Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/06/19)

James Brown
In Part 2 of CNN’s investigation into the death of James Brown, reporter Thomas Lake examines the death of Brown’s third wife. When Adrienne Brown died in 1996, authorities found no signs of foul play. But a friend always suspected murder. Then in 2017, a retired detective told CNN he’d thoroughly read an informant’s old notebook for the first time and found a doctor’s chilling confession.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/05/19)

James Brown
Twelve years ago, legendary soul singer James Brown died. The official cause was a heart attack and fluid in his lungs. But when it comes to the Godfather of Soul, you should always question the official story. CNN’s Tom Lake spent almost two years digging into Brown’s death. He traveled through nine states, read tens of thousands of pages of police and court records, interviewed nearly 140 people and analyzed more than 1,300 pages of text messages. His conclusion: There are legitimate questions about James Brown’s death that should still be answered. And there is a disturbing pattern of similarities between the death of Brown’s third wife, Adrienne, and his own.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/04/19)

A poll released Sunday found that 66 percent of Americans do not think President Trump should declare a national emergency to get his border wall built on the Mexican border, although 73 percent of Republicans think he should do it if necessary to get the barrier built. The CBS News poll found that 73 percent of respondents wanted Trump to keep the government open while negotiating with Democrats on border security. Seventy-five percent said Democrats should keep talking, too, rather than forcing a shutdown if a Feb. 15 deadline comes without a deal. Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), a Republican member of the bipartisan group of lawmakers charged with negotiating an immigration deal, told Fox News Sunday that Trump “would be forced to go the national emergency route” if Democrats didn’t bend to his demand for wall funding.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/31/19)

House and Senate negotiators held their first meeting Wednesday on a border-security deal, but President Trump warned they will be “wasting their time” if they don’t discuss funding a wall on the Mexican border. Some Democrats said they would not discuss physical barriers of any kind. “The wall doesn’t work. You can go under. You can climb over. You can go around,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who’s on the 17-member bipartisan House-Senate conference committee created under Friday’s deal to end the 35-day partial government shutdown. One thing both sides can agree about, said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.), is that “we must do everything we can to prevent another unnecessary and destructive government shutdown.”

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/30/19)

Russia last year secretly offered North Korea a nuclear power plant in exchange for dismantling its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, The Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing U.S. officials familiar with the matter. Russia’s proposal last fall reportedly was intended to break a deadlock in Pyongyang’s negotiations with the Trump administration. The Russian offer is expected to worry Chinese and U.S. officials who aren’t eager to give Moscow economic leverage on the Korean Peninsula. As a part of the deal, Russia wanted to operate the plant and handle its byproducts, reducing the risk North Korea could use it for weapons.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/29/19)

Michael Jackson’s Family Slams New Documentary…….
The late singer’s family described Leaving Neverland as a “public lynching” after it premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. The film features extensive interviews with Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claimed Jackson sexually abused them as children in the ’90s at his California ranch. Both men had previously testified in Jackson’s defense against other abuse allegations.

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