GBA – Your News, From Speedos to Rolling Stone
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are the weekend highlights.
Annual Speedo Santa Run: The annual Speedo Santa Run went down in Boston Saturday. This year marked the 15th run since its humble beginnings in 2000. The event brings hundreds of scantily clad men and women in Santa hats together for a good cause. Teams were sponsored and donations were accepted to benefit the Play Ball Foundation, which helps keep sports programs in Boston middle schools.
Pride Tops Independent Film Awards: It’s always an awesome thing when a powerful movie gets the recognition it deserves. It’s even better when the subject matter is historic and uplifting. Pride, a film about the allegiance between gay rights campaigners and miners in a UK strike in 1984, won the award for best film at the UK Independent Film Awards. Several of the actors also took home top awards for their performances. The movie’s writer was quoted as saying the film had one “simple, compelling message: unite.” Good idea!
Feel Good Distractions: Many of us find ourselves spending way too much time scrolling through various social media feeds, clicking on random articles and websites. While a lot of that stuff is either pure and utter junk or bad news, I’ve found that there are more and more websites dedicated to feel-good subjects. Kitten websites, sites like the Good News Network, and good ol’ YouTube have been bringing us ways to laugh and anti-socialize as a happier collective group. Keep sharing the good stuff, guys.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fragile our everyday lives can be. Here is what’s going on elsewhere.
Ralph Bayer Dies at 92: Video game console inventor and Simon creator Ralph Bayer passed away this weekend at the age of 92. His invention has continuously evolved throughout the years, yet the concept and genius could only come from one man. Simon, which was released in 1978, is still a popular handheld game to this day, and the video game console has sparked an entire culture that shows no signs of slowing. His Brown Box prototype sits in the Smithsonian, and we will never forget this beautiful mind.
Mexico Evidence Suggests Students Burned: A couple of months ago, several badly burned bodies were found in an unmarked grave in the most corrupt parts of Mexico, Iguala Guerrero. Students in the area had gone missing during protests, and the police were suspected of kidnapping and executing the students. Until now, this all had been pure speculation. Recently, the remains of one body were confirmed to be one of the missing students. It is clear at this point that the gruesome story may very well be fact. It’s scary to think that an area can be so violent and corrupt.
Resistant Bacteria: Doctors always talk about drug-resistant infections and bacteria whenever an epidemic strikes. It causes everyone to think that they’re on their way to their deathbed the moment they come down with the common cold. However, studies are now showing truly antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in children in India. A much larger percentage of infants are dying from common infections that previously had been treatable. Can these resistant bacteria continue to evolve? Yes, and illnesses that were previously unheard of are now making their way back into the mainstream at a much faster pace than previously thought. Always remember to wash your hands.
And The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, but uh… here ya go.
Chlorine Evacuation in Hotel: A hotel in Chicago had to be completely evacuated late in the night on Saturday. A Chlorine gas leak was detected in the higher floors and was powerful enough to send 19 guests to the hospital. The leak was ruled as criminal and intentional. What makes this “awkward’? The incident happened during a Furry convention. “Furries” are people who enjoy donning full-bodied animal suits and becoming their own character. While many Furries don’t don costumes for sexual reasons, for others it’s a fetish subculture. Foul play in animal land? We’ll keep you updated.
Man Scares Thieves With Walker: A 68 year-old man in South Carolina had a quick idea last week after becoming aware of thieves around his home. While watching TV, he noticed someone trying to pry open his door. So, he did the only reasonable thing he could think of: strapped his gun holster to his walker and headed towards the door. The old man warded off the burglars, then posted a note to his door with a message telling them never to come back. His story is proof that sometimes the threat of violence might get the point across, but communication truly solves the problem.
Rolling Stone Rape Mess: Journalism is a vital part of everyone’s lives. News coverage tells people what is happening around them, and opinion pieces shape how we view our world. But what happens when there’s a glitch in the system? Do people not get their news? No, they just get disorganized, uninformed, and biased “news” that fails to follow any kind of ethical principle. Rolling Stone recently came out with an article that fessed up to publishing such news. While the initial piece was powerful, it wasn’t journalism. Good Luck, Rolling Stone‘s credibility.