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1. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey one and all...

Everybody seems to follow world news. And we all know what's been dominating headlines for the last few years.

I'm American, and though I take absolutely no offense at anyone, anywhere critisizing America's posture in the world today, I'm getting a bit tired of all the negativism. Mind you, I critisize my government everyday...I didn't vote for them and I think they should be imprisoned for their actions. But I'm a bit concerned that too many people in the world view America and Americans with the same contempt that I view our President. Consider that in the last Presidential election, only about 40% of eligible voters actually voted. And less than half voted for the current administration. If we assume that out of 280 million people, 2/3 are eligible to vote, and only 40% of them voted, and only half for Bush, that would be only 37 million people who cast their votes for Bush...OUT OF 280 MILLION!!!!!!!!!!

So, I ask two things of people on this tremendous site:

1) Please do not assume that the US Government speaks for all Americans (probably applies to your countries as well), and

2) I'm really tired of hearing only negative news, from both domestic and international sources. It makes me think that there is nothing GOOD happening in the world. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY GOOD NEWS OUT THERE???? Please relate your stories of how a school was built and run, or how a forest was saved from development, or a historical site was created, how you were just in the nick of time to help that poor mother cow to deliver her know, people helping each other, animals, nature....good things happening.

Here's my start:

At the UN Information Summit in Tunis, Kofi Annan and MIT Media Lab Chairman Nicholos Negroponte unveiled a USD$100 crank powered laptop for children. The goal is to provide the laptops (not exactly iBooks, but decent working computers) to impoverished children free of charge. Governments and donors will actually purchase the machines, but the kids will own them. They will be colored lime green with a yellow handle to create a sense of fun and deter thieves who will know that the machines were free to the children.

OK, not exactly Lassie saving Timmy from the abandoned mineshaft, but still a fun story. No killing, corruption, or greed.

Beerman backs slowly into cave with a case

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I had a brownie for lunch!

OK, OK - how about something that shows what the world can accomplish by working together. Try this.

3. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting tway

I had a brownie for lunch!

OK, OK - how about something that shows what the world can accomplish by working together. Try this.

Good post! Lots of people criticize the UN. But they do a lot of good work.

As for good news....they're building a new Boeing 747 !!

4. Posted by evakan (Full Member 188 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to Geico?

5. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

It's snowing in Colorado!

For those who don't ski or snowboard, maybe this will help:

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

It's POETS day.

Piss Off Early, Tomorrow's Saturday

7. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Back to bad news, tomorrow will only be Friday in the States.

8. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

evakan haha that was funny.

As for good news:

Fujimori jailed in Chile
Alberto Fujimori, former president of Peru, had been protected from extradition in Japan for six years. His crimes against humanity include mass extrajudicial executions and the disappearance and murders of nine students, a teacher, and a journalist who was tortured for exposing corruption. Fujimori was arrested in Santiago and denied bail, while Chilean courts review Peru’s extradition request on more than 20 charges.

Darfur splinter group reaches out, U.S. consulates open
Sudan’s Darfur region remains violently unstable, but two breakthroughs worth noting may signal another chance for the peace process to take hold. The Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) seemed ready to fragment along tribal divisions after a dispute over the recent election of their new leader. But former SLM leader Abdelwahed al-Nur agreed to work with newly elected Minni Arko Minnawi and unite Darfurians before the next round of peace talks begins Sunday. The opening of three U.S. consulates in the now autonomous south of Sudan is a second sign of progress, demonstrating American political commitment to implementing the separate north-south peace agreement. U.S. deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick met with leaders of the southern government and visited Darfur – and as badly as that went, his diplomatic mission represents an external pressure for peace that Washington has barely applied until now.

Veterans Affairs won’t re-examine PTSD cases

When the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sent out letters notifying veterans on disability assistance for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that their cases would be scrutinized for alleged ‘extensive fraud’, one New Mexico vet committed suicide in despair. This summer, 2,100 cases were reviewed for missing documentation, and the VA decided that the reported irregularities had been “the result of their administrators’ shortcomings and not the result of fraud,” the Chicago Sun Times reports. Last year $4.3 billion earmarked for disability benefits was diverted to conduct this limited initial review, but its results convinced the VA not to pursue a costlier review of 72,000 PTSD cases. Sen. Barack Obama is still pursuing a review of claims that may have been mistakenly denied or under-compensated in Illinois and five other states where very few disabled veterans receive nationally prevalent coverage for PTSD.

