[February 15, 2020] I’m a little late posting today because of a trip to the local hospital emergency room. All is well, not to worry. Readers over the next couple of days might see minor interruptions in my website postings. Now, for the issues where leaders have failed and people suffered. Good leadership could have foreseen these issues and implemented measures to stop the problems before they got out of control.
15 Children Die in Fire. Poor conditions, a slow response, and failed leaders resulted in a deadly fire at a Haiti orphanage. A Port of Prince children’s home run by a US-based religious non-profit, killing 15 children. The orphanage’s employees were using candles for lighting because the generators were not working properly. To make matters worse, the fire department took 1.5 hours to arrive on scene and brought no equipment or ability to transport children to a hospital. When leaders fail, people die.
Sexual Abuse Cover-ups among Jehovah’s Witnesses. A grand jury was empaneled to review evidence about the church’s handling of child sex abuse cases – the first of its kind in the country. Witnesses are painting a picture of a “wall of silence” that has long surrounded the religion’s reclusive leaders. The Witnesses Church is cooperating. Those leaders say they “ welcome an opportunity to explain our beliefs and practices…”.
Famous Lawyer Convicted of Trying to Extort Nike. Micheal Avenatti, recently paraded through several major media outlets as a possible presidential contender to beat Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of attempting to extort Nike. The issue here is not so much Avenatti’s clearly corrupt and illegal behavior but how the American media gushed about his “fantastic” qualities and ability to beat Trump in the election despite many red flags pointing to Avenatti’s corruption.