10 Things America Is Getting Right

Having exposed 10 ways America is falling behind earlier, and with a number of natural disasters raging across the country this year, and political discourse at its peak; it's important to remember that, as Axios' Haley Bitzky notes, there is some good news out there...

The bottom line: Americans are pulling together, every day, to help one another; there are medical advances that will help millions, and not even D.C. is that bad all the time. But, much of the good news never makes headlines.

1. The kids are alright

Teen birth rates hit a new low in 2016, dropping 9% since 2015 and 67% since 1991. And Washington University found that teens aren't abusing alcohol or drugs, or engaging in "delinquent behavior" as much as they used to.

2. We're more environmentally friendly

Boston has joined other cities in banning single-use plastic bags. St. Louis committed to a transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035 — it currently gets only 5% of its energy from renewable sources.

3. Technology is making a difference

Tesla restored electricity to a children's hospital in Puerto Rico after it was hit by hurricanes in September, and a North Carolina police department used a drone to find a missing 81-year-old woman with dementia within 25 minutes of her disappearance.

4. Medical advances are helping millions

The FDA cleared an earpiece that may help block symptoms of opioid withdrawal. And Portal Instruments, a private medical device company licensed from MIT, has made a needle-free drug injection device.

5. The economy is booming

13 states saw record-lows of unemployment this year; nationally, the unemployment level is at the lowest it has been since 2000. And financial satisfaction hit a 24-year high this year.

6. We're becoming more tolerant

Support for allowing same-sex marriage is at its highest point in 20 years, according to a Pew Research survey. For the first time, a majority of Baby Boomers (56%) favor allowing same-sex marriage, and almost the same amount of Republicans favor allowing it (47%) as opposing it (48%).

7. Space exploration

Vice President Mike Pence said in October that the U.S. "will return...to the moon not only to leave behind footprints and flags but to build the foundation we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond." In September, NASA's Cassini spacecraft ended its journey after bringing us some incredible findings.

8. Neighbors are looking out for one another

A man in North Carolina has started the non-profit ChemoCars, a service that provides cancer patients with free rides to and from their chemo treatments. More than 6,000 Texas inmates decided to donate $53,863 of their commissary funds to Hurricane Harvey victims. And, a GoFundMe campaign raised more than $11 million for the victims of the horrific Las Vegas shooting in October that left 58 people dead, and hundreds injured.

9. American philanthropy is reaching beyond our borders

Uber partnered with the charity Whizz-Kidz to give those who use wheelchairs in the UK free rides to polling places this summer. And The Carter Center, run by former President Jimmy Carter, announced in October that it helped eliminate the disfiguring tropical disease elephantiasis from two states in Nigeria, where it was the most prevalent.

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Okay, we admit it... that's only 9, we couldn't find a 10th.

Comments

junction PrintCash Dec 31, 2017 1:55 PM Permalink

Good news, the New World Order plans to wipe out white guys is proceeding apace.  The latest mortality statistics show that lower middle class whites with high school diplomas are dying at younger ages, thanks to a a combination of narcotics imported from Afghanistan, alcoholism, depression and quasi-Obama type death panels in hospitals that don't like people with low-paying Obamacare health insurance. 

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VWAndy PT Dec 31, 2017 3:34 PM Permalink

 The environmental movement has been a globalist tool for a long time. Destroyed the cali economy state wide. Back in 1969 we made the coolest cars the best movies bitchen planes and rocket motors. Now we make porn and golf carts. Sad really.

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BobEore toady Dec 31, 2017 6:43 PM Permalink

he he heh...

finally aware that with the posting of that previous ... "some bad stuff happening to Merika... to make you retards feel good... in the face of all the shit happening via your mo/fo POTUS what makes you feel bad"

...our hosts most egregious-yet exposure of the completely screwed up agenda here...

has been put on public display, an attempt at recovery which simply worsens the already disastrous attempt to recover the long gone status of cutting edge cynicism and wit

ironically at last does reach our funny bones... for all the wrong reasons!

What a week - what a year.... for alt-0-media organs with a dead VOTAN the vote meter god... and apparent death wish to match their suicidaist exceptionalist readers!

 

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snodgrass junction Dec 31, 2017 3:27 PM Permalink

The establishment has been working on gelding their competition (white males) for some time via war, feminism, promoting homosexuality, destruction of the family, TV depictions of white males as morons and racists (Archie Bunker et al) and now the all out assault on white males unless they bow and scrape before minorities.

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HockeyFool Deep Snorkeler Dec 31, 2017 4:36 PM Permalink

The Blue states

1. I got a dick and balls, can I use the little girls bathroom?

2. We have no money for pensions, let's raise taxes some more

3. All our businesses and citizens are leaving the state, let's raise taxes some more.

4. We need to allow more free loading illegals into our state so they vote democrat. Let's raise taxes some more.

5. See #3

 

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Bollixed junction Dec 31, 2017 2:07 PM Permalink

Well, if nothing else I can now read articles and when I get to the comment section I see I have already up-arrowed comments I didn't even know I had read much less given a thought about upvoting. The good side is I can now go to older articles and give another greeny where I already had given one thus giving my double approval like that means anything. ZH 5.0...gotta love it.

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Ralph Spoilsport seek Dec 31, 2017 2:56 PM Permalink

I noticed https yesterday because I quit getting warnings about a non-secure connection from the firewall. It may have been implemented earlier than that.

I agree that it's a bit late to be closing the barn door, but implementing https means a whole category of lower-tier hackers and script-kiddies are now denied the ability to read everything in clear text.

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ic_Slayer Dec 31, 2017 1:50 PM Permalink

What a bunch of fake optimism. You really believe what's coming out of your own moufs over there?

 

10. The zionist cock taste as good as ever. We love the zionist cock here in America, we are cocksuckers and cannon fodder!

Kayman ic_Slayer Dec 31, 2017 3:14 PM Permalink

I neither hate not love the Jews. But for the very narrow-minded Jew haters, let me remind you that the Jews were a dominant, and very disliked bunch in Europe. 

And moving into a neighborhood in the Middle East where nearly everyone hates you, may not be the best strategy.

Does their god exist? Or does he like toying with them?

Just wondering. 

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MEFOBILLS Kayman Dec 31, 2017 4:20 PM Permalink

The Jews are happy in Iran.  Zion has even tried to bribe them to leave, and go to Israel.  Result?  Iranian Jews have stayed.

Why?  Iran limits Jewish participation in certain sectors of the economy.  Mostly Jews are held to honest jobs. This is good for both the Jews and Persians - as they get along. 

Limiting Jews from being in sectors where sordid gain has potential to take down a civilization is necessary.  This is history's verdict, like it or not.  The U.S. has not recognized this fact, and will end up destroyed, because Jews can not help themselves.  They must be limited.

Justinian of the Byzantine empire, did the same, limiting Jews from teaching positions, so they could not corrupt young minds.  They were also limited from being in government, and from banking. 

Zion moved to Palestein, because the tribe is held together with a schemata.  This schemata having a covering religion.  This religion stated "prior" to return, that a certain number had to die.  In other words, banksters forced Zion's history a-priori based on already known religious shibboleths.

Zion wasn't fixated on Palestein, but it was their first target.  Others were Uganda, Madagascar, Montana, and Patagonia.  Hitler going along with Havarra plan made Zion's schemes come true.

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