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was my child this time, next time it could be yours.”
Don’t forget your reusable bags—Charlottesville and Albemarle County’s plastic bag taxes are now in effect. The 5 cent per bag tax applies to grocery stores, convenience stores, and pharmacies.
(More) city turnover
Charlottesville city attorney Lisa Robertson has stepped down—the latest in a long line of city leadership departures since 2017. According to acting City Manager Michael Rogers’ January report, senior deputy city attorney Allyson Davies will fill in for Robertson, who became the city attorney in 2021. The city aims to hire a new head attorney within three months.
Rebecca Berlin joins county school board
Police car crash
On December 31, Albemarle County police arrested 24-year-old Cristhian Lopez Gaviria after he reportedly rammed his car into an ACPD patrol car and forced another car off the road. At around 2am, police responded to the 2200 block of Old Lynchburg Road for a “suspected DUI that had fled from a neighboring law enforcement jurisdiction,” and “located the suspected vehicle off the side of the road [and] attempted a traffic stop,” reads a press release. Gaviria reportedly hit the patrol cars while fleeing the scene, and crashed his car off the road a short distance away. Officers chased Gaviria on foot before arresting and charging him with felony hit and run and a DUI, among other crimes.
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has extended a $3,000 sign-on bonus for the county police and fire departments until November 2023, after the bonus cut the number of vacancies in half and reduced turnover in both departments last year, reports NBC29.
Rebecca Berlin is the newest member of the Albemarle County School Board.
On December 15, the board unanimously voted to appoint Berlin to the White Hall Magisterial District seat. Berlin replaced longtime board member David Oberg, who represented the district for seven years. In October, Oberg announced he was resigning, citing personal circumstances. His departure took effect December 31.
Berlin has served as an early childhood special education teacher, an inclusion teacher, an autism specialist, and a school
administrator in both public and private schools. She earned a doctorate in research, policy, and administration from the University of Virginia, and authored a chapter of Child Care Justice: Transforming the System of Care for Young Children, which was published last year.
On the board, Berlin plans to prioritize closing opportunity and achievement gaps, expanding mental health support for students and staff, strengthening teacher recruitment and development, providing schools with the resources they need, and ensuring the school division meets the needs
City budget surplus
The City of Charlottesville ended 2022 with a $22.9 million budget surplus, thanks to unexpected economic growth. The city’s sales, lodging, meals, personal property, and several other taxes performed “significantly better” than expected, according to City Council’s January 3 meeting packet. Vacancies within multiple city departments—combined with delays in reopening certain facilities—also led to less spending on salaries and benefits than budgeted.
City staff has proposed $11.5 million of the surplus go towards multiple FY23 budget expenses, such as software, two additional
of the county’s continuous population growth and development.
“I know the pandemic has received a great deal of attention in explaining why the gaps in assessment test scores among students have widened. The fact is, however, that these gaps were present prior to the pandemic,” Berlin told the school board during her December 1 interview. “Our math, reading, and science scores are among the lowest in the state—we know we can do better than that.”
Berlin’s term will expire at the end of this year.
buses, and school reconfiguration. In addition, $4.7 million would cover acting City Manager Michael Rogers’ recommendations, including offering pay raises, upgrading the city’s management financial system, making improvements to Meadowcreek Golf Course at Pen Park, and supporting the Pathways Fund. The remaining money would be put into the Capital Improvement Contingency Fund for “unforeseen costs or needs.”
City Council was expected to vote on the budget appropriations during its January 3 meeting.
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— Happy Perry, mother of UVA shooting victim D’Sean Perry, calling on the university and football community to advocate for mental health care and against gun violence
Lisa Robertson stepped down as Charlottesville city attorney.
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David Oberg (left) resigned from the Albemarle County School Board, and was replaced by Rebecca Berlin (right), who was appointed by the board on December 15 to represent the White Hall district.
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Shootings continue in Charlottesville, Albemarle
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Amidst holiday celebrations, a string of shootings hit the Charlottesville area in December.
On December 18 at around 2:20am, the Charlottesville Police Department responded to a shots fired call on the 100 block of 14th Street NW. Officers found a male who had been shot, who was taken to the hospital. Two days later, the CPD arrested Anthony Marcus Paige of Charlottesville and Miriah Shavone Smith of Staunton in connection with the shooting. Both Paige, 28, and Smith, 30, were charged with felony malicious wounding, among other crimes.
On December 19 at around 5:45pm, CPD officers responded to a shooting call on the 2300 block of North Berkshire Road, and discovered a woman who had been shot (she was transported to the hospital). Police have not provided additional information regarding the incident.
On December 22 at around 9:32pm, the Albemarle County Police Department and county Fire Rescue responded to a report of an unconscious person in a vehicle in the 5200 block of Stony Point Road. First responders determined that the person had been shot multiple times, and was deceased. The department later identified the victim as 37-year-old Sabrina Elizabeth Jenkins of Orange, who was a mother of four boys, reports The Daily Progress. Two days later, police arrested 31-year-old Dominic Gaskins of Orange, and charged him with second-degree murder. A GoFundMe fundraiser has been started to cover Jenkins’ funeral expenses.
These shootings come after a spike in gun violence in the city and county this past fall, including seven homicides.
On September 17, Charlottesville police responded to a call on Third Street NE and
discovered a man who had been shot. He was later identified as 29-year-old Daquain Anderson, and was taken to the hospital, where he died of his injuries. No one has been arrested for his murder.
According to the ACPD, a person was shot in the Rio Hill Apartments parking lot on September 24, and later died of their injuries at the hospital. Police said the shooting appeared to be domestic related, but have yet to announce an arrest.
On October 23, the CPD responded to a shots fired report on the Downtown Mall and found a man and two women who had been shot, following a fight between two men at Lucky Blue’s. The injured man, later identified as Devonn J. Wilson, died at the hospital. The two women, who were bystanders, sustained non-life threatening injuries. On October 28, authorities arrested Marcel Darell Washington of Charlotte, North Carolina, in connection with the shooting, and charged him with second-degree murder.
On October 25, Albemarle police arrested Shawna Marie Natalie Murphy, 38, in connection with the homicide of her boyfriend, Matthew Sean Farrell, 53, at his home on the 2100 block of Stony Point Road, and charged her with second-degree murder. And on November 14, authorities arrested Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., who is accused of killing Devin Chandler, 20, Lavel Davis Jr., 20, and D’Sean Perry, 22, and injuring Michael Hollins, 19, and Marlee Morgan, 19, at the University of Virginia on November 13. Jones, 23, was charged with three felony counts of seconddegree murder, among other crimes.
Since September, shootings have also left more than a dozen people injured in Charlottesville and Albemarle. The CPD has pointed to the department’s short staffing as a cause of the increase in gun violence, while the ACPD has blamed gang activity.
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Pay us a living wage
Or just pay us
By Eshaan Sarup
The UVA chapter of The United Campus Workers has long demanded that the university pay graduate students a living wage, which they currently estimate to be $38,173 a year. Recently, the union found itself fighting for the right to be paid anything.
“We’re hearing from multiple grad student workers @UVA that they haven’t been paid their stipends for December,” announced the official Twitter account for UCW-UVA on December 26. For many students, this was not the first time their pay was late.
“In the history department, we have been dealing with a delayed stipend and graduate teaching assistant wage payments since at least last spring—this is the third time this year that I’ve been paid late by a week or more,” one student anonymously told C-VILLE.
“We haven’t been given any explanation for these errors, which the department, SFS, and administration all seem to blame on each other. It is beyond insulting and degrading, especially when graduate students at UVA are already paid so far below a living wage for the crucial work we do for our students and departments,” the student said.
Laura Ornée, a Ph.D. candidate in the history department, says she knows of “multiple examples of individual graduate students, where something went wrong administratively with their stipend, and it was late. Every time we have to get together and do collective action because one individual saying their payment is late is apparently not enough.”
Ornée also serves as the elected Chapter Chair for UCW-UVA, and has advocated for a living wage, expanded health care benefits, and better terms of employment. “UVA has recently announced that starting next year, our stipends are going to go to 30,000 a year at minimum, but it’s still not a living wage,” she said.
“And there is no cost of living adjustments built in. So in four years, we’re going to be exactly where we are now. And we’re gonna have to fight and ask and demand again.”
Ph.D. candidate Oliva Paschal echoed these concerns: “We get paid scraps. And then sometimes we don’t even get paid the scraps.” She also mentioned some of the limits of organizing in a state without collective bargaining rights.
“If you don’t get paid, you can’t just stop working. I mean, you could, but you are forfeiting your job if you do that.”
Financial delays extend beyond living stipends, according to one physics student who said there have been issues getting reimbursed for travel and conferences in a
timely manner. “I am owed thousands of dollars. And I realize now the only way I will get this money is if I go to the finance office, walk in there, and complain to them and say, ‘Let’s figure this out.’ It’s been months, I don’t see how else I will get this money.”
