Whew, well, looks like I’m going to have some fun this summer after all. That’s my good news, what’s yours?
And from around the web, a collection of interesting items. Enjoy!
• British researchers find magnesium chloride can make a toxic part of solar cell manufacturing cleaner and more affordable.
• Ag giant Cargill is marketing a non-GMO soybean oil, because,
” …. consumer interest in food and beverage products made from non-GM ingredients is growing, creating opportunities and challenges for food manufacturers and food service operators,” said Ethan Theis, food ingredients commercial manager, Cargill.
This really pisses me off, actually. When there’s money to be made, Big Food will be there to provide the product. Ok, fine, but I don’t recall anyone ever asking for GMO soybean oil. That was something foisted on us by biotech giants and corporate behemoths like, well, Cargill. Here’s a thought: instead of adding “non-GMO” to your “strategic product mix,” just stop selling the goddamn poison, people.
You know, last I heard, 90% of the soybeans produced in the US are GMO. So good luck stuffing that genie back in the bottle. That was the whole freaking point of the GMO opposition: seeds spread. Cross-contamination and cross-pollination. The entire food supply is now fucked up.
But whatever. At least our voices have been heard.
• A career police officer and lifetime NRA member has submitted his resignation from the pro-gun organization. His letter to the NRA is a thing of beauty.
• Good news on the SCOTUS front: law enforcement will need a warrant to search your cell phone.
• Related: oh, the irony. I can’t imagine this is true — considering the source is WingNut Daily I’m going to guess it’s not — but if it is, good riddance. Don’t let the door hit ya where the Lord split ya.
• Remember the story of the small town in South Carolina with the openly gay police chief? She was fired by the town’s homophobic mayor because, he said, he’d “much rather have somebody who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children.” As well as a whole bunch of other anti-gay comments that pissed everyone off. Well, this week the voters of Latta, South Carolina overwhelmingly voted to strip the mayor of a lot of his power, a stunning rebuke to an intolerant old crank. Oh, and the police chief will get her job back.
• The California state Senate voted to approve a measure calling on Congress to call a Constitutional Convention to overturn Citizens United.
• The Methodist church has reinstated a pastor who had been defrocked for officiating at his gay son’s same-sex wedding.
• Contrary to NRA propaganda, Americans are buying fewer guns, and gun makers’ stock is tumbling:
For the fourth quarter, Smith & Wesson (SWHC) reported a decline in net sales of more than 4% to $170 million and a 13% drop in income from continuing operations to about $25 million.
Company executives preferred to emphasize record sales of $626 million for the fiscal year, up 6% from the prior year.
“We are very pleased with our record results for fiscal year 2014, which include the highest sales, gross margin and profits in the company’s history,” said Debney, in a press release. “Our successful performance was driven by robust consumer demand for our products, combined with carefully managed increases in our manufacturing capacity.”
Smith & Wesson projects that net sales for fiscal year 2015 will dip to a range of $585 million to $600 million.
Shares of rival gunmaker Sturm Ruger (RGR) also fell Friday, but its drop was less dramatic.
• Scientists implanted a chip in a paralyzed man’s brain allowing him to move his hand with the power of a thought. Amazing.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• Congratulations to the Vanderbilt Commodores, winners of the 2014 College World Series.
• Chattanooga’s Unitarian church puts solar panels on its roof, as the “creation care” movement takes hold.
• I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but now it’s official: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean signed into law a bill that extends Metro employee benefits to same-sex partners.
Check out this hilarious gun safety PSA: