Good News Friday

Your weekly roundup of good news … culled from the interwebs. Enjoy.

• As climate change finally hits the corporate boardroom, it looks like the right-wingers are on the wrong side of history yet again. Maybe Coca-Cola and the rest can stop funding the deniers at ALEC, ya think?

• In another setback for climate skeptics, climate scientist Michael Mann has won the first round in his defamation suit against National Review writer Mark Steyn, who accused him of fraud and compared him to serial child molester Jerry Sandusky.

• The world’s largest solar-powered bridge has opened at London’s Blackfriars Rail Station.

• Are Democrats taking on the Tea Party’s core argument? Looks that way, and about damn time, too.

• At a New York City church last Sunday, a blacksmith transformed a Remington rifle into a farm tool, in a service honoring Dr. King’s legacy of nonviolence. A Remington was used to kill King back in 1968.

• A federal judge has struck down North Carolina’s anti-abortion law requiring women to both receive an ultrasound and force them to hear the doctor describe the image to them. Says the judge:

[…] the state cannot force doctors to confront a patient with an “ideological message in favor of carrying a pregnancy to term.”

• A judge in Pennsylvania has struck down Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, one of the strictest in the nation.

• Can it be true? Harvey Weinstein pledged to stop producing violent films as part of his battle against the NRA and gun loons.

• India almost doubled its solar power in 2013 and it’s not stopping!

• Democrat Jennifer Wexton won a special election to the Virginia State Senate on Tuesday.

• Addressing an issue which has been an obstacle for those states with more liberal marijuana laws, the White House is writing new banking regulations which will allow federally-insured banks to accept money from legal marijuana businesses.

Good News, Tennessee Edition:

• Creepazoid Congress Critter Scott DesJarlais gets a strong Democratic opponent for Tennessee’s fightin’ fourth. Meet Lenda Sherrell.

• Three more Greene County schools will get solar panels.

• A woman in Clarksville celebrated her 108th birthday.

• Eight sites across Tennessee have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

And here’s this week’s cool video: And I’m grateful to all of my wonderful readers who keep this blog going! Thank you for the encouragement. Have a great weekend.

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  1. Gosh, I love that you put this up so quickly but now the D’ouche D’Swozzled post won’t be getting as many comments. Wait, that was yesterday, but it’s still good news today!

  2. ThresherK

    “In a world with wretched remakes of Red Dawn…”

    But seriously, re Harvey Weinstein: My wife subscribed to Vanity Fair for a number of years, and they often write about him. That’s about the only “celebrity” reading I cop to doing. (I recommend this from a couple years ago.)

    When it comes to “violence” in the movies, I don’t know if he’s such a bad practitioner of it.

    More to the point, Weinstein isn’t having a public conversation with David Edelstein. This public tiff seems to come down to convincing Ted Cruz’ mediafans that Kill Bill is one kind of violence, and Saw is another, in order to placate the nuckfutter that is Ted Nugent.

  3. I get an Oklahoma shotgun killing on the Historic Register link.

  4. deep

    As climate change finally hits the corporate boardroom, it looks like the right-wingers are on the wrong side of history yet again. Maybe Coca-Cola and the rest can stop funding the deniers at ALEC, ya think?

    I was just thinking about this yesterday because I got my daughter the latest Magic School Bus book (“The Climate Challenge”) and I started thinking that the Global Warming problem really is becoming an issue of the Fossil Fuel industry versus everyone else on the planet.

    All the conservative arguements against global warming have been that it’ll kill innovation or slash jobs, et cetera, but that seem only true for the oil industry. EVERY other industry stands to lose if climate change continues to get worse.

    Mark this down as another reason why I haven’t voted Republican in 8 years… Sorry it too me so long to realize the insanity. :(

  5. ” At a New York City church last Sunday, a blacksmith transformed a Remington rifle into a farm tool…”

    And, predictably, the comment thread at Huffpost is overrun by gunzloonz trollz, including Mikeb’s ol’ pal, Greg Camp.

    Inane comments by moronz, a regular feature on any thread about sensible firearms regulation.

  6. Bitter Scribe

    Mark Steyn is the kind of idiot who thinks he’s a genius.