Good News Roundup for Friday, August 5, 2022: Are the dams breaking?


Welcome 🌻 to Friday’s Roundup of Good News!

Are the dams breaking?

Liz Cheney used that phrase in the most up-to-date Jan 6 listening to, the place she mentioned the dam was lastly breaking with respect to witnesses lastly coming ahead with the fact. The complete fact, for a change, as an alternative of simply a part of it or bald-faced lies.

But this isn’t the solely dam we’ve been ready to crack. For years, we thought individuals would see the gentle on so many topics: local weather, weapons, compelled birthers, and what full and utter ***holes so many Rs are.

We’ve been ready for so lengthy, many felt we would as effectively be ready for Godot. But, consider the issues which have occurred lately:

  • Kansas rejected the forced-birther motion. All this regardless of being bloody purple Kansas, the vote scheduled for a main when Ds don’t often vote, and a few lies informed to make it unclear which approach the professional alternative individuals ought to vote.
  • A gun security invoice — the first in 30 years. Yeah, it’s not practically sufficient, but it surely was one thing.
  • Climate funding invoice with Manchin’s endorsement. And Sinema has apparently signed off as effectively.
  • The Ds taking part in the Rs, solely to have the Rs vote towards the PACT Act (and reverse themselves this week).
  • FOX information has been ignoring tRump. And they let Manchin name them liars.
  • The DOJ is shifting! In a number of areas!
  • Some good headlines for Biden, too! Written up nearly as good headlines!

But bear in mind: if dams are breaking, it’s often as a result of we have been attacking them. You. Our allies. A chip right here, a decide there, and though generally it appears futile, finally the dams now not maintain.

Of course, we’re not finished. Evil won’t quit with out a combat, and the R primaries — made crazier by the extra affordable Rs departing from that social gathering — are leading to ever-worse, ever-more- dangerous-to-democracy candidates. We should carry on preventing and breaking down the damned dams, whilst they try to rebuild. But in the meantime, welcome to the cracking dams, the place some fact and love have already spilled.

Come into the GNR, expensive gnusies, and quench your thirst.

Regular Scheduled Programming

No one right here is naïve; we’re conscious of the many who’re preventing to destroy our nation. Some of us anticipated it: the dishonest, the mendacity, the chaos, and sure, even the makes an attempt to cling to energy regardless of the clear will of the individuals. But we’re right here to learn the efforts and the optimistic outcomes of these (together with us and our fellow gnus) who’re working so exhausting to save lots of our nation from these very dangerous individuals.  We are livid with them for what they’re doing and we’re letting them know.  Remember:

💙 There are extra of us than there are of them.

💛 They are terrified after we set up.  THERE IS LOTS OF EVIDENCE THAT THEY ARE TERRIFIED!

💔 They need us to be demoralized. The finest approach to sustain your spirits is to combat. So, take the time to recharge your batteries, however discover methods to contribute to the well-being of our nation and our world.

🗽 Biden as President!🗽

Biden, Harris and their administration have been exhausting at work. Here are the last week’s posts at the White House briefing room.

President Biden nonetheless has covid. Get effectively quickly, Mr. President! 💙 

👎 Out with the Bad, In with the Good 👍

US kills al-Qaeda leader in Kabul Shane Harris, Dan LaMothe, Karen DeYoung, Souad Mekhennet, Pamela Constable Washington Post

The United States has killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda and considered one of the world’s most-wanted terrorists, who, alongside the group’s founder, Osama bin Laden, oversaw the assaults of Sept. 11, 2001, President Biden introduced Monday night.

Zawahiri was killed in a CIA drone strike in Kabul over the weekend, in response to U.S. officers who spoke on the situation of anonymity to debate delicate intelligence.

When U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan final August, Biden administration officers mentioned they’d retain functionality for “over-the-horizon” assaults from elsewhere on terrorist forces inside Afghanistan. The assault towards Zawahiri is the first identified counterterrorism strike there since the withdrawal.

More good worldwide information


And this!

DOJ charges 4 police officers in connection with death of Breonna Taylor Summer Concepcion Talking Points Memo

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday introduced that the Justice Department has charged 4 former and present Louisville cops in connection to the loss of life of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black girl who was shot and killed by officers finishing up a search warrant in her house.

