GBA: Your News, From the NCAA to Rolling Stone
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are this week’s highlights:
College Basketball: The NCAA Championship men’s basketball game was Monday night, and oh boy it was a a sight to see. Basketball fans of all walks of life were glued to almost every TV in America watching the game. Duke Blue Devils played against the Wisconsin Badgers, and the game was an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride. The excitement of Fast & Furious had nothing on this game. Turnovers and seemingly unbeatable leads dominated the entire game. A few calls had fans screaming at their screens, and ultimately the underdog lost to the Yankees. Duke took home the Championship against the Badgers 68 to 63. Fortunately, Badger fans are proud but gracious losers, and only 5 arrests were made last night in Madison and 2 fires were reported on the city’s history State St. downtown. This is in comparison to Kentucky’s 31 arrests following the Badger victory from the Final Four.
Asteroid Data Hunter: Have you ever watched a survival movie such as The Day After Tomorrow and think, “I would be that guy saving everyone!” Well, a new app could help make your hero dream come true. Asteroid Data Hunter allows the every day man to scan the skies of his back yard and track possible Earth threatening asteroids hurling towards us. The app is available for Windows (7.1+), Mac (10.10.X+) & Linux (Ubuntu) users. Not just anyone can fully use this application, though. Users are expected to have their own telescopes that can take pictures. Once uploaded, the app uses a new algorithm to identify possible asteroids in the main belt (between Mars and Jupiter) that me be threatening. With amateur astronomers checking the skies for NASA, the world can feel a little safer from disaster.
Backwoods Music Festival: If you’ve been keeping up with Sensible Reason’s page lately, you’ve probably seen something about Backwoods Music Festival somewhere. We’re proud to announce our partnership with the Oklahoma festival this year! Sensible Reason will have a vendor spot at the festival to chat about music, news, politics, everything. As with everything that is Sensible Reason, we’re here to discuss the things that matter most to you, whether it be music or not. This festival should be one for the books, truly a camp-out for those who love camp-outs. Backwoods strips away the city feel to bring music lovers closer to Mother Earth. With headliners like Infected Mushroom, Porter Robinson, Break Science, Lettuce, and Papadosio, it finally makes Oklahoma a destination spot.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fragile our everyday lives can be. Here is the not-so-good news.
California Drought: For decades, certain parts of California that would otherwise be desert have beaten the odds and defied nature for the sake of green grass and luscious rolling hills. Well, most places have been doing this by using a lot of water (i.e. sprinklers). Sprinkler systems are also extremely popular among the elite. Those beautiful backyards that they never use have to stay green for the sake of the gated neighborhood. Nothing is worse than a brown lawn among the green, right? Well due to the extreme drought in California this year, water companies are now starting to attach water usage monitors on those who use it the most. Companies and homes can now be fined highly based on excessive water use. The monitors not only help the water companies, but also homeowners who would like to cut down on their water usage at a time when the state needs it most. While the monitors are a step in the right direction, the drought itself has clearly gotten bad enough to become a public concern. We can only hope that these monitors are going to help in the long run as well as the short term.
Officer Indicted for Shooting: A police officer in Cleveland is now being indicted for the shooting death of two suspects after a high speed chase in 2012. Upon catching up with the suspects, police shot at the vehicle several times, killing the two unarmed suspects. As with most shootings caused by police, everyone claimed that they felt their lives were in danger. But, footprints were found on the hood of the Chevy Malibou, suggesting an officer charged at the suspects rather than shooting in defense. Michael Brelo was the owner of those footprints, but now he’s claiming he “doesn’t recall” if he was on the hood of the car at all. Other evidence also suggests that Brelo continued to fire his weapon at the suspects for an addition 4 seconds after the other officers ceased their fire. While it’s a tragedy that the two unarmed people were killed, it’s kind of refreshing to see some justice finally being done. Brelo is being charged with two accounts of voluntary manslaughter.
Attack on Kenyan College: Terrorist group al-Shabaab, who claim ties with al-Qaeda, stormed Garissa University College campus on Thursday, killing 148 people. The college lies about 125 miles from the Somalian border, most victims were students. Since then, one of the shooters has been identified as the son of a government official, 5 other men have been arrested in connection with the massacre, and the Kenyan air force has staged two bombings of al-Shabaab camps in Somalia in retaliation, killing two targets and destroying both camps. Kenya has been in national mourning for those killed since the terrible event, it was the worst attack on Kenyan soil since 1998.
And The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, but uh… here ya go.
TSA Pat-down Agreement: Over the weekend, the American Civil Liberties Union reached an agreement with the TSA stating that they cannot single out black women simply for pat-down searches of their hair. The agreement came following a complaint filed by Malaika Singleton, a black neuro-scientist. The fact that this was even a thing is absolutely ridiculous. As someone with super curly volumptuous hair, I would have a few stern questions if someone informed me they were going to touch it. Isn’t that giant X-ray machine enough?! Geez…
McDonald’s Custody Battle: Two parents have been arrested after allegedly leaving their child in a McDonald’s because they couldn’t agree on who would take the child. The mother of the infant had just gotten off of work at the fast food restaurant to find her baby daddy in the parking lot trying to give the child to her. She apparently had plans and didn’t want to take care of her child, so she left. Well, the father left the child there, too, telling employees to call the police. The two must have really loved their fast food, because they were later found arguing outside of a Burger King later in the night and taken into custody. We present to you: Mom and Dad of the Year.
Rolling Stone Journalist Apology: As some of you may know, last November Rolling Stone published an article that seemingly blew the lid off of the lack of action taken for rapes on college campuses. The journalist reporting told a graphic tale of gang rape at a fraternity, claiming to have asked around and checked resources to create the piece and solidify the victim’s account of the attack…well, apparently not. The validity of the article started to get questioned, so the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism took a closer look at things to see “What Went Wrong?” Turns out, everything went wrong. The entire article was simply pushed through the presses because it “sounded credible.” From start to finish, apparently every hand that touched that article failed to do its job. The editor, the author, the fact-checkers, everyone. Rolling Stone has officially retracted the article and the author has issued a public apology. So, what started as the pinnacle article to empower victims is now one of the biggest jokes in history. It just goes to show that taking the short cut is the last thing to do in journalism. The credibility of all sexual assault victims has been compromised a little at this point. No one involved in this shitty situation will be punished, says Rolling Stone. All we can say is….Good Luck getting your readers back.