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The Good Gnus group is a community of readers, writers, activists, supporters, community builders, and patriots. We begin gathering every day at 7 a.m. ET to celebrate national good news. Our most active members are of course a subgroup of members of Daily Kos, whose Front Pages celebrate “News, Community, Action.” However, you don’t have to be a member of Daily Kos to be a Gnusie.

We are realists, not fools, idiots, or ostriches. We seek the truth. We know we live in a world where active, nefarious, and evil decision-makers do very bad things, and create stress and anxiety in us, our loved ones, our friends, our neighbors, and our allies, and destroy people and systems we hold dear. However, we choose to focus on the good news that people create around the country.

Sometimes we ourselves create Good News. Together we are strong and resilient. We return regularly to these pages to revitalize.

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We bring good news, and we create good news.

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Biden signs sweeping anti-trust executive order to make life fairer for American workers, consumers

US President Joe Biden smiles prior to signing three Congressional Review Act bills into law during a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, June 30, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos Staff: President Joe Biden announced a sweeping new antitrust executive order Friday intended “to promote competition in the American economy, which will lower prices for families, increase wages for workers, and promote innovation and even faster economic growth.”

Biden wants to start breaking down monopolies, fight corporate consolidation, and give small businesses and start-ups a better shot at competing in the marketplace. It’s broadly aimed at monopolies and concentrated markets in industries including agriculture, airlines, broadband, banking, and health care. “The heart of American capitalism is a simple idea: open and fair competition,” Biden said in remarks on Friday afternoon. “Capitalism without competition isn’t capitalism, it’s exploitation.”

Image: US President Joe Biden smiles prior to signing three Congressional Review Act bills into law during a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, June 30, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Biden fires Social Security commissioner, a [yellow birdbrain] holdover

By Myah Ward of Politico: President Joe Biden on Friday fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, a [previous] administration appointee, after he refused to resign from the post.

The move follows a tension-filled two-year tenure as congressional Democrats and elderly and disability advocates pushed for the president to oust Saul, who was known for his staunch anti-union stance that became increasingly controversial as the executive agency dealt with federal employee unions amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Democrats also blamed Saul for delaying stimulus checks sent out earlier this year.

Vaccine Rollout — Good News 

Andy Slavitt’s Tweet: Biden’s accelerated vaccine rollout has saved over 1 million people from being hospitalized & hundreds of thousands of lives based on a new Yale study. More work to do but vaccines save lives.

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95% drop in Covid deaths since February

Peter Baker’s Tweet: Such a remarkable change: In February, COVID deaths in the US topped 5,000 on the worst day. Yesterday, with two-thirds of adults at least partially vaccinated, it was 250, a 95% drop.

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Part 1 of 2: U.S. Capitol Police details changes, improvements in 6 months since attack

By Zarrin Ahmed, UPI: On the six-month anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack, U.S. Capitol Police on Tuesday announced a number of departmental changes that it says will better protect officers and members of Congress — and offer new therapeutic support, including two wellness dogs. Acting USCP Chief Yogananda Pittman announced the updates in a statement titled, “After the Attack: The Future of the U.S. Capitol Police.”

Tuesday’s update detailed many changes developed or implemented since radical supporters of [the yellow foghorn] attacked the Capitol in a bid to disrupt Congress’ certification of President Joe Biden‘s electoral victory.

Pittman noted changes in eight main areas — expanded wellness services, member protection, training, critical incident response planning, law enforcement and operational planning experts, equipment and technology, communication, and recruitment.

Part 2 of 2: Six months after insurrection, Capitol fencing comes down!

By Ellie Silverman and Jasmine Hilton, The Seattle Times: 

The metal fencing and concrete barriers that encircled the Capitol after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the complex on Jan. 6. gave way Saturday to an open plaza filled with families lounging on picnic blankets, dogs on leashes and visitors in sunglasses and hats. The sidewalks where soldiers once stood holding their guns in protection of the complex now filled with walkers with strollers and bike riders. 

Emily Durham, 22, and Colleen Calhoun, 23, both residents of the District, said that they heard the fences were coming down and knew they had to stop by. 

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“Now that it’s down and we’re able to walk around this beautiful day … it almost feels like normal again,” Durham said as she tugged at the leash of Harris, a black dog named after the vice president.

