secondary market.

So for $100 each, I got several clean 275 gallon water storage tanks delivered to my home.  They are "food grade," meaning only used for food products.

They are not perfect.  Sunlight penetrates the so algae will grow making these NOT ideal for long-term water storage.  The bottom fixture is NOT robust, so that repeated opening and closing of an attached spigot may break the container in time.

But as far a a cheap way to store some water short term, they are awesome.

In the background is a poly tank that holds 1,000 gallons that is much better for long term water storage.  But it costs about $600 plus $180 for delivery.

In the event of a sudden disruption of the electrical grid, most areas have several days of water pressure at the tap from the elevated municipal holdings tanks.  The advice is, fill every water container in your home possible.  The IBC Tote gives you 275 gallons to hold.

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Criminalizing Boycott of Israel (BDS)

US Lawmakers Seek to Criminalize Boycott Campaign Against Israel

In a coordinated action, Senator Schumer explained that criticism of Zionism was Anti-Semitic.  French President Macron,  said the same.   Anti-Zionism will not be tolerated as it is bigotry.  And "we will continue struggle against extremism."

Bigotry against Zionists is immoral.  But massive institutional-scale bigotry against Palestinians is perfectly fine.  

So which is it?  Do we oppose bigotry or do we support bigotry?

The difference here is what Kevin MacDonald is calling moral relativism.  (Chapter 1)  A moral stand is taken one way when it supports Zionism and the opposite way when the opposite supports Zionism.  So the guiding principle is NOT the stated moral one, it is "What is good for the Zionist."

 

From Glenn Greenwald:

THE CRIMINALIZATION OF political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West. In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing T-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel. The U.K. has enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism. In the U.S., governors compete with one another over who can implement the most extreme regulations to bar businesses from participating in any boycotts aimed even at Israeli settlements, which the world regards as illegal. On U.S. campuses, punishment of pro-Palestinian students for expressing criticisms of Israel is so commonplace that the Center for Constitutional Rights refers to it as “the Palestine Exception” to free speech.

But now, a group of 43 senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: Anyone guilty of violating the prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.

The proposed measure, called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720), was introduced by Cardin on March 23. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that the bill “was drafted with the assistance of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.” Indeed, AIPAC, in its 2017 lobbying agenda, identified passage of this bill as one of its top lobbying priorities for the year:

similar measure was introduced in the House on the same date by two Republicans and one Democrat. It has already amassed 234 co-sponsors: 63 Democrats and 174 Republicans. As in the Senate, AIPAC has assembled an impressive ideological diversity among supporters, predictably including many of the most right-wing House members — Jason Chaffetz, Liz Cheney, Peter King — along with the second-ranking Democrat in the House, Steny Hoyer.

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How is AIPAC able to push its agenda's in a foreign nation (the USA) that is clearly in opposition to the will of the citizens of that foreign nation?

Former congress person Cynthia McKinney explains the pressure she was under to sign the pledge to back Israel in exchange for the fund raising efforts.

 

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”  

--Voltaire

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I believe that the Zionist Global Domination project is all-in at this point.  The Hail Mary pass into the end zone has been released and is in the air.  They will either achieve a global police state or die trying.

If they do not, gradually growing public awareness of the 9/11 Event and the wars in the middle east will create a backlash that will lead to their destruction.

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We Are Now into Controlled Demolition-Catherine Austin Fitts

I thought this was an interesting interview with Catherine-Austin Fitts on Greg Hunter's USA Watchdog:

http://usawatchdog.com/we-are-now-into-controlled-demolition-catherine-austin-fitts/

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I find the opposite to be the

I find the opposite to be the case in California. Anti-Israel everywhere , especially college campuses. No balance to the issues presented either, it is all demonizing Israel

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Sand Puppy hits the nail on the head

http://www.nkusa.org/

Should get interesting when they arrest Hasidic Jews for being anti Semitic

https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/ray-filar/why-i-am-antizion...

