Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (9/10/18)

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Hopefully people will know that calling a crisis line is an easy thing to do, even though that phone feels like it weighs 400 pounds before you pick it up.


Wendy Martinez Farmer, CEO of Behavioral Health Link, a suicide hotline call center in Atlanta. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and when people are thinking about suicide, Farmer’s team talks them out of it.


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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

Sept. 10, 2018


Russia protests

Police in Russia detained more than 1,000 people as protests broke out across the country. The demonstrators are unhappy with a proposed government pension overhaul that would raise the retirement age. The protests were organized by supporters of Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader who is under administrative arrest for organizing an unsanctioned rally in the capital back in January. The crackdown was most severe in St. Petersburg, and it produced the protests’ most-defining image: Police detaining a school-age boy.



Sweden elections

It could be weeks or months before a new government forms in Sweden. The country’s two main centrist coalitions failed to win a majority in Sunday’s election, while the far-right, anti-immigration, EU-hating Sweden Democrats made big gains. So some deals have to be struck between the country’s political parties to form a government, and the big fear is that the Sweden Democrats — a party with roots in the neo-Nazi movement — made enough gains to be a kingmaker in the process.



Tropical weather
The Atlantic hurricane season hits its peak today. And right on cue, Hurricane Florence barrels across the ocean, on a path that will take it to the southeast US coast by the end of the week as a Category 3 storm or higher. Behind Florence, two other storms are also churning in the Atlantic (but Hurricane Helene and Hurricane Isaac are not expected to hit the US mainland). And don’t forget there are storms out in the Pacific too. Hurricane Olivia is expected to hit the Hawaiian Islands by mid-week. Want to know even more about hurricanes? Let CNN meteorologist Judson Jones school you. (CNN)


Les Moonves

One of the most powerful men in media steps down as sexual misconduct allegations swirl around him. Les Moonves left CBS, a company he ran for two decades, after a story this weekend in The New Yorker detailed assault and harassment accusations from six women. In addition to the sexual misconduct allegations, Moonves was fighting a boardroom battle for control of CBS with controlling shareholder Shari Redstone. With Moonves now gone, Redstone may position CBS for a sale. (CNN)


Dallas shooting

A Dallas police officer was arrested and charged after she killed a man in his apartment, thinking it was her own. Amber Guyger was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Botham Shem Jean. Police say Guyger had just ended a shift when she went to the apartment, encountered Jean inside and opened fire. There’s a racial angle to this story, too. Guyger is white and Jean is black, leading some to say it’s another example of people of color “being killed in some of the most arbitrary ways.” (CNN)


The fine Serena Williams received for three code violations during her US Open finals loss over the weekend. Williams clashed with an umpire over accusations of illegal coaching. She said the penalties were unfair and another example of sexism in tennis.


 Pence says he would take a polygraph, talk to Mueller
Vice President Pence said on Fox News Sunday that he would take a lie-detector test “in a heartbeat” to show he didn’t write an op-ed in The New York Times last week describing a “resistance” effort within the Trump administration to keep President Trump in check. He said he was “100 percent certain” that nobody on his staff wrote the op-ed. Pence also said that he never discussed with anyone the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to remove Trump from office. Pence, who also appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation, said he would be “more than willing” to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, which is investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion by Trump campaign associates. The interviews came as Trump steps up pressure within the administration to find out who wrote the opinion piece. (The Washington Post)



 Papadopoulos says his testimony might help show collusion with Russia
Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos said Sunday that his testimony might help Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team show collusion by Trump campaign associates in Russia’s election meddling. “I have no idea,” Papadopoulos told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week. “All I can say is my testimony might have helped move something towards that.” Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts during the 2016 election, and he was sentenced Friday to 14 days in federal prison and a year of supervised release. “I’m contrite and I did lie but you know you’re just taken off guard, I guess, in such a momentous occasion where you’re potentially sitting there incriminating the president. Even though, of course, I don’t think I did,” he said. (The Hill)


 Trump thanks North Korea for leaving missiles out of military parade
President Trump on Sunday thanked North Korea for excluding intercontinental ballistic missiles from a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the isolated communist-run country’s founding. “We will both prove everyone wrong!” Trump said in a message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Twitter. “There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other!” The decision by Kim’s regime to refrain from brandishing its recently unveiled missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to the United States was interpreted by analysts as a hopeful sign after a failure to make concrete steps toward denuclearization following a summit between Trump and Kim in June. (USA Today, CNN)



