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Daily Digest 12/14 - Good News Friday: The 'Other' America, How To Watch Tonight's Meteor Shower

Friday, December 14, 2018, 10:16 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

Airlines can't kick people off overbooked planes under pending law that brings sweeping changes (jdargis)

The Senate passed legislation Wednesday that authorizes about $90 billion for federal aviation programs over the next five years.

Lawmakers also included provisions to reduce the amount of time that passengers spend going through security checks. They boost the number of bomb-sniffing dogs trained in the U.S. and make it easier for travelers to sign up for expedited security screenings.

Autistic people listen to their hearts to test anti-anxiety therapy (tmn)

“Anxiety is really high in the autistic population,” said Garfinkel. “Fifty percent of people with autism also potentially have anxiety, which is so high and really not known.”

The ability to tune into the activity of our internal organs is called interoception and there is emerging evidence that this ability is linked to how well a person is able to identify their own emotional state and to empathise with others.

The 'Other' America (That MSM Won't Let You See) (Suzie G.)

"I witnessed an international airport come to a complete stop today...

At the Nashville airport I walked out into the concourse to this scene @americanairlines was flying a plane full of children who had lost a parent in combat to Disneyworld [sic] on an all-expenses-paid trip and they threw a party for them at the gate."

The Search for Alien Life Begins in Earth’s Oldest Desert (Jason K.)

A pebble field roughly the area of a two-car garage was dappled with chartreuse flakes: lichen. The first life we’d seen in days. Wilhelm crouched in the heat and squinted, flashing her hot-pink eyeshadow. She scooped some rocks into a sterile canister.

Revealed: Australian solar-powered electric vehicle with swappable bodies (John J.)

For urban environments, AEV robotics both argue for, and apply, a 40km/hr maximum speed for their vehicles in an effort to make the urban environment safer. The vehicle is also lightweight at less than 1000kg, and engineered for low operating costs.

Here’s how to watch the amazing meteor shower that starts tonight and ends tomorrow morning. (jdargis)

If you live in a big city with a lot of light pollution, you’ll want to leave town for the best view. “Go out in the evening, lie back in a reclining lawn chair, and gaze up into the stars,” Hannikainen said. “With the radiant rising in the evening, this is a good shower for younger observers who may have earlier bedtimes. But, as always, it’s good to remember to be patient.”

Chrome Experiments: An Interactive Map Of The Universe (tmn)

It would take 18 years for a jet airplane to fly to the Sun.

Stunning Video Shows a Man Flying With Birds (jdargis)

My passengers come from all over the world and are all kinds of people, especially Europeans. The flight inspires in me a huge respect for nature and I can communicate this respect to my passengers. There are also people with disabilities and those who want to experience a great time in the sky with the birds before leaving this world. It is an overwhelming spiritual experience. The most beautiful thing is to fly in the heavens with the angels that are the birds.

Gold & Silver

Click to read the PM Daily Market Commentary: 12/13/18

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Debt Rattle for Friday, December 14th
 
• ECB To Halt €2.6 Trillion Stimulus Despite Eurozone Slowdown Concerns (G.)
• Shipping Costs From China To The US More Than Doubled In 2018 (CNBC)
• China Reports ‘Ugly’ Industrial Output And Retail Sales Growth (CNBC)
• Average UK Worker Earns A Third Less Than In 2008 (PA)
• EU Leaders Scrap Plans To Help Theresa May Pass Brexit Deal (Ind.)
• Labour Plans To ‘Throw Kitchen Sink’ To Force May’s Hand On Brexit (G.)
• There Should Be No Exit from Brexit (Spiegel)
• My Plan To Revive Europe Can Succeed Where Macron, Piketty Failed (Varoufakis)
• A World That Is the Property of the 1% (Nomi Prins)
• Trump Inauguration Spending Under Criminal Investigation (CNBC)
• US ‘Miscarriage Of Justice’ In Butina Case Denounced (RT)
• US Senate Passes Resolution Saying MbS Responsible For Khashoggi Murder (Ind.)
 
Paul Signac Boulevard de Clichy under snow 1886
 

 

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Homeowners Insurance

Is anyone else getting these huge rate increases?  I live in an area that does not have wildfires, earthquakes or hurricanes.  Yet my homeowners from USAA is going up 25% for 2019 with no previous claims. Others on their website blog are complaining about the same thing. Curious to see if this is company or regionally specific.

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Nine EU states, including UK, sign off on joint military force
 
"The plan, spearheaded by Emmanuel Macron, allows for British participation post Brexit."
 
"The European Intervention Initiative, spearheaded by French President Emmanuel Macron as part of plans for an autonomous European defense force outlined in his Sorbonne speech in September, will be tasked with quickly deploying troops in crisis scenarios near (e.g. within) Europe's borders. The group includes Germany, Belgium, the U.K., Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, Spain and Portugal."
 
French Defense Minister Florence Parly attends the signing ceremony on European Intervention Initiative during a Foreign Affairs and Defense ministers meeting in Luxembourg on June 25, 2018 | John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

 

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insurance premiums

Went up a normal amount here, maybe because this area already pays a high enough rate, I think I am at 1200/year , urban/wildland interface location so definite wildfire hazard location, greater SF Bay area, I do not have a rider for earthquakes.  Carrier is AAA, and I have been a customer with them, with no claims for decades, and I carry auto ins with them, so that gives a discount. 

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It Can't Happen Here

https://www.foxnews.com/world/venezuelans-regret-gun-prohibition-we-coul...

The most recent of historical examples of disarmament.

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Homeowners Insurance
Barnbuilder wrote:

Is anyone else getting these huge rate increases?  I live in an area that does not have wildfires, earthquakes or hurricanes.  Yet my homeowners from USAA is going up 25% for 2019 with no previous claims. Others on their website blog are complaining about the same thing. Curious to see if this is company or regionally specific.

I'm uisng Geico, which has a sub for the HO insurance, and mine went up +8.9% this year. 

No claims, nor other adjustments.

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Target and Destroy type of "investigations"

A couple of new developments in the Mueller "investigations."

1.  The FBI reported that they were unable to obtain text messages between FBI Peter Strzork and Lisa Page who were "investigating" Trump.  However, the OIG was able to forensicly recapture 19,000 texts.  This is strong eveidence that the phones were scrubbed to hide their contents.  The recovered text messages show that these agents were committed to stopping Trump.  That is, the outcome was predetermined and the FBI office was being used for a specific political goal.

2.  A strong character reference supporting Michael Flynn is submitted by a former FBI Special Agent.  She then details the use of target and destroy types of "investigations" by the FBI, specifically McCabe and Meuller.  In this type of "investigation" pertinent evidence that does not contribute to the targets destruction is not sought out or admitted.

Thomas Fitton of Judicial Watch commented to me that the “Process is the punishment.”  This is the most accurate description I have heard regarding the time Mike [Flynn] has gone through with this process and the year and a half I was ostracized and idled before I resigned.  This process is one which many FBI employees, current, retired and former, feel was brought to the FBI by Mueller and he subsequently brought this to the Special Prosecutor investigation. It also fostered the behavior among FBI “leadership” which we find ourselves shocked at when revealed on a daily basis. Is this the proper way to seek justice? I say no.  I swore to uphold the Constitution while protecting the civil rights of the American people. I believe many individuals involved in Mike’s case have lost their way and could care less about protection of due process, civil and legal rights of who they are targeting. Mike has had extensive punishment throughout this process. This process has punished him harder than anyone else could.

She reports the target and destroy type of "investigation" by McCabe on herself, and others.

To me this Special Agent's report sounds authentic and matches the big picture of what I am seeing.  I tend to believe her impression.

By tolerating this activity at the highest level, the FBI is destroying is legitimacy.

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Running Away From The Climate Change Issue

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On a more concrete climate change activity

Walking and riding a self or semi-self propelled vehicle are the best ways to make a clear statement about where your priorities are.

Walking takes more time, but if your life is planned around it then you can do it for a lot of daily work. It might take living in a different location or just moving a few blocks closer to a shopping area.

Then there is cycling. Cycling uses all the infrastructure that is required by automobiles. In fact, the first paved US highway was a result of cyclists lobbying the US Congress. Now that electric bikes and vehicles such as the ELF or PEBL are available then all of this becomes much more doable in a world made for cars.

I am a walker myself, but plan to purchase either the ELF or PEBL in the future. My neghborhood in a city of one million is walkable. All big cities have at least one (except maybe Houston, TX).  The bugaboo is hauling groceries in bad weather which is solved with these semi-self propelled vehicles.

https://electrek.co/2018/06/04/solar-powered-electric-bike-cars-elf-and-...

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children and groceries

Bike riding is great for those who can, but quite a few segments of the population cant due to children, being elderly, etc... I only bring this up as there is a large group out here that thinks that everyone can just switch to bicycling when most people realy see no way to do it.  The transit options are horrible, and the bicycle group has been fighting hard to keep us from getting a commuter train line. Yep, they are against updating the tracks for mass transit, they are fighting, and may be winning, to just have a bike lane instead

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Please document that

I'd like to see where bicycle groups have been fighting against commuter trains.

I would oppose it within the bike groups; bike sharing works great with commuter trains; so does uber last-mile service.

In fact, the ideal train would heavily eliminate congestion by undercutting the short hop airline. Basically, if each commuter traincar has its own driver, and pulls out in front of the train and docks at speed , then each trip is nonstop one way; and the pressure on the highway system would be immensely relieved.

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bikes and trains

Many trains in Great Britain and also some in USA have removed end of car seating for a bike compartment so that riders can get on and off with their bikes. In GB up to 12 bikes per car were allowed when we were there last year.

I have not heard of this conflict between cyclists and railroad use.

Also, for those with kids and cycling fears, look at the ELF and PEBL vehicles.

It is helpful to have cyling lanes and lower speed limits not only for cyclists but also pedestrians.

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Michael_Rudmin wrote: I'd
Michael_Rudmin wrote:

I'd like to see where bicycle groups have been fighting against commuter trains. I would oppose it within the bike groups; bike sharing works great with commuter trains; so does uber last-mile service. In fact, the ideal train would heavily eliminate congestion by undercutting the short hop airline. Basically, if each commuter traincar has its own driver, and pulls out in front of the train and docks at speed , then each trip is nonstop one way; and the pressure on the highway system would be immensely relieved.

 

You can look it up, Santa Cruz county, CA.  The advocates of the "rail trail" want the trail done but not the rail.  Very short sighted, and their aurguments are wrong as our short branch rail line would connect at teh Watsonville end to the regional, and interstate AMTRAK line.   right now, the coast starlight runs up and down there, and as interstate, does not stop in watsonville, the thing is all the other rail lines are in use by coast starlight, and then local commuter lines from gilroy to silicon  valley, etc.... These other areas have their lines to SIlicon Vally, the Diridron station, which is the main transfer staion to interstate and the other regionals, and to San Francisco.  The part of the Ca high speed rail that is actually being completed will go from Merced to Diridon station. 

Pretty silly that we are fighting over fixing our branch line, which our county bought out years ago, which would also be able to connect to all this.  Just because bicyclists d not want a rail line, they want the bike path their, the plan was supposed to be both next to each other, a very vocal group of them do not want to bike ride by a working train, they are happy to ride next to the tracks now as no trains are running...... then, the home owners who own along the tracks are likely teaming up with them, even though they musthave/should have paid less for a house with train tracks other the other side of the back fence

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here are a few items on local issue
Michael_Rudmin wrote:

I'd like to see where bicycle groups have been fighting against commuter trains. I would oppose it within the bike groups; bike sharing works great with commuter trains; so does uber last-mile service. In fact, the ideal train would heavily eliminate congestion by undercutting the short hop airline. Basically, if each commuter traincar has its own driver, and pulls out in front of the train and docks at speed , then each trip is nonstop one way; and the pressure on the highway system would be immensely relieved.

First there is greenway, which is the bicycle group who wants to rip out the rails  https://sccgreenway.org/

The advocate ripping out the tracks to make a bike trail, as shown on that link, and like was done in the county below us -- that was done years ago before people realized we need to go back to havng mass transit  We have a county plan to have the bike trail next to the tain tracks along most of it, with a fence between of course.  They want the tracks ripped up and paved now for a bake path

They do things like this lawsuit to try and stop rail https://www.kion546.com/news/non-profit-takes-sccrtc-to-court-over-santa...

Look to the comment on that link to see the truth of it ( there is MUCH more history and srticles about all this, it is true that this bike group is against rail)  

Yes, other trains in the region have TONS of room for bikes, not enough in the east bay often even with a whole car for it. 

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Wow. The Nimby makes sense; the bikes? Not so much.

I can understand people wanting to buy less valuable property and then convert it via law to more valuable property. It's wrong, but it makes sense.

But the position of the biker antipathy astounds me. I'll look into it on my end; but you're left coast, and I'm right coast.

(Have you ever considered that one day there might be the big one, in which everything east of the San Andreas Fault slides into the Atlantic? I loved that one liner from Bloom County)

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