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.

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 (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 (01/16/19)

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 (01/09/19)

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday unveiled a $100 million plan to provide affordable “health care for all” city residents. The “NYC Care” plan would offer public health insurance on a sliding price scale based on income to the estimated 600,000 people in the city who don’t have insurance, including undocumented immigrants and low-income residents not enrolled in Medicaid. The plan is schedule to launch later this year and reach all New Yorkers by 2021. De Blasio said it would be funded through the city’s public health budget, but would be cost-effective because it would reduce hospital emergency room visits by uninsured patients, and help improve public health. “It involves taking the money we’re spending right now and using it a lot better,” de Blasio said.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (12/19/18)

Just when you forgot what bipartisan cooperation looks like, Congress goes and passes a long-awaited criminal justice overhaul bill. The “First Step” bill has been kicked around for a while and has an unlikely combination of supporters, including CNN’s Van Jones, Kim Kardashian-West and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was instrumental in getting it to a vote. Trump is expected to sign it this week. This is a pretty big bipartisan victory for his administration, and it turns the page on decades of policies that critics say were brutal, racist, ineffective and costly. Under the law, thousands of federal inmates will be able to leave prison earlier or secure an earlier release for good behavior or through participation in rehabilitation programs. The bill also eases some mandatory minimum sentences, gives judges more leeway with certain sentencing guidelines and eliminates “stacking” provisions that leave offenders serving consecutive sentences for crimes committed with firearms.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (11/15/18)

Scientists have spotted a frozen planet three times the size of Earth that orbits Barnard’s star, just six light years away. Barnard’s star, the solitary star that is closest to our sun, has long been of interest to astronomers, who thought the star was a top contender for finding nearby Earth-like planets. The newly-discovered super-Earth is the second-closest known exoplanet; a closer one was found in 2016 orbiting the Proxima Centauri stars. Because Barnard’s star radiates far less warmth than our sun, the planet, known as Barnard’s star b, is a hostile frozen environment that likely has no liquid water.

Reflecting on November 2017

As we reflect during these challenging times. Remember, there are forces out there working on manipulating you and everything around you to lose hope in yourself and fellow humans. Don’t fall for it. You have a choice to be on the side of good or the side of evil against your own people. While we…

Ban Ki-moon says UN has ‘disproportionate’ focus on Israel

‘Decades of political maneuvering have created a disproportionate number of resolutions, reports and committees against Israel,’ says Ban Ki-moon Ban Ki-moon said the UN’s ‘disproportionate’ volume of resolutions against Israel has ‘foiled the ability of the UN to fulfill its role effectively’ AFP/Getty United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the organisation has a “disproportionate”…