“The federal expenses introduced in the present day allege that members of a Police Investigations Unit falsified the affidavit used to acquire the search warrant of Ms. Taylor’s house and that this act violated federal civil rights legal guidelines, and that these violations resulted in Ms. Taylor’s loss of life,” Garland mentioned in a information convention.

The expenses are the first federal counts towards any of the officers concerned in the lethal raid in March 2020.

Meta (that’s Facebook and Instagram) shuts down a Russian troll farm Rebecca Falconer Axios

Meta introduced Thursday it has shut down a troll farm with hyperlinks to Russia’s Internet Research Agency that spread disinformation throughout the 2016 U.S. presidential election marketing campaign and a sanctioned Putin ally.

The huge image: The motion was a part of a wider social media crackdown on cyber espionage operations and different dangerous actors detailed in the Facebook and Instagram proprietor’s Quarterly Adversarial Threat Report.

Driving the information: Meta mentioned in the report that it detected a “bodily troll farm operated out of an workplace constructing in St. Petersburg,” referred to as Cyber Front Z, a month after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine started, which focused customers on a number of platforms together with Twitter and LinkedIn along with Facebook and Instagram.

💣 Republicans: Party of Crimes and Chaos 💣

DOJ in conversation with tRump lawyers re Jan 6 Katelyn Polantz, Kara Scannell, Gabby Orr and Kristen Holmes CNN

(CNN)Former President Donald Trump’s authorized group is in direct communication with Justice Department officers, the first signal of talks between the two sides as the legal probe into January 6, 2021, accelerates, sources conversant in the matter inform CNN.

The talks revolve round whether or not Trump would be capable of defend conversations he had whereas he was president from federal investigators.

In latest weeks, investigators have moved aggressively into Trump’s orbit, subpoenaing high former White House officers, specializing in efforts to overturn the 2020 election and executing searches of legal professionals who sought to help these efforts.

And it’s not simply the Feds. There’s NY:


And there’s Georgia:


Crimes. And they understand it.


ChaosShowing that their stunt to vote against PACT was stupid, most Rs vote for it on Tuesday. Unnecessary chaos, an unforced error, however hey, they offered assault advert fodder for the Ds in November. Charles R Davis, Yahoo News

Eleven Republican senators voted Tuesday towards a bipartisan measure, the PACT Act, that’s designed to assist veterans who had been uncovered to poisonous chemical compounds whereas deployed overseas.

The invoice was authorized in the Senate by a vote of 86-11 every week after 41 Republicans elected to stall the closing passage of the measure, citing considerations over its value. Twenty-five Republicans who voted towards the invoice final week voted for a virtually similar model of the laws in June.

The effort to dam the laws induced an uproar amongst veterans teams, with critics arguing that support for veterans was being held hostage over GOP opposition to a different measure, the Inflation Reduction Act, which incorporates important sum of money to fight local weather change and decrease well being care prices.

💙 Democrats Deliver 💙

Biden’s Success Story Mike Allen Axios 

First, it’s wonderful that they used these phrases in the headline. The article — value studying — is about how Biden has invested in the US, and in a great way, remaking the financial system. Here are just a few paragraphs:

At the similar time, the re-engineering of particular sectors is very consequential — and costly. Soak up the specifics:

  • The $280 billion CHIPS and Science Act — which Biden will signal quickly, after the House and Senate handed it final week — gives grants, tax credit and different incentives to fabricate pc chips in the U.S. The White House says it’s going to finally decrease the worth of vehicles, dishwashers and computer systems.
  • Biden might get one other large win with the local weather plan secretly negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin. The bundle would provide new tax credit for shopping for EVs — plus rebates for shopping for environment friendly home equipment and weatherizing properties, and tax credit for warmth pumps and rooftop photo voltaic panels.
  • Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill to rebuild roads, bridges and rail is considered one of the largest packages signed by a president ever.

🐔🐔🐔 I don’t prefer to rely chickens 🐔 earlier than they hatch 🐔, however here’s a DKos diary 🐔 (AKALib) saying that Sinema has signed off on the Inflation Reduction Act. Which can be a BFD, to cite my favourite president! 🐔 

🐔 And sure, she took out the carried curiosity thingy to guard her patrons. 🐔 I heard some speaking heads 🐔 speculating that the carried curiosity provision 🐔 was put into 🐔 the unique invoice in order that 🐔 Sinema might really feel essential 🐔 by taking it out. 🐔🐔🐔

How many chickens is that?

