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Welcome to the Good News Thread!

The SRP Board is an inherently contentious space due to the nature of what is discussed. However, I think there's a little too much focus on animosity, arguments and disagreement when I think the reality is that most of us would agree on most things. Some may find that hard to believe, but consider: we all live in the same society (on a micro or a macro level), are subject to the same rules and laws which the vast majority adhere to, have similar (if not identical) moral frameworks and a shared love of footy. The areas we disagree on are usually the 'how' and not always the 'what' when it comes to problems and issues. Most will say "Yep, there's a problem there," but find ourselves at loggerheads about how to define or solve the problem. This is pretty normal.

But also normal is the significant number of things almost everyone can get behind, see as positive for society or appreciate. So, this thread is a space for people to share things they find that are Good News, and a place to generally engage with other posters (particularly the ones you disagree with) in a non-adversarial atmosphere i.e. to meet someone halfway and perhaps see the best in them.

SO, please share the good news you come across! It can be anything from small to large; a fluff piece you'd normally see for 30 seconds on the news, a report or study that shows some good news about the state of society, breakthrough news about a new cure for a terrible disease - whatever! This is stuff that happens all the time and we largely ignore it, but they are good for the soul and for some perspective.

Of course, some ground rules are needed. This thread is not a chance to sink the boots into the 'other side' after some bad news for them, or a place to post highly contentious material that you think is good but is clearly not supported by the overwhelming majority. Genuinely good stuff only! And we can all tell what that stuff is when we see it. After all, we are all human (despite perhaps me calling some of you mutants somewhere along the way). If you are unsure whether you are human, you can take the test below:

Steven pinker has already done this.
The world is currently the best it's ever been in almost all important measures. Wealth, violence, happiness, life expectancy, war, death rate from accidents, time spent doing domestic chores. Basically all of them. We are indeed in the best of times.
 

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Steven pinker has already done this.
The world is currently the best it's ever been in almost all important measures. Wealth, violence, happiness, life expectancy, war, death rate from accidents, time spent doing domestic chores. Basically all of them. We are indeed in the best of times.
You wouldn't know it watching social media or tv though. That's why I think this sort of thread is important.
 

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Ahem....................to install power points perfected by scientists, in a van perfected by scientists.

You guys bring the screwdriver.

The superheroes of this planet don't wear capes, they wear white lab coats (and possibly a cape at times).
Somebody needs to bring that screwdriver, bro. Also, if someone is proficient in using a screwdriver, they will perform their work far more efficiently than one who isn't proficient, saving the time and resources of others.

It's not a competition on who is the most important m8, my whole point is that most people contribute to important functions in one way or another.

The guy who hands a genius scientist his coffee each morning is contributing, in his own way.
 

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Neighbors raise more than $60,000 so beloved disabled resident can keep his home after mounting debt meant he could lose it to foreclosure

By Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com

Published: 07:36 AEST, 6 August 2019

When residents of a tight-knit community in New Jersey learned that a beloved special-needs neighbor was on the verge of losing his home to foreclosure, they banded together to help.

Lamar Harris, 39, has been a fixture of Gloucester Township, Camden County, his entire life, and he still lives in the home where he had grown up.
Neighbors in town say Harris, who suffers from severe mental disabilities caused by an injury he sustained at birth, is always willing to go out of his way to help others.

Lamar Harris, 39, is a beloved resident of Gloucester Township, New Jersey, who has severe mental disabilities and was on the verge of losing his hoe


Lamar Harris, 39, is a beloved resident of Gloucester Township, New Jersey, who has severe mental disabilities and was on the verge of losing his home

Harris' family home was about to go into foreclosure after he had fallen behind on property taxes, racking up more than $50,000 in debt
He has been known to pick up trash in the neighborhood, walk his neighbors' dogs and collect their mail, leading many to treat him as part of their extended family.

So when Harris' financial woes came to light last month, his neighbors launched a GoFundMe campaign to try and save him home from going into foreclosure.

According to the fundraiser’s description, Harris has the mental abilities of a pre-teen and has lived a life 'full of tragedy.'
His mother died when he was just eight years old, followed by his grandmother four years later.

Harris lived with his father and brother until both passed away suddenly within a year of one another.

