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Much better than my local council who won’t let you plant a single thing on the verge or median strips despite touting themselves as “green” which they use to go on “study trips” to Europe.
 

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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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