Updated: Dec 10, 2020
Wisdom is power. There is no limit to the amount of wisdom one can possess. Wisdom is limitless.
A huge part of being wise is acquiring knowledge. Every day as part of my morning self-care routine, I take the time to read articles and newspapers. This is my way of feeding my mind, acquiring knowledge, and staying informed.
Most of us probably get our major news from social media. While social media is always a good resource for news, it is equally important to receive news from different outlets, to eliminate bias and misinformation.
The first step to making a difference in your community is learning what's going on in your community and the world around you.
State of the Culture
Here's what you need to know this week.
Monday was the 79th Year Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
On December 7th, 1941, Japan executed a surprise military attack on Pearl Harbor, America’s naval base In Honolulu, Hawaii.
The United States suffered substantial damage in the attack. 2,403 Americans were killed and 1178 others were wounded. This attack led the United States to enter World War 2.
The attack on Pearl Harbor is still a huge moment in American history.
President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed December 7th will always be:
“a date which will live infamy”
Yes, it's still a pandemic..
Less than a year since the first case of coronavirus was reported which ultimately lead to a global pandemic, the world is finally preparing for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Pfizer and BioNTech concluded their clinical trial on November 18th, deeming the vaccine 95% effective with no major side effects.
As cases continue to surge, this vaccine comes just at the right time.
Citizens in some countries have already received the first dose.
The UK became the first country to authorize the use of the vaccine on December 2nd.
Some UK citizens have already begun to receive the vaccine. On Tuesday morning, a 90-year-old woman from Northern Ireland became the first person to receive the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine.
Two NHS staff members experienced allergic reactions to Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday shortly after receiving it.
Both staff members have a history of allergic reactions and are now recovering since the incident. Since then regulators have said that anyone with allergic issues should not receive the vaccine at this time.
The U.S has yet to officially authorize the use of the vaccine.
The U.S Food and Drug Administration will vote on whether or not to authorize the use of the vaccine on December 10th.
In late July, The US government announced its plan to buy a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech.
This deal included a payment of $1.95 billion upon delivery first 100 doses of the vaccine.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday the country signed a deal with Pfizer giving them at least 20 million doses of the vaccine.
The new vaccine has been proven to be 95% effective with no side effects.
Some Canadians will receive the vaccine as soon as next week.
Nearly a month since Democratic nominee Joe Biden won the presidential election, President Trump and his supporters are still claiming voter fraud occurred.
Since the results were announced, the Trump campaign and some Republicans have challenged election results in Arizona, Georgia, Minnesota, Nevada, and Wisconsin. All court battles have resulted in defeat for the Trump campaign, with officials upholding that there is no evidence to support claims of voter fraud.
The Trump campaign’s latest attempt to overturn presidential results in Nevada and Minnesota failed on Friday.
Texas AG is suing four major battleground states, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is alleging all four states violated federal law with the pandemic related changes they made to electoral procedures. Paxton claims these changes opened the door for voter fraud, a claim that has been spewed by the Trump administration.
U.S Attorney General Bill Barr has maintained there is no evidence voter fraud occurred in the election.
Similar to the United States, Venezuela, which has the world's largest oil reserves, is also dealing with election legitimacy issues.
Venezuela has been under major political and economic crisis for the last 2 years.
The larger crisis being the legacy of Nicolas Maduro’s presidency. Major leaders including President Trump and President-elect Joe Biden have questioned his presidency, even calling him a “dictator”.
Venezuelan opposition leaders like Juan Guidao, who is backed by the U.S and National Assembly have been attempting to oust Maduro for the past 2 years, unsuccessfully.
The public lacks trust and security in both candidates and the entire Democratic process.
Only 31% of Venezuela’s 20 million registered voters participated in Sunday's Congressional Election where Nicolas Maduro was declared victorious.
Major influential opposition leaders boycotted this election.
The U.S and EU have both dismissed the election results.
After an unusual week of games, Week 13 of the NFL is officially over.
Monday Night Football was a doubleheader this week with matchups between the Washington- Steelers, and Bills-49ers.
After going 11-0 this season, the Washington Football Team upset the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-17 on Monday night. Washington's win was led by QB Alex Smith who threw for 296 yards.
Despite competing in the Super Bowl last year, the San Francisco 49ers are struggling this season. The San Francisco 49ers are currently last in NFC West with a record of 5-7, after their 34-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Monday.
HOW ABOUT THEM COWBOYS?!
America’s favorite football team the Dallas Cowboys are 3-8 this season. Without their star QB Dak Prescott who suffered a season-ending injury in Week 5 and a new head coach Mike McCarthy, this season has not gone well for the Cowboys.
Congratulations are in order for Rashida Jones, who will become the first black woman to lead a major cable network.
Rashida Jones is set to make history with her role as president of MSNBC next year. On February 1st, Rashida Jones will take over for longtime MSNBC president Phil Griffin who is planning to step down after 12 years. She was previously employed by the Weather Channel and other stations.