It really feels like the first weekend of summer, doesn’t it? I mean, I know we’re still a few weeks from the official summer solstice, but the rising temps and appearance of the sun are giving us a nice preview. Everyone seems just a little more cheerful.
While you’re (hopefully!) soaking up some sun and enjoying a little down time, we thought we’d share a few happy headlines to help you keep those good-time vibes humming along, even in the midst of all the chaos and catastrophe that has become our new way of life since 45 took office. So, without further ado, we give you this week’s Good News Edition:
Let’s begin with some updates on what’s happening on the Paris Agreement front. In last week’s Good News Edition, we put a silver lining on 45’s decision to bail on this global agreement. This week, there are a few follow-up stories. For starters, there’s the IFL Science headline that the EU will ignore the White House and work directly with states on the Paris Agreement. Following this news, Hawaii got the ball rolling by becoming the first state to enact law that aligns with the Paris Agreement. Aloha!! Meanwhile, MIT doubled down on telling 45 to quit misquoting and misinterpreting their data, and Scientific American reported that governors are now facing pressure to distance themselves from 45 on climate change. Even leaders in the private sector are doing the right thing. ABC News reported that corporations – including Apple, Exxon, and Ford – are taking a stand against 45’s decision to leave the climate agreement.
There’s still a lot of work to be done, but the resistance is off to a great start: giving an irresponsible president a piece of its mind and deciding to move ahead without him.
In other happy environmental news:
- From Clean Technica: All Dutch Trains Now Run 100% on Wind Power … all aboard that train!
- From ABC News: 98-year-old man donates stock now worth $2 million to wildlife sanctuary
- From EcoWatch: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Receives Prestigious Award + $1 Million Investment to Transition Away From Fossil Fuels
- From Courthouse News Services*: Ninth Circuit Orders Full EPA Review of Nanosilver Pesticide
- From Fast Company*: Zurich just opened a new carbon capture plant that is now sucking CO2 out of the air.
There’s also some good news on the elections front.
We’ve all been a little wary of Fivethirtyeight since last November, but the statistical analysis site is – we hope – completely on track with it’s latest report that Democrats are over performing in special elections almost everywhere. According to the article, the trend is clear, “Democratic special-election candidates have improved their margins over Republicans relative to their district’s partisan lean by an average of 14.4 percentage points.”
In other election-related news:
- Democrat Kevin Kiley Wins Special Election For Fairfield Selectman, and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said via Twitter: “This is a big deal. Special election in a swing town flips Board of Selectmen control from R to D. And it wasn’t close.”
- Chokew Antar Lumumba Wins Jackson, Miss., Mayoral Race
- US Supreme Court affirms NC legislative districts as racial gerrymanders
- And, while this isn’t related to an actual election, it still seemed like relevant good news: Charlie Baker’s new labor secretary is an anti-Trump activist
On the civil rights and criminal justice reform front:
- LGBT Weekly reports that Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed transgender equality bill into law
- From The State*: ACLU sues Lexington County for running ‘modern-day debtors’ prison’
- From The Hill*: Appeals court sides with transgender student in bathroom fight
We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:
James Comey’s drove some serious ratings with his kicka** testimony, as nearly 19.5 million people tuned in (some from Comey-watching parties at bars) to hear what the ex-head of the FBI had to say. Not to be outdone, special prosecutor Robert Mueller had some moves of his own last week, assembling what GQ magazine referred to as a “murderer’s row of prosecutors” to support his investigation into possible ties to and collusion with Russia. One of Mueller’s most impressive picks is Justice Department deputy solicitor general Michael Dreeben … someone who should apparently give 45 chills.
And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:
- Forbes reports that ‘Wonder Woman’ Charges Toward $420+ Million To Become 8th Biggest Film Of 2017 – a feat that is even more impressive when you discover that lead actor, Gal Gadot, was five-month’s pregnant for her fight-scene reshoots. Talk about a badass!
- From Mashable: Mom rewrites her daughter’s laughably outdated homework assignment because it is not cool to shame working moms.
- Breitbart News (I now feel like I need to wash my mouth out) is dealing with some consequences. The Washington Post reports that the alt-right publisher appears to be cleaning house after readers and advertisers drift away. How many advertisers have jumped ship? This WaPo piece puts the number at more than 2,200 or 90% of the total advertisers. (Thank you Sleeping Giants for your work on this front.)
* Hat tip to What Went Right (WWR)
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