Neighbors joined forces to raise money for Harris and help save his home


Neighbors joined forces to raise money for Harris and help save his home.

In order to make ends meet, Harris has worked part-time at a grocery store for the past 19 years, and he also cuts lawns for his neighbors of the side, reported NJ.com.

‘He cannot drive,’ the GoFundMe page states. ‘He does not understand finances and has a very limited reading ability. As a result of the death of his family members, his reading deficits, and his inability to understand finances, he has fallen behind in his property taxes.’

Harris has not paid taxes on the house since his father’s death in 2015, prompting Gloucester Township to file a lien for more than $50,000 in back property taxes, and putting him in ‘imminent danger’ of losing his childhood home.

Harris was given an August 5 deadline to pay off his debts.

More than 1,000 people answered the neighbors' plea and donated just under $65,000 to the cause as of Monday afternoon.

 

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Neighbors raise more than $60,000 so beloved disabled resident can keep his home after mounting debt meant he could lose it to foreclosure

By Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com

Published: 07:36 AEST, 6 August 2019

When residents of a tight-knit community in New Jersey learned that a beloved special-needs neighbor was on the verge of losing his home to foreclosure, they banded together to help.

Lamar Harris, 39, has been a fixture of Gloucester Township, Camden County, his entire life, and he still lives in the home where he had grown up.
Neighbors in town say Harris, who suffers from severe mental disabilities caused by an injury he sustained at birth, is always willing to go out of his way to help others.

Lamar Harris, 39, is a beloved resident of Gloucester Township, New Jersey, who has severe mental disabilities and was on the verge of losing his hoe


Lamar Harris, 39, is a beloved resident of Gloucester Township, New Jersey, who has severe mental disabilities and was on the verge of losing his home

Harris' family home was about to go into foreclosure after he had fallen behind on property taxes, racking up more than $50,000 in debt
He has been known to pick up trash in the neighborhood, walk his neighbors' dogs and collect their mail, leading many to treat him as part of their extended family.

So when Harris' financial woes came to light last month, his neighbors launched a GoFundMe campaign to try and save him home from going into foreclosure.

According to the fundraiser’s description, Harris has the mental abilities of a pre-teen and has lived a life 'full of tragedy.'
His mother died when he was just eight years old, followed by his grandmother four years later.

Harris lived with his father and brother until both passed away suddenly within a year of one another.

Neighbors joined forces to raise money for Harris and help save his home


Neighbors joined forces to raise money for Harris and help save his home.

In order to make ends meet, Harris has worked part-time at a grocery store for the past 19 years, and he also cuts lawns for his neighbors of the side, reported NJ.com.

‘He cannot drive,’ the GoFundMe page states. ‘He does not understand finances and has a very limited reading ability. As a result of the death of his family members, his reading deficits, and his inability to understand finances, he has fallen behind in his property taxes.’

Harris has not paid taxes on the house since his father’s death in 2015, prompting Gloucester Township to file a lien for more than $50,000 in back property taxes, and putting him in ‘imminent danger’ of losing his childhood home.

Harris was given an August 5 deadline to pay off his debts.

More than 1,000 people answered the neighbors' plea and donated just under $65,000 to the cause as of Monday afternoon.

That's a beautiful thing for people to do for someone.
 

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Yep, the good news is, it cant get much s**ttier.
Even the most basic knowledge of societal development and history would make a rational person aware of how good the world is today relative to any period in the past.

Nobody argues everything is perfect. But if you think everything is sh*t, it's an indication that the problems you are seeing are more likely internal projections.
 

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Steven pinker has already done this.
The world is currently the best it's ever been in almost all important measures. Wealth, violence, happiness, life expectancy, war, death rate from accidents, time spent doing domestic chores. Basically all of them. We are indeed in the best of times.
Diabetes epidemic hitting straya
Mental health issues Never been higher
Suicide through the roof
Obciety an epidemic
Gaols full and offenders on home detention still perpetrating
Cancer an epidemic
Poverty at record levels
Gov debt highest ever
Life expectancy dropping massively
50 percent of species extinct in our short lives

The indigenous in 1788 lived longer than white man ever did. No war, no Gaols, no poverty, no homelessness, no cancer.

Yep, your post is rational and backed by fact. Yep life never been better.
 

