The Good, The Bad, and the Awkward – Your Weekly News 8/3/14
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are the weekend highlights.
One of the biggest festivals of the year comes to a close this weekend. Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago had its last day yesterday. Some of the biggest names in music gathered for another year of diverse music and enthusiastic music lovers. Headliners included Outkast, Kings of Leon, Lorde, and Disclosure. The after parties were almost as big as the festival itself, with Disclosure playing a live set Saturday night. Lolla proves that veteran festivals still know what it takes to bring people joy.
French Hospital Wine Bar:
A hospital in France has just opened up a wine bar for patients terminal III or worse. The bar allows for those to feel a little more comfortable in their final days. The humanitarianism being displayed here is awesome, but I’m sure facilities such as these could only fly in France. I’m sure in America, such a thing would be ridiculed for promoting alcoholism. Alas, those who know that wine can be good for your health, and can appreciate a good glass (or three) once in a while, this is definitely good news.
Scottish Wind Farm:
A recent study revealed that since 2012, the off-coast wind farm in Scotland has reduced the same amount of carbon emissions as halting all vehicles for an entire year. Imagine if more counties worldwide implemented such off shore wind farms. The rate at which the climate is changing could be reduced immensely.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fragile our every day lives can be. Here’s what’s going on elsewhere.
Earthquake in China: The most deadly earthquake since 2008, the Yunnan province of China was struck by shattering tremors, killing almost 350 and injuring thousands. The death toll could continue to rise, as people are still being recovered and injuries yet to be assessed. The question of building codes and government regulations is at hand after more than 20,000 went missing after a quake a couple years ago in a similar area. However, one witness said that the quake itself was one of the strongest he’s ever felt, and that the cities have been reduced to rubble.
Valley Fever Law Suit:
After being extremely healthy people before entering the California prison system, many inmates are now leaving much sicker than when they arrived with a disease called Valley Fever. With thousands of cases under investigation, inmates are joining a class action law suit suggesting that the negligence of Valley fever contamination and risk in their prison is unfair and unsafe. In these prisons, the rate of this sometimes incurable disease is exponentially higher than that of the normal population. The disease comes from spores released from the ground, and with recent construction around Pleasant Valley State Prison, the numbers are in the thousands. Is the disease simply going untreated? Would this be considered an epidemic? There are many uneasy and unanswered questions, here, but until the lawsuit goes through and there is more investigation, we’ll never know.
Lock’n’s Liquor License:
A huge festival in Virginia, called Lock’n festival, has just received a sentence revoking their liquor license. Undercover agents from the Virginia Board of Alcoholic Consumption witnessed hundreds of accounts of drug use that went unnoticed or ignored by festival security last year. The final sentence was given earlier this week. This year’s festival featuring the likes of Willie Nelson will go unscathed, but appeals for next year’s festival have begun.
And The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, but uh… here ya go.
Drunk Woman Steals Police Car:
Following a Wiz Khalifa after party, a drunken woman decided to hop into an unmarked police car outside the venue and suggest that she get a ride back to her car. Obviously this didn’t fly. The police proceeded to pull her out of the car, that’s when her guy friend intervened, telling the officers to leave her alone. The incident inevitably lead to the arrest of them both.
NFL Players to Wear RFID Chips:
Football season is fast approaching. People are getting their fantasy football ready, and the snack and beer industry is ready to boom. What’s new for the NFL? Well, players in the biggest and best teams are going to be wearing RFID chips to help track their movements on the field. With a 6 inch accuracy rate, the data cannot yet be used for determining any challenged plays or rulings on the field. But, at least we don’t have to watch those stupid lines and circles that sports casters scribble on our screen anymore. The chips do the work for them.
Abuse & Controversy Over “Right to be Forgotten”:
It seems as though people in Europe are starting to abuse the new “right to be forgotten” clause on Google. Those who believe that outdated, unnecessary, or incriminating information about them should be allowed to be deleted from search engines such as Google. While this is all well and good, should all information people deem as unnecessary be deleted from searches? Tens of thousands of requests have poured in after the passing of the regulation following a man whose past financial troubles were out there for all to see. Good luck to those who want their dirty laundry removed. The question now is what should be considered bad enough to be removed?