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Something, anything GOOD 2

set. 5, 2020, 5:09am

Christmas Eve, Holland.
Every American and Canadian veteran buried here receives his own Christmas light.
We will remember, we will never forget.

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- Maria Benaim @mcbenaim | 4:58 PM · Sep 4, 2020

set. 5, 2020, 12:13pm

Especially good news for this man and his family!
A Minnesota man was cutting down trees behind his home when one that fell trapped him underneath for four days, authorities said.

Jonathan Ceplecha, 59, was rescued Monday. . .(he) survived by eating plants and insects and drinking his sweat and rainwater that he collected in his clothes. . .

It took nearly two hours for authorities to extricate Jonathan from underneath the tree. He's now recovering in a hospital.
The story of his will in overcoming the agony from two broken legs and being hopelessly trapped and exposed to the elements with no means of communication is incredible.

set. 16, 2020, 12:42am

set. 16, 2020, 1:43am

South Sudanese fighter for women's voices honored by U.S. peace group (Reuters)

South Sudanese activist Rita Lopidia was just a child when shells started falling in her hometown of Juba, forcing her and her family to flee the fighting in the 1990s. Her experience with years of civil war and displacement and her campaign for women’s participation in peace negotiations earned her the inaugural Women Building Peace Award on Tuesday from the Washington-based United States Institute of Peace (USIP). The award, the first of its kind bestowed by the USIP, recognises the crucial role women play in preventing conflict and forging peace and reconciliation in war-torn countries. USIP is a non-partisan federal institution set up by the U.S. Congress in 1984 that works to prevent conflict abroad...

set. 17, 2020, 5:37pm

US judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail.
U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.

Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, said he was issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction sought by 14 states that sued the Trump administration and the U.S. Postal Service.

The states challenged the Postal Service’s so-called “leave behind” policy, where trucks have been leaving postal facilities on time regardless of whether there is more mail to load. They also sought to force the Postal Service to treat election mail as First Class mail.

“The states have demonstrated the defendants are involved in a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service,” Bastian said.

set. 19, 2020, 10:24pm

Rex Chapman @RexChapman | 6:32 PM · Sep 19, 2020:

Not all heroes wear capes.
This is my America...

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oct. 2, 2020, 4:00am

Paul Stephenson: the hero who refused to leave a pub – and helped desegregate Britain (Guardian)

When he sat down in a pub that banned black people, Stephenson helped change Britain’s discrimination laws. He talks about organising the Bristol bus boycott, attacks from the National Front – and why Muhammad Ali composed a poem about him...

oct. 2, 2020, 11:42am

Welllll, since you asked. . .Covid-19 revelation is Trump's most liked tweet.. And, it cannot be denied, Trump has proved once and for all to his base that Covid-19 is not a hoax, either.

Both good in their own special way.

oct. 5, 2020, 12:36am

Harambee: The law of generosity that rules Kenya (BBC)

This single word unified Kenya after British rule, set the nation on a path of self-determination and forever changed the US...

Harambee didn’t just transform Kenya, it changed the world. As Kenya was on the cusp of independence, its Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Tom Mboya, wanted more members of its new government to be adequately prepared for post-colonial rule. So from 1959 to 1963, he worked alongside US president John F Kennedy and civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr to transport the spirit of a harambee abroad, creating the Kennedy Airlift Program: a series of educational scholarships for Kenya’s brightest minds at American colleges. The idea was for the recipients to return to Kenya to help propel the future of the nation and give back to all Kenyans. The most memorable beneficiaries include Nobel Peace Prize recipient and social and environmental activist Wangari Maathai, and senior governmental economist Barack Obama Sr, the father of president Barack Obama. Without the spirit of harambee taking Obama from the Kenyan village of Kogelo to the University of Hawaii, the US would not have had its first black president...

Another snippet from one of those nations described by the current US president as a "shit hole".

oct. 5, 2020, 5:39pm

Speaker Nancy Pelosi tests negative again for Covid-19.

Donald Trump set to leave isolation at Walter Reed to be allowed to "wander free" in a matter of minutes. No such negative Covid-19 test.

