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What about a thread for good news?

Postby Büge » Fri May 02, 2014 10:04 am

Veteran officer gives up his burial plot so a lesbian couple can be buried together

“I’ll tell you what,” Johnson wrote. “I will donate the plot I earned in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery to you and Jean. I am happy to give my fellow veteran that small peace of mind. And I do it to honor all the great Americans I’ve served with along the way – gay, straight, whatever.”


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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Mongrel » Mon May 05, 2014 8:02 pm

MIssouri man rightfully convicted of robbery 13 years ago was never sent to prison due to a clerical error, but was eventually arrested last year. Judge orders him released based on his exemplary life since then

So it basically worked out like a suspended sentence.

He never tried to hide and seems to have spent the whole time waiting to be picked up. A cynical man may point out that maybe that knowledge contributed somewhat to his good behaviour. But credit where it's due; after thirteen years, the habit of being a decent person may be a hard one to break.
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Mongrel » Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:52 pm

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Mongrel » Fri Nov 14, 2014 3:28 am

Neat: Australian Post opens up a warehouse in Oregon to provide a US address for Australians

There are a variety of commercial services that do this sort of thing in many countries, but this is the first time I've ever heard of a country's own actual government postal service doing something like this. Very cool!
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Mongrel » Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:09 pm

This is actually pretty big as well as being topical: DC city council moves to massively reform civil forfeiture in DC

- DC police will no longer get money from civil forfeiture, including directly and via loophole where forfeitures are farmed to the Feds
- Taking away property is going to be significantly harder and there's an exemption that would make cash under $1000 immune to forfeiture
- Targets of forfeiture will no longer have to pay $2,500 in up front bullshit charges to attempt to recover their property

The bad news is that this isn't slated to take effect until 2019, and of course it still has to actually pass, but man, at least someone is doing something.
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Mongrel » Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:45 pm

Holder just kicked asset forfeiture in the nuts.

Holy shit. Well how about that.

Now that is some seriously, genuinely good news.
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Büge » Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:23 pm

Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, said, “There is some grave concern about the possible loss of significant funding while local police and state police are being asked to do more and more each year.”



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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Mongrel » Fri Apr 17, 2015 6:31 pm

Bloomberg: Justice dept leaning against Comcast/TW merger.

'Course it don't mean a thing until the decision comes down. But it's still good news for now.
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Thad » Fri May 08, 2015 1:41 pm

So which South Carolina classroom projects listed at Donors Choose will be funded this year?

All of them, courtesy of one Rev. Sir Dr. Stephen T. Mos Def Colbert, D.F.A., Heavyweight Champion of the World.

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Mothra » Fri May 08, 2015 3:24 pm

Stephen, you are the best.

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Thad » Sat May 09, 2015 12:52 am

Via a Tumblr called Good Stuff Happened Today:

Why NASA Called The Northwest Indian College Space Center

Big schools like MIT and Vanderbilt University came to the competitions with fancy equipment: digital scales, specialized aluminum parts and fancy servo motors.

Northwest Indian College used discarded computer parts, bubble levels and mouse traps.

Irons said they worked with what they had.

“It comes down to sometimes, ‘Oh, do you have a paperclip, I need to put a paperclip in here to make sure this is secure,’” she said. “And so, honestly, it’s just whatever you have that works, you need to use it.”

And it did work.

That resourcefulness, borne out of poverty, has helped the Northwest Indian College Space Center outperform some schools with far greater resources. That gumption is what caught NASA’s attention.


I don't see an original source linked, which is irritating. But it's a good story.

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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Sharkey » Thu Jun 11, 2015 4:11 pm

Sooooo... reddit banned /r/FatPeopleHate along with a bunch of other pretty loathsome things for serial harassment, telling people to kill themselves, etc. Naturally, a bunch of entitled jackholes are in full pitchfork mode over this. Pretty much the same bunch that were pissed off when they banned /r/Jailbait. Because first they came for the pedophiles and I said nothing... then they came for the stalkers and bullies and I said nothing... Yeah. Not providing a free forum for vile, awful, actually illegal shit is totally a violation of your right to free speech. Somehow.

Anyway, this has apparently prompted a massive exodus of complete fucking assholes to Voat.co.

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I'm putting this in good news just on account of maybe the conversation over there will become slightly more tolerable now. Kind of like how Goobergoats lit out of 4chan and overnight shit became slightly more bearable.
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Mongrel » Thu Jun 11, 2015 4:54 pm

Apparently it was largely the same motivation as the imgur thing where they're banning porn or something about porn - because the site owners want to pursue a lot more aggressive monetization, paid placements, advertising content that can't be downvoted, and all that.

Not that I'm implying this isn't good news or that the underlying reasons somehow make this a bad thing; it's still great.
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Re: What about a thread for good news?

Postby Büge » Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:25 pm

Sharkey wrote:I'm putting this in good news just on account of maybe the conversation over there will become slightly more tolerable now. Kind of like how Goobergoats lit out of 4chan and overnight santorum became slightly more bearable.


It's not like the echo chamber of festering hatred went away. They just couldn't rally under that banner.

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