Good News Friday

Your weekly round-up. Enjoy!

More good news from election day:

• Tallahassee, FL made history for passing the country’s first-ever anti-corruption act.

• Gina Raimondo became the first Democrat elected governor of Rhode Island since 1992 — and its first-ever female governor.

• In Wisconsin, 12 metropolitan areas passed referenda amending the U.S. Constitution and overturning Citizens United.

• Despite that right-wing talking point, Democrats actually gained significant support among women voters in the 2014 midterms.

In other news:

• New York firefighters rescued workers trapped over 60 stories in the air at the World Trade Center. Amazing. So much respect for FDNY.

• Suckit, Koch Bros.: Wall Street is bullish on solar power. Here’s why.

• We landed a dang space probe on a freaking COMET, everybody. Holy cow.

• China and the U.S. forge a ground-breaking climate deal.

• AOL is ending its membership in ALEC, the latest in a flurry of tech firms to do so.

• Craig Spencer, the New York doctor, is Ebola-free. So, America is also Ebola-free, no Americans have died of Ebola, and yet right-wing media managed to scare Amygdala America to the voting both over Ebola. Impressive.

I wonder why all of those Americans were cured of this supposedly lethal disease while all of those poor Africans were not? Thinking ….

• The Netherlands opens the world’s first solar road to bicyclists. The 70-meter road will generate electricity as well as serve as a public bicycle roadway.

• A potential Ebola outbreak in Mali was thwarted thanks to quick action.

• As anticipated, our awesome hippie pope demoted Cardinal Raymond Burke, the highest-ranking American at the Vatican, to a position with no responsibilities. Burke is a homophobe and wingnut who once denied John Kerry communion over abortion. Enjoy your time in irrelevancy, douchebag.

• Horrible person Don Blankenship — ex-CEO of Massey Energy of Upper Big Branch mine disaster fame — has been indicted for violating and conspiring to cover up mine safety violations.

• Denmark is ditching coal in favor of wind energy. Coal currently accounts for 30% of Denmark’s electricity production, but the Danes plan to ban coal by 2025.

Good News, Tennessee Edition:

• The UAW says it’s close to getting recognition at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

• Lynchburg’s Jack Daniel’s Distillery has donated $100,000 to help enlisted military and their families be together over the holidays.

This week’s video is from last week’s Colbert Report:

Oops sorry, saw the video has been removed. Will have to find you another one.

11 Comments

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11 responses to “Good News Friday

  1. G S Herscher

    SB, I’m not sure saying “we” landed a probe on the comet is quite correct.
    Dubya cancelled US participation in the project. It is European and cost
    around 1.5 billion.

  2. Jim in Memphis

    Interesting read on the Mali story. They have forcefully quarantined anyone that was in contact with the girl whether they showed symptoms or not. That path has been roundly rejected here in America.

    • And yet we are Ebola-free too. And then there’s this:

      “Remarkably, no one in Mali who touched the girl, Fanta Condé, is yet sick. Not the woman she called her grandmother, her 5-year-old sister or her uncle, who all spent three days traveling with her from Beyla, Guinea. Not Dr. Abdouramane Koungoulba, the pediatrician who first examined her on Oct. 21, nor two traditional healers who saw her earlier, nor any of a dozen other doctors or nurses who gave her a transfusion and intravenous hydration and cleaned up her vomit and diarrhea in the 48 hours before she died.”

      Seems like forced quarantine is pretty useless from a healthcare perspective, though it’s very effective at scaring Amygdala America into voting for conservatives whose only election strategy seems to be scaring the crap out of people.

      Oh, and THIS:

      The quarantine was partly for their own protection, doctors said, since there had been angry reactions elsewhere in Mali to earlier suspected cases, which turned out to be false alarms.

      Gee I didn’t know they had the Tea Party in Mali.

  3. Joseph Stans

    Yes, America is EBOLA free but every time we think there can’t be anybody dumber than Louie Gohmert, some place like Iowa elecets someone like Joni Ernst and we will be treated to 6 years of hog castrating wisdom by a woman that makes Michelle Bachman look like a Nobel Prize winner.

  4. democommie

    “They have forcefully quarantined anyone that was in contact with the girl whether they showed symptoms or not.”

    You mean except for this:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/20/us/ceo-of-texas-hospital-group-at-center-of-ebola-scare-apologizes-for-mistakes.html?_r=0

    Right?

  5. democommie

    Dear Jimbo(b) frin Dumbfuckistan:

    This was your whole comment:

    “Interesting read on the Mali story. They have forcefully quarantined anyone that was in contact with the girl whether they showed symptoms or not. That path has been roundly rejected here in America”

    I can understand your not being able to understand what someone else says; you obviously don’t understand what YOU said,

    • Jim in Memphis

      Dear DC – you quoted a section of my comment that only deals with the people of Mali. If you meant to address my comment that America has rejected forced quarantines then why didn’t you quote that?

      • The point is, “Mali has not closed its border with an Ebola-affected neighbor — in this case, Guinea,” “no one in Mali who touched the girl, Fanta Condé, is yet sick” so the forced quarantines didn’t matter and “quarantine was partly for their own protection, doctors said, since there had been angry reactions elsewhere in Mali to earlier suspected cases.” Furthermore, the quick response was due in a large part because “rumors that the disease did not exist, or that Westerners started it to sell drugs, got little traction in Mali. But in Guinea, such beliefs crippled the response to the epidemic for weeks.”

        So in other words, if you’re thinking this story proves correct the Fox News fearmongering about closing borders and forced quarantines and false information about how the disease is spread from person to person, you are completely, 100% wrong.