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.