Good News Friday

It’s good news time!

• President Obama has added nearly 500,000 square miles to the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument, making it the world’s largest marine sanctuary.

• April-June economic growth is the best in two years. Obama is the worst. Socialist. EVER.

• The billionaire vulture capitalist/Sun Microsystems co-founder who blocked public access to California’s Martin’s Beach did so illegally and he must reopen the gate to allow public access, a judge has ruled.

One of the many wonderful things about California — something which people who have never been there just don’t get — is that public access to the beaches is sacrosanct. Unlike Florida and other coastal areas, in California it was decided that the beach belongs to everyone. This has been the longstanding rule of some 40 years, and it’s what makes the Golden State such a wonderful tourist draw. You can drive from the Mexican border all the way to the Oregon state line and access the beaches nearly the entire way. It’s what makes the Pacific Coast Highway one of this country’s great treasures. So I’m glad to see an asshole billionaire like Vinod Khosla get schooled on this very basic principle of California life. If you want your own private sandbox, move to Florida along with the flying cockroaches.

• Sorry, Sarah Palin: you can’t kill wolves in Wyoming, thanks to a judge’s recent ruling.

• The Rockefellers are divesting their charity of fossil fuel stocks.

• Google dumps ALEC over climate denialism, says climate deniers “are just literally lying.” Update: Facebook follows suit.

• A heart-shaped solar farm? Why not?

• A compound found in the spice turmeric may help the brain self-heal, according to researchers at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine in Julich, Germany.

• Five ways beer is a health food.

Good News, Tennessee Edition:

• A Knoxville, Tennessee birther organization who sued over Obama’s presidency can be sanctioned, according to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

• The Shelby County Corrections Center is installing solar-powered hot water heaters.

• Tennessee native Barry Wilmore is headed for the International Space Station.

• Bush Administration Attorney General Alberto “waterboarding” Gonzalez was met with student protestors when he visited MTSU this week. To its great shame, Gonzalez heads Belmont University’s College of Law in Nashville.

This week’s cool video: Okay, I know it’s a cat food ad, but this Justin Moore video just cracked me up:

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  1. Just an observation from a native. Rich people love their “private” beaches. Usually they are content just to have an incredible path from their back yard down to a public beach that everyone uses. But they are always trying to find some legal way to keep the riff-raff out. Unless there is an established public thoroughfare from the street to the shore, they are under no obligation to create one. There are several beaches in La Jolla that once had a type of access that nowadays, you can only swim or in some cases climb into. Particularly if you are forty years older than you used to be back in the day.

    The best was Pink Wall, just south of Windansea. Even when I got married, twenty years ago, you could still just step around this ancient wall that someone had put up on the sandstone back in the 1950s. Just by holding your hand around a corner and balancing. Somehow, the homeowner got permission to replace that wall. I think it has to do with the mean high tide line. Something that would be well below the sandstone bluffs. You can’t make it around anymore. Only swim in and climb fifteen feet of sandstone. There used to be a good quarter mile of rocky beaches, including a womp spot called, “Thrones.” Lots of guys used to fish off of Pink Wall. There was even a diving platform. A couple of other beaches just south of that spot still have public access, but are no longer safe to climb except for extremely agile youngsters. I think I could make it down to the beach on one of them in the summer when the sand is higher.

    Something fun that the youngsters still do just on the north side of the site formerly known as Pink Wall? They climb up on the bluffs and wait for a big wave at high tide. Then they jump fifteen feet into about three feet of water without getting hurt!