Fort Report: Thanksgiving
Nov 21, 2018
I wish you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving with your family. As I was thinking about this Fort Report, I thought it would be nice to just list some of the good things, good trends happening in our world:
- U.S. unemployment is at its lowest rate in almost 50 years, as millions of Americans find meaningful work.
- Worldwide rates of extreme poverty are at an all-time low.
- In 1969, the river that flows through Cleveland caught fire. Now it is safe for fishing.
- There are more trees across the earth today than there were 36 years ago.
- There has been some slight recovery of bee populations.
- Once near the point of total extinction, mountain gorillas are making a comeback.
- Transitions of power in America still happen through elections.
- Chief Standing Bear was arrested for leaving his reservation to bury his son. Now his statue will represent Nebraska in the United States Capitol.
- A statue of Willa Cather, whose imagination and vivid portrait of Nebraska prairie life earned her a Pulitzer Prize, will also hold pride of place in the U.S. Capitol.
- Americans give more to charity than anyone else in the world.
- A Muslim-founded crowdfunding site, LaunchGood, raised over $240,000 for Tree of Life Synagogue victims.
- Americans are among the most likely to help a stranger.
- Russians spend 31% of their money on groceries. Americans spend 6%, the lowest in the world.
- Saturday Night Live actually apologized to new Congressman Dan Crenshaw, a soldier blinded in one eye from the wounds he received in Afghanistan.
- Order being restored: the Nebraska Cornhuskers were victorious in four of their last five football games. By the time you read this, one more?!