Good News Friday

A few tidbits to brighten the weekend…. Enjoy!

• Gap Inc. announced it will raise its minimum wage to $10/hour by next year, saying it’s a move that will “deliver a return many times over.”

• A Nebraska judge struck a big blow to the Keystone pipeline this week, ruling that the state violated its constitution when the legislature approved the pipeline’s route. That authority rests solely with the Public Service Commission, the judge ruled.

• Looks like Gov. Scott Walker’s political career is swirling the drain.

• A Charlotte, N.C. cook who was fired after a confrontation with the state’s thin-skinned Republican governor has received job offers and an offer of help from Charlotte’s mayor.

• Solar-powered water cleaning technology desalinates California’s agricultural runoff and makes it usable for irrigation at half the cost of traditional desalination operations.

• This year’s New York Fashion Week featured the first-ever disabled runway model, who “walked” the runway in a wheelchair.

• The Kansas Senate killed the state house’s anti-gay bill.

• Hemp production returns to Kentucky with five pilot projects.

• A 2,500-year-old life-sized statue of Apollo was found in Gaza by a fisherman. The bad news is that the statue is deteriorating quickly and needs to be protected. This may be the only picture of this statue we’ll ever see.

Gun sales are falling after a “Scary Moooslim Black Commie Socialist Is Gonna Steal Yer Gunz” high of two years ago.

Good News, Tennessee Edition:

• Suck on this, Bob Corker/Bill Haslam: Volkswagen officials in Germany say they plan to come to the U.S. to find a new way to bring a works council to their Chattanooga plant.

• Tennessee’s latest anti-gay legislation has been shelved — for now.

• Nashville is on the list for Google Fiber expansion, which would give residents access to super-fast internet. We need this yesterday.

• Tennessee’s state house has passed the wine-in-grocery-stores bill. Governor is expected to sign. Wheee.

This week’s cool video is a long one, but very educational. It’s the kind of conversation we really need to be having when we talk about poverty and welfare, but in this day and age where everything has to be condensed into 140 characters or a seven-second Vine loop, we never get there. So please do America a favor and watch it. Remember: “The rich have state-help, the poor have self-help.”

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  1. Lots of good news. I’m realy intrigued by the possibilities the VW situation presents for unions but also anticipate the backlash of “those Nazis coming here to carry out BHO’s agenda.”

  2. democommie

    The documents, released Wednesday, showed how, in 2010, aides to then-“Milwaukee County Executive Walker worked on his gubernatorial campaign while doing their government jobs, which is against the law. In all, six aides and allies were convicted, including two for doing campaign work on county time. Walker was never a target of investigation and has denied wrongdoing.

    I vuz only givink orderz!!

  3. democommie

    I don’t know if it’s a glitch on my end or here but if I start making a comment and try to do ANY sort of correction after hitting, “enter” it absolutely will not allow it. It simply skips back to the top of the entry and will not allow any additions or editying? Is bug or feature?

  4. democommie

    “• Gun sales are falling after a “Scary Moooslim Black Commie Socialist Is Gonna Steal Yer Gunz” high of two years ago.”

    That’s only ‘cuz the Usurper-In-Chiefs henchmen over at mumble,mumble,,,, have bought up ALL teh gunz’n’ammo.

  5. democommie

    I asked a physicist I know, about 3-4 years ago, why nobody was talking about using offhore platform technology to desalinate seawater and sequester hydrogen, using solar, photovoltaic, tidal or wind energy. He looked at me like I was from another planet.

    • It’s very expensive right now, very energy-intensive to get hydrogen that way but the technology is improving by leaps and bounds every year.

      • democommie

        I agree, however with a small chunk of the money that the feds give to the ol’ bidneth, we might see the proverbial, “leaps’n’bounds” in the process technology.

  6. deep

    Nashville is on the list for Google Fiber expansion, which would give residents access to super-fast internet. We need this yesterday.

    I thought you didn’t like Google? What if they start financing wingnuts in Nashville?

  7. OzarkHillbilly

    ” Gun sales are falling after a “Scary Moooslim Black Commie Socialist Is Gonna Steal Yer Gunz” high of two years ago.” That is only as planned. Because of increased demand they were able to raise prices on guns and ammo doubling their profits until the rubes began running out of money. Sales will go flat for a bit, but rubes still have jobs, they will again go on another spending spree, and it is the job of conservatives to separate suckers from their money.

    • It will be interesting to see what fear tactics they use to drive up sales this time. There are only so many guns one person needs. It’s not like they wear out or anything. In order to increase sales they need to get more people to buy them (marketing to women, for instance) and get current gun owners to stockpile multiple weapons. That latter only happens by ratcheting up the anti-government fearmongering and race-baiting.

  8. democommie

    My brother lives in Firestone, CO. The next town over, Longmont, put in a municipally managed FIOS system. He looks at it with deep envy–$50/month.

  9. Nice to read good news. I love Fridays.