Reflecting on October 2017

As we reflect during these challenging times. Remember, there are forces out there working on manipulating you and everything around you to lose hope in yourself and fellow humans. Don’t fall for it.

You have a choice to be on the side of good or the side of evil against your own people. While we may have our differences, we all bleed red and every negative situation affect us all.

Remember that the enemy seeks to destroy when they think you are not looking, so stay engaged in your politics, local and national.

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

Furthermore, HATED, BIGOTRY, RACISM, XENOPHOBIA, HOMOPHOBIA, ANTI-SEMITISM, MISOGYNY, are not acceptable in our society.  Remind them how history judged individuals like Hitler.


Content below is a snapshot into local U.S. news and other events that happened around the globe during the previous month. What can we learn from it to make our future better?


Death Toll Continues to Rise After Maria Struck Puerto Rico

People Devastated by Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in late September, devastating the country. In early October, Karixia Ortiz—the country’s spokesperson—announced that the death toll has risen to 45, and another 113 people remain missing. As of mid-October, the country is still without power and running water. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa


California Wildfire Continues its Rampage

The Rampage of California Wildfire

The death toll is expected to rise as the fires in California continue to burn through October. On October 12, 2017, the death toll was estimated to be 23, while another 285 people are still labeled as missing. Expected to worsen, California has evacuated over 20,000 residents. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

California Fire Estimated to have Caused $1.5 Billion in Damages

Some damage the fire has caused

On October 19, the California Department of Insurance released an estimate of insured wildfire losses to be $1.5 billion, a number likely to rise. The death toll has also risen, reaching 42 casualties due to the flames. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Ben Margot


Thousands of Buildings Destroyed in The California Wildfires

Firefighters attempt to contain the fire

On October 13, state officials announced that the California wildfires are expected to have burned at least 5,700 buildings. Beginning less than a week ago, it is unlikely the fires will be contained before Friday, October 20 (The New York Times)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez


Kenya Election Results Announced

Kenyatta touches the Kenya flag when the results are announced

It was announced on October 30 that Uhuru Kenyatta won 98% of the vote for president of Kenya, despite only 39% of people coming out to vote due to the boycott of the election. Though Kenyatta’s re-election is now final, many small protests continue to appear throughout the country. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/ Sayyid Abdul Azim


Violence Erupts in Kenya After Election

Protests of the election have turned violent

In August, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected; however, the results were annulled due to what the Supreme Court called “irregularities.” The election re-run took place on Saturday, October 28, but protesters have affected both the voting polls and the results from being announced. It is estimated that the continuing violence has killed around 50 civilians (BBC/Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo

Saudi Arabia Sports Stadiums to Allow Women

Families in a sports stadium in Saudi Arabia

Following its decision to allow women to drive last month, Saudi Arabia announced that come 2018, there will be three sports stadiums that will allow women to enter. The press release on October 29 stated that the stadiums are making the necessary changes to accommodate this new ruling. (Reuters)

Photo Source: Saudi Press Agency via AP, File

Bombing Kills 4 Yemeni Soldiers

Yemen soldiers

Al Qaeda is claiming responsibility for the attack on a military checkpoint in Yemen on October 23. Four men, with explosives also strapped to their chests, set off a car bomb that killed four soldiers and injured another ten. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Hani Mohammed


Suicide Bombers Kill 72 at Afghanistan Mosques

The community mourns those killed

On October 20, two mosques in Afghanistan were targeted by suicide bombers. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack at the Imam Zaman mosque, which killed 39 people. A separate attack at a mosque in central Ghor province yielded 33 victims. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rahmat Gul



Madagascar Suffers a Plague Outbreak

Plague in Madagascar

Though Madagascar has a plague outbreak nearly every year, it was reported on October 16, that this particular year is more concerning. Experts have said the infections are beginning earlier this year and infecting new regions, and over 680 cases have been reported, which is quite the jump from the average 400. Of these 680 cases, 57 have proved fatal, and the government continues to take precautionary measures to keep that number from rising. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Alexander Joe


