Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (12/13/18)

What’s the deadliest drug in America? A new government report says it’s fentanyl. The drug that killed pop icon Prince is the most commonly used drug in overdoses, the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics reports. The rate of drug overdoses involving the synthetic opioid spiked 113% each year from 2013 to 2016. Fentanyl was involved in almost 29% of all overdose deaths in 2016, compared with just 4% in 2011.

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

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was grilled Tuesday by members of the House Judiciary Committee who expressed concern over the company’s handling of user privacy and politically sensitive content. Republicans questioned Pichai about what they see as unfair treatment against conservatives, as well as its market power and plan to relaunch its search service in China. Democrats, led by their ranking committee member Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), said Congress should be more focused on how Google has handled the spread of misinformation online, and Russia’s efforts to influence U.S. elections.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (12/11/18)

President Trump has expressed concern that there is a “real possibility” he will be impeached when Democrats take over the House in January, CNN reported Monday, citing a source close to Trump. Another source told CNN that White House aides believe that campaign finance violations related to former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s payments to alleged Trump mistresses could be “the only issue that may stick.” The incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), said Sunday that if it is proven that Trump directed the payments as Cohen said, they would constitute “impeachable offenses.” Another source said that Trump still is confident that if the House does impeach him, the Senate, still controlled by Republicans, will not convict him.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (12/10/18)

I can’t breathe.” Those were the last words journalist Jamal Khashoggi said as a hit squad from Saudi Arabia killed him. That’s according to a source who has read a transcript of the audio recording of the October slaying, CNN’s Nic Robertson says in exclusive reporting. The source said it was clear this wasn’t a botched kidnapping attempt, as the Saudis have claimed, but the execution of a premeditated plan to kill Khashoggi. The transcript also notes the sounds of his body being dismembered by a saw and his attackers being urged to listen to music to block out the gruesome noise.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (12/06/18)

Facebook boosted some partners, including Airbnb, Lyft, and Netflix, by giving them access to user data that it kept from rival companies, according to internal Facebook emails and other documents released Wednesday by a British parliamentary committee. The documents mostly concerned Facebook’s actions from 2012 to 2015, a period of explosive growth for the social network. The material showed how intimately involved Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg were in making sure decisions fueled growth and kept users engaged. The release of the internal documents complicates Facebook’s challenges as it faces questions about how it has handled misinformation and whether it does enough to protect user data.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (12/05/18)

With the help of a handheld device — or ultimately even a mobile phone — a simple test could eventually diagnose cancer with a simple “yes” or “no” response. In a study published yesterday, Australian researchers say they discovered a unique DNA structure present in all cancer cells they tested, meaning they’re able to look for this universal structure when diagnosing the illness. Lead researcher Matt Trau said the test might not be the “holy grail” for all cancer diagnostics, but it could prove useful as an “incredibly simple” marker of the disease.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (12/04/18)

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.

SOME VALUES TO LIVE BY, RESPECT FOR OTHERS, ACCEPTANCE AND APPRECIATION OF PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT RACIAL, ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS GROUPS, SERVICE TO OTHERS, GENEROSITY, HONESTY, EMPATHY, INTEGRITY, COMPASSION.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (12/03/18)

Former President George H.W. Bush’s remains will be flown Monday from Houston to the Joint Base Andrews military facility in Maryland. The 41st president will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda from 7:30 p.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Wednesday so members of the public will be able to pay their respects before a state funeral on Wednesday morning at the nearby National Cathedral. Bush will then be transported back to Houston for burial. President Trump declared Wednesday a national day of mourning, and directed federal agencies and departments to close for the day “as a mark of respect” for Bush. Trump, who has clashed with members of the Bush family, plans to attend the funeral at the invitation of the family.