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Daily Digest 4/13 - Good News Friday: Portugal Reaches 100% Renewables, Forest Bathing For Your Health

Friday, April 13, 2018, 10:41 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

Bitcoin: A Stock Photo Cryptocurrency Primer (jdargis)

Now, time to get rich—ha ha! Bitcoins are made on a farm. Wait, no, they are mined. Yes, mined. Made by miners in server farms. Or is it servers in bitcoin mines? Apparently there is digging, lots of old-timey digging. Digging to get out of that blockchain, see? Wait, no, mining adds to and secures the blockchain, right? (Do we mine for blockchains here?) And hashing! Lots of hashing! Build a set of rigs with the most gigahashes per second and you'll be driving that Lamborghini home in no time. (I don't know what a hash is.)

More than half your body is not human (blackeagle)

No matter how well you wash, nearly every nook and cranny of your body is covered in microscopic creatures.

This includes bacteria, viruses, fungi and archaea (organisms originally misclassified as bacteria). The greatest concentration of this microscopic life is in the dark murky depths of our oxygen-deprived bowels.

Arizona Governor Agrees To 20 Percent Raise For Protesting Teachers (sv)

On Wednesday, Arizona teachers staged a statewide "walk-in," demanding an increase in pay and more funding for schools overall. And, organized by a recently formed advocacy group, Arizona Educators United, teachers had also discussed the possibility of staging a walkout if Republican lawmakers refused to reinstate about a $1 billion in cuts in state education funding over the last decade.

1 in 5 Americans has attended a protest or rally since 2016: poll (sv)

Of those Americans, 19 percent said they had never before attended a similar event, suggesting a wave of activism that could be felt in this year's midterm elections.

Suffering From Nature Deficit Disorder? Try Forest Bathing (blackeagle)

It is no wonder that many large cities take landscaping seriously, adding parks and green areas wherever possible. We can't quite sever the link with our evolutionary past and part ways with our origins. We are, after all, animals, and it's hard to forget that, even if some try real hard, surrounding themselves with walls, metal, glass, and screens. Those people tend to pay a price, often with their health and quality of life.

Portugal reaches 100% renewables, ends fossil fuel subsidies (sv)

“Last month’s achievement is an example of what will happen more frequently in the near future,” said the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association and the Sustainable Earth System Association in a report published last week.

“It is expected that by 2040 the production of renewable electricity will be able to guarantee, in a cost-effective way, the total annual electricity consumption of mainland Portugal.”

Drop in plastic bags littering British seas linked to introduction of 5p charge (sv)

The results could also be used by campaigners for other charges aimed at reducing public problems, such as pollution, obesity, smoking and congestion. The UK is already consulting on a refundable charge for bottles and cans.

“These findings have reminded us of one of the fundamentals of policy – incentives matter,” said Robert Colvile of the Centre for Policy Studies, a rightwing thinktank.

New Zealand bans all new offshore oil exploration as part of 'carbon-neutral future' (jdargis)

“Transitions have to start somewhere and unless we make decisions today that will essentially take effect in 30 or more years’ time, we run the risk of acting too late and causing abrupt shocks to communities and our country.”

April Blooms: Spring Is on the Way (jdargis)

As the Northern Hemisphere begins to warm and the spring equinox has passed, flowers and trees finally appear to be in bloom. Gathered here today, a small collection of images from the past few weeks from North America, Asia, and Europe, of tulips, sunshine, and cherry blossoms—surely signs of warmer days to come.

Gold & Silver

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Russia: UK Staged Chemical Attacks

Russia has Irrefutable Evidence that UK Staged Chemical Attacks

“The Russian Defense Ministry also has evidence that Britain had a direct involvement in arranging this provocation in Eastern Ghouta,” the general added, referring to the neighborhood of which Douma is part. “We know for certain that between April 3 and April 6 the so-called White Helmets were seriously pressured from London to speed up the provocation that they were preparing.”

On Wednesday, Russia made the first allegation that the chemical attack was staged by Western powers, in this case by the infamous "white helmets," a US-funded NGO...

...Russia's ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizov, said "Russian military specialists have visited this region, walked on those streets, entered those houses, talked to local doctors and visited the only functioning hospital in Douma, including its basement where reportedly the mountains of corpses pile up. There was not a single corpse and even not a single person who came in for treatment after the attack."

"But we've seen them on the video!" responds EuroNews correspondent Andrei Beketov. "There was no chemical attack in Douma, pure and simple," responds Chizov. "We've seen another staged event. There are personnel, specifically trained - and you can guess by whom - amongst the so-called White Helmets, who were already caught in the act with staged videos."

 

I regard this as a spiritual event -- realistically understanding who is lying and who is truth telling is the key to avoiding yet another war based on staged provocation.

Do enough people doubt the veracity of our leaders yet?

 

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The tide is definitely turning

I have just completed a rather long two-part report on the whole emerging Syria situation (which will go live in a few hours),  and several parts are recording how the polls are *not* going the way the TPTB would want.

People are not so easily bum-rushed and fooled these days,

I think that's a good thing but it also worries me because if there's one thing the necons are terrible at, it's being caught in their lies.  They get even more dangerous in those moments.  

But, one of these days they will not only fail in their efforts, but get caught manufacturing an event that was designed to either terrorize their own populations or incite a war.  Both of those acts could easily come with awful legal consequences for the perpetrators.  I sincerely hope I see that day.

Not because I am unpatriotic, but precisely because I am patriotic.  I believe in my country and want it to succeed and these neocon jackasses are wasting blood and treasure as they pursue their twisted dreams of endless power and control, and are ruining the reputation of my country the world over.  

So I am glad that the tide is turning.  I just want it to happen even faster.

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Sage advice?

To the wicked, everything serves as pretext. - Voltaire

 

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