Take that, CNN.

25 07 2007

For an optimist like me, reading the news is depressing. It’s so bad that, sometimes during much-anticipated breaks at work, I wander upstairs to the break room to grab a soda and catch the latest headlines on CNN, and quickly realize that I’d rather work than listen to the negative, “political theatre” mumbo jumbo stories they’re covering.

For example, yesterday the topic of the show involved comparing US presidential candidates to famous terrorists. I’m sorry, is there nothing better going on in the world? Nothing? Anybody? Wow. You’ve successfully depressed me enough to actually compel me to run happily back to CAD-monkeyin’. You win this time, Wolf Blitzer…

That’s why I’m glad to have stumbled across the Good News Network, an on-line source for, well, non-depressing news. Check it out here.

While perusing said website recently, I found an interesting article about a few well-known leaders getting together to tackle some of the world’s biggest issues. No, it’s not the G-8 whatchamahoozit. Nor am I referring to Congress, NATO, or The Pentavirate (The Queen, The Vatican, The Gettys, The Rothschilds, and Colonel Sanders before he went tits up. Oh, I hated the Colonel with is wee beady eyes…)

Seriously though, I’m talking about the Nelson-Mandela-appointed group of well respected Elders; you may have heard of them- Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter are both newly appointed members whose mission it is to “work to support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, and inspire hope where there is despair.” Humanity’s not going to hell in a hand-basket if these guys are working together.

the elders

The whole thing revolves around the idea of having tribal elders, who are trusted with decision making in times of conflict within communities. This group of respected leaders will now work together to guide our global community. Sounds good, right? When was the last time most of us could trust our leaders? What a concept.

Anyway, just the mere thought of all of these amazing people sitting down together at the same table makes me feel… refreshed. It may be my inner idealist/hippie speaking, but I feel like, when these people sit down at a table to talk business, something good has to come of it… I only hope we as a global community are smart enough to listen to what they have to tell us.

Learn more about The Elders here.







4 responses

25 07 2007

CNN isn’t all bad. That Anderson Cooper is a grey-haired fox. He desperately needs a first name though.

Anyway, thanks for this post. I had never heard of any of this before. Well, I guess I had heard of CNN. And Colonel Sanders. Incidently, my mom met him in real life before the grease clogged his kentucky fried arteries.

Hey, did you catch the CNN/YouTube democratic debates? It had some good moments, and definitely should be how debates work from now on — questions from actual people were infinitely more interesting.

25 07 2007

I agree… CNN isn’t that bad. I didn’t mean to single it out, but it was fresh on my mind. They’re a reliable news source for shizzle (I enjoy their website), but I’ve been really frustrated with the way news is presented on TV in particluar, and which stories get the most coverage (If you had gotten a chance to watch American TV at all while Paris Hilton was in jail, you would totally relate.)

Anyway, I guess I should have been more specific in all my whining. šŸ™‚ My point with all of this is that it’s nice to hear good news every once in a while… that’s all.

I did not get a chance to catch the CNN/YouTube debates, but I’ve read good things about them so far and hope to watch soon. Are you still an Obama man?

Thanks for the comment!

25 07 2007

How can you hate the Colonel??

Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes you crave it fortnightly, smarrrrtass!

PS – I agree about the negative nancies on the news. That’s why I choose to live in a state of ignorant bliss, and surround myself with opera stories. Because, damn, real life could never be that bad!

28 07 2007
Ryan Nee

Yeah, definitely. What drives me nuts about TV news is that it’s considered normal to interject your own personality into your news reporting, where it doesn’t belong. It’s one thing to have opinion columnists, and another to have unbiased journalists. TV seems to be like 90% columnists.

The debates were really good. They have it all here:


I’m definitely still an Obama fan, although I like Edwards too. His response in the health care section of the debates was really good, or at least, really passionate. I think Hillary would make a great president at any other time in history, but I think she’s too polarizing and not enough of the country would rally around her, which is what I think we need right now. Obama and Edwards, in my view, would be better able to do that. As liberal as I am, I almost feel like a someone more moderate (or at least likable) would be good for us right now.

I can’t even imagine what the US was like when Paris Hilton went to jail. That was even huge news over in Turkey… weird.

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