|Strawberries are so irresistible this time of year. So are grandsons covered with berry juice.|
Weather: It was overcast and partially rainy on Saturday, who knows how the weather will shake out Sunday.
I am attempting here to deliver, in one spot, all the good news I can find in one week of searching. If you missed last week's good news edition, follow this link.
More good news:
- Supreme Court ruled in a stunning 6-3 decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, that LGBTQ people cannot be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. (NPR)
- Researchers in the UK have discovered that the low-dose steroid treatment dexamethasone is a major breakthrough in the fight against the deadly coronavirus.The drug, which is inexpensive and readily available worldwide, helps persons with severe cases of COVID to recover. It cuts the risk of death by one-third.(BBC)
- A San Francisco company is using ex-convicts to recycle electronics and other recyclables.
“Our main mission is not recycling, at all. Our mission is to help people that are coming out of jail and prison with training, mental health, drug addiction, housing, and then help them get a job,” said program director Andrew King. “We do that through recycling.” (GNN)
- Pandemic of Love: a new website sprung up in March by one women hoping to help her own community. Now it has over 400 volunteers all over the US who have helped over 132,000 people hit hard by this pandemic. (P of L Website)
- 'Breonna's Law was created by the Louisville, KY City Council after taking a 26-0 (unanimous) vote. Police will no longer be able to obtain and use no-knock warrants. It is named for Breonna Taylor who was asleep in her bed when police entered her home on a no-knock warrant looking for her boyfriend. She was shot eight times. (CNN)
- Fox News mistakenly covers troll using a quote from the 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' film when reporting on Seattle protests. Not recognizing it as a quote from the movie, Fox News referred to it as if the group in question was real. (Watch the little clip of it here on The Independent.) Ha-ha!
- A new park in Florence, Oregon needed a name. The citizenry was asked for suggestions and the winning name was 'Exploding Whale Memorial Park.' Why such a quirky name? You have got to see this short news clip for the answer. (It will make your day. I promise you will laugh for hours!)
- A Kentucky tattoo parlor is creatively covering up hateful, racist, or gang-related tattoos for free. (GNN)
- Blood plasma from recovered COVD patients is now considered a safe treatment for those ill from the disease. The sooner they get the plasma, the better for full recovery. (WaPo)
- Friday was Juneteenth, a oft forgotten day in American history. But thanks to Trump's blunders this past week, everyone knows about this holiday now and many companies are declaring it a business holiday. Sen. Harris and Booker are asking the Senate to make it a National holiday. Things are changing fast, folks! Hang on for more good news to follow on this topic.
- And the sweetest love story, couple, married for 67 years, were reunited after five weeks of separation due to COVID. (Today Show)
- Books about racism and antiracism are topping the best-seller lists! (NYT)
- Trump supporters in Michigan are burning their absentee ballot applications in protest. Ha-ha! Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Come November when coronavirus is raging, they may wish they had that absentee ballot! (Detroit Daily News)
Needs some laughs? Here you go:
West Point ramp stakes. And they're off...
Ask yourself this important question...
Some things are just a little too complicated for Trump...
Why won't Trump wear a mask?
This isn't funny. It is terrifying.
Tucker Carlson is bummed out that Black Lives Matter is more popular than Trump. Ha!
Tucker Carlson reports the "bracing news" that BLM is more popular than Trump. pic.twitter.com/HPW76sUJBr— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) June 16, 2020
And some important thoughts for the day...
On a personal note:
1. I finished reading Hinds' Feet in High Places by Hannah Hurnard. It is a thought-provoking Christian allegory.
2. My grandson and his mom picked strawberries (see photo above.) We saw him afterwards and think he was wearing more strawberries than he picked.
3. For Father's Day, our daughter and grandson, took Don and I on a lovely hike in the Grove of the Patriarchs, part of Rainier National Park. We had a lovely hike and made it back to the car just as it started to rain. Whew!
Don, Rita, Ian, and I in the Grove of the Patriarchs
Quote of the week by Lucian Truscott in Salon:
"He [Trump] is losing to the very forces he unleashed to win the White House. He lit the fires of racism and hate, and they are consuming him. By actively promoting racism again and again, he shined a light on the ugliness that has always been there, and now that people see it clearly, they are recoiling from him. Demonstrations against racism and hate have exploded across the country. People are sick and tired of Trump and of what he represents. They are in the streets to feel better about the country and themselves, and they are going to stay there until they have a chance to rid themselves of him at the ballot box. It's wonderful to see. It's profound. It's Shakespearean."