Weekly Rundown


Weekly Rundown

HEY-YO! It’s Friday [in case you didn’t know]! I hope you all have had a wonderfully, stupendous week and have plans to soak up the sunshine this weekend. For my readers that are graduating/have graduated/know someone that’s graduating, CONGRATULATIONS! Welcome to the real world, homey [*releases confetti*]. I’m wishing you a lifetime of success and happiness. 🙂

If you’re a newbie to Daniele Uses Words, WELCOME LOVELY PERSON. As part of a weekly series, I’ll be posting a ‘Weekly Rundown’ of events every Friday… I’ll try to give as much of a variety as possible, but obviously I miss some things. If you have something you’d like to add, or maybe you’d like to start up a conversation, feel free to add your voice to the comment section below!

I need fro-yo STAT, people.

1.Today is the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944, American and Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy and the treacherous assault actually changed the outcome of World War II. To honor the U.S. servicemen that died during the invasion, President Obama and other world leaders are addressing crowds near Omaha Beach at Colleville-sur-Mer – a cemetery where there are almost 10,000 U.S. personnel buried.

2. People are Divided About Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. In case you’ve been out of the loop this week, people are freaking out about Bergdahl, a POW (Prisoner Of War) that was held hostage in Afghanistan for almost 5 years. Earlier this week, the U.S. arranged a trade with the Taliban: Bergdahl for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners AKA former Taliban leaders [ruh roh]. There are a few things that are rubbing people the wrong way with this whole exchange, 1) the White House arranged the trade without the permission of Congress, 2) FIVE former Taliban leaders are now back in action (although under heavy surveillance), and finally 3) reports/fellow soldiers have been suggesting that Bergdahl actually deserted his post and at least six soldiers died looking for him when they found he was missing.

3. Apple Revealed Cool Stuffs. On Monday Apple wowed the tech-world by unveiling the next version of its Mac OS X operating system AKA OS X Yosemite [ooohhhhh]. You’ll have to check out the article for the full list of features, but one thing that caught my eye in particular is a system called “continuity” that will let your iPhone/iPad/iStuffs and Mac communicate seamlessly. Basically, you can start typing up an email on your iPhone and finish writing it on your nearby Mac, place/answer calls and text messages on both devices, and so much more. 

4. Wisconsin Girl Was Stabbed 19 Times By Her Friends Because of Internet Meme. Earlier this week a 12-year old girl was found stabbed by a passing cyclist, having been attacked by her friends. These ‘friends’ became obsessed with a FICTIONAL internet character named ‘Slender Man’ who is said to have no face, long arms/tentacles, and his diet? Children. After the victim told her friends she didn’t believe in the mythical character, they invited her over for a sleepover, lured her into the woods, and stabbed her 19 times as a tribute to the creepy character. The 12-year old attackers have since been charged as adults with first-degree attempted murder with bail set at $500,000.

5. The EPA Hates Greenhouse Gases. The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a plan to crack down on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants with hopes to reduce these emissions by 30 percent by 2030 [environmentally friendly FTW]. Oppositional parties have argued that the changes will be extremely expensive, while the EPA fired back that climate and weather disasters in 2012 alone cost America more than $100 billion in damages [ouch]. Regulations won’t become final until at least 2015, so for now, we sit back and wait.


Weekly RundownReaders: What do you think about the ‘Slender Man’ stabbing incident? Are you excited about Apple’s new operating system? How are you feeling about Bergdahl?

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