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Daily Digest 4/1 - Good News Friday: The Sunny Side Of The U.S. Economy, This Is Your Brain On Nature

Friday, April 1, 2016, 9:43 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

The Cities on the Sunny Side of the American Economy (jdargis)

“It’s pretty clear that some metropolitan areas are doing really well,” said Andrew McAfee, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “The ingredients to that formula seem to be some combination of great research universities and knowledge-intensive industries, whether it’s high tech on the West Coast, biotechnology here in the East or clusters of technology and robotics in places like Pittsburgh.”

Mexico City orders all cars off the road one day a week to tackle air pollution (jdargis)

Smog levels dropped significantly during Easter Week, when much of Mexico City empties out due to the holiday. But on Wednesday afternoon authorities were reporting a pollution index of 108 – officially “bad”, though about half the levels recorded at the peak of the Phase 1 alert.

The commission said that starting on 1 July, more modern technology will be put in place at smog-check centres. Vehicles are supposed to get checked every six months, though it’s common knowledge that for a bribe of $20 or so drivers can ensure a car comes out “clean”.

New York Budget Deal With Higher Minimum Wage Is Reached (jdargis)

The minimum wage increase comes after a similar $15 proposal was agreed upon by California lawmakers this week. But unlike in California, the New York increase will be phased in in different parts of the state over several years, depriving Mr. Cuomo of his stated goal of instituting the $15 wage statewide by July 2021.

How the AP busted an international seafood slavery racket (jdargis)

Last March, the AP published "Slaves may have caught the fish you bought," by Mendoza, Robin McDowell and Margie Mason. They followed up with the story of hundreds of slaves rescued after their investigation, how fish caught in Thailand ends up in the U.S., how men separated from their families reunited with them again, more rescues, more admissions from international companies and calls for a U.S. boycott of slave-peeled shrimp.

This Is Your Brain On Nature (Aaron M.)

“On the third day my senses recalibrate—I smell things and hear things I didn’t before,” Strayer says. The early evening sun has saturated the red canyon walls; the group is mellow and hungry in that satisfying, campout way. Strayer, in a rumpled T-shirt and with a slight sunburn, is definitely looking relaxed. “I’m more in tune with nature,” he goes on. “If you can have the experience of being in the moment for two or three days, it seems to produce a difference in qualitative thinking.”

UN: 2015 record year for global renewables investment (thc0655)

The assessment, produced by the Frankfurt School-Unep Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, showed that the developing world committed a total of US$156bn (up 19% on 2014 levels) in renewables (excluding large hydro) while developed nations invested US$130bn (down 8% from 2014 levels).

Scientists highlight path to restoring world's fisheries (Adam)

“Applying sound management reforms to global fisheries in our dataset could generate annual increases exceeding 16 million metric tons (MMT) in catch, $53 billion in profit, and 619 MMT in biomass relative to business as usual,” the authors explain in their study. “We also find that, with appropriate reforms, recovery can happen quickly, with the median fishery taking under 10 [years] to reach recovery targets. Our results show that commonsense reforms to fishery management would dramatically improve overall fish abundance while increasing food security and profits.”

Gold & Silver

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U.N. Court Orders Japan to Halt Antarctic Whaling
The decision to ban Japan’s annual whaling drive off Antarctica, handed down by the United Nations’ highest court on Monday, is a hard-won victory for conservationists who have long argued that Tokyo’s whaling research is a cover for commercial whaling. 
The ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague halts a Japanese program that has captured hundreds of minke and other whales each year in the Southern Ocean since 2005, all in the name of biological research.
 
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Why just Friday?

Some reading all week long!

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$342 Billion in new debt for the 1st quarter

 

 

Date

Debt Held by the Public Intragovernmental Holdings Total Public Debt Outstanding
12/31/2015 13,672,522,257,291.59 5,249,656,752,129.30 18,922,179,009,420.89
01/04/2016 13,669,500,801,836.00 5,231,431,888,181.04 18,900,932,690,017.04
01/05/2016 13,670,583,998,983.56 5,247,861,651,601.14 18,918,445,650,584.70
01/06/2016 13,670,031,542,154.47 5,248,348,675,418.70 18,918,380,217,573.17
01/07/2016 13,634,966,776,002.99 5,252,909,985,102.14 18,887,876,761,105.13
01/08/2016 13,635,120,704,335.12 5,253,519,296,094.57 18,888,640,000,429.69
01/11/2016 13,634,547,255,405.73 5,257,322,346,719.43 18,891,869,602,125.16
01/12/2016 13,634,464,144,154.11 5,263,218,081,433.78 18,897,682,225,587.89
01/13/2016 13,634,512,503,358.73 5,321,266,111,682.46 18,955,778,615,041.19
01/14/2016 13,599,643,378,868.76 5,323,915,113,994.19 18,923,558,492,862.95
01/15/2016 13,604,857,512,453.96 5,329,732,254,781.00 18,934,589,767,234.96
01/19/2016 13,604,762,255,405.85 5,335,877,921,830.74 18,940,640,177,236.59
01/20/2016 13,605,230,659,952.67 5,336,176,239,299.48 18,941,406,899,252.15
01/21/2016 13,618,066,597,558.58 5,340,770,720,675.04 18,958,837,318,233.62
01/22/2016 13,618,136,618,476.23 5,343,501,354,590.19 18,961,637,973,066.42
01/25/2016 13,618,253,426,312.79 5,343,714,665,198.40 18,961,968,091,511.19
01/26/2016 13,619,378,881,180.03 5,348,965,630,676.98 18,968,344,511,857.01
01/27/2016 13,619,208,132,785.04 5,343,381,642,260.37 18,962,589,775,045.41
01/28/2016 13,642,412,570,724.01 5,347,390,443,939.69 18,989,803,014,663.70
01/29/2016 13,657,155,197,715.49 5,355,672,500,702.44 19,012,827,698,417.93
02/01/2016 13,653,630,057,225.21 5,322,089,769,906.00 18,975,719,827,131.21
02/02/2016 13,654,222,787,946.98 5,338,076,219,769.96 18,992,299,007,716.94
02/03/2016 13,653,956,489,223.94 5,321,237,436,298.58 18,975,193,925,522.52
02/04/2016 13,671,782,218,330.37 5,324,904,654,849.67 18,996,686,873,180.04
02/05/2016 13,671,684,875,335.50 5,324,686,646,235.64 18,996,371,521,571.14
02/08/2016 13,671,178,906,023.67 5,329,057,006,561.98 19,000,235,912,585.65
02/09/2016 13,671,232,160,077.74 5,334,127,080,666.86 19,005,359,240,744.60
02/10/2016 13,671,218,359,914.17 5,320,107,317,354.25 18,991,325,677,268.42
02/11/2016 13,694,655,697,342.99 5,321,606,237,619.90 19,016,261,934,962.89
02/12/2016 13,694,790,546,876.44 5,321,734,403,142.08 19,016,524,950,018.52
02/16/2016 13,701,820,560,778.22 5,328,203,912,312.63 19,030,024,473,090.85
02/17/2016 13,702,339,267,283.23 5,326,657,927,035.24 19,028,997,194,318.47
02/18/2016 13,720,658,078,374.81 5,326,468,527,404.11 19,047,126,605,778.92
02/19/2016 13,720,729,097,544.08 5,331,674,770,738.77 19,052,403,868,282.85
02/22/2016 13,720,101,519,614.18 5,333,279,623,920.03 19,053,381,143,534.21
02/23/2016 13,720,282,411,468.74 5,344,596,688,213.78 19,064,879,099,682.52
02/24/2016 13,720,777,763,924.45 5,333,386,764,838.53 19,054,164,528,762.98
02/25/2016 13,737,072,912,714.09 5,333,584,380,400.44 19,070,657,293,114.53
02/26/2016 13,750,549,019,635.94 5,329,574,803,384.80 19,080,123,823,020.74
02/29/2016 13,785,189,234,310.03 5,340,265,823,115.77 19,125,455,057,425.80
03/01/2016 13,783,341,136,899.40 5,307,539,662,122.23 19,090,880,799,021.63
03/02/2016 13,783,164,052,201.82 5,314,357,618,947.02 19,097,521,671,148.84
03/03/2016 13,793,876,317,467.66 5,299,274,527,438.42 19,093,150,844,906.08
03/04/2016 13,793,877,476,968.26 5,299,618,546,786.20 19,093,496,023,754.46
03/07/2016 13,794,825,373,810.91 5,303,000,253,792.09 19,097,825,627,603.00
03/08/2016 13,794,796,393,618.38 5,318,080,502,876.62 19,112,876,896,495.00
03/09/2016 13,795,114,157,260.35 5,305,070,060,670.13 19,100,184,217,930.48
03/10/2016 13,818,925,974,888.58 5,306,399,201,105.74 19,125,325,175,994.32
03/11/2016 13,818,958,324,247.05 5,305,328,364,697.55 19,124,286,688,944.60
03/14/2016 13,819,745,871,572.94 5,308,973,696,770.82 19,128,719,568,343.76
03/15/2016 13,844,438,377,169.20 5,317,436,151,447.27 19,161,874,528,616.47
03/16/2016 13,844,765,451,215.03 5,306,633,961,334.74 19,151,399,412,549.77
03/17/2016 13,872,097,560,385.71 5,316,131,402,424.63 19,188,228,962,810.34
03/18/2016 13,871,715,373,933.77 5,331,279,036,146.54 19,202,994,410,080.31
03/21/2016 13,871,782,006,104.20 5,333,815,407,752.76 19,205,597,413,856.96
03/22/2016 13,872,009,421,931.58 5,339,333,305,793.20 19,211,342,727,724.78
03/23/2016 13,872,276,441,179.46 5,328,323,224,759.31 19,200,599,665,938.77
03/24/2016 13,886,696,188,689.00 5,324,968,404,635.31 19,211,664,593,324.31
03/25/2016 13,886,715,760,755.82 5,328,214,209,122.69 19,214,929,969,878.51
03/28/2016 13,899,569,851,514.06 5,330,525,222,078.85 19,230,095,073,592.91
03/29/2016 13,900,261,820,356.47 5,335,436,646,672.36 19,235,698,467,028.83
03/30/2016 13,899,646,119,102.65 5,333,304,722,607.98 19,232,950,841,710.63
03/31/2016 13,924,877,638,956.82 5,340,060,980,686.25 19,264,938,619,643.07
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Public "debts"

You do understand, do you not, that  so called public debt is the sum total of all the treasury securities held in the Federal Reserve?

And that treasury securities are Savings Accounts of investors who choose to store these sums with the Fed?

And that your savings account , while it is a liability to the bank, is an asset for you?

So therefore the Fed has these bonds as its liabilities, but for the world outside the Fed, these sums are ASSETS! A K A wealth, not debt.

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