Good Things that Happened in 2016



We’re closer to having successful vaccines for
lung and brain cancer.

New chemotherapy breakthroughs have increased
the 5-year survival for pancreatic cancer from 16% to 27% (and is getting

Scientists figured out how to link robotic limbs
with the part of the brain that deals with intent
to move so people don’t have to think about how they will move the limb, it can
just happen.

Child mortality is down everywhere and it keeps
going down.

Thanks to the ice bucket challenge the gene
responsible for ALS has been found, meaning we are closer to an effective
treatment. Let me rephrase that: we are close to getting a treatment for a very
bad disease because a lot of people (including really hot celebrities) got wet.

A solar powered plan circumnavigated the world.

Michael Jordan donates 2mil to try and help
bridge connection between police and the community.

Tiger numbers are growing.

And manatees.

And pandas.

Pakistan has made strides toward outlawing honor

70,000 Muslim clerics declared a fatwa against

Pokemon Go players went insane with placing lure
modules near hospitals for sick kids.

California is now powering over 6 million homes
with solar power, a record in the US (and that is the tightest shit)

Volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in
24 hours.

Apparently world crime as a whole has
drastically declined as a whole in the last couple of decades.

Coffee consumption has been proved to help
curtail cancer and suicide rates.

Speaking of coffee Starbucks figured out how to
donate perishable food in a food safe way.

500 elephants were relocated to a better, safer
and bigger home.

We made massive strides in Alzheimers’
prevention (my grandmother literally told me that scares her more than getting
cancer this is very good news)

The ozone layer is repairing itself and all the
work we did to get rid of those aerosol chemicals was actually worth it.

A new therapy developed in Israel could cure radiation

The Anglican church resolved to solemnize
same-sex unions the same as opposite-sex unions which required a super majority
of all three orders of the church (lay, clergy, bishop).

The Rabbinical Assembly issued a resolution
affirming the rights of transgender and non-conforming individuals.

Precision treatments for cancer are hitting
clinical trials and WORKING (as someone who’s had relatives with cancer this is
the best news)

Dentists are once again providing free care to
veterans who need it.

The Orlando Shakespeare Festival showed up with
angel wings to block funeral-goers for the Orlando Pulse victims, view from
anti-gay protesters

We may have cured MS

Rise Women’s Legal Centre opened

Death by heart disease has decreased by 70% in
the United States

Two brothers saw color for the first time thanks
to specially-designed glasses

Pope Francis spoke against society’s obsession with
physical beauty while dedicating Mass to the disabled community (love that

Portugal ran its entire nation solely on
renewable energy for four days straight

A retiree is launching a project to transport 80
endangered rhinos to an Australian reservation to save the animals from

An Afghan teacher has been delivering books via
bicycle to villages that lack schools

Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew
Jackson on the $20 bill.

200 strangers attended the funeral of a homeless
WW2 veteran with no family

A teen battling cancer married his sweetheart

Bank firm pays for college tuition for the
children of employees who died in the 9/11 attacks

New medicine has been shown to increase melanoma
survival rate to 40%

Over 800 Boko Harem Hostages were rescued by
Nigerian Army

Toys R Us is Offering Quiet Shopping Hour for
kids with autism this holiday season

Volunteers made special tiny Halloween costumes
for NICU babies

A 4-year old befriends a lonely man and helped
him heal after losing his wife

Families grew

People survived c ancer

People overcame depression

Any kind of victory, even if it affects only one
person,  is a victory

Now for the pop culture good news


There’s a new Harry Potter book

And a movie

Harry Potter has no plans on vanishing with time

This sweet father gave candy to passengers on a
flight so his little girl could trick or treat on Halloween


Kung Fu Panda 3, this franchise is still going
strong despite that its about a panda played by Jack Black

Jungle Book. The amazing remake none of us saw

Finding Dory. I haven’t seen it yet but I’ve
heard good things

Kubo and the Two Strings. Haven’t seen that yet
as well but its Laika so I know it’s a masterpiece

Deadpool. The beautiful and super accurate
R-rated marvel film

Captain America: Civil War. Seriously is the best
marvel movie yet in my opinion I need more.

Zootopia. Oh
don’t mind me I’m just a movie that tackled the issue of racism and not only
game changed animated films but also made a billion dollars

The Hamilton Mixtape is coming out. Which is a
bunch of artists singing songs from the musical (Sia, Usher, Regina Spketor,
etc.) I’m excited.

