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Daily Digest 8/25 - Good News Friday: 'Cyborg' bacteria deliver green fuel, Peak Prosperity Weekly YouTube News Update

Friday, August 25, 2017, 12:12 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

Peak Prosperity Weekly YouTube News Update (jasonw)

Yellen rejects Trump approach to Wall Street regulation, says post-crisis banking rules make economy safer (jasonw)

Jackson Hole, Wyo. — Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen offered a forceful defense of broad new banking regulations enacted after the 2008 financial crisis, saying the rules safeguard the economy against another crisis and rejecting assertions from President Trump and top aides that they should be rolled back.

South Korean Court Sentences Samsung Scion Jay Y. Lee To 5 Years For Corruption Scandal (jasonw)

The billionaire head of South Korea’s Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, was sentenced to five years in jail for bribery on Friday in a watershed for the country’s decades-long economic order dominated by powerful, family-run conglomerates.

How Sicilian oranges are being made into clothes (jasonw)

From fashion to energy - the rind and seeds of Sicily's most famous citrus fruit, the humble orange, are being used in a range of greener, healthier business initiatives.

Amazon cuts Whole Food prices in clear signal of sweeping changes to come (jasonw)

Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods Market will be finalized Monday, and shoppers will see an immediate markdown in prices on a number of items, including salmon, avocados, baby kale and almond butter, as the tech giant looks to shake up the grocery business.

Energy

'Cyborg' bacteria deliver green fuel source from sunlight (jasonw)

Scientists have created bacteria covered in tiny semiconductors that generate a potential fuel source from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water. The so-called "cyborg" bugs produce acetic acid, a chemical that can then be turned into fuel and plastic. In lab experiments, the bacteria proved much more efficient at harvesting sunlight than plants.

Environment

The Top 20 Coolest Schools (jdargis)

All across the country, more and more options are becoming available to explore the 3E's.  These schools are ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability and providing programs for learning and doing.

Secret life of the dodo revealed (jasonw)

Scientists are piecing together clues about the life of the dodo, hundreds of years after the flightless bird was driven to extinction.

Gold & Silver

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The virus spreads from Confederate monuments

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/25/us/monuments-confederacy-remove-rename.html

It began with calls to remove Confederate generals.

But since the violence in Charlottesville, Va., two weeks ago, the anger from the left over monuments and public images deemed racist, insensitive or inappropriate has quickly spread to statues of Christopher Columbus, the former Philadelphia tough cop Mayor Frank Rizzo, Boston’s landmark Faneuil Hall, a popular Chicago thoroughfare and even Maryland’s state song. An Asian-American sportscaster named Robert Lee was pulled from broadcasting a University of Virginia football game so as not to offend viewers.

The disputes over America’s racial past and public symbols have proliferated with dizzying speed, spreading to states far beyond the Confederacy and inspiring campaigns by minorities and political progressives across the country. But along the way, they have become to some an example of politically correct sentiments gone too far, with the potential to mobilize the right and alienate the center.

Paul Begala, the Democratic strategist, said his party was “driving straight into a trap Trump has set,” because the president seeks to shift the focus away from comments he made about white supremacists to his charge that opponents are trying to “take away our history.”

“While I understand the pain those monuments cause,” said Mr. Begala, who was an adviser to President Bill Clinton, “I just think it in some ways dishonors the debate to allow Trump to hijack it.”

New disputes seem to be springing up daily.

In a Democratic mayoral candidates’ debate in New York on Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio did not rule out removing Manhattan’s 76-foot Columbus Circle monument as the city reviews “symbols of hate.”

Philadelphia placed barricades and guards around a statue of Mr. Rizzo, loathed by some African-Americans for his harsh tactics toward blacks in the city, after protesters surrounded the bronze edifice and a city councilwoman, Helen Gym, wrote on Twitter, “Take the Rizzo statue down.”

Mr. Rizzo, who died in 1991, cultivated a law-and-order image as a police commissioner that included raiding gay clubs and once forcing Black Panthers to strip naked in the street.

“Just because Philadelphia wasn’t a part of the Confederacy doesn’t mean we get a pass,” Ms. Gym said in an interview. She is less concerned about turning off voters who support the president than in rousing members of the Democratic base, including minorities, who did not vote in November.

“My concern is about the number of people who stayed home, who felt government doesn’t speak for them,” she said. “I’m trying to show government can be reflective in a time of anguish.”

In Chicago, a campaign is underway to remove a statue of Italo Balbo, an Italian air marshal, which the Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini presented to the city in 1933. Balbo Drive is a well-known street in the heart of downtown.

In Boston, there are calls for renaming historic Faneuil Hall because Peter Faneuil, who donated the building to the city in 1743, was a slave owner and trader.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/24/armed-antifa-group-calls-for-revolution-seizing-property-and-violence-against-police/

An armed Antifa group is launching a new cell in Philadelphia, with support from the “alt-left” alternative media.

The group currently hosts anti-police workshops called “Our Enemies in Blue.” The group draws inspiration from convicted murderers and calls for violence against the police, theft of goods, and armed insurrection.

