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    With all the negativity and hate in the world I think sometimes we need a reminder that amazing/beautiful/interesting things are still happening every single day. This thread will serve as a reminder of that...

    Good news, beautiful things, interesting things, cool history, etc... It will all exist here.

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    Hawaii Group Sets Record For Largest Haul of Plastic Removed From The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    Ocean Voyages Institute says it made history this week, returning to the port of Honolulu Tuesday, after successfully removing 103 tons of fishing nets and consumer plastics from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

    It more than doubled its own record-setting results from a 25-day stint last year during this 48-day expedition. And, Mary Crowley, the group’s founder and executive director, says they are headed back to sea in two days to collect more debris.

    “I am so proud of our hard working crew,” says Crowley. “We exceeded our goal of capturing more than 100 tons of toxic consumer plastics and derelict ‘ghost’ nets—and in these challenging times, we are continuing to help restore the health of our ocean, which influences our own health and the health of the planet.”

    Known as the ‘Ghost Net Buster,’ Mary Crowley is renowned for developing effective methods to remove significant amounts of plastics out of the ocean, including 48 tons (96,000 lbs.) of plastics during two ocean clean-up voyages in 2019, including one that scooped up nets that had trapped garbage around the Hawaiian islands.

    “Even though beach cleanups are the most efficient way to collect trash, ocean cleanup—intercepting it before it comes to the shore—is very important,” Dr. Nikolai Maximenko of FloatEco told GNN during a Zoom press briefing. “Nothing can replace the effort in the ocean.”

    Aboard their cargo ship, the team has been using GPS satellite trackers since 2018, designed with the help of engineer Andy Sybrandy, of Pacific Gyre, Inc. Crowley’s theory proved successful that one tracker can lead to many nets. The ocean frequently ‘sorts’ the floating debris so that a tagged fishing net can lead to other nets and a density of debris within a 15-mile radius.

    “We are utilizing proven nautical equipment to effectively clean-up the oceans while innovating with new technologies,” says Crowley in a media release. “Ocean Voyages Institute has been a leader in researching and accomplishing ocean clean-up for over a decade, granted with less fanfare and attention than others, but with passion and commitment and making meaningful impacts.”


    • #3
      This is what LAX photographed over an 8 hour period from the same spot looks like.


      • #4
        From 1785 to 1922, White Wolf, also known as Chief John Smith said to have lived 137 years


        • #5
          Ancient Egyptian dental work from 2000 BC. In many instances these procedures were performed after death. Egyptians placed value on the appearance of the dead to ensure they were sent off correctly to the afterlife.


          • #6
            Fighter Jet cruising along side a cruise missile..


            • #7
              Not exactly "positive" but definitely qualifies as interesting.

              Hitlers Office


              • #8
                Great American Outdoors Act

                The United States government has passed the Great American Outdoors Act that will improve national parks, wildlife refuges, forests, and other public lands across the country.

                U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said outdoor recreation supports 120,000 jobs and drives nearly $13 billion dollars in consumer spending. He says the legislation will safeguard the state's public lands, provide generations of Americans access to outdoor recreation, and sustain jobs and prosperity in the process.

                The bill supports outdoor recreation in two separate ways. The first is by providing $9.5 billion over the next five years to help the National Park Service and other federal land-management agencies including the Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Indian Education.

                The second is to mandate that the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), widely considered the nation's single best funding tool for outdoor recreation, be permanently financed to its maximum allotment of $900 million annually.

                The bill passed by a vote of 73 to 25.

                Senators across the country are celebrating the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act.

                "We are going to have to rebuild the economy, and this can be a really big part of that," said Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, noting that nationally, outdoor recreation contributes $778 billion in consumer spending and supports 5.2 million jobs, yet "our trails and campgrounds aren't in the shape that they should be, which directly impacts economic activity on public lands and in gateway communities."

                "We are seeing during the pandemic how important walking outside is to people's well-being," he added. "Right now more than 100,000 kids in this country don't have a park within a ten-minute walk of their house," he says, noting that the LWCF can remedy that. "The rebuilding can be as equitable as we want it to be."

                "LWCF as we think about it for Montana, and for the nation, is good for public access," said Senator Steve Daines. "It's good for jobs. It's good for wildlife habitat. It's good for land management. And the best part about it? It costs the taxpayer nothing. When you think about Montana and our fishing accesses, 70% of the fishing access sites across Montana have been funded by LWCF."



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                  Meet Morocho - The Dogo That Fought Off A Puma To Save 2 Little Girls

                  A brave dog fought off a puma to save the lives of two little girls in Argentina.

                  Morocho fought off the puma as the girls screamed for help. Their father came running and found his beloved dog badly injured and a lifeless puma.

                  Over the next 10 days Morocho was nursed back to health.


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                    Stockholm metro system.


                    • #11
                      This is what the pyramids look like from Cairo street.


                      • #12
                        This is where the Great Wall of China ends.


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                          An interior photo of a passenger plane in 1930


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                            "Be a skeptical optimist. The world is getting better, but we’re making a lot of mistakes along the way. Be skeptical of what is, but optimistic about what we can become."


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                              Giant African Land Snail