Hello everyone, welcome back to the Good News Roundup, where me and my all star team work hard to get the good news to brighten your week and start it off right.

First off, lets start off with a moment of silence for those who were lose in the terrorist attack in Buffalo on Saturday. I had at least one person contact me to make sure I was alright, and I want to assure everyone that I am fine; I live outside of Buffalo in the town of Arcade so I was nowhere near the shooting. Still, my heart does go out to all those affected by that despicable and cowardly terrorist attack (and that’s what it was lets not mince words). Its just one more reason we need to win in November so we can maybe get some gun control passed.

Anyway, now on to new business: Good news.

Steal this idea: Canadian city passes next gen parking reform

A small Canadian city just passed a package of progressive bike and car parking reforms rarely seen in a single North American community, and the policymakers behind it hope it will serve as a model for other micro-metros in the U.S.

On April 26, the city council of Kingston — yes, the one in Ontario, not the one in New York, or any of the other 44 US towns of the same name — signed off on a new zoning bylaw that will transform the community of 130,000 into an unexpected hotbed of progressive parking laws.

We need to fix things so people have more options than cars. This is a good first step.

No, America is not collapsing

I realize that to a large extent, “doomerism”, as the kids call it, is just self-expression. We just went through a massive pandemic that killed a million of us, we had an era of riots and coup attempts and random acts of terrorism, crime is high, inflation is eating away at people’s paychecks and savings, and there are rumblings of major war from overseas. It’s a stressful time, and on top of that we have a bitter political and cultural divide here at home. It makes sense that people feel a need to express their rage and despair, and histrionic Twitter threads are one way of doing that.

Nor do I want to deny that the country faces real risks. If WW3 starts, that’ll be a calamity. We could also have a civil war in 2024-5 over a disputed presidential election result. It’s even possible that inflation could spiral out of control and turn us into Venezuela.

But these things, while risks, are still tail risks. The overall trends don’t show any such collapse.

Yeah, I know like things seem bad some times, but lets not lose our heads. Things aren’t so bad we can’t come back from this.

Hackers hijack Russian TV, post antiwar messages

Russian television viewers tuning in for content celebrating the country’s “Victory Day” over Nazi Germany this week were instead forced to reckon with its own military invasion.

On Monday, hackers reportedly took control of Russian smart TV schedule listings, essentially turning the listings into a bulletin board of explicitly anti-war public shaming. BBC Monitoring’s Francis Scarr provided a brief video clip appearing to show the hacked listings on Twitter.

Ooh, that’s got to smart for Putin to get upstaged like that. Especially after he made himself out to be such a computer whiz when he’s messing with other peoples politics.

The new labor movement is young, worker led and winning

This year, May Day was celebrated during a historic moment for the American labor movement. Nearly every day, news reports announce another example of workers exercising their rights as nonprofit professionals, Starbucks workers, and employees at corporations like Amazon, REI and Conde Nast announce their union drives. The approval rating for labor unions has reached its highest point in over 50 years, standing at 68 percent, and petitions for new union elections at the National Labor Relations Board increased 57 percent during the first half of fiscal year 2021.

Unions are back baby and I am excited for it.

The purpose of sanctions

The long list of financial restrictions includes the following:

  • cutting off Russian financial institutions from access to Western financing, thereby decoupling nearly 80 percent of the banking system from world markets;
  • freezing the assets of Russian state institutions and the personal wealth of leading Russian oligarchs, senior government officials, and Putin himself;
  • locking down more than half of Russia’s central bank reserve funds;
  • barring Russian banks from the SWIFT system for global financial transactions.

These actions have shocked the Russian economy. Investment has dried up, imports have dropped, inflation is rising, markets have closed, and Russian state bonds have been downgraded to junk status. The ruble initially lost nearly 30 percent of its value, although the Kremlin has since propped it up through capital controls. Putin has boasted that “the strategy of economic blitzkrieg has failed,” but Moscow’s mayor says 200,000 jobs are at stake in his city and he is creating public service work for those affected. Elvira Nabiullina, Governor of the Central Bank of Russia, told lawmakers that sanctions are increasingly affecting “the real sectors of the economy.” Russia’s GDP is expected to contract by as much as 10–15 percent this year, wiping out years of recent economic growth. As political scientist Ilya Matveev put it, Russia is seeing “30 years of economic development thrown into the bin.”

