Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/20/19)

Alabama newspaper editor calls for Klan to ‘ride again’ in D.C.

The editor of a small Alabama newspaper, the Linden Democrat-Reporter, wrote an editorial published Tuesday calling for “the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again” against Democrats and liberal Republicans “plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.” The editor, Goodloe Sutton, confirmed that he wrote the Feb. 14 editorial. “If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we’d all been better off,” Sutton said. When asked what he meant, Sutton alluded to lynching, saying, “We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.” When asked whether invoking a white supremacist group and calling for lynching Americans was appropriate, he replied: “It’s not calling for the lynchings of Americans. These are socialist-communists we’re talking about. Do you know what socialism and communism is?”

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

Roger Stone late Monday took down an Instagram post with a crosshairs symbol next to the head of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, the judge overseeing his criminal case in Washington, D.C., and filed a notice of apology with the court. The photo and comment were “improper,” he acknowledged, and he “recognizes the impropriety and had it removed.” In the post’s caption, Stone, a longtime Republican operative and adviser to President Trump, wrote that Special Counsel Robert Mueller used “legal trickery” to ensure that his criminal trial for lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction went before Berman Jackson. He said in a subsequent post that he did not intend to threaten the judge.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/18/19)

Iranian and Chinese hackers appear to have resumed attacks on U.S. businesses and government agencies, The New York Times reported Monday. The recent targets of Chinese spies included Boeing, General Electric Aviation, and T-Mobile, according to an intelligence briefing summary read to the Times. Security experts believe that the hackers stepped up their efforts after President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal last year, and as trade tensions escalated with China. Iran’s recent attacks have been broader than previously reported, targeting U.S. banks, businesses, and government agencies and prompting the Department of Homeland Security to declare an emergency order during last month’s government shutdown.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/14/19)

Truck bomb kills 27 members of elite Iranian military branch

A truck bomb attack killed 27 members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and wounded 13 others on Wednesday, NPR reported, citing Iranian media. The members of the elite branch of Iran’s military were traveling on a mountainous route in the southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan Province. The Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium, known as TRAC, posted a tweet allegedly showing that the Sunni militant group Jaish al Adl claimed responsibility for the attack. The Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force unit blamed the U.S., its allies, and Zionism, without explaining the claim further.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/13/19)

Ultraprocessed foods
Want to live longer? Then, you probably need to put down those snacks, desserts and ready-to-eat meals that you love so much. A new study says eating these “ultraprocessed” foods can increase your risk of an early death. The study, published this week in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, says heavy consumption of ultraprocessed foods often leads to obesity, high blood pressure and cancer. There’s been some pushback on the study’s findings, though, with a Rutgers professor noting that the ultraprocessed food category is a huge one, so that makes it difficult to pinpoint exactly which foods might be doing the most harm.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/12/19)

A judge ruled Monday that a 22-year-old Massachusetts woman, Michelle Carter, should start her 15-month sentence for sending her suicidal boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, text messages urging him to follow through with a plan to kill himself. Carter was sentenced in 2017 for her role in Roy’s 2014 death, but she had been allowed to remain free pending her appeal. The state’s highest court upheld her involuntary manslaughter conviction last week. A lawyer for Carter had argued that she should remain free while her lawyers appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Roy’s aunt said the family was relieved. “We hope that no one else ever has to feel this pain,” Becky Maki said. “His life mattered.”

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/11/19)

French “Yellow Vest” protesters took to the streets for the 13th straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations. There were scattered reports of violent clashes between protesters and police on Saturday in Paris and cities in southern France. One protester was badly injured after picking up a police “sting-ball” crowd-dispersal grenade that exploded in his hand. The number of protesters in Paris appeared lower than in previous weeks, with the total estimated at 51,000, down from 84,000 in mid-January and more than 200,000 in the first protests. President Emmanuel Macron has tried to ease tensions with concessions, but protester demands have shifted from the scrapping of a gas tax increase, which the government has withdrawn, to calls for higher wages and lower taxes.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/8/19)

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Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/07/19)

Virginia attorney general says he, too, dressed in blackface in college

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) said Wednesday that he had dressed in blackface during college when he was 19, darkening his skin for a 1980s party where he dressed up as rapper Kurtis Blow. The news broadened a collection of scandals engulfing the state’s highest ranking officials. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has resisted calls to resign, one of the latest coming from The Washington Post’s editorial board, following the emergence of a photo from his medical school yearbook page showing one man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, also a Democrat, has been accused of sexual assault. He claims the 2004 encounter in question was consensual.