Here are some of the top headlines from around the Internet for the week of July 24 through July 28, 2017. From the constant churn of US politics under President Donald Trump, to a NES cartridge worth more than a Honda Civic, here are some of the most noteworthy headline news stories.
United States of America Senator from Arizona and Former Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain is Diagnosed with Brain Cancer, Returns to Senate to Vote Against Obamacare Repeal (CNN)
John McCain returned to the United States Senate floor on Tuesday only two days after surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. The long-serving US Senator from the state of Arizona is known for his “maverick” voting record and penchant for breaking with party ranks. This week’s key vote on the Senate’s passage of a bill to repeal Obamacare is a momentous enough occasion to merit McCain’s return which is impressive given his medical condition. McCain had complained of double vision and headaches and doctors discovered a blood clot about his left eye which they removed. In the process of removing this clot they detected a brain tumor which they also removed – a major ordeal to be sure. John McCain’s return to the Senate after such an ordeal was not only newsworthy but also admirable for his dedication to this constituents. His return to the Senate floor allowed Republicans to debate the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and his subsequent defection with two other senate Republicans resulted in the defeat of the repeal of Obamacare.
Pristine Copy of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic Super Mario Bros. Sells for $30k on EBay (Fox News)
Do you remember the NES classic Super Mario Bros.? You know, the platformer starring two Italian plumbers that traverse a place called the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue the Princess and others from the likes of Bowser and assorted foes? If this doesn’t ring a bell well then just know that this crazy bit of Nintendo nostalgia just went for $30,000 on EBay in a pristine, sealed copy. For those of you that know about the game, you’re probably thinking – $30,000 for the game that came with virtually every NES since forever? Yes and no. This is the standalone copy or the version you could purchase if your NES did not come with Super Mario Bros. as a pack in title. Making it pretty cool and unique, from a collector’s point of view. But as to whether it’s $30,000 worth of unique well that’s up for the buyer to decide.
Apple Continues Its Legendary Line of Nano and Shuffle iPods (Fox News)
In a continuing trend of shrinking their lineup of products, Apple announced this week that they would be discontinuing the iPod Nano and Shuffle lines, the Shuffle debuting all the way back in 2005. Much of the iPod line’s functionality was absorbed by the iPhone and iPad line of products but the level of nostalgia some have for the music players, as well as their still-awesome functionality, make iPods a choice for many music connoisseurs. For those of us that love music and Apple’s iPod, this is a loss but not a shock. The consolidation of Apple’s music players into its iPhone line is not unexpected as this process was started years ago with the loss of the mainline classic iPod. In other words – we should have seen this coming some time ago. If you wanted to buy an iPod Nano or Shuffle, now is your time.
Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Commits Suicide (Fox News)
Linkin Park’s singer Chester Bennington committed suicide leaving his family and fans grief-stricken and bewildered at the loss of their father, rock icon, and musical inspiration. According to TMZ, Chester Bennington’s wife says that her life has turned into “some kind of Shakespearean tragedy.” The music industry and fans around the world have expressed their condolences for the late singer whose sudden departure reminded fans of Sound Garden’s Chris Cornell whose death earlier this year was similarly shocking to the music world.
Boy Scouts Embroiled in Controversy Following Speech by United States of America President Donald Trump at Annual Boy Scout Jamboree (The Guardian)
US President Donald Trump cannot help but interject himself into controversy with the US media even at events where one would think that controversy would be impossible. Apparently after delivering some comments at the US annual Boy Scout Jamboree that some people saw as inappropriate for that venue, not only is Donald Trump being decried by some in the media but the United States Boy Scouts organization itself has issued a statement through its head Michael Surbaugh saying, “I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree.”
USA President Trump Issues Ban on Transgender Individuals from Serving in the United States of America’s Armed Forces (Washington Post)
In a surprise move, US President Donald Trump issued a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the United States military. The Guardian reports that the military will operate under current policy until directed to change it by Defense Secretary Mattis. Nonetheless, the statement by the President of the United States about banning transgender individuals from serving in the military was apparently a shock to his military administration and, even though it has not been implemented formally, it is nonetheless a lightening rod of controversy for the administration coming out of this week.
Amazon.com’s Stock Price (Briefly) Makes Jeff Bezos the Richest Man in the World (CNN)
Amazon has announced plans to expand into everything and, of course, with this endless expansion has come a constantly inflating stock price. Eventually this phenomenon was bound to make Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, the world’s richest person and behold, for a breath moment, he was. Then the stock went down and he lost that title to perennial richest-person-in-the-world placeholder Bill Gates. Amazon’s stock price took a tumble after profits declined approximately 77% at the retailer, whose aggressive expansion plans have seen it gobble up Whole Foods and even announce a Plated-like home meal delivery service. There really is no area that Amazon has not explored and that ambition made Bezos, briefly, the world’s richest person. Maybe consistent profits will change that to a permanent position.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) Tests Another Missile (BBC)
In another attempt at getting the world’s attention, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea tested another missile Friday. Japanese broadcaster NHK reports that the missile landed in the Sea of Japan and, according to the BBC, marks the 14th missile test this year by North Korea. North Korea is conducting these tests in defiance of a United Nations imposed ban and the DPRK’s leader is believed to be conducting these tests not only in direct defiance of the UN but also the United States whose foreign policy under President Donald Trump has become more aggressive with regard to the DPRK. Kim Jong-un’s regime in North Korea believes that the development of nuclear weapons is its only path to regime survival and cites the fall of dictatorships like Ceaucescu’s Romania, Hussein’s Iraq, and Qaddafi’s Libya as example of why the regime should be skeptical of and wary of US attempts to dissuade it from weapons development. The North Korea situation continues to become complicated by US President Donald Trump’s promises to solve the problem multilaterally or unilaterally, adding a new element to the Korean problem.
United States President Trump’s Effort to Repeal Obamacare Fails in the Republican-Controlled US Senate (NBC News)
The Republican effort in the United States Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as Obamacare, failed on Friday as three senators from the GOP, John McCain, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski, all voted with the Democrats to defeat the measure, dealing a blow to the Republican domestic party platform if only briefly. In a bit of House of Cards high-stakes political drama, John McCain’s return to the Senate floor following brain surgery allowed Republicans to open debate on the bill but his vote against it is one of the three critical votes that helped defeat the measure ultimately. Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell expressed his disappointment that the party had failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act with President Donald Trump tweeting that they should just let Obamacare fail on the market of its own accord.
A Deadly Knife Attack in a Supermarket in Hamburg, Germany Leaves One Person Dead (BBC)
In a deadly scene at a Hamburg supermarket in Germany, a knife attacker has left one person dead and others injured in an apparently motiveless attack that some on the internet are attempting to tie to domestic terrorism, with users on Twitter claiming the assailant shouted “God is Great” in Arabic prior to attacking bystanders. German police are not ruling anything out but initial reports paint a scene of general chaos. Apparently the man began attacking people and then attempted to flee the scene before being chased and tackled. Europe has dealt with a number of deadly domestic terror incidents and the tensions in Hamburg are likely warranted.