GBA: Your News, From Microsoft to Nicholas Cage
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are this week’s highlights.
Windows 10: With technology moving faster each day and new operating systems introduced each year, some companies are fearing for the worst (see: obsolete). Windows 8 took a back seat with the exponential climb of mobile operating systems like Android, and Microsoft admits that only about 10% of computers actually run on it. In comes Windows 10. Microsoft is hoping to get back on the bandwagon with their new system that promises to be more mobile, both at home and on the go. They also promise to put the user more in control, and holograms might be in the mix somewhere. With Windows 8 being so unpopular, Microsoft actually skipped a number in naming its new version. As if that wasn’t enough to please the masses, they’re offering Windows 10 as an update rather than having customers pay hundreds of dollars for the new version. The company is clearly trying to make strides to be as much of a powerhouse as Apple. And while Microsoft is still a successful company in other ventures, they’re making sure they’re less popular products don’t fall to the wayside.
State of the Union: President Obama gave his State of the Union Speech earlier last week, and he threw out a few jabs at his Republican led Congress. He spoke highly of how the U.S. has been doing better financially than we’ve been in many years. We’re finally bouncing back from the “financial crisis,” gas prices are dirt cheap, and unemployment is the lowest its been in years. These are all things that we haven’t seen in some time, and numbers that we laughed at in the past seem less unrealistic. After addressing successes, President Obama worked his hardest and pushing the idea of the “middle class” and ways to improve so that everyone benefits, not just the top 1%. It’s refreshing to hear that the country is doing better than before, and Obama’s approval ratings are higher than ever, despite a Republican led Congress. We can only hope that the government actually keeps up with these great numbers, rather than filibustering the economy to the ground. Time will only tell, but since most Americans consider themselves “middle class,” they will continue to hope for a better future.
U.S. and Cuba Start Chatting: As President Obama has promised in recent months, communication between the United States and Cuba has begun. While some may not see this as good news, this writer firmly believes that communication is the key to any relationship, no matter how rocky. The United States has maintained many civil relationships with governments that are not democratic, and whatever the government has been doing for several decades clearly hasn’t changed anything in Cuba. A new approach to Cuban relations is refreshing, not to mention that the country is a worldwide tourist spot and we probably should be snagging some sun ourselves.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fragile our everyday lives can be. Here is the not-so-good news.
Anti-Islamic Group Leader Poses as Hitler: One of the founders, and running leader, of the anti-Islamic group Patriotic Europeans Against The Islamisation Of The West (PEGIDA) has announced that he is resigning from his position after an internet backlash. In the fall of 2014, Lutz Bachmann posted a photo of himself on Facebook posing as Adolf Hitler and referring to refugees as “filth” and “beasts.” Just this week, the post went viral, putting a lot of scrutiny on PEGIDA. Thing is, the group seems to be against immigration and the movement of refugees, so it’s kind of confusing that Bachmann would feel the need to step down from his position with apologies ablaze. It’s possible that the Facebook post crossed a line that PEGIDA doesn’t want to cross, but it’s a fine line. The group, their protests, and the situation all seems a little off, but people will always remain afraid of new things at heart.
Murder Suicide in Boston Hospital: Doctors are here to save lives. At times, they can only do so much, and playing God is not an option. While doctors do the best they can, they are also only human. One man seemed to forget this fact when a heart surgeon in Boston treated his mother only for her to pass away some time later. Stephen Pasceri came into Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and looked for Michael Davidson. He then shot Davidson before turning the gun on himself. Patients and colleagues of Davidson were shocked, as most claimed that he was an extremely kind and smart individual. Of course at this point it is impossible to tell whether the gunman Pasceri had a mental breakdown or was simply upset over the death of his mother. Hundreds of people came to pay homage to Davidson earlier this week. The conversation that comes up after any shooting is that of gun control and regulation, and we can be sure that this is not the last that we’ll hear of this particular tragic shooting.
Domestic Slavery in Nebraska: A woman in Nebraska finally spoke out after being tortured and forced to drink urine almost every day for 10 years. Nicholas Allen Talbot, a registered sex offender, allegedly forced the woman to sign a slavery contract and then proceeded to burn her with cigarettes and lighters, and deface her body with “Property of Nick” writing. Upon signing the contract, the victim was only allowed to do what her “master” told her to do. Talbot claimed that the behavior was legal, because of the contract. After some time, the woman finally confessed the abuse to her local pastor. The story, while tragic, makes me wonder how smart this woman was. However, we can never have a true understanding of a person’s situation, and we hope her the best in her recovery from this abuse. Perhaps society has made this writer instantly blame the victim, but that’s an entirely different conversation we’ll have to address another time.
And The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, but uh… here ya go.
Burger King Cash: A couple in New Hampshire decided to grab some Burger King on their way home for the night. However, they did not get any food! Upon returning home from the drive thru, the couple discovered a deposit bag from the restaurant totaling over $2500! The couple seriously considered keeping the cash, but being Jehovah’s Witnesses they decided to return the money to the restaurant. May something else awesome come their way for being so honest, but goodness knows I’d keep that cash!
Nicolas Cage – Army of One: Nicolas Cage has been an action hero, a sociopath, a villain, a good guy, a con man, and many other awesome roles. In more recent years he’s turned to a few family blockbusters that have created a slight deviation from his late 90’s hard-ass persona. As an effort to build more manly rapport, Nicolas Cage has been cast to play a harrowing role as an ordinary man set out to defeat Osama Bin Laden. Catch is, the movie is directed by Larry Charles, director of Borat, Bruno and The Dictator. Now, this makes Cage’s brownie points shoot through the roof! As someone who has played so many serious roles, whether they be taken seriously or not, it’s exciting to see Cage in a satirical role. The movie is called Army of One and is loosely based on the story of Colorado man Gary Faulkner. It’s hard to tell just how off-the-wall this comedy will be, but Nicolas Cage is sure to be a good fit for the role.
Invisible Boyfriend App: Lonely? Don’t want your friends to find out you’re lonely? Welcome, the Invisible Boyfriend/Girlfriend App. There to be a shoulder to cry on, just in case anyone is fact checking. The App claims to give “you real-world and social proof that you’re in a relationship – even if you’re not – so you can get back to living life on your own terms.” Users have the option to choose their significant other’s name, photo, story of how you two met, and fake automated conversations that you can show your nosey family and friends….We all see how absolutely ridiculous this whole thing is, right?! As if people creating fake profiles and Photoshop weren’t enough, we had to create fake relationships too. On the other hand, one can never tell how much nagging some people get from their family to “settle down with someone nice,” so Good Luck to all you Invisible Relationships…