GBA: Your News, From Windows 10 to Cecil the Lion
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are this week’s highlights:
Windows 10: After some time and patience, Windows 10 is out and ready to go. More recently, a New York Times article was released giving the platform rave reviews. While many people are on the Apple train these days, the new version of Windows 10 is supposed to be more user friendly than the last version. Windows having too complicated of an interface is the main reason why most users switched to the fruits of the late Steve Jobs‘ labor. Technology has become such a large part of our lives that a review like this and new technology like Windows 10 can make front page news and stay there. We rely on technology and our smart phones/tablets so much (too much in fact) that we require the world at our fingertips. We want everything instantly. Knowledge, statistics, facts, even opinions are searched tens of thousands of times per minute. We want it all and we want it to be instant, so we tip our hats to Windows for trying to make PC users’ lives a little easier.
U.S. & Turkey vs. ISIS: The US has been trying to get into Turkey to attempt to keep the growth and violence of ISIS at bay for some time. However, up until now Turkey has been treating the fight against ISIS like green eggs and ham, refusing Uncle Sam I Am. But, earlier this week Turkey finally decided to change their minds after a suicide bomber with ties to ISIS killed 30 people on Turkish soil. That was the last straw. Now Turkey is allowing the US to conduct air strikes against ISIS from an important base in the hesitant country. Why is this good news? It just shows that world leaders in Turkey truly care about their citizens. And bottom line…ISIS is the bad guy in this situation from where we stand, so go ahead Sam I Am.
Earth’s Twin?: Scientists have always been searching for something more, something to help us better understand where human life and life on Earth came from, as well as where we will be heading in the future. We always want to know what’s beyond the reach of the human eye. NASA is constantly on this search, and they have developed technology that has allowed them to pinpoint locations of almost 1,000 planets in nearby solar systems that are like Earth. All of them are under twice the size of our planet and within range of their star that allows for a rocky surface and water – perfect conditions for life. This week, Keplar 452b was discovered as the closest thing to Earth NASA has seen to date. 60% the size of Earth with a yearly orbit of only an extra 10 days compared to Earth. Gravity on Keplar 452b may be heavier, and NASA knows little more than the planet’s size and location, but all signs point to a planet that could sustain life. We’ve been searching for intelligent life since the beginning of time, it might be time for some close encounters.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fragile our everyday lives can be. Here is the not-so-good news.
Eurotunnel: Thousands of immigrants coming from Northern and Western Africa and the Middle East have been attempting to breach the tunnel running between Northern France and the UK, connecting the two countries under the English Channel. People attempt to sneak into the UK through the “Chunnel” all the time, but lately it’s becoming even more of an issue. People are getting injured and even dying trying to cut fences, jump onto trucks, and run across busy roadways. There have been almost 4,ooo people who have attempted to illegally head into Britain with 8 total deaths. Authorities have been working on ending the problem at its start, before they even reach the Northern French city that starts the tunnel. The British Prime Minister is also attempting to make sure if any immigrants are caught, they are sent back to where they came from to deter any more from trying the same thing. It’s unfortunate that people feel as though risking their lives on dangerous roads is better than their current country’s situation. We should all be working toward a better life for all, regardless of where they came from.
Movie Theater Shooting: Almost exactly 3 years after James Holmes open fired on a movie theater in Denver, CO, killing 12 and injuring 70, a 58 year-old man in Lafayette, LA decided to do the same thing. The man entered into the movie theater during a showing of Trainwreck and open fired, killing 2 people and injuring almost 10. These movie theater shootings are truly unfortunate and tragic. Going to the movies has been an American pastime since film was invented, no one should fear for their lives when all they wanted to do was catch a summer Blockbuster. Tragically, the suspected shooter later turned his weapon onto himself, so the real reason behind this particular attack can only be speculated. We wish the victim’s families the best in this terrible time.
MH370?: Airline debris consistent to that of a Boeing 777 washed up in the Indian Ocean earlier this week. The debris is suspected to be that of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that disappeared last year. While there is still little information and only the wing part found so far, experts are fearing the worst. A story like this is bitter sweet. Friends and family of those who disappeared on the flight can finally have some closure if they can find out what truly happened to their loves ones, but of course all might still have carried a glimmer of hope that one day they would come home.
And The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, but uh…here ya go.
Walter Palmer & Cecil the lion – An Internet Win: A dentist from Minnesota has officially lost his practice for being a complete and utter, Class A, high-and-mighty douchebag. Walter Palmer isn’t gaining any friends lately after he decided to hunt and kill a famous lion in Zimbabwe. Cecil the lion was a favorite of the Hwange National Park for 13 years before Palmer lured him out of the reservation zone, cut off his collar, and shot him with a bow and arrow. The strike didn’t kill Cecil, so Palmer hunted him for another day or so before finally shooting him. Palmer then skinned and beheaded Cecil so that he could take home his trophy.
Yesterday, visitors to River Bluff Dental website, the office in which Walter Palmer worked, got a message stating the service is unavailable. Google reviews (all 2,700 of them and counting) have rated the dentistry at a 1.1…which isn’t too great. Most of the reviews are just angry rants and comments to Palmer himself, one of them starts with “Hey Shit Bag.” Basically, people aren’t happy that Dr. Palmer killed such a rare and beautiful creature. Cecil was well known, good with human interaction, and a main breeder for his pride. Yelp is deleting angry messages left and right about Palmer, but people are now posting photos of their deleted reviews in order to make their messages clear. The dentist is being compared to serial killers and sociopaths. Moms are stating that they aren’t comfortable bringing their children to River Bluff Dental, stating that Palmer is violent and dangerous. Killing Cecil has ruined Palmer’s career.
Of course, Palmer is no stranger to hunting big game, he has a plethora of photos with his previous trophies.What changed the game this time was the fact that everyone heard about it. He was put on parole several years ago for lying about the location of a black bear kill in Wisconsin. His intentional lure and kill of Cecil the lion could have been a repeat of previous years, and people are talking about it. They’re also talking about the price of Cecil’s kill. Tens of thousands of dollars were put into this big game hunting trip with the travel, the permits for it, the guides, the skinning & beheading, the list goes on. Questions are rising about how a Minnesota dentist could afford such a lavish excursion.
The Internet really made the difference in this story. The news, which went viral, enraged the public. If Palmer wasn’t affiliated with a business, he might still hold his job. But, when the masses get angry, they get destructive, and this story has systematically ruined Palmer’s reputation. Maybe the scrutiny won’t last long, but for now things are looking bleak. While I completely agree that big game hunting is immoral, cruel, unnecessary, and self-centered, it’s interesting to look at the aftermath of this viral story on such a monumental level.