Welcome. Back after a two week break, this is another edition of my newsletter which offers a round-up of the week’s causes for optimism, as noticed in the media. Plus links to discussion of the optimism/pessimism gap, and debunking of optimism/pessimism.
* “The Case for Black Optimism”. “When was the last time you heard good news about the state of black America? Given the way the topic is reported in the media, you could be forgiven for not remembering. … The narrative of doom and gloom, however, is misleading. Though it has gone largely unnoticed, black Americans have been making rapid progress along most important dimensions of well-being since the turn of the millennium.”
* Ooops. Eco-worrier optimism debunked. The Federalist on “Why Plastic Straws Are Actually Better For The Planet Than Paper Straws”.
* Ooops. More eco-worrier optimism debunked. A study by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has found that… “diets in which meat, fish or dairy products were consumed only once a day would leave less of a footprint on climate change and water supplies than a vegetarian diet including milk and eggs.”
* Banana Farmers Spot Crop Disease with Deep Learning apps, running on mobile phones. It’s not just about the basic spotting, but about making very fine distinctions about what type the disease is, and at a very early stage. The app can handle that, in the fields.
* Frank Furedi at Spiked!, on the abusive practice of “Scaring children witless” with questionable climate alarmism.
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