Good Information Roundup for Tuesday, January 17, 2023 — Ac-Cent … – Each day Kos

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Trump, Biden probes draw extra discover. However Garland has boosted concentrate on civil rights.

🎩 to T Maysle for mentioning this excellent news in a remark in Sunday’s Night Shade. Garland will get dissed so much on DKos, however I believe his quiet, regular persistence will repay ultimately. And his concentrate on civil rights couldn’t be extra vitally essential within the present second.

The article may be very informative and price studying in full if you will get previous the paywall.

From The Washington Post:

The unanimous verdict was an enormous Justice Division victory: Leaders of the extremist Oath Keepers group have been convicted of seditious conspiracy in reference to the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol. However Legal professional Normal Merrick Garland didn’t need the information to fully overshadow one other court docket choice that November day: A federal decide in Mississippi had accepted the division’s emergency intervention right into a water system crisis in the capital city of Jackson.

“I wish to share extra about these two important issues,” Garland said at a news conference, giving the subjects equal billing.

Aides stated the method mirrored Garland’s conviction that the division’s civil rights work is simply as important as its high-profile probes of former president Donald Trump and efforts to overturn the 2020 election, particularly as a deeply polarized nation faces spiking hate crimes, heightened scrutiny of abusive policing, makes an attempt to limit voting entry and a judicial rollback of federal abortion protections. ✂️ 

Justice officers say Garland has sought to broaden how the company views civil rights work, together with by the creation of its first-ever Office of Environmental Justice. …“The safety of civil rights is extraordinarily essential to me,” Garland stated in an interview in December at Justice Division headquarters, “and I need folks to grasp that’s a precedence of the division.”

Democrats Have Little to Concern From GOP Home Investigations

It’s reassuring {that a} former federal prosecutor and former counsel to a U.S. Legal professional Normal tells us that we actually don’t want to fret concerning the performative investigations beginning up within the Home.

I’ve given you all I might seize. The rest of the piece is behind a paywall.

By Shan Wu in The Daily Beast:

Flush with victory at being elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives after failing 14 instances, Kevin McCarthy instantly signaled his gratitude to MAGA extremists. He announced Republicans’ intent to research the whole lot from lively prison investigations being performed by the Justice Division to “the withdrawal of Afghanistan [sic], to the origins of COVID, and to the weaponization of the F.B.I.” ✂️ 

Do Democrats have something to concern from this promised onslaught of investigations? Not likely.

The Trump period and the work of the Jan. 6 Committee itself present a easy blueprint for Democrats in defending towards these promised investigations, which can be summarized as: Comply, delay, and defy.

2023 might be the yr that exposes populism for the sham that it’s

Additionally see the story headlined “Variety of populist world leaders at 20-year low” within the World Information part beneath.

By Fareed Zakaria in The Washington Post:

The Republican Social gathering’s troubles are extreme. Newt Gingrich told Axios that the occasion is in its worst form in nearly six many years. However it’s not alone. In lots of nations world wide, populists are flailing.

Take a look at Britain, the place Brexit — maybe the final word Twenty first-century populist trigger — has triggered havoc throughout the Conservative Social gathering, which was described because the world’s oldest and most successful political occasion. Britain has had five prime ministers within the six years since 2016; the prior 5 prime ministers spanned greater than 30 years. The self-defeating choice to exit its largest market, the European Union, continues to depress the nation’s financial prospects, and it stays the weakest of the Group of Seven economies. Within the Group of 20, solely Russia is projected to do worse than Britain within the close to future.

The story is analogous in South America. Though that continent has been swept up in populism from each the suitable and left, neither model is doing very effectively. ✂️ 

On the opposite facet of the globe, in Australia, right-wing politicians had embraced Trump-style insurance policies and rhetoric. …However [Prime Minister Scott] Morrison bungled the covid-19 pandemic and had little success with the financial system. Within the latest elections, Australia’s conservatives suffered their worst loss ever, and the much more excessive United Australia and One Nation Events did poorly as effectively. The brand new Labor prime minister enjoys a very excessive approval score.

Why is that this occurring? Populism thrives as an opposition motion. It denounces the institution, encourages fears and conspiracy theories about nefarious ruling elites, and guarantees emotional responses slightly than precise packages (construct a wall, ban immigration, cease commerce). However as soon as in authorities, the self-love of its coverage proposals is uncovered, and its leaders can’t blame others as simply. In the meantime, if non-populist forces are smart and really get issues executed, they defang a few of the populist proper.

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🍿 Repellent Republicans Dashing towards Break 🍿

Extra Santos slime

I do know, I do know…Santos is low-hanging fruit for schadenfreude. However every new reveal is simply inconceivable to withstand. And OMG, they’re coming at a head-spinning tempo!

Russian Oligarch’s Cousin Funneled Money to N.Y. Politician

WaPo has now picked up this story, however Each day Beast received there first.

From Each day Beast:

The cousin and money handler for one in every of Russia’s most infamous oligarchs poured tens of hundreds of {dollars} into electing a newly minted congressman-elect who known as Ukraine’s authorities “a totalitarian regime.” ✂️

[Devolder-Santos] has insisted that Ukraine “welcomed the Russians into their provinces”… It was not the primary time Devolder-Santos had parroted Kremlin speaking factors. Within the weeks earlier than Putin’s brutal, blundering assault upon his western neighbor, the candidate repeatedly took to Twitter to accuse President Joe Biden of plotting to “begin a conflict” with Russia and deploy American troops to Ukraine. ✂️

However unreported till now could be that by the point Devolder-Santos made these statements, his congressional ambitions had already acquired a $32,800 increase from a controversial determine linked to the uppermost echelons of the Russian regime—and that help would greater than double in measurement in the course of the months forward. The money got here from Andrew Intrater and his spouse… ✂️

Intrater’s primary enterprise is at this time known as Sparrow Capital, nevertheless it beforehand used the identify Columbus Nova—and its main operate has lengthy been to handle the investments of Intrater’s cousin, Viktor Vekselberg, one in every of Putin’s wealthiest and most influential courtiers.

