GBA – Your News, From Festivals to Golf
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are this week’s highlights:
Electric Forest: This weekend marks the 5th year for Electric Forest! The highly anticipated festival is set to start on Thursday, and the buzz is unstoppable. Held in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch, Electric Forest is a full weekend of music, yoga, and chillaxing in hammocks. Headliners this year include the usual residents like String Cheese Incident and Big Gigantic, but this year’s lineup brings some awesome returning favorites from past years like Bassnectar, Kaskade, and Skrillex. This year the fest sold out in record time, and people are frantically trying to get a hold of wristbands all over the country. Sensible Reason is teaming up with AT&T GoPhone this year to give two of our followers awesome festival survival kits that include Bluetooth speakers and headphones, camera lenses for your phone, a water bottle for good measure, and more. We will of course be there to cover the music and keep you up to speed with all the awesomeness. See you there and Happy Forest!
U.S. Open: Earlier this week in golf, the U.S. Open claimed a new champion. For the first time since good ol’ Tiger Woods, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth won his second professional title within a month of his first at the PGA Tour. He beat out the favorite Dustin Johnson, who had a decent lead (at least 3 strokes on the other guys!) until he choked on the last hole and Spieth won by a single stroke. Whatever your take on golf, it is easy to admit that at times the game can hold a certain amount of suspense. But beyond that, golf is not much of a spectator sport, and it can be really hard to get excited about. It is a game for men (and women) with too much time on their hands in some opinions. But hey, it’s the only sport that allows and encourages drinking on the field for the average golfer and that’s something to admire.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fragile our everyday lives can be. Here is the not-so-good news.
Greece: Europe is reaching a breaking point when it comes to one of its oldest countries. For several years, Greece has been in a financial crisis. 5 years ago, they received a bailout to try and bring the country back to a better financial spot. But now, the country is being treated like that friend who never brings their wallet to group dinners. The country has brought little to no revenue to prove that they are on the up, now Europe is talking break up. It seems negotiations aren’t going as well as everyone had hoped. Where the bailout money went and the state of the country’s current budget are all under debate. It seems as though Europe isn’t really into giving third chances when it comes to money. We hope that they reach an agreement before the country becomes even more impoverished than it already is.
Concert Debauchery: It seems lately that people are getting a little too crazy at festivals and concerts lately. Spring Awakening Music Festival at Soldier Field in Chicago saw one male death two weekends ago. Another man was pronounced dead at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Hundreds of violent and dangerous incidents were recently reported at a country concert at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI last weekend as well. It makes one wonder how many of these people are going to these events for the music or simply the experience. The more we get carried away and act like a bunch of idiots, the more difficult and expensive its going to be to attend this kind of stuff. It takes a lot of manpower and general common sense to keep tens of thousands of people safe and happy. Don’t be dumb out there, guys. Party responsibly.
And The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, but uh…here ya go.
Bunk Police at Bonnaroo: The creator of the Bunk Police is a little bit ticked off after the weekend. The police confiscated approximately 500 out of his 2,000 test kits at Bonnaroo. Authorities claimed that they didn’t have a vendor license and that if anyone were to be in possession of said test kits and ingest something harmful, that would fall on Bonnaroo, which is understandable from a legal standpoint. But, from the other side of things, these test kits are made to prevent anything bad happening to people who may choose to consume illicit substances at the festival. It’s kind of like saying giving condoms to teenagers make them have sex. While the confiscation was a bit of a blow, we’re hoping that the Bunk Police continue to make a conscious effort to help people party in a smart manner. This time they might just want to do it the legal way.
Confederate Flag Debate: The Confederate flag has been getting a lot of attention lately. A recent Supreme Court decision turned down Texans wanting to put the Flag on license plates. More recently, the South Carolina church shooter is seen in photos and videos promoting the flag and all the racism that comes with it. Now, people are starting to question the true meaning of this flag. Is it racist? Is it just about Southern pride? People are heavily swaying from one side to the next and now politicians are being forced to take sides as well. This all seems really late in the game, as the Confederate flag has been around for over 200 years and has been a huge symbol in the South ever since the Civil War. It could be that racially driven violence and tension have been at an all time high this past year. It may be possible that things pushed under the surface for decades are finally coming from the woodwork. Regardless of the state of the nation, the Confederate flag may be the next swastika, and for that we wish it Good Luck in the future.