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Even the most basic knowledge of societal development and history would make a rational person aware of how good the world is today relative to any period in the past.

Nobody argues everything is perfect. But if you think everything is s**t, it's an indication that the problems you are seeing are more likely internal projections.
I'm not necessarily in agreeance with either concept but your statement of "how good the world is" relative to any other period of history could be very easily argued in reality. I'm pretty sure the environment alone may beg to differ. It's very much a personal judgement regardless of how many times people like yourself like to throw in statistics regarding lifespans and economics or by cherry picking the worst times as comparisons etc. Even lifespans and personal economics are now arguably in negative territory compared to only a few decades ago and that is according to well accepted economists and scientists of today.
I'd suggest you don't see millions of people all around the world deciding to take actions like "Brexit" and "Trump" without there being some genuine ability to argue things are not necessarily as "sweet" as you yourself may internally project.


I recall seeing the first post in this thread and wondering how long it would take to get to the point of arguing over just how "good" things are in the "Good News" thread. It's pretty much a small window into humanity itself. Threads in the forum need narrative and opposing arguments to survive. It's the same reason news organisations can't survive just running all positive pieces. People want a hero, which requires an anti-hero, even in the "Good News" thread.
It's a small reflection on existence itself in reality. Even at the smallest atomic level of all "creation" there exists the positive and opposing negative charge. The yin/yang, hot/cold, North/South, male/female (oops hang on minute we're redefining that one nowadays) of all creation was always gong to make an appearance.
C'est La Vie
 
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Diabetes epidemic hitting straya
Mental health issues Never been higher
Suicide through the roof
Obciety an epidemic
Gaols full and offenders on home detention still perpetrating
Cancer an epidemic
Poverty at record levels
Gov debt highest ever
Life expectancy dropping massively
50 percent of species extinct in our short lives

The indigenous in 1788 lived longer than white man ever did. No war, no Gaols, no poverty, no homelessness, no cancer.

Yep, your post is rational and backed by fact. Yep life never been better.
Half of those thing you listed are patently bullshit and the other half is bullshit relative to historical levels.
 

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I'm not necessarily in agreeance with either concept but your statement of "how good the world is" relative to any other period of history could be very easily argued in reality. I'm pretty sure the environment alone may beg to differ. It's very much a personal judgement regardless of how many times people like yourself like to throw in statistics regarding lifespans and economics or by cherry picking the worst times as comparisons etc. Even lifespans and personal economics are now arguably in negative territory compared to only a few decades ago and that is according to well accepted economists and scientists of today.
I'd suggest you don't see millions of people all around the world deciding to take actions like "Brexit" and "Trump" without there being some genuine ability to argue things are not necessarily as "sweet" as you yourself may internally project.


I recall seeing the first post in this thread and wondering how long it would take to get to the point of arguing over just how "good" things are in the "Good News" thread. It's pretty much a small window into humanity itself. Threads in the forum need narrative and opposing arguments to survive. It's the same reason news organisations can't survive just running all positive pieces. People want a hero, which requires an anti-hero, even in the "Good News" thread.
It's a small reflection on existence itself in reality. Even at the smallest atomic level of all "creation" there exists the positive and opposing negative charge. The yin/yang, hot/cold, North/South, male/female (oops hang on minute we're redefining that one nowadays) of all creation was always gong to make an appearance.
C"est La Vie
Relatively small peaks and troughs over a short time frame are not evidence that everything is suddenly going backwards. And yes, you can objectively assess a huge number of specific aspects of quality of life through statistics. It's not a subjective personal view. On the whole, we are lucky to be alive in this time period. Arguing anything different would be an uphill battle to say the least.
 

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Diabetes epidemic hitting straya
Mental health issues Never been higher
Suicide through the roof
Obciety an epidemic
Gaols full and offenders on home detention still perpetrating
Cancer an epidemic
Poverty at record levels
Gov debt highest ever
Life expectancy dropping massively
50 percent of species extinct in our short lives

The indigenous in 1788 lived longer than white man ever did. No war, no Gaols, no poverty, no homelessness, no cancer.

Yep, your post is rational and backed by fact. Yep life never been better.
Poverty rates are at all time history record lows. Even poverty levels are well down. Although looking at poverty levels is utterly stupid over time because population levels are so different

Diabetes and obesity are at high levels because um we have so much food available and never had this in our history so our bodies havnt evolved properly to make it easy to stop eating when we are full. Small prive to pay for having historys all time lowest poverty rates.

Gaols are full cos we criminalise drug use and build less jails per population. Violence rates are at all time lows. Society is far less violent then it has ever been.

Life expectancy is at or close to record highs. Dropping massive is just fake news. If cancer rates are at record high it just means we have found cures to other diseases to more then offset it. A lot of cancers were not detectable in the past so it isnt clear that cancer rates are at record highs anyway.

Other species extinction is horrificfor those other species. No so much for humans.

Indiginous populations had very very life expectancy compared to people today. Stop making up lies.

Government debt??? Who cares. This is not a measurement of human well being. You get that if one person owes debt then another person is owed it. Its a zero sum gain. You could of bought up inequality although given poor people are better off today then they were 40 years ago when society was a little but more equal then its kind of irrelevant.

Its time you go read some stats rather then using fake news intuitions to make news up. The world could be so much better than it is. Dont miskate this fact to say it is worse then the past. That thought error is what gave us Trump.
 

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I'm not necessarily in agreeance with either concept but your statement of "how good the world is" relative to any other period of history could be very easily argued in reality. I'm pretty sure the environment alone may beg to differ. It's very much a personal judgement regardless of how many times people like yourself like to throw in statistics regarding lifespans and economics or by cherry picking the worst times as comparisons etc. Even lifespans and personal economics are now arguably in negative territory compared to only a few decades ago and that is according to well accepted economists and scientists of today.
I'd suggest you don't see millions of people all around the world deciding to take actions like "Brexit" and "Trump" without there being some genuine ability to argue things are not necessarily as "sweet" as you yourself may internally project.


I recall seeing the first post in this thread and wondering how long it would take to get to the point of arguing over just how "good" things are in the "Good News" thread. It's pretty much a small window into humanity itself. Threads in the forum need narrative and opposing arguments to survive. It's the same reason news organisations can't survive just running all positive pieces. People want a hero, which requires an anti-hero, even in the "Good News" thread.
It's a small reflection on existence itself in reality. Even at the smallest atomic level of all "creation" there exists the positive and opposing negative charge. The yin/yang, hot/cold, North/South, male/female (oops hang on minute we're redefining that one nowadays) of all creation was always gong to make an appearance.
C'est La Vie
When nasa are teaching kids humanity is doomed and the only hope is find another planet

Well,
 

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There's a lot of doom and gloom environmental news going on, but one positive is that the ozone layer is healing itself, and is expected to make a full recovery by 2060.


The Montreal Protocol 1987 prohibited the use of CFCs, molecules used as refrigerants and propellants, that were found to be having a devastating effect on the ozone layer. Perhaps one of the only examples of the world coming together and agreeing on something important, and then following through with it?

A humorous off-topic anecdote: when I was learning about split system ACs at tafe, the instructor was showing us how to pump the gases from a decommissioned unit into a tank for disposal, as even though modern refrigerant gases are not a threat to the ozone layer, they are still an environmental hazard and should not be released into the atmosphere.

A student asked "but when you purged the pipes with nitrogen earlier, you just released it afterwards. So I take it that these restrictions don't apply to nitrogen? It's allowed to be released into the atmosphere??"

General knowledge fail, lol.
 

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Turns out that it's likely online discussion isn't any more toxic or inflamed than discussion in person - it's just the same few asshats being jerks with the added reach of social media magnifying it!

 

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Turns out that it's likely online discussion isn't any more toxic or inflamed than discussion in person - it's just the same few asshats being jerks with the added reach of social media magnifying it!

Interesting. I felt confident that there were many edgy keyboard warrior types who would present a far meeker image if challenged in real life. Maybe that applies more to non-political discussion.
 

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Interesting. I felt confident that there were many edgy keyboard warrior types who would present a far meeker image if challenged in real life. Maybe that applies more to non-political discussion.
Could still be true as the the paper is framed by a question about the perception of hostility levels. When I get a chance to read it all, I'll be able to give a better answer, but I suspect that those who would talk a big game online and not IRL would still do so IRL but only in settings of their choice.
 

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