Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (9/13/18)

(Quick News, Concerning America and Mental Health)


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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


Catholic Church

The escalating clergy sex abuse scandal that’s raging within the church prompts Pope Francis to call an unprecedented meeting. The Pope will meet the presidents of the Catholic bishops conferences from around the world in February at the Vatican. Francis has come under withering criticism for his handling of the crisis (and his poll numbers have nosedived). A meeting between the Pope and leaders of the US church on the crisis is set for today. (CNN)


California shooting
Six people, including the suspect, are dead after a man opened fire at multiple places in Bakersfield. Police say the gunman killed his wife and two other people at a trucking business, then fled to a nearby home, where he shot and killed two more people. The gunman hijacked a vehicle and took off, only to pull over when he was confronted by a deputy. The gunman then killed himself.  (CNN)


Election integrity


President Trump signed an executive order that intends to punish foreign entities for meddling in US elections. The order lets the director of national intelligence identify groups responsible for election interference and direct the Treasury Department to apply sanctions. This order aims to hit more than just the Russians. But Democrats and Republicans criticized it as insufficient and want to see mandatory sanctions instead. (CNN)



By the end of this century, cancer will be the No. 1 killer in the world. That depressing news comes in a new report from the World Health Organization. Almost 10 million people will die from cancer this year, and there will be 18 million new cases. About one in five men and one in six women will develop cancer in their lifetimes. And cancer is “rapidly growing,” the report says, because the world population is growing, and more people means more cancer. Also, the global population is aging, and cancer risks grow as we age. (CNN)


His life is in danger. We think that he was poisoned.
The Twitter account of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, which said one of its members had been hospitalized. The band is one of the fiercest critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been accused in the past of poisoning his political opponents.


The number of pallets of bottled water brought in by FEMA but left untouchedin Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the result of what one official called “distribution issues”


Hurricane Florence weakens but remains dangerous as it approaches Carolinas

Hurricane Florence’s outer rain bands approached the coast of the Carolinas early Thursday, with its top sustained winds decreasing to 110 miles per hour from a high of 140 miles per hour. Authorities warned that high winds, storm surge, and heavy rains could still cause catastrophic flooding as the storm’s forward speed slows and it drenches inland areas for days. The storm is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas early Friday. Authorities there have urged more than 1 million people to evacuate coastal areas. President Trump said the government was prepared to respond to the storm but urged people in its path to seek safe shelter. “Don’t play games with it,” he said. “It’s a big one.” (The Associated Press, CNN, The Week)


Trump orders more sanctions against anyone meddling in U.S. elections
President Trump on Wednesday authorized new sanctions against any country or individual that tries to meddle in upcoming U.S. elections. “This is intended to be a very broad effort to prevent foreign manipulation of the political process,” National Security Adviser John Bolton said. It would let Trump impose sanctions on anyone who tries to interfere in the November midterms either overtly, by meddling with such things as vote counts, or indirectly, by spreading misinformation, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sen Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) issued a joint statement calling for tougher legislation against election interference. “Today’s announcement by the administration recognizes the threat,” they wrote, “but does not go far enough to address it.” (The Washington Post, The Week)



Report: U.S. detaining record number of migrant children

The number of detained migrant children has risen sharply over the last year, reaching a record 12,800 this month, The New York Times reports. There were just 2,400 undocumented immigrant children in custody in May 2017. The numbers have increased as the Trump administration has cracked down on illegal immigration despite the court-ordered release of hundreds of children separated from their parents at the border in the Trump administration’s effort to prevent undocumented families from entering the country. The increase has left federal shelters nearly full. The Times said the data indicated that the increase was due to a reduction in the number of children being released to relatives or sponsors, not an increase in the number of children entering the country. (The New York Times)



 Booker releases more confidential documents about Kavanaugh
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Wednesday night released 28 more documents on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that were deemed “committee confidential” by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The documents are from Kavanaugh’s time serving in the White House counsel’s office in the George W. Bush administration. They demonstrate his involvement in judicial nominations, including those of such controversial picks as Charles Pickering, who was appointed despite concerns about his views on race relations. Kavanaugh had said he wasn’t substantially involved in the nomination, and Booker said the documents “raise more serious and concerning questions” about his honesty during his confirmation hearing. A conservative judicial group referred Booker to the Senate Ethics Committee over his earlier disclosure of confidential documents. (The Associated Press)


 Seattle Storm sweeps Washington Mystics to win WNBA title
The Seattle Storm swept the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals, winning their third league title with a 98-82 win in Game 3. The Storm also beat the Mystics by double-digits in the first two games of the series. “It doesn’t feel real yet, honestly,” WNBA Finals MVP Breanna Stewart said. “I think that what we did as a team for these past four months, we had a goal and that was to win a championship.” The Storm charged into a 16-point lead early on, boosted by the dominance of Stewart and center Natasha Howard, who had 17 points each in the first half. (Yahoo Sports)


