Here’s some good news to start the weekend off right. Enjoy!
• Post-Newtown gun control efforts have been more successful than it appears. Despite the failure to pass a national law, state-level efforts have yielded results:
An untold story of the post-Newtown debate over gun control is how much happened at the state level: while the national media deemed gun control impossible after Congress failed to act, eight states made significant or sweeping changes to gun laws, while only four states significantly weakened them, according to analysis by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Mark Follman at Mother Jones crunched the numbers and found that more than half of all Americans now live in a state with stronger gun control laws than existed before Newtown.
• The United Nations’ annual report on hunger says there are now 100 million fewer chronically hungry people compared to 10 years ago.
• Colorado’s county jailers have become the first in the country to reject ICE holds.
• The 260-year-old St. Andrews golf club (officially, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews) has voted to admit women members, effective immediately.
• An International Monetary Fund working paper has concluded that addressing climate change with carbon pricing would have no negative effects on growth and would, in fact, stimulate economic growth.
• Effective immediately, the Air Force has announced that enlistees are no longer required to say “so help me God” as part of their enlistment oath.
• Interesting: Scientists discovered two new species of animal back in the 1980s that, after years of research, still defy zoological classification. The discoveries could,
…completely reshape the tree of life, and even our understanding of how animals evolved, how neurosystems evolved, how different tissues evolved … It can rewrite whole textbooks in zoology.
• Vermont’s largest city is now powered completely by renewables.
• Another crack in the glass ceiling: Meet the Mississippi homecoming queen who is also the first female to make her high school’s varsity football team. This is Mississippi, where football is like a second religion, I might add.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• It looks like Tennessee Republicans aren’t total monsters after all: low-income working women in this state will soon get help with child care. Personally, I don’t understand why we don’t have government-sponsored free childcare for everyone. It’s just a no-brainer, especially now while the “job-creators” are sitting around with their thumbs up their asses counting their money and not doing much else. We have a lot of recent college grads who could use some job experience. When I lived in Copenhagen, working in day-care was pretty much everybody’s first job after college.
This week’s video: PUPPEHS! You cannot be unhappy watching this video. It’s just not possible.