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Daily Digest 9/22 - Good News Friday: Cutting America's Violent Crime, Helping Disabled Farmers

Friday, September 22, 2017, 9:26 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

4 Ways To Cut Violent Crime In America (tmn)

Incarceration doesn’t just keep criminals off the street -- it also increases the odds that those who spend time in prison will become lifelong criminals. Convicts have a very difficult time landing a job after they get out. That pushes them back toward a life of crime. In addition, being in prison forges all the wrong kinds of social bonds -- on the inside, your only social circle is made up of criminals.

D.C. court rules tracking phones without a warrant is unconstitutional (Adam)

"We thus conclude that under ordinary circumstances, the use of a cell-site simulator to locate a person through his or her cellphone invades the person's actual, legitimate and reasonable expectation of privacy in his or her location information and is a search," the court ruling said. "The government's argument to the contrary is unpersuasive."

Judge rules in city's favor on sanctuary cities, grants nationwide injunction (sv)

"I want to be clear, this is not just a victory for the city of Chicago," the mayor said. "It is a win for cities, counties and states across the country who also filed amicus briefs on behalf of our lawsuit, and also the business leaders who also stepped forward on our lawsuit."

Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order Prohibiting State Agencies from Inquiring About Immigration Status (sv)

The Executive Order builds on Governor Cuomo's commitment to ensure full protections for all immigrants in New York. In March, Governor Cuomo launched the Liberty Defense Project, the nation's first public-private immigrant legal defense initiative, to respond to the surge in demand for help that is overwhelming nonprofit organizations serving immigrants. The partnership is supported by more than $10 million in funding to offer legal assistance and representation to immigrants in New York, regardless of their status, through a statewide network of attorneys and advocacy organizations.

Up Is The New Down (jdargis)

Climbing the Grand Teton is no easy feat for any human, regardless of how many copies of the 21st chromosome you’ve got. A toothy, 13,776-foot high spire, the Grand is one of the most recognizable peaks in the country, looming 7,000 feet above the valley floor. Along with the rest of the Teton range, it’s so absurdly beautiful and soaring it almost looks fake—like a cardboard cutout of the biggest, most jagged peaks someone could imagine. The approach involves a steep 6.5-mile hike, 5,000 feet of elevation gain, and some Class 3 scrambling. Then you reach the technical part of the climb. Which, if you choose one of the main routes to the top, involves some very exposed fifth-class routes. While the fastest superhumans among us can do the whole thing car-to-car, running and scrambling without ropes, in just under three hours, most people take two days to do it, hiking in, then roping up for the final technical pitches.

Mathematicians Measure Infinities and Find They’re Equal (jdargis)

Consider the natural numbers: 1, 2, 3 and so on. The set of natural numbers is infinite. But what about the set of just the even numbers, or just the prime numbers? Each of these sets would at first seem to be a smaller subset of the natural numbers. And indeed, over any finite stretch of the number line, there are about half as many even numbers as natural numbers, and still fewer primes.

Yet infinite sets behave differently. Cantor showed that there’s a one-to-one correspondence between the elements of each of these infinite sets.

This Nonprofit Trains Dogs Specifically to Help Disabled Farmers (jdargis)

PHARM’s dogs come in two main categories: herding dogs (usually Border Collies), and service dogs (usually Labradors or Lab-mixes). But off-the-shelf, so to speak, herding and/or service dogs wouldn’t really work for disabled farmers; herding dogs have to be trained to work around specific disabilities, and service dogs have to be trained to work on a farm. That means that, no matter what, PHARM’s dogs are custom-trained for each individual client. It can be expensive and time-consuming—each dog can take up to two years and several thousand dollars to train. But for her farmers, it’s worth it.

Gold & Silver

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Guajataca Dam has not failed (yet)

This is a very serious situation, of course.  Based on currently available photos, the dam has not failed yet.

After all of our investigation of the Oroville dam we're in pretty good shape to understand this situation.   it looks like what happened here (so far) is that there was some sort of really poorly designed emergency spillway that is being eaten away.

Here's the dam in better times; note the area to the right under the orange arrow:

 

This next photo shows that same area from directly above:

Here I am confused because what appears to be an emergency spillway is "connected" to the lake by a road that would have to be overtopped and what appears to be a patch of dirt.  Who designed this?

So when we turn to the current views of the breach, I am not at all surprised to discover that it is failing:

And here's that same spillway from downstream looking up:

These are the latest photos, but from what I can see there's some nasty erosion at the bottom of the emergency spillway, while the top still seems to have the semi-circular shape of the original concrete spillway structure, so it's not clear that the top has failed in any way yet.

However, things probably look very different from the ground, so I can't say for sure what the situation is...only that there's no 'dam failure' apparent in these pictures (like every news outlet is claiming at present.)

Certainly there is a concerning amount of erosion at the base of the spillway, and we can have every concern that things might progress further, but we cannot yet say there's been a dam breach.

Here's some details on the lake held by the dam:

The Guajataca Dam is an earthen dam,[2] used for irrigation and drinking water purposes. It has a normal surface area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 square kilometres), its length is 2.5 miles (4.0 kilometres), its maximum width is 1 mile (1.6 kilometres), and its maximum discharge is 28,954 cubic feet (819.9 cubic metres) per second. Its normal storage capacity is 30,055 acre feet (37,072 megalitres)

That's roughly 10 billion gallons.

In other words, a lot.

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Guajataca Dam update (still hasn't failed)

Somehow, the weird design of the spillway is holding.  I don't get it, but we can clearly see from this most recent flyby image that the circular top of the concrete spillway is holding its shape.

 

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Tour-de-force video: Establishing a global system of control

Long, but very persuasive video laying out the case that the elite are pushing for global control system.  

This includes the destruction of national sovereignty, such as the US Constitution.

Peace through centralized control, in the hands of the elite.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3673&v=iSEdbRxxYlg

 

 

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