Good News Friday

Our last good news post for the year! Looking forward to 2015, I’ve gotta say. 2014 sucked on a lot of levels. Good riddance, and don’t let the door hitya …

• The U.S. economy’s growth last quarter was its strongest in 10 years.

• The Feds have issued indictments against Freedom Industries, including the company’s former president, in regards to a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply serving 300,000 people.

• A panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has voted to strike down North Carolina’s heinous ultrasound law.

• Washington State’s new background check law netted a wanted man who attempted to buy a gun at a gun show.

• In Montana, a jury found the shooter of a 17-year-old German exchange student guilty of murder, despite the state’s “castle doctrine.”

• Elton John and David Furnish were married in the UK on Sunday.

• A federal appeals court struck down Florida’s law requiring welfare recipients be tested for drugs. Tennessee has a similar law. Of course it does.

• The Tennessee Valley Authority has dropped a rule whereby it would have cut down any tree in its easement area that would grow higher than 15 feet. This affects a seven-state area.

• NASA e-mailed a wrench to the International Space Station. Cool.

• Scientists discovered a brand-new fish in the Mariana Trench, 26,000 feet under water. Amazing that we’re still finding stuff.

And here’s this week’s cool video: I’m just cynical enough to wonder if this video isn’t a hoax, which is pretty sad. It’s billed as “douchy internet prankster wonders what homeless people do with the money you give them, gets humbled by the answer.” Real or not real? You decide:

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  1. CB

    “When we do set up the first human colonies on the moon, Mars and beyond, we won’t use rockets to bring along everything we need,” Chen wrote. “We’ll build what we need there, when we need it.”

    I admit, I found this delightful. For a while now, I’ve not been inspired to think about how 3-D printing actually works — I’m too hung up on the word ‘printing,’ and that’s not really what it is, So anyways, Google is my friend, and I did a little reading, and I stumbled on the idea of 3-D printed meat, which I fervently hope is an idea whose time has not yet come. Just as you can’t (well, maybe others can, but I can’t) really call on-the-fly manufacturing printing, in a meaningful way, you can’t call extruded protein substance meat. Gonna be a while before I can wrap the old noggin around that one.

  2. democommie

    “you can’t call extruded protein substance meat.”

    McDonalds, Wendy’s and Burger King have done so for years–just sayin!