So tightly intertwined is Intrater’s enterprise with that of his relative, who snatched up swaths of Russia’s aluminum and gasoline industries in the course of the post-Soviet interval, that Columbus Nova described itself in 2007 Securities and Exchange Commission filings as “the U.S.-based affiliate” of Vekselberg’s Renova Group. Actually, SEC records present that “Columbus Nova” was merely a commerce identify, and the corporate was the truth is integrated as Renova U.S. Administration LLC till it rechristened itself Sparrow Capital in 2018. The rebrand got here simply months after the Division of the Treasury froze almost all of the corporate’s property for its tight ties to the heavily sanctioned Vekselberg. The next yr, Intrater turned a nationwide determine when it surfaced that his agency had paid half a million dollars to longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen, and the pair had exchanged a whole bunch of telephone calls and textual content messages in the course of the 2016 marketing campaign.




I believe this cartoon from the latest New Yorker is apt for the Republicans nowadays:


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The media misbehaving

The Social gathering’s Over for Us. The place Do We Go Now? 

New York Times op-ed.

Electron microscope image of tardigrade on its back, holding a microscopic violin and bow

Oh, dearie me! Poor Bret Stephens and David Brooks can’t help the Revolting Republicans any extra!  No matter shall they and the opposite members of the conservative punditocracy do?? I suppose it’s time for a tardigrade violin solo…

Kossack xaxnar wrote an glorious diary about this on Saturday, doing a a lot better job summarizing and commenting on this than I can handle right here. I like to recommend skipping the NYT op-ed and going straight to xaxnar’s delightfully snarky diary.

There are different latest media faceplants (see DKos staffer Hunter’s great rant from yesterday, The New York Times interviews random Republican voters for the millionth time, still learns nothing), however as a substitute of dwelling on them, I’ve chosen a bit by Progress Community’s Emma Varvaloucas with glorious sensible recommendation for methods to take care of the chaos and negativity of the present media. I like to recommend making use of her tips that could the Biden paperwork story, particularly level #4.

Do click on the hyperlink to learn the bullet factors intimately.

How To Cease Doomscrolling In A Chaotic Information Cycle

By Emma Varvaloucas, Government Director of The Progress Community, on Forbes:

Being hooked up to the firehose of the 24/7 information cycle is anxiety-inducing and literally bad for your health. How will we cease doomscrolling when it looks as if the unhealthy information simply gained’t cease coming? ✂️ 

Listed below are my 5 pointers for methods to learn the information with out shedding your thoughts:

#1 Bear in mind the Nature of the Beast: Information Is Adverse by Design

Information covers the unfavorable as a result of that’s what it’s designed to do. There’s not a lot of a narrative in a longstanding authorities program working the way in which it’s presupposed to or the day by day routine of the rising international center class. ✂️

#2 Bear in mind Your Psychology: Child, You Had been Born This Means

Bear in mind your psychology! First, simply since you learn so much about one thing scary doesn’t imply that the resultant concern is an correct evaluation of threat. Second, there’s a distinction between information and alarmism. ✂️

#3 Bear in mind Your Math: Don’t Freak Out About Lonely Numbers

Method articles with numbers however no context for them with warning—eye-popping figures aren’t at all times what they appear. ✂️

#4 Bear in mind the Lengthy Recreation: In Case of a Disaster, Zoom Out

…as at all times within the case of a disaster, take a second earlier than you panic, and take a look at zooming out. Nobody has the time to analysis the broader long-term narrative of each information story they learn. You may, although, remember the fact that there typically is one. ✂️

#5 Bear in mind You’re Not Alone: Change Does Occur, Simply Slowly

…the bigger a change is required, typically the slower it goes. Hold going, and maintain the religion even when it looks as if nothing is going on. It could be—it’s simply that change typically operates at a slower tempo than the information does, and also you may not have heard but what’s at work.

#6 Bonus: Bear in mind Why You Learn the Information to Start With

…do not forget that the information, in its essence, is a public service. Journalism exists to tell and empower us, not the other. We are able to take one of the best from it to introduce us to the world, information our voting decisions, civic engagement, and community-building, and to broaden our minds—not lose them.

That doesn’t imply that we’re letting journalism off the hook. The final 20 years have been a particularly negative time in journalism. …Efforts are underway to transform journalism to showcase solutions higher, and extra work is required to disincentivize the kind of unfavorable headlines that drive clicks. Within the meantime, as readers, we can also begin figuring out rising options inside protection of even essentially the most critical occasions.

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Excellent news from my nook of the world

Bringing a Guitar to a Freeway Combat

I’ve despatched emails to our Metropolis Council with regards to induced demand and acquired crickets in return. Maybe that is the way in which to get their consideration!

From Bloomberg:

…you could have heard of the idea of induced demand: Widening highways can actually make traffic worse. However have you ever heard it like this?

That’s Paul Rippey, a longtime environmental marketing consultant and a member of the Portland Folks Music Society, who’s been singing this music for years as he joins activists in preventing a proposed freeway growth in Portland, Oregon. The lyrics have advanced barely, however the message is similar:

Including extra lanes isn’t executed

as a result of if we construct them, they’ll come.

He debuted the ditty in 2018, when Portland’s metropolis council was first contemplating a billion-dollar proposal from the Oregon Division of Transportation to widen Interstate 5, ostensibly to ease congestion and enhance site visitors security. It struck Rippey as not solely environmentally dangerous, however silly.

“It is simply inconceivable to me that Portland, which has this repute of being inexperienced and the whole lot, could be widening a freeway proper into the guts of town,” he instructed me. “Typically, widening highways doesn’t cut back congestion. It makes it simpler for folks to go for vehicles, and it diverts funds away from public transportation. It places extra folks in automobiles.”

That’s induced demand in a nutshell – an idea he wished to ensure elected leaders have been accustomed to, too. As he ready to current at a public assembly, he knew he wanted one thing extra memorable than the same old canned speech. What he wanted, his spouse instructed him, was a hook that contained a easy message.

“What you wish to do is have an ear worm,” she had stated, “that once they’re brushing their tooth within the morning, this music will probably be working by their heads,” Rippey recalled. So he began composing. By Could, he was going through metropolis council, singing and strumming.

Oregon Coast’s Chinook salmon amongst populations underneath overview for endangered-species itemizing

No, it’s not excellent news that Chinooks are endangered, nevertheless it is excellent news that they could be placed on the endangered species listing, and it’s additional excellent news that itemizing coho as endangered has allowed their numbers to extend considerably, so this tactic is probably going to assist the Chinooks, too.

From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

The Nationwide Marine Fisheries Service … is considering a request from a number of environmental teams in search of to listing two varieties of Chinook salmon as threatened or endangered underneath the Endangered Species Act. One inhabitants lives alongside the Oregon Coast and the opposite farther south alongside the Oregon-California border.

Three environmental teams despatched the petition final August displaying that quite a few threats have triggered a pointy decline in spring-run Chinook salmon. These teams are the Middle for Organic Range, the Native Fish Society and Umpqua Watersheds. In contrast to fall-run Chinook, the spring-run salmon enter rivers as juveniles and proceed rising by the summer season.

“Whereas they’re within the rivers in the summertime there’s much more alternatives for elements that threaten the species, like air pollution, sizzling water temperatures, habitat points, to have an effect on the species,” stated Middle for Organic Range senior legal professional Meg Townsend.

Townsend stated they’re particularly involved about spring-run salmon, as their fall-run counterparts are doing higher. Nonetheless, the fisheries service stated they’ll contemplate all of the regional Chinook salmon populations for endangered itemizing collectively. ✂️

“The spring-run aren’t separate from the fall-run,” stated Gary Rule, pure assets administration specialist with the fisheries service. “They’re not reproductively remoted from the fall-run. In order that they don’t meet the standards to be separate.” Rule stated that regardless of fall-run Chinook salmon doing effectively, if the spring-run salmon alone are vulnerable to changing into endangered, that would warrant each teams being protected.

Townsend stated that populations of coho salmon in the identical space have improved since they have been listed as endangered or threatened. She hopes protections for Chinook salmon will do the identical.

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Excellent news from across the nation

People help establishing a Civilian Local weather Corps

This actually must occur!

From Data for Progress:

The Civilian Climate Corps would offer hundreds of younger People with good-paying jobs to deal with the impacts of local weather change, from putting in photo voltaic panels on authorities buildings to managing forests in states liable to wildfires. ✂️

A brand new poll by Knowledge for Progress finds 63% of People help establishing a Civilian Local weather Corps, together with 88% of Democrats, 60% of Independents, and 42% of Republicans.


Seattle Public Colleges sues TikTok, YouTube, Instagram and others, in search of compensation for youth psychological well being disaster

It will be nice if this swimsuit goes ahead and forces social media to truly change their algorithms and their advertising methods in ways in which would make their platforms much less addictive for younger folks.

From GeekWire:

A brand new lawsuit filed by Seattle Public Colleges towards TikTok, YouTube, Fb, Snap, Instagram, and their father or mother firms alleges that the social media giants have “efficiently exploited the susceptible brains of youth” for their very own revenue, utilizing psychological ways which have led to a psychological well being disaster in faculties.

The swimsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Courtroom in Seattle, seeks “the utmost statutory and civil penalties permitted by regulation,” making the case that the businesses have violated Washington state’s public nuisance regulation.


Seattle School District No. 1 v. Meta Platforms, Snap Inc., TikTok, Alphabet, et al.

A whole lot of households are pursuing comparable circumstances towards the businesses, following revelations concerning the ways utilized by Fb, Instagram, and others to spice up engagement amongst kids and youngsters.

Nonetheless, Seattle Public Colleges seems to be the primary college district within the nation to file such a swimsuit towards the businesses.

The district alleges that it has suffered widespread monetary and operational hurt from social media utilization and dependancy amongst college students. The lawsuit cites elements together with the assets required to supply counseling companies to college students in disaster, and to research and reply to threats made towards faculties and college students over social media.

“This psychological well being disaster is not any accident,” the swimsuit says. “It’s the results of the Defendants’ deliberate decisions and affirmative actions to design and market their social media platforms to draw youth.” At greater than 90 pages, the swimsuit affords in depth citations in help of its claims, together with surveys displaying a 30% improve from 2009 to 2019 within the variety of Seattle Public Colleges college students who stated they felt “so unhappy or hopeless nearly each day for 2 weeks or extra in a row that [they] stopped performing some standard actions.”

Second-hand huzzah! For two in 3 folks, most gadgets of their residence are hand-me-downs

That is stunning and really welcome information! 

From Study Finds:

A lot of the gadgets throughout the common American family arrived there second-hand, based on a latest survey of two,000 respondents. Actually, 66 % admit that greater than half of the gadgets of their residence have been beforehand owned by another person, and 75 % say they’re comfy with the thought of shopping for a gently-used, second-hand product sooner or later.

Perhaps that’s why almost two-thirds (63%) really feel responsible tossing an merchandise that “nonetheless has a little bit little bit of life left in it,” or that might be handed on to a different family. One in 5 (20%) even expertise important guilt each time they declutter, which for half of respondents occurs as soon as each six to 12 months.

Carried out by OnePoll on behalf of resale firm Winmark, the survey additionally signifies that three-fourths of individuals (77%) kind emotional connections with the gadgets of their residence, no matter whether or not or not these items have been used. In the meantime, 39 % will half with one in every of their belongings in the event that they consider “another person will take pleasure in it extra” than they at present do. ✂️

A whopping 92 % of respondents have shopped at second-hand, thrift, or resale outlets at the least as soon as of their lives. A 3rd (33%) consider these locations are among the many “most enjoyable” shops to buy at. 4 in 10 presupposed to be frequent second-hand shoppers, with 11 % claiming they “solely” buy pre-owned gadgets.

