Another idiot tries to attack New York, New Yorkers aren’t having it.
A 27-year-old electrician named Akayed Ullah allegedly detonated an “improvised, low-tech device” he strapped to himself during the December 11 morning rush near New York City’s Port Authority bus terminal. 3 people suffered minor injuries in the blast, the suspect, however, was seriously injured. The Associated Press reports the intention for the terrorist attack was ISIS-inspired.
Stay safe my NYC friends. Explosion 42nd/Port Authority bus terminal. Suspect in custody. pic.twitter.com/CJJuHvWs6T
— Cara Brookins (@cmbrookins) December 11, 2017
What you can do: Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to build a positive society. Be aware of your surroundings. Get to know your neighbors. If you see something suspect, say something. Try to answer the who, what, when, where and how of the shadiness you’ve witnessed. Report it to your local law enforcement.
America’s bizarre voting circus continues with special election in Alabama
American politics are messy. Come December 12, it will get even messier. Alabamians may vote for alleged child molester Republican candidate Roy Moore for the special Senate election.
Alabama GOP Senator Richard Shelby doesn’t even plan on voting for him, saying the state “deserves better” on CNN’s “State of the Union” show. Despite the sexual assault accusations and negative thoughts, several Southern conservatives are holding out for him. Alabama bleeds red, and hasn’t sent a Democrat to the Senate in 20 years. Polls indicate it’ll be close, but don’t put much stock in any of them.
What you can do: Stay active in your community. Thoroughly research what is going on in your state and who you are giving power to represent your voice. Don’t stay home on Election Day. Vote. If you’re living in Alabama, here’s how to find where to vote.
California is on fire
The state of California has been experiencing a wave of wildfires. A path of destruction that struck over 230,000 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Making Thomas Fire the fifth largest wildfire in California recorded history. Taking down over 790 structures with 1 recorded death toll so far. Firefighters are in an ongoing battle with this wildfire. Mandatory evacuations have been placed.
Source: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Updated on Dec. 10. 2017. The Thomas Fire information will likely change until the fire is contained.
Editor’s note: Thomas is the second largest wildfire in California recorded history as of Sept. 27, 2019.
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) December 11, 2017
What you can do: Help California get back on its feet. Here are a few ways. Donate supplies. If you’re in the area, listen to the evacuation notices to make operations easier for officials. Health professional? Check what your work is doing to help.
The Internet as you know it is dying.
Internet freedom is at stake, impacting people on national and global levels.
On December 14, the Federal Communications Commision (FCC) plans to scrap the net neutrality rules it put in place in 2015. This move allows Internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, etc. to control what you see and do online based on what you are paying them. Congress and net neutrality fans may be able to stop them.
What you can do: Fight for the future. Contact your congressional representatives urging them to stop the FCC.
People love predictable, sappy Hallmark Christmas movies… like a lot.
The Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas features- nonstop – dozens of holiday movies with cheesy actors and ridiculous plots. Countdown to Christmas began in October, but people are starting to embrace the festive showcase of holiday movies now that it’s finally December. 2017 has been so insane people are turning to escapist programming a la crappy Christmas movies.
Want in on the feel-good fluffy safe haven the whole family can enjoy? You can only watch these new holiday themed movies if you have cable access to the channel or Sling TV with the Lifestyle Extra add-on.
What you can do: Be a Grinch or join in the jolly fun with a Hallmark Christmas drinking game.
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