Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/13/19)

Quick News, Concerning America, Current Events and Mental Health



 “One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.”

—Franklin Thomas, activist, philanthropist, and former president of the Ford Foundation




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

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Big shout out to Michael Phelps, DeMar DeRozan,  Serena Williams, Kevin Love, Steve Smith Sr. and Brian Dawkins and Brandon Marshall who recently opened up about their battles with depression and mental health. Human brains are just like any other part of our body. Once injured, there are steps that you can take to bring you back to a healthy state of mind.

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





Cartoon Politics








Trump unhappy with deal but doesn’t expect shutdown

President Trump on Tuesday said he was “not happy” about the tentative deal lawmakers negotiated to avoid another government shutdown. While sources reportedly told CNN Trump intends to sign the deal, Trump himself only said, “I don’t think you’re going to see a shutdown.” The deal includes $1.375 billion for new fencing on the Mexican border, far less than the $5.7 billion Trump demanded for a wall, which led to the impasse behind the shutdown in December. Trump said he already was “using other methods” to build border barriers. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he had urged Trump to back the compromise. “I hope he’ll sign it,” McConnell said. “I think he got a pretty good deal.” (The New York Times, CNN, The Week)




Jury finds Mexican drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman guilty

A New York jury on Tuesday found Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman guilty on 10 charges spanning more than two decades, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise and distributing massive amounts of drugs internationally. Guzman, 61, will be sentenced in June. Richard Donoghue, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said he expected Guzman to get life in prison with no possibility of parole. “It is a sentence from which there is no escape and no return,” he said. Prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty in talks to get Mexico to extradite him. Jeffrey Lichtman, one of Guzman’s defense attorneys, said it was “an absolute honor and a pleasure” to represent Guzman. He said the defense team would appeal, and continue fighting the way it did in this trial, “like complete savages.” (NBC News, The Week)




U.S. commander: North Korea’s military has made ‘little to no verifiable change’

Gen. Robert Abrams, the top U.S. commander on the Korean Peninsula, told senators on Tuesday that despite easing tensions and “public statements of intent to denuclearize,” North Korea has made “little to no verifiable change” in its military capabilities since President Donald Trump’s first summit with Kim Jong Un last summer. Abrams told the Senate Armed Services Committee that North Korea’s “conventional and asymmetric capabilities” continue to represent a threat to the U.S., South Korea, and other allies. The assessment came as Trump faces pressure to show signs of progress ahead of his second meeting with Kim, which is scheduled for Feb. 27 and 28 in Vietnam. (CNN, The Week)




National debt rises above $22 trillion for first time

The national debt has risen above $22 trillion for the first time, the Treasury Department reported Tuesday. Over the last month, the national debt increased by $30 billion to $22.012 trillion. The debt has been rising faster since Republicans passed President Trump’s 2017 tax cuts, and rose by more than $1 trillion in just the last 11 months. An increase in domestic and military spending has contributed, too. Experts say this could lead to an increase in interest rates, and make it more difficult for the government to cover programs. The national debt was at $19.95 trillion when Trump took office. (USA Today, The Week)




Retired astronaut Mark Kelly announces bid for Arizona Senate seat

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, announced Tuesday that he will run in 2020 to finish the term of the late Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) Senate seat. Kelly, who was thrust into the public eye when Giffords survived an assassination attempt and mass shooting in 2011, is seeking the Democratic nomination to unseat Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), who was appointed to the seat after narrowly losing to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) in the race for former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake’s spot. “I care about people. I care about the state of Arizona. I care about this nation,” Kelly said in a video posted to his Twitter account, adding that he would fight for affordable health care, jobs, and action against climate change. (Fox News, The Week)





Ultraprocessed foods

Want to live longer? Then, you probably need to put down those snacks, desserts and ready-to-eat meals that you love so much. A new study says eating these “ultraprocessed” foods can increase your risk of an early death. The study, published this week in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, says heavy consumption of ultraprocessed foods often leads to obesity, high blood pressure and cancer. There’s been some pushback on the study’s findings, though, with a Rutgers professor noting that the ultraprocessed food category is a huge one, so that makes it difficult to pinpoint exactly which foods might be doing the most harm. (CNN)