Name-check rule for charity work dropped
Since 2003, U.S. charities using a federal employee donations program called the Combined Federal Campaign have been required to screen all their employees and donation recipients for possible terrorist ties. Challenges to the new rule from the ACLU and other civil liberties groups persuaded the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to drop this requirement, The New Standard reports. “This is a major victory for nonprofit organizations that refused to be subjected to vague government requirements forcing us to become law enforcement officers for the federal government,” said ACLU president Anthony Romero.

Roberts court’s first labor ruling supports workers

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that employers cannot deny workers pay for “any activity that is ‘integral and indispensable’ to a ‘principle activity’”, meaning work-related activities carried out during a “continuous workday”. In one of the cases addressed in this ruling, chicken nuggets giant Barber Foods denied pay for time laborers spent putting on required safety gear and proceeding to their work stations – this transit time is now considered a work activity for which employers must pay.

Bush walks out on failed Summit of the Americas
The two-day summit at Mar del Plata, Argentina consisted of a curt slap in the face for the Bush administration. Latin America’s three largest economies refused to support any moves toward a hemispheric free trade zone, stating plainly: “The conditions do not exist to attain a hemispheric free-trade accord that is balanced and fair with access to markets [and] free of subsidies and distorted commercial practices.” The Peoples’ Summit, held simultaneously in Mar del Plata, organised a march of 40,000 people to a stadium where Chavez “claimed that Mar del Plata is the grave-site of the FTAA,” ZNet reports. At the end of the Summit proper, no closing declarations were made for the press, and the only accomplishment the White House delegation could claim was the scheduling of more talks for next year.

Polio eradication within sight again
Two years ago, polio had almost been eliminated worldwide, when a vaccine scare among Nigerian Muslims fueled an outbreak that spread to 15 African countries and south asia. Now ten of these countries in Africa have beaten polio again. The World Health Organisation expects to eradicate polio in the remaining countries in 18 months.

City of Santa Cruz to provide medical marijuana
Although the new program will not take effect until pending federal court cases are resolved, the city of Santa Cruz has voted to set up an Office of Compassionate Use to directly handle medical marijuana. The ACLU “noted that the program could provide patients and medical marijuana providers a shield from federal prosecution,” The New Standard reports. The city’s law will also pose a direct challenge to this year’s Raich v Gonzales ruling, testing the state’s right to opt out of the federal prohibition agenda.

Wetland conservation awards
At the Speke resort in Uganda, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands awarded cash prizes to conservationists to recognize their achievements in wetland science, restoration and protection. This year’s award ceremony was held at the first ever global wetlands conference in Africa with over a thousand delegates.

China will double % green energy in 15 years

China announced plans to spend $180 billion on renewable energy in the next 15 years, to more than double the proportion of China’s energy generation from green sources such as solar, wind, biomass and hydropower. Moving from 7% to 15% will put China well ahead of the U.S. in its renewable energy use. “China has spent some 600 million dollars in the past few years on installing solar batteries in 700 small towns far from the country’s power grid,” reports TerraDaily. Similar small-scale technologies such as solar heaters and rural biomass power generation are expected to be a major part of China’s transition to a greener economy.

Source: Guerrilla News Network - Good News Round Up.

9. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Did anyone see Bush last night unable to "exit" the room during a press conference? I dont know why that cracks me up...but I will hold my personal opinion for another thread.

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Here's a little article with some good news about AIDS prevention.

On that note, however, I saw a brief news bit yesterday about the rising AIDS crisis in Uganda. Turns out Uganda relies heavily on foreign aid, and when Good Ol' Mr. Bush came to visit and preached abstinance, the Uganda government jumped on the bandwagon. So down went condom distribution, and up went the AIDS rate.

Good to know at least some nations are getting it!