The Good, The Bad, and The Awkward – Your Weekly News: 9/17/2014
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are the weekend highlights.
NFL vs The World:
Recently, NFL player Ray Rice was “suspended indefinitely” after a video of him beating his at-the-time fiance went viral. Thing is, this wasn’t news until months after the allegations. Talk about the NFL letting the incident slide for the sake of his team made even the most die hard fans question whether they should be supporting an organization that allows its players to engage in such behaviors. Well, good news is, the world is finally putting their foot down. Sponsors such as Campbell’s, Visa, and Anheuser-Busch are threatening (or already have) pulled their sponsorship of the NFL. Now, this isn’t too much of a blow to the NFL’s finances, but it is a step in the right direction as a statement. The fact that even huge companies are getting into the conversation of why problem players are continuing to play is refreshing. Violence is never OK, no matter how many millions you make in a year, or how many fantasy football teams you’re helping.
Release of new iPhone:
While I almost put this in the awkward section of the news, I know there are a ton of people with busted and cracked iPhone 5’s waiting eagerly to be able to use their cameras again. Yes, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are finally reaching their release, and fans are going crazy. New and improved technologies are being promised, with a larger screen. Although the larger screen isn’t anything new, it is for Apple, this is the largest screen they’ve released on an iPhone, with the Plus reaching 5.5 inches. Time for a new phone and a new Otter box to allow for endless selfies.
Child Death Rates:
While the headline itself sounds morbid, the message is the exact opposite. The global death rate of children under the age of 5 has dropped and average of 49% since 1990, falling from 12.7 million to 6.3 million, according to data from the World Health Organization, the World Bank, UNICEF, and the United Nations Dept of Economic and Social Affairs. Regardless of the development of the country, the entire globe’s level dropped overall, with some countries’ rates dropping as far as 67% since 1990. Pretty good news in a world full of turmoil and corruption. Silver linings.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fragile our every day lives can be. Here’s what’s going on elsewhere.
FBI’s Facial Recognition Technology:
Fingerprints are officially a thing of the past. You know how Facebook somehow knows your buddy’s face when you upload a photo and go to tag it? Imagine the police doing this with a hold up at gas station camera, or just general invasion of privacy. Facial recognition technology is finally being released to the world for all to use. Basically, the FBI is collecting all your Facebook photos, putting it into a database, and holding onto it until that face comes up on their system. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Is there a right to be forgotten in this case? We’re not quite sure, but it all makes me think of Minority Report. Deleting Facebook would be too late at this point. We’re all under the eyes of Big Brother, now…
CDC Studies Belly Size:
It seems as though certain stories keep getting circulated in the bad news section of this piece. However, until these huge problems are solved, they’ll continue to haunt us. The issue of obesity is continuing to get scary. A recent study by the Center for Disease Control has found that 54% of Americans have abdominal obesity, meaning that their waistline is more than 35 inches in women and more than 40 inches in men. This number has grown since the last study which revealed a rate of 46%. This means that over half of America is at a much higher risk for heart problems and diabetes. So, next time you see that McDonalds Meltdown commercial, it may be best to turn away.
While we’re on the subject of health, Reuters just announced an investigation that tested the amount of antibiotics that companies feed to their chicken, whether or not they’re even sick. At elevated levels, these amounts can even affect humans. What does this mean for us? Who knows, but do you really want to test it? You wouldn’t take medicine if you didn’t need it, why eat food that’s ingesting antibiotics on a regular basis? While it’s understandable that companies are trying to make everything easier on them, it shouldn’t be to the expense of our health. Maybe this is contributing to our growing obesity problem.
And The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, but uh… here ya go.
Tim and Eric Bedtime Stories:
The kings of awkward comedy Tim and Eric are back and more awkward than ever. They’ve abandoned the idea of low budget, like their famed show Tim and Eric: Awesome Show Great Job, and are shooting for the stars. Their new TV series called Bedtime Stories premieres on Adult Swim this Thursday night. The show is reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, but with a Tim and Eric twist. These guys are the epitome of awkward, so it’s only fitting that they headline this section today.
Actress Danielle Watts Cuffed After Kissing Husband:
Danielle Watts was minding her own business in her neighborhood. She gave her husband a kiss and proceeded to call her father. Two police officers then came up to Watts and asked for her ID. She refused, knowing she did nothing wrong. Apparently the officers suspected that Watts was a prostitute, and handcuffed her and put her into the back of their police car. Why? It has been speculated that the officers assumed this because Watts is black and her husband is white. The officers quickly released her once they knew who she was, but that kind of incident should not happen. It seems race is still an issue in today’s world, it’s spreading the word that helps change the world.
Drake Handicap Signs in Toronto:
Aubrey Graham, also known as hip hop star Drake, hasn’t always been a music star. For those who remember him before he was called Drake, he played high school basketball star turned handicap basketball coach, Jimmy Brooks, on the popular Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation. The show is notoriously outrageous. Any possible problem in the world, Degrassi has been through it. For example, Jimmy Brooks was paralyzed in a school shooting, because he bullied an outsider who was abusive to his girlfriend. Anywho, someone in Graham’s hometown of Toronto won’t let him (or the rest of the city) forget where he got his start. A series of handicap signs around the city now have a Drake head sticker on them. This type of vandalism is my type of street art. Good Luck escaping that, Drake…