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Daily Digest 6/17 - Good News Friday: VW’s Future Is Electric, How Bees Make Beer More Delicious

Friday, June 17, 2016, 10:49 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

FBI: US Homicide Rate at 51-Year Low (thc0655)

The US homicide rate in 2014, the most recent year available, was 4.5 per 100,000. The 2014 total follows a long downward trend and is the lowest homicide rate recorded since 1963 when the rate was 4.6 per 100,000. To find a lower homicide rate, we must travel back to 1957 when the total homicide rate hit 4.0 per 100,000.

Americans Give More Than $1B To Charity Every Day (jdargis)

“But these findings embody more than numbers — they also are a symbol of the American spirit,” Giving USA Foundation Chair W. Keith Curtis said. “It’s heartening that people really do want to make a difference, and they’re supporting the causes that matter to them. Americans are embracing philanthropy at a higher level than ever before.”

The Invisible Forces Behind All of Our Decision-Making (jdargis)

And so what I wonder is, when do these different things happen? When does influence lead us to be the same? When does influence lead us to be different? When does it lead us to go along with the group? When does it lead us to be more independent? How do others motivate us? How do others de-motivate us? And how can we use all this science to live happier and healthier lives?

Exclusive: In your sugary shake, Mars may not be lovin’ it (jdargis)

And earlier this year, Mars advised customers to eat its most indulgent Dolmio pasta sauces and macaroni and cheese no more than once a week because of their high levels of salt, sugar and fat.

The company spokesman said Mars was promoting transparency and factual labeling, so that customers can enjoy its chocolate and confections as "occasional treats" in a balanced diet.

Home Free: How a New York State prisoner became a jailhouse lawyer, and changed the system (jdargis)

People v. Hamilton went even further than the Davis decision, by stipulating what should happen after an evidentiary hearing: if a defendant can show “clear and convincing” evidence of his innocence, his conviction will be overturned. Barry Scheck says, “If there’s strong evidence you didn’t commit the crime, there must be a constitutional right to vacate your conviction.” He added, “And that’s what’s been established in the Hamilton case in New York State.”

After emissions scandal, VW’s roadmap for the future is aggressive on electric (jdargis)

The press release didn't specifically mention the BUDD-e, Volkswagen's electric concept van, which was built to show off the company's Modular Electric Toolkit (abbreviated MEB in German). In January, Volkswagen's head of electronic development, Dr. Volkmar Tanneberger, told Car Magazine that a car very much like the BUDD-e would hit production in 2020.

Amazing Time-Lapse: Bees Hatch Before Your Eyes (jdargis)

Witness the eerily beautiful growth of larvae into bees in this mesmerizing time-lapse video from photographer Anand Varma. Varma said the six-month project, for which he built a beehive in his workshop, gave him a new respect for the meticulous job of beekeeping.

How Honeybees Make Our Beer Even More Delicious (jdargis)

At Plan Bee Farm Brewery, a 25-acre farm and small brewery in Poughkeepsie, New York, husband and wife brewers Evan and Emily Watson cultivate the yeast they use for fermenting their beer from their bees’ honeycombs. The bees collect the wild yeast while foraging. This is just a small part of Plan Bee’s dedication to either growing their ingredients or sourcing them locally, according to Craft Beer & Brewing.

Gold & Silver

Click to read the PM Daily Market Commentary: 6/16/16

Provided daily by the Peak Prosperity Gold & Silver Group

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This

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Ferfal on gold

From Ferfal's article, "My Thoughts On Dave Ramsey", http://ferfal.blogspot.com/2016/06/my-thoughts-on-dave-ramsey.html

I very much like Dave Ramsey and recommend his book “The Total Money Makeover”. I like how he recommends staying out of debt, having a tight budget and living below your means. His advice regarding not buying new cars or taking leases is spot on. Buy your car cash. If you can’t, you certainly shouldn’t go into debt for it.

The only point I don’t agree with him is gold.
Dave calls gold a “lousy” investment and mentions the poor returns compared to other investments. That much is true, gold is a lousy investment but that’s because gold isn’t an investment at all. Gold is a commodity. Investments generate money for you, think interests or a property you put up for rent. Buying and selling gold won’t make you much money. You’re more likely to lose some given premiums and shipping. But for an economic collapse? Oh yes, that’s different. When something terrible happens and the dollar, Euro or whatever fiat currency starts devaluating at double digit rate per week, gold will hold its own and then some. In reality it’s just keeping its true value, plus the higher than normal premium due to market interest as an economic shelter.
At one point Dave says that a pair of blue jeans or a tank of gas are “very valuable”, but not gold coins and that canned soup “would have been a better hedged against a failed economy”. As someone that actually went through an economic collapse and has studied failed economies elsewhere around the world for years, I can tell you this just isn’t true. I’ve haggled and bought two pairs of very nice jeans at a black market in Buenos Aires for a fraction of the cost of a similar quality pair in USA or Europe. After the collapse, the business of buying and selling gold went up 500% in Argentina. Gold became so valuable it became a premium target for pickpockets and burglars, so much that its still just impossible to go around town with any visible gold jewellery.

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JPFO Deserving of donations

Sounds like it would be a good idea to send these guys some money.

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