GBA: Your News, From Marijuana to Robert Durst
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are this week’s highlights.
National Marijuana Laws: Pot smokers all over the country are rejoicing over a Vice interview with President Obama earlier this week. It seems as though marijuana laws may be changing on a national level sooner than we thought. According to recent votes, for the first time in history, those who favor marijuana legalization outweigh those who oppose, 52% vs 42%. In the interview with Obama, the president claimed that if enough states legalized the current schedule I drug, national law may change. He also admitted to the ridiculousness of the fact that it it’s considered such an illicit substance, and claimed that conservative Republicans are actually agreeing. He noted that many young people consider marijuana law reform high on their list, but that they should be worried about much more important things. So, if laws changed, this could be much less of an issue. Of course, any changes in national law will take some time, in order for the drug to be legalized the Controlled Substances Act needs to be modified and that will surely take some fine tuning. Nonetheless, it is clearly a recognizable step in the right direction.
Spring!: Everyone’s second favorite season has finally begun. The equinox has passed and Spring is finally in its way. For those of us in states that have all 4 seasons, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Negative temperatures are hopefully over, the snow is finally melting, and we can see the sun for more than 4 hours/day. We’ve sprung our clocks forward and March Madness has us gathering in outdoor places for the first time in months. Everyone’s favorite season (obviously summer) is just around the corner, and we can all smile about that.
Festival Season: A new year brings festival magic. While festivals are always happening, “festival season” marks the time of year when things warm up and someone is camping every weekend. HARD’s famous and extremely coveted Holy Ship kicked off a summer of love at the end of February, and the Sensible Reason team just got back from BUKU Music and Art Project in New Orleans last week. Single act shows fall to the wayside for huge gatherings of the best of the best. Festival culture has been growing exponentially, and our dedicated team of music and culture lovers will be at the front lines, as with every year. Sensible Reason’s team will be across the country covering the best and most outrageous moments from more festivals than you can shake a stick at. Stay tuned for more.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fragile our everyday lives can be. Here is the not-so-good news.
U.S. & Venezuela: Just as the U.S.’s relationship with Cuba starts to ease its way to understanding and communication, another country takes over as our public enemy #X. President Obama recently named Venezuela as an unusual and extraordinary threat to national security. He used an executive order to pose sanctions on seven highly ranked individuals, freezing their assets and barring their entry into the United States. It has been speculated that these seven individuals have taken part in several human rights violations, although these have not yet been released. White House Spokesman Josh Earnest stated, “Venezuelan officials past and present who violate the human rights of Venezuelan citizens and engage in acts of public corruption will not be welcome here, and we now have the tools to block their assets and their use of U.S. financial systems.” The consequences of these sanctions has yet to be speculated, but the President assures that Venezuela should not be considered a severe threat to the U.S.
Israeli Prime Minister: A fear of any (and all) people during a political election is whether or not the person they vote for is actually going to stick to their word. This seems to be a fear for the U.S. after backing the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during this most recent campaign. His views on a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems to be flip-flopping, or at the very least taken out of context and extremely vague. In interviews leading up to his re-election his views were clear and distinct, but now it seems that these views are on the opposite side of the spectrum. Of course, the conflict will never cease (or seems like it won’t), but how each government treats the situation is of serious concern. Hopefully the speculated flip-flopping was taken out of context, because goodness knows the United States government doesn’t want to be wrong.
Tunisia Shooting: A shooting at a museum in Tunisia claimed 21 victims last week, 17 of which were tourists. Over the weekend, 3 gunman entered into a Tunisian museum, claimed to be one of “North Africa’s most revered cultural institutions.” Two of them were seen on camera walking through the museum with assault rifles, then meeting up with a third on a stairwell before they gave each other the nod and went in different directions. Police officials identified the men as extremists and gunned two of the three down, with the third still at large. ISIS of course is claiming to be involved, but other sources say that the men have “no credible connection to Islamic belief.”
And The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, but uh… here ya go.
Star Wars Film: Just when we thought the days of George Lucas and his Star Wars trilogy were over, another movie gets announced. Of course some of us aren’t really surprised. With the cartoon releasing soon after the “last” film (and all the memorabilia that came with it), it’s been pretty clear that Lucas Films and the Star Wars franchise is far from finished. The cast is speculated to include much of the original stars, thirty years after the first film’s release. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is set to release in December of this year, and geeks worldwide are dreaming of a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Kanye West: Why Kanye West keeps coming into the awkward part of the news is beyond me, but he keeps doing things that are worthy of a genuine “WTF?!” combined with an epic face palm and a couple disappointing shakes of the head. The biggest douchebag attention whore in Hollywood is at it again, taking to Twitter to brag about the booty he gets to touch each night. In a series of 8 Tweets, Kanye posted photos of his wife, Kim Kardashian, in the nude with captions such as “SWISH” and “I’m so LUCKY!” It seems as though Kanye’s behavior is the equivalent to every high school football jock pulling up his cheerleader girlfriend’s skirt in public just to show off the goods. What Kim thinks about this whole situation is yet to be determined, but the fact that she’s posing nude for something (and married to Kanye West of all idiots) seems to suggest she doesn’t give a hoot about a lot of things. #DWYD
Robert Durst: Some of you may recognize the name Robert Durst from your favorite new TV show The Jinx. For those of you who don’t bother with the latest TV trends, the show follows the story of Durst, the son of New York real estate mogul Seymour Durst. Robert was accused of 2 or more murders, including one involving dismemberment without ever being acquitted of any crimes. On March 14th, Durst was arrested after acting strangely in a New Orleans hotel, which he checked in under a false name. He was wandering around the lobby, speaking to himself about the previously mentioned murders. He also had 5 ounces of marijuana, almost $50,000 in cash, fake IDs, his passport, and information regarding “large sums of cash monies.” Durst is currently awaiting trial for the murder of his ex-wife specifically and the final episode of The Jinx portrays Durst’s recent arrest. All we can say is Good Luck….