Governor Sisolak (Nevada) promotes Promises Made, Promises Kept Press Release

Notable accomplishments in the final six months embody:

  • $500 million “Home Means Nevada” initiative for reasonably priced housing developments
  • $50 million funding into the “Nevada Child Care Fund” to decrease out-of-pocket prices for households and develop eligibility to help
  • $20 million to fund Nevada’s Crisis Stabilization Centers to make sure emergency behavioral well being care facilities can be found to Nevadans in want
  • Invested $75 million to make sure colleges will present common free faculty meals for all Nevada public colleges for the 2022-2023 faculty 12 months
  • Phase 1 of High Speed NV launched in May, with greater than $500 million to be invested for broadband infrastructure
  • The Governor created the excessive warmth management and environmental justice groups to create a statewide technique to take care of excessive warmth and guarantee equitable options to the impacts of local weather change

Governor Edwards (Louisiana) announces investments in hurricane preparedness Press Release

BATON ROUGE, La. –  Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) introduced that a further $253 million {dollars} has been allotted to 25 Louisiana parishes impacted by Hurricane Ida by way of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). This spherical of HMGP funding will likely be used to help ongoing restoration and mitigation initiatives and is along with the first installment of $85 million that was allotted earlier this 12 months.

“Thanks to our state, native and federal companions we had been capable of safe this funding, and I’m grateful for all of their exhausting work,” mentioned Gov. Edwards. “Hurricane Ida devastated our individuals and our coast practically one 12 months in the past, and whereas the restoration course of is usually lengthy and complex, we’ll use these funds to not solely additional the restoration efforts nonetheless underway but in addition on initiatives designed to reduce the impacts of future storms.”  ✂️ 

Working with our native companions, the purpose is to scale back or remove long-term danger to life and property by lessening the affect of a catastrophe. Examples of mitigation work embody residential elevation, reconstruction or acquisition of flood susceptible buildings and changing land to inexperienced house, localized drainage enhancements, secure room building, wind retrofit of buildings and emergency energy for important services. Hazard mitigation is the solely section of emergency administration particularly devoted to breaking the cycle of harm, reconstruction and repeat harm.

This wants extra quantity:




Kudos to the D Senate for not letting this go:


The FBI didn’t observe up on actually 1000’s of ideas. Maybe it’s time to re-open this investigation? And it’s time to interchange Christopher Wray.

💜 Unity? 💜

Well, shut to unity


How a lot is Russia paying Hawley, I ponder? Note that Mitch McConnell and Tom Cotton each rebuked Hawley afterwards. Here’s McConnell:


🦞 Here’s one thing the complete senate can agree on:


Although I’m positive lobster sellers are comfortable about this, there are such a lot of different priorities.

And, one thing I recognize:


📥 Actions You Can Take 📤


newish!!! Tax-exempt organization complaint referrals. 13909. You can fill this out for the NRA and plenty of different organizations. How about if a few of us white folks go into a few of the MAGA church buildings and video document what they’re saying?

Voting rights. This could also be the largest concern threatening our democracy proper now. Besides contacting your representatives at the state and federal degree to do the proper factor (relying on who they’re), you possibly can help and get in touch with these organizations:

ACLUAmerican Civil Liberties Union

Democracy Docket — based by Marc Elias, so essential in preventing the challenges after the final election.

Fair Fight — based by Stacey Abrams

🌱Grass roots. Biden and Harris can do the top-down stuff, however we’ve to help from the backside. I don’t know how you can deprogram 75 million individuals, however some issues have been written about, equivalent to deep canvassing, and plenty of individuals are speaking about this. If somebody (who didn’t storm the Capitol), then see if you happen to will be nice. Instead of making an attempt to cause with them (logic is clearly not their sturdy level) distract them with one thing else. We have to take away the sources of lies and to take down the temperature. If we get extra of the Rs to put on masks and to get vaccinated and to vote for Ds, the nation will likely be a greater place. We have to coax a few of them out of the rabbit holes and diffuse the anger and the loopy.