A personal victory for myself, I joined Tumblr
and met angels in blog form so…that’s uplifting.

And I met my favorite voice actor at a con which
was a bucket list accomplishment.

Good Things that have yet to happen this year


Doctor Strange


Black Friday



Good things that have nothing to do with the year but will hopefully
make you feel better




Rain (I like listening to rain it’s one of the most
calming sounds)





FF: If you are a religious person you are an
imperfect masterpiece

FF: If you are not then you are a splendid coincidence

Any year spent with loved ones be they family or
friends is a good year. Trust me.

A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why,
sometimes in life, it’s the only weapon we have
” –Roger Rabbit


*Plz feel free to add other good news (even if it’s something small like you ate cheesecake THAT is good news)

This is a gorgeous post, everyone should reblog it to see the balancing side to the whole bad things happening in the world!














I once saw someone point out something I hadn’t really considered before- libraries are one of the only places that are warm and dry where you can stay for long periods of time if you have no money. If you’re someone with nowhere to go during the daytime, they provide a safe environment in which to keep a roof over your head for a while- and all while you can access information.

So yes. This.

It’s weird…libraries almost feel /wrong/ now. It’s like I walk in and think “This is great…where do I put my money?”

I used to work on a campus library and if you want someplace to put your money, so to speak, make sure you put books back in the designated areas. I know you think you’re being helpful by reshelving, but even if you pull something out to read a couple paragraphs just stick it in the basket for things you didn’t want. I don’t care if you know EXACTLY where you are. In academic libraries (at least in Texas) our funding was determined by how many books people looked at. So we got additional funding based on books not being reshelved. If there’s a designated shelf/basket for things you don’t want, stick things in it!

What @standbyyourmantis said about not reshelving is true for public libraries, too. Our funding is dictated largely by how ‘used’ we are, so we scan all the items that are laying about as In House Use. That, tied with Reference Count and Door Counter numbers (we have to manually put in the time we take for references) to prove we’re providing a needed service.
We also have to count the number of people who come for our programs, which not only helps funding but shows that the programming/services are needed, as well.
So, basically, if you want to feel like you’re making sure we’re getting paid and staying around, keep these in mind.

I didn’t know that’s why you’re not supposed to reshelf!

Wow! That’s astounding!


I’ve lost how many times I get asked about how much it costs to get a library card. It’s free. Everything is free unless it’s late or you lose an item.

Free. Free. Free. Free.

And you do not necessarily have to live in the area covered by that library system.

I have both Arlington and DC cards. I’m not using the DC one much right now because of the MLK refurbishment, but they gave it me no questions asked despite not living in DC.

This isn’t always true, but it’s always worth asking if you can get a card for a neighboring county, and it can come in handy. Some systems will grant a card to anyone who lives in the state. Some, like DC, will grant a card to anyone. Others charge people who live outside the area, but this can be as low as $10/year. This can be worth it if you like ebooks.

Many jurisdictions will also issue temporary cards, particularly useful if you travel somewhere and are doing research.

Libraries save lives.

I am proof.

I work for the public library system that covers five counties in mostly-rural southwest Washington. If you are NOT in an area covered by our system, you might be from an area we have a Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement with, which means you can get our card free. If you’re a resident of Washington state (or for some reason just one county in Oregon) you can also buy a non-resident card (though it’s $88 per year, at present). Only here for a short time? You can get a temp card for $8 bucks.

ALSO: While most of our cards require Proof of Address, there is an “Internet Only” card which does NOT (and is free!). It won’t let you check out books, but it will let you use library computers, which can be really helpful if you just moved or are homeless and need to do all the things which will help you have proof-of-address later!

You do NOT need the internet card to use the wi-fi. The library wi-fi is open and free.

(If any Washington peeps have questions about this specific library, I will do my best to answer ‘em. I’m a designer, though, not front-line staff).

Teasmade: the classic British bedside tea-brewing alarm-clock, now available in the USA



A decade ago, I made note of the fact that the iconic UK Teasmade alarm-clocks (which automatically brew a cup of tea using an improbable, Wallace-and-Grommity/Heath Robinson set of mechanical actions) were to be reissued, and today I come to find that they now exist and can be purchased in a model that runs on US electrical current.