You decide which is the good news story.

oct. 8, 2020, 9:32pm

Democrats Continue to Preserve Equality Under the Law
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter (pdf) to Treasury Department inspectors general asking for a “thorough investigation” of possible meddling in the audits of the president’s tax returns “due to significant concerns of potential efforts to undermine the integrity of the mandatory audit process and other audits within the IRS.
“Not only has Mr. Trump broken decades of precedent by rejecting transparency for the American people and refusing to publicly release his federal income tax returns, but he has also made numerous public statements against IRS audits, both as a presidential candidate and after he was elected,” the senators’ letter states.
". . .this audit to determine the legitimacy of that ($1.4 billion refund for 2008 and 2009) is still ongoing and similarly deserves full protection from undue influence.”
Letter also cites, ". . .Mr. Trump’s decades-long tax avoidance tactics and dubious business practices." Tax problems and tax crimes, the time-tested vexations of gangsters.

oct. 9, 2020, 9:05am

A worthy UN charity, World Food Program(me) is recognized with the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize: .
Its blue containers are a familiar sight on sad TV news stories. :)

The World Food Program Has Won The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize
Ade Onibada | October 9, 2020

The World Food Program, a United Nations agency that battles hunger and food insecurity around the world, has won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

The WFP, which feeds more than 90 million people a year, earned the highly-coveted award "for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict," the Nobel Committee's chair, Berit Reiss-Andersen, said Friday.

"The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to a strong upsurge in the number of victims of hunger in the world...In the face of the pandemic, the World Food Program has demonstrated an impressive ability to intensify its efforts."

...The WFP, which is funded entirely by voluntary donations, will receive a cash prize of $1.1 million...

oct. 9, 2020, 9:12am

S'ha suprimit aquest usuari en ser considerat brossa.

oct. 20, 2020, 1:25pm

Decisive Victory of MAS in Bolivia: A Blow to Anti-Indigenous and Anti-Socialist Coups in the Americas

... In Bolivia there has been a historic popular victory in which the citizens of a poor nation have succeeded, by means of an electoral process, to overcome a military dictatorship backed by the United States.

oct. 20, 2020, 1:35pm

#14--that is good news. Hopefully the Biden administration leaves them alone.

oct. 20, 2020, 1:41pm

>16 lriley:

Yeah... one hopes.

It's up to the USians to get their heads out of their asses and envision a different politics, both at home and abroad. Enough with the Yankee style fascism.

oct. 20, 2020, 1:58pm

Voting Rights Re-restored

67,000 felons registered in Florida after Amendment 4. That's equivalent to 10,000 new voters for each of Florida's counties.
Voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 4, which was designed to restore voting rights to most felons, in 2018, but the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature passed a law a year later placing additional restrictions on felons seeking to register to vote.

Desmond Meade, the executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, still hailed the overall numbers and called it a “historical” moment.

“There is no doubt in my mind that there are thousands upon thousands of energized and inspired returning citizens throughout the state that will not be denied, that will be a voice, and will have an impact in determining who wins Florida,”
Democrats rejoiced; Republicans immediately looked for another dirty trick to suppress the vote, and they found it.
The law passed after Amendment 4 was approved prohibited many felons from voting. A study conducted by a University of Florida political science professor concluded that nearly 775,000 felons who qualified (to vote) under Amendment 4 — which excluded those convicted of murder or sexual offenses — owed some sort of court-imposed fees, fines or restitution.
You may remember that Michael Bloomberg who failed in his bid for the Democratic nomination for president, pledged to do whatever he could to defeat Trump in FL. We now know this about Bloomberg, like him or not, he keeps his political promises.
Meade’s group raised money to pay off court debts and received donations from a wide array of celebrities and athletes. Billionaire Mike Bloomberg also raised $16 million for the effort. . .(Meade) said they spent in excess of $25 million to pay off the debts of more than 40,000 felons.
So they could vote in the 2020 general election.

oct. 26, 2020, 8:33am

On the United Nations 75th anniversary, we asked people around the world to share their vision of #TheWorldWeWant

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres launched a global conversation on the world’s future, inviting everyone, everywhere to participate, to commemorate the United Nations 75th anniversary...

“At a time when the world faces a global pandemic and other formidable threats, we must join forces across borders and generations to work together for a better common future. This photo exhibition can help to inspire us for this collective task.” – UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

oct. 31, 2020, 12:09am

Standing up for vulnerable South Sudanese: UN woman police officer of the year (UN News)

Chief Inspector Doreen Malambo, Gender Adviser at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), has won 2020 UN Woman Police Officer of the Year Award, in honour of her work supporting vulnerable groups, such as women, girls, children, and people with disabilities. Ms. Malambo, who is Zambian, and spent 24 years with her country’s police service, has been posted with UNMISS since 2019, where her role involves participating in community consultations, and mobilization on crime prevention/reduction...

nov. 26, 2020, 2:36pm

des. 4, 2020, 10:47pm

Against all odds: South Sudan's daring drive on women's football (Guardian)

The country’s FA is launching an ambitious strategy for a sport that has been considered a taboo for girls... Yet on Friday, just over a year after its women’s national team competed for the first time, the South Sudan Football Association launched a four-year strategy for women’s and girls’ football, Stars Unite, that aims to increase the number of participants by at least 70%...

des. 7, 2020, 3:31pm

Posted in one of the small obscure groups here, but deserving a wider audience.

