Good News Friday is aliiiiive! It’s aliiiiive!
Here are some links I had compiled through the week … will try to keep this feature going during the month. Got several requests. Peace out! And remember to VOTE!
• Post-Sandy, someone in the mainstream media finally dares speak the truth:
• FedEx launches second annual “shop small” initiative, part of its support of Small Business Saturday encouraging consumers to visit small shops in lieu of big box retailers.
• Want to help the recovery effort from Superstorm Sandy? You can now donate to the American Red Cross via Apple’s iTunes store. However, note those donations won’t be tax-deductible as Apple won’t share your personal info with the Red Cross. So if you want a tax deduction, go directly to the Red Cross. If you want to not be harassed with future donation solicitations? Donate via iTunes.
• Nine new species of arboreal tarantula have been discovered. Cuz who doesn’t want more of those?
• Man successfully sues telemarketing company. Sadly, this is in Britain. It appears to be enormously difficult for Americans to sue telemarketers for violating the Do Not Call registry.
• Chefs rally nationwide to support GMO labeling.
• Based on current growth rates, it looks like renewable energy will overtake nuclear power as an electricity supplier in the UK — and in just six years.
• Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion but instead of squandering the cash on hookers and blow, George Lucas announced he’s launching a massive “Bill Gates-style” philanthropic endeavor targeting health issues and education. BTW this is the second time Lucas has appeared in the Good News Friday roundup; back in May I mentioned Lucas’ decision to build low-income housing on his northern California spread, after neighbors rebuffed his efforts to build a film studio.
• Did you read Island Of The Blue Dolphins when you were a kid? Did you love it? It was one of my all-time favorite books, and it’s based on a true story. Well, they’ve found the cave the main character lived in for 18 years.
• Adorable baby hedgehog rescued from a potato chip bag in the UK. With extra-adorable photo:
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• The Tennessee Conservative Union has called for Scott DesJarlais to resign.
• Drivers Service Centers will be open tomorrow, Saturday, across the state to help people obtain picture IDs to vote. And in related news, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ordered the Shelby County Election Commission to accept photo library cards as a valid form of Voter ID.
This week’s video: The Yes Men take on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: