News for the Mighty, News of the Week

Alright, here we go with the first scheduled post! This is a regular post titled “News for the Mighty, News of the Week (yes, you can expect every scheduled post to have a punny title, you’re welcome). In this recurring bit I will be describing and giving my opinion on various news stories that occurred throughout the week, that I found interesting or noteworthy. With that in mind, here we go!

News That Should Surprise No One

This is a segment dedicated to discussing events that somebody felt needed reporting, but in actuality is not all that surprising. The news story that took the cake for this category this week is that William Shakespeare may have smoked weed. I know, I cannot believe it either, who would have thought that an ARTIST would do DRUGS!  Maybe hold off on burning those Shakespeare in the Park tickets in protest, though, as Billy S. technically did not break any laws by smoking weed during the 16th and 17th century and because he’s been dead for nearly 400 years and they only person you would be harming is yourself, by missing out on some of history’s greatest plays, and the actors who are just trying to pay the bills by doing the work they love.

The information that he may have puffed the magic dragon from time to time is coming from South Africa’s University of Witwatersrand, who performed chemical testing on some of Bill’s tobacco pipes. Eight of the twenty-four examined tested positive for weed. That’s about it for this news story, this doesn’t really change anything about the world we live in, but it is a little funny, I’m going to include a link to a USA Today article with more information at the bottom of the post if you would like to read more about this “shocking” discovery. Also, if you are legitimately surprised that someone as renowned and successful as William Shakespeare smoked weed, check out this song, it’ll blow your mind. If you’re not surprised, still check it out, it’s a great song by an awesome artist.

SPORTS!!

I should begin this segment by making it clear that I am not a big sports guy. I love me some Packers, Brewers (although it’s been hard lately), and (depending on who I’m talking to) either the Blackhawks or Knucks. I watch games when I can, but I do not really follow sports news too closely. However, upon the suggestion of some people I know and considering that some sports bloggers make stupid amounts of money, I decided to try to cash in on this topic. So here’s the most interest event that I felt occurred in the wide world of sports this week.

Jets quarterback Geno Smith was sucker punched in the jaw by one of his teammates in the Jets’ lockeroom because Geno owed his teammate, IK Enemkpali, $600. Geno’s jaw was broken in this encounter and he will be missing eight to ten weeks of football. IK was then quickly fired by the Jets, but was shortly picked up by the Buffalo Bills to resume his position of linebacker. The head coach of the Bills, Rex Ryan, was formally the coach of the Jets, until he was fired after the 2014 season.

I really only have two things to say abut this story. The first is that it has got to be really hard to be a Jets fan, and, the second, is that I love it when reality temporarily becomes a sitcom.

Huh?

This section of the weekly news post covers news that I personally have a mixed opinion on. This week, that news came in the form of the incredibly popular television series “Sesame Street” being picked up by HBO. The television giant will feature the next five seasons of the popular children’s show on all of it’s viewing platforms. However, new episodes will continue to air on PBS approximately six months after they premier on HBO. However, episodes currently streaming on platforms like Amazon and Netflix will be taken down shortly and the program will be unavailable to be viewed through those mediums. Apparently, the deciding factor in this decision was money, as Sesame Street had been struggling to make ends meet.

I’m honestly not sure how to feel about this shift. A part of me is happy that more quality, educational programing for kids is going to get made, but another part of me thinks that it is sad that a program meant to educate kids,regardless of background, had to shift to what many see as an elitist network to continue production. And, of course, another part of me desperately hopes that some HBO stars and characters start appearing on the show. I would love to see Omar Little teach kids some nursery rhymes, or Kit Harrington appearing as a regular, since he may or may not have a bunch of free time now (hopefully not, though). Also, if you have no idea what I’m talking about in that last sentence, watch better TV!

Depressing News of the Week

This segment is dedicated to talking about the unfortunate events that occurred during the week. This week, that event was a massive explosion in Tianjin, China. It is currently reported that fifty-six people have died due to the explosion and more than 720 people have been injured because of it. It is unclear what caused the explosion, but it is known that it originated from a warehouse that stored hazardous goods and chemicals. Due to this, the Chinese government has sent hundreds of military personal to the area who are qualified to handle toxic substances. I desperately hope that all those that are injured recover fully and quickly, that all missing persons are found speedily, and that the families of those that perished are able to find some form of comfort in this painful time.

Makes Sense News

This last segment is dedicated to talking about news stories that I personally agree with and support. This week, that news came in the form of Amnesty International coming out in favor of decriminalizing prostitution. The non-governmental, human rights group even adopted a new policy that reinforces their claim.

I agree with their decision to advocate for the decriminalization of prostitution, wholeheartedly. I personally would like to see the industry not only decriminalized, but also have laws put into place to regulate the industry. I personally do not believe I would ever hire a prostitute even if it was legalized, mostly because I’m kind of frugal and porn exists. However, it is abundantly clear that there are people all over the world who would pay for these services and, as such, regulations need to be put into place to make the industry safer for everyone involved. There’s a reason crime increased during prohibition, if people want something, they are going to find a way to get it, and if that thing happens to be illegal, then people are going to abuse the lack of supervision and policies that illegality entails. I would also like to make it clear that a person or government coming out in favor of the decriminalization of prostitution, or CONSENSUAL sexual acts performed between adults for money, is very different than said person or group INCURAGING people to engage in these activities.

Alright, that’s it for this week’s New for the Mighty, News of the Week. A lot of events were brought up and a lot of opinions were mentioned. If you would like, leave a comment if you have any input regarding any of the news stories or any of the points I made. The blog also has a newly set up Facebook page, which can be found here, so if you want to be awesome go ahead and like/follow the page or continue any discussions over there. If you want to be alerted to any new posts on BaddaBing BaddaBlog, you can receive notifications via email in the drop down menu to the right. Also, I have a twitter! So if you enjoy the things I think up and then type, follow me over there. I’m @LucasDeRuyter. Thanks so much for checking out this post and if you want your friends to be wicked awesome like you, have them check this out as well.

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Links to stories:

Shakespeare

Jet Punch

Sesame Street

Tianjin Explosion

Prostitution

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