Good News Friday

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Oh, hello, dear readers. Bet you thought I’d forgotten about you! Well, no. First, an explanation: my workload literally doubled as of September 14. This was completely self-inflicted: they said, “do you wanna?” and I said, “yeah, sure! Sounds fun!” And it is fun and challenging and everything else, except it has left very little time for me to blog, for which I apologize. I’ve even thought about putting the blog on hiatus again.

This week was especially bad for me and I was basically a giant stress ball. I still managed to compile some good news but until I get a better handle on things I’m afraid blogging is going to be erratic. Totes sorrz, guyz.

Without further ado, your Good Friday roundup:

• Here’s a welcome headline:

joblesss

• Germany hits a new renewable energy milestone, getting 27.7% of its electricity from renewable sources so far this year. That’s a 3% increase over last year.

• Not so much good news as No Shit, Sherlock news but, it appears access to birth control prevents pregnancy and abortion in high-risk teens.

• The U.S. will pay $554 million to the Navajo Nation to settle claims about mismanagement of reservation funds and resources. It’s the largest-ever settlement between the U.S. and a single Native American tribe.

• This is intriguing: an insect-based livestock feed that could save us all.

• Democrats finally find their spine on culture war issues.

• A federal appeals court has struck down two of North Carolina’s most horrendous voting restrictions.

• California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that allows family members to ask a judge to remove guns from a relative believed to be a risk to themselves or others.

• Related: California becomes the first state in the country to ban single-use plastic bags. Over 100 cities in the state have already enacted bans. This is such great news I can’t even tell you. What this means for litter and wildlife is tremendous.

• Old news by now but congrats to Bill & Hill and Chelsea and Marc on the birth of a future president!

• The Montana teacher who was given just 30 days for raping a 14-year-old student has been re-sentenced for 10 years. This is a horrendous story. The victim, who has since committed suicide, was blamed by the original judge.

• Florida actually convicted a white man of killing a black kid for the first time in, like, ever.

Good News, Tennessee Edition:

• Brown’s Grocery & Hardware, an old-time country store in Carter County, has installed solar panels on its roof that will generate 44 kilowatts of electricity.

This week’s cool video: If you missed John Oliver’s truly excellent expose on the bullshit known as the Miss America “scholarship” program, do yourself a favor and watch it here. It’s the best 15 minute investment you’ll have made in quite a while.

I’ve always thought a “scholarship” that requires you to parade around in a bikini is not one that’s interested in scholarly pursuits.

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  1. Kathleen

    Best of luck on your new adventures, Ms. Beale! I appreciate your efforts to connect in the face of increased workload.

    On another note, I think it’s great news that Chuckles Todd and The Quivering Conservatoids ratings on Bleat The Mess are tanking. Couldn’t happen to a nice sychophant.

    • Interrrrresting … I hadn’t heard!

      I personally think the entire format is played out and useless. Both sides read their focus-group approved talking points. Brilliant. Like we haven’t heard/read them all over the place for a million years. At least the weekend a.m. shows on MSNBC get in-depth into an issue. I want to feel smarter, not dumber, after watching a news show.

      • Are you old enough to remember the original format — unchanged from the initial radio show until “THIS WEEK with David Brinkley” began?

        30 minutes, one guest, no ‘panel’ and real reporters, not celebrity reporters and political operatives doing the questioning. It actually made for a good program, and one that would, because it was unrehearsed and no questions were available in advance, occasionally make real news.

      • Yes. I do remember that. I thought Tim Russert was the one who changed the format, though.

  2. “And the signs of improvement were tempered by evidence that wage gains remained meager and that millions of Americans were still so discouraged by their job prospects that they had lost contact with the regular employment system.”

    “For Democrats, there was also a dark underbelly in Friday’s bright news. The employment rate among the constituents they need most on Election Day — women, young people and black voters — did not improve in September. Nor did the numbers of people employed part time because they could not find full-time work.

    The actual percentage of working-age people with jobs — 59 percent — has not changed for four months, a reflection of just how many people have stopped looking for work. In statements on Friday, Republicans blamed Mr. Obama’s economic policies for leaving the labor participation rate at its lowest level since 1978.”

    …When =these= numbers start getting better, I might believe the ‘recovery’ schtick a bit more.

    ~:(

  3. CB

    Saw this, and thought of you. It starts in Nashville, but the effect goes nationwide.
    http://boingboing.net/2014/10/03/fcc-fines-marriott-for-jamming.html