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The Good News

Sometimes the mainstream media is bad for one's health. It's been called a weapon of mass distraction because it makes us feel isolated, helpless and at the mercy of events. It's fast-paced, about emergencies in far-away places, and relentless.

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock. -Ben Hecht, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, director, and producer (1894-1964)

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Let's rather focus on local, cheerful and informative news about connection, about  events, about people power and taking control of our lives. About what is going right today, and not just what is weird and wrong out there.

We, the people, can make a difference. As part of a virtual global village, we can vote. And Avaaz is an amazing online community growing by 100,000 people a week, taking more than 25,000,000 actions online, and causing a stir like never before.And they are also winning. Time and time again.
Often against impossible odds, with very little time. But the rush of sudden, overwhelming engagement of massive numbers of citizens is, issue after issue, making the difference between success and failure.

Let's read the GOOD NEWS networks. Read  media sources of "good news" on some positive things that people are actually really doing on this planet and many more below...

Good News Network

Change the World News

Great News Network

Positive News


Good News Daily

Good News Blog

Ode magazine

Yes magazine

Happy News

Heroic Stories

Positive Economic News

Good News Economist

NPR report on good news

New "positive change" magazines thrive

Local news

nathon cityNathon City is a great Samui news site in Thai language with updates about events and happenings on Samui. And look, no ads!

Can't read Thai? Try this: open Googletranslate, paste the URL for (or any other Thai site) in the translation box and click on the link at the right..... it's not perfect, but at least it gives you an idea. And it's fun to try and figure it out...


Samui news where we made a difference:

October 2010: Samui's protest against drilling in the Gulf of Thailand within 42kms of our shores has bore some fruit and it's good news that drilling may be delayed. However, the argument that we have no choice but to drill is based on old thinking - we need to change our habits, and find alternate technologies, not doggedly continue with our present course which is "stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it gross domestic product," says Paul Hawkens in this amazing address. Samui Mala agrees "We can just as easily have an economy that is based on healing the future instead of stealing it."

There ARE ways to explore alternate energy sources like this US$5-billion investment by Google and Good Energies, an investment firm specializing in renewable energy, in wind power.

rainbow warrior visits Samui

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior visited Samui 25th September 2010 and with the recent protests againt oil drilling in the gulf the people of Samui including the Samui mayor who heads the "Rak Ao Thai" (Love the Gulf of Thailand) group, and a contingent from the Thai Hotel Association and their 'Low Carbon Kids' met the captain on the pier. A longtail contingent from all the islands in the gulf also visit the ship. The video report is mostly in German, but there are quite a lot of bits in Thai and English.

And what's "News" anyway? The one thing that never changes is that change is inevitable. Somebody said that, and author and blogger Collin Piprell says something similar, but perhaps more lyrically, about Samui.

Collin wrote this about Samui's protest against oil drilling. He was impressed with the number of hits on his site, but suspects it's because of the naked bodies.


Check out this important bulletin for our world.. Again, the news 'angle' is that we can all do something to contribute to change....

And read more about  global warming wakeup time


What's the mattitude? Change your attitude

Here's a whole site devoted to Pronoia -  a mode of training your senses and intellect so you're able to perceive that life always gives you exactly what you need, exactly when you need it...A disclaimer from the authors:The material in PRONOIA may be too intense and controversial for some readers. It contains graphic scenes of peace, love, joy, passion, reverence, splendor, and understanding. Samui Mala invites you to be curious...

And Pronoiac resources

Samui Mala thinks thinks the mainstream media is often focused on fear. This extremely narrow perspective in no way represents "what is really going on" for 6 billion people on the planet. Try switching off and see how you react - you may feel better without it and your perception of reality may become clearer. Yes, we can't ignore important and grave events, but we can choose what we read or see, just as we choose good food over fast junk. And we can find the good stuff out there. Let's collect resources and share stories

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