Amongst these polled, second-hand shops are additionally thought to supply essentially the most worth (37%), simply forward of greenback shops (36%) and shops (34%). Though 33 % contemplate an merchandise’s worth to be of prime significance, sustainability can even play a significant function in customers’ decisions – each of the merchandise itself (22%) and of the shop it’s being purchased from (18%).

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Excellent news from world wide

Ukraine conflict: Russia’s Wagner Group commander requests Norway asylum

That is fairly wonderful information. Let’s hope it’s the start of extra defections.

From BBC News:

A former commander with the Russian paramilitary Wagner Group has claimed asylum in Norway after deserting from the mercenary outfit. Andrey Medvedev, 26, crossed the border into Norway final Friday, the place he was detained by border guards.

He’s at present being held within the Oslo space the place he faces expenses of unlawful entry to Norway, his lawyer Brynjulf Risnes instructed the BBC. Mr Risnes stated his shopper left Wagner after witnessing conflict crimes in Ukraine. ✂️

the Russian human rights group Gulagu, who helped Mr Medvedev go away Russia, confirmed his id. His escape is believed to be the primary recognized occasion of one of many group’s troopers defecting to the West.

Gulagu’s founder Vladimir Osechkin instructed the BBC that Mr Medvedev had joined the paramilitary group in July 2022 on a four-month contract, however had abandoned after witnessing a number of human rights abuses and conflict crimes whereas serving in Ukraine.

He stated that Mr Medvedev is a former soldier within the Russian military and that he later served time in jail between 2017 and 2018 earlier than becoming a member of the Wagner Group. He was positioned accountable for a Wagner division in Ukraine, the place the mercenary group equipped him with round 30-40 troops each week, Mr Osechkin stated.

In a video posted by Gulagu to its social media channels, Mr Medvedev stated he fled Ukraine in November after being knowledgeable that the group meant to increase his contract indefinitely.

Variety of populist world leaders at 20-year low

Jessiestaf scooped me on this yesterday, nevertheless it’s such an essential article that I believe it deserves repetition.

From The Guardian:

The variety of populist leaders world wide has fallen to a 20-year low after a collection of victories for progressives and centrists over the previous yr, based on evaluation from the Tony Blair Institute displaying the variety of folks dwelling underneath populist rule has fallen by 800 million in two years.

The analysis claims 2023 might be an equally decisive yr for populism, with important elections in Turkey and Poland. These two elections might see two of essentially the most influential populist governments on this planet fall, although which will but require divided opposition events in each nations to kind clearer coalition programmes than they’ve managed to date.

Of the populists who misplaced energy, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and Slovenia’s Janez Janša have been defeated in comparatively shut elections in 2022, whereas Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines was restricted to at least one time period in workplace and couldn’t run for re-election. In Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa was pushed out of workplace by protests. ✂️ 

The report, nonetheless, warns strongly towards untimely claims of populism’s defeat, stating that in 2022 populists have been a part of election-winning coalitions in Italy, Israel and Sweden. Marine Le Pen was defeated by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, however her occasion did effectively within the legislative elections. ✂️ 

The institute argues that anti-populist mainstream events could need to recognise they want a distinct anti-populist playbook when they’re in energy from the one utilized by mainstream events when the populists are in energy. It says mainstream events ought to have a transparent, substantive coverage agenda of their very own and never concentrate on unfavorable campaigning towards populist challengers, since populist challengers will at all times argue that their core points are under-addressed by mainstream politics.

Italy’s most-wanted Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro arrested in Sicily

We’ve stated earlier than round right here that 2023 is seeking to be the yr when karma begins critically kicking ass. This can be a very satisfying instance. 

From BBC News:

Italy’s most-wanted Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro has been arrested in Sicily after 30 years on the run.

Messina Denaro was reportedly detained in a non-public clinic in Sicily’s capital, Palermo, the place he was receiving therapy for most cancers.

He’s alleged to be a boss of the infamous Cosa Nostra Mafia and he was tried and sentenced to life in jail in absentia in 2002 over quite a few murders. ✂️

A video circulated by Italian media seems to indicate folks standing on the street and applauding the Italian police as Messina Denaro is led away. ✂️ 

He’s considered Cosa Nostra’s final “secret-keeper”. Many informers and prosecutors consider that he holds all the data and the names of these concerned in a number of of essentially the most high-profile crimes by the Mafia… ✂️ 

For years, Messina Denaro had been a logo of the state’s incapacity to succeed in the higher echelons of the organised crime syndicates. His arrest will probably be an surprising signal of hope that the Mafia will be eradicated even within the southern areas of the nation, the place the state is perceived as largely absent and ineffective.

Tobacco firms should pay for clear up of discarded cigarettes in Spain

I love this!! And because the article factors out, if the cigarette firms do cross alongside the prices to customers, the elevated worth would possibly encourage extra people who smoke to get critical about quitting.

From EuroNews:

Spain’s new environmental laws have dominated that tobacco firms must foot the payments for eradicating discarded cigarettes from the nation’s streets.

Cigarette producers are additionally obliged to remind customers to not throw away butts in public areas.

Spain has not but stated how the clear up will probably be carried out and what it should price tobacco firms.

A Catalan examine by ‘zero waste society’ Rezero estimated the price to be between €12-€21 per citizen per yr – a complete of as much as €1 billion.

Cigarette firms are prone to switch the price to the buyer by rising product costs, which might additionally work out as one other incentive to give up.

Spain has additionally tried to scale back smoking in public areas by designating 525 seashores as smoke-free in 2021.

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Excellent news in medication

Compounds That Can Cease COVID From Infecting Human Cells Found in a Sea Sponge

There have been a whole lot of tales currently about researchers discovering new medicines in unlikely locations. The discoveries described beneath are particularly thrilling due to the way in which they work to help human cells slightly than to kill viruses, because the fast evolution of viruses makes preventing them an limitless sport of Whac-A-Mole.

