I was tired of hearing and reading bad news so I went on a good news search. I googled great news.
I found a web site dedicated to great news, thegreatnewsnetwork.
They had some great news. I, though, am a habitual doubter. I sought confirmation. For each story they listed as great news, I googled the information.
There were nice stories, confirmed. Astronomers confirmed they'd found an earth like habitable. Earth-like means habitable. It's bigger, about 2.4 Earth's size, and a long way off, 600 light-years. They gave it a romantic, inspirational name, Kepler 22-b. Sure, it's name after Kepler, which is good. Doesn't make for a great movie title.
Sorry, meant to stay positive. Another great news story, "US Coal Plant Pollution Down". Digital Journal confirmed NASA, using the Ozone Monitoring Instrument, OMI, on their Aura satellite, confirmed sulfur dioxide levels are down since 2005. Cool beans.
Other good news included the purchase of land with old growth Redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in California. Excellent! Another article said the "Fresh From the Farm" project intends to create a 75,000 square foot garden on the roof of a former malt factory in Berlin. That is awesome, exactly the forward thinking I look forward to hearing. UPI confirmed the story.
Those are some good stories.
I continued on the search. Hot Air listed the lack of public confidence in government as good news. Guess they're being sarcastic.
Goodnewsdaily.com was compromised so I didn't check it out. Goodnewsnetwork had a lot of human interest stories, as did goodnewsblog.com. Many were the same stories.
I went to SFGate.com to see if they had any good news. I didn't see any but I did see that the Marist Poll surveyed 1,026 adults in November, and the most annoying word this year, garnering 38%, is "whatever". "Like", as in, "Like, I told her," came in at second with 20%.
Next step was the NYTimes and the Washington Post home pages. Not much good news, although NYT reported a man exonerated of murder in Texas planned to sue the prosecutor behind his conviction. I consider it good news on several fronts. He was the 45th person convicted in Texas exonerated by DNA evidence. The exonerated, Michael Morton, was suing the prosecutor because he fought DNA testing of a blue bandana for six years, fought it and, as a state district judge, advised his successor to fight it. A state court ordered the DNA testing in 2010 and found blood on the bandana included both the man wearing it, and the woman murdered, Mr Morton's life. Now, 25 years, Mr Morton has been set free. After the records were unsealed and this DNA evidence tested, there was other evidence that had not been provided to the defense, including police reports from neighbors, and police reports citing that Mrs Morton's credit card had been used after her death, and a check forged in her name. Most legal experts don't think anything will happen to the prosecutor/judge. It's difficult to prove malfeasance, especially 25 years later.
Unemployment declined in November, too, and I found many stories of people finding and saving animals. There was also a Tebow story, telling how he hosts a sick child and their family every week, and visits them after his football game, no matter what the outcome. That story made me feel good.
There was another story, that Jerry Richardson, Caroline Panthers owner, drove to a football fan's funeral. The deceased, R Bruce Rognon, was a season ticket holder. He never missed a home game. 71 years old, Mr Rognon collapsed as he walked from the stadium to his car, and died of a heart attack. Mr Richardson had never met him, but he felt that the least he could do was go to the fan's funeral and pay his respects.
That story probably made me feel better than any of the rest. I'm a sentimental sucker.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com