Trump administration prepares proposal for more trade talks with China
The Trump administration has proposed a new round of trade talks with China aiming to prevent further escalation of President Trump’s trade war against the world’s second largest economy, Larry Kudlow, director of Trump’s National Economic Council, confirmed on Wednesday. Kudlow called the move “positive.” “We are in communication right now and you could say that communication has picked up a notch,” he added. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other top officials recently extended the invitation to their counterparts in China, Bloomberg reported, citing three people familiar with the matter. One of the people, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the talks probably would be held in Washington, D.C. (Bloomberg)


CBS fires longtime 60 minutes producer over harsh text
CBS News fired longtime 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager on Wednesday for sending a text message threatening the career of a CBS reporter, Jericka Duncan, who had contacted him for comment on sexual harassment allegations against him that were reported by The New Yorker and The Washington Post. “Be careful,” he wrote. “There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me and if you pass on these damaging claims without your own reporting to back them up that will become a serious problem.” Fager called the sexual harassment allegations “false” but acknowledged sending the text to Duncan. The president of CBS News, David Rhodes, said Fager’s firing was “not directly related” to the allegations, but that he had violated company policy. ( The New York Times, Variety)




Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Jailing of 


Speaking at a World Economic Forum event in Hanoi, the embattled leader dismissed claims that Myanmar’s imprisonment of two Reuters reporters was an attack on free speech. Suu Kyi said Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were reporting on the military’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, “were not jailed for being journalists” but for violating a law against leaking state secrets. Held under house arrest herself for 15 years, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has drawn criticism over the trial and the alleged ethnic cleansing of Myanmar’s Rohingya. (The Guardian, Reuters, OZY)





FDA Cracks Down on Youth Vaping ‘Epidemic’


The five major e-cigarette companies that dominate the U.S. market have been told by the Food and Drug Administration that they must tackle vaping among minors or risk being banned from selling flavored products. In what the FDA called a “historic action,” it has given manufacturers 60 days to present plans to combat teen vaping, noting an “epidemic” of more than 2 million minors using e-cigarettes last year. Meanwhile, tobacco stocks jumped at the news, fueled by investor speculation that the federal government would rein in their competition. (WSJ {SUB}, Fortune, OZY)





EU Approves Controversial Internet Copyright Law


The European Parliament has voted in favor of the Copyright Directive, a new law designed to protect creative industries — but which critics say could have a “catastrophic” effect on the internet. It would force companies like Google to pay publishers every time they link to a story, and require platforms like Facebook to proactively stop users from sharing unlicensed copyrighted material. Critics, including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, say it amounts to widespread censorship. The law is expected to get final approval in January. (Vice, The Verge, The Telegraph, OZY)





Red Sox Post First 100-Win Season in 72 Years


For the fourth time in club history Boston has hit the century mark, defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 at Fenway Park yesterday in the 146th game of the season – the fastest MLB team to post 100 wins since 2001. The last time the Red Sox reached that milestone was 1946, boosted by future Hall of Famer Ted Williams as he returned from military service, and in their first two 100-victory seasons they went on to win the World Series. The team’s just six victories away from breaking the 1912 franchise record. (The Boston Globe, ESPN, OZY)



The Senate passed a bipartisan spending package 92 to 5. It will pay for veterans affairs, military construction and other programs for 2019. The legislation is expected to pass the House and then go to President Donald Trump’s desk. (Washington Post)



A new video published on Breitbart News showed top executives at Google and its parent company, Alphabet (GOOGL), responding in dismay to Trump’s election at an all-hands meeting shortly after the presidential election in 2016. (CNBC)



Paul Manafort is in talks with special counsel Robert Mueller about a plea deal, according to the Washington Post. But he is also reportedly resistant to cooperating with prosecutors investigating his former client, Trump. (CNBC)



U.S. and Cuban officials will meet later today in an effort to determine the method and motive behind mystery “health attack” incidents in Havana that have injured American diplomats and began nearly two years ago. (AP, CNBC), the e-retailer owned by Walmart (WMT), is upping the competition against Amazon (AMZN) with a redesigned website, more merchandise, faster delivery and a slew of other upgrades. Here are the details. (CNBC)


Equifax (EFX) believes it was the victim of a theft by Chinese spies, according to people familiar with the matter quoted by The Wall Street Journal. The previously undisclosed incident involving the credit reporting agency is said to have occurred two years before the massive data breach that occurred in 2017. (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.



A Russian activist who disrupted a World Cup game is reportedly being treated for a suspected poisoning.

Archaeologists in South Africa have discovered the oldest known human drawing.

Dancing with the ‘stars’
A Maxim cover girl, a Disney channel “zombie” and some dude from “Bachelor in Paradise.” These are stars? OK. Anyway, they’ll all compete on “DWTS.”

Rightful owner
The Nazis stole the Renoir masterpiece from a Jewish art collector during the war. Now, it’s been returned to his granddaughter.

Music makers
Congrats to Drake and Cardi B for grabbing the most nominations for the upcoming American Music Awards.

Floating bubbles
You, too, can pop the bubbly among the stars, now that a special space champagne has been created for zero-gravity celebrations.

‘The cape is still in his closet’
Social media had an epic meltdown after word got out that Henry Cavill may be done playing Superman, but his manager told us all to chill.


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