From Good News Network:

Compounds that would cease coronavirus and flu viruses from infecting human cells have been found in sea sponges.

Researchers unearthed 26 such compounds present in nature, together with in crops and fungi. The worldwide analysis workforce say their discovery paves the way in which for brand new “pure” medicines and antivirals than may help deal with contagious viruses. They declare the compounds will assist deal with present and future variants—in addition to flu—as a result of they aim human cells, which evolve extra slowly than viruses.

They’re efficient in very small doses within the lab, the place the compounds fully stopped viral an infection in human cells. “The benefit of those compounds is that they’re focusing on the cells, slightly than the virus, blocking the virus from replicating and serving to the cell to get better,” explained Dr. Jimena Pérez-Vargas from the College of British Columbia in Canada, who co-authored the examine.

For the examine, which was published within the journal Antiviral Analysis, the workforce investigated greater than 350 compounds derived from pure sources together with crops, fungi, and marine sponges, in a bid to search out new antiviral medicine that can be utilized to deal with the novel illness—or in 26 circumstances, fully cease coronavirus an infection in cells. They bathed human lung cells in options constructed from these compounds after which contaminated the cells with Covid variants.

The researchers used a model of the coronavirus which causes cells to go vibrant inexperienced when they’re contaminated, in addition to a particular screening approach, to make the invention. They are saying the fluorescent virus is a strong software that allows scientists to test hundreds of compounds, monitor the virus because it strikes from one cell to a different and makes extraordinarily laborious steps that was needed fully redundant.

New Synthetic Pancreas for Kind 2 Diabetes Manages Blood Sugar Twice as Effectively as Jabs –Now Accepted in UK

This seems like a really welcome breakthrough. And the trials present that it really works on each Kind 1 and Kind 2 diabetes.

From Good News Network:

Scientists at Cambridge College simply accomplished a profitable trial of their synthetic pancreas that helps Kind 2 diabetes sufferers higher handle their blood sugar ranges.

Actually, researchers say the system and app, powered by an algorithm, doubled the period of time that sufferers’ blood sugar ranges have been heading in the right direction. It additionally diminished by 50% the time they spent with blood sugar that was too excessive.

The announcement comes simply days after UK’s Nationwide Well being Service gave the inexperienced mild to its utilization for sufferers.

The system, created by the College’s Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, combines an off-the-shelf glucose monitor and insulin pump with an app often called CamAPS HX. The app predicts how a lot insulin is required to maintain blood glucose at wholesome ranges.

Earlier research, together with one based mostly on 875 sufferers, have found that an artificial pancreas working on an analogous algorithm works in sufferers with type-1 diabetes, together with very younger kids.

In contrast to the sooner gadgets, this new one runs fully routinely and sufferers don’t want to inform their synthetic pancreas when they’re about to eat.

First African-produced most cancers assessments to slash prices and ready instances

It’s great information when growing nations can innovate on their very own and keep away from the excessive prices of importing costly gadgets like medical assessments.

From The Guardian:

The primary African-produced assessments to diagnose breast most cancers and leukaemia will change into commercially obtainable inside months, slicing prices and ready instances for sufferers throughout the continent.

A lot of the diagnostic kits for most cancers and different ailments in Africa are costly imports from outdoors the continent, often from Europe and the US.

“The worth of the equipment will be double that of what it might price to fabricate it domestically. Additionally it is an extended course of. It may possibly take weeks or months for the kits to reach,” stated Hassan Sefrioui, an government board member of the Moroccan Basis for Superior Science, Innovation and Analysis (MASciR), which developed the brand new assessments.

Growth of the most cancers kits has been underneath approach since 2010, Sefrioui stated, and the leukaemia assessments have already been utilized in Morocco on 400 folks. Beforehand, all samples must be despatched to France for evaluation, prolonging and delaying therapy. “However with domestically manufactured check kits, we are able to get outcomes inside hours,” he stated.

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Excellent news in science

Shiny Inexperienced Comet within the Sky This Week Is Uncommon ‘Messenger from the Outer Reaches of Our Photo voltaic System’

I hope the often cloudy skies over the Northwest will get clear sufficient for us Portlanders to see this!

From Good News Network:

A vibrant inexperienced comet is passing by our photo voltaic system and has astrophotographers elated for the prospect at a once-in-a-lifetime picture.

Comet 2022 E3 (ZTF) is its identify, and the final time it handed shut sufficient to Earth it might have been seen by human and Neanderthal alike—round 50,000 years in the past.

On January twelfth it handed the closest level to the solar, and within the two weeks main as much as February 1st, its closest method to Earth, it may be seen with binoculars and even the bare eye.

A photograph of comet C2022 E3 ZTF taken on Dec. 26, 2022 in Payson, Arizona by Chris Schur. did a roundup of astrophotographers working with telescopic lenses, and one by Chris Schur from Payton, Arizona stands out.

“Here’s a actually deep hour and a half publicity of the comet, displaying the colours of the mud tail very effectively and an extended tortured fuel tail,” Schur instructed Area in an electronic mail.

The Planetary Society has the main points on methods to see this inexperienced marvel.

A school pupil created an app that may inform whether or not AI wrote an essay

Right here’s one other story that Jessiestaf scooped me on yesterday, nevertheless it’s the proper lead-in to the story I positioned after it, so I’m retaining it in. 😉

Click on the hyperlink to learn how this intelligent app works. 

From NPR:

Lecturers anxious about college students handing over essays written by a preferred synthetic intelligence chatbot now have a brand new software of their very own.

Edward Tian, a 22-year-old senior at Princeton College, has constructed an app to detect

Edward Tian, a 22-year-old pc science pupil at Princeton, created an app that detects essays written by the spectacular AI-powered language mannequin often called ChatGPT.

whether or not textual content is written by ChatGPT, the viral chatbot that’s sparked fears over its potential for unethical makes use of in academia.

Tian, a pc science main who’s minoring in journalism, spent a part of his winter break creating GPTZero, which he stated can “shortly and effectively” decipher whether or not a human or ChatGPT authored an essay.

