This Week in GOOD

Hello. Did you know that tomorrow is National Public Lands Day, the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and protect public lands? Well you do now. If you're in the Los Angeles area, for example, then you can participate in an effort to clean up spots near (though not in, because that's not safe yet) the recently fire-damaged areas of the Angeles National Forest. Great stuff.This week, we launched an exploration of how to use technology to improve our cities, learned about canned food, pondered solutions for fixing elections in Afghanistan, scoffed at Dan Brown, checked in on the G-20, and did a whole lot more. Don't forget to send submissions for our new contest by September 30.Photo: Quiksilver paddle-boarder and big wave surfer Jamie Mitchell meets a humpback whale. Courtesy of Liam O'Brien / Jason Muir.
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Jim Browning is a YouTuber from the UK who has an amazing ability to catch scammers in the act.

In this video, he responds to a scam email claiming he bought a laptop by breaking into the scammer's computer. In the process he uncovers where the scammers work, their banking information, and even their personal identities.

"I got an 'invoice' email telling me that I had paid for a $3800 laptop," Browning writes on his YouTube page. "No links... just a phone number. It's a real shame that these scammers emailed me because I was able to find out exactly who they were and where the were."

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Danielle Reno of Missouri left her car running and it was stolen by thieves. But she wasn't going to let her car go so easily.

For 48 hours this owner of a pet rescue tracked the charges being made on her credit card. Ultimately, she found her car at a local Applebee's, and then went after the thieves.

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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