Been a busy week, but I always manage to find a healthy supply of good news. Have a great weekend!
• After some Texas Open Carry loons terrified employees of a Ft. Worth Jack In The Box last week, the chain’s CEO says no to guns in their restaurants. Another big vitory for Moms Demand Action. I do not understand these Open Carry idiots. You walk into a restaurant with AR-15s strapped to your back and what the fuck do you think people expect to happen? If everyone is carrying you can’t tell the good guys from the bad guys, you dumbasses.
• Following Google’s similar action last week, Yahoo has removed misleading anti-abortion ads for violating their policies against false advertising.
• You know the war on Obamacare is over when even the insurance companies refuse to play along.
• Stanford University announced it will divest its endowment of coal company stocks.
• Related: Thanks to Warren Buffet, whose Berkshire Hathaway has just purchased Nevada’s largest utility, one of the country’s most notorious and dirtiest coal plants will be shut down in a three-year phase-out that will see the plant completely put out of commission by 2017. Even better, some of that energy will be replaced with a new solar project.
• The solar panels are finally back on the White House roof. That’s one Reagan-era error reversed. Just a few gazillion more to go.
• Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat and former ER doctor, saved a woman’s life by performing CPR until paramedics arrived. Apparently he was driving down the street and saw a man trying to resuscitate a woman on the road. He had his driver pull over and performed CPR while the driver called 911. Who does he think he is, Cory Booker?
• This doesn’t happen too often! The NRA suffered a big defeat in Florida, of all places — and at the hands of the Florida Sheriff’s Assn. and a Republican legislator from Clearwater. Say goodbye to the NRA’s “Hurricane bill.”
• Related: the Tacoma City Council unanimously voted to require universal background checks for all gun show purchases within city limits.
• “Reason” movement grows in opposition to religious fundamentalism.
• In the wake of Gov. Nathan Deal signing a “guns everywhere” bill into law, the Archbishop of Atlanta has banned guns from all Catholic institutions in Atlanta. The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta made a similar move last week as well.
• Vermont became the first state to call for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to reverse Citizens United.
• In response to a Change.org petition (started by a Mississippi teenager, no less!), Coca Cola is dropping brominated vegetable oil, which is banned in Japan and the EU, from its Powerade products.
• This story is a couple months old but I still like it: a 16-year-old boy used a 3D printer to make a prosthetic hand for the 9-year-old son of a family friend. Amazing!
• Not one, not two, but fourteen new species of “dancing frogs” have been discovered in southern India.
• Our hippie Pope has called for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor. And suddenly Paul Ryan and Rick Santorum find themselves in a rather awkward position. Hmm.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• Some 1,370 acres of critical woodland and watershed in Williamson County, south of Nashville, has been preserved.
This week’s cool video is a real heart-warmer, but it has a bittersweet update: