The Rendezvous: Your Weekly Review in a Few
Posted On Jun 25, 2016
Happy weekend, friends! Here’s what happened this week in case you’ve been too busy crying yourself to sleep because Game of Thrones is ending this week and because Donald Trump is still a presidential nominee.
“It’s Not You, It’s Me” – Britain
You’ve probably seen the term “Brexit” all over the Internet. Brexit is a combination of the two words “British exit” termed because Britain is peacing out from the European Union. On Thursday, June 23, The United Kingdom voted for whether they were going to stay a part of the EU or break free. U.K voters favored leaving 51.9% to 48.1%. So it’s official, Britain is riding solo. This caused Prime Minister David Cameron, who was against the outcome, to resign.
The European nations formed the EU in 1993 in hopes of achieving political and economic consolidation. Some Brits feel that their nation is fundamentally different from its neighbors and resent basically every law and quota the EU poses. A major issue that caused this succession was immigration. The pro-leave Brit’s have been raising concerns about immigration laws and say that by leaving they can take total control of their boarders and set up new entry laws.
This is causing a bit of global disruption for basically everyone. Billions of American, Japanese, Indian, and Chinese investment dollars are being called into question. Nobody knows what this means for British currencies. And now that the British superpower has left, there’s no telling if other European nations will also want out and follow suit. But the British pound is at an all-time low, so pack your bags and book your flight across the pond, America. Cheerio!
You Can’t Sit With Us
On Thursday, dozens of Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor over gun control regarding the Orlando shooting. Earlier in the week, the Senate failed to pass four gun control measures so the House of Dems took a seat and tried to force votes on two bills – one that would ban people on the terrorism watch list from buying guns and one that would tighten background checks. Then House Speaker Paul Ryan came in to vote on a completely unrelated issue, which caused a standoff to ensue with Dems chanting and holding up signs. Basically, a modern day scene of Milk. Ryan sent everyone home on an early vacation, while some Dems remained on the floor, pulling an all-nighter. The sit in lasted for over 24 hours and the Dems are hoping for the gun reform bills to be passed as a belated birthday present when they come back from vacay on July 5th. Yass ‘Merica!
“Behind every successful woman is another successful woman.” That’s Facebook COO and Lean In founder Sheryl Sandberg’s motto behind her new women empowerment initiative, Together We Can. The initiative is a public awareness campaign that celebrates the power of women helping women. Something we can all afford to do a little more of. The campaign features Lena Dunham, Emma Watson, Serena Williams, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Selena Gomez, and more lady bosses. Where they each thank the women who have supported and guided them to get where they are today. This comes the day after New York City approved a bill that provides free tampons and pads to public schools, homeless shelters, and prisons. This bill was proposed by Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and shows us what women are capable of doing. The more women that Lean In together, the more equality we can achieve as a gender. The menstrual equality revolution is just the start!
Brace Yourself, Winter is Over!
We’ve got a lot of stage one grieving going on this weekend with the season finale of Game of Thrones – the most watched show on television right now. Anxiety ridden fans are on the edge of their seats over the fate of Cersei and her showdown with the High Sparrow, Jon Snow and Sansa’s next moves, and is Daenerys leaving for Westeros or nah? All of these questions will be answered on Sunday night, but the real question here is, “What am I going to do for a whole year without my Sunday night GOT session?” This is when post-series depression sets in, the emptiness, the formidable void, blog stalking, confusion, and helplessness. It’s time to pick a new series to obsess over GOT fans. Hint hint: Orange is the New Black is back on Netflix! Get your prison binge on.
She’s Just Not That Into You
In this generation of Tinder and app-dating, we’ve all ghosted someone one way or another. Well, now you don’t have to feel as bad about it because there is an app that will do it for you. Cue Ghostbot. Ghostbot will detect incoming texts from the person you’ve chosen to ghost and send automated responses, lacking in your usual warmth, enthusiasm, and emoji usage, until the other person takes the hint. For example, if the other person pushes for a date, Ghostbot might reply: “Nope,” “I just have no time right now,” or “Sorry, just me and [pizza emoji] tonight.” This continues until the pestering messages peter out. Ghostbot combined with Chelsea Handler’s Gotta Go app (an app that fake emergency calls you while you are on a bad date so you can leave) makes dissing people easier than ever. Thanks technology!
Da Na Na Na Na Na! Shark lovers get ready, Shark Week begins this Sunday on the Discovery Channel!
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