Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (9/11/18)

(Quick News, Concerning America and Mental Health)


Today is September 11, our nation will pause to remember and honor the lives lost 17 years ago in the worst terror attacks on US soil.


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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


Russia and China

Russia kicked off its largest war-games exercise since the fall of the Soviet Union and invited China to join in. At least 300,000 troops, 36,000 vehicles and 1,000 aircraft are involved in the exercises in eastern Russia. They’ll be joined by thousands of troops from China and Mongolia. At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet up in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok. The two men have cultivated a special relationship, and this marks their third meeting this year. (CNN)


Hurricane Florence


Hurricane Florence is coming, and it’s packing a punch. The Category 4 storm is headed toward the southeast US coast with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. And fears are that by the time it makes landfall late Thursday or early Friday, it will have strengthened into a Category 5 storm, meaning sustained winds of close to 160 mph. So yeah, Florence is a monster. More than 1 million people face mandatory evacuation orders in coastal North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, where Florence could begin delivering tropical storm-force winds tomorrow. You can track the storm here. And don’t forget about Hawaii: Tropical Storm Olivia, with 70-mph winds, will hit the islands tonight and tomorrow.   (CNN)


White House


The Trump White House, with its laser-like focus on stopping leaks, changed its cell phone policy, CNN has learned. Staffers now have to leave their phones in their offices or in lockers near the West Wing entrances before they will be buzzed into the Situation Room. This has everything to do with fired staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, who secretly taped White House chief of staff John Kelly firing her in the Situation Room. Meanwhile, the White House braces for the release today of Bob Woodward’s book, “Fear.” Its publisher plans to print 1 million copies.  (CNN)


Dallas shooting


Dallas police officer Amber Guyger might face a more serious charge after she shot and killed her neighbor. Guyger’s already charged with manslaughter in the death of Botham Shem Jean, but a prosecutor said additional charges could follow after the case goes to a grand jury. Guyger said she shot Jean after mistakenly thinking he was in her apartment, but Jean was actually in his own place. Last night, about 100 demonstrators took to the streets of Dallas to protest how police have handled Jean’s death, while a vigil was held for him at his alma mater, Harding University in Arkansas. (CNN)


U.S. working on second summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that the White House is working on plans for a second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kim requested the meeting in a “very warm, very positive” letter delivered to Trump through the State Department, she said. Sanders added that the White House “won’t release the full letter unless the North Korean leader agrees that we should,” although she said the Trump administration is “open to and are already in the process of coordinating” a second summit. Trump and Kim met in Singapore in their first summit, which was held in June. Kim committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, although since then experts have said Pyongyang has failed to take concrete steps toward unwinding the country’s nuclear weapons program. (Politico, The Week)


Bolton warns another Syria chemical attack would prompt ‘much stronger’ U.S. response
National Security Adviser John Bolton said Monday that the U.S. is working with France and the U.K. on plans for a coordinated attack against Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s government if it uses chemical weapons in an expected offensive in Idlib province. The U.S. conducted airstrikes against the regime in April 2017 and April 2018 after Assad was accused of using chemical weapons against civilians. “We’ve tried to convey the message in recent days that if there’s a third use of chemical weapons, the response will be much stronger,” Bolton said. Russia has already launched 70 airstrikes in the province and the Syrian government has dropped dozens of barrel bombs. An estimated three million civilians and 70,000 opposition fighters are in Idlib, the last rebel-held part of Syria. (The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, The Week)



GOP governor candidate resigns from Congress

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) resigned from Congress on Monday to focus on his close race against Democrat Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee’s mayor. In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), DeSantis said that since he would miss most of the House sessions before the November elections it would be “inappropriate for me to accept a [congressional] salary.” DeSantis’ term ends in January. DeSantis faced criticism last month after making a remark about Gillum, who is black, that critics said was racially tinged, although he denied that was his intention. On Monday, The Washington Post reported that DeSantis had spoken at events organized by a conservative columnist who once said African Americans owe their freedom to whites. (Reuters, The Week)



EPA reportedly close to weakening rules on methane emissions
The Environmental Protection Agency could announce as early as this week its plan to roll back Obama-era regulations requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and repair methane leaks, The New York Timesreports. Methane is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, and is often released into the atmosphere by leaky oil and gas wells. The Times reviewed documents showing that the EPA will propose weakening the requirements that oil and gas drillers perform leak inspections every six months and repair any leaks detected within 30 days, making it so they only have to do inspections every one or two years and make repairs within 60 days. The proposal also lets energy companies follow state methane standards rather than federal rules. (The New York Times, The Week)


