Cmnd+F: 1/6/2017

Only the highest quality, responsibly-sourced digital news content (for January 6, 2017)

Trump and Related

The elaborate campaign included, according to the report:*Covert operations such as “cyber activity” and overt operations through state-funded media and “paid social media users or ‘trolls’.”*Russian military intelligence relaying material to media outlets *And gaining access to “elements of multiple US state or local electoral boards” although it was clear to say those systems were “not involved in vote tallying.”

Climate Change

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced today that it had denied applications from six companies seeking to do seismic airgun blasting along the coast, including off Virginia.

“Those who believe that we are talking about the Grand Canyon and the Catskills, but not Harlem and Watts are wrong.”

For decades, environmentalism and what we now call environmental justice were deeply intertwined. Care for the earth and for vulnerable human communities belonged together. Empowering workers, protecting public health, and preserving landscapes were part of a single effort. Maybe it’s time to reclaim that older environmental movement, and see that it was an environmental-justice movement all along.

Virginia Politics

2017 is gonna be lit

Danica Roem, a journalist for the Montgomery County Sentinel and a lifelong resident of Manassas, Va., has announced she will run as a Democrat against longtime Republican Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas, Manassas Park, Bull Run), who is known best for his socially conservative views, including his vehement opposition to LGBT rights

Obviously, Perriello’s anti-abortion vote does not disqualify him from Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. It does, however, call into question the lazy narrative that Perriello represents a progressive challenge to Northam’s centrist disposition. Northam is a liberal with a strong track record on gun safety and reproductive health, two core tenets of the contemporary Democratic Party. Perriello’s voting record suggests he is a blue dog Democrat who deviates sharply from the party line on gun control and abortion rights. If the Perriello of 2017 wants to run as a proud progressive, that’s his prerogative. But he owes it to voters to explain why he deserves to be seen as a liberal champion for Virginia.

Virginia Sierra Club is organizing a social media ‘thunderclap’ to oppose Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the EPA on Jan. 17:

On (the) Media

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough is cozying up to Trump, the network is literally paying Trump through Celebrity Apprentice, and MSNBC is reportedly in talks to hire Greta Van Susteren, a longtime Fox News host with a history of treating Trump with kid gloves. And now Megyn Kelly, who famously buried the hatchet with Trump by lobbing him a softball interview and then withheld information about him until after the election, is also going to work for NBC.


Perry’s hypothesis for the disconnect is that much of the population, especially that rising portion with no clear memories of the first Cold War, is suffering from a deficit of comprehension. Even a single nuclear explosion in a major city would represent an abrupt and possibly irreversible turn in modern life, upending the global economy, forcing every open society to suspend traditional liberties and remake itself into a security state. “The political, economic and social consequences are beyond what people understand,” Perry says. And yet many people place this scenario in roughly the same category as the meteor strike that supposedly wiped out the dinosaurs — frightening, to be sure, but something of an abstraction…

“I am not suggesting that this Cold War and this arms race is identical to the old one,” Perry added. “But in many ways, it is just as bad, just as dangerous. And totally unnecessary.”

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