Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (9/12/18)

(Quick News, Concerning America and Mental Health)

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln


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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. 11, 2018

The US is warning Russia and the Syrian regime against more airstrikes in Syria. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley warned them that there would be “dire consequences” if they continue airstrikes on Idlib, the last rebel-held area in Syria. She promised the US would respond to any use of chemical weapons, though Defense Secretary James Mattis declined to say whether the US would take military action. Syrian regime forces, backed up by the Russians, are trying to retake Idlib and essentially end the rebellion after more than seven years of war. (CNN)



Catholic Church

Washington’s embattled archbishop says he’ll meet with Pope Francis soon to talk about stepping down. Cardinal Donald Wuerl faces increasing scrutiny in two areas: how he handled abusive priests while he headed the Diocese of Pittsburgh and what he may have known about abuse allegations against his predecessor, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Wuerl said the Pope asked him to consider his best course of action “as we face new revelations of the extent of the horror of the clergy abuse of children and the failures in episcopal oversight.” Francis plans to meet tomorrow at the Vatican with leaders of the US church to talk more about the sex abuse crisis. (CNN)


New Hampshire primaries
No matter what voters decide, history will be made in New Hampshire this fall. Voters in the state’s 1st Congressional District will either elect the state’s first openly gay or its first African-American congressman. Democrats picked Chris Pappas, who’s gay, as their nominee, while Republicans chose Eddie Edwards, a black former police chief and a Navy veteran. This district regularly swings between the two major parties and backed President Trump in 2016. (CNN)


                                                   Whale sanctuary

Picture it: A place in the ocean where whales can swim free from fear of attacks from man. Who would be against that? Actually, a lot of people. A coalition of pro-whaling nations shot down a proposal to create a South Atlantic whale sanctuary during a conference in Brazil. Japan, Norway and Russia were among the nations that voted against the proposal, which also aimed to increase the whale stock and curb the “severe exploitation” by foreign whaling fleets in the South Atlantic. The measure’s defeat was strongly condemned by international conservation groups and animal rights activists. (CNN)


An incredible, unsung success.

President Trumppraising the government’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, despite a death toll estimated at nearly 3,000 people


                                Appeals court says protesters can’t sue Trump
A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled against a lawsuit by protesters who accused President Trump of inciting violence against them at a March 2016 campaign rally. The Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said Trump was protected by the First Amendment because he did not explicitly call for anyone to harm anybody. Trump repeatedly said “get them out of here.” “The fact that audience members reacted by using force does not transform Trump’s protected speech into unprotected speech,” Judge David McKeague wrote in the court’s majority ruling. “The reaction of listeners does not alter the otherwise protected nature of speech.” A lower court had declined to grant Trump’s motion to dismiss the case. (The Hill, Politico, The Week)



 Suicide bombing kills dozens in Afghanistan
A suicide bombing in Afghanistan killed at least 32 people Tuesday at a gathering where hundreds of people were protesting against a police commander. Unconfirmed reports put the death toll higher. More than 120 others were wounded. The attack came as violence is escalating across the country, and authorities have warned the trend could intensify as next month’s parliamentary elections approach. The Taliban denied any involvement in the bombing and no other group immediately claimed responsibility. Less than a week ago, another suicide attack left more than 20 people dead in Kabul, the capital city. (Reuters)



 Kelly becomes record 15th woman gubernatorial nominee of primary season
Former state senator Molly Kelly won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire’s governor’s race. Her win brings the number of women nominated in gubernatorial races this year to 15, a record. She’ll face Republican incumbent Gov. Chris Sununu, one of the nation’s most popular governors, in the general election. Another high-profile Democratic woman candidate, military veteran and former Obama administration official Maura Sullivan, lost to local party favorite Chris Pappas in a key House district Republicans hope to turn in November. Sullivan appeared headed for second place in a crowded field that included Levi Sanders, the son of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I). (The New York Times, Associated Press, The Week)