 Memorial tower dedicated at Flight 93 National Memorial site
Relatives of the 40 people killed in the airliner that hijackers crashed into a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001, helped to dedicate a tower at the Flight 93 National Memorial site on Sunday. The concrete and steel tower will have 40 aluminum wind chimes honoring each of the victims. Tom Ridge, Pennsylvania’s former governor, said the monument, the Tower of Voices, would be “an everlasting concert by our heroes.” Passengers on the hijacked flight, which was headed to California from New Jersey, fought back and kept the terrorists from steering the plane to their intended target, which was believed to be in Washington, D.C. Their “lives were lost so that other lives were saved. And heroes were made over the skies of Shanksville,” said Ridge, who was the first secretary of the Homeland Security Department when it was created after 9/11. (The Associated Press, USA Today)



John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice join exclusive EGOT club
Singer-songwriter John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and lyricist Tim Rice on Sunday joined the select group of entertainers who have won all four of the biggest awards in show business — Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony — when NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar, Live in Concert, won an Emmy for best live variety special. Legend played Jesus in the concert version but won his Emmy for co-producing the TV version of the musical. He is the youngest of the 15 EGOT winners, and the first African American to achieve the feat. He is up for an acting Emmy later this month. Anthony Bourdain, who died by suicide in June at age 61, received six posthumous Emmy awards Sunday for his CNN show Parts Unknown and its digital spinoff. (CBS News, Variety)



Djokovic wins his third U.S. Open
Novak Djokovic, 31, won the men’s singles title at the U.S. Open on Sunday, beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. It was Djokovic’s 14th career Grand Slam victory, moving the Serb into a tie with Pete Sampras for the third most major wins of all time. Djokovic is now just three Grand Slim wins behind Rafael Nadal for second place on the all-time list, and six behind Roger Federer’s 20. It was Djokovic’s second straight Grand Slam win, after his victory at Wimbledon two months ago, and his third U.S. Open title. It was del Potro’s first Grand Slam singles title since he won the 2009 U.S. Open when he was just 20. (Sports Illustrated, The Associated Press)



Nigerian Startup Tackles Fake Medicine
Let’s get real. Each year, more than 100,00 sub-Saharan Africans die partially as a result of counterfeit or substandard malaria medication. But Nigerian-American Vivian Nwakah is hoping to change that. The 35-year-old’s organization, Medsaf, has connected more than 500 pharmacies and around 100 hospitals with safe, cost-effective meds, processing 150 million doses of drugs. With Nigeria being the world’s poverty capital — a “dumping ground” for fake drugs, one expert says — Nwakah faces a significant challenge, but colleagues say she’s driven to succeed. (OZY)



Musical Stars Pay Tribute to Mac Miller
“He was the sweetest guy.” So said Childish Gambino at a Chicago concert on Saturday of fellow rapper Mac Miller, adding to the chorus of tributes and kind words that followed Miller’s death on Friday. Fellow musicians including Ariana Grande — Miller’s ex-girlfriend — Elton John, J. Cole and Chance the Rapper offered public commemorations of the 26-year-old, who died from a suspected overdose. Miller’s family described him as “a bright light in this world” and asked fans and followers to respect their privacy. (Vulture, Variety, Rolling Stone)


U.S. stock futures were higher this morning, after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq posted their fourth straight negative session on Friday. The Dow broke a two-day win streak, led lower by Boeing (BA) and Apple (AAPL) on trade concerns. (CNBC)


With little economic data due out today, investors will likely be digesting last Friday’s jobs numbers, which saw the economy add 201,000 jobs in the last month. The figure put investors on edge over where the U.S. central bank could be heading next. (CNBC)



The Trump administration is expected to announce today it will close the Palestine Liberation Organization’s office in Washington, widening a campaign of pressure amid stalled Middle East peace efforts. (WSJ)



House Republicans plan to unveil another round of tax cuts this week, hoping to draw a sharp contrast between themselves and Democrats ahead of the Nov. 6 congressional elections. (Reuters)



Former President Barack Obama, now on the campaign trail before the midterm elections, countered Trump by noting that the U.S. economic recovery started during his own presidency. (NY Times)



Axios reported Trump is expected to declassify documents covering the government’s surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and the investigative activities of senior Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr.