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No balance due
mntnhousepermi wrote:

I find the opposite to be the case in California. Anti-Israel everywhere , especially college campuses. No balance to the issues presented either, it is all demonizing Israel

 

Yeah,  thats a real shame to demonize a country who's only faults are attacking the US ( USS Liberty, 911) to create the bullshit forever 'war on terror' as causis beli to further it's geostrategic goals of balkanizing it's regional enemies via US miltary power, creating a world wide police state, for thought and behavior control, demonizing and murdering Palestiniens  with an ongoing Apartheid state, annexing energy deposits in Golan Heights of Syria and Palestinian off shore gas fields and aiding and abetting Daesh/ISIS crazies in cahoots with the CIA/Saudis/Gulf Arabs as part of it's destructive and insanely dangerous strategy of regime change in Syria there while incessantly attempting to start a war with Iran all of which has the world closer to a civilization ending  full on Nuclear exchange with Russia than at the height of the cold war cuban missle crisis.  

If the snowflakes on college campuses in California are demonizing Israel, even if it's only though  their narrow filter of 'social justice' for the blatant mistreatment of Palestinians, thats the first thing I've seen them get right.

I'm all for boycotting Israel's current Likud Government.  We could start by not buying their bullshit and stop fighting their wars.

 

mememonkey

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AMEN

AMEN MEMEMONKEY

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we disagree

what an unbalanced list

 

 

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Balance The List, Please
mntnhousepermi wrote:

what an unbalanced list

mntnhousepermi,

It sure would have been nice for you to either refute any or all of mememonkey's many points or provide examples that would balance the list. Just proclaiming that his is "an unbalance list" ... does nothing to persuade me that your position is better. I suspect that you're operating from a sacred belief system here. You can't justify it in print ... so you don't.

Please prove me wrong,

Grover

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no, but I dont have time

to do such research when I dont think it would do any good, I have work to do inthe garden, and earth plastering a wall. If you want to know any of the other side, you can look it up just as easily as my re-finding of it

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The privatization of public utilities:

The writer failed to include Blackstone. Stevie Schwarzman is ginned up,jacked up and ready to go.You name it,they are in it.Privatization of water typically results in a 170 dollar increase per year in a typical family household bill,with horrible service.Just another way the public is getting hosed....

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shocked

I'm simply shocked that private industry, handed a ready-made monopoly, would skimp on service and raise prices just to increase return to shareholders.

Oh wait.  That's their job - in fact, that is their fiduciary duty to the shareholders.  Maximize ROI.  And in the absence of competition, then absolute minimal service and maximum prices are the best way to make that happen.

No mystery at all.

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The point was this:

Over the course of the past 4 years Saxplayer has posted articles from all over the country regarding bond rating downgrades.I would guess that history has run from top rated all the way down to junk.Whether you own munis,trade them,have them in your retirement portfolio, you have been hurt.Watching these municipalities deteriorate is painful.We have now entered another phase of desperation.Selling off our natural resources.Schwarzmen is the administrations strategic policy point man.He has quite the interest in privatizing this market.They have attempted to go all in in Atlantic City.The good news is that residents are fighting back.So,There's that... 

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An Example To Ponder

mntnhousepermi,

I understand and appreciate that you have too much to do in the garden to find and post counterpoints. Counterpoints to a critical story soften the impact. Unfortunately, not all the counterpoints carry equal weight. By hiding behind the veil of "unbalanced reports," you can pretend that the story is more nuanced and maintain your belief system without confronting the reality of the situation.

Since O.J. Simpson has recently been paroled for stealing "his" memorabilia, the sordid details of his last few decades flooded back into memory. I feel that this is a pertinent example of why counterpoints to a story don't carry equal weight. As you may already know, Simpson was charged with murdering his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman over 2 decades ago. He wasn't convicted in the criminal court (botched prosecution;) however, he was found guilty in civil court (where the burden of proof isn't as stringent.)

