GBA – Your News, From Mysteryland to Twitter
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are this week’s highlights:
Turkey Day: No, we’re not talking about gobble gobble, eat until you sleep Turkey Day, but the country whose president has been under a magnifying glass for the past few months, Turkey. Turns out, the citizens don’t really agree with him and his party calling all the shots. So, earlier last week, they lost the majority in Parliament. The people have spoken, and they’re not really down for what he planned on changing. This shows democracy at its finest, the people finally coming together and making changes, preventing someone from being all powerful. The Kurds of the area also had a little win, finally having their own representation in Parliament for the first time. This is awesome based on the violence they’ve had to endure over history. This shows hope that maybe, just maybe, “politics” isn’t a 4-letter word everywhere in the world.
15 Year-Old Discovers Planet: Two years after he noticed a dip in light activity, a now 17 year-old teenager is one of the youngest men in history to discover an exoplanet, a planet that resides outside of our solar system. While attending a youth project at the Keele University in England, Tom Wagg was looking at the combined light collecting capabilities of several small telescopes when he saw a drop significant enough to be a planet. Of course, with the possibilities of a white dwarf, a gas cloud, or a glitch in the technology he was using, it took a while for the discovery to be confirmed. Wagg’s planet has yet to be named, but we’re sure it’ll be dry and have several numbers which the layman wouldn’t understand. Regardless of creativity, this planet is new to us and it’s gotta be pretty cool to say, “I discovered a planet when I was 15, I’m kind of a big deal.”
Orange Is The New Black: Let the lazy Nexflix days begin! The streaming website’s breakout series Orange Is The New Black has returned for a third season, and early. The new season dropped a couple days before its original release date, so fans had ample time to cancel their weekend plans before their friends bought a new little black dress (orange dress?). The unique dramedy’s cast of characters has returned, with new breakout star Ruby Rose making all the men and women swoon over her tattooed body and gorgeous features. The only downside to this new release is that it enters just in time for summer’s warm sunny weather to kick in. So all you fans, just make sure and stream outside so you can get the best of both worlds.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fragile our everyday lives can be. Here is the not-so-good news.
Church Shooting: A 21 year-old man in South Carolina, Dylann Roof, fired shots into a famous black Baptist church on Wednesday night, killing 9 people. Witnesses say the man was screaming, “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go,” but this is just one person’s account. The man was found almost 250 miles away during a routine traffic stop. It’s a little baffling that this kind of violence and racism would come from such a young person. The entire ordeal is a tragedy. A place of worship is a sacred place that should never be touched, regardless of your beliefs or ideas on race. We’re glad he was at least caught.
Omar al-Bashir: Central Africa has been a violent and scary place for more than a decade. With terrorist groups in Sudan, the genocide in Darfur, hundreds of women and children being violently stripped from their homes, the HIV/AIDS epidemic…the list goes on. The International Criminal Court has a travel ban as well as an arrest warrant out for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes. The list against him ranges from general war crimes to genocide to rape to extermination. He was just in South Africa for a leadership conference of some sort and South Africa attempted to keep the notorious leader in custody. Unfortunately this didn’t work, and the leader fled as soon as possible and still remains at large. His regime has been in power since the later 1980’s and he doesn’t show any signs of stepping down.
Candidate Trump?: So, word on the street is that Donald Trump wants to become president. Of course, he may have warned or joked about it from time to time, but no one really took him seriously (kind of impossible with that hair anyway). But, he’s fur realz this time and made a point to wave his checkbook in the air for proof. Trump is a rich man (kind of, he’s filed for bankruptcy a time or so) and when you’re rich you can buy friends who will make you richer. Unfortunately in America, the rich call the shots, so while the people may not vote for Trump, the people who speak for the people might actually think about it…which sucks. It’s highly unlikely that more than a flawed campaign (that gets torn a new asshole) will come of it.
And The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, but uh…here ya go.
Twitter: The CEO of Twitter is apparently stepping down and switching places with the guy directly under him for the time being. Why? Who knows (although I’m sure some financial analyst would love a crack at this one). But basically it might be that Twitter isn’t the social media powerhouse it used to be. The Twitter hacks keep coming, and other more specific social media apps like Vine and Snapchat are gaining more momentum. Who knows, maybe the world is sick of staring at a phone screen to look at mindless advertisements and ridiculously idiotic statements from celebrities and strangers, I know I am. Whatever the case, it doesn’t look like Twitter is going anywhere, just the guy at the top. Keep on Tweeting, kids.
Trade Deal: That awkward moment when all your friends don’t agree with you at the dinner table…That’s basically what happened to President Obama when he brought his Trade Deal to Congress, the Republicans stood by him but his Demo buddies shot it down. The deal would open up trade between the US and Southern & East Asian countries. The Democrats feared that it would take jobs away from home but the Republicans like how the whole thing could make more money. Obama really wanted everyone to agree on this one, so much so that he attended some events and shook some hands, passed out candy, kissed some babies, and kissed some asses (figuratively speaking of course), but it just didn’t cut it. The Deal would be huge for the Obama Administration‘s legacy, and with little time left to pull it all together, he’s going to have to brown nose a little more, he might be too late to make the right kind of friends for this one. Oops.
Ten Walls & Mysteryland: One Mysteryland artist will no longer be attending the festival this year…or ever again. Apparently due to some homophobic comments by Ten Walls, organizers of the festival decided that these views did not fit the Mysteryland ideals. An email was sent by the Director of Public Relations for Mysteryland with the following quote: “At Mysteryland we celebrate love, we stimulate diversity, and we give everybody the opportunity to be the person they want to be. The homophobic expressions by Ten Walls, who was booked for Mysteryland Netherlands this August, do not fit that vision. Therefore we have cancelled his gig at Mysteryland Netherlands, and will refrain from booking him at any upcoming Mysteryland editions around the world.” This just goes to show that you can’t be a total douchebag, even if you are booked for one of the most coveted festivals in the world. Stay kind to each other, and we wish Ten Walls a Good Luck in the rest of his career…