Just 47% of Americans say country’s headed in right direction — but that’s a good thing

Kerry Eleveld for Daily Kos: New polling from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist released late last week found that just 47% of Americans think the nation is headed in the right direction while 49% say it is not. On their face, the numbers don’t seem particularly positive, while also not being overwhelmingly negative. But in actuality it’s pretty good news for President Joe Biden and Democrats for a couple of reasons.

First is the fact that the numbers represent a dramatic improvement from January, when the same poll found that just 20% of respondents viewed the nation as on track in the days following the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. At the time, fully 75% of respondents said the country was heading in the wrong direction.

So sitting around 42% or higher on the “right track” measure is actually pretty good territory.

Ending Forever Wars: US Reflects on the End of Its ‘Forever War’

As the United States prepares to pull the last of its troops from Afghanistan, most recently abruptly turning over Bagram Airfield to Afghan authorities, the journey the U.S. has taken from the beginning of its longest war to what appears to be its end is one that many Americans would just as soon forget.

The U.S. poured $2 trillion into trying to rebuild the country in the image of a Western democracy, but public opinion surveys now indicate a clear majority of Americans back President Joe Biden’s decision to leave Afghanistan. More than one in three say they believe the war there cannot be won.

The tone of Biden’s comments when he announced the troop withdrawal was far from triumphalist: “We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan, hoping to create ideal conditions for the withdrawal, and expecting a different result,” he said. “I’m now the fourth United States president to preside over American troop presence in Afghanistan: two Republicans, two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth.”  

Nikole Hannah-Jones Issues Statement on Decision to Decline Tenure Offer at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and to Accept Knight Chair Appointment at Howard University

Sherrilyn Ifill: If you read nothing else on this platform [NAACP Legal Defense Fund] today, take a moment and read the entire statement from ⁦@nhannahjones on her decision not to take the Knight Chair at UNC, and to teach instead as a tenured professor at ⁦@HowardU. 

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Poll #1: Who Won the Week?

Gnusie Bill in Portland Maine lets me repeat the results of his research. He arrayed the following items in his popular Who Won the Week? poll in Friday’s Cheers and Jeers. Many people already voted in that poll. Please enjoy Bill’s on-point analysis and wit, vote in his poll, Rec his diaries, get on his bandwagon, send him a donation, and earn his blessing. 

Cheers and Jeers archive and future editions here. Way, way more than 2 thanks to The One, our Wicked Wizard of Wit and writer of Who Won the Week, Willhelm von kosland!

  • President Jimmy and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, for celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary
     
  • Howard University, after dithering over tenure by UNC results in Pulitzer-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones accepting a position there…with tenure
     
  • NASA’s Vanessa Wyche, who becomes the first Black woman director of a space center (Johnson Space Center)…and Janet Petro, now the first female director of Kennedy Space Center
     
  • The American patriots who chased the racist “Patriot Front” marchers in their little Nazi costumes out of Philadelphia
     
  • The medical personnel and essential workers who helped New York City through the COVID-19 pandemic, as New York City throws a ticker tape parade to thank them
     
  • Team Biden-Harris: opens White House for July 4th BBQ to thank COVID responders; economic recovery humming; announces 8/31 end of Afghanistan misadventure; issues anti-trust executive order
     
  • Chile, whose constitutional assembly held its first convention to create the world’s first constitution drafted by an equal number of women and men
     
  • Zaila Avante-garde, 14, the first African American winner of the National Spelling Bee (and the first winner from Louisiana)
     
  • The war on cancer, as the latest data show death rates falling in men, women, and all racial/ethnic groups, led by a drop in melanoma and lung cancer
     
  • Karma, as Rudy Giuliani is suspended from practicing law in both New York and DC
     

Bill’s Friday poll is here.

Who won the week for you? Who made a winning move after Bill’s deadline on Friday?

Science

Science gives us the headlights to let us see the risks along our road. Recent findings may be deeply troubling. However, they give us hope because they show us how to fix things. 

World’s Most Advanced Autonomous Research Vehicle Completes Ocean Crossing from San Francisco to Hawaii

Over 80% of Earth’s oceans remain unmapped. Saildrone intends to map the world’s oceans in the next 10 years:

The uncrewed, autonomous, Saildrone Surveyor will arrive in Hawaii today after a groundbreaking maiden voyage from San Francisco to Honolulu.