When you look at his life story, you see a remarkable athlete who carried himself well. He transitioned to an acting and sportscaster career after retiring from pro football. This article hits the discrepancies between his public life and personal relationship.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1994-06-19/news/9406190405_1_nicole-brown-simpson-oj-wife-batterer

Simpson the wife beater scraped against the grain of O.J. Simpson the easy-going, affluent football legend, a superstar never too busy to raise funds for local charities and sign autographs at the neighborhood park.

Not to belabor the point, but O.J.'s positive attributes cast an exceedingly faint shadow compared to his violent real world escapades. Sometimes a picture speaks a thousand words. Here's a photo of Nicole after O.J. beat her one time. If that's not enough, you can find exceedingly grisly detailed murder crime scene photos here.

Getting back to point, the question then becomes: Do Zionists' "good" qualities outweigh all the "bad" Zionists do?

Grover

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nope, wrong analogy

There wasnt any substance to do a rebutal to.

 

You are asking me to link facts, research and arguments to do a rebutal to someones opinion that had no facts backing it up.

An opinion is a good reply to an opinion

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Good Luck With That

If you only see "opinions" in the above posts, you can be assured that nothing will ever pierce your belief bubble. Of course, that is only my opinion of your situation.

Grover

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Grover wrote: If you only
Grover wrote:

If you only see "opinions" in the above posts, you can be assured that nothing will ever pierce your belief bubble. Of course, that is only my opinion of your situation.

Grover

 

I was replying to this : " thats a real shame to demonize a country who's only faults are attacking the US ( USS Liberty, 911) to create the bullshit forever 'war on terror' as causis beli to further it's geostrategic goals of balkanizing it's regional enemies via US miltary power, creating a world wide police state, for thought and behavior control, demonizing and murdering Palestiniens  with an ongoing Apartheid state, annexing energy deposits in Golan Heights of Syria and Palestinian off shore gas fields and aiding and abetting Daesh/ISIS crazies in cahoots with the CIA/Saudis/Gulf Arabs as part of it's destructive and insanely dangerous strategy of regime change in Syria there while incessantly attempting to start a war with Iran all of which has the world closer to a civilization ending  full on Nuclear exchange with Russia than at the height of the cold war cuban missle crisis. .."

I see an unbalanced opinion piece here. No coherent facts or proof -- If you are seeing proof, facts, etc.. here, you are in a bubble

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At Least We're Getting Somewhere
mntnhousepermi wrote:

I was replying to this : " thats a real shame to demonize a country who's only faults are attacking the US ( USS Liberty, 911) to create the bullshit forever 'war on terror' as causis beli to further it's geostrategic goals of balkanizing it's regional enemies via US miltary power, creating a world wide police state, for thought and behavior control, demonizing and murdering Palestiniens  with an ongoing Apartheid state, annexing energy deposits in Golan Heights of Syria and Palestinian off shore gas fields and aiding and abetting Daesh/ISIS crazies in cahoots with the CIA/Saudis/Gulf Arabs as part of it's destructive and insanely dangerous strategy of regime change in Syria there while incessantly attempting to start a war with Iran all of which has the world closer to a civilization ending  full on Nuclear exchange with Russia than at the height of the cold war cuban missle crisis. .."

I see an unbalanced opinion piece here. No coherent facts or proof -- If you are seeing proof, facts, etc.. here, you are in a bubble

I would call that a very long sentence that does a good job of summarizing some of the things that Israel has done or has had others do for them. You haven't proven to me that you are open enough to actually listen with an open mind - quite the contrary. I don't want to waste my time digging into items on this list only to have you assert that "this is only opinion."

As with O.J.'s trials, there are different levels of proof. One size doesn't fit all. Even if several people caught Professor Plum in the library holding a blood stained candlestick, you could still claim collusion and deny proof.

So, does any of mememonkey's statement ring true ... or is it ALL a bunch of bullshit?

Grover

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