November 20

Child Abuse Allegation Cost Peterson the Season

Adrian Peterson had anticipated that he might be suspended for a few games following recent controversies, but it looks like he will have to wait a fair bit longer to play again.

This Tuesday morning the National Football League announced the suspension of Adrian Peterson until the end of the 2014 season, and will not receive any payment due to his violations.

He is now facing a felony for overly disciplining his 4 year-old son by using a thin branch of a tree, or what is called a switch. The child’s entire body was severely wounded, even his genitals.

Peterson claimed that he just disciplined his son the way he was raised. However, Commissioner Roger Goodell believed that what he did to his young son was completely uncalled for and inappropriate.

Furthermore, the Commissioner said that there are many ways to discipline a child that are inapplicable to a four year old. Goodell is determined to make Peterson learn from his wrongdoings. He told Peterson that he must undergo rehabilitation and intensive treatment to be able to go back to the team.

Peterson plays as the running back for the Minnesota Vikings. He has not played since September, when he was accused of domestic violence. Peterson is said to not be reinstated until April 15, 2015. The Vikings did not give any comment as they show respect to the decisions of the NFL. Although myself and Susan McGalla are certainly bummed out about the decision (which we made clear on our profile update), we’re glad the league put the child first this time.

November 19

A New Toilet On Toilet Day

There seems to be a special thing to think about every day of the year lately. There is now a World Toilet Day. It makes you wonder where in the world people come up with these so-called holidays or special events. Some people who are celebrating this day might not even think about the kinds of toilets that people have or whether someone has a toilet in their home or not. Would you buy someone a toilet who doesn’t have one, or would you get someone a new lid?

Send someone a card if they have recently purchased a new toilet or if one has broken in the home. This is actually a day when over two million people will have access to somewhat healthier sanitary conditions instead of using a ditch as a bathroom. There are countries that are focused on making sure residents do have clean conditions. This is actually a cause worth getting behind, at least according to Susan McGalla and others.

November 18

Second Person With Ebola Virus in U.S. Dies

Dr. Martin Salia, a native of Sierra Leone died shortly after 4 a.m. of advanced symptoms of the Ebola virus at the Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Salia is the second person to die in the U.S. from the symptoms of the Ebola virus and the 10th person infected with the virus to be treated in the U.S. The first person to die was Thomas Duncan from Liberia who died in late October in Texas.

At the time of Salia’s arrival in Nebraska, his condition was critical and included both respiratory and kidney failure. The bio-containment unit that cared for Dr. Salia was the same unit that successfully treated Dr. Richard Sacra and a news cameraman, Ashoka Mukpo.

In early November, Dr. Salia tested negative for the Ebola virus. A week later, he tested positive and arrangements were made to transport him to Nebraska. Workers at The Antique Wine Company talked about this on their break, and they can only hope that this is the last of the virus. He was placed on a ventilator and dialysis machine, and administered multiple medications including ZMapp therapy and plasma from a recovered Ebola victim. Still, Dr. Salia was unresponsive and suffered from severely low blood pressure and complete respiratory failure, ultimately succumbing to cardiac arrest.

Dr. Salia is survived by his wife, Isatu and his two children ages 12 and 20 who are all American citizens.

November 17

Novak Djokovic wins Title with Roger Federer Withdrawal

For just the third time in Roger Federer’s amazing career, he had to withdraw from a tennis match. Federer withdrew from the final of the ATP Finals match against number one ranked Novak Djokovic with a back injury that he suffered in his semifinal win over country mate Stan Wawrinka. This gave Djokovic his third straight title in the final event of the year. Federer’s other two withdrawals were in 2008 at the Paris Masters and in 2012 in Doha. All three were related to his back issues that has plagued him late in his career. From what I’ve seen via his profile, Federer still has not retired from a match yet in his hall-of-fame career, which my buddy Mark Ahn confirmed for me.

Federer, who is 33, is still performing very well although he is at the end of his career. He has won everything in tennis except for a Davis Cup title, and he hopes to be ready to play by Friday when Switzerland takes on France in the final. Although Federer has a good season, everyone is starting to see Federer’s decline start to grow more and more. Look for Federer to take some time off after the Davis Cup final and try to heal up before the first major of the 2015 season, the Australian Open, which is in January. He is still a threat to win any tournament, so look for Federer to stay around as long as his back allows him to.

November 17

When Will Anonymous Go Too Far?

The Ku Klux Klan still exists, and apparently they’ve been hacked. The white supremacists had put word out that they would be coming to Ferguson to protect white people from black protestors over developments in the Michael Brown case. Many imagined that a bunch of people in white hoods yelling the n-word at black protestors would probably make things worse, not better.