While ocean crossings are nothing new for Saildrone’s autonomous surface vehicles, the Saildrone Surveyor is a new, much larger class of vehicle optimized for deep-ocean mapping. During the 28-day voyage, the Saildrone Surveyor sailed 2,250 nautical miles and mapped 6,400 square nautical miles of seafloor.

Using renewable wind and solar energy for its primary power source, the Saildrone Surveyor is the only vehicle in the world capable of long-endurance, uncrewed ocean mapping operations. The valuable data it collects will help address issues impacting our world including climate change, offshore renewable energy, natural resource management, and maritime safety.

Welcome to the Overnight News Digest — Saturday Science Edition.

Here are the topics in today’s diary:
 

  • Neuroscience and a Dose of Emotional Intelligence Reveal a Simple Trick to Learn More With Less Effort
     
  • New Shazam for Birds Will Identify That Chirping for You
     
  • Dinosaurs Nested in the High Arctic
     
  • Comet strike may have sparked civilisation shift
     
  • Napping at this time of day has shocking value
     
  • A cave nestled in the Russian mountains could solve an ancient human mystery
     
  • Stephen Hawking’s black hole theory proved right
     
  • The biggest problem with eating insects isn’t the “ew” factor
     
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Injury Disrupt Microtubular Meshes to Trigger Nerve Cell Death
     
  • Planting trees “doesn’t make any sense” in the fight against climate change say experts
     
  • A dry California creek bed looked like a wildfire risk. Then the beavers went to work
     
  • Three projects for citizen scientists

Again, find last night Overnight News Digest here

PNAS announces “Publish-and-Read” agreement with Jisc [UK]  

Open access to scientific papers allows for quick and free spread of new scientific discoveries and rapid collaboration between scientists. 

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is pleased to announce a two-year transformational open access (OA) pilot agreement between Jisc and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The “Publish-and-Read” agreement will allow corresponding authors at participating institutions in the United Kingdom to publish OA articles in PNAS without incurring article page charges. Researchers at participating Jisc institutions will also be able to access all PNAS content, dating back to 1915, free of charge. This is the first such agreement between PNAS and a national consortium; Jisc consists of 156 UK universities.

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

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The 6 R’s of the Resistance

Joe Biden is now our President. However, we continue to stay vocal and active, we continue to pull Joe to the left, and we continue resist the GQP.

  1. Refresh and Rest: Take care of you, the hero: Eat well, exercise, and rest.
  2. Resist: Protest on the streets, call senators and representatives, etc.
  3. Rebel: Run for office, GOTV (Get Out The Vote), support a progressive.
  4. Revolt: Change the laws, change the culture, build your communities.
  5. Rely: Trust that millions of others are fighting the good fight.
  6. Rejoice: Joy promotes resilience and gives rise to hope.

How to Resist: Do Something …

Once again, from Good News Roundup:

Want to help us win in 2022?  We need you!

Here are some things you can do:

Most important: DON’T LOSE HOPE.  This is a giant and important fight for us but, win or lose, we keep fighting and voting and organizing and spreading truth and light.  We never give up.

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  • National or local Good News.
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In my Sunday smorgasbord Roundups, I especially welcome the following types of comments:

  • Who won YOUR week?
  • Questions about Daily Kos tech issues or our map.
  • Good News Roundups and you.
  • How are you resisting?

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Poll

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Are you pleased that President Biden has set a date to end the Forever War in Afghanistan?

232 votes Vote Now!

Are you pleased that President Biden has set a date to end the Forever War in Afghanistan?

Yes
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I’m ambivalent
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No
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I don’t know
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This poll is flawed: Not organized properly, item omitted, not scientific because no random selection of participants, and/or other reasons
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I never vote in polls like this because mind your own gosh-darn business and/or something-something central federal homeland mumble-mumble Internet privacy
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The author of this poll is generally but not firmly opposed to adding “pie” to polls, but, obviously, as results will demonstrate, a not-tiny contingent of Daily Kos poll participants requires the option of pie, so here it is. Enjoy!
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Herein the author also offers pie, as much as you want and free of calories. But with this option, you get the beverage of your choice: large or small, hot or cold, with herd or solo. Horn strap extra
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Herein the author offers smoked salmon, cream cheese, and bagels with or without your special beverage, and with or without pie. Bagels do not require horn straps
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Something else which I will suggest or explain in the comments, and I know I can join Daily Kos and comment immediately, and I know frolicking Gnusies all over this blooming, greening Earth will welcome me [Please see the Gnuville Map]
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