Good News Friday

Hey, everyone! Here’s some good news I culled from the intertoobz.

• Another crack in the glass ceiling: the mayor of Los Angeles has nominated Marcie Edwards, the first woman ever, to head the Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power. The LADWP is the nation’s largest publicly-owned utility.

• Scientists believe they’ve discovered a faster, easier source of human stem cells than the method they’ve been using.

• A solar-powered MacBook? It’s coming.

• Frackers have been banned from New York State for at least one more year.

• The Archbishops of Canterbury and York criticize Africa’s anti-gay laws in a letter to the leaders of Nigeria and Uganda:

The communique said: “We continue unreservedly to be committed to the pastoral support and care of homosexual people.

“The victimisation or diminishment of human beings whose affections happen to be ordered towards people of the same sex is anathema to us.

“We assure homosexual people that they are children of God, loved and valued by Him and deserving the best we can give – pastoral care and friendship.”

• An Iranian schoolteacher shaved his head to show solidarity with a bullied student. The bullying stopped and the teacher is now a national hero.

• A new species of river dolphin has been discovered in the South American jungles. It’s the first such discovery in about 100 years.

• President Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10/hour.

• Idaho halts its wolf extermination program.

• The Florida State Supreme Court approved a medical marijuana initiative for the November ballot.

• Senior citizens recreate iconic scenes from your favorite movies for a retirement home calendar: check it out, it’s way cool.

• Fascinating story about Mexican artist Pedro Reyes, who uses guns to create musical instruments. He also recently held theater workshops in Tampa to initiate discussion of American gun culture. Says Reyes:

“Yes, I do believe guns are bad. Because, you know it’s an industry that to thrive, it needs conflict.”

Eggggg-zackly.

• Monsanto appears to be backing away from GMOs.

Good News, Tennessee Edition:

• President Obama visited Nashville yesterday. I wasn’t there, but I watched his address on TV. You can see it here.

• Wine in grocery stores moves forward.

• Medical marijuana is on the legislative calendar in Tennessee.

• Tennessee ranks number one in gains in union membership.

• Superstar and Tennessee native Tina Turner has donated an undisclosed amount of money and memorabilia to be used toward the renovation of her old elementary school, the Flagg Grove School. The one-room school was closed in the 1960s and in 2012 was moved to the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, Tennessee.

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  1. Joseph Stans

    Wine in grocery stores! How very modern. Next it will be sanitary napkins on open display.

  2. Which, of course, raises the age-old question “what exactly does one do with an unsanitary napkin?”

    Must admit I breathed a sigh of relief that BHO left town without incident.

  3. ” Scientists believe they’ve discovered a faster, easier source of human stem cells than the methid they’ve been using.”
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    They’re still stuck with the old way of spelleen, though!

    “• Medical marijuana is on the legislative calendar in Tennessee.”

    Look for an amendment to the bill, to make recreational use of Oxycontin OIYRACACWIABOWDD*

    All good news, nonetheless.

    * Okay If You’re Republican And Carrying A Concealed Weapon In A Bar Or While Driving Drunk

      • Hey, how often do I get to catch you making a typo–it’s an occasion!

        I found out on Monday that the ganglion cyst on my right hand might not be, y’know, a ganglion cyst but something a bit more, um, problematic. Then on Tuesday, the two nice doctor ladies doing a “nerve conduction study along with a muscle “noise” study informed me that in addition to whatever is wrong with my right hand and my neck (the C4-C7 repair may be not be holding up) they see CTS in BOTH wrists, the right being very bad, the left just sorta bad. I’m surprised that I can still type, never mind work on anything. They gave me wrist splints (pretty nice ones and, yes, they’re black and will go with anything!) for wearing overnight and put some notes in my file so the orthopod I’m seeing next week will have something else to think about. It’s been a fun week, lemme tell ya.

        The GOOD news is that I’m not going to have to mortgage my home, sweet shithole to get medical care.

        If I had a little money I’d medicate myself with some tropically applied alcohol. No, that’s NOT a typo. If I had the cash I’d fly down to FlowRita, camp out at my sis’s house and drink large cocktails on the beach. As is, I’ll be pounding the Yuenglings at Schloss democommie.

      • Oh man that sucks. Sorry to hear it, really I am. Getting old, sure is a picnic, innit?

  4. ThresherK

    I thought CT’s alcohol laws were messed up until I read the link: Non-liquor stores could only carry beer. (And we’re a state which is celebrating two years of having Sunday liquor/wine/beer sales.) Plus, in CT you’re never too far from a state border, which is a useful threat in the lege sometimes.

    Is the liquor-only-store restriction something to keep a chain of retailers called “Just Corkscrews” in business?

    • It’s even worse in TN. If you’re a liquor store, you can’t sell ANYTHING but liquor or wine. Literally. If you need a corkscrew for that bottle of chardonnay you just bought? Can’t get it at the wine store! Gotta go somewhere else! It’s SO stupid. Wine stores have been prohibited from SERVING cheese, even — you know, like if they have a wine tasting as a promotional event? Gotta book a restaurant. It’s ridiculous, and set up purely to protect those who make money off of wine and groceries. The liquor lobby is squealing like stuck pigs over wine in grocery stores but I really don’t feel sorry for them since they share a lot of the blame in this situation being so ridiculous in the first place.

  5. I don’t know about CT but MA and NY both have liquour laws that restrict the big chains from having more than one license per applicant. MA only allows big grocers to sell wine and beer in 2 locations in the state.

    Southern Beale:

    You’re right about getting old, but the only alternative is less palatable, still.