Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (8/29/18)

2.3 million
The number of cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia diagnosed last year in the US. That’s a record, and some doctors think the numbers are enough for STDs to be declared a public health crisis.



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MENTAL HEALTH CHAT-(U.S. suicide rates surges to a 30-year high)

Many research shows that mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. It suggests multiple linking causes. Lifestyle, genetics and your environment can influence whether someone develops a mental condition. A stressful home life, stressful job or stressful school environment makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Basic brain structure, biochemical processes and circuits may play a role too.

Remember that you important and loved by many. Why? Because you are a living soul and you matter to us. So, if you are having suicidal thoughts, PLEASE CALL 800-273-8255.


Cartoon Politics


Puerto Rico
For nearly a year now, there have been suspicions that the number of people killed by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was far greater than the official tally. Now, Puerto Rico’s government has revised the death toll, and the new figure is devastating. According to a new estimate, 2,975 people died as a result of the storm. That’s 46 times as many people as counted in the government’s December report, which put the death toll at 64. Knowing the official count isn’t just about knowing exactly what happened and whom it affected — though that’s reason enough. Families of those who died in the aftermath of the storm are eligible to have some funeral expenses covered by the US government, and higher death tolls can also drive more disaster aid.


3D-printed guns 
The maker of blueprints for 3D-printed guns is selling them online, despite a recent court order blocking their distribution. The founder of Defense Distributed, which created designs for guns that could be made via a 3D printer, says he thinks the court’s order simply prohibits him from putting the plans online for free. Instead, the company is now selling the blueprints to customers, letting them name their own price, then emailing or shipping the plans to them. 3D-printed guns have been a lightning rod of controversy, raising Second Amendment questions from advocates on both sides of the gun debate.




Another round of primaries, another round of drama. This time, the big upset came in Florida’s governor’s race. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum defeated former US Rep. Gwen Graham to clinch the Democratic nomination. Gillum, a progressive backed by Bernie Sanders, will face Trump-backed Republican US Rep. Ron DeSantis. If Gillum wins, he’ll be the state’s first black governor. In Arizona, US Rep. Martha McSally won the bruising Republican primary for the state’s open US Senate seat. She prevailed by sticking close to President Trump and his political leanings, but that could make the general election, in which she’ll face Democratic US Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, even more polarizing.

Another, smaller race in Florida also caught national interest: The mom of a student killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting this year won a spot on the Broward County School Board. Lori Alhadeff, a former teacher whose daughter Alyssa was killed in the shooting, won the seat handily.


Jordan Edwards 
A rare verdict yesterday elicited sobs and gasps from a Texas courtroom. Roy Oliver, an ex-Dallas-area police officer, was found guilty in the shooting death of Jordan Edwards, an unarmed black teen. The 15-year-old was riding in a car that was approached by officers last year. When the driver didn’t stop fully and drove past them, Oliver, who is white, shot several rounds into the car. One bullet struck Edwards, killing him. His death is one in a long line of tragic encounters between law enforcement and black boys and men, but the final outcome was unusual. Few officers face trial in these cases, and even fewer are convicted.


China rideshare controversy
Didi Chuxing, China’s top ride-hailing company, is promising a major overhaul after one of its drivers was accused of raping and killing a female passenger. The victim is the second female passenger believed to have been murdered this year while using Didi Chuxing. After the driver was arrested, the country’s ministries of transport and public security summoned Didi executives to demand a change. Now, Didi has suspended its carpool service and has promised to make safety its first priority.

Source: CNN


US, Canada Scramble to Rewrite NAFTA
Can she seal the deal? Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is in Washington this week in a bid to negotiate her country’s new role in the landmark 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. After he struck a separate deal with his Mexican counterpart on Monday, President Trump told Canada — America’s second-largest trading partner — to decide by Friday whether it wants to stay in a revised version of the three-nation pact. “This is going to be a full-steam-ahead effort,” Freeland told reporters. Trump’s ultimatum was met with skepticism from Congress.

Source WSJ (SUB), FT (SUB), BBC


The political network funded by billionaire Charles Koch is unleashing a multimillion-dollar television and digital ad campaign against three Democrats running for the U.S. Senate in the 2018 congressional midterm elections.

Source: (CNBC)

Ride-hailing company Lyft is teaming up with community groups to offer free and half-price rides on Election Day. Riders will also be able to get help finding their polling location through the Lyft app.

Source: CNN


Good News- (We may be living in some strange times, but there’s still a lot of good in our communities)

Disney offers to pay tuition for thousands of workers
The Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday said it was offering to pay full tuition for hourly workers seeking a college degree, finishing high school, or training to acquire a new skill. The program could benefit as many as 80,000 hourly workers in the U.S. Disney said it would start paying tuition for employees in online classes this fall. Disney plans to invest $50 million in its “Disney Aspire” program initially, then add up to $25 million a year. “The Walt Disney Company will cover 100 percent of tuition upfront and will also reimburse application fees and required books and materials, removing the worry of paying to start or continue school,” said Jayne Parker, Disney’s chief HR officer, in a blog post. The entertainment giant is the latest major corporation to offer such educational benefits as executives seek ways to attract and keep employees in a tightening job market.


Parkland Students Are Getting An Official School Therapy Dog
The Florida high school where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting is getting a therapy dog to help students who need emotional support.
River, a 3-month-old female Bernese mountain dog-poodle mix, has been adopted by Ray and Diana Haneski.
Diana is a library media specialist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where she helped shelter 50 kids during the attack.
Now she’ll be able to take River into the school for anyone who needs comforting.
She told NBC 6 after meeting the dog Thursday that “it’s magical.”
As she tries to prepare herself to return to the school, she said, “River’s going to help in the future with a lot of struggles and trouble.”
A mini bernedoodle like River averages 30 to 45 pounds (14 to 20 kilograms) fully grown.


LOVE FOR SELF AND OTHERS, I agree with the saying that happiness is indirectly proportional to love. Well, I want to remind you to look in the mirror at some point today and say I love you to the person you see. Add some happiness and love in day.



The heat at the U.S. open became so intense on Tuesday that officials allowed breaks for players to cool down their body temperature. The United States Tennis Association worried about the possibility of heat illness and set a policy. (USA Today)


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