Bridge fellows—who are part of a program that supports students from groups that are underrepresented in their disciplines—were also affected. Crystalina Peterson reported to UCW-UVA that “the vast majority of the Bridge fellows currently enrolled are people of color, first-generation students, and/or from low-income families, and we do not have the ability to ask our parents for help when the university does not follow through on its financial commitment to us.” Another fellow anonymously told C-VILLE that two of their classmates had to leave the program last year due to financial struggles.
“I feel like that kind of says a lot about the Bridge program,” the fellow said.
A spokesperson for UVA told C-VILLE that the delay was caused by “a shift in the processing date due to UVA’s winter break” and that “stipends are now expected to arrive on January 3.” In an email sent to student leaders, provost Ian Baucom said the administration would personally speak to landlords and assist in covering late fees.
UCW-UVA started a Twitter storm on December 29, with graduate students, undergraduates, professors, and alumni alike tagging President Jim Ryan and demanding the university #cutthechecks. On December 30, the union announced that some of its members had received payment. Baucom agreed to meet with the union at 3pm on Tuesday, January 3.
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Laura Ornée, a UVA Ph.D. candidate, says the university “tosses us some scraps, but we’re never really at a living wage.”
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How will the Comprehensive Plan affect local real estate prices?
By Sean Tubbs
With interest rates much higher than they were a year ago, you might think that residential properties in the area would be selling at lower prices. However in Charlottesville, many realtors are marketing their properties to reflect the new realities created by the Comprehensive Plan, which both allows and encourages more density throughout the entire city. Here’s the listing for two properties on Piedmont Avenue South between Fontaine Avenue and the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks near the University of Virginia: “The future land use map has this land designated as ‘high density residential’ land,” reads the posting on Zillow. “This up-zoning would allow for a significant development project with potential for 26+ units.”
The actual term used in the Future Land Use Map is “higher-intensity residential,” and the language in the plan specifically states this category is to “incentivize affordability and increased intensity to meet Affordable Housing Plan goals.” One of those goals is to eliminate single-family neighborhoods by updating the zoning code.
The previous designation had been “Low Density Residential” in the 2013 Comprehensive Plan. Denser would change the character of the street, which includes four homes in two duplexes built this year by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. Each unit sold for $279,900.
If purchased by an entity that wants to build an apartment complex, the exact unit count and their affordability requirements will be determined by a variety of factors including the shape of the parcel. The details will become better known this winter as the new zoning rules go through the public adoption process. A draft map should be released in January, but materials released in December show that higher-intensity residential calls for three- to five-story buildings, and limited commercial uses will be allowed.
The suggested sales price is $1.2 million, well over the combined assessment of $685,100 for 0.694 acres. The property is owned by a LLC that traces back to a family that purchased the land in 1979.
Planning work has occurred to prepare for density at this location. This year, the Com-
monwealth Transportation Board agreed to fund the cost overruns for a long-planned project to add bike lanes and sidewalks to Fontaine Avenue. Charlottesville Area Transit does not serve this property, but the public at large can use the University Transit Service routes.
The project is also about a tenth of a mile from where the University of Virginia plans to redevelop the Piedmont family housing site as part of its initiative to build between 1,000 and 1,500 affordable units. The next step is for UVA to select a nonprofit partner that will build and manage the new homes.
How realistic is the higher density, or an investor picking up these two parcels on Piedmont at that price? This property was originally listed in May for $1.3 million and reduced by $100,000 in the summer. It was taken off the market in October and relisted on December 22. Stay tuned.
At least one company believes there’s value in student housing. On December 20, Crossroads of Charlottesville paid $20.7 million for an apartment complex at 2111 Jefferson Park Ave. That’s almost twice the 2022 assessment of nearly $10.06 million for the complex at the intersection of Maury Avenue and JPA. The structure was built in 1994 and sits on 1.575 acres.
Last September, City Council approved a special use permit for 119 units and seven stories at 2005 Jefferson Park Ave. for land that is currently much less dense. A month later, a lawsuit was filed against the city by residents of Observatory Avenue and Washington Avenue who argue that the special use permit process “short circuits” the ongoing rezoning process.
Other property transactions nearby signal a willingness to invest. Another key parcel nearby changed hands in 2022. The building that housed the former Anna’s Pizza on Maury Avenue sold for $3.05 million on April 20.
Units in the apartment complex built in 1966 at 1800 Jefferson Park Ave. continue to increase in value. A two-bedroom unit with 854 square feet sold for $255,000, which is 27.82 percent over the 2022 assessment of $199,500. A one bedroom with 564 square feet sold in mid-November for $155,000 or 23.02 percent over the 2022 assessment. Another one bedroom with 536 square feet sold for $165,000 in late September.
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The new Comprehensive Plan encourages more density in the city, which means that some area homes, like these two properties on Piedmont Avenue South, are priced over their assessments.
HATTON RIDGE FARM
175 acre grazing farm with 2/3 mile frontage on the James River. Impressive 4-5 bedroom, brick Georgian home, circa 2000 in excellent condition. Fertile James River bottomland for gardens, plus many recreational uses. MLS#632477 $2,670,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
Well-maintained 2-story home. Situated on two lots containing 3.60 acres (divisible) in Ednam Forest. The 2,950+ sf home contains a LR with FP, DR, eatin kitchen, FR with cathedral ceiling and FP, sunporch, study with FP and powder room on the 1st floor. The second floor has the main BR with FP, large BA and ample closet space, a small study, two additional well-sized BRs (one currently being used as an office) and a full BA . The home is in a totally private environment of mature plantings with lovely mountain views. MLS#636669 $1,745,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
MLS#585228 $4,400,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
Mostly wooded preservation tract of 81.395 acres next to Frays Mill Subdivision in highly desirable Northern Albemarle. This beautiful gently rolling land has a great, private homesite with Blue Ridge Mt. views, and creek on property. MLS#608509 $995,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
Private Keswick residence on 18.6 acres with views of the Southwest Mountains. 3-BR, 1.5-BA with wood floors, screen porch and 2-car garage. Open and wooded land. Easy access to Charlottesville and UVA. MLS#634905 $695,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250
Situated near the Blue Ridge Mtns. in western Madison County Virginia, contains 333 acres of rolling to hilly pastures and grazing land, wooded mountain land, 2 homes and a complement of necessary farm buildings to sustain many agricultural endeavors. Currently runs as a grazing farm for beef cattle. There is a quality 3 BR brick home, c. 1995, offering 1-level living, a modern kitchen, baths and large windows bringing in lots of light. Outside is a lovely terrace and inground gunite pool. Not in conservation easement! MLS#630435 $3,200,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
TURKEY SAG ROAD
33-acre property with beautifully constructed 3/4BR home. Home features great room with dramatic stone fireplace and panoramic views and large master suite with private deck. Peace, privacy and tranquility unsurpassed, but close to town. MLS#635341 $1,875,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
Beautiful building lot -3.3 acres, fronting on a quiet paved county road. Land is mostly in pasture, some woods, creek and elevated homesite with panoramic views of mountains, pond, and surrounding pastoral area. Less than a mile to Harris Teeter at Crozet. MLS#636349 $450,000 Jim Faulconer,434.981.0076
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Remarkably large parcel located convenient to Charlottesville and UVA. Exceptional Blue Ridge views, charming farmhouse (in need of restoration). Under VOF easement but with divisions into already predetermined parcels.
