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Daily Digest 9/8 - Good News Friday: How To Help Storm Victims, Free School Lunch In NYC

Friday, September 8, 2017, 12:07 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!


How To Help The Victims Of Hurricane Irma (jdargis)

While states and territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are likely to receive help from the U.S. government, other countries hit by Irma may not have the same support system. Relief and recovery efforts will take a long time, particularly if these places get hit by Hurricane Jose next. It's therefore crucial that organizations on the ground receive support — be it in the form of monetary donations, volunteering, or supplies.

Court rejects Trump administration on travel ban exemptions (sv)

Justice Department lawyers had argued that those agencies deal directly with the government and rarely have contact with refugees until around the time of their arrival, but the judges found that argument beside the point.

"Even if a resettlement agency does not have 'direct contact' with a refugee before arrival, this does not negate the finding that a relationship has formed. The agency still expends resources and arranges for individualized services based on the specific refugees that the agency has agreed to resettle," the 9th Circuit panel wrote. "Resettlement agencies will face concrete harms and burdens if refugees with formal assurances are not admitted."

New York City unveils universal free lunch in time for the first day of school (jdargis)

“This is about equity,” schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said at a press conference Wednesday, where she was joined by city council leaders, union officials, and advocates. “There is a basic level of investment that every New Yorker deserves.”

Before the announcement, the city had already allocated additional funding that would have ensured roughly 75 percent of the city’s students were enrolled at schools that offered free lunch regardless of income, according to Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose, up from 30 percent last school year.

Philando Castile’s Legacy of Helping His Students Pay for Their Lunches Lives On (Jen H.)

“No child goes hungry, so we ensure that every student has breakfast and also lunch, whether they can pay or not,” Stacy Koppen, nutritional services director for the St. Paul Public Schools, told WCCO. “Lunches just for one elementary student are about $400 a year.”

Jaguar Land Rover to electrify all its cars by 2020 (jdargis)

While electric cars have been promised for years, it's only in recent years that developments in battery technology have allowed car manufacturers to create fully electric vehicles with practical distance ranges. The 2017 Tesla Model S, which features a 100kWh battery pack, can travel 335 miles on a single charge.

Meanwhile, Hyundai hopes to release its own long-range electric car (greater than 300 miles) by 2021.

Will Hydrogen Break The Battery Market? (Michael K.)

To this end, the Council plans to spend more than US$1.4 billion (1.2 billion euro) on R&D and market introduction and deployment of hydrogen systems between 2018 and 2020, including both storage and fuel cells for vehicles. This may not sound like a lot, but compared to a total investment of US$2.5 billion in hydrogen systems for the last decade, it is certainly a marked improvement.

J.J. Watt keeps surpassing Harvey relief goal: 'I'm with them for the long haul' (Jen H.)

"I talked to some of the companies that helped out over there (in New Orleans) just to kind of get a glimpse of what went wrong, what went right, and how do you think we can do it best this time," Watt said. "And I've gotten some really good information and the best thing that people have told me so far is take your time to make sure you do it right."

Hawaii natives taking food truck – and plenty of free kalua pig – to Harvey flood victims (Jen H.)

"Not only for the people, the victims, but also for the workers who are down there helping out, trying to clean up the place," Young said. "Originally, it was just her and I were gonna go down there. Now we got 20 or 30 people or more who are gonna be caravanning out there, to help the people of Rockport.”

The food was mostly purchased by Kalani and his family, but donations are allowing him to buy more. All of the money he receives will go toward buying supplies for the trip to Rockport.

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Hurricane Irma: 5.6 million residents asked to evacuate Florida

Hurricane Irma: 5.6 million residents asked to evacuate Florida

CBS News-1 hour ago
About 5.6 million people in Florida -- more than one quarter of the state's population - were ordered to evacuate and another 540,000 were told to leave the ...
The Latest: 5.6 million told to evacuate Florida due to Irma
In-Depth-Atlanta Journal Constitution-10 hours ago
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What excuse will the oligarchy give for the crash?

Several months ago we weighed in on what excuse the oligarchy would use to explain the financial crash.

The Russians?  Iran?  North Korea?  Trump?

Well now, how about the hurricanes of 2017?


More seriously, I am sobered to hear the difficulty / impossibility of many in Florida have evacuating.  I am hearing that the interstates are a parking lots full of stopped cars, and the gas stations empty.

My daughter in Charleston, South Carolina waited a bit too long and was barely able to find gas yesterday, Thursday even in Charleston.

Another cousin lives on one of the low lying islands around Charleston and plans to "ride it out in place" as he has always done with hurricanes.  Storm surge does not look to be such a concern in the Carolina with the latest predictions.   The storm path latest predictions have turned inland passing between Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama, sparing the Carolina coast for the most part.

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It will be "Nobody could have seen it coming", and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve will get a Medal of Freedom for keeping their mouth shut similar to 9/11.  No accountability for anyone or anything-as usual.

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Watch Hurricane Irma from these Florida web cams

This article has links to a number of webcams in various locations in Florida for those interested


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