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Daily Digest 11/30 - Good News Friday: Signs You're Making Progress, The Philosophy Of Hope

Friday, November 30, 2018, 11:27 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


Six Signs You’re Making Great Progress in Life (Suzie G.)

While there are plenty of tools, such as affirmations, meditation and the emotional freedom technique, designed to help us cut back on negative thought–which has been found to take up upwards of 70% of our mental chatter–I’ve found that one of the strongest antidotes is concrete evidence of the opposite.

5 Weeks and Counting: Dutch Church Holds Worship Marathon to Protect Migrant Family (jdargis)

The Tamrazyan family — two parents and their three children, ages 21, 19 and 14 — have said that they left Armenia after receiving death threats over the father’s political activism. The people working with the family declined to say what political causes he was involved in, or who might want to harm him; the organization Freedom House rates Armenia, a small nation in the Caucasus, as “partly free,” with democratic institutions but limited political freedom or freedom of expression.

The Good News From Africa (tmn)

Perhaps most significant, a relatively high proportion of sub-Saharan Africa is at peace today. It is more stable and less prone to conflict, relative to previous decades. Violence in the Congo region and Rwanda, for instance, killed millions in the 1990s. There is nothing comparable going on today. This general move toward greater peace has been detailed in a recent report from the Institute for Security Studies.

Want a free country house in Japan? They're giving them away (Adam)

Abandoned properties in the world's third-largest economy are among the least-discussed side effects of the country's demographic changes. But it's getting more attention given the increasing number of affordable — and sometimes free — houses put up for sale online on websites called "akiya banks."

This City’s Overdose Deaths Have Plunged. Can Others Learn From It? (tmn)

While it’s too soon to know if the improvement is part of a long-term trend, it is clear there are some lessons to be learned from Dayton. The New York Times spent several days here interviewing police and public health officials; doctors, nurses and other treatment providers; people recovering from opioid addiction and people who are still using heroin and other drugs.

Hellbent bikers provide security to Camp Fire evacuees at Chico church (thc0655, Thomas R.)

Craig Dunbar, with Hellbent 82 North, rattled off some of the dozen-plus clubs that have been volunteering their time and protection services. Their names are as colorful as their jackets; a few include the Jus Brothers from Oroville and Stockton, Sons of Hell out of Redding and the Street Outlaws from Red Bluff, Notorious from Chico, Henchmen and Hessians from San Joaquin, Curb Crawlers from Yuba City, Hells Angels from Sacramento and Dunbar’s fellow Hellbent brothers from Vallejo and Sacramento.

Soldier says a stranger's Christmas card got him through the Vietnam War (Thomas R.)

When John Metzler served in the Vietnam War, he got a Christmas card from a little girl he didn't know. He said it helped him get through the war. Decades later, he met the sender. Steve Hartman has their story "On The Road."

In Our Time: Hope (jdargis)

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the development of ideas about hope, left in Pandora's box either as a consolation or as another evil, later the companion of faith and love.

NASA’s InSight Mission Has Touched Down on Mars to Study the Red Planet’s Deep Secrets (tmn)

In the months ahead, InSight will begin its study of the Martian underworld, listening for tremors — marsquakes — and collect data that will be pieced together in a map of the interior of the red planet and help would help scientists understand how Mars and other rocky planets formed.

Those lessons could also shed light on Earth’s origins.

Tundra-Trailblazing Beavers Shaped How We Coexist (JK)

Beavers, ever adaptable and enterprising, got to the tundra first—and their now flourishing Arctic empire can be seen from space. As so many times before, they pushed past the northern edge of their traditional habitat, out of their comfort zone, exacerbating and repairing and fleeing climate change all at once, past Alaska’s boreal forest into the Arctic, ambling ever upward, their luxurious pelts thickening and thickening.

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Yemen Genocide About Oil Control

Yemen Genocide About Oil Control (Global Research)


"The ongoing de facto genocide in the Republic of Yemen in a war whose most intense phase began in 2015, has until very recently been all but ignored in the Western mainstream media. What has also been ignored is the fundamental casus belli for the US-backed Saudi war, ostensibly against the Shi’ite Houthi by the Sunni Wahhabite Saudis. As with virtually every war and destabilization since the British first discovered abundant oil in the Persian Gulf over a century ago, the Yemen war is about oil, more precisely about control of oil, lots of oil."

"There are two strategic aspects of who is in control of Yemen, especially the areas now in control of the Houthi. One is the mentioned geostrategic control of oil flows passing Bab el Mandab in the Horn of Africa. The second is the control of the largely untapped oil wealth of Yemen itself."

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These 5 charts warn that the US corporate debt party is getting

These 5 charts warn that the US corporate debt party is getting out of ...

MarketWatch-20 hours ago
... advantage of low interest rates after the financial crisis to load up on cheap debt. ... from HSBC showing why some are worried about a corporate debt bubble: ...

Consumer debt on track to reach $4 trillion by 2019

Yahoo Finance-19 hours ago
Here's an unsettling number as you gear up for holiday shopping: consumer debt is on pace to hit $4 trillion by the end of 2018. In fact, in just the past five years, ...

New York Fed's Williams: Declining Neutral Rates a Major Challenge ...

Wall Street Journal-2 hours ago
A shift in interest rates toward persistently lower levels means central banks may need to look at new strategies to help keep inflation at desired levels, John ...

Australia central bank rates seen at record lows until early 2020 ...

Reuters-11 hours ago
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's central bank is seen stretching its record spell of steady rates into 2020, according to a median forecast of economists polled by ...

Italy Economy Contracted, Complicating Populist Growth Plans

Bloomberg-4 hours ago

However, the plan with a 2.4 percent deficit target for next year has run into a ... as citizens' income and pension reform may cost less than originally forecast, .



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High anxiety here!  Epicenter of the earthquake was about 9 miles.  Lots of aftershocks.  Huge mess at home.  Road damage and schools closed.  The good news is the temperature is mild. Some have no power but we do.  We are making lists of things to do to become more prepsred.


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Glad you are ok

Glad you are ok, AKGrannyWGrit! 

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Thanks for letting us know!

Mixed reports and sensationalism in the news as per the norm making it hard to find accurate facts. Glad you are okay!  Hope your preps and skills see you through now and with the coming challenges!


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AKGrannyWGrit wrote:

High anxiety here!  Epicenter of the earthquake was about 9 miles.  Lots of aftershocks.  Huge mess at home.  Road damage and schools closed.  The good news is the temperature is mild. Some have no power but we do.  We are making lists of things to do to become more prepsred.


Glad to hear from you AKGwG!

When you are able, we'd all be keen to hear more about your experience, both during and the aftermath.  I'm sure there will be plenty of learnings and discoveries in these next few days to add to the pile.

I guess the good news is that the Anchorage fault released a huge amount of energy without going completely overboard as it did back in '64?  

Again, glad to hear from you!  

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