🏃 Run for something. If you need to run for one thing, however do not know what to do, these individuals will aid you. They additionally like cash and volunteers to assist these people who find themselves working, so even if you happen to’re not ready to face for workplace, you possibly can assist. Note: they’re particularly planning to focus on the 57 Rs in native governments who participated in the riot.

👎 Defund the seditionists. This is a list with companies that sometimes have donated to the seditionists, and their current approach to supporting or not supporting the seditionists. The record is lengthy. You will acknowledge lots of the companies, and also you in all probability have a relationship with some — both you’re a buyer, a shareholder, or possibly even an worker. Contact them and praise or complain, however allow them to know you might be watching. Forward it to others.

🐍 Schadenfreude 😈

Alex Jones fined $4.11 million dollars in damages; punitive amount still TBD Justin RohrlichThe Daily Beast

The Texas jury that conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder Alex Jones publicly known as “extraordinarily blue collar of us” who “don’t know what planet they’re on,” discovered the on-line pseudo-celeb liable on Thursday to the tune of $4.11 million for spreading lies about the Sandy Hook faculty taking pictures.

The verdict means Jones now should pay damages for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional misery to the mom and father of Jesse Lewis, a 6-year-old boy killed in the 2012 bloodbath. After Jones insisted repeatedly on his present that the assault was a so-called false flag meant to gin up help for stricter gun management legal guidelines, the late little one’s dad and mom had been subjected to years of abuse and harassment from InfoWars followers. ✂️

Jurors will take into account punitive damages, which can’t exceed 10 instances compensatory damages, towards Jones and his firm on Friday [TODAY].

Note that different trials are pending.

And this trial has been filled with schadenfreude moments at the Alex Jones trial. Jones’s cellphone is the most amusing, and could also be the most consequential, each for perjury and presumably even Jan 6.


Maybe they actually don’t have the finest legal professionals. Or possibly the legal professionals did it unintentionally on objective? Anyway, there’s a treasure trove of knowledge. I’ve seen headlines about the J6 committee and the DoJ being on this stuff. Here’s a tweet:


And right here’s some extra:


What the heck is supposed by intimate?

And Alex Jones’s ex-wife:


And, some snark:


Just for enjoyable: ⚡️ Joe Manchin calls FOX Host a liar. News Corpse Daily Kos. This occurred when Manchin was defending the Inflation Reduction Act.



📣 Let’s Honor Truth ☀️️

This week I need to honor all the professional alternative activists — not simply in Kansas, however in different elements of the nation. Because the people want choice. John Nichols The Nation

But the first statewide vote on abortion rights since the conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court overturned Roe didn’t go as the proper had deliberate. Kansans voted 59-41 to keep up authorized obstacles to Republican efforts to ban abortions. Hailing a “large and decisive victory,” Rachel Sweet, the marketing campaign supervisor for Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, which efficiently promoted a “no” vote in Tuesday’s election, announced, “The individuals of Kansas have spoken. They assume that abortion needs to be secure, authorized and accessible in the state of Kansas.”

Pundits who are actually treating the Kansas vote as “a stunning upset” and “a surprising victory” had assumed that conservative voters would help what was extensively understood as an effort to clear the approach for an abortion ban. But whereas the pro-choice margin was putting, the win for abortion rights was not precisely a shocker. In reality, it adopted a sample that’s been famous for many years by savvy observers of voting traits.

When reproductive rights points are on the poll, even in Republican-leaning states, well-organized and unapologetic pro-choice campaigns have established a profitable document. That’s what occurred in South Dakota in 2006, when voters rejected a sweeping abortion ban by a 55-45 vote, and the place they did the similar factor two years later—in a presidential election 12 months—by roughly the similar margin. That’s what occurred in Mississippi in 2011, when voters opposed a so-called “personhood” modification to the state Constitution, which sought to remove reproductive rights, by a 58-42 vote. That’s what occurred in Florida in 2012, when, by a 55-45 margin, voters rejected a constitutional modification that will have prohibited the state from spending public funds for abortions or medical health insurance that covers abortions. That’s what occurred in North Dakota in 2014, when voters rejected a so-called “right-to-life modification” by an overwhelming 64-36 margin.

