In Case You Missed It: SCOTUS, Porn Headaches*, Egypt’s New Pres, Lonely George, Anti-Fat Drugs and Google Glass

End of an Era.

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Seemed like a drove of massive news stories this week.  The largest three being the death of Galapagos Tortoise Lonely George, me finding this tumblr, and the fact that the earth lost a second.   When the media wasn’t going on and on about these topics they did cover a couple other smaller news pieces like two decisions from the SCOTUS (didn’t know this was an acronym till this week- and I’m totally digging it now), and Eric Holder’s contempt of congress mess which actually had some Democratic backing surprisingly.  What this all means for the Presidential election?  Everyone has an opinion but nobody actually knows.   Is it November yet so we can wrap this thing up already; I feel like the Presidential election has been happening for two years already…  probably because it has been.

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Egyptians choose their first freely elected President; the Islamist Party leader, Mohamed Mursi, has already seen his power slightly curbed by the Army.  Transition from an autocracy to a democracy is rarely a smooth one.  Let’s just hope this goes more along the lines of Turkey, with a continuing back and forth between civilian and military rule but with the military’s power slowly ebbing, and not along the lines of Algeria where a democratically elected government of Islamists was quickly overpowered by the military.  The good news is the process has been mostly non-violent and that the country has started to see some of the positive signs of having a legitimate government.

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On the technology front this week there were some interesting happenings.  Google has started hyping a really interesting new product called Google Glass.  Watching the video of this thing makes it seem like people are going to use it to become more social and interact with their surroundings more, but I imagine this will just escalate the already huge problem of people constantly looking at their phones.  Imagine if you didn’t know if people you were with were looking/ talking to you or watching hardcore porn.  Speaking of porn, I totally fell for the trap that is this article and clicked on the link- Man Suffers Porn Headaches.  This is possibly the worst article I have ever read on a relatively reputable news website (ABC news is stretching the use of the word reputable).  This is obviously an attempt to get people to click on their article purely because the title of the article has porn in it.*   Facebook also released it’s new attempt to know everything about you- via telling you about your friends, Best Buy is lowering the prices of Apple laptops,  Microsoft & Google are getting into tablets, and there was an interesting piece on the large ambitious projects that Google is taking on.

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In a new book titled Little America- Rajiv Chandrasekaran elaborates on some of the institutional failures in the U.S. decision making process leading up to the surge of troops into Afghanistan in 2009.  He also outlines some interesting facts about inter service relationships (read Army vs. Marine corps), and how this pushed DOD policy in the wrong direction.  Also trying to make America littler is a new FDA approved obesity drug.  This humble author is no scientist or dietician, but I’m sticking with diet and exercise over drugs to keep the lbs off.

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Tiger Woods won the AT&T National at Congressional this weekend, his 3rd win on tour this year, propelling him to first place on the FedEx Cup Standings. Now all he needs to do is win a major to complete the comeback from his embarassing episode a couple years ago. In NBA news, the New Orleans Hornets took Anthony “Unibrow” Davis with the #1 overall pick in the NBA draft. Has there ever been an uglier top draft pick in the history of major sports? Seriously dude, get some tweezers. For you baseball heads, the MLB announced their All-Star teams over the weekend, and the snub talks begin. In soccer news, Spain defeated Italy 4-0 in the Euro Cup Final, opening up the dreaded discussion of, “Greatest Soccer Team of All Time.” But more importantly, Fletch and his partner won the Po Life Euro Cup of Beer Pong tournament in dramatic, OT fashion. Well done, sir.

Honorable Mention: Out of control Colorado fires, NOVA power outages, and record setting heat.

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