White House correspondents condemn attack on cameraman at Trump rally

The White House Correspondents’ Association on Tuesday condemned an attack against a BBC News cameraman at President Trump’s Monday night rally in El Paso, Texas. Eleanor Montague, the BBC’s Washington news editor, said a man shoved cameraman Ron Skeans after the crowd was “whipped up into a frenzy against the media” by Trump and other speakers. The correspondents’ association president, Olivier Knox, said Tuesday that the group was relieved that “this time, no one was seriously hurt,” and he called on Trump to make it clear that violence against the media is never acceptable. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump “condemns all acts of violence against any individual or group of people — including members of the press.” (The Associated Press, The Week)




Winter storm forces cancellation of 4,000 flights

A winter storm slammed much of the northern U.S. with sleet, snow, and ice on Tuesday, causing power outages and forcing the cancellation of more than 4,000 airline flights. The storm is expected to lose strength in the East on Wednesday, but the West Coast will get hit with a storm that slammed Washington state on Tuesday, with California’s coast getting heavy rains and snow over the next several days. “The worst of the storm is forecast to focus on central and northern California, with a heightened threat of flooding, mudslides, erosion, power outages, avalanches, and road-closing snowfall in the mountains,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. (USA Today, The Week)




7 million Americans 3 months behind on car payments

Seven million Americans are at least 90 days behind on their car payments, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Tuesday. The number marked a record. Economists said it was troubling to see the number rise higher than it was following the financial crisis a decade ago despite today’s low unemployment and growing economy. “The substantial and growing number of distressed borrowers suggests that not all Americans have benefited from the strong labor market,” New York Fed economists wrote in a blog post. Car delinquencies are considered a sign of real financial trouble, because people need their vehicles to get to work, and can live out of them if they lose their homes. “Your car loan is your No. 1 priority in terms of payment,” said Michael Taiano, a senior director at Fitch Ratings. (The Washington Post, The Week)




Yale students sue university over fraternity parties

Three Yale students filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing the university of fostering an environment in which alcohol-fueled off-campus fraternity parties dominate undergraduate social life. The three women — Anna McNeil, Eliana Singer, and Ry Walker — all say they have been groped at fraternity parties. They say the university offers few other events where women can socialize and meet fellow students, and tends to look the other way in cases of misbehavior. Joan Gilbride, a lawyer for the fraternities named in the lawsuit, called the allegations “baseless and unfounded.” A Yale spokesman declined to comment. The lawsuit came as many schools across the country crack down on binge drinking, sexual harassment, and other offenses by members of fraternities. The New York Times, The Week)




King, a wire fox terrier, wins Best in Show at Westminster

King, a wire fox terrier, was crowned Best in Show Tuesday night at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, after impressing judges with his calm demeanor and exceptional grooming. King is the 15th wire fox terrier to win the title. He beat out more than 2,800 other dogs representing more than 200 breeds, including the second place winner, Bono, a havanese. King will spend Wednesday with his handler Gabriel Rangel making press appearances, enjoying lunch at Sardi’s, and visiting the top of the Empire State Building.  (People, The Week)







Good News


Heartwarming Photo of Man Holding Stranger’s Baby While She Does Paperwork Blows Up Internet


Muslims Surround Toronto Synagogues With Protective ‘Rings Of Peace’


Good neighbors
Meet the neighbors who’ve helped a woman who uses a wheelchair get into bed every night — for 10 years.


Nice neighbors
A cotton farmer in Texas is battling cancer and couldn’t harvest his crop. So, his neighbors did the job for him.



Healthy You, Healthy Community

LOVE FOR SELF AND OTHERS,  Remember that 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.





Watercooler Chat


Rare footage
Have you seen black panther? No, not the movie but a rare black leopard, photographed for the first time in more than 100 years in Kenya.

Diverse dolls
New Barbie dolls coming out later this year will feature a doll in a wheelchairand another with a prosthetic leg, because beauty comes in all forms.

(Not so) friendly skies
Well, this won’t boost customer satisfaction ratings: Lufthansa is suing a passenger who skipped a flight.

Back from Zamunda
Eddie Murphy is reprising his iconic role as Prince Akeem in a “Coming to America” sequel, and we’re both excited and scared about it.

Rapid rescue
Somebody heard a newborn baby crying in a storm drain in South Africa. A few hours later, she was rescued.




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