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Daily Digest 10/20 - Good News Friday: Floating Wind Farms Deliver Power, The Silicon Valley of Agriculture

Friday, October 20, 2017, 10:10 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!


Asheville police train to de-escalate situations (sv)

Integrating communications assessment and tactics training, often referred to as ICAT, is designed to help officers safely diffuse several types of situations, especially incidents involving an armed person with weapons other than a firearm who might be experiencing a mental health or other crisis, Stepp said.

Florida Town Proposes a Ban on Super PACs—What Could Happen? (sv)

The ordinance challenges super PACs’ legal foundation, which includes the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. There, the court ruled that corporations and unions have a right to free speech, just like individual people, and that campaign donations are a form of protected speech. That decision set the stage for a flood of corporate money into U.S. elections.

Why We’ll Have Evidence of Aliens—If They Exist—By 2035 (jdargis)

To aim our antennas, SETI has traditionally used two approaches. One is to scan as much of the sky as possible; the other is to zero in on nearby star systems. You might think that the former would have an edge, since it makes no assumptions about where the aliens might be hanging out. But a sky survey spends most of its time looking at empty space. If you subscribe to the conventional view that extraterrestrials will most likely be ensconced on planets or moons, then it’s better to devote precious telescope time to examining nearby star systems.

‘Philando Feeds the Children’ Fundraiser Raises Enough Money to Pay Off School Lunch Debt for All St. Paul, Minn., Public School Students (sv)

Philando Castile worked in the school’s cafeteria and was known to pay for students’ lunches out of his own pocket when they couldn’t afford it. Castile, 32, was shot and killed by former St. Anthony, Minn., Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016.

First floating wind farm, built by offshore oil company, delivers electricity (jdargis)

After a number of small demonstration projects, the five 6MW turbines are the first commercial turbines to lack a firm attachment to the seafloor. They're held in place using three giant suction anchors, which are commonly used in offshore oil drilling. Essentially, an enormous, empty, upside-down “bucket” is placed on the seafloor, and air is sucked out of the bucket, which forces the bucket downward, further into the seafloor sediment. The 2013 video below helpfully shows exactly how that works.

TransCanada pulls the plug on Energy East pipeline project (sv)

Its supporters said Energy East was necessary to expand Alberta's markets and decrease its dependency on shipments to the United States. Detractors raised questions about the potential environmental impact.

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant expressed disappointment in the cancellation and said he believes the project's decision is because recent changes to world market conditions and the negative impact of lower oil prices.

Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See (tmn)

The halos are rings at the bases of the flowers’ petals. Sometimes, they’re visible to us, especially if the petals are dark. But in most cases, they’re so faint that we can’t see them. Glover only detected them with the aid of laboratory equipment. And yet, they’re there—and they’re visible to bees, whose eyes are more sensitive to blue wavelengths of light than ours are.

Step Inside the Silicon Valley of Agriculture (edelinski)

Now the country has added knowledge and technology to its extensive list of exports. The government, universities, research institutes, and private growers and breeders are involved in food systems projects around the world. This export of knowledge also happens on Dutch soil—at university campuses where thousands of international students earn degrees to help address food security issues in their home countries.

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China consumer loans surge nearly 30 percent as debt worries

China consumer loans surge nearly 30 percent as debt worries ...

Reuters-5 hours ago
Outstanding household consumer loans in both yuan and foreign currencies totaled 30.2 trillion yuan ($4.56 trillion) by end September, jumping 29.1 percent ...

Treasury to Sell $181 Billion in Debt

Wall Street Journal-19 hours ago
The U.S. Treasury Department will auction $181 billion in securities next week, comprising $103 billion in new debt and $78 billion in previously sold debt.

Connecticut Would Back Hartford's Bonds in Deal to Save City

Bloomberg-20 hours ago

Connecticut would guarantee bonds issued to refinance Hartford's debt and pay ... Detroit cut its $18 billion in debt by $7 billion, leaving some bondholders with .

Betrayed by Banks, 40000 Businesses Are in Limbo

Bloomberg-12 hours ago
... Veneto lenders, the state entity that's absorbing the 18 billion euros ($21.3 billion) of troubled debt the banks amassed, called SGA, isn't fully operational yet.


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Harvey Aid and Chemical weapons


- Apparently, in order to apply for some grants for Hurricane Harvey aid you must agree not to boycott Israel. That sounds totally reasonable........


US admits that Al-Nusra is using chemical weapons in Syria. So, if they have them now, then how long have they had them and isn't this an indication that previous chemical attacks by the Assad regime could have been a false flag staged by Al-Nusra? Why yes, yes it could, but we knew that all along. 


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I think I figured out why no one is paying attention

to the Three E's.

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Trump to authorize release of JFK Docs



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Re: JFK Docs

Let me guess...there's 28 pages, heavily redacted and it implicates the Saudis.

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