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Daily Digest 3/16 - Good News Friday: Criminal Justice Reforms In Philly, Cycling Slows Down Aging Process

Friday, March 16, 2018, 9:20 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

Philadelphia’s New Top Prosecutor Is Rolling Out Wild, Unprecedented Criminal Justice Reforms (sv)

In an about-face from how these transactions typically work, Krasner’s 300 lawyers are to start many plea offers at the low end of sentencing guidelines. For most nonviolent and nonsexual crimes, or economic crimes below a $50,000 threshold, Krasner’s lawyers are now to offer defendants sentences below the bottom end of the state’s guidelines. So, for example, if a person with no prior convictions is accused of breaking into a store at night and emptying the cash register, he would normally face up to 14 months in jail. Under Krasner’s paradigm, he’ll be offered probation. If prosecutors want to use their discretion to deviate from these guidelines, say if a person has a particularly troubling rap sheet, Krasner must personally sign off.

'Enough is enough of this violence': Hundreds of D.C.-area students rally at White House, Capitol (sv)

Blank and Berry-Drobnich said they skipped their ninth-grade classes Wednesday because what happened in Parkland made them afraid to go to school. After the 17 minutes of silence, they marched with hundreds of others in the D.C. area from the White House to the U.S. Capitol where Democratic lawmakers met them outside for a rally.

The Student Walkout Against Gun Violence, in Photos (jdargis)

Across the United States today, students participated in walkouts, staging demonstrations to protest gun violence one month after the deadly shooting in a Florida high school. Organizers said as many as 3,000 walkouts were planned, as young people gathered outside their schools, gave speeches, or took to the streets, increasing pressure on lawmakers to tighten gun control and increase school safety. In Washington, D.C., thousands gathered to observe 17 minutes of silence in honor of the 17 victims of the Florida shooting.

How a Norwegian comment section turned chaos into order—with a simple quiz (jdargis)

"It was a basic idea," NRKbeta developer Ståle Grut told a South By Southwest crowd on Tuesday. "Readers had to prove they read a story before they were able to comment on it."

The story has since been told a few times, but Grut's recent refresh on the topic is just as compelling for its comment-section impact as it is for NRK's thought process on how to make Internet media a better place: invite readers to have an active stake in improving it.

Here’s How Cycling Can Slow Down the Aging Process (blackeagle)

A second study turned the researchers’ attention to the immune system, which can also decline as you age. Specifically, your thymus—the part of your body that produces white blood cells—begins to shrink. It then produces fewer cells, meaning your body gradually loses the ability to protect itself against disease. (

Thousands march in B.C. to protest Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (sv)

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by the Canadian division of Texas-based Kinder Morgan would dramatically increase the number of oil tankers travelling the shared waters between Canada and Washington state. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the project in late 2016, saying it was in Canada’s best interest.

FDA moves to lower nicotine in cigarettes (TS)

“This new regulatory step advances a comprehensive policy framework that we believe could help avoid millions of tobacco-related deaths across the country.”

The FDA does not have the authority to ban tobacco-based products, but since it was given some powers by Congress in 2009, it has moved gradually to impose some limits of tobacco sales and marketing.

Scientists Are Amazed By Stone Age Tools They Dug Up In Kenya (jdargis)

The researchers also found that the next technological revolution, marking the beginning of the Middle Stone Age happened tens of thousands of years earlier than previously thought.

And the researchers think that long periods of stress from repeated earthquakes and cycles of drought and heavy rains may have pushed these early humans to partner up with neighboring communities to come up with ways to cope.

Gold & Silver

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Bernie speaks at anti-gun rally with his 3 armed guards

http://dailycaller.com/2018/03/14/bernie-sanders-anti-gun-speech-armed-guards/

A national school walk-out was held today by students protesting gun violence across the country, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders joined students in DC marching on the U.S. capitol.

So did his armed guards.

In multiple locations, students hit the streets and parking lots in their respective school districts to “walk out'” in solidarity with the Parkland students who are calling for more gun control after their school attacked by a deranged gunman. 17 students died in the attack. The former presidential candidate was part of a group of progressive congressmen addressing the Washington, DC march.