COVID precautions presented in musical forms:

des. 8, 2020, 7:26pm

CNN's Reporter, Manu Raju Has Good News for America

US House, under Speaker Pelosi is back on track, doing the business of the nation that matters, passing bills that keep the country secure. Once again, Democrats show they can govern a democratic country properly. Republicans can't.
Breaking: The House, in a major rebuke to Trump, easily passes defense bill with veto-proof majority on a 335-78 vote with one member voting "present." Trump plans to veto the bill over his unrelated concerns that it doesn't roll back protections for social media firms.

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 8, 2020

Trump had two significant points that he wanted in the bill: First, he wanted to bar military bases from being able to change their names from Confederate generals who lost the war. Second, Trump wanted to go after social media giants, demanding that liability professions be included so that he can sue companies like Twitter and Facebook.
Trump got nothing. Pelosi and Democrats got a veto-proof majority.

des. 24, 2020, 11:34pm

Two sports stars, snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan and footballer (that's soccer on the other side of the Pond) Marcus Rashford, do their bit.

Ronnie O’Sullivan will spend Christmas Day at a food bank: ‘All you can do is do your bit’ (Metro)

Ronnie O’Sullivan is spending the festive period helping out with charity work, visiting a food bank on Christmas Day and making deliveries in the build up to 25 December...

‘I think all you can do is do your bit and stay true to what you can do. Whatever goes on goes on in the political system. I don’t know, mate, I just like to keep my head down and focus on what I can do. Hopefully they have a ripple effect. Like today, if I can change one or two people’s lives, just make them a bit better by taking them some food they wouldn’t normally have, then that’s great. On Christmas Day, if 50-100 people are eating, having a nice day and I’ve had a little impact there, then great’...

Marcus Rashford to fight for permanent rise in universal credit (Guardian)

The footballer and food poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford is to turn his focus to the social security safety net and will hold talks with the welfare secretary to discuss a £6bn-a-year boost to universal credit payments, the Guardian has learned... It reflects Rashford’s increasing interest in the underlying drivers of food poverty and his appreciation of the role of adequate welfare benefits in protecting and feeding struggling families over the longer term...

Editat: des. 25, 2020, 12:29am

>25 John5918: Marcus Rashford is 'our kid'.

MsMixte is a Lanky Lass.

Editat: des. 25, 2020, 1:01am

>26 MsMixte:

My mum was a Lancashire lass. We used to visit my grandparents and other relatives often in places like Newton-le-Willows, Earlestown, Warrington, Wigan, and a great-aunt in Knott-End-on-Sea. My grandparents ran a pub, the Houghton Arms in Newton-le-Willows. A couple of years ago, in nostalgic mood, my elder sister and I looked it up on Google street view. It's still there, but it looks a lot more upmarket now - it was a pretty rough pub in the 1950s and '60s!

Editat: des. 25, 2020, 1:34am

>27 John5918: Bred and born in Swinton.

Getting back to Marcus Rashford--wish there were more people like him in the world.

des. 25, 2020, 9:24pm

Christmas Miracle

Gingerbread monolith appears in San Francisco.
Anand Sharma, the founder of Gyroscope App, tweeted photos and videos of the gingerbread structure as it appeared in the crisp city air. He said that it smelled amazing.

No one has claimed credit for the monolith and there aren't specifics on the height, but Twitter has already responded to Sharma with suggestions that it was aliens or Santa himself.

des. 26, 2020, 2:54pm

I cracked up when I saw that on the news this morning. Someone has great senses of creativity and humor.

des. 26, 2020, 3:01pm

>30 mamzel:

Depends on what one's definition of "good" is, I s'pose. Some people don't like gingerbread. Also, it's all about perspetive, isn't it? ;^)

gen. 3, 11:33pm

Policeman buys family food instead of arresting them for shoplifting (BBC)

A US police officer who was called out to arrest a family suspected of shoplifting instead bought them some food so they could have a decent Christmas dinner...

When questioned, the family said they had fallen upon hard times and could not afford to pay for all the food. They had still wanted to give the children a Christmas dinner. Mr Lima served them with a "no trespass" order, but did not press charges as all the items on the shopping receipt were for food, police said. He then bought them gift cards worth $250 (£180) with his own money so the women and their two children would be able to buy food for their Christmas dinner at another shop of the same chain. "The two children with the women reminded me of my kids, so I had to help them out," Officer Lima said...

gen. 11, 7:37am

Behind the viral photo of Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.) cleaning up at midnight after riots
Claire Wang | Jan. 8, 2021, 3:09 PM EST

...Rep. Andy Kim was in his office in a separate federal building when President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. So he didn’t actually see the damage live until nearly midnight, after the House had voted down the last challenge to the presidential election result.