New Zealand Elects its Youngest Female Prime Minister

PM Jacinda Ardern

On October 19, it was announced that Jacinda Ardern would become New Zealand’s new Prime Minister. At 37, Ardern is the country’s youngest female leader and second-youngest leader overall. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Nick Perry


69 Dead in Afghanistan Taliban Attack

Aftermath of the attacks

Killing 69 people, the Taliban attacked various government targets in Afghanistan on October 17. The attack occurred when suicide car bombers cleared a path for a number of gunmen.(Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini



Over 300 Die in Somalia Bomb Attacks

Wreckage from the bombs

Two bomb explosions in Mogadishu on October 14 have been reported to have killed over 300 people and injured hundreds more. One of the bombs detonated next to a fuel truck, creating a deadly fireball. The death toll continues to rise and various bodies remain unidentified.(Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh

Turkey Enters Syria

Turkey Soldiers and Vehicles Entering Syria

On October 13, Turkish soldiers and vehicles crossed the border to Syria, to set up observation posts. The country’s plan to do so was approved by Russia and Iran, as they seek to stengthen the opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Murat Kibritlioglu


American Family Freed From Afghanistan

The Parents of the Couple Held Hostage

After five years of capture, a family of five has been released from Afghanistan’s Haqqani network—a faction of the Taliban—on October 12, 2017. Working together, U.S. officials and the Pakistani government eventually agreed on a release of the family. (The New York Times )

Photo Source: AP Photo/Bill Gorman


Catalonia Officials Continue to Seek Independence

Protests Against Independence in Catalonia

On October 1, 2017, Catalonia—a region of Spain—approved the independence referendum. This decision has sparked protests throughout the region, as the Spanish government attempted to halt voting. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Francisco Seco


Harvey Weinstein Faces Various Accusations

Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein

Well-known movie producer, Harvey Weinstein, faced a number of sexual assault allegations in early October, 2017. The Weinstein Company has fired the producer and has announced they will further investigate each allegation. (USA Today)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello


Boy Scouts to Allow Girls

Past Boy Scouts Members

On October 11, 2017, The Boy Scouts announced that they will begin allowing girls to join Cub Scouts and Eagle Scouts. Only open for boys for 107 years, the organization announced that after various requests, they have decided to change that policy. (CNN)

Photo Source: Library of Congress/Harris & Ewing


President Trump Removes Subsidies from Obamacare

President Trump Working on a Document

On October 13, 2017, President Trump removed Obamacare subsidies set aside for insurers to provide for low-income Americans. President Trump’s decision is expected to face legal challenges within the coming weeks. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

President Trump Names More Nominees

Barry Lee Myers, one of the nominees

On October 13, President Trump added Kathleen Hartnett White to his list of nominees. The former Texas environmental regulator has been nominated to be the senior adviser on environmental policy for the White House. Along with White, President Trump has also nominated Barry Lee Myers and Andrew Wheeler for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, respectively. ( The New York Times )

Photo Source: AP Photo/AccuWeather



Shooting in Las Vegas Becomes America’s Deadliest

The Las Vegas Strip

On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on Las Vegas concert goers from his room in Mandalay Bay. Paddock’s rampage left 58 people dead and another 500 wounded, making this shooting the deadliest in U.S. history. (CNN)

Photo Source: Library of Congress/Carol M. Highsmith



The Forceful Removal of United Passenger Results in the Firing of Two Officers

The United Airlines Hearing

Back in April, Dr. David Dao was forcefully dragged off a United Airlines plane by officers. On October 17, 2017, Chicago aviation officials announced that two officers have been fired over the incident, and another two suspended.(CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Teresa Crawford


Security Guard Shot by Paddock Discusses his Experience

Mandalay Bay, where the security guard was shot

On Wednesday, October 18, the first victim of Stephen Paddock’s rampage—MGM security guard Jesus Campos—finally discussed his experience with the shooter. Campos recalls patrolling the floors, only to find the stairwell door on the 32nd floor barricaded. As he placed a call regarding the barricaded door, he heard the gunfire, only to notice his leg was hit by one of the bullets shot. Campos is currently recovering well from his wound.(CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/John Locher