 Putin says nothing ‘criminal’ about Russian suspects in U.K. Novichok poisoning
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that his government had identified the Russians Britain named as suspects in the Novichok poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, and there is “nothing special or criminal” about them. Britain said last week that the two men were agents of Russia’s military intelligence agency and charged them in absentia with the nearly fatal poisoning of the Skripals. Putin said the men don’t work for Russia’s military. “I would like to call on them so that they can hear us today,” Putin said. “They should go to some media outlet. I hope they will come forward and tell about themselves.” (The Associated Press)



US Businesses Brace for Battle Over Tariffs


Dozens of industry groups representing thousands of companies are set to launch a coalition today aimed at persuading President Trump that his trade tariffs are backfiring. With its Tariffs Hurt the Heartland lobbying campaign, the Americans for Free Trade group will buy media ads, contact members of Congress and host town halls in key swing states. One lobbyist says the “layering effect” of the administration’s tariffs — meant to extract concessions or boost U.S. manufacturing jobs — “has finally gotten everyone to say: ‘Enough is enough.’” (WSJ (SUB), Reuters, CNBC)



An Australian newspaper who published a Serena Williams cartoon that was criticized as being racist has printed a version of the offending piece on its front page.


European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is expected to argue that the euro should replace the U.S. dollar as the global trade currency in a state of the union address today.



Apple Boosts Fleet of Self-Driving Cars
According to data from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the company now boasts 70 autonomous vehicles certified for testing, a 27 percent increase since May. If DMV filings — the only official acknowledgment of the highly secretive program — are a reliable indicator, that would give Apple the third-largest fleet of self-driving cars behind GM Cruise and Waymo. The company reported its first low-speed accident last month, one of more than 40 self-driving vehicle accidents so far in 2018. (Techcrunch, OZY)



Putin’s Ex-Bodyguard Challenges Protest Leader to Duel
En garde! Appearing in full dress uniform, Viktor Zolotov, the head of Russia’s elite National Guard, pledged in a seven-minute YouTube video yesterday to pound opposition politician Alexei Navalny into a “juicy steak.” Zolotov, President Putin’s former bodyguard, was responding to a video investigation by Navalny into alleged corruption in the National Guard. “The officer corps aren’t allowed to let these things go,” Zolotov said. Navalny, meanwhile, is currently serving a 30-day prison sentence for organizing an unsanctioned protest. (The Moscow Times, RFE/RL, Politico, OZY)


Futures were higher this morning after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq posted a second straight day of gains Tuesday and the Dow broke a two-day losing streak. Tuesday’s advance was the best of September for the major averages. (CNBC)


Apple (AAPL) is expected to introduce new iPhones at an event to be held at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California at 1 p.m. ET. The U.S. consumer tech giant is also expected to unveil a new Apple Watch, new iPads, a Macbook and more. (CNBC)



After months of waging a behind-the-scenes war against President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs, more than 60 U.S. industry groups are launching a coalition today —Americans for Free Trade — to take the fight public. (Reuters)



Wells Fargo’s (WFC) plan to reimburse customers who had bought unnecessary auto insurance was rejected by regulators. The bank was told that it must do more to make sure it has located and compensated every affected driver. (Reuters)



Verizon (VZ) will launch next-generation 5G service in October in four cities – Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento. Rival AT&T (T) had said it planned to launch 5G service in a handful of cities sometime this year. (The Verge)



Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google is facing new tests as pressure mount from federal legislators and state authorities on privacy practices. It had been successful of keeping its head down while lawmakers brutalized Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR). (Axios)



FCC says it needs more time to review Sprint-T-Mobile deal (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.


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.



Printer power
Who needs factories? Volkswagen says it will soon start making some car parts with 3D printers.

Walk of honor
Firefighters across the country remembered their comrades who died on 9/11 by climbing 110 flights of stairs.

Eagle eye
A 9/11 remembrance memorial in Minnesota got a symbolic boost when a bald eagle swooped in for a bit.

Dance of life
Meet the young cancer survivor whose backward leg allows her to dance.


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