Sorry for the slim pickings this week but it’s been busy. For what it’s worth, a collection of good news you may have missed:
• Planned layoffs hit their lowest level since June 2000.
• Vermont state senators introduced a bill affirming a woman’s right to abortion.
• It’s true: organic milk really is better for you than conventional. Well OK the study was funded by Organic Valley, which sells organic milk. Still, from the link,
Other experts, not connected with the study or the farm cooperative, are saying the findings are ‘credible’. Dr. Joseph Hibbeln, a nutritional neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health called it a “very good piece of work”. (NYT, 12/9/13)
Do with this information what you will.
• Men are here to stay! Thank you, science!
• A Jacksonville, Florida high school named for Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan founder Nathan Bedford Forrest has been renamed, effective August 2014.
• German soccer star Thomas Hitzlsperger has come out as gay, the most prominent athlete on the world soccer stage to do so.
• Lily Tomlin and her partner of 42 years, Jane Wagner, finally got married. You crazy kids! And yes, there’s a Tennessee connection: Wagner is from Morristown, Tennessee.
• The country’s first openly Pastafarian politician was sworn into office wearing a pasta strainer on his head. His Noodly Appendage be praised.
• The mayor of Seattle announced plans to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour.
• China publicly destroys a 6-ton stockpile of confiscated ivory.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• Nashville street newspaper The Contributor, which was on the brink of shutting down back in November, is now going to weekly publication and raising its price to $2.
• Nashville declined to bid on the 2016 Republican National Convention. We’re already hosting the NRA convention this spring, that’s about as much wackadoo my fair city can handle.
• Three Tennesseans are in the running for the Mars One mission to Mars.
• Nashville’s homicide rate is at its lowest level in 50 years.
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