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Daily Digest 4/8 - Good News Friday: Changing Minds With Conversation, How Much is Your Carbon-Rich Soil Worth?

Friday, April 8, 2016, 10:07 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!


How Do You Change Voter's Minds? Have A Conversation (jdargis)

It took a devastating loss at the ballot box for Fleischer to see the political wisdom in heart-to-hearts with strangers. In 2008, he was in Ohio mobilizing African-American and Latino voters for Barack Obama when California residents passed Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage in the state. Fleischer headed west to work with the Los Angeles L.G.B.T. Center, which houses the Leadership Lab, and proposed an unusual idea to his new colleagues: Canvassers should talk to Prop 8 supporters about why they had voted against same-sex marriage. Then they should try to change the voters’ minds.

Feature: Political NASCAR (jdargis)

Slapping sponsors’ logos on an elected official’s suit won’t stop the money from coming in or dissuade felonious legislators from attempting to personally benefit from their public offices, but it might make legislators feel a little more self-conscious as they sing for their supper before the Senate and Assembly. Logistics, such as the size of patches or placement, are of little concern to the organizer.

“You understand: I don’t care how it works,” Cox says. “It’s just to shame them.”

San Francisco Approves Fully Paid Parental Leave (jdargis)

Except for a group of small-business owners, the ordinance here had wide support. The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce said that while it favored expanded parental leave benefits, there was a “strong belief among many business owners that once again, to the financial detriment of small businesses, a mandate is being adopted in San Francisco that would be better dealt with at the state or federal level.” In a letter to the Board of Supervisors, the chamber declared itself “neutral” on the issue.

Scott Wiener, the supervisor who introduced the measure, said that San Francisco lawmakers had chosen to take up the issue partly because there was little hope of change at the national level.

ER docs get heart rate info from Fitbit, save patient’s life (jdargis)

"Not all activity trackers measure heart rates, but this is the function of most value to medical providers," said Alfred Sacchetti, MD, FACEP of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. "At present, activity trackers are not considered approved medical devices and use of their information to make medical decisions is at the clinician's own discretion. However, the increased use of these devices has the potential to provide emergency physicians with objective clinical information prior to the patient's arrival at the emergency department."

Farmers are Capitalizing on Carbon Sequestration: How Much is Your Carbon-Rich Soil Worth? (jdargis)

It’s also important to note that most of the agricultural practices that have been approved for carbon credits to date are not geared to reward eco-friendly carbon farmers, but are intended as incentives to get agricultural polluters to clean up their act: The main beneficiaries thus far are corn growers who commit to reducing nitrogen fertilizer use (which releases nitrous oxide, one of the three main GHGs); dairy farmers who capture methane (another major GHG) from their manure lagoons and convert it to electricity; and rice producers who take steps to minimize the naturally-occurring methane emissions of their paddies.

The Strange Ecosystem In The Sea: Dead Whales (jdargis)

For certain organisms, whale falls may have pushed along their evolution in a different way. Take mussels, which are often served as seafood and usually found on rocky shores. There is a family of them that has invaded the deep sea and now live symbiotically with bacteria that allow them to synthesise hydrogen sulphide, an otherwise poisonous gas.

Sweet drug clears cholesterol, reverses heart disease—and was found by parents (jdargis)

Currently, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, and around 43 percent of Americans have high cholesterol, which can lead to atherosclerosis. Typical treatments include statins and other cholesterol-lowering drugs, which are not always effective, particularly when patients don’t adhere to doctor-prescribed, low-cholesterol diets.

The fight to preserve taro farming is a fight to preserve Hawaiian culture itself (jdargis)

Kalo (better known on the mainland as taro) came to the islands with Polynesians in the 3rd century. It grows in low-lying wetlands, submerged in murky water under a layer of silt. Whole Foods yuppies seek out the superfood for its gluten-free qualities when it’s prepared as a pa’i’a or poi (two pulverized versions of the vegetable), but the root is a kind of panacea food among locals, finding its way to tables as bread, pancakes, ice cream, chips, pasta, stew and more. It’s the better-for-you version of the potato.

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Tropical disease found in New England bird

First case of a loon on the New Hampshire/Maine border with avian malaria, a tropical mosquito borne disease.



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Bee advocates victorious
Maryland is poised to become the first state to ban consumers from using a type of pesticide that's believed to harm bees, following final approval in the General Assembly. Lawmakers gave the final OK to the Pollinator Protection Act...
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Site glitches earlier today

Sorry for the site issues earlier today, folks.

We noticed the site was beginning to load very slowly, and soon after people started to receive 'page not found' errors. As we worked with our IT team to resolve this, one of the fix attempts brought the entire site down for ~ 15 minutes.

If you were one of the folks subject to these glitches, we apologize.

The good news is we were able to (relatively) quickly identify the issue and resolve it. All is good on the site now.

What's nice is that a stability issue like this has become a rare event as a result of the beefy hosting solution we put in place a few years back. It wasn't always that way....



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CalSTRS' funding gap grew amid poor investment returns

CalSTRS' funding gap grew amid poor investment returns

Sacramento Bee-15 hours ago
CalSTRS said this week that its funding deficit grew by $3.5 billion last year despite a rescue plan approved by the Legislature. The California State Teachers' ...

Japan's ever-increasing 'temporary' road tolls are here to stay

The Japan Times-3 hours ago
According to Japan's Business Journal, the debt will never be paid off, ... In the early 2000s, the debt associated with the expressway network was ¥43 trillion.

Italy Cuts Economic Growth Forecasts

Wall Street Journal-19 hours ago

The budget deficit target, which is closely watched by the Commission, was cut ... heavy tax burden on Italians, including a €3.6 billion cut to levies on primary .

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Don't Blame the Fireman!

"Cholesterol" causes heart disease...yada yada.   The oldest people in the world have high LDL.   Triglycerides are one of the big problems and are primarily generated by eating processed carbs.  LDL is like the fireman only showing up after the fire/inflammation has started due to bad diet (too many simple processed carbs) and sometimes genetics.  Most who have bad lipid numbers will find that by going low carb with high quality fats, protein, and complex carbs (berries, leaves) they will boost HDL, lower TriG, and maybe even lower LDL as C-Reactive Protein is lowered. 

The government though revising guidance (e.g. eggs are OK to eat!) after 50 years of madness has never apologized for the bad diet advice.


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