PEA RIDGE FARM
317 ac. estate that has it all: location, views, water, a spectacular 5-BR residence, event center and more! 15+ acre lake is centered among lush rolling fields of rich grass and unparalleled views. Additional acreage available. 25 minutes west of Charlottesville. MLS#631962
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RIVER LAWN FARM
Southern Albemarle estate with 1.5 miles of frontage on the James River with 540± acres of highly fertile, gently rolling landscape. Historic farmhouse dating to the late 1700s offers extensive views of the river. Under conservation easement with the VOF. MLS#630470 $4,865,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
3 separate parcels with commanding Blue Ridge Mtn. views, level building sites 15 minutes from Charlottesville. Sites have been perked, have wells, and ready for your dream home. MLS#632482 $375,000 (7.8 acres), MLS#632490 $275,000 (2.4 acres), MLS#632487 $175,000 (2.0 acres), Court Nexsen, 646.660.0700
Corner condo consisting of an exceptionally bright great room with high ceilings, fully-equipped kitchen, ample space for both relaxed living and dining, 1 bed / 1 bath, and inviting private balcony/terrace. Views of the Downtown skyline and mountains. MLS#634496 $285,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250
SIMMONS GAP ROAD
5-acre lot with mature hardwoods. Great opportunity to build with no HOA. Private building site amongst beautiful woods. Located between Free Union and Earlysville but so convenient to Charlottesville & UVA. MLS#621177 $140,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250
Stunning mountain views available on this attractive 14± acre property, possessing lovely streams and woods. This parcel is only 1.5 miles from Route 151 Brew Trail, with easy access to Wintergreen, Charlottesville & UVA. MLS#629702 $399,000 Charlotte Dammann, 434.981.1250
29 acres fronting Blenheim Rd. a small agricultural & residential subdivision with CCR’s, but NO HOA. 2 buildable lots, with an historic red barn, silo, & an 8-stall stable. Driveway in place, underground power, well & water, & several building spots with mountain views. MLS#624834 $495,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
10 miles south of Charlottesville, a beautiful 283 acres, rolling to hilly, mostly wooded tract, borders Walnut Creek Park, with lake and miles of trails. This land has pastures, trails, creeks and a river! Many homesites, NO EASEMENTS. MLS#634310 $1,995,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
Ivy area! A 249 + acre hidden, private Arcadia controlling its own little valley up to the mountain ridge top building sites. Multiple parcels and subdivision rights make it a conservation easement candidate. MLS#634183 $4,000,000 Tim Michel, 434.960.1124 or Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
DUDLEY MOUNTAIN ROAD
Unique 88-acre property with 4-BR home. Property includes two-car garage, storage shed/ shop and 3760-sqft multipurpose building. Beautiful mountain and lake views just 4 miles from Charlottesville. MLS#635483 $1,275,000 Jim Faulconer, 434.981.0076
MURPHY’S CREEK FARM
Wonderful gently rolling parcel of land with just under 26 acres, 18 miles south of Charlottesville. The land is wooded (mostly hardwoods) with an elevated building site, stream/creek, total privacy, and long road frontage. MLS#619394 $229,500 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
94+ acres 20 minutes from Charlottesville. Originally part of a 188-acre tract, two parcels may be purchased separately or together, with 2 developmental rights each. Mostly maturing pine and very long public road frontage.
MLS#635861 $700,000 Tim Michel, 434.960.1124
LYNX FARM LANE
Great building lot in Ivy! Over 2.5 acres less than 6 miles to Charlottesville and UVA. Your future dream home could sit on this beautiful, wooded land, the perfect combination of country and city access. Murray Elementary School District. MLS#634897 $165,000 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
Wonderfully large 1.5+ acre building lot in Ednam Forest. Build your dream home on this elevated, wooded lot located in a single family community, minutes from UVA and within walking distance to Boar’s Head Resort. MLS#598537 $289,500 Steve McLean, 434.981.1863
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The Water view dominates the interior spaces from most rooms in this fabulous, new, waterfront residence. Expansive views from two full length decks promise hours or days of relaxation. The front door opens to the great room with wood burning fireplace and hardwood floors. A bright open kitchen with gorgeous counter tops and appliances. Complete one floor living with master suite featuring a walk-in shower and double vanities. 2 additional bedrooms with a full bath. The terrace level offers more water views, even from the laundry room! A large family room, an additional bedroom and full bath round out the finished rooms. Large unfinished room can serve as storage, studio, or workshop. $500,000
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The billionaire’s press dominates censorship beat
Project Censored’s top 10 stories show one pattern dominating all others this year
By Paul Rosenberg with illustrations by Anson Stevens-Bollen
Since its founding in 1976, Project Censored has been focused on stories—like Watergate before the 1972 election— that aren’t censored in the authoritarian government sense, but in a broader, expanded sense reflective of what a functioning democracy should be, censorship defined as “the suppression of information, whether purposeful or not, by any method—including bias, omission, underreporting, or self-censorship— that prevents the public from fully knowing what is happening in society.” It is, after all, the reason that journalism enjoys special protection in the First Amendment: Without the free flow of vital information, government based on the consent of the governed is but an illusory dream.
Yet, from the very beginning, as A.J. Liebling put it, “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.”
In their introduction to Project Censored’s annual State of the Free Press, which contains its top censored stories and much more, Project Censored’s Mickey Huff and Andy Lee Roth take this condition head-on, under the heading, “State of the Free Billionaire,” in contrast to the volume’s title, State of the Free Press 2023. Following a swift recap of historic media criticism highlights—Upton Sinclair, the aforementioned Liebling, Ben Bagdikian, Edward Herman, and Noam Chomsky—they dryly observe, “History shows that consolidated media, controlled by a handful of elite owners, seldom serves the public interest,” and briefly survey the contemporary landscape before narrowing their gaze to the broadest of influencers: “Despite the promise of boundless access to information, Silicon Valley mirrors legacy media in its consolidated ownership and privileging of elite narratives. This new class of billionaire oligarchs owns or controls the most popular media platforms, including the companies often referred to as the FAANGs— Facebook (Meta), Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google (Alphabet).”
Obviously, this was written before Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, but it’s an apt reminder that his wildly out-of-touch worldview is not just an individual, personal aberration, but also a symptom of wider systemic dysfunction.
“In pursuit of their own interests and investments, media tycoons past and present, again and again, appear to be conveniently oblivious to the main frame through which they filter news—that of class, including class structure and class interests,” Huff and Roth write.
“Consequently, they often overlook (or ignore) conflicts of interest that implicate media owners, funders, investors, and advertisers, not to mention their business clients on Wall Street and in Big Pharma, Big Tech, and the military–industrial complex.”
This observation perfectly frames the majority of stories in Project Censored’s top 10 list, starting with the first two stories: massive subsidies of the fossil fuel industry and rampant wage theft—concentrated on the most vulnerable workers—that eclipse street crime in the magnitude of losses, but is rarely punished, even when offenders are caught dead to rights. It echoes clearly through the stories on Congress members’ investments in the fossil fuel industry, the role of corporate consolidation in driving up inflation in food prices, Bill Gates’ hidden influence on journalism, and major media outlets lobbying against regulation of surreptitious online advertising, and only at slight remove in two others having to do with dark money, and one about the suppression of Environmental Protection Agency reports on dangerous chemicals. Indeed, only one story out of 10 is somewhat removed from the sphere of corporate corruption concerns: the story of the CIA’s plans to kidnap or kill Julian Assange.
Every year, I note that there are multiple patterns to be found in the list of Project Censored’s stories, and that these different patterns have much to tell us about the forces shaping what remains hidden. That’s
still true, with three environmental stories (two involving fossil fuels), three involving money in politics (two dark money stories), and two involving illicit surveillance. But the dominance of this one pattern truly is remarkable. It shows how profoundly the concentration of corporate wealth and power in the hands of so few distorts everything we see—or don’t—in the world around us every day. Here then, is this year’s list of Project Censored’s top 10 censored stories:
1. Fossil fuel industry subsidized at rate of $11 million per minute
Globally, the fossil fuel industry receives subsidies of $11 million per minute, primarily from lack of liability for the externalized health costs of deadly air pollution (42 percent), damages caused by extreme weather events (29 percent), and costs from traffic collisions and congestion (15 percent). And two-thirds of those subsidies come from just five countries— the United States, Russia, India, China, and Japan. These are key findings from a study of 191 nations published by the International Monetary Fund, or IMF in September 2021, that were reported in the Guardian and Treehugger the next month, but have been ignored in the corporate media.
No national government currently prices fossil fuels at what the IMF calls their “efficient price”—covering both their supply and environmental costs. “Instead, an estimated 99 percent of coal, 52 percent of road diesel, 47 percent of natural gas, and 18 percent of gasoline are priced at less than half their efficient price,” Project Censored noted.
“Efficient fuel pricing in 2025 would reduce global carbon dioxide emissions 36 percent below baseline levels, which is in line with keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees, while raising revenues worth 3.8 percent of global GDP and preventing 0.9 million local air pollution deaths,” the report stated. The G7 nations had previously agreed to scrap fossil fuel subsidies by 2025, but the IMF found that subsidies have increased in recent years, and will continue increasing.
“It’s critical that governments stop propping up an industry that is in decline,” Mike Coffin, a senior analyst at Carbon Tracker, told The Guardian. “The much-needed change could start happening now, if not for the government’s entanglement with the fossil fuels industry in so many major economies,” added Maria Pastukhova of E3G, a climate change think tank.
“Eliminating fossil fuel subsidies could lead to higher energy prices and, ultimately, political protests and social unrest,” Project Censored noted.
“But, as The Guardian and Treehugger each reported, the IMF recommended a
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‘comprehensive strategy’ to protect consumers—especially low-in-come households— impacted by rising energy costs, and workers in displaced industries.”
No corporate news outlets had reported on the IMF as of May 2022, according to Project Censored, though a November 2021 opinion piece did focus on the issue of subsidies, which John Kerry, U.S. special envoy for climate change, called “a definition of insanity.” But that was framed as opinion, and made no mention of the indirect subsidies, which represent 86 percent of the total. In contrast, “In January 2022, CNN published an article that all but defended fossil fuel subsidies,” Project Censored noted. “CNN’s coverage emphasized the potential for unrest caused by rollbacks of government subsidies, citing ‘protests that occasionally turned violent.’”
