Good News Friday

If there isn’t any other good news in the whole world, we have this: it’s holiday season! I’m half-Jewish so along with family Christmas, I celebrate Hanukkah. Heck, I might even throw Festivus in there, too.

On a related note, before I post some other good news below, let me say that this will be my last post before my annual end-of-year break. I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off from blogging to celebrate with my family, enjoy my husband’s break from law school, and fight away the evil that is seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

In addition, like last year I’ll be revisiting my goals for this site and making some changes for the upcoming year. If you have ideas, let me know. And yes, I’ve already thought about drunk blogging. Other ideas preferable, please.

I should be back in early January, but I think last year the deadline crept into mid-January. SAD really is a bitch. Kindness appreciated while I cope.

Lastly, I’ll still be keeping active on Twitter. Check there as I live tweet from Christmas morning. Just kidding. Unless there’s a lull. No not even then. Well maybe.

Good News!

The war in Iraq is over(ish?). Sure, we’ve left behind over 1 million displaced people in a still very unstable region. But I’m pretty sure our continued presence there would only increase both the number of refugees and the instability. Even if you disagree with that, one thing we can agree on is that it will be nice to have our boys and girls home. Welcome back, troopers. Stay for a while.

Seriously, please don’t go anywhere else for a long time.

Google is granting $11.5 million to anti-trafficking groups, including a huge gift to International Justice Mission (IJM) for work specifically in India, and another smaller gift to the U.S. Anti-Trafficking Initiative – a partnership between Polaris Project, Slavery Footprint, & IJM. Yay for corporations taking up this cause in such a big way. Particularly cool corporations like Google. Now if only they’d return Google Reader to its former glory.

The Hundred campaign is going strong. You may remember that LINK is in the process of rescuing 100 North Korean refugees from China (where it’s illegal to be a N. Korean refugee). Each rescue costs roughly $2500. They have already rescued 62 people and are raising funds for the rest.

Love to you all. Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy New Year! Happy Festivus for the Rest of Us! See you in 2012.

2 Responses to “Good News Friday”
  1. Hi Joanne this is just to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award – you may or may not decide to accept but the choice is yours at any rate! Either way it gives me a chance to recommend your blog to others! All the best – Trisha

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