People say Sanctions are worthless, but I think that Russia may disagree (well, Putin would agree, but he’s a lying piece of crap).

Poll: Most Americans would balk if conservatives went after contraception and gay marriage

In the wake of last week’s momentous report that five conservative Supreme Court justices appear poised to strike down the Roe v. Wade decision that established a constitutional right to abortion almost half a century ago, politicians and pundits have started to ponder a previously unthinkable question.

Could contraception and same-sex marriage come next?

“This is about a lot more than abortion,” President Biden warned Wednesday. “What are the next things that are going to be attacked? Because this MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in recent American history.”

A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, however, shows just how unpopular such attacks would be.

Oh yeah they would definitely go after those next. These jerks would drag us back to the dark ages if they could. But they’re gonna have the devil’s work doing it.

Finland is on the verge of joining NATO

adimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has backfired on a number of fronts. But one of the most disastrous consequences of all for the Russian President is the increasingly likely prospect of Finland joining NATO.

The Nordic nation is expected to announce its interest in NATO membership as soon as this week after its Foreign Affairs Committee drafts a response to the government’s security report — which includes the option of joining the alliance. After that, the Finnish parliament will hold an extraordinary debate on whether to approve the security report recommendations.

Seems like Putin can’t catch a break. GOOD. This has been a rough year, rougher for some of us than others, especially those who live in Ukraine. But the one solace I take is that this war is destroying Putin as surely as being president destroyed Trump. A pox on both their houses says I.

Judge blocks DeSantis district maps

congressional map approved by Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and drawn by his staff is unconstitutional because it breaks up a district where Black voters can choose their representatives, a state judge said Wednesday.

Leon County Circuit Judge Layne Smith said he would issue a formal order Thursday or Friday to keep the maps from taking effect in November’s election. He made it clear he would rule in favor of voting rights groups challenging the maps.

Between this and DeSantis’ feud with Disney, I think his days might be numbered.

How overturning Roe could backfire for the GOP

For months, Republicans have been poised to make inroads in the diverse and economically comfortable suburbs of cities like Atlanta. The moderate communities here swung toward Democrats in recent years, led by women appalled by Donald Trump. But lately, rampant inflation and rising crime have taken a political toll on President Joe Biden and his party.

Sandra Sloan, 82, is the kind of voter Republicans are counting on to help them reclaim this contested section of a newly purple state. Yet Sloan, a retired high school teacher who lives in Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood, is uneasy about the party for one main reason.

“I am a Republican, but I still believe that it’s a woman’s right to choose,” Sloan said.

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Sloan said she had followed the news recently about a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion striking down Roe v. Wade, as well as the passage of anti-abortion legislation in states like Texas and Oklahoma. She said she was not sure how she would ultimately vote in the fall, but abortion rights would be a factor.

“We still don’t know, after the draft, when it’s finished what it will say,” Sloan said. “But leaving it to just men — I’m sorry, no.”

Make no mistake, we got a hell of a fight ahead of us in November. But I think its a fight we can win, and this will be the tipping point.

for more evidence, check this clip:

People are tired of the GOP’s bullshit, and its showing. Their safe districts are evaporating, gerrymandering wont save them anymore. We can win.

NYC Wants to make 25% of its streets walkable/bikeable

Back when COVID-19 ravaged New York City and turned the city’s transportation needs upside down, significant portions of the road space were repurposed for non-car use. From bike lanes to public seating and urban parks, roads that previously saw gridlocked traffic were nearly instantly transformed into public spaces that benefitted a wider group of residents.

After being forced to realize the benefits of such repurposing of streets, the city is now asking, “Why shouldn’t it just stay that way?”

It’s all part of a new plan known as NYC 25×25, which is backed by NYC mayor Eric Adams.

The proposal calls for 25% of NYC’s street space to be converted into walkable pedestrian plazas, bike lanes, green space, and bus lanes by 2025.

As my good friend Killer300 said when they showed me this post: “We can fight the car.”

And unlike on Rick and Morty we can win.

And on that weirdly obscure note, we bid adieu to the good news roundup for another week. Its always a pleasure writing this. And remember, you all make the good news, we just report it.

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