Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Ideas, Actions, and Inspiration for a Better Tomorrow - October 4 Edition

 Remembrance, Las Vegas

“We remember now some of the victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas. They were mothers and fathers, siblings and teachers, veterans and colleagues.

Here are 12 of the 59 people who died in Sunday’s shooting, and what co-workers, friends, and loved ones have said about them.”

Puerto Rico, Relief

“Hopefully, the myriad fans about to descend on New York Comic Con this weekend remembered to install pockets in their costumes: ReedPOP, the company behind the annual geek expo, along with Keanu Reeves, want fans to dig deep for Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria relief efforts.

As its name suggests, The Puerto Rico Film Friends Relief Fund was spearheaded by filmmakers who have worked on the storm-battered island, including Reeves himself, who shot a movie called Replicas there. Other recent productions on the American protectorate include Imprisoned with Reeves' John Wick 2 co-star Laurence Fishburne, and Cigarette, with John Travolta.

The goal is to raise $200,000 for some of the hardest hit areas, including Vieques and Culebra, which were devastated by the killer storm.”

You can find out more -- and donate -- at

New York Comic Con runs October 5-8 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Political Polarization, Conversations

We Need to Have Conversations That Matter – WNYC Brian Lehrer Show

Celeste Headlee, host of the daily news show "On Second Thought" on Georgia Public Broadcasting, says social media and devices are robbing us of the ability to communicate one-on-one. She shares her insights, talk show host to talk show host.”

“When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations -- and that most of us don't converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. "Go out, talk to people, listen to people," she says. "And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed."

My big takeaway from Headlee’s TED Talk: “Enter every conversation assuming you have something to learn.”


“Health officials from around the world are meeting in France to commit to preventing 90% of cholera deaths by 2030.

The disease, which is spread through contaminated water, kills about 100,000 people every year.
It is the first time governments, the World Health Organization, aid agencies, and donors have made such a pledge.

It comes as Yemen continues to fight one of the worst cholera outbreaks on record.
Cholera has been spreading in the war-torn country due to deteriorating hygiene and sanitation conditions and disruptions to the water supply.

More than 770,000 people have been infected with the disease, which is easily treatable with the right medical equipment, and 2,000 have died. Many of the victims are children.

These huge outbreaks tend to grab the headlines, but there are also frequent outbreaks in so-called cholera "hotspots".”

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