His motivation to create the bot was to combat what he sees as a rise in AI plagiarism. For the reason that launch of ChatGPT in late November, there have been stories of scholars utilizing the breakthrough language mannequin to cross off AI-written assignments as their very own. ✂️ 

Greater than 30,000 folks had tried out GPTZero inside per week of its launch. It was so common that the app crashed. Streamlit, the free platform that hosts GPTZero, has since stepped in to help Tian with extra reminiscence and assets to deal with the net site visitors.

It’s particularly excellent news that Tian got here up together with his app, as a result of looky right here:

ChatGPT writes convincing pretend scientific abstracts that idiot reviewers in examine

The excellent news embedded on this unhealthy information is that so much of eyes are on this, and sensible folks like Tian are determining methods to defang this beast.

From Northwestern Now:

Might the brand new and wildly common chatbot ChatGPT convincingly produce pretend abstracts that idiot scientists into pondering these research are the actual factor? That was the query worrying Northwestern Drugs physician-scientist Dr. Catherine Gao when she designed a examine — collaborating with College of Chicago scientists –to check that idea.

Sure, scientists will be fooled, their new examine stories. Blinded human reviewers – when given a combination actual and falsely generated abstracts — might solely spot ChatGPT generated abstracts 68% of the time. The reviewers additionally incorrectly recognized 14% of actual abstracts as being AI generated.

“Our reviewers knew that a few of the abstracts they have been being given have been pretend, in order that they have been very suspicious,” stated corresponding writer Gao, an teacher in pulmonary and important care medication at Northwestern College Feinberg College of Drugs. “This isn’t somebody studying an summary within the wild. The truth that our reviewers nonetheless missed the AI-generated ones 32% of the time means these abstracts are actually good. I believe that if somebody simply got here throughout one in every of these generated abstracts, they wouldn’t essentially be capable to determine it as being written by AI.”

The hard-to-detect pretend abstracts might undermine science, Gao stated. “That is regarding as a result of ChatGPT might be utilized by ‘paper mills’ to manufacture convincing scientific abstracts,” Gao stated. “And if different folks attempt to construct their science off these incorrect research, that may be actually harmful.” Paper mills are unlawful organizations that produce fabricated scientific work for revenue.

The benefit with which ChatGPT produces practical and convincing abstracts might improve manufacturing by paper mills and pretend submissions to journals and scientific conferences, Gao worries.

The paper was published in a preprint on bioRxiv.  Preprints aren’t but peer reviewed and must be thought of preliminary findings.

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Excellent news for the atmosphere

How Profitable Has the Endangered Species Act Been in its 5 A long time of Safety? Trace: It’s Very Good Information

From Good News Network:

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) has been profitable in stopping the extinction of a whole bunch of wildlife species and in selling the restoration of hundreds extra since its inception in 1973.

A few of the species which have efficiently recovered and been faraway from the listing of threatened and endangered species embrace American alligators, gray wolves, bald eagles (which soared off the list in 2007), peregrine falcons (the fastest animal on Earth), and humpback whales, which leapt off the list over a decade in the past.

Based on the Middle [for] Organic Range, a number one nonprofit with the easy mission of “saving life on Earth,” the ESA has protected greater than 1,600 species within the U.S., stopping the extinction of 99 % of the species listed underneath it.

With out the ESA, at the least 227 species would seemingly have gone extinct by now because the regulation’s passage in 1973. As well as, 110 species have seen large restoration since being protected by the act.

The ESA additionally helps conservation outdoors the U.S., because the federal authorities makes use of the regulation to implement the Conference on Worldwide Commerce in Endangered Species (CITES), a world settlement between nations to control commerce on species underneath risk. Examples of the ESA’s attain past U.S. borders is in serving to save large pandas in addition to a number of species of tiger.

World’s First Vaccine for Declining Honeybees Accepted By the US for Conditional Use

That is the primary excellent news we’ve seen within the combat towards the lethal bacterial an infection that’s been killing so many bees.

From Good News Network:

A biotech firm introduced [last] week that the USDA (Division of Agriculture) granted them a conditional license for his or her honeybee vaccine. The vaccine boosts the bee’s immune system to combat towards American Foulbrood illness, a bacteria-based situation recognized to assault colonies that’s brought on by Paenibacillus larvae.

Important to our meals provides, honeybees have been suffering from American Foulbrood, which till now had no secure or sustainable antidote. Beforehand, the one therapy methodology for the extremely contagious illness was incinerating the bees, contaminated hives, and all of the tools.

Developed by Dalan Animal Well being, the answer incorporates an inactive model of Paenibacillus larvae micro organism that’s non-GMO and usable in natural agriculture. After it’s consumed by employee bees, the vaccine is then integrated into the royal jelly, which is fed to the queen. When she ingests it, fragments of the vaccine are deposited in her ovaries. Having been uncovered to the vaccine, the growing larvae have immunity as they hatch. ✂️

Following analysis that confirmed the efficacy of the drug, the USDA issued its conditional license for 2 years. Dalan, which is headquartered in Athens, Georgia—on the College of Georgia’s Innovation Hub—will distribute the vaccine on a restricted foundation to industrial beekeepers. It anticipates having the vaccine, which will probably be manufactured in Iowa, obtainable for buy later this yr within the U.S.

France’s ban on single-use restaurant tableware is a fast-food “revolution”

As quickly as one main market forces a regulation like this on multi-national companies, change begins to occur worldwide. So that is actually main excellent news.

From Optimist Daily:

Quick-food eating places in France are actually tackling probably the most important shifts within the business, ever: a authorities ban on disposable plates, cups, and tableware for anyone consuming or consuming on-site.  On January 1, McDonald’s, Burger King, Starbucks, and Subway confronted what environmentalists name a “revolution” in pioneering new waste-reduction legal guidelines that went into impact in France. ✂️ 

Any restaurant with greater than 20 seats, together with work canteens, bakery chains, quick meals, and sushi eating places, is required to provide reusable, washable cups, plates, dishes, and utensils for company eating in. Environmental teams in France known as it a “full paradigm shift” for the sector.