Judge issues gag order, denies bail pending accused Russian agent’s trial
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan on Monday ordered accused Russian agent Mariia Butina to remain in detention pending her trial, rejecting a defense motion to release her and citing the risk she would flee the U.S. The judge also imposed a gag order on lawyers on both sides of the case. She said Butina’s defense lawyers were hurting Butina’s chances at a fair trial by “trying this case in the media.” She also criticized prosecutors, who days earlier walked back the claim that Butina, a 29-year-old gun rights activist, had traded sex for access to conservative political organizations. The government said in court documents filed last week that it misinterpreted Butina’s texts to a friend. Judge Chutkan said she was “dismayed” by the error. USA Today, (The New York Times, The Week)



Investors in court against VW seeking $10.7 billion over diesel scandal

Investors, including the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, squared off with Volkswagen in German court on Monday, seeking $10.7 billion in compensation for the damage done by the German automaker’s diesel emissions scandal. The backlash from VW’s attempts to cheat on diesel-emissions tests has cost the company more than $30 billion in penalties so far. On the first day of the trial, the court indicated that some of the 1,670 claims might be too old to be considered, and that several key issues had to be resolved before witnesses testify. Andreas Tilp, a lawyer for some of the plaintiffs, said some of the claims have a good chance. “We are very confident that there will be money at the end of the day,” he said. (Los Angeles Times, Reuters, The Week)



Nike Sales Soar After Colin Kaepernick Ad
The brand clocked a 31 percent boost in online sales over Labor Day weekend — just as it released its controversial “Just Do It” campaign featuring the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback. The decision sparked a backlash and prompted a boycott from critics of Kaepnernick’s national anthem protests, causing Nike shares to dip briefly before rallying 2.2 percent Monday. Despite the good news for Nike, a recent research note from Goldman Sachs showed the company’s been overtaken by Amazon as the shoe retailer of choice for millennial men. ( Time, Quartz, Marketwatch, Ozy)



Meteorologists Predict El Nino Event This Year
A storm’s a-brewin. According to the World Meteorological Organization, there’s a 70 percent chance of the potentially destructive weather event forming by year’s end. An El Niño system is created by increased warming in the eastern Pacific Ocean, which can lead to drought in some regions but heavy rain in others. This year is likely to be one of the warmest on record, the organization noted, although it predicts a 2018 El Niño — while having “considerable impacts” — won’t be as powerful as those observed in 2015 and 2016. (, Al Jazeera, Ozy)



Trump’s national security advisor said the U.S. is working with France and the U.K. on plans for a coordinated military strike in Syira if the regime uses chemical weapons in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel haven. (WSJ, CNBC)


China will seek permission from the World Trade Organization to impose sanctions on the United States next week, amid an escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies, according to WTO’s meeting agenda. (CNBC)



With the balance of power in Congress at stake in just under two months, the influential conservative Koch political network has added another campaign finance weapon to its arsenal, a new super PAC. (CNBC)



A new polls shows that voters are enthusiastic about the economy, but it has not translated into a better approval rating for Trump. Republicans have primarily touted the economy as they try to stop Democrats from taking a House majority. (CNBC)



Reuters has learned jailed former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will throw in the towel in his legal battle to run in the Oct. 7 election and allow his Workers Party to announce running mate Fernando Haddad as its candidate.



Mark Zuckerberg owes Bill Gates a debt of gratitude. The Microsoft co-founder told Zuckerberg to learn from Gates’ own mistakes in the 1990s and pay careful attention to D.C. Gates has reportedly become a mentor for the Facebook founder. (CNBC)




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


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, You are a precious gift, respect it and be respected. Love yourself and be loved. Know your value and don’t accept being treated in a way less than you deserve.



Broadway ‘Sam’
Yes, his very first NFL pass was intercepted for a pick-6, but Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold shook it all off to lead Gang Green to victory.Make Pluto great again
Pluto’s most definitely a planet and should never have been downgraded to a mere dwarf, these scientists say.

The robots are coming
We’ve warned you about the coming robot apocalypse, but these bots want to clean your house, so let ’em in (unless, of course, that’s all part of their plan).

Welcome to the club
John Legend made history — twice — with his Emmy win, which grants him entry into the coveted EGOT club.

Mark Zuckerberg’s obsession with an ancient Roman emperor offers insight into how he runs Facebook (CNBC)

Americans are commemorating 9/11 with somber tributes, volunteer projects and a new monument to victims, after a year when two attacks demonstrated the enduring threat of terrorism in the nation’s biggest city. (AP)


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