GBA: Your News, From the Army to Bill Cosby
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are this week’s highlights:
Hump Day Giveaway: Sensible Reason has perfected their giveaway game in the past couple of weeks. Last week, we announced we’re giving away Summer Set Music Festival tickets, Gathering of the Vibes tickets, and a tablet. We just want to make sure you guys know how much we appreciate our followers. We couldn’t do it without you. Here are links to our giveaways just in case you missed them. Thank you for being you!
US vs Japan Robot Duel: What happens when two geek-filled robot companies make Gundam style robots? They challenge each other to a duel. Yup, it’s all in good fun and each party has a year to prepare for the ultimate tech superpower battle of modern times. Suidobashi Heavy Industry founder Kogoro Kurata accepted a challenge from U.S. robotics firm MegaBots. Basically one guy was like “let’s do this” and the other guy was like “it’s on!” The prototypes for each battle robot is around 4 meters tall. Of course, the American one has a gun (it only shoots paintballs, though). But, the Japanese robot company said that was “…so American” and that he wanted to beat the U.S. robot to scraps (old style). Regardless of who wins this contest, a battle of the minds is an amazing thing to watch. Stay tuned for more coverage as the battle comes next year.
Dog’s Epic Adventure: You know that feeling when your dog runs away? Maybe not everyone can relate to that, but I assume it feels much like that moment you realize you’ve lost your smart phone. No one likes that. Well, one woman had the pleasure of being reunited with her family pet (much like finding said phone) after missing for a week. Kris Anderson was walking her two dogs in a nature preserve when her dog Georgia ran off to get some exercise and never returned. Anderson came back to the preserve every day for a week to look for Georgia with no luck. The park rangers at the preserve told Anderson it was no use. Later that week, looking a little frail and scraped (but overall good health) Georgia came bursting through the doggy door to greet Anderson happily. Georgia had traveled 35 miles over the course of 9 days to get back to her home. Some humans couldn’t even do that.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fragile our everyday lives can be. Here is the not-so-good news.
Airline Conspiracies: Booking a flight is never a walk in the park. Major airlines offer some cute perks and comfortable seats while at the same time charging you every step you take on the plane, but a few cents more in other fees. Did I even start to talk about blackout dates and other awesome planning hindrances? Anyway, a class action law suit has just been filed against Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Atlanta’s Delta Airlines, and Chicago’s United Airlines. The suit says these airlines restricted capacity by limiting routes and the number of available seats in order to charge artificially high prices. The red flag went up as fuel prices began to drop, but flight prices didn’t, causing consumers to ask “What exactly are we paying for here?” Of course with any class action lawsuit against a huge company, this process will probably be drawn out to an uncomfortable and lengthy extent. Stay tuned for more and in the meantime, keep looking for those cheap flights.
Greek Banks: While it’s rare for us to repeat a news story, good or bad, the whole situation with Greece is actually pretty freaky and worth talking about a second time. After not making enough money to pay back its debt, Greek banks are under severe risk of going bankrupt on Monday if an agreement isn’t made with creditors. Citizens have been lining up at ATMs to get their cash, but its quickly running out and the procrastinators are getting nervous. Even with limits on how much people can withdrawal, hundreds of million dollars are being taken out each day. This is one of the most profound financial crises in history. If an agreement isn’t made, the entire global economy will be affected. A man in Britain attempted to raise money for the troubled country, but only raised around 1.5 million, which isn’t even a fraction of what people are taking from ATMs each day. We hope that they come to an agreement soon and that Greece’s creditors believe in second chances.
F-16 Crash: Two men are dead in South Carolina following a collision with an F-16 fighter jet. The crash has been ruled accidental. Joseph Johnson, 30, and Michael Johnson, 68, of Moncks Corner, SC, were killed when their Cessna 150 and a F-16 fighter jet collided about 25 miles north of Charleston. The pilot of the jet ejected to safety. In my opinion, planes run on magic and good faith and are absolutely terrifying. It is difficult to tell exactly what happened in the air, but these jets are moving at such high speeds, it is tough to gauge whether or not either party had any time to fix the situation. We wish the victims’ families well in these extremely hard times, even though flying is magic, it is one of the safest ways to travel. No one goes up in the air thinking they’re not going to come back down to their families.
And The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, but uh…here ya go.
Army Cuts: Back in 2011, the U.S. decided that the Army was spending a little too much money on its military on too regular of a basis. The budget was growing exponentially, leaving little money to the rest of the budget. Based on this, the Army has been making regular cuts each year to help ease this financial blow. “We’re already a huge military superpower, why do we need to be spending ALL of our money on the troops?” Since 2012, the Army has cut 80,000 soldiers and shut down 13 brigade combat teams, with cuts in Germany and South Korea as well. The goal was to gradually reach a 450,000 final headcount. While this may seem extreme, the amount/percentage of money the government was spending on the Army alone is just as extreme. Take it as good news, take it as bad news…that’s why it’s awkward.
Paula Deen brownface: When you think of Paula Deen, you think good wholesome Southern cooking, right? Well, we can add a dash of racism in there for good measure. Two years after being fired from The Food Network after a racial slur, Paula has done it again (and probably didn’t even realize it until it was too late). Her and her son attempted to reenact the popular TV show I Love Lucy, however her son played Ricky in makeup clearly a darker shade of brown than his hands (which were right up against his face). Looks a little like
black brownface at that point, or at least a little too close for comfort for some people. The tweets about it went through the roof and the post was eventually taken down. Thank goodness for that delete option, huh, Paula?
Oh my god Paula Deen. Look, you need some money to hire a PR person that controls what you say and tweet. Stop.
— John Paul Green (@JohnPaulGreen) July 7, 2015
Bill Cosby: After allegations of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and drugging women, Bill Cosby has finally admitted to one or two instances of “things” happening. Oops, now all those reruns of The Cosby Show are no more. Now, super models and other beautiful women from a few years back (like Janice Dickinson) are coming from the woodwork to open up about their experiences with the perv/family man Bill Cosby. Nothing is worse than finding out a family man isn’t really much of a family man. We just wish the rest of the cast of The Cosby Show good luck as their faces will no longer be seen on TV in that wholesome fashion for a long time.