Your Weekly Dose of Sanity Saving Good News! – “Taking Down the Tree” Edition


Strength in Numbers

(From SmallDeedsDone) “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
– Andrew Carnegie 
Leaf cutter ants are peculiar, fascinating little creatures. They use their buzzsaw-like jaws to cut up leaves that they then carry back to their massive nests. They are impressively strong, being able to lift and carry 30-50 times their own weight.
That’s one powerful animal – no question about it.
But their true strength – their real power – lies in their ability to work as a team, with each individual ant’s actions feeding into the larger group’s objectives.
On its own, one ant can cut up plenty of leaves. But working together, a large nest can strip a tree of its leaves overnight.
Just imagine that for a second. Thousands upon thousands of tiny creatures can strip an entire tree of its leaves – because each one takes a teeny tiny bite.
So let’s bring the analogy back to ourselves…

Remember who we are.

Remember what we’ve done.

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Your Weekly Dose of Sanity Saving Good News!

Be the Inspiration.


If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams

You never know when you’re someone else’s inspiration.

In 1963, a group of women protested (in the rain) in front of the Kennedy White House. They were there on behalf of Women Strike for Peace – an antinuclear organization that began when the founder got fed up and started a telephone tree to rally fellow mothers against nuclear testing. At that time, the U.S. was still conducting aboveground nuclear testing and radioactive fallout was showing up in breast milk and baby teeth. Women Strike for Peace was advocating for the testing to end.

So there they were, standing in front of the White House on a rainy morning in 1963.

A participant later admitted that, standing there in the rain, she felt “foolish, and futile”. Continue reading “Your Weekly Dose of Sanity Saving Good News!”

Action This Morning to Support Our Farmworkers!

URGENT: Show up this morning (Tuesday) to support farmworkers!

Over the past year, local farmworker advocates have been in constructive dialogue with agriculture industry leaders to find common ground around how to improve working conditions for farmworkers.

CAUSE and MICOP and key industry leaders reached an agreement to support a $200k Ventura County Farmworker Resource Program, which would help farmworkers learn about their legal protections, resolve issues with their employers, and navigate public agencies.

Ventura County Supervisors Steve Bennett and John Zaragoza are now proposing this program to be included in next year’s budget, and have placed it on the Board of Supervisors agenda tomorrow morning. Continue reading “Action This Morning to Support Our Farmworkers!”

Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News! 5-year-olds to the rescue!

General Good News!

This week’s good news starts off with the story of how one five-year-old kid named Xander is saving the world, one act of kindness at a time.

This week’s inspirational read is “The Optimism of Uncertainty” from Howard Zinn. We think he’s talking about the Xanders in this world.
(Excerpt) “…Revolutionary change does not come as one cataclysmic moment (beware of such moments!) but as an endless succession of surprises, moving zigzag toward a more decent society. We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. Even when we don’t “win,” there is fun and fulfillment in the fact that we have been involved, with other good people, in something worthwhile. We need hope.”

The Onion has given us a gift. We’re guessing parts of this will show up in Snopes queries far into the future. Continue reading “Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News! 5-year-olds to the rescue!”

This Week in Resistance – Just Can’t Stop Watching the News Edition

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. – Mark Twain

An update on a classic. “School House Rock” for the Trump Era

English Class with Steven Colbert –  “Prepositions”

Need us some Seth Meyers

Tom MacArthur is “thanked” by his constituents from bringing AHCA back from the dead. (2 must see videos included inside)

Some news you may have missed… because, seriously, how much can we be expected to absorb?

 – Surprise! The House didn’t actually send the AHCA to the Senate! Who knew?

– Our President would like to jail Continue reading “This Week in Resistance – Just Can’t Stop Watching the News Edition”