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

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.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/16/19)

The House on Tuesday voted 424-1 to rebuke Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) for racist remarks. A day earlier, House Republicans removed King from all of his congressional committee assignments and widely criticized him for asking in an interview with The New York Times: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King voted for the resolution of disapproval, which denounced white supremacist movements, saying his remarks had been misconstrued, and he knew white supremacy was evil. Only Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) voted against the resolution, saying it didn’t go far enough and that King deserved the more severe punishment of formal censure.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/15/19)

In America, for the first time, you have better odds of dying from an opioid overdose than of being killed in a car wreck. Yeah, you read that right. The National Safety Council crunched the numbers from preventable injury and fatality statistics in 2017 and came up with this grim stat. The council also said the odds of dying from an overdose were greater than the risk of death from falls, pedestrian incidents, drowning and fire. “We have known for some time that opioid overdose is an everyday killer, and these odds illustrate that in a very jarring way,” a safety council spokeswoman told CNN.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (01/14/19)

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Sunday that “action will be taken” against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) over his questioning of why people find the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” offensive. “I’m having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King on his future and role in this Republican Party,” McCarthy said on CBS’s Face the Nation. McCarthy said he would discuss the matter with King on Monday. McCarthy did not specify what actions he might take, but some lawmakers have suggested censuring King or stripping his committee assignments over the comments King made to The New York Times, the latest in a series of remarks on society and immigration that critics have called racist. After his latest comments, he said on the House floor that he isn’t “anti-immigrant.”