2. Wage theft: U.S. businesses suffer few consequences for stealing millions from workers every year
In 2017, the FBI reported the cost of street crime at about $13.8 billion, the same year that the Economic Policy Institute released a study saying that just one form of wage theft—minimum wage violations—costs U.S. workers even more: an estimated $15 billion annually, impacting an estimated 17 percent of low-wage workers.
One reason it’s so rampant is that companies are seldom punished, as Alexia Fernández Campbell and Joe Yerardi reported for the Center for Public Integrity in May 2021, drawing on 15 years of data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. “The agency fined only about one in four repeat offenders during that period. And it ordered those companies to pay workers cash damages—penalty money in addition to back wages—in just 14 percent of those cases,” they wrote. In addition, “The division often lets businesses avoid repaying their employees all the money they’re owed. In all, the agency has let more than 16,000 employers get away with not paying $20.3 million in back wages since 2005.”
We’re talking about some major companies. Halliburton, G4S Wackenhut and Circle K Stores—were among “the worst offenders,” they reported.
That report kicked off the center’s “Cheated at Work” series, which showed that “U.S. employers that illegally underpaid workers face few repercussions, even when they do so repeatedly. This widespread practice perpetuates income inequality, hitting lowestpaid workers hardest.”
“Wage theft includes a range of illegal practices, such as paying less than minimum wage, withholding tips, not paying overtime, or requiring workers to work through breaks or off the clock. It impacts service workers, low-income workers, immigrant and guest workers, and communities of color the most,” Project Censored explained.
Wage theft also includes worker misclassification as independent contractors—long the case with port truckers, and more re-
cently gig workers. A 2014 study from the National Employment Law Center estimated that “California’s port trucking companies are liable to drivers for violations of wage and hour laws for $65 to $83 million each month, or $787 to $998 million each year.”
Lack of resources is largely to blame for the lax enforcement, Project Censored explained: “As of February 2021, the Wage and Hour Division employed only 787 investigators, a proportion of just one investigator per 182,000 workers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, Campbell and Yerardi noted. For comparison, in 1948 the division employed one investigator per 22,600 workers, or eight times the current proportion.”
Lax enforcement is “especially problematic” in some 14 states that “lack the capacity to investigate wage theft claims or lack the ability to file lawsuits on behalf of victims,” according to a 2017 Economic Policy Institute report. In contrast, the center’s report “mentioned local successes in Chicago (2013), Philadelphia (2016), and Minneapolis (2019),” Project Censored noted, but “workers’ rights advocates continue to seek federal reforms.”
“Since May 2021, a handful of corporate news outlets, including CBS News, covered or republished the Center for Public Integrity’s report on wage theft,” Project Censored noted, but “Corporate coverage tends to focus on specific instances involving individual employers,” while ignoring it “as a systemic social problem” as well as ignoring the “anemic federal enforcement.”
That could change, if Congress were to pass the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act of 2022, “which would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to protect workers from wage theft,” according to Ariana Figueroa of the Virginia Mercury, Project Censored noted, concluding with a quote from Minnesota congressperson Ilhan Omar: “It is clear more DOL [Department of Labor] funding and additional federal reforms are needed in our localities in order to protect our most vulnerable workers.”
3. EPA withheld reports on dangerous chemicals
In January 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA stopped releasing legally required disclosures about chemicals that present a “substantial risk of injury to health or the environment.” They had previously been posted in a searchable public database called ChemView.
In November 2021, as part of the Intercept’s “EPA Exposed” investigative series, Sharon Lerner reported that EPA had received “at least 1,240 substantial risk reports since January 2019, but only one was publicly available.” The suppressed reports documented “the risk of chemicals’ serious harms, including eye corrosion, damage to the brain and nervous system, chronic toxicity to honeybees, and cancer in both people and animals,” Lerner wrote.
“The reports include notifications about highly toxic polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, chemical compounds that are known as ‘forever chemicals’ because they build up in our bodies and never break down in the environment,” Project Censored noted.
“The Environmental Working Group explains that ‘very small doses of PFAS have been linked to cancer, reproductive and immune system harm, and other diseases. For decades, chemical companies covered up evidence of PFAS’ health hazards.’” Their spread throughout the world’s oceans, along with microplastics, was Project Censored’s No. 5 story last year.
It wasn’t just the public that was kept in the dark, Lerner reported. “The substantial risk reports have not been uploaded to the databases used most often by risk assessors searching for information about chemicals, according [to] one of the EPA scientists. ... They have been entered only into an internal database that is difficult to access and search. As a result, little—and perhaps none—of the information about these serious risks to health and the environment has been incorporated into the chemical assessments completed during this period.”
“Basically, they are just going into a black hole,” one whistleblower told Lerner. “We don’t look at them. We don’t evaluate them. And we don’t check to see if they change our understanding of the chemical.”
Apart from the Intercept, “only a handful of niche publications have reported on the matter,” Project Censored noted.
However, in January 2022 Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a lawsuit to compel EPA to disclose the reports, following up on an earlier public records request which, the National Law Review reported, was “built upon information reported in a November 2021 article in The Intercept.” Just weeks later, EPA announced it would resume posting the reports in ChemView, Project Censored noted. “Clearly, independent journalism contributed significantly to this outcome,” they said. “Had it not been for the work of investigative journalist Sharon Lerner at the Intercept, EPA whistleblowers would not have had a platform to share concerns that ultimately led the agency to resume these critical public disclosures.”
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4. At least 128 members of Congress invested in fossil fuel industry
At least 100 U.S. representatives and 28 U.S. senators have financial interests in the fossil fuel industry—a major impediment to reaching climate change goals that’s gone virtually unmentioned by the corporate media, despite detailed reporting in a series of Sludge articles written by David Moore in November and December of 2021.
Moore found that 74 Republicans, 59 Democrats, and one independent have fossil fuel industry investments, with Republicans outnumbering Democrats in both chambers. The top 10 House investors are all Republicans. But it’s quite different in the Senate, where two of the top three investors are Democrats, and Democrats’ total investments, $8,604,000, are more than double the Senate Republicans’ total of $3,994,126. Topping the list is Joe Manchin (D-WV), with up to $5.5 million of fossil fuel industry assets, while John Hickenlooper (D-CO) is third, with up to $1 million. (Most reporting is in ranges.) Many top investors are Texas Republicans, including Rep. Van Taylor, with up to $12.4 million worth of investments.
“Most significantly, many hold key seats on influential energy-related committees,” Project Censored noted. Senators include Manchin, chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Tina Smith (D-MN), chair of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy, and Tom Carper (D-DE), chair of the Committee on the Environment and Public Works. “Manchin cut the Clean Electricity Performance Program, a system that would phase out coal, from President Biden’s climate bill,” they added.
In the House, they explained, “nine of the 22 Republican members of the Energy and Commerce Committee are invested in the fossil fuel industry. As Project Censored detailed in the No. 4 story on the Top 25 list two years ago, these individuals’ personal financial interests as investors often conflict
with their obligation as elected legislators to serve the public interest.”
Oil and gas lobbying totaled $119.3 million according to OpenSecrets, while 2020 election spending topped $40 million for congressional candidates—$8.7 million to Democrats and $30.8 million to Republicans. This came as the International Energy Agency warned that no new fossil fuel developments can be approved for the world to have a 50/50 chance to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, Moore reported. And, yet, “production of oil and gas is projected to grow 50 percent by 2030 without congressional action,” Project Censored noted. “The fact that so many lawmakers have invested considerable sums in the fossil fuel industry makes it extremely unlikely that Congress will do much to rein in oil and gas production.”
As of May 21, 2022, Sludge’s reporting had gotten no corporate coverage, repeating the whiteout of a similar report in 2020. “Corporate news outlets have only reported on the fact that clean energy proposals are stalled in Congress, not the financial conflicts of interest that are the likely cause of this lack of progress,” Project Censored concluded.
5. Dark money interference in U.S. politics undermines democracy
The same group of conservative dark money organizations that opposed President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nomination—Judicial Crisis Network, The 85 Fund and their affiliated groups—also funded entities that played a role in the January 6, 2021, insurrection, according to a report by the watchdog group Accountable.US. They’re closely linked to Leonard Leo, co-chair of the Federalist Society, with money coming from Donors Trust (a dark-money group backed by the Koch network) and the Bradley Foundation.
“These dark money groups not only funded Leo’s network of organizations to the sum of over $52 million in 2020, but also funded entities in 2020 that played a role in the insurrection to the sum of over $37 million,” Accountable.US reported.
While there has been coverage of dark money spending on Supreme Court nominations, Igor Derysh at Salon was alone in reporting this—the related involvement in January 6.