In France, round 30,000 fast-food eating places present six billion meals yearly, producing an estimated 180,000 tonnes of rubbish. Based on environmental teams, 55 % of that was generated by folks consuming in. ✂️

Zero Waste France, [which pressed for the measure] and different organizations are placing stress on the federal government to conduct correct checks on whether or not fast-food eating places are following the regulation and, if required, levy fines. It additional said that options must be thought of. “Most fast-food eating places gained’t swap to traditional, long-wearing glass or china that lasts years, they’ll go for arduous plastic and we’ve issues about its sturdiness – will it face up to a whole bunch of washes or will it’s thrown out after only some? We’ll be vigilant on that.”

The regulation solely applies to dinnerware utilized by clients seated in eating places. Those that order takeout will proceed to obtain single-use packaging. Nonetheless, environmentalists consider that single-use takeaway packaging could also be modified sooner or later, with potentialities for patrons putting a deposit for reusable packaging that they’ll get again as soon as returned.

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Excellent news for and about animals

Dropped at you by Rosy, Nora, and Rascal.


Rosy simply loves this video, and so do I. What good doggies these are!!

Nora selected this candy video of a cat making some uncommon pals. 🎩 to Nanny Ogg for posting this within the Night Shade on Sunday.

Weird Creature From China Had a Dinosaur Head on Chicken’s Physique – a Lacking Hyperlink From 120 Million Years In the past

Rascal at all times loves to listen to about his dino ancestors, and this one actually does appear to be the hyperlink between dinos and fashionable birds.

COMPOSITE IMAGE - Life reconstruction of the 120-million-year-old bird Cratonavis zhui (L) & a photograph of the 120-million-year-old bird Cratonavis zhui (R).  A bizarre creature that lived in China 120 million years ago had a dinosaur's head and bird's body.  See SWNS story SWSCbird.  It sheds fresh light on how our feathered friends evolved from the biggest animals that ever roamed land.  Named Cratonavis zhui, the chicken-sized hybrid had long shoulder blades, or scapulas, and claws.  But its large skull was shaped in an almost identical way to that of T Rex and other meat-eating theropods.  The find fills in some of the gaps as to how some dinosaurs evolved into birds.

The evolution of dinosaurs into birds is a transition that encompasses such dramatic morphological adjustments that paleontologists are nonetheless scratching their heads to grasp how the incredible occasion occurred.

Now, a brand new 120-million-year-old fossil of a creature in China, known as ‘weird’ by scientists, shines recent mild on the thriller with its T-rex-like cranium hooked up to the physique of a fowl.

Named Cratonavis zhui, the chicken-sized hybrid had lengthy shoulder blades, or scapulas, and claws. However its giant cranium was formed in an nearly similar method to that of T Rex and different meat-eating theropods.

The fossil, with its surprisingly elongate shoulder blade (scapula) and first metatarsal, makes it stand out from all different birds—together with fossil ones—and fills in a few of the gaps as to how some dinosaurs advanced into birds.

The information, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution on Jan. 2, describes a examine performed by paleontologists from the Chinese language Academy of Sciences.

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Artwork break

The guerrilla artist filling Europe’s potholes with vibrant mosaics

We positive might give him a lot of work in Portland!!

I like how these appear to be archaeological treasures which have been hidden underneath the asphalt.

From Positive News:


An nameless avenue artist in France is fixing up Europe’s pavements by filling hazardous potholes with vibrant mosaics.

Describing himself as a “bitumen mender, sidewalk poet and macadam surgeon”, Lyon-based Ememem says his art work “illuminates the injuries of the city cloth”.

However whereas his creations have gotten more and more seen in Lyon and past, the artist

Earlier than and after. A dreary journey hazard will get the Ememem therapy.

himself is incognito with few folks understanding his true id.

Ememem – who calls his creations  “flackings”, a play on the phrase flaque, French for puddle – stated he was impressed to behave by the dreary sight of a pothole in entrance of his workshop.

“I made a sort of mosaic, self-tailored plaster for it, with out premeditation,” he defined. “Taking a look at this primary ‘flack’ and the impact on folks round, I knew I used to be going to fill holes for the remainder of my life.”

Ememem’s ‘flacks’ typically resemble uncovered archaeological relics and are already gaining official recognition, with six items commissioned by the Lyon authorities.

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Scorching lynx

Lynx-rest-sunshine_iphone_320x480.jpg… On this present day after MLK Jr. Day, right here’s a hyperlink to an article from Sure! Journal titled Martin Luther King Jr., Labor Activist: “One often-overlooked side of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and profession was his sturdy help of labor unions, calling them America’s first anti-poverty program.” [See also this link I received in an email from the AFL-CIO: “…we must remember him as a labor leader who was assassinated while supporting 1,300 Black men in their fight against neglect and abuse at the sanitation strike in Memphis, Tennessee.”]… Pressured Labor: Why the Thirteenth Modification Protects Abortion Rights. “Earlier than the Civil Conflict, America routinely pressured enslaved girls to bear kids, and it then amended its supreme regulation to make sure that nobody might ever once more be handled this fashion. The fitting to abortion is protected by the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery.” (🎩 to T Maysle for highlighting this in final Thursday’s Night Shade.)… Maggie Haberman, the Confidence Man’s Chronicler. A fair-handed however finally devastating evaluation of what protecting TFG has executed to Haberman. WTTD.… Winners of the 2022 Shut-Up Photographer of the 12 months. Astounding pictures. could also be wired to assist their canine pals. “How kids work together with canines would possibly assist us perceive how people meet their very own targets.”… Prince Harry’s E-book Undermines the Very Thought of Monarchy. The media feeding frenzy round Harry’s e book has been repugnant, and also you most likely don’t wish to learn any extra about it. However this piece is totally different: “I’ve by no means seen the case towards the monarchy made so powerfully as it’s right here. The price of all of the pomp and pageantry, the tabloid gross sales and the viral clicks, the patriotism and the custom, has been the utter destruction of 1 boy’s thoughts.”

