Big week …. finally feels like summer here. Hope everyone has plans for a good weekend! Aaaaand let’s roll that beautiful bean footage….
• Congratulations to Aurora shooting survivors Eugene Han and Kirstin Davis, who will marry tomorrow, which is the one year anniversary of the shooting rampage. Davis and Han were on a date when James Holmes opened fire in the Aurora, CO theater. The two said they wanted to reclaim the day, replacing the fear of that day with the love they have for one another.
Awwww….. Good luck, you crazy kids!
• Monsanto has given up on forcing the EU to accept its GM crops.
• The G-20 has put together a plan targeting multinational corporate tax evaders.
• British scientists have developed an “intelligent” surgical knife which can detect cancer cells.
• In Georgia, a judge has blocked the execution of the mentally retarded Warren Hill.
• Consumer Reports gave the Chevrolet Spark EV higher marks than its gas-powered brother, noting:
Turning the diminutive Spark into an EV transforms it into a punchy, zippy, fun little runabout, a far cry from the conventional, slow noisy and stiff Spark that earned a meager overall score in our tests.
So if you’re thinking Spark, think EV.
• Obamacare slashed insurance premiums 50% in New York.
• Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you Food Huggers.
• Georgia-based carpet tile manufacturer Interface has helped lower ocean pollution and provided needed jobs to a Philippine community with the trash-to-treasure program Net-Works, which recycles discarded fishing nets into synthetic carpet tiles. Interface is the world’s largest manufacturer of carpet tiles.
• Radio host Tom Joyner has offered Rachel Jeantel, the friend of Trayvon Martin who testified at George Zimmerman’s trial, a full college scholarship. Suckit, haters.
• On a related note, Stevie Wonder announced at his Quebec City concert that he won’t play Florida — or any state — with a so-called “Stand Your Ground” law on the books. Said the music icon,
Wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. Because what I do know is that people know that my heart is of love for everyone. And when I say everyone I mean everyone. And so as I said earlier, you can’t just talk about it, you gotta be about it. We can make change by coming together for the spirit of unity. Not in destruction but in the perpetuation of life itself.
• Researchers say early human society was peaceful and cooperative, not driven by large-scale war and violence.
• Same-sex marriage officially becomes legal in the UK.
• The Senate has reached a deal on student loan rates, though the ignoramuses in the House will probably say we don’t need no edukayshun.
• A group of hero Pennsylvania teens chased down a kidnapper on their bikes, rescuing 5-year-old girl.
• Answers in Genesis, the young earth Creationist group behind the Creation Museum, has been beset with financial woes, causing its Ark Encounter attraction to be delayed two years and scaled back from a $172 million project to a $60 million project.
$60 million? Fools and their money.
• Spain’s Iberian Lynx has been brought back from the brink of extinction.
• It took Harry Reid threatening to go nuclear, but Richard Cordray’s nomination to head the Consumer Financial Protecton Bureau has finally moved forward and now just awaits that final up-or-down-vote we all remember the president’s nominees deserve, at least, when it’s a Republican president and the Republicans are in charge.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• Tennessee will receive a nearly $10 million federal grant earmarked for the state’s lowest-performing schools.
• An 11-year-old from Brentwood, TN, has invented a device to prevent people from forgetting their kids in the car. Sounds silly but actually it’s not.
• Tennessee’s Black Caucus has called for a review of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
• Nashville’s Metro Arts Commission has approved two pieces of public art which commemorate the city’s role in the civil rights movement. One art piece will be erected at the downtown Public Square Park.
This week’s cool video is a musical selection. This chick’s gonna be huge: