Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/27/19)

Climate change

 The Arctic community that’s home to the “doomsday vault” may be warming faster than any other town on Earth. Longyearbyen, Norway, is the world’s northernmost town, just 800 miles from the North Pole. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault — where copies of crop seeds are stored in case of global catastrophe — is located there. But the climate in Longyearbyen is heating up faster there than anywhere else, a Norwegian researcher says, because of accelerated Arctic warming: warmer temps reduce ice and snow cover, causing less sunlight to be reflected and more solar energy to be absorbed. So the vault, which was supposed to be an insurance policy of sorts against disasters like climate change, is being threatened by climate change itself.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/26/19)

DOJ shifts, backing full repeal of ObamaCare

The Justice Department in a dramatic reversal revealed in a legal filing on Monday that it supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law. The department said in the document filed with a federal appeals court that it is “not urging” the reversal of any part of a lower court ruling invalidating the law. In that ruling, Judge Reed O’Connor of the Federal District Court in Fort Worth, Texas, held that the individual mandate to acquire health insurance “can no longer be sustained as an exercise of Congress’s tax power” because lawmakers eliminated the penalty for people who fail to get coverage. The administration had previously said protections for people with pre-existing conditions should be scrapped but the rest of the law should be preserved.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/25/19)

2nd Parkland survivor dies of apparent suicide

A second Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivor has died of an apparent suicide in a week. Coral Springs police said Sunday that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sophomore died Saturday night. The second student’s name and age were not immediately released. Last week, 19-year-old Sydney Aiello reportedly took her own life after struggling with survivor’s guilt and post-traumatic stress disorder, her mother told CBS Miami. Aiello was a senior at the school when a gunman killed 17 students and staff, including her friend Meadow Pollack.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/23/19)

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Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/21/19)

New Zealand to ban semi-automatic weapons after mosque mass shootings

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced that her country would ban military-style semi-automatic weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines, and accessories that can be used to convert guns into military-style weapons. The decision came just six days after mass shootings that killed 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. Ardern said the new laws should be in place by April 11. The government plans to use a buy-back scheme for banned weapons already in circulation. The main opposition party said it supported Ardern’s plan, suggesting it would face little resistance in Parliament. “It’s about all of us, it’s in the national interest and it’s about safety,” Ardern said.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/20/19)

Supreme Court hands Trump a victory on immigration policy

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 5-4 that the U.S. can detain immigrants awaiting deportation any time after they have served criminal prison sentences. The judges were divided along ideological lines, with the conservative majority handing President Trump a major victory in his push to harden U.S. immigration policies. Justice Samuel Alito Jr., writing for the majority, said the decision merely followed the plain language of a federal immigration law permitting detention of immigrants facing deportation no matter how long ago or how minor their criminal offense. Justice Stephen Breyer, who dissented, said the ruling “runs the gravest risk of depriving those whom the government has detained of one of the oldest and most important of our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.”

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/19/19)

Netherlands tram shooting suspect arrested

Dutch police on Monday arrested a 37-year-old Turkish man suspected of fatally shooting at least three people and wounding several others on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht earlier in the day. The suspect, identified as Gokmen Tanis, was caught after an hours-long manhunt. Authorities locked down the schools, mosques, and the transit system in the city after the attack. The suspect reportedly had been involved in previous run-ins with authorities in the country before the attack, which police said “appears to be a terrorist attack.” The threat alert in the province where the shooting occurred was temporarily raised to its highest level. Turkey’s foreign ministry condemned the attack, “regardless of the identity of the perpetrator and the motivation behind it.”

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/18/19)

New Zealand leader promises gun reform after mosque massacres

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that she planned to announce gun reforms in response to the Friday mass shootings that killed 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. “Within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer,” Ardern said after her cabinet reached agreement “in principle” on the proposals. “Our gun laws will change,” Ardern said. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist accused in the attacks, was charged with murder on Saturday. Ardern said he had a gun license and used five guns, including two semi-automatic weapons purchased legally but modified. New Zealand has relaxed gun laws but regulates military-style semi-automatic weapons.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/16/19)

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Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (03/14/19)

Senate votes to end U.S. support for Saudi-led Yemen military campaign

The Senate on Wednesday voted 54-46 to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen, rebuking President Trump. The measure is expected to pass the Democrat-led House and face a veto by Trump. The Saudi-led coalition’s bombing campaign is intended to curb Iran’s growing influence in the region, but human rights organizations say the bombing has sometimes hit civilian facilities and prevented aid shipments needed to alleviate what the United Nations has called a humanitarian catastrophe. The U.N. says at least 85,000 children have starved to death. “We should not be associated with a bombing campaign that the U.N. tells us is likely a gross violation of human rights,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said.