Wait, so you are telling me that good things happened this year too?

It is the end of the year. Most American news agencies are reliving the horrors of the year, trying to get us to live in fear. Partly because I think American news channels are crewed by parasites who like to harm people and partly because I think they are secretly not wearing pants when they read the news, I wanted to remind people that good things happened in 2013. This list is in random order. I don’t necessarily think one deserves a higher rank than any of the others. The goal of this post is to show the decency of spirit of humanity, but not necessarily just one person.

Let’s begin.

1)Mr. Jack Andraka, aged 15 at the time, developed a test for pancreatic cancer using carbon fiber tubes, a cheap multimeter, and a little bit of blood.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Jack-Andraka-the-Teen-Prodigy-of-Pancreatic-Cancer-179996151.html

2) Pope Francis tries to demonstrate Christianity by his behavior. While I have a problem with a church that elevates certain men above others and calls them infallible, says that confession to a person is required, says that absolution of sins can be provided by men and not God, and makes their highest ranking person wear a hat that looks like a fish, I still feel that many of the tenets of Catholicism and Christianity intersect. It is so rare to read a news story that begins with “catholic priest…” that ends with positive things, I decided to include this in the list.

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2013/03/18/pope-francis-is-preaching-by-his-behaviour/

3) Ms. Malala Yousafzai stands up against Taliban members who shot her in an effort to increase education for women in Pakistan. While she actually got shot in 2012, her movement really started in 2013.  I watched an interview with this young woman. One of the stories she told was about a Taleb man who started yelling at her during a press event for her book. The man was saying things that are horrible. In the interview, she said something like “If you hit a Talib, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib,” she said. “You must not treat others with cruelty. … You must fight others through peace and through dialogue and through education.”

Her book is on sale.

http://www.amazon.com/Malala-Story-Stood-Education-Taliban-ebook/dp/B00CH3DBNQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388453846&sr=8-1&keywords=i+am+malala

4) The endangered species act turned 40. There are many species of animal alive today because of the act.

http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2013/12/27/the-endangered-species-act-turns-40/

5)The Mars Curiosity rover performed the first drilling rock sample operation on another planet.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/news/msl20130220b.html

6) Doctors have “cured” (or made go into remission) a child of HIV

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130303172640.htm

7)Scientists linked two rat brains. This may not be “positive”, but it is hilarious.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/01/science/new-research-suggests-two-rat-brains-can-be-linked.html?_r=0

8)British doctors make the first successful UK hand transplant.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20898940

9) Make-A-Wish foundation and a large amount of people in San Francisco help a kid become BatKid, including helping fight “crimes”.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/15/batkid-san-francisco-charity-make-wish

10)Secretary of State John Kerry makes a sarcastic comment that inadvertently gives the US a way out of war with Syria. Immediately, much of the population of the US speak out against the war. President Obama backs down from the “strike” .

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-i-understand-american-people-arent-with-me-on-syria-strike/

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/09/kerry-gaffe-syria-chemical-weapons-russia

11) The CERN collider was used to prove the existence of the Higgs-Boson particle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqAWqwh3Etw

12) Lunatic/ Amazing man Nik Wallenda walked on a tightrope over the Grand Canyon. A little known fact about this story is that there were EMT’s at the bottom of the canyon,there to provide aid if he fell. Presumably with sponges and spatulas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvMI9o5zwEI

12)Man hired to make a movie trailer spends $25,000 to help typhoon victims.

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/476/Filmmaker-Hired-To-Make-Promo-For-New-Ben-Stiller-Movie-Spends-25K-Budget-On-Philippines-Typhoon-Aid

13) The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special Aired.-This was probably more important to me than to people who read this.

14) I started a blog. While also not necessarily “positive”, it is occasionally hilarious.

These are just a few of the amazing things that happened this year. When you feel the negativity of the world closing in, just remember there are good events that happen every day.

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