Missing US Soldier Found in Niger

The four soldiers killed in NIger

On October 19, the missing Sgt. La David Johnson was found approximately a mile away from the ambush in Niger which killed 4 US soldiers on October 4. It is still unclear as to how Johnson was separated from the team when 50 ISIS members carried out the attack. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/ US Army

Shooting in Florida During White Nationalists’ Speech

The three men charged with the shooting

Richard Spencer, a white nationalist, was set to speak at a college in Florida on October 19, prompting hundreds of protesters to attend the speech. Shots rang out against the protesters as brothers William and Colton Fears, while making a nazi salute, urged Tyler Tenbrink to kill the protesters. No injuries have been reported, and the three men have been detained and charged. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Alachua County Sheriffs Office

Opioids Declared a US Public Health Emergency

President Trump with the signed declaration

On October 26, President Trump officially declared opioids an US public health emergency. His declaration will redirect federal resources for rural areas; however, the declaration has not granted more funding to stop the crisis. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

8 Dead in Manhattan Terror Attack

The scene of the attack, with the rented truck

On Tuesday, October 31, a man drove his rented Home Depot truck near the World Trade Center. The suspected driver, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, plowed his vehicle into pedestrians along the West Side Highway bike path, killing eight and wounding another eleven. Saipov was shot by police and is currently in the hospital. Sources say a note in the truck claimed this attack was for ISIS. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews



Penguins Face Difficulties in Antarctic Breeding Season

A group of penguins fighting for survival

Unusually high amounts of ice this season in the Antarctic have resulted in the survival of only two Adelie penguins during this breeding season. On October 13, conservation groups urged for action to help the penguins during the next breeding season, creating a plan that will be go before the board on Monday.(BBC).

Photo Source: AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko

Qualcomm Files Lawsuit Against Apple


On October 13, Qualcomm announced the lawsuit it had filed in China, requesting the sale of iPhones be banned throughout the country. Qualcomm cited a patent infringement to be the reason. (Reuters).

Photo Source: AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein


Hackers Exploit Issues with Adobe’s Flash Software

Adobe Logo

A weakness in the Adobe Flash software early last week has been the victim of hackers, reported Adobe Systems Inc. on October 14. The company has released an update to fix this problem for now, but continues with the plans to retire the software entirely by the end of 2020. (Reuters).

Photo Source: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

1.3 MIllion Vehicles Recalled by Ford

Ford CEOs

On October 18, 2017, Ford announced it would recall nearly 1.3 million vehicles across North America in order to add water shields. Ford said the problem could lead to a door remaining open while one drives, or having issues opening and closing doors; however, no accidents or injuries have been reported due to the issue.(Reuters).

Photo Source: AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Amazon Continues to Receive Proposals

Amazon Logo

After its recent announcement to add a second headquarters, Amazon has been flooded with proposals. On October 23, the company said they have had approximately 238 proposals, and will continue to accept more until October 26. The final decision will be announced by the company in the coming year. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File



Senate to Hold Hearing for Yahoo and Equifax Data Breach

Senator John Thune to Hold the Hearing

In early October, Yahoo and Equifax revealed that a data breach in 2013 affected millions of accounts and users. Later this month, the Senate will hold hearings to ensure the companies have taken the proper precautions since. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Kevin Wolf

Fourth Satellite Launched by Japan

Satellite Launch

Japan launched its fourth satellite on October 10, 2017. The satellite is equipped with a high-precision GPS, and Japan hopes to launch three more by 2023. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo

Tesla Recalls 11,000 Model X SUVs

Elon Musk, Tesla CEO

Tesla announced on October 12, 2017, that it would recall over 11,000 Model X SUVs. The recall was spurred by a recent development that revealed the seats were more likely to fall forward in the event of a crash. The company is working towards fixing all cars affected by this issue. (Reuters).

Photo Source: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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