Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/28/19)

At the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night, Black Panther won the award for best film ensemble cast, with This Is Ustaking home the award for TV drama ensemble and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for TV comedy ensemble. It was a big night for Mrs. Maisel; Rachel Brosnahan won outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series and Tony Shalhoub was awarded outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy. On the movie side, Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek won outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role, while The Wife’s Glenn Close won outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role. (The Hollywood Reporter, The Week)

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/24/19)

House Democratic leaders said Wednesday they were willing to offer President Trump more money for border security — but not for a border wall — in exchange for reopening the federal government. Democrats said they might even offer as much money as Trump wants for the wall, $5.7 billion, for other border security spending. “We are going to be talking about substantial sums of money to secure our border,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the majority leader. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said $5.7 billion to pay for drones, refitted ports of entry, and other security measures would amount to a “smart wall.” The latest measure voted on by the Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday included an additional $1.5 billion for 75 new immigration judges and their staffs, and better infrastructure at ports of entry

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/23/19)

Pitcher Mariano Rivera made history on Tuesday, becoming the first player unanimously voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rivera, a 13-time All-Star, played for the New York Yankees for 19 seasons. With him as a closer, the team won five World Series titles. Rivera was named MVP of the 1999 World Series. Before Rivera, Ken Griffey Jr. came the closest to being unanimously elected, receiving 99.3 percent of the vote three years ago. The other players voted into the Hall of Fame on Tuesday were Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, and Roy Halladay, who died in a 2017 plane crash.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/22/19)

Taliban fighters infiltrated an Afghan intelligence base on Monday, killing dozens who worked for the agency. Afghan officials described the attack as one of the deadliest against the intelligence service, which has better trained forces than the regular army, in 17 years of war with the Taliban. The attack came hours after the Taliban said it had started fresh talks on “ending the invasion of Afghanistan.” President Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare for the withdrawal of half of the roughly 14,000 American troops still stationed in Afghanistan to support government security forces.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/21/19)

As President Trump distances the U.S. from global pacts, American municipalities aren’t waiting for federal help to solve local problems. Instead, they’re using United Nations frameworks to implement sustainable development goals and monitor their progress. Baltimore, for instance, has embraced U.N. indicators to track efforts to fix a biased justice system, while Los Angeles is measuring its progress in improving economic security and disaster preparedness. And Orlando wants to become the world’s first city to meet all 100 U.N.-identified indicators of a city’s most pressing priorities

House built on rock or sand

Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock;25 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.26 And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand;27 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.”     Matthew 7:24-27

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/17/19)

Last year was the hottest year ever for Earth’s oceans, a new report says. 2018 was the hottest year since scientists started keeping records about ocean temperatures 60 years ago. The grim news comes from a study in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences. And it points out a disturbing trend: The hottest five years for ocean temps have all occurred since 2014. The report’s authors say changing ocean temperatures are the best indicators of climate change. Warmer oceans lead to a variety of problems, such as sea level rise, more intense storms with heavier rainfall, coral bleaching and melting polar ice.