Just one group, JCN, spent $2.5 million “before Biden even named his nominee” Ketanji Brown Jackson, Derysh reported, “accusing Biden of caving in to leftists by promising a ‘Supreme Court nominee who will be a liberal activist.’” On the other hand, “JCN spent tens of millions helping to confirm Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, according to Open Secrets, and launched a $25 million effort to confirm Justice Amy Coney Barrett just weeks before the 2020 election,” he reported.
But more disturbingly, “Donors Trust has funneled more than $28 million to groups that pushed election lies or in some way funded the rally ahead of the Capitol riot,” while “Members of the Federalist Society played key roles in Donald Trump’s attempts
to overturn the election,” including attorney John Eastman, architect of Trump’s plan to get Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the election, senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz, (R-TX), who led the objections to the certification of Trump’s loss after the riot, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who filed a lawsuit to throw out election results in key states, effectively overturning Biden’s victory. In addition, 13 of the 17 other Republican attorneys general who joined Paxton’s suit were also Federalist Society members.
“It should worry us all that the groups leading the fight against Biden’s historic nomination of Judge Jackson to the Supreme Court are tied to the January 6 insurrection and efforts to undermine confidence in the 2020 election,” Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US, told Salon.
“The influence of dark money—political spending by organizations that are not required to disclose their donors—presents a major challenge to the swift functioning of the judicial nomination and confirmation process, and the U.S. government as a whole,” Project Censored noted. “[D]ark money deeply influences political decisions in favor of select individuals’ or groups’ agendas rather than in support of the public’s best interests.”
Right wing dark money’s role in fighting Judge Jackson’s nomination and confirmation process was highlighted by Business Insider in February 2022, along with op-eds in both The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, which covered the discussion of dark money during Judge Jackson’s confirmation hearings, and a March 2022 Mother Jones report. “However,” Project Censored noted, “none of the articles featured in the corporate press covered dark money supporting Trump’s Big Lie, the impact such funding had on promoting and reinforcing anti-democratic ideology, or the ramifications of how such dark money spending erodes public trust in government and the election process.”
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6. Corporate consolidation causing record inflation in food prices
“Corporate consolidation is a main driver of record inflation in food prices, despite claims by media pundits and partisan commentators to the contrary,” Project Censored reports. “The establishment press has covered the current wave of inflation exhaustively, but only rarely will discuss the market power of giant firms as a possible cause, and then usually only to reject it,” as they did when the Biden administration cited meat industry consolidation as a cause of price increases in September 2021, “treating administration attempts to link inflation to consolidation as a rhetorical move meant to distract from conservative critiques of Biden’s stimulus program.”
But as Food and Water Watch reported in November 2021, “while the cost of meat shot up, prices paid to farmers actually declined, spurring a federal investigation.” That investigation is ongoing, but meat conglomerates Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms, Smithfield Foods, and JBS have paid just over $225 million to settle related civil suits in the poultry, beef and pork markets.
That’s just part of the problem. A July 2021 joint investigation by Food and Water Watch and The Guardian “reported that a handful of ‘food giants’—including Kraft Heinz, General Mills, Conagra, Unilever, and Del Monte—control an average of 64 percent of sales of sixty-one popular grocery items,” Project Censored noted. Three companies own 93 percent of carbonated soft drink brands; while another three produce 73 percent of the cereals on offer, and a single company, PepsiCo, owns five of the most popular dip brands—88 percent of the market. Altogether, “four firms or fewer controlled at least 50 percent of the market for 79 percent of the groceries,” The Guardian reported.
It’s not just producers: In an October 2021 article for Common Dreams, Kenny Stancil documents that food producers, distributors, and grocery store chains are engaging in pandemic profiteering and taking advantage of “decades of consolidation, which has given a handful of corporations an evergreater degree of market control and with it, the power to set prices,” according to research by the Groundwork Collaborative.
As for grocers, “Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the country, cited rising inflation as the reason for hiking prices in their stores even as they cut worker pay by 8 percent,” Project Censored noted. “Yet, as Stancil explained, Kroger’s CEO publicly gloated that ‘a little bit of inflation is always good for business.’ That CEO earned 909 times what the median worker earned, while worker pay decreased by 8 percent in 2020, and the company spent $1.498 billion on stock buybacks between April 2020 and July 2021 to enrich its shareholders,” the Groundwork Collaborative reported. Kroger was one of just four companies that took in an estimated two-thirds of all grocery sales in 2019, according to Food and Water Watch. More broadly, “A report for the American Prospect by Rakeem Mabud, chief economist at the Groundwork Collaborative, and David Dayen revealed that one of the most common inflation scapegoats, supply chain problems, is itself a consequence of consolidation,” Project Censored noted. “Just three global alliances of ocean shippers are responsible for 80 percent of all cargo. ... These shippers raked in “nearly $80 billion
in the first three quarters of 2021, twice as much as in the entire ten-year period from 2010 to 2020,” by increasing their rates as much as tenfold.
Supply chain consolidation reflects a broader shift in the global economy, the Prospect argued. “In 1970, Milton Friedman argued in The New York Times that ‘the social responsibility of business is to increase its profits.’ Manufacturers used that to rationalize a financial imperative to benefit shareholders by seeking the lowest-cost labor possible.” This led to a surge in outsourcing to East Asia, and eventually China. “This added new costs for shipping, but deregulating all the industries in the supply chain could more than compensate.”
Occasionally articles touched on the issue of consolidation (mostly to debunk it), though there are a couple of opinion pieces to the contrary. “But these isolated opinion pieces were far out-numbered by the hundreds, even thousands, of reports and analyses by commercial media outlets that blamed everything but oligopolistic price gouging for the rising cost of groceries,” Project Censored concluded.
7. Concerns for journalistic independence as Gates Foundation gives $319 million to news outlets
The list of billionaires with media empires includes familiar names like Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and, most recently, Elon Musk. But, “While other billionaires’ media empires are relatively well known, the extent to which [Microsoft co-founder Bill] Gates’ cash underwrites the modern media landscape is not,” Alan MacLeod wrote for MintPress News in November 2021.
MacLeod examined more than 30,000 individual grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and found it had donated “more than $319 million to fund news outlets, journalism centers and training programs, press associations, and specific media campaigns, raising questions about conflicts of interest and journalistic independence,” Project Censored summarized.
“Today, it is possible for an individual to train as a reporter thanks to a Gates Foundation Grant, find work at a Gates-funded outlet, and to belong to a press association funded by Gates,” MacLeod wrote.
“Recipients of this cash include many of America’s most important news outlets, including CNN, NBC, NPR, PBS, and The Atlantic. Gates also sponsors a myriad of influential foreign organizations, including the BBC, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and The Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom; prominent European newspapers such as Le Monde (France), Der Spiegel (Germany), and El País (Spain); as well as big global broadcasters like Al-Jazeera,” he reported.
“MacLeod’s report includes a number of Gates-funded news outlets that also regularly feature in Project Censored’s annual Top 25 story lists, such as the Solutions Journalism Network ($7.2m), The Conversation ($6.6m), the Bureau of Investigative Journalism ($1m), and ProPublica ($1m) in addition to The Guardian and The Atlantic,” Project Censored noted. “Direct awards to news outlets often targeted specific issues, MacLeod reported. For example, CNN received $3.6 million to support “journalism on the everyday inequalities endured by women and girls across the world,” according to one grant. Another grant earmarked $2.3 million for the Texas Tribune “to increase public awareness and engagement of education reform issues in Texas.” As MacLeod noted, given Bill Gates’ advocacy of the
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charter school movement—which undermines teachers’ unions and effectively aims to privatize the public education system— ”a cynic might interpret this as planting pro-corporate charter school propaganda into the media, disguised as objective news reporting.”
“[T]here are clear shortcomings with this non-exhaustive list, meaning the true figure is undoubtedly far higher. First, it does not count sub-grants—money given by recipients to media around the world,” because there’s no record of them, MacLeod reported.
“For a tax-privileged charity that so very often trumpets the importance of transparency, it’s remarkable how intensely secretive the Gates Foundation is about its financial flows,” Tim Schwab, one of the few investigative journalists who has scrutinized the tech billionaire, told MintPress.
Also missing were grants aimed at producing articles for academic journals, although “they regularly form the basis for stories in the mainstream press and help shape narratives around key issues,” he noted. “The Gates Foundation has given far and wide to academic sources, with at least $13.6 million going toward creating content for the prestigious medical journal The Lancet.” And more broadly “even money given to universities for purely research projects eventually ends up in academic journals, and ultimately, downstream into mass media. … Neither these nor grants funding the printing of books or establishment of websites counted in the total, although they too are forms of media.”
of plans to kill him. If it had been up to CIA Director Mike Pompeo, they almost certainly would have been acted on, after WikiLeaks announced it had obtained a massive tranche of files—dubbed “Vault 7”—from the CIA’s ultra-secret hacking division, and posted some of them online.
