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.”