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Daily Digest 1/1 - Good News Friday: A Trash Can For The Sea, New Wages In The New Year

Friday, January 1, 2016, 11:16 AM

Happy New Year! 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

New Year, New Wages (jdargis)

Those skeptical about raising the minimum wage rightfully worry about it decreasing employment (which happened in Puerto Rico, a commonly cited case study). A recent report from the San Francisco Fed argued another point: that raising the minimum wage helps individuals with low wages much more than it helps impoverished families. This is the camp that believes the issue of inequality is better served by raising the Earned Income Tax Credit, a subsidy for low-income families.

Five Myths About Our Habits (jdargis)

In truth, many of our behaviors are not guided by self-control. Half the tasks we perform daily are things we do without thinking. And studies show that people with high levels of self-control aren’t constantly battling temptation — they’re simply relying on good habits to exercise, make the kids’ lunch or pay the bills on time without thinking about it much. In that way, high self-control is an illusion, actually consisting of a bedrock of habitual patterns. That makes sense: It would be exhausting to repeatedly struggle to control our actions to do the right thing.

Kill Pain And Addiction (jdargis)

Wider and more consistent use of so-called medication-assisted therapies can make it easier for addicts to recover, especially when paired with talk therapy and other behavioral strategies. Better training and information needs to be made available for family practice doctors, internists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants -- the providers who prescribe the most opioid painkillers. And health insurers need to change their policies to make it easier for addicts to get more effective treatment.

Adorable Polar Bears Gleefully Playing in the Snow (jdargis)

Thanks to an influx of donations, the San Diego Zoo surprised their resident polar bears—Kalluk, Chinook, and Tatqiq—with 26 tons of fresh snow. And oh is the happiness real. The awesome and hilarious-seeming bears jump, dive, and roll around in the fresh snow as if it’s the greatest thing to ever happen to them. Because it is. Objectively, it’s probably one of the greatest/happiest moments in the history of both animal captivity and snow.

How Is the Economy Doing? It May Depend on Your Party, and $1 (jdargis)

As an economics writer, I see the same thing anecdotally. When I wrote articles recently about the unemployment rate’s dip to 5 percent, I received vehement responses from conservatives convinced that the Obama administration was cooking the numbers. They were not so different from responses I received from liberals when the jobless rate was at that level in 2005, during the George W. Bush administration.

After a Tumultuous Year for Investors, the Experts Look Ahead (jdargis)

So much went wrong for investors in energy and other commodities this year that it’s hard to imagine that 2016 could be any worse. This week, a barrel of Brent crude approached $36, the lowest since 2004, continuing what appears to be a record decline from over $100 a barrel in June 2014.

A Trash Can For The Sea (jdargis)

With only a finite number of these devices are being deployed, the venture faces an uphill battle given the vast amount of trash littering the world’s oceans. However, with much of that trash coming from ports, marinas, and yacht clubs, the company hopes that placing Seabins at these locations will attack the problem at the source. Additionally, these areas aren't subject to the massive swells and destructive storm conditions of the open sea. It's not a comprehensive solution, but a smart, admirable first step.

USDA To Grant $3 Million For Robots To Roam Farmlands (jdargis)

This kind of research is happening in the private sphere already, so the public funding is welcome: it can go to more experimental projects, or projects whose aim is something other than pure profit.

Gold & Silver

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Arthur Robey
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Fashionable Turbans

On a slow news day.

 

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Now you're talking my language

I've been studying PRE-History for many, many years.  I've also posted here some of my thoughts and books about all these types of "abnormalities."  Yet, not one comment???

For a start; The 12th Planet, by Zecharia Sitcin, plus 13 other books (Hidden Realms: about the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans).  The Egyptians are famous for elongated skulls also.  Michael Tellinger's Slave Species of the Gods, the last 100 pages does a good job of summarizing Sitchin's main research.  Tellinger's The African Temples of Enki demonstrate in PHOTOS 3 lost cities in southern Africa, of which each is larger than Los Angeles, and with gold mines 200,000 years old and 2 miles deep BACK THEN.  HOW IS ALL THIS POSSIBLE??  See Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock OR Gods of Eden, by Andrew Collins, etc.

 

I could list over 300 books on all this stuff but why bother?  Most people have closed minds on these issues and will not even try to see the evidence staring them in their face.  Maybe the video above will inspire them to take a look.

A HEALTHY New Year,  Ken

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Arthur Robey
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A different box completely

These jig saw pieces are from another box Ken.
They just don't seem to fit the puzzle. Completely different. 

Karen Hudes wants to bash them in with a hammer, but that won't work.
The best I can do is propose that there are two simulations running and there is a bit of crosstalk.

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