In the News

I found some great stuff online recently that I thought I’d share.

1. http://acomplaintfreeworld.org/aboutus.html

There’s a non-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of a complaint-free world! They send out purple bracelets like the yellow LiveStrong ones to help people remind themselves not to complain, to encourage positive cooperation. How great is that? Yes, I know there’s a colored bracelet for every cause under the sun, but I think this is a great use of an over-used phenomenon. If that makes me a dirty hippie, so be it! Here’s a quote from their FAQ page:

“Complaining spreads negative energy and negative energy cannot create a positive outcome. Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t stand before thousands in Washington, DC and shout, “Isn’t it awful how we’re being treated?” No. He shared his dream of a day when all children of all races would play and live together in peace and harmony. His vision galvanized our country and created positive change. For you to affect change, paint a bright vivid picture of the problem already solved and share this with as many people as you can.”

2. http://thesapling.tumblr.com/post/82957081/i-have-an-idea

In the same vein, check out this awesome post from “the sapling tumbles” on the power of positive thinking during the economic downturn. Here’s an excerpt:

“Hey, how ‘bout instead of telling each other how bad everything is all the time, we cut that out? What good is it doing? I mean, sure it’s good to be informed as to what’s going on, but the constant speculation that life as we know it is about to come to an end, and surely what will come after this will be horrible, and also, it’s the apocolypse and we’re all gonna die, are not helpful. If anything, the constant talking about it only adds fuel to the fire, doesn’t it? I feel like we’re all enabling each other to go ahead and panic. Let’s just stop it, shall we?”

3. http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/03/endangered.species.act/index.html

President Obama (that’s still fun to say) just moved to reverse some of the ridiculous and dangerous damage the Bush administration did recently to the Endangered Species Act! This is a big deal, and it’s a policy change that will save countless species and aid our planet’s biodiversity, which will help keep us alive, too. And that’s a good thing. This is EXACTLY why I voted for this man. Score one for science and rational thought:)

“Under the Bush administration rule, there was no need for a federal agency to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Services if that agency determined that no harm would come to an endangered species as a result of its project. But the determination of what ‘no harm’ meant rested with agency bureaucrats instead of scientists. Obama issued a memorandum that effectively suspends the regulation while ordering a review to determine whether it promotes ‘the purposes of the [Endangered Species Act].’

“‘The work of scientists and experts in my administration, including right here in the Interior Department, will be respected,’ Obama said. ‘For more than three decades, the Endangered Species Act has successfully protected our nation’s most threatened wildlife, and we should be looking for ways to improve it, not weaken it.'”

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