GBA: Your News, From Same-Sex Marriage to Sharks
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are this week’s highlights:
Same-Sex Marriage: The entire LGBT community and their allies from all across the United States are rejoicing over the Supreme Court’s decision to make marriage legal for all couples on a national level. This has been a hot-button issue for several years, and love has prevailed over all! Several states have already made it legal for same-sex couples to wed, but this is on the national level. Now, some states like Texas aren’t taking too lightly to this big decision, and officials are trying their darndest to keep certain couples away from the altar. However, now that the decision has been made, it’s likely that at the worst case scenario involves the inconvenience of these couples fleeing to another state to tie the knot. But, couples have been traveling far and wide for this right for years, so the battle has already been won. Sensible Reason gives this decision a tip of the hat and a cigar. Congrats!
TomorrowWorld Phase 2: TomorrowWorld is right around the corner, and the second wave of the lineup has proven to make the fest an even bigger one not to miss – if that was even possible. If the first wave wasn’t enough (which included Big Gigantic, Hardwell, Dimtri Vegas & Like Mike, Adventure Club, Tiesto and Afrojack) the second wave includes Gramatik, Kaskade, Bassnectar, Laidback Luke, and Rudimental! TomorrowWorld is TomorrowLand‘s American love child, but holds nothing back when it comes to the stages and fanfare. The country’s largest 21+ camp-out festival engulfs attendees in an entirely new community. A campground that turns into its own city, complete with streets, currency and a daily newspaper, Dreamville, TomorrowWorld is truly a fantasy come true. Held in Chattahoochee Hills, GA September 25-27, it’s the perfect festival to end your summer and gear up for fall. Snag tickets to make believe before they sell out!
Giveaway Mondays: Sensible Reason has been there for you to let you know about festival and show announcements, ticket sales, lineups, and a ticket giveaway here and there. Well, we want to give you more stuff just for being you. Starting next week, every Monday we will be giving something away. Unfortunately, with a nationwide following, not everyone will be able to attend all of our giveaways. But, we will have more than just tickets to give to you and we’ll make sure everyone has a fighting chance. We love you all and appreciate your continued support. Stay tuned for our Monday giveaway series starting next week. We <3 U!
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fragile our everyday lives can be. Here is the not-so-good news.
Terror Attacks: A handful of terrorist attack have killed almost a hundred people in total globally over the course of the weekend. First, there have been a constant stream of bombing in the Gaza strip. It seems extremely insensitive to say, but, what else is new? Well in other news, a gunman went to a beach resort hotel in Sousse, Tunisia and killed at least 38 people. Most of them were foreign tourists. As if that wasn’t enough, a suicide bombing at a mosque in Kuwait claimed the lives of around 10 people. Plus, a man in France decapitated his boss at the chemical plant where he worked and also planned the blow the place up. ISIS has claimed responsibility to most of the attacks and the others were performed by those claiming ties to the organization. The training facilities for many of these terrorists span across the globe and recruits are popping up in some unlikely places. It seems most targets of the attacks are Western tourists and sanctions opposing ISIS rule. As the 4th of July approaches, officials are under high alert for any and all possible attacks on American soil. Keep safe.
Color Burn: You know those awesomely colorful paint parties that keep popping up? Well, it turns out that the colored powder flying around is extremely flammable in certain situations. A paint party in Taiwan turned deadly when the high concentrations of paint powder mixed with pyrotechnics and high heat turned into an explosion. Over 500 people were burned in the blast, and one young woman was pronounced dead from her burns at the hospital. While the powder is easily diluted with water or sweat, the high concentration in this area proved dangerous. Now that this incident has happened, those color runs and paint parties might be a little more cautious about what type of fanfare they have at these events. We hope that this situation never happens again. Lesson learned.
Greek Shutdown: Yes, Greece is still in big trouble. The bailout that they were given 5 years ago has finally expired, and they need to pay their creditors back. Unfortunately, somehow the country still has no money. So, the extremes are starting to unfold. The constant extensions have officially run out, and they are being ordered pay up. The Greek stock market as well as all banks have shut down for the week. Limits on the amount of money citizens can take from ATMs have begun, and people are starting to scramble to save their cash. If an agreement doesn’t come and the money doesn’t come to Greece’s creditors, it could mean a big rift in the global economy. Hopefully something can happen, and fast, because the Greeks literally can’t afford to pay for these mistakes.
And The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, but uh…here ya go.
Escapees Captured: Those guys that escaped from a maximum security prison have finally been captured. They were headed for the Canadian border, but never made it. After a prison guard aided in their escape, the two men were on the loose for weeks before being gunned down during their capture. Each man was found separately, one man shot and killed during the incident. The other escapee was found a few days later also trying to reach the border, but was not killed by the gunshot that brought the chase to a conclusion. If I was in prison, I’m pretty sure I’d also try my best to lie, steal, and manipulate to get out of it. But, on the other hand, maximum security prisons are made for those who should not be free. So, on the one hand, I kind of root for the underdog here, but these guys probably should not be roaming around Canada any time soon.
Dance Safe & Electric Forest: This story feels a little like Deja Vu from last week…but Dance Safe was shut down on Friday, the second day of the legendary Electric Forest festival in Rothbury, MI. Much like last week’s story revolving around the Bunk Police being shut down at Bonnaroo, the tent was quickly taken down based on their beliefs that those who choose to engage in mind altering activities should at least do so without the risk of further harming themselves (or someone else). However, this time Dance Safe was not selling or conducting any drug testing at the vendor booth. It seems like even promoting safe partying is a crime these days. Maybe the police are afraid that people won’t need them to save the day anymore if people are being more cautious of their alternative behavior. That or they think that the safe party tents encourage more people to bring drugs into the festival, who knows. Yet again, I allude to the idea that condoms make teens have sex – we all know that this isn’t directly true. People are going to do what they want to do, or try harder to hide it from you, but the last thing we all want is another adverse drug reaction/death at a festival.
Carolina Sharks: According to Google “The odds of getting attacked and killed by a shark are 1 in 3,748,067. In a lifetime, you are more likely to die from fireworks (1 in 340,733), lightning (1 in 79,746), drowning (1 in 1,134), a car accident (1 in 84), stroke (1 in 24), or heart disease (1 in 5).” Yet, there have been 7 shark attacks in the past 3 weeks off the coast of the Carolinas. In both North and South Carolina (predominately the North) people have been bitten by sharks in quick succession. Some blame the fishing of sharks in the area, some blame the weather, some blame the apocalypse. Regardless of what is causing these attacks, everyone can agree that they are extremely rare to happen, especially in a repeated fashion such as these. Of course most of these attacks have not been deadly, but the chances of being seriously injured is definitely there. We wish all those in hospital care Good Luck getting back into the water…