When he finally did walk around the rotunda — his favorite and arguably the most storied room of the building — the disarray left him speechless. Water bottles, broken furniture, tattered Trump flags and pieces of body armor and clothing were strewn on the marble floor as if it were an abandoned parking lot.

“It’s a room that I love so much — it’s the heart of the Capitol, literally the heart of this country. It pained me so much to see it in this kind of condition.”

...So for the next hour and a half, he crouched down and filled a half dozen trash bags with debris. When he finished cleaning up the rotunda, he began working on the adjacent rooms, including the National Statuary Hall and the Capitol crypt downstairs.

Then he returned to the House floor to debate Pennsylvania's vote count, a session that lasted until 3 a.m. By Thursday evening, he’d been awake for more than 36 hours...

gen. 11, 7:49am

>33 margd:

Nice thought, but wasn't he disturbing a crime scene and contaminating forensic evidence? Or had the police already released the site? Or were they simply not bothering to collect forensic evidence?

gen. 11, 8:45am

>34 John5918: I wondered, too. Maybe, because
legislators were returning shortly?
police are relying on cameras and phone pings?
no investigators present to direct him otherwise?

I suspect the last one... :(

But still, good on Rep. Kim, IMHO!

gen. 11, 10:15am

>34 John5918: Reflex under distress. In the 60s, I saw my little brother hit by a car. I picked him up from the street and carried him to the grass strip.

Editat: gen. 12, 5:13pm

>36 2wonderY: An indelible memory from walking home as a first grader was coming across blood in gutter and upset neighbors: some little kid had been hit by a car. I can't imagine how much worse for you to see it happen to your little brother. (Hugs)

Eric Feigl-Ding @DrEricDing | 3:40 AM · Jan 12, 2021:
FANTASTIC NEWS—A potential vaccine for multiple sclerosis is now within sight on the horizon! And it’s an mRNA vaccine by BioNTech, maker of the Pfizer #COVID19 vaccine. Study in mice shows great promise for improving symptoms & stopping MS progression!

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gen. 15, 4:34am

Lawmakers introduce bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to hero officer
The officer, Eugene Goodman, drew praise for his quick action during last week's deadly riots at the Capitol. (2:19)
Randi Richardson | Jan. 14, 2021

A group of bipartisan House members introduced legislation on Thursday to award the Congressional Gold Medal to a Capitol police officer who deterred a mob away from the Senate chamber during last week's deadly riots.

Reps. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., and Nancy Mace, R-S.C., credited officer Eugene Goodman for "his bravery and quick thinking during last week’s insurrection."

Goodman drew praise from many as a video of him purposefully baiting a mob to chase him, in the opposite direction of the (unguarded) Senate chamber doors, beyond which lawmakers were still hiding, went viral on social media...

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Editat: gen. 15, 5:44am

The FOX News Network has apparently lost three groups of viewers. It has lost some of the hate-filled nut jobs. It has lost the viewers who now realize that GOPers consistently lied to them to gain votes and money for its coffers. And, last but not least, it has lost the viewers who have decided it is time to feed their minds a more healthy info diet.

gen. 18, 9:53pm

Sorry, America. "Julie Annie" Can't Be Trump's Impeachment Defense Lawyer

Turns out Rudy is a witness because of his incendiary remarks at the Riot Rally on the Mall.
"Due to the fact that I may be a witness, the rules of legal ethics would prohibit me from representing the President as trial counsel in the impeachment trial," Giuliani said in a statement to The Hill.
Imagine that! "Ethics" and "witness" in the same Giuliani breath. Trump and Rudy must have sat through quite a legal lecture Saturday when they met in the WH from an actual lawyer. Sent by Barr, perhaps, as a going away gift? I'd like to think so.

Think of what this means -- one less clown at the upcoming clown show. From what I hear, the Dems have an open and shut case. And a flattering, to McConnell, rumor is that he postponed the trial in the hopes that during the interval, more evidence of wrongdoing by Trump surrounding the events of Jan. 6 would emerge.

The Senate vote will be fun to watch, especially the votes of Graham, Hawley, and Cruz. If they vote to convict, that's tantamount to a confession and a vote in favor of their own guilt, should Senators choose to pursue removal of their traitorous colleagues. Now, that's good news.