Fort Report: Thanksgiving

Nov 21, 2018
Fort Report

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?!