Note the piece refers to “well-organized and unapologetic pro-choice campaigns”. These don’t occur with out quite a lot of work. Zerlina Maxwell, subbing for O’Donnell on the August 3 Last Word, had some younger girls on to speak about their organizations.

Unapologetic is essential, too. So many individuals don’t understand how obligatory abortion procedures are for good well being, partly as a result of we don’t speak about them. So, right here’s my story. I had a miscarriage a few years in the past, and practically bled to loss of life. Then, I received pregnant once more. They realized one thing was flawed — the being pregnant was not viable — however as a result of they gave me abortion medicine, the second miscarriage was bodily a lot much less traumatic.

🌹 Let’s Celebrate Love ❤️

For greater than 6 many years, he donated blood as soon as every week.


📎Odds & Ends 📎

Australia passes climate bill to cut emissions Rebecca Falconer Axios

Australia’s House of Representatives has handed the federal government’s invoice by 89 votes to 55 to chop the nation’s emissions by 43% under 2005 ranges by 2030.

Why it issues: The landmark invoice enshrines into legislation the Labor authorities’s election pledge for the world’s driest inhabited continent — the place fossil-fuel exports have been in high demand lately as Australians confronted a collection of climate-change associated extreme weather events, from lethal wildfires to flooding.

More excellent news from Down Under


Life cycle emissions for EV vehicles much lower than gas vehicles Bridget Reed Morawski EcoWatch

Although you don’t have to pay for gasoline to gasoline up an electrical car, driving one nonetheless comes with a carbon emissions price ticket. However, in response to a science advocacy nonprofit, the emissions related to an electrical car all through its lifetime —  that means manufacturing to driving to disassembly and disposal —  are nonetheless dramatically decrease than their gasoline-powered family members.

In a recently released report, the Union of Concerned Scientists analyzed emissions knowledge to find out that for virtually the complete inhabitants of the U.S., driving a median electrical car can be much less emissions-intensive than a median car with an inner combustion engine. Just 3% of Americans can be higher suited with a median gasoline-fueled car, though the report didn’t clarify which areas that included.

But even if you happen to drive in the highest-efficiency, gasoline-fueled car presently obtainable for buy, greater than 90% of Americans dwell in an space the place driving the common electrical car would nonetheless produce decrease emissions.

Saving individuals throughout floods in KY


UK Supermarket to scrap “best-before” dates to reduce food waste Cristen Hemingway James EcoWatch

In an effort to scale back food waste, UK grocery store chain Waitrose is eliminating best-before dates on packaged recent fruit and veggies. Starting in September, the staff-owned grocery stores will get rid of dates on recent meals like cucumbers, lettuce and peppers in the hopes that clients will use their very own discretion in figuring out whether or not meals has gone dangerous, The Guardian reported.

The expectation is that the technique will preserve customers from discarding meals that’s nonetheless good, thus decreasing meals waste, Waitrose mentioned.

“UK households throw away 4.5 million tonnes of edible meals yearly, that means that each one the power and sources utilized in meals manufacturing is wasted,” mentioned Marija Rompani, director of sustainability and ethics at Waitrose’s mum or dad firm John Lewis Partnership, as reported by The Independent. “By eradicating finest earlier than dates from our merchandise, we would like our clients to make use of their very own judgment to resolve whether or not a product is nice to eat or not, which in flip will improve its possibilities of being eaten and never changing into waste.”

Hiding in Haiti’s inaccessible ravines:

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💙 What You Can Do to Rescue Democracy 💙

It seems that participation in democracy is not only an every-four-years occasion however requires lively participation, like, every time yow will discover time.

Current initiatives:

Look in the feedback for Progressive Muse’s report on Postcards to Voters

And another concepts:

You can calm down and recharge.

You can be a part of protests and freeway weblog.

You may help register new voters.

You can smile.

You can get out the vote for particular elections.

You can attain out to upset Republicans.  We have to win some again.

You can share your concepts under.


💙 Our historical past has been a relentless wrestle between the American very best that all of us are created equal and the harsh ugly actuality that racism, nativism, concern, demonization have lengthy torn us aside. The battle is perennial, and victory isn’t assured.” 💙

President Joseph R. Biden

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