Current Events that make sense #10

Ray Rice

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On Valentines Day, a video emerged of NFL star Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fiancé, Janay Rice, out of an elevator. TMZ leaked the video and Rice was banned from the next two Baltimore Ravens games – a pretty mild punishment in my opinion.

 

Last week a second video emerged of the events leading up to the first video. It showed Rice punch Janay, knocking her out. As a result of this second video, Rice’s Baltimore Raven’s contract was terminated, and he has been suspended indefinitely from NFL. An unnamed law enforcement official alleges that he sent the full video to the NFL five months ago and that they are now moving to cover it up.

 

Now that the video has been leaked it’s not hard to access. ESPN is actually running the full video as much as they can. What gives them the right to show this and us the right to see it?

 

Janay Rice has issued a statement detailing her feelings and emotions about the effect of the intrusive media publicity.

 

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The American public (and internet) have waved their opinionated finger at Janay, questioning why she would marry Ray after this incident. Such hypothesising has led to some blaming her for being attacked. Following such blame, Janay has said that she is sorry for what happened that night. What’s going on if we think it’s normal for the victim to be the one to say sorry? Shouldn’t we be demanding accountability from her husband?

 

Scotland

What we know is the United Kingdom may be no more after September 18th.

 

For the last 300-years England and Scotland (plus Wales) have been joined at the hip but tensions have been growing recently as many Scottish want to be set free and be independent.

 

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Some people believe that England exercises too much control over Scotland, while others believe there are many benefits in remaining partners.

 

However, it seems opinion on the question ‘should Scotland be an independent country’ is becoming more and more equally divided as we get closer to the date.

 

David Cameron is freaking out a bit because no one wants to be the Prime Minister during the time that Scotland says ‘no thanks’[this is funny. perfect]. In a bid to glue the union back together, Cameron made his way up to Edinburgh this week, and urged Scotland not to abandon their clan – whilst sitting on a stool…

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For more info on all detail about what would actually happen if Scotland got independence, see here.

 

Ozone layer

The blistering sunburn that many of us suffer through during the summer months may soon become a distant memory. That’s because the ozone layer (which had been shrinking away) is apparently starting to make a comeback, showing signs of thickening.

 

The reason for this is that the world got their shit together in 1987 and created the Montreal Protocol aimed at reducing Ozone Depleting Substances. Now, we can finally see that hard work paying off!

 

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Through all this hard work the United Nations reports that we’ve stopped 2 million cases of skin cancer around the world per year.

 

However the bad news is that scientists think the substitutes are considerably increasing climate change emissions…


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