Antifa websites like It’s Going Down, Sub.Media and Insurrection News have been promoting the group, which calls itself the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement, calling on their readers to donate to a Fundrazr account for the creation of the new cell.

The press release the group published in far-left media is filled with hyperbolic claims about how “mosques are being ruthlessly bombed” and how “LGBTQ are being battered.”

“The destruction of black life continues unabated as millions languish in the plantations of the modern day slave system,” the group states.

Taking pride in the “legacy” of “Philadelphia’s rich revolutionary tradition,” RAM cites Mumia Abu Jamal, the Black Panther activist who shot and killed Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.

It also cites Russell Shoats, who shot a police officer in the back five times in 1970. Similar to Antifa, the actions of the Black Panthers have been describedas having a “very undefined purpose of assaulting police officers.”

Like other Antifa groups, RAM claims to oppose the usual -isms and white supremacy, but a quick look at the organization’s “Political Foundation” page, as highlighted by Far Left Watch, notes the inclusion of several alarming points, including the “Abolition of Gender,” and the “Expropriation and the Cooperative Economy.”

 

 

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Sanctions Bill Against Russia

Catherine Austin Fitts interviews Cynthia McKinney, former Congressperson, on the Bill creating Sanctions against Russia, North Korea and Iran.  It got off to a most unusual start.

It looks like the war mongers, the Empire builders, the globalists, the Ziocons have purchased a war with Russia.

From the transcript, (available here as a pdf):

Catherine Austin Fitts:    Let’s turn to the sanctions. Congress just passed a sanctions bill, and the President is saying that he is going to sign it but I haven’t checked to see if he has signed it yet.

Tell us about that sanctions bill. What is it, and why is it so important?

Cynthia McKinney: This bill, and I’m trying to find it now, is extremely dangerous. I also believe it is a case study in how the war mongers, the Empire builders, the globalists, the Ziocons – whatever you want to call them –how they operate.

The legislation imposes sanctions against North Korea, Iran, and Russia and the legislation received a number. It was introduced on July 21st without a number.

That means that it was drafted by someone for someone, introduced, and was not given a number for four days until July 25th at 7:50am, which is when the legislation received a number.

Before 6:00 p.m. on the very same date, the 184-page bill had been passed by both the House, sent to the Senate, and the next day it was on its way to the President.

As I said, it was introduced on July 21st without a number. The Congressional record has been amended to reflect that it was introduced on July 24th. Well, it was actually introduced July 21st and it was on the majority leaders’ calendar for consideration under suspension the week that it was introduced. This was unheard of! This is absolutely, totally unheard of.

On July 25th at 7:50 a.m. it was assigned a number, which was 3364. The same day, July 25th, ...  the bill went through the House at 5:14pm ... on July 25th. That was the first day that it received a number. On July 27th it passed the House and it passed the Senate without amendment, which meant that it immediately went to the President’s desk. The President has signed it now, and it is law.

What that means is that something irregular has happened. The trajectory of this particular legislation is most irregular – that you would have a bill introduced on the 24th according to www.Congress.gov, and it is law on the 27th.

This is amazing! This is absolutely and totally amazing!

Fitts: It’s also amazing that the vote in the house was, I think, 419 to 3. There were only three representatives who voted against it.

McKinney: That is correct, three Republicans.

In the Senate, two Senators – one Democrat and one Republican – voted against it. The Democrat is Bernie Sanders, and the Republican is Rand Paul.  All in all, you can say that ‘we the people’ have five members of Congress. The rest of them are shouting the ‘Russia interfered in our elections’ meme ad nauseam.

….

If you look at the margin of the vote, of course it wasn’t controversial. If you look at the margin of the vote without looking at the content of the bill, any bill that is going to raise the hackles on Russia to the point that they say categorically that the United States Congress has just passed a declaration of a trade war against Russia,

….

Fitts:  I don’t know if you ever saw purported whistleblower, FBI Anon, who was an alleged whistleblower. No one knows if he is authentic or disinformation, but he provided some information about the ‘pay to play’ network around the Clinton Foundation and was basically describing a network that involved a tremendous number of people throughout Washington. He implied that it could bring down the government if the truth came out. Essentially they were selling massive favors globally to many foreign governments, and we’re talking about enormous foreign government interference in both the US governance and elections. Somebody asked him during the discussion, “Why does Hillary Clinton want to go to war with Russia?” He said, “That’s what the donations were buying.” In other words, you have global interests who are basically buying a war.

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How We Know The So-Called "Civil War" Was Not Over Slavery
Paul Craig Roberts Explains How We Know The So-Called "Civil War" Was Not Over Slavery
 
 
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emancipation proclamation

Yes, supporting that thesis was the fact that Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation came in 1863 rather than at the start of the war.  That one always puzzled me when I was a kid reading about the war.  "If it was a war solely about slavery, why not issue the proclamation at the start, rather than halfway through?"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emancipation_Proclamation

I think slavery was certainly part of the reason for the war, and the proclamation appealed to the abolitionists, who were almost certainly one of Lincoln's keys to power.  Wiki also suggests it helped to avert international attempts to intervene on behalf of the South.

Worth reading.

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