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Wherever is herd…

A tip of the hat to 2thanks for creating this helpful information sheet for all Gnusies new and previous!

Morning Good Information Roundups at 7 x 7: These Gnusies lead the herd at 7 a.m. ET, 7 days per week: 

hpg posts Night Shade diaries at 7:30 p.m. ET each day! After an extended day, Gnusies meet within the night shade and proceed sharing Good Information, good group, and good actions. Within the phrases of NotNowNotEver: “hpg ably continues the custom of Night Shade.” Discover Night Shades here.

oldhippiedude posts Tweets of the Week on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. Central Time — New time! Our second night Gnusie hangout zone! Searching for a TOTW diary? Look here or here.

For extra details about the Good Information group, please see our detailed Welcoming remark, one of many first feedback in our morning diaries.

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Good Information Sources

And two extra from Mokurai:

And one other advisable by commenter lynnekz:

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The way to Resist: Do One thing …

Get postcarding provides now for runoffs and particular elections

Simply because November 8 is right here doesn’t imply that we are able to put away our postcarding provides! There will probably be runoffs and particular elections that we’ll must encourage rare Dem voters to take part in. Join now to write down for Postcards to Voters, and bookmark Activate America. PtoV will textual content you about new campaigns, however you’ll must test in with Activate America to see what campaigns they’re writing for.

I like to purchase my playing cards from PtoV as a result of that’s yet another method to help them. Right here’s my favourite, which prices $18 for 100 playing cards:


And FWIW, these are my favourite pens — not too skinny, not too thick, don’t bleed by: Stabilo Pen 68 Felt-Tip Pen. Though the ink is water-based, as soon as it’s dry you will get it moist and it doesn’t run.



🎩 to alamancedem for this essential hyperlink: 21 day anti-racism challenges. Problem your self to study extra, convey it to your office, share it with pals and colleagues. We are able to all profit from sharpening our consciousness of racism.

Abortion help

Right here’s a simple motion you possibly can take RIGHT NOW:

Donate to 2 organizations offering help to folks in no-abortion states who want help getting abortions.

National Network of Abortion Funds

The Brigid Alliance

Each of those organizations present assist with transportation, medical charges, lodge stays, and so on., for many who need to journey out of state for an abortion. NNAF is a central clearing home for that help, The Brigid Alliance does that work immediately.

And right here’s one other useful resource for girls in search of abortions which I found solely lately: Women on Web. They supply abortion capsules worldwide for girls who want to make use of them instantly and in addition for girls who wish to maintain a provide readily available. You can also make donations on their web site to additional their work.

Get the reality out

Indivisible has created a Truth Brigade to push back against the lies.


Propaganda, false characterizations, deliberately deceptive messages, and outright lies threaten our democracy and even our lives. We can successfully fight disinformation, regardless of the well-funded machines that drive it. They could have cash, however we’ve reality and we’ve folks.Folks consider sources they belief. Once we share and amplify unified, factual messages to those that belief us, we shift the narrative. Once we do that by the thousands–we’re a part of the Indivisible Reality Brigade, and we get our nation again. Be a part of us.️

Our personal Mokurai is a member. You may see all the diaries within the Reality Sandwiches group on DK here.

Name out tax exempt organizations whose political stance violates IRS laws

A suggestion from chloris creator:

new!!! Tax-exempt organization complaint referrals. 13909. This has been crammed out for the NRA, however, hey, you should utilize it for lots of different organizations. How about if a few of us white people go into a few of the MAGA church buildings and video file what they’re saying?

“The method to get the NRA’s tax-exempt nonprofit standing revoked has change into less complicated. All it is advisable do is save this manner and electronic mail it to [email protected]. It is all crammed out for you. You simply must click on ship.” Allen Glines

Word that the IRS protects your anonymity: The suitable checkbox is already checked: “I’m involved that I would face retaliation or retribution if my id is disclosed.”


Goodie’s motion steps

Most essential: DON’T LOSE HOPE.  This can be a large and essential combat for us however, win or lose, we maintain preventing and voting and organizing and spreading reality and light-weight.  We by no means hand over.

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Closing music

I’ll finish with this rap video, which epitomizes Ukrainian exuberance and pleasure within the face of conflict.

From Uproxx:

Ukrainian rap group Kalush Orchestra shared the video for his or her single “Shchedryi Vechir” on Wednesday, January 11, and it begins with a voiceover from Arnold Schwarzenegger: “And that may be a nice message for all Ukrainian folks, particularly now on this very, very troublesome time. That everybody can have a dream, and you can also make this dream change into a actuality.”

Kalush Orchestra’s YouTube description of the video additional contextualizes, “Yo, once we have been within the US on tour, we shot a video for one in every of our songs. We didn’t even suppose that it might be such a cool video. We used to run by these streets within the sport [Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas], and now we made our personal interpretation of Shchedrivka there, + visited Arnold Schwarzenegger.”

The top of the video incorporates a cameo from Schwarzenegger merely saying the music’s title, which interprets to “Beneficiant Night.”

Kalush Orchestra has contributed considerably to their residence nation throughout this horrific time, based on their Instagram put up from December 30.

Good day to everybody! New 12 months is coming!✨
We determined to summarize our actions this yr very briefly. We had a really productive yr:
1) raised nearly 60 million hryvnias for Ukraine this yr
2) traveled half the world with Ukrainian music
3) helped a whole bunch and hundreds of individuals along with @enko_music and my private volunteer group
4) gained the Eurovision Tune Contest
5) wrote a few dozen new songs that you’ll quickly hear, and so on…
Due to everybody who helps us! There’s much more to return! Glory to Ukraine!🇺🇦

❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

Due to all of you in your smarts, your hearts, and

your devoted attendance at our day by day Gathering of the Herd.


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