The Teasmade reboot sells for $80, and scores top marks with reviewers. The company kept the classic styling of one of the late-original models – I’m sure I saw one that looked practically identical at the Victoria and Albert Museum – and designed it for bedside use, so you don’t even have to stagger into the kitchen to get your first readymade cup.

Vintage Teasmade and Alarm Clock, 20oz White [Swan]

this makes me very happy

Do you know which items are taxed and which aren’t?

Do you know which items are taxed and which aren’t?


Seattle, Wash. – Washington state has 694 tax exemptions, ranging from sales tax exemptions to business tax breaks.

These exemptions are
estimated to save taxpayers and businesses $105.9 billion between 2015
and 2017.  Almost one-third of that amount is from retail sales and use
tax exemptions, according to a 2016 tax exemption study by the
Washington department of revenue.

But consumers often don’t know why certain items are tax-free, while others are not.

Generally, food is not taxed, as
long as it was not prepared for on-site consumption. Plain water is not
taxed, but many other beverages are.

Feminine hygiene products are taxed. Candy is not.

But even within a candy store,
“Several items at Fran’s are taxed, and several things are not taxed. So
this can be a little bit confusing for our customers,” said Andrina
Bigelow, the CEO of Fran’s Chocolates.

Until 1935, no more than half a
dozen new exemptions appeared in any single year. But since 1990, state
legislators have enacted more than 340 new tax exemptions.

Here’s a look at the rhyme and reason, or lack thereof, behind our state’s tax exemptions.

Food and Drinks

Prepared food is taxed, but food
that consumers take home to prepare is not taxed. But even with that
general rule, there are exceptions.

“It is a lot of work for a small
business to figure out how to properly report on. And we spend quite a
bit of time,” Bigelow said.

In the Georgetown location of Fran’s Chocolates, Bigelow showed KIRO 7 various items for sale that have different tax rules.

A box of chocolates is not taxed,
unless it is sold in a specially made, Japanese lacquer box. Because the
cost of the box itself makes up more than half the cost of the package,
the item is no longer considered ‘food’. Therefore, it is taxed.

But Bigelow showed KIRO 7 a larger
lacquer box, which is not taxed. The cost of that lacquer box is just
under 50 percent of the total cost of the package, so the majority of
the cost is the chocolate. Therefore, it is not taxed.

If staff in the store prepare a
cup of hot chocolate for a customer, that is considered a prepared item,
which is taxed. But a customer who buys a package of hot chocolate to
make at home will not pay tax.

Water is not taxed. But any drink with natural or artificial sweeteners would be taxed.

Business and Occupation Tax

Washington state has 190 B&O
tax breaks, which cost the state $12.5 billion and cost local
governments $2.5 billion over a two-year period.

Many tax breaks are for major industries like oil, timber, aviation and technology, to spur economic growth.

“Some of them make economic
sense, and they’re creating opportunities for economic development in
rural areas around the state,” said State Sen. Reuven Carlyle
(D-Seattle). “Some of them are categorically ridiculous, and they can’t
justify a return on investment if they tried.”

How much revenue the state loses

By having 193 retail sales and use
taxes, the state loses out on close to $17 billion in tax revenue,
while local entities lose out on a combined $6.7 billion over a two-year

But even if these exemptions
didn’t exist, state and local governments would not necessarily collect
on all that money. Analysts figure that there are certain purchases
consumers simply would not make if they became taxed.

Of the revenue that the state loses to exemptions, 33.5 percent come from retail sales and use tax breaks.

Business and occupation tax breaks make up another 22.6 percent. Property tax breaks make up 21.2 percent.

In comparison, more than 87 percent of local tax revenue lost to exemptions comes from property tax breaks.

A big picture look

Carlyle said in Washington, there are high tax rates, narrowly applied, with hundreds of exemptions.

“It’s such a Swiss cheese package
of upside down backwards mess, that it’s very difficult for us to pick
and choose one or two that are so egregious that raise substantial
amounts of money,” he said.

Carlyle said it might make more
sense to lower the sales tax modestly and to use that money for
really-low income families in terms of a homestead exemption.

Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma),
who spoke to KIRO 7 in August about proposing a sales tax exemption on
feminine hygiene products, said she would want to see what other
exemptions are perhaps unneeded.

Proponents of eliminating sales
tax on feminine hygiene products like tampons or pads argue that such a
tax is essentially a tax on women.

“We’ve chosen winners and losers, in a way that’s just exacerbating inequity in our state,” Jinkins said