Sanders began a live stream of his speech on his Facebook page, which featured him wading through the crowd of cheering students and shaking hands. As Sanders traveled through the gun-control crowd, at least three heavily armed Capitol police officers could be seen protecting him and clearing a way for the Senator through the students. Multiple times in the live feed, the police can be heard asking the students to step back and move away from Sanders.

And armed police officers provided security for the demonstrations, to keep them safe.

https://statelymcdanielmanor.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/i-carry-a-handgun-because-2018/

This is a topic I last addressed on this scruffy little blog in August of 2016. In light of recent events, and the newly energized anti-liberty/Second Amendment movement, it’s time for an update.

I do not advertise the fact that I carry a concealed handgun, or that I am an instructor. However, on the occasions when this comes up, people are often amazed. Not because I am a diminutive wisp of a fellow–I’m anything but, and if I do say so myself, and I do, I’m roguishly masculine (anyway, Mrs. Manor likes me)–but because I am an English teacher and singer, and my default facial expression is a smile. The usually resulting conversation:

 

Friend:  “Really?  You carry a gun?”

Me:  “Yup.”

Friend: “Where?”

Me:  “Everywhere.”

Friend: “Everywhere?!”

Me: “I even carry a spear gun in the shower.”

Friend:  “No!”

Me:  “No; but everywhere else.”

Friend:  “But why?”

I usually hit on a few of the high points, issues of logic, common sense, gentle persuasion enabling those that already know me to accept a side of me previously unimagined. Employing my most frequently used weapon–the keyboard–let us, gentle readers, reason together...

 

 

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Here's the next false flag...

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-16/russia-blamed-attacks-us-power...

 

It's got a lot going for it:  major event[s] without doing a lot of (obvious) damage -- unlike a 9/11 or chemical attack or whatever.  It would probably just be a regional event, so that the rest of the nation could watch in shock and anger as the crisis plays out of CNN/internet.  Some deaths:  people in hospitals, or that rely on medical equipment at home. But no dirty bomb that ruins half a US city and kills thousands.

Martial law in the affected area would be immediate, of course.  Have to control looting etc. when there's no light at night and security systems are non-functional.  People in the affected area would get used to living under it;  people watching from elsewhere would get conditioned to it as a new kind of normal.

And, of course, with the blame clearly laid at the feet of dastardly Russian HaX0rs (and of course, their cruel freedom-hating master, Vladimir Putin), we would have no choice but to go to the UN (is Colin Powell available?) to make our case for war, or at the very least for super-punishing sanctions (trying to pry the oligarchs away from Putin?) that could lead to regime change.  Or, y'know, if everything works perfectly, WAR.

We also get the chance to have a bunch of new American Heroes:  doctors savings lives under impossible conditions (will that generator stay on?  stay tuned!), working-class hero truckers working endlessly to truck fuel and supplies into affected areas, interviews with grateful citizens who just got goverment-supplied food/medicine/toy for the kid (after standing on line for 12 hours) since the stores are all shut down, etc. etc.  

Bringing the nation together in pride and rage and shared struggle?  Without the horror of a bomb or chemical attack?  And hey, once the war gets started (or we drive Putin from power [not likely, but still...]), that power can get restored pretty quick by "hero engineers and scientists" so that we can all watch the war (or victory parade) live on TV and the internet.  

And naturally, when the mass outage sends the economy into a tailspin (cue:  more QE or "one time only special event we *had* to no choice!" some sort of mega bailout or debt writeoff), it takes the blame, and not decades of fiat shenanigans and bankster greed/idiocy...

Just spitballin'.  What'd I miss?

 

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Legal drinking age.....or a blackjack

The Debt to the Penny and Who Holds It

( Debt Held by the Public vs. Intragovernmental Holdings )

Current Debt Held by the Public Intragovernmental Holdings Total Public Debt Outstanding
03/15/2018 15,356,367,776,113.95 5,674,699,228,652.30 21,031,067,004,766.25

 

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