A proposed ballot measure backed by California doctors to tax sugary drinks was given the nod by the state to start collecting signatures to qualify for the 2020 ballot. The measure seeks to use state taxes on the drinks to fight childhood obesity. (CNBC)






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

Home Depot workers build lemonade stand for boy with cancer

An 8-year-old Florida boy wanted to raise money for a family friend who is battling an aggressive form of childhood cancer. So he and his mother went to a Home Depot for supplies to build a lemonade stand, except they received a lot more than that. Dawn Redmon and her son, Christian, called the Home Depot store in Apopka with the hope that they’d considering making some sort of donation or giving a discount on the items to build the lemonade stand. They agreed to give supplies, but when Redmon went to pick up the supplies, they found an act of kindness instead. Her best friend’s 4-year-old son, Silas, was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of cancer that forms in soft tissue and is mostly found in children. Redmon says the family had been experiencing financial issues before they were blindsided by the diagnosis –– and now, as the child undergoes treatment, they need help in offsetting the medical costs.

“They’re trying to get used to what their new normal is going to be,” Redmon said of the family.

When the Redmons leared about Silas’ condition, they joined with other friends to organize a fundraiser for Silas’ family. And Christian, who had wanted to build a lemonade stand to help cancer patients, wanted to pitch in by building a lemonade stand.

“My heart is so full and I am so touched by the AMAZING ladies at Home Depot who made this possible for me!” Redmon wrote in a Facebook post, showing pictures of the fully-constructed lemonade stand with the employees smiling behind it. An even more encouraging result from her interaction with Home Depot is that other businesses are now helping with the fundraiser when initially it was tough to get any support.

“Other businesses in the community are now helping with the event,” Redmon said. “I have businesses donating things to our raffle. Their good deed went way beyond the lemonade stand.”

The event for Silas will be held at the Tractor Supply in Apopka on Sept. 1, where the lemonade stand will make its debut. Friends of the family have also set up a GoFundMe page for Silas with the goal of $25,000.


12-Year-Old Battling Leukemia Receives More Than 1,000 Postcards, Including One Signed by Tom Hanks

Aspen Kelly, 12, dreams of traveling the world, but her leukemia doesn’t allow her to go far.

Instead, the Oklahoma pre-teen is exploring places, from Wyoming to the Philippines, through the thousands of postcards sent from well-wishers around the world – including one signed by Tom Hanks.

“I didn’t expect it – I feel thankful,” Aspen told “I just don’t have anywhere to put them all.”

Aspen was diagnosed with leukemia last year, and has been in and out of chemotherapy treatments ever since.

Her treatments don’t allow her to travel, so ahead of her 13th birthday on Sept. 1, Aspen requested through Facebook that people supporting her in her journey send her postcards.

“I thought it would just be a bunch of mom’s reader and author friends,” she said.

Instead, the postcards arrived in droves and their P.O. box fills up daily with at least 200 postcards from around the United States and around the world.

She even began seeing packages, one even coming from a Parkinson’s patient letting her know she’s not alone.

The one apparently from Hanks, which they say is written in his writing and includes a selfie, reads: “I hope this makes it in time for your 13th birthday.”

Aspen said she hopes she feels better from the chemo in time for her birthday, when she plans to read through all the postcards.

To send Aspen a birthday wish, address postcards to Aspen Kelly, P.O. Box 822, Watonga, OK 73772.

SOURCE: Inside Edition

Joy ride
The widow only had $3 for gas. A cop not only put $20 into her tank, but he inspired other people to help her out.

Free ride
Talk about a fun first day of school. A banker told seniors at a Wisconsin high school he’d pay their tuition if they go to a two-year technical school.


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.




Bird blues
Remember that cute little blue bird from the movie “Rio?” Sadly a new study says the Spix’s macaw is now extinct in the wild.

Thinking of you
Let’s all send our best wishes to Olivia Newton-John. The Aussie superstar says she’s fighting cancer for the third time.

Nicki vs. Cardi
What happens when the two leading ladies of hip-hop take their beef to Fashion Week? Social media hysteria for days and days.

Perfect pixels
Who needs the beautiful people? Check out the modeling agencies that don’thire real people.

Treasure trip
Looking for buried treasure? You might want to take a trip to northern Italy, where archaeologists just unearthed hundreds of Roman gold coins.


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