Wow totally forgot about this yesterday! Sorry. It’s Good News Saturday.
• JP Morgan Chase is the latest financial institution to announce it will no longer finance mountain-top removal mining.
• NASA scientists say that Saturn is giving birth to a new moon and they’ve named it Peggy.
• A Federal judge has overturned North Dakota’s “fetal heartbeat” abortion ban. I’ve written about this before but I find it terribly ironic that North Dakota, a state desperately in need of women, is doing everything in its power to yank up the welcome mat.
• Americans for Fair Taxation delivered a $7.7 billion tax “bill” to Walmart chairman Rob Walton’s compound in Paradise Valley, AZ. LOL.
• For those who don’t want to douse themselves with toxic chemicals on a daily basis, I bring you the Think Dirty app , which tells you which cosmetics and beauty products contain hazardous chemicals.
• Michael Bloomberg will spend $50 million on a grassroots gun control campaign. A mere pittance to the resources coming from the NRA, ALEC, etc. but it’s a start.
• The NYPD has killed its secret Muslim surveillance program.
• Bill and Hillary Clinton are about to be grandparents for the first time! Congratulations to Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky.
• British Pathé has uploaded its entire 85,000-film archive of historic newsreels to YouTube — in HD, no less. Reports Variety:
The collection, which spans 1896 to 1976, comprises some 3,500 hours of historical footage of major events, notable figures, fashion, travel, sports and culture. It includes extensive film from both World War I and World War II.
This is so cool! The videos do have those annoying ads but I guess there’s nothing that can be done about that these days.
• New CBO projections lower Obamacare costs by $104 billion over 10 years.
• My alma mater, Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, has become the first Southern California college or university to fully divest from fossil fuels:
Pitzer College’s new integrated Fossil Fuel Divestment-Climate Action Model:
• Divests virtually all College endowment investments in fossil fuel stocks by December 31, 2014
• Develops an environmental, social and governance policy to guide endowment investment decisions
• Creates the Pitzer Sustainability Fund within the endowment to make environmentally responsible investments
• Targets a 25 percent reduction of the College’s carbon footprint from current levels by the end of 2016
• Establishes a Campus Sustainability Taskforce to bolster on-campus measures to promote sustainability
“This innovative plan is an investment in our shared future, in the young adults who arrive on our campus each fall and the world they will inherit,” said President Laura Skandera Trombley. “We thank our students, faculty, staff and trustees for coming together at this historic moment.”
Your humble scribe holds a degree in Environmental Science from this institution. So proud.
• A California scientist has discovered a new species of gnat and he decided to name it after climate activist/350.org founder Bill McKibben.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• As mentioned in this week’s gun report, the open-carry bill was quashed in the state House. The bill received resistance from state law enforcement, like this county sheriff who noted, “it’s not 1875.”
• Also from this week’s gun report, the guns-in-parks bill is dead.
• A Cleveland, TN-area pit bull mix was shot point blank between the eyes by a Bradley County deputy and lived to bark about it.
• The National Register of Historic Places boasts six new sites from all across Tennessee.
• Tennessee will now offer free college to high school graduates attending two-year schools. This is a nice start, but I’d like to see it expanded to all colleges and universities.
This week’s cool video: watch the world’s first mobile phone, ca 1922, courtesy of