In his first public remarks as Donald Trump’s CIA director, “Pompeo devoted much of his speech to the threat posed by WikiLeaks” Yahoo News noted, “Rather than use the platform to give an overview of global challenges or to lay out any bureaucratic changes he was planning to make at the agency.” He even called it “a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia,” a designation intended to grant the CIA wide latitude in what actions it took, while shielding it from congressional oversight.
“Potential scenarios proposed by the CIA and Trump administration officials included crashing into a Russian vehicle carrying Assange in order to grab him, shooting the tires of an airplane carrying Assange in order to prevent its takeoff, and engaging in a gun battle through the streets of London,” Project Censored summarized. “Senior CIA officials went so far as to request ‘sketches’ or ‘options’ detailing methods to kill Assange.”
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“No major corporate news outlets appear to have covered this issue,” only a scattering of independent outlets, Project Censored noted. This despite the fact that “As far back as 2011, The Seattle Times published an article investigating how the Gates Foundation’s ‘growing support of media organizations blurs the line between journalism and advocacy.’”
“WikiLeaks was a complete obsession of Pompeo’s,” a former Trump administration national security official told Yahoo News. “After Vault 7, Pompeo and [Deputy CIA Director Gina] Haspel wanted vengeance on Assange.” It went so far that “Pompeo and others at the agency proposed abducting Assange from the embassy and surreptitiously bringing him back to the United States via a third country—a process known as rendition,” they reported. (Assassination entered the picture later on.) Since it would take place in Britain, there had to be agreement from them. “But the British said, ‘No way, you’re not doing that on our territory, that ain’t happening,’” a former senior counterintelligence official told Yahoo News.
CIA discussed plans to kidnap or kill
The CIA seriously considered plans to kidnap or assassinate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in late 2017, according to a September 2021 Yahoo News investigation, based on interviews with more than 30 former U.S. officials, eight of whom detailed U.S. plans to abduct Assange and three of whom described the development
There was also push-back from National Security Council, or NSC lawyers and the Department of Justice, which wanted to put Assange on trial. But the CIA continued to push for capturing or killing Assange. Trump’s “NSC lawyers were bulwarks against the CIA’s potentially illegal proposals, according to former officials,” Yahoo News reported, but the CIA’s own lawyers may have been kept in the dark. “When Pompeo took over, he cut the lawyers out of a lot of things,” a former senior intelligence community attorney told them.
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“Pompeo’s ready access to the Oval Office, where he would meet with Trump alone, exacerbated the lawyers’ fears. [The NSC’s top lawyer John] Eisenberg fretted that the CIA director was leaving those meetings with authorities or approvals signed by the president that Eisenberg knew nothing about, according to former officials.”
“US plans to kidnap or assassinate Julian Assange have received little to no establishment news coverage in the United States, other than scant summaries by Business Insider and The Verge, and tangential coverage by Reuters, each based on the original Yahoo News report,” Project Censored notes. “Among US independent news outlets, Democracy Now! featured an interview with Michael Isikoff, one of the Yahoo News reporters who broke the story, and Jennifer Robinson, a human rights attorney who has been advising Julian Assange and WikiLeaks since 2010. Rolling Stone and The Hill also published articles based on the original Yahoo News report.”
9. New laws preventing dark money disclosures sweep the nation
Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United relaxing campaign finance regulations, dark money spending has exploded, and now Republican lawmakers across the U.S. are pushing legislation to make it illegal to compel nonprofit organizations to disclose who the dark money donors are. Recently-passed laws in Arkansas, Arizona, Iowa, Oklahoma, Mississippi, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia are based on model legislation from the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, which brings together corporate lobbyists and conservative lawmakers to advance special-interest business-friendly legislation.
“ALEC is deeply enmeshed with the sprawling political influence networks tied to billionaire families like the Kochs and the Bradleys, both of which use non-disclosing nonprofits that help to conceal how money is funneled,” Donald Shaw reported for Sludge on June 15, 2021. “Penalties for violat-
ing the laws vary between the states, but in some states could include prison sentences.”
“Shaw explained how these bills create a loophole allowing wealthy individuals and groups to pass ‘dark money’ anonymously to 501(c) organizations which in turn can make independent expenditures to influence elections (or contribute to other organizations that make independent political expenditures, such as Super PACs), effectively shielding the ultimate source of political funds from public scrutiny,” Project Censored summarized. “‘These bills are about making dark money darker,’ Aaron McKean, legal counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, told Shaw.”
The South Dakota law was overwhelmingly passed by the GOP-dominated legislature despite the fact that voters passed a 2016 ballot measure requiring disclosure of “the identity of donors who give more than $100 to organizations for the purpose of political expenditures,” a requirement the legislature repealed a year later, Shaw reported in February 2021.
There’s a federal impact as well. “In a March 2022 article for Sludge, Shaw documented that the federal omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022 contained a rider exempting political groups that declare themselves ‘social welfare organizations’ from reporting their donors, and another preventing the Securities and Exchange Commission from ‘requiring corporations to publicly disclose more of their political and lobbying spending,’” Project Censored noted, going on to cite a May 2021 article from Open Secrets about Senate Republicans’ “Don’t Weaponize the IRS Act,” which “would prevent the IRS from requiring that 501(c)(4) nonprofits disclose their top donors.”
Democrats and good government groups have pushed back. “On April 27, 2021, 38 Democratic senators sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig urging them to roll back an anti-disclosure rule put in place by the Trump Administration,” Project Censored reported. “In addition, the Democrats’ comprehensive voting-rights bill, the For the People Act, would have compelled the disclosure of all contributions by individu-
als who surpass $10,000 in donations in a given reporting period. The bill was passed by the House but died in the Senate.”
While there’s been some coverage of some aspects of this story—a Washington Post story about Democrats pressuring the Biden administration, the Associated Press reporting on South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s defense of her state’s law—except for regional papers like the Tampa Bay Times, Project Censored reports, “There has been little acknowledgment in the establishment press of the stream of ALEC-inspired bills passing through state legislatures that seek to keep the source of so much of the money spent to influence elections hidden in the shadows.”
10. Major media outlets lobby against regulation of “surveillance advertising”
“Surveillance advertising”—collecting users’ data to target them with tailored advertising—has become a ubiquitous, extremely profitable practice on the world’s most popular social media apps and platforms— Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, etc. But now, as Lee Fang reported for the Intercept in February 2022, the Biden administration’s Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, is seeking to regulate user data collection. Lobbyists for the Interactive Advertising Bureau, or IAB are pushing back.
“In a letter, IAB called for the FTC to oppose a ban on data-driven advertising networks, claiming the modern media cannot exist without mass data collection,” Fang reported.
“The IAB represents both data brokers and online media outlets that depend on digital advertising, such as CNN, The New York Times, MSNBC, Time, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Vox, the Orlando Sentinel, Fox News, and dozens of other media companies,” Fang explained. “The privacy push has largely been framed as a showdown between technology companies and the administration,” but “the lobbying reveals a tension that is rarely a center of the discourse around online privacy: Major me-
dia corporations increasingly rely on a vast ecosystem of privacy violations, even as the public relies on them to report on it.” As a result, “Major news outlets have remained mostly silent on the FTC’s current push and a parallel effort to ban surveillance advertising by the House and Senate by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ),” Fang concluded.
“The IAB argues that targeted advertising—and, by extension, the siphoning of user data—has become necessary due to declining revenues from print sales and subscriptions,” Project Censored summarized. “Non-digital advertising revenue decreased from $124.8 billion in 2011 to $89.8 billion in 2020, while digital advertising revenue rose from $31.9 billion to $152.2 billion in the same period, according to Pew Research.” Complicating matters, “The personal information collected by online media is typically sold to aggregators, such as BlueKai (owned by Oracle) and OpenX, that exploit user data— including data describing minors—to create predictive models of users’ behavior, which are then sold to advertising agencies. The covert nature of surveillance advertising makes it difficult for users to opt out.” In addition, “The user information collected by media sites also enables direct manipulation of public perceptions of political issues, as famously happened when the British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica tapped into personal data from millions of Facebook users to craft campaign propaganda during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
“The corporate media have reported the FTC’s openness to new rules limiting the collection and exploitation of user data, but have generally not drawn attention to IAB lobbying against the proposed regulations,” Project Censored noted, citing articles in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post as examples. “[N]either outlet discussed IAB, its lobbying on this issue, or the big media clients the organization represents.”
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Paul Rosenberg is a Los Angeles, Californiabased writer, senior editor for Random Lengths News, and a columnist for Salon and Al Jazeera English.
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DuCard Vineyards eliminates plastic bottles from its tasting room
By Laura Drummond
“Is this the most environmentally friendly option?” At DuCard Vineyards, this is the question asked prior to making each and every decision. Nestled at the edge of the Shenandoah National Park among the mountains of Madison County, DuCard’s vintners are not only committed to producing award-winning, smallbatch wine but also devoted to being good stewards of the earth. “We benefit greatly from our environment, and we want to keep it as healthy as possible,” says Beth Wilson, DuCard’s customer experience and marketing director. Their latest concentration: eliminating plastics from their tasting room.
Partnering with Virginia Artesian Bottling Company, DuCard offers 12-ounce glass bottles of water that are recyclable and refillable, thus eliminating a need for single-use plastic water bottles. Roughly 480 billion plastic bottles were used globally last year, and of those, less than 10 percent were recycled. With this initiative, Wilson estimates that DuCard is preventing the use of nearly 10,000 plastic bottles per year. “While we certainly know we’re not making a measurable dent in the problem, our philosophy is that everyone can do something, contribute to the solution, and be a good role model,” says DuCard’s founder and president Scott Elliff.
Not only does DuCard consider the environmental impact of the products and supplies in use, but also the carbon footprint in terms of sourcing and shipping. DuCard locally sources whenever possible, and that includes the water in the bottles. “Our water is sourced from a number of springs at our central Virginia property,” says Nick Brown, president of Virginia Artesian Bottling. “Our carbon footprint is lower than most other water options, which are trucked in from up to a thousand miles away to Virginia-based businesses.”
Prior to the transition to water in glass bottles, DuCard’s tasting room eradicated plastic tableware, opting for biodegradable
and compostable items instead. Local sources provide the cheeses, meats, and chocolates for wine pairing, and the items are stored in reusable glass containers. The wine bottles are 20 percent lighter than average, and corks get recycled and turned into flooring.
Beyond the tasting room is an expansive array of practices ensuring sustainable operations. In the vineyard, DuCard uses mainly organic materials and natural methods for vine management and protection. It composts grape waste by-products for use in its fields and gardens. For the winery, solar panels generate power for heating, cooling, lighting, processing, and production. An on-premises artificial wetland system uses plants to filter winery wastewater. In all facets of the enterprise, DuCard focuses on employing and retaining mostly local workforce. It has even joined with Piedmont Virginia Community College to help train local people in vineyard operations and management for its viticulture and enology program.
DuCard is the first winery in Virginia to implement the glass bottle initiative, but this is not the first time it has led the way in sustainability efforts. Since opening its doors in 2010, DuCard has been something of a trailblazer, as evidenced by its repeat recognition as the Greenest Winery in Virginia (2010, 2015). The hope is for others to implement similar practices. “Especially for wineries and agricultural businesses in general, we thrive and are successful because of what the land and the environment give us,” says Wilson. “It’s our turn to take good care of it.”
While these efforts often take a great deal of time and work to plan and implement, and rarely present much of, if any, cost savings, DuCard has no plans to slow down. “There are lots of reasons why it’s not the easiest way to go, but it’s the best way,” says Wilson. “We’re not just committed—we’re happy to do it.” This story originally ran in Knife & Fork magazine.
Wednesday 1/4 music
Berto and Matt. Brazilian and Latin guitar night. Free, 7pm. The Bebedero, 225 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. thebebedero.com Open Mic Night. Charlottesville’s longest running open mic night. Free, 9pm. Holly’s Diner, 1221 E. Market St. 234-4436
Thursday 1/5 music
Berto and Vincent. A night of wild gypsy rumba and Latin guitar. Free, 7pm. The Bebedero, 225 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. thebebedero.com
Mayo and The House Sauce. Rock and originals. Free, 6:30pm. Pro Re Nata, 6135 Rockfish Gap Tpke., Crozet. prnbrewery.com
Veritas Illuminated. The grove and vines of Veritas winery come alive with sparkling holiday lights and decorations. $10-15, 5:15pm. Veritas Vineyards and Winery, 151 Veritas Ln., Afton. veritaswines.com
Friday 1/6 music
BRIMS Trad Ensemble. A concert of Irish music and dance at the Offbeat Roadhouse. Free, 8pm. The Stage at WTJU, 2244 Ivy Rd. wtju.net
Isabel Bailey Trio. Original songs and select covers that blend blues, folk, and rock. Free, 6pm. Glass House Winery, 5898 Free Union Rd., Free Union. glass housewinery.com
Old Age & Treachery. Enjoy wine, beer, and cider with a side of live music and food. Free, 5pm. Eastwood Farm and Winery, 2531 Scottsville Rd. eastwoodfarmandwinery.com
Mama Tried. The five-piece plays high-energy Grateful Dead covers. $10, 7pm. The Batesville Market, 6624 Plank Rd., Batesville. batesvillemarket.com
Silent Disco. Groove out on your own terms using wireless, multi-channel headphones. $815, 5:30pm. Pro Re Nata, 6135 Rockfish Gap Tpke., Crozet. prnbrewery.com
Friday Night Writes: A Reading Series for Emerging Writers. Performing short stories, poetry, and music. Free, 7pm. New Dominion Bookshop, 404 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. ndbookshop.com
Playdates at the Playscape. BYO snacks and buddies and enjoy outdoor play. $20, 9:30am. Wildrock, 6600 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet. wildrock.org
Veritas Illuminated. See listing for Thursday, January 5. $10-15, 5:15pm. Veritas Vineyards and Winery, 151 Veritas Ln., Afton. veritas wines.com
Frankenhooker Date bait? Or mantrap? $10, 9:30pm. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. drafthouse.com
Saturday 1/7 music
Berto and Vincent. An afternoon of untamed guitar. Free, 2pm. Glass House Winery, 5898 Free Union Rd., Free Union. glass housewinery.com
Berto’s Latin Guitar Brunch. Enjoy the sounds of Brazil, Spain, and Latin America with Berto Sales. Free, 11am. Tavern & Grocery, 333 W. Main St. tavernandgrocery.com
Lenny Burridge. Americana, blues, folk, pop, and rock. Free, 1pm. Eastwood Farm and Winery, 2531 Scottsville Rd. eastwood farmandwinery.com
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Playdates at the Playscape. See listing for Friday, January 6. $20, 9:30am. Wildrock, 6600 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet. wildrock.org
Veritas Illuminated. See listing for Thursday, January 5. $10-15, 5:15pm. Veritas Vineyards and Winery, 151 Veritas Ln., Afton. veritas wines.com etc.
Storytime. Featuring old classics and recent favorites. Free, 11am. New Dominion Bookshop, 404 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. ndbookshop.com
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition). The journey begins. $10, 1pm. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. drafthouse.com
Sunday 1/8 music
David Kulund and Adam Long. Sip on wine and enjoy live tunes. Free, 2pm. Glass House Winery, 5898 Free Union Rd., Free Union. glasshousewinery.com
Sue Harlow. The singer-songwriter performs Americana and folk. Free, 1pm. Eastwood Farm and Winery, 2531 Scottsville Rd. east woodfarmandwinery.com
Paint and Sip. Learn to paint a winter forest. $35, 1pm. Hazy Mountain Vineyards & Brewery, 8736 Dick Woods Rd., Afton. catelyn kelseydesigns.com
Veritas Illuminated. See listing for Thursday, January 5. $10-15, 5:15pm. Veritas Vineyards and Winery, 151 Veritas Ln., Afton. veritas wines.com etc.
Sunset Boulevard. The queen of the silent screen would like a word. $10, 1pm. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. draft house.com
Flynn Cohen. The multi-instrumentalist performs the U.S. leg of his tour. Free, 4pm. The Stage at WTJU, 2244 Ivy Rd. wtju.net etc.
Mulholland Drive Breaking into show business can be murder. $10, 7:30pm. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 5th Street Station. draft house.com
Josh Mayo and The House Sauce. Local and regional acts take the stage. Free, 9:30pm. Rapture, 303 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. rapturerestaurant.com
Thunder Music Karaoke. Sign up to sing or just enjoy the show. Free, 9pm. Holly’s Diner, 1221 E. Market St. 234-4436.
The Wavelength. Vintage rock and blues. Free, 7pm. Dürty Nelly’s, 2200 Jefferson Park Ave. durtynellyscharlottesville.com
Vincent Zorn. Olé. Free, 7pm. The Bebedero, 225 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. the bebedero.com
Playdates at the Playscape. See listing for Friday, January 6. $20, 9:30am. Wildrock, 6600 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet. wildrock.org
Reinventing the strings section
experimental mind of Brian Lindgren
By Brian D. Hamilton
Two years ago, Brian Lindgren got hit by a car. He broke several bones, but the most important was his left pinky. Lindgren is a violist. He needs his left pinky.
This was the summer of 2020, the height of the pandemic shutdown. Musicians were already struggling. Lindgren was heading into the final year of an M.F.A. at Brooklyn College in New York, and he wasn’t sure what would be waiting for him on the other side. In some desperation, he took a step he never thought he’d take: He applied to Ph.D. programs.
As a master’s student, Lindgren’s main project was to design and build an electronic viola. He’d first had the idea as an undergraduate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, but it had lain forgotten for over a decade, as Lindgren made a life for himself writing, performing, and producing music in New York City. He grew up playing the viola; he studied viola at Eastman; he loved the viola. But Eastman also introduced him to the world of electronic music. With electronic music, he says, you get to work with an “infinite sonic palette.” The world of electronic music also seemed more accessible, more open to experimentation, than the sometimes rarefied world of classical strings. But back
then, he didn’t yet know how to combine these things he loved.
At Brooklyn College, he found a way. “I was a hybrid person,” Lindgren says, “which can be very challenging in our assembly-line kind of world. But this program”—an M.F.A. in Sonic Arts—“was really geared towards musical explorers.” He took a class with Doug Geers, famous for his own technologically charged compositions, all about building electronic musical instruments. That first semester, he hacked together the first prototype of his new instrument. It was a heavily modded acoustic viola, all black, with heavy white cables snaking out from the fingerboard and the new pickups he had constructed. Orange, green, blue, and white wires tangled around the tuning pegs. Lindgren describes it as “Borg-like.” This was EV 1, and it worked.
But he wasn’t satisfied, and he spent several semesters more in independent study with Geers, refining the concept. Another of his teachers challenged him: The music he was creating with his new instrument sounded just like something he could have created without the instrument, he said. What was he really trying to do here? (That teacher was Morton Subotnick, a pioneer in the world of electronic music and a co-inventor of one of the earliest analog synthesizers, so the challenge was one to take seriously.) He re-envisioned the instrument from the ground up.
He learned CAD and circuit design. He experimented with ways of combining analog and digital sounds. He joined a long line of composers who invented instruments to achieve a sound no existing instrument could produce. In a mad dash at the end of his degree program, he finished EV 2, a sleek black wedge, like a viola’s fingerboard without a body, built from scratch on a 3D printer.
Then he put it in a drawer. As he began his Ph.D. in composition and computer technologies at the University of Virginia in 2021, he wanted to start with a blank slate. It was time to figure out what was next, and he wanted to open himself up to the opportunities the new environment would offer. But his passion for the instrument has continued to smolder.
Lindgren’s pinky healed, thankfully, though it now has a permanent bend to it. The Telemetry Music Series, which showcases experimental sounds, has provided Lindgren opportunities to perform at The Bridge, at Old Cabell Hall, and even outside on the Downtown Mall, and he is bursting with new ideas for composition.
As we talked, Lindgren sat in one of UVA’s makerspaces and the 3D printer hummed away behind him. EV 2.5 would be ready in three more days.
This story originally ran in 434 magazine.
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Brian Lindgren has invented instruments to achieve a sound no existing instrument can produce.
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of the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium or the U.S. Open’s Arthur Ashe Stadium ... or what’s represented by this grid’s circled letters
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Olympic gymnastics champion Biles
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Closing part of a song
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“Don’t give me ____ your lip!”
Stark and Flanders on TV
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inhaled on an ocean cruise
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(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you will soon be called upon to summon grace under pressure; to express magnanimity while being challenged; to prove that your devotion to your high standards is more important than the transitory agendas of your ego. The good news is that you are primed and ready to succeed at these exact assignments. I have confidence in your power to activate the necessary courage and integrity with maximum poise and composure.
(Feb. 19-March 20): “By dying daily, I have come to be,” wrote poet Theodore Roethke. He didn’t mean he suffered literal deaths. He was referring to the discipline of letting go of the past; shedding worn-out habits; leaving behind theories and attitudes that once served him well but no longer did; killing off parts of himself that were interfering with the arrival of the fresh future. I recommend his strategy to you, Pisces. To the degree that you agree to die daily, you will earn the right to be reborn big-time in a few weeks.
(March 21-April 19): Nigerian author Wole Soyinka reworked The Bacchae, an ancient Greek play. In one passage, the god Dionysus criticizes King Pentheus, who is supposedly all-powerful. “You are a man of chains,” Dionysus tells him. “You love chains. You breathe chains, talk chains, eat chains, dream chains, think chains. Your world is bound in manacles.” The bad news, Aries, is that many of us have some resemblances to Pentheus. The good news is that the coming months will be a favorable time to shed at least some of your chains. Have fun liberating yourself! Try to help a few others wriggle free from their chains, too. Doing so will aid your own emancipation.
(April 20-May 20): The coming weeks will be a great time to fill your journal with more intense ruminations than you have for many moons. If you don’t have a journal, think about starting one. Reveal yourself to yourself, Taurus! Make conscious that which has been vague, unnamed, or hiding. Here are assignments to help launch your flood of intimate self-talk. 1. Write passionately
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19): When he was 74 years old, Capricorn author Norman Maclean published his first novel, A River Runs Through It. It became a bestseller. Capricorn
about an experience you’ve always wanted to try but have never done. 2. Conduct imaginary interviews with people who rouse strong feelings in you. 3. Describe what deity, superhero, or animal you are and how your special intelligence works. 4. Visualize a dream in which you appear as a bolder, more confident version of yourself. 5. Talk about a time you felt rousingly alive and how you plan to feel that way again.
(May 21-June 20): A stranger approached me at Wild Birds Unlimited, a store that sells bird food and accessories. “You write the horoscopes, right?” she asked. “I’m a Gemini, and I want to thank you for helping me tone down my relentless fidgeting. You made me realize I have been secretly proud of tapping my fingers on the table while talking with people, and constantly darting my eyes around the room to check out the ever-changing views. I’d unconsciously believed that stuff was a sign of my incredible vitality. But you’ve been a steadying influence. You’ve shown me ways to settle down and focus my energy better. I can see how restlessness sometimes saps my energy.” I told the woman, “You’re welcome!” and let her know that 2023 will be a favorable time to do much more of this good work.
(June 21-July 22): According to Cancerian author Ronald Sukenick, the writer’s work is “to destroy restrictive viewpoints, notice the unnoticed, speak the unspeakable, shake stale habits, ward off evil, give vent to sorrow, pulverize doctrine, attack and uphold tradition as needed, and make life worth living.” I believe 2023 will be an excellent time for you to carry out those actions, even if you’re not a writer. You will have abundant power
to bless and heal through creative rebellion and disruption. You will thrive as you seek out interesting novelty.
(July 23-Aug. 22): Psychotherapist Ryan Howes has wisdom you’ll benefit from heeding in the coming weeks. “We need to accept our age,” he writes. “We need to accept illnesses and addictions. We need to accept the past. We need to accept others as they are.” He goes on to say that this doesn’t mean we must like all these situations. And we can certainly try to make the best of them. But when we don’t struggle in vain to change what’s beyond our control to change, we have more energy for things that we can actually affect.
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Here’s testimony from musician Pharrell Williams: “If someone asks me what inspires me, I always say, ‘That which is missing.’” Yes! This is an apt message for you, Virgo. The best way for you to generate motivation and excitement in the coming weeks will be to explore what is lacking, what is invisible, what’s lost or incomplete. Check in with your deep intuition right now. Do you feel a stirring in your gut? It may tell you where to find important and intriguing things that are missing.
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Every animal knows far more than you do,” declares a proverb of the Nimíipuu people, also known as the Nez Perce. Author Russell Banks provides further testimony to convince us we should be humble about our powers of awareness. “There is a wonderful intelligence to the unconscious,” he says. “It’s always smarter than we are.” These are good pointers for you to heed in the coming weeks, Libra. You will have a spe-
cial power to enhance your understanding of the world by calling on the savvy of animals and your unconscious mind. They will be especially rich sources of wisdom. Seek out their educational input!
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Psychologist Carl Jung said that the whole point of Jesus Christ’s story was not that we should become exactly like him. Rather, we should aspire to be our best and highest selves in the same way that he fulfilled his unique mission. So Jesus was not the great exception, but rather the great example. I bring these meditations to your attention, Scorpio, because I believe life in 2023 will conspire to make you, more than ever before, the hero of your own destiny. You will be inspired to honor only your own standards of success and reject all others’. You will clearly see that you are progressing at your own natural and righteous pace, which is why it makes no sense to compare your evolution to anyone else’s.
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A reader named Mary Roseberry describes her experience of being a Sagittarius: “I hate to be bored. I hate imperfections. I hate to wait. I hate sadness. I hate conflict. I hate to be wrong. I hate tension.” Wow! I admire Mary’s succinct understanding of who she doesn’t want to be and what she doesn’t like to do. I invite you to compose a similar testimony. You would benefit from getting clear about the experiences you intend to avoid in 2023. Once you have done that, write a list of the interesting feelings and situations you will seek out with intense devotion during the coming months.
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your New Year’s resolution? Focus more on me, rather than everybody else.
INSTAGRAM To chat up strangers!
INSTAGRAM I will work on finding new ways to become involved in the community.
MILNER/FACEBOOK More thrift and small business shopping. Less big box store shopping. I’m a work in progress.
SCHADE/FACEBOOK Stop posting social media comments in a ridiculous quest for validation, you know, like I did right here.
To not let the bastards drag me down.
SCHNEIDER/ FACEBOOK Get rid of clutter in my house.
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