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Bill and Melinda Gates Are Paying Off Nigeria’s $76 Million Debt to Japan by ibaruah in UpliftingNews

[–]Miley_Dahmer 453 points454 points  (0 children)

It's not what you think. Bill and Melinda are just doing this to unfreeze the Prince's bank account and will get 76 Billion back in return.

Legal marijuana cuts violence says US study, as medical-use laws see crime fall by skoalbrother in UpliftingNews

[–]Literally_A_Shill 937 points938 points  (0 children)

In case anybody still hasn't realized that Trump and Sessions are actively working to create more criminals because it benefits them in several ways:

In a letter written to Congress on May 1, Sessions argues that because marijuana remains illegal under the controlled substances act, representatives should disregard longstanding protections against the prosecution of medical cannabis.

http://observer.com/2017/06/jeff-sessions-war-on-drugs-medical-marijuana/

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in remarks prepared for delivery this week that he believes marijuana is "only slightly less awful," than heroin.

http://time.com/4703888/jeff-sessions-marijuana-heroin-opioid/

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will end a Justice Department partnership with independent scientists to raise forensic science standards and has suspended an expanded review of FBI testimony across several techniques that have come under question, saying a new strategy will be set by an in-house team of law enforcement advisers.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/sessions-orders-justice-dept-to-end-forensic-science-commission-suspend-review-policy/2017/04/10/2dada0ca-1c96-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html

In the later years of the Obama administration, a bipartisan consensus emerged on Capitol Hill for sentencing reform legislation, which Sessions opposed and successfully worked to derail.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday that he has directed his federal prosecutors to pursue the most severe penalties possible, including mandatory minimum sentences, in his first step toward a return to the war on drugs of the 1980s and 1990s that resulted in long sentences for many minority defendants and packed U.S. prisons.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-issues-sweeping-new-criminal-charging-policy/2017/05/11/4752bd42-3697-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html?utm_term=.0d31d35ee8d4

Sessions welcomes restoration of asset forfeiture: "I love that program"

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sessions-welcomes-expansion-of-asset-forfeiture-i-love-that-program/

In the final months of the Obama administration, the Justice Department announced it would end the use of private prisons. In the first month of the Trump administration, the rule was rescinded. In a memo signed February 21, but released to the public late Thursday, the new U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, rescinded the order.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamsarhan/2017/02/24/prison-stocks-soar-under-trump-as-sessions-oks-private-jails-again/#4d32c51810ce

When asked about racial tensions in the United States, Trump gave a rambling answer about promoting "law and order" while painting a picture of inner cities as places where people cannot "walk down the street" without getting shot. The Republican presidential nominee again touted the effectiveness of stop-and-frisk

https://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/26/trump-again-praises-stop-and-frisk-says-people-in-inner-cities-are-living-in-hell.html

Specific demographics are being targeted so that they can actively be stolen from through asset forfeiture, put into slave labor for private prisons and disenfranchised while enriching certain groups.

Legal marijuana cuts violence says US study, as medical-use laws see crime fall by skoalbrother in UpliftingNews

[–]ovaltine_spice 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Gimme a sec *inhales*

DUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHH!

It's never been the drug, of any class.

Only prohibition is to blame, for the crime, cartels and subsequent violence. Drive something underground it can only be trouble.

In this day and age, particularly the U.S. government, need to look long and hard at the true reasons these 'war on drugs' were ever started.

Opium was in wide use for centuries until became synonymous with those shifty Chinese. BANNED. Arrest the users.

Marijuana, used for fabric based materials as hemp until them lowlife Black people started smoking it. BANNED. Arrest the users.

Alcohol, needs no history lesson, until those lazy Mexicans made it their chief vice. BANN-. Oh wait, too many white people are arrested for this one, better re-legalise it.

Think I'm being hyperbolic? Look it up.

Nearly every last bit of 'Class' drug control has been racially motivated.

The craziest part to me is, control the supply, just like with alcohol and tobacco, it could be HUGE economically and drug related crime all but disappears. Just like with alcohol. You spend less time and money policing it and make money instead. No one has ever told me how this doesn't make sense.

The temperance movement is a tried, tested and proven example of what happens when you prohibit something which you arguably shouldn't (see: the argument that drugs are a public health issue, not in the remit of 'Protect and Serve'), and then stop prohibiting it.

But nah, we just enjoy using them to victimise minorities too much; instead of tapping the potentially vast economical/law & order benefits.

Yeah, you can talk about the morals of it all but most of the current moralising (used by governments mainly but also many a layman) originate from archaic hyperbole, propaganda and scaremongering; so...

Not like legalising drug will make us lose all morals, as some would suggest. The key word is controlling supply, controlling it; responsibly. It wouldn't make the worlds problem magically disappear and would take decades to stabilise, but it'd be one less thing to futilely bash our heads against the wall about.

This is all from a guy who's never touched drugs and is teetotal. When I see stupid I argue against it.

Edit: Oh sweet I got gilded. Only said what's been said before, but i'll take it.

Also, my post is hidden, don't know what that's about.

Legal marijuana cuts violence says US study, as medical-use laws see crime fall by skoalbrother in UpliftingNews

[–]dontletmepost 805 points806 points  (0 children)

People forget how "quietly" racist Nixon's admin really was.

The southern strategy is a fucking cancer on our nation to this day.

Florida bill would ban orca shows and breeding by QuietCakeBionics in UpliftingNews

[–]BlitzForSix 278 points279 points  (0 children)

This is a topic I’m actually a bit torn on.

Of course none of us support animal cruelty, however, as a culture we are continuously growing further and further away from the natural world. Everything is seen “on TV”.

Zoo’s and aquariums make the animal real to children. They bring the animal “to life” for them. The subtleties* as kids stare through the glass are lost through the screen.

The smells, the way the fur ripples on tigers when they breath, or friggin' drool like crazy; whatever it is, they’re real. It truly inspired and brought to life my passion and love for animals.

Zoos and aquariums are absolutely a big contributor as to why I donate to forest & ocean preservation charities. I'll always think of that one tiger (that's long since dead) back in Dallas, Texas every time I toss in a dollar. That one. It may be a little bizarre and maybe I'm alone in this, but that's the tiger my mind "saved" for me to recall, and found a "connection" with. It didn't even do anything but lay there, but that was the one.

A lot of zoos here in America don’t “exploit” animals the way they used to. They’re given naps/ shelter out of human sight, away from the glass. So, to me, it’s always begged the question, is that one animal’s not perfect/ confined life worth it, if it draws in millions of dollars of support from spectators towards it’s species preservation?

Edit: spelling, a story & thank you for the gold kind stranger!

Fundraiser to help Harlem children see Marvel's Black Panther more than doubles goal by ultra_x in UpliftingNews

[–]OhGawDuhhh 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Hrmm. That depends. A big part of Wolverine is that he's Canadian so his nationality is non-negotiable, but I wouldn't be bothered by a Logan of a different race as long as it's in a separate continuity that establishes that that's his race from the start. I wouldn't mind Idris Elba as James Bond at all as long as it's not the same James Bond from Casino Royale and Skyfall, you know what I mean. Now, for T'Challa, a defining trait of his is that he's a black man from Africa so that's a non-negotiable. I'm not bothered by race changes as long as continuity isn't thrown out the window. I think the new Star Wars film so it best. They're a nice mix of legacy heroes with new characters who are very compelling. I'm Puerto Rican and Cuban so seeing Poe Dameron makes me wish that this new character existed when I was a kid. He's from Yavin IV but in real life, Oscar Isaac is Cuban and Guatemalan and we look similar. It's nice to feel included and represented. I like knowing that when I have kids, my son will have a Star Wars character who he can relate to just by looking at him. My son can imagine that he could be a hero in Star Wars and play with action figures that he can relate to on a visual level. I suspect that Caucasians don't really deal with under-representation in media. Imagine going to college and graduating, just like all your family in previous generations. It would feel par for the course. Now, to someone whose family has struggled economically and not had as many opportunities, a member of that family overcoming adversity and attending and graduating college would be a BIG deal, even though to you, that's an expected part of life and not a big deal at all. You might even think it'd be weird NOT to go to college. You'd probably feel like someone is making much ado about nothing but it's because you don't have their perspective and they don't have your perspective. Diversity and inclusion is awesome and definitely a good thing as long as it's organic.

India's gay prince opens his palace to LGBT people by dhruveishp in UpliftingNews

[–]CedarWolf 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Uh, sure, why not? Here's some other fun, fishy facts:

  • The largest (ever recorded) specimen of tuna was 21 feet long, weighing 1600 pounds. Despite their large size, tunas are very fast swimmers. They can reach the speed between 44 and 62 miles per hour.

  • Unlike other fish, tuna are able to increase and maintain the body temperature few degrees above the temperature of surrounding water. Because of this feature, tuna can be classified as "warm-blooded" animal.

Mom of two wins $5M on lottery ticket bought by mistake by idahoblackberry in UpliftingNews

[–]Remowilliams84 11.5k points11.5k points  (0 children)

The check says she wins five million dollars. Her face says she's still the mother of twins.

Edit: My first reddit gold and it came from me misreading a title! What a world we live in.

Mom of two wins $5M on lottery ticket bought by mistake by idahoblackberry in UpliftingNews

[–]ALYXZYR 40 points41 points  (0 children)

Happy cake day!!! Edit: holy shit it’s my cake day too!! I hardly ever comment on reddit. Mostly lurk.

Arkansas mosque forgives, pays fine of man who defaced its walls by Public_Fucking_Media in UpliftingNews

[–]DarkwaterV2 8426 points8427 points  (0 children)

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?

Edit: I'd like to use the traction this post is getting to recommend you all brush your tongues. That yellow layer that gets on there looks and smells absolutely vile. And use a real tongue scraper too, not just your toothbrush. You'll thank me later. Love you.

Edit 2: thank you for the gold, stranger! You're too kind.

Arkansas Tattoo Artist Offers to Cover Up Racist, Gang Ink for Free by jups2709 in UpliftingNews

[–]the_eric 203 points204 points  (0 children)

Honestly, I haven't, but I'm going to make some calls tomorrow and see what I can do for her.

Arkansas Tattoo Artist Offers to Cover Up Racist, Gang Ink for Free by jups2709 in UpliftingNews

[–]unusualkind 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Take your time. I know there are subreddits who would even fund this kind of thing without question. I would absolutely if I wasn't homeless and in a very shitty situation myself. Not sure what exactly those subreddits would be, but they're out there, least I can do is google around and find out.

Edit: First gold, holy shit. You'd think being in a situation like mine would make you bitter and angry about the world. I've found that it just makes you more compassionate to help others in bad situations, and every single homeless person I've talked to (very, very many) is the same way, no matter how many people look down on you. It just puts a smile on your face helping anyone with the slightest issue they have when you yourself have nothing, I don't know exactly why, that's just the way it is.

Coca-Cola grants permission to two men In Beaumont, Texas -- a city with no water -- to steal bottled water from the company's warehouse by sisyphushaditsoeasy in UpliftingNews

[–]byurazorback 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Why only 14 cases? You'd think they would get boats as close as they could and use the hovercraft to ferry as many cases of water out....

Students give 'sweetest' high school janitor new work boots for Christmas by BlankVerse in UpliftingNews

[–]gus2155 14 points15 points  (0 children)

As a custodian, no one ever gets me anything.

And also, go fuck yourself if you throw out coffee cups that are still half full.

A school asked for 50 extra men to show up for a 'Breakfast with Dad' event. 600 showed up. by eheaney in UpliftingNews

[–]ZippytheMuppetKiller 2635 points2636 points  (0 children)

Some people think living in a barn is great. I say neigh.

Edit: Thank you for my first Reddit Gold, kind stranger! If you need me I'll be plowing through this day. Happy Friday!

Texas elementary school flooded with blankets after girl's plaintive letter to Santa asks only for food, a blanket and a ball for her brothers to play with. by sisyphushaditsoeasy in UpliftingNews

[–]Firhel 183 points184 points  (0 children)

You're a good person. I'm glad you see he's doing what he can. Would it be weird if i offered to mail you my working Xbox 360 as a Christmas present? I've got a few games and haven't touched it in over a year, I'm sure you'd appreciate it more than I would.

Update: Just mailed it out and sent him the tracking. Hopefully will get there Saturday. Thanks to everyone for brightening our day with all the love!

Dana Lewis, who has diabetes built her own artificial pancreas, she used social media, computer skills and mail-ordered parts to invent an artificial pancreas for people with diabetes and she is giving away the plans for free by speckz in UpliftingNews

[–]MapleA 205 points206 points  (0 children)

Yeah these sensationalist diabetes articles really bother me. I’m type 1 and I’m waiting for the cure. Give me some fucking good news. Tell me the pharmaceutical companies have all burned down. That I no longer have to pay out my ass just to live. Fuck having type 1 diabetes in America.

Anonymous donor pays off Walmart layaway gifts for 200 families by notbob1959 in UpliftingNews

[–]Shippoyasha 106 points107 points  (0 children)

Me too. I like gifting random gifts to those who has helped me and paying forward (even with a cheap flower basket) feels amazing. I wish I had the capability to pay it forward more.

Anonymous donor pays off Walmart layaway gifts for 200 families by notbob1959 in UpliftingNews

[–]plusminuss 1400 points1401 points  (0 children)

Reminds of a story about my teenage years. My family never had a lot of money, but my father was a carpenter and worked his ass off. Well he passed away when I was 15 a few weeks before Christmas. We (three brothers, one sister) had no tree, and no prospect of gifts or anything of the sort. (My mother wasn't working because my father was only 42 and healthy enough. This was a shitty time for all of us. No food...nothing. The landlord was generous, however, and gave us two months rent free. Obviously we didn't care much about the spirit of Christmas during this time. But on Christmas eve, four vans pull up. Full if presents and groceries and with a tree strapped to the roof of one of them. We never found out how they knew, or who they were. I will never forget that day. Made me believe in humans. I only say that because Dec. 5th is the anniversary of his death, and I will never forget that Christmas. So I am pleased when I read stories like this. (New to Reddit, sorry if long.)

Tennessee boy's anti-bullying video Goes Viral, Athletes, Celebrities, and thousands respond by icedc0vfefe in UpliftingNews

[–]Lukavian 162 points163 points  (0 children)

I know, right? To be shoved violently into the limelight for a brief period and then all but forgotten in a month or two when the furor dies down and nothing changes?

Sorry to be cynicism incarnate, but if we're honest with ourselves, this is probably how it'll go down. As a victim of bullying myself, I agree, I wish it didn't happen. But it does happen, and either it's getting worse or it's just more widely reported and isn't getting better.

Edit: and now I've been gilded for being an asshole. Hahaha.

Australian scientists developed vitamin enriched bananas to save African children from deficiency by MagnificentCat in UpliftingNews

[–]jimmboilife 1814 points1815 points  (0 children)

Alright, I’m all for direct gene modification (“GMOs”) and I am a farmer myself, but you’re circle-jerking a little bit.

There’s a small handful of projects that increase nutrition (Golden Rice, or banana). There are many more that increase yield, or optimize water use. Those are fantastic and should be invested more in.

But as with any engineering method, there are fair disagreements to some engineering solutions. Now have you ever heard someone say ”improved disease resistance” of a certain crop? They’re not boosting the immune response of the crop...the crop already put too much of its energy toward the huge yield to be able to do that. What it means is that the crop now tolerates a very very high quantity of some fungicide/herbicide/insecticide, which you can now apply more liberally and more often. This has wide-reaching environmental effects and there is literature supporting all of that.

I use pesticides. Absolutely. But I don’t kid myself about them and I try my best to limit the impact.

My point is that although I laugh at the kid who thinks GMOs are inherently bad, I also am annoyed by this new attitude that doesn’t allow criticism of individual methods.

This circus features rescued pit bulls instead of elephants and lions by vmorreale in UpliftingNews

[–]Jamie_Moriarty 3432 points3433 points  (0 children)

I'm pretty sure those dogs have a way better life now, pitbulls are really loyal if you treat them right.. Don't think everyone buys a ticket only to see the show, it's the whole story, you get a fun show from animals that now have a better life and you help others as the money goes to a good cause..

I grew up with a pitbull that stood in front of me growling if my mom was yelling at me, she once tried to hit me and the dog snapped at her. He saved me from a lot of abuse, sadly I still had a lot of years left with my mom once he was gone and the abuse got so bad I was taken out of home when I was 13 years old..

If I ever get a dog, it will be a pitbull, never felt as safe as with my best friend back then.

Pitbulls changing the world \o/

Anglers use ashes of friend as bait to reel in monster 180lbs carp in his honour by Andnesti in UpliftingNews

[–]HookedOnOogaChaka 4314 points4315 points  (0 children)

I've been trying to figure this out for years. I knew I didn't want all that fancy shit, but that's it.

Pine box? Maybe.

Science? Maybe.

Smoke me? Maybe.

Plant a tree with me? Maybe.

No. Not anymore. In the event my friends and family find my account when I'm dead. Please catch fish with me. Seriously.

Edit: I'm drinking tonight so I'm texting the important ones now in case I fall down the stairs or some shit.

Edit 2: Spelling.

Probably final edit: I don't think they're into it so far :(

I lied one more drunk af edit: Success. Fuck yeah.