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Daily Digest 8/18 - Good News Friday: Torches Replaced By Candlelight, Preparing For The Eclipse

Friday, August 18, 2017, 7:48 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!


Meet the clergy who stared down white supremacists in Charlottesville (sv)

But among the many untold stories of the harrowing day is the account of hundreds of religious leaders like Harper who descended on Charlottesville to resist white supremacy. While images of prayerful resistance are often less eye-catching than bloody fists, spiritual protesters were still a crucial part of both the counter-protests and relief efforts. Many stood arm-in-arm while staring down white supremacists—and plan to do it again.

Torches Replaced By Candlelight As Thousands Gather For Charlottesville Vigil (sv)

"It's a very moving experience to go up and put your candle there and you feel the flames," said Ellen Markowitz. "And it's like this will go on, and we're lighting something, like Heather's mom said. We'll make this count. We'll make it a beginning."

For many, this was a chance to reclaim both this space on the U.Va. campus, and the town of Charlottesville.

Our Minds Have Been Hijacked By Our Phones. Tristan Harris Wants To Rescue Them (jdargis)

It started with 60 Minutes and its piece reviewing the ways the tech industry uses design techniques to keep people hooked to the screen for as long and as frequently as possible. Not because they’re evil but because of this arms race for attention. And that led to an interview on the Sam Harris podcast about all the different ways technology is persuading millions of people in ways they don’t see. And that went viral through Silicon Valley. I think several million people listened to it. So this conversation about how technology is hijacking people is really catching on.

Hudson County to pay $70K to probe deaths of jail inmates (sv)

The freeholders yesterday also approved hiring the National Commission of Correctional Health Care to oversee medical services at the jail and make recommendations for changes it will oversee implementation of. That contract is for $90,000.

ACLU Will No Longer Defend Hate Groups Protesting With Firearms (jdargis)

The American Civil Liberties Union, taking a tougher stance on armed protests, will no longer defend hate groups seeking to march with firearms, the group’s executive director said.

A tour of our solar system’s eclipses (TMN)

Humans have many more vantage points from which to observe solar eclipses than when the last solar eclipse occurred in the US in 1979. I had no idea that the Mars rovers had caught partial solar eclipses on Mars…so cool.

Preparing for the August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (jdargis)

On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a total eclipse will cross the entire country, coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918. Weather permitting, the entire continent will have the opportunity to view an eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow on Earth’s surface. And plans for this once-in-a-lifetime eclipse are underway – scientists are submitting research proposals, NASA is sharing information on safe eclipse viewing with community centers, and citizen science projects are developing.

Tales From The Shadow Of The Moon (sv)

Eclipse chasers tell us what it's like to witness a total solar eclipse.

Gold & Silver

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