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Old 07-22-2013, 12:14 PM   #21
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Great posts, guys.


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I love statistics like this. We had a meeting at work the other day about how the job related injury percentage went down from what it was in like 2002 or something. I was like, "really, no ****...that's cause 3,000 more people are employed here since 2002, obviously the percentage would go down. If it went up, then there's a huge problem."
Propaganda, gotta love it.
I'm not sure I understand what you are saying. The workplace employed a bunch more people but the number of job-related injuries did not increase proportionately, so the percentage went down. That assumes the absolute number of injuries remained constant while the population increased.

That still seems like a positive to me.


This next story fits perfectly with the concept of this thread and is relevant to the above. Hat tip to SamNavy for linking to it in the gun rights thread.

Most people (according to a Pew Research poll) thinking firearms-related violence has gone up over the past couple of decades.

In fact, it's much lower.
Firearm-related homicides declined 39 percent and nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69 percent from 1993 to 2011, the Justice Departmentís Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.

Firearm-related homicides dropped from 18,253 homicides in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011, and nonfatal firearm crimes dropped from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011.
That's huge: despite a growing population, there are fewer absolute firearm-related homicides and non-fatal firearm crimes which means a much lower victimization rate.

Bureau of Justice Statistics Firearm Violence, 1993
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Most of this is positive, in my opinion:

(In case the huge image is too huge, link to Census.gov infographic

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A nice break from all of the professional baseball stories in the news lately.

'Beep Baseball'
The air smells like cut grass and barbecue at Friendship Park in north Spokane, Wash. And Bee Yang is up to bat. The outfielders get ready. Yang is known as a power hitter.

But this is not your usual baseball game. There's a twist: most of the athletes on the field are visually impaired. Players know where the ball is by listening for it. It's called Beep Baseball, named for the beeping sound the ***** make.

Yang listens for the pitch.

He swings.

He hits the ball and takes off toward first base, which has started buzzing. Over in left field, a player scrambles after the beeping ball. But Yang reaches the base first.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:03 PM   #27
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A 97-year-old WWII veteran from Ohio uses a different kind of medium to create his artwork. Hal Lasko, also known as 'Grandpa,' makes his masterpieces exclusively using Microsoft Paint on Windows '95.

Lasko, who is legally blind, served drafting directional and weather maps for bombing raids in WWII and later began his civilian career as a typographer. Decades after retiring in the 1970s, Lasko's family introduced him to Microsoft Paint and the artist quickly took to the digital medium.

Now the almost century-year-old grandfather has his artwork on display at a local art exhibition and he is also selling his prints online.

The 'pixel painter' quickly caught the attention of director Josh Bogdon who documented Lasko's story of discovering a new career well into his 80s. Watch a clip below.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/07/...#ixzz2a5PD1vqQ
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Atanas - The thread is not titled, "The World is Not Bad at All." Right now, there are between 6 and 7 billion people currently not being attacked with tanks or suffering from civil war.


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Former President George H.W. Bush has a new summer 'do. He shaved his head to show support for the son of one of his Secret Service agents. Two-year-old Patrick lost his hair from leukemia treatments. Bush and his wife lost a three-year-old daughter to leukemia nearly 60 years ago. A photo just released shows Patrick perched on Bush's knee with matching bald heads, blue shirts, and khakis. Bill Clinton tweeted: 41, you look great.


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Sam Simon - co-creator of The Simpsons and Hollywood type who has been involved in some other projects, was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Already a big philanthropist, who primarily supports feeding people and saving animals, has decided, "that he will donate nearly all of his sizable Simpsons royalties -- which he has said earn him "tens of millions" annually -- to charity.
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Still won't buy him a place in heaven.
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Still won't buy him a place in heaven.
A) That's pretty damn random.

B) That assumes there is a Heaven and that's where he wants to go.

C) That assumes he is trying to "buy" himself a place there.

D) That assumes he hasn't "earned" his place there through a generally good life in which he has spent decades and countless hours and dollars trying to help those less fortunate than himself.
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Jack, don't take all the negativity personally. You tried.

It seems most people live in or near one of two camps: (1) everyone else is assumed to be good until evidence shows otherwise, or (2) everyone else is bad and not to be trusted until shown otherwise.

Showing examples of good or bad people will do little to change anyone's basic attitude.

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I was about to post this one myself. At 5:50 At least it would be a pretty quick death I would imagine. Exactly why I wouldn't want to be part of a tank crew.

And overall, there will always be good people who do good things, and there will always be evil people doing evil things. It's the way of the world. I think if we could all come together, the latter number could be reduced greatly.
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My main point with this thread is to show examples of some of the many good and great things that go on, but rarely get noticed.

There are already tons of threads dedicated to the negative things going on in the world, just in this sub-forum. I'm not opposed to those existing, but I think some balance is is a good thing.
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Jack, don't take all the negativity personally. You tried.

It seems most people live in or near one of two camps: (1) everyone else is assumed to be good until evidence shows otherwise, or (2) everyone else is bad and not to be trusted until shown otherwise.

Showing examples of good or bad people will do little to change anyone's basic attitude.
I generally assume people are good unless proven otherwise. It usually seems that it's a pretty safe bet. One on one, just about everyone is a normal, decent person. There are always exceptions, but I find that to be fairly rare.

However, I believe most rich people (and a vast majority of famous ones) are ********. Not necessarily bad, just ********. They got to be rich by being that way to the unwashed masses. Then, when things go bad for them, they try to buy their way out of it by giving away the money. Sorry, you're still an *******.
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I was about to post this one myself. At 5:50 At least it would be a pretty quick death I would imagine. Exactly why I wouldn't want to be part of a tank crew.
Well at least 1 person made it out. I believe the tank seats a minimum of 3.
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