Newsy Tuesday: Edition 2 July 17 2018

Hello! This post was completely researched and written in two states- neither of which is the one I live in! I feel like I’m a real fake reporter ;). Today’s topics cover Stormy Daniels, Racism, Thailand, Helsinki, and of course, Funnies.

Celebrity News

Stormy Daniels was arrested from a strip club in Ohio for touching patrons. She was released and all charges were dropped because she was not a regular employee, and was only doing a two-night stent at the strip club. The patrons in question were undercover detectives, and the bail posted was allegedly just over $6,000. According to Ohio law, any employee that regularly appears naked or nearly naked cannot touch patrons other than family. I honestly feel like this whole situation is unfortunate, but I am glad that it resolved itself.

Black Misfortune

Unfortunately, there are a couple of items to say about this topic this week. First up, Black Lives Matter has recently turned 5 years old. The movement began on July 13, 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. For the past 5 years, the movement has been fighting for black lives that are treated unfairly. For five years, many people have opposed the movement questioning why all lives do not matter and why we need to draw attention to black lives. Well, the following two stories are great examples of why. However, this doesn’t even scratch the surface of what’s going on in America today.

In Indianapolis, IN an apartment complex manager kicked a resident out of the pool area. The apartment complex had a locked pool area accessible only to residents. A black resident was enjoying the pool area, and after being questioned the police were called. The police sided with the resident rather than the apartment manager. That complex manager was suspended. The resident did state that not a lot of black people live in the area. Even so, why is the assumption for black folks that they are in the wrong? Why make decisions before listening?

A bus driver in Massachusetts was fired for driving past a black passenger. The bus was allegedly full, but the would-be passenger took an Uber to catch up with the bus and question the bus driver. Once pressed, the bus driver admitted that it was because he was black. But all lives matter and racism is dead. Yeah, okay.

World News

By now I am sure you’ve heard the news about the Thai soccer players and their coach who got stuck in a cave. They have successfully been rescued and transported to a hospital where all are expected to make a full recovery. They are also scheduled for their first press conference is scheduled for Wednesday. Unfortunately, one of the divers, a former Navy Seal, on the rescue mission lost his life, so thoughts and prayers out to him. 

Donald Trump has met with Vladmir Putin, in public and in private, in Helsinki, Finland. Honestly, this is all I’m going to say about this topic because I cannot get through any article on this topic. It sounds like a clusterf*ck. 

Bonus/Funny

  • The other half of the bourbon warehouse has fallen down
  • A Connecticut man found a bear bathing in his horse’s water trough
  • Man without arms charged with stabbing (I think he used his feet)

Newsy Tuesday: Edition 1

Welcome to my new bi-weekly segment: Newsy Tuesday. Every other week I’m going to hit you with my favorite story from a variety of categories in hopes that it increases your awareness of what’s going on in the world.

Before we get started:

Where did this idea come from? This was on my “I can’t fall asleep, I need to scribble on my notepad” ideas a couple of weeks ago. I decided to go through with it (unlike most of those notes) because I find it really difficult to find news that is uplifting and/or relevant.

Where do you find the news? Anywhere! There are many ways to stay up to date (Reddit, Buzzfeed, CNN…), but really I found that I can explore the news anywhere I normally browse, as long as I set forth the effort and intention of looking for it. That said, I do spend more time actually reading the news now and looking through headlines than I did before.

What kinds of stories are going to be featured here? As of right now, I haven’t gotten all of the categories worked out. I am most interested in celebrating black excellence and world news because I feel like these are the two areas I lack most.

Getting started:

Black Excellence: Justin Tuck, former NFL superstar, has found a new home at Goldman Sachs. Tuck attended the Wharton (Business) School at The University of Pennsylvania, ranked number 1 in the nation, and has accepted an offer for the vice president of the private wealth management division at Goldman Sachs. I love this story for multiple reasons:

  • As an athlete, your career cannot last forever and you have to decide what you will do next
  • There are a lot of people in this world who do not believe that black people can succeed
    • There are also a lot of people that especially do not believe black athletes can succeed
  • Hardwork and determination are what get you a career. Tuck became a star both on and off the field because of dedication, not favors
  • Tuck is now someone to look up to in terms of education. So often black people fall into the realization that “nobody looks like me” and start questioning themselves, whereas now we have another person to look to who did it.

World News: Turkey and Mexico have just passed an election. In Turkey, President Erdogan won re-election; a re-election that was moved up 18 months. This is concerning to me, as an American, because thesis just the thing that Trump half jokingly announced he would do. It is also something that polls (I believe it was USA Today, but don’t quote me) have shown that the majority may actually be in favor of. It is also concerning because this new election gives the president even more power (again, sounding familiar), and honestly it’s all just a little too real. Mexico’s president-elect, on the other hand, has refused to live in presidential residence (okay, also familiar), but he also pledged to cut his own salary and to sell the presidential plane. There’s talk that him and Trump have vowed to work together, and I’m honestly interested to see how this works out. At minimum, I am hoping that it opens some closed-minds.

Sports: LeBron James is now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. I do not know enough about basketball to comment on this further, I just wanted to include it in case you missed it. I do know that LeBron had a sorry excuse for team support in his old position and I am hopeful that this move will help him reach the status he deserves. I also know that I miss the basketball playing style of my childhood.

That’s all for today! If you see something cool and/or important in the news, let me know! I would be happy to dig into it and look further.

Bonus Content:

  • Kentucky Bourbon Warehouse (Sazerac) collapsed, spilling 9,000 barrels of whiskey
  • A charity-owned stork carrying a SIM card for tracking purposes was stolen, and the SIM card used to make over 20 hours of phone calls
  • An octopus predicted that Japan would beat Colombia in the World Cup. Octopus has been boiled and sold.