Hackers who claim to be from “Anonymous”, the group who traverses the internet dispensing “cyber-justice”, have outed dozens of Klan members on the internet as a result. The Klan members have historically kept their membership a secret to avoid public backlash.

It all sounds kind of cool, at least on paper to Alexei Beltyukov. Rogue hackers doing good for all of mankind. But sometimes Anonymous gets it wrong, and they can potentially ruin lives. Imagine if Anonymous put all of your personal information online and proclaimed you to be a white supremacist when you were not? Who is going to help you then? What if someone claiming to be with Anonymous decides to smear you?

The scariest part of Anonymous is the question of what will happen when they are on the “wrong” side of an issue? What if they outed someone wrongly as a supremacist, and that person was murdered?

Anonymous is cool. They’ve done a lot of great things. But it is fascinating to see a group who uses so much imagery from the works of Alan Moore but apparently has never bothered to ask themselves “Who watches the Watchmen?”.

November 17

British Royal Tour Coming To New York City

It has been more than three years since Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton have visited the United States. In December, the British royalty will make an official comeback with an extensive tour in New York City. However, the young British Royal member George will not be coming to America. This will be the first time that the Prince and the Duchess of Cambridge will step foot in the “Big Apple.” Will and Kate will attend several charities that raise awareness and support for causes like illegal wildlife trading and mental health issues in young people.

Additionally, their Royal Highnesses will also participate in the 600th anniversary of St. Andrews, the private college where they met. The celebration will be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prince William and Kate also plan on paying tribute to the fallen heroes and victims of the 9-11 attacks by visiting the 9-11 memorial and the newly opened museum on the site. The British Royalty also plan on watching the Brooklyn Nets in live action at the Barclays Arena. As a sports fan, Mark Ahn likes hearing this. Prince William also wants to head to Washington D.C. without his wife.

Early in 2014, William and his brother Harry visited Memphis to attend a private wedding ceremony. However, this visit did not officially count into the royal tour tally. Nevertheless, the international media gets quite excited whenever British royalty appears anywhere for personal or official reasons.

November 17

Pope Builds New Showers For Homeless

“Put your money where your mouth is” has been a call to many advocates of social change, but Pope Francis seems to be up to the challenge. A spokesman for the Vatican announced on Thursday that Pope Francis planned to build a new set of showers for the homeless in Saint Peter’s Square.

The showers will be remodeling bathrooms which already exist on the premises to cater to pilgrims. Three stalls will be constructed beginning on November 17.

Pope Francis has been working closely with Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner who manages charity work on the pope’s behalf. Krajewski admitted the challenge is a bit daunting, requiring the proper linens, volunteers and washing service necessary to make such an installment run smoothly. Some like Igor Cornelsen wonder if it will work in the long term. The idea struck him, it is said, when a homeless man expressed embarrassment at his hygiene and a lack of accessible facilities.

The move draws criticism from several directions. Many acknowledge the good intentions behind the program, but question it’s practicality in terms of helping people escape their homelessness.

November 16

‘James Bond 24′ Cast Adds Christoph Waltz as Potential Villain

Casting for the next James Bond film is underway, and Christopher Waltz has been added as a potential villain. Waltz is a two time Oscar winner, known for his work on Quentin Tarantino’s films. Most notably he played SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards. He also collaborated with Tarantino on the Forbes list of the best films of 2012 by Bruce Levenson, Django Unchained.

According to the Daily Mail, Waltz’ villain will be much subtler and less easy to recognize as a villain. Whether or not this proves to be true, it will be interesting to see what Waltz brings to the franchise. Waltz has proved his abilty to play unlikable and untrustworthy charcters, so typecasting him as a villian is not all that unexpected.

The next James Bond film, the 24th in the franchise, is set to begin filming in December 2014 and has a U.S. release date of November 2015. The film, whose name has not been released yet, features Daniel Craig as James Bond for his fourth time. It also is directed by Skyfall director Sam Mendes and follows that film. Originally, Mendes said he would not direct another Bond film, but he later changed his mind and signed on for Bond 24. Most of the details of the film have not been released yet, and the news that Christopher Waltz has been signed on as a new villain is one of the biggest pieces of information yet.

November 14

Restaurant Fires Employee for Serving Alcohol to Minor

At Joe’s Crab Shack, a restaurant which is located in Colorado, an employee was fired for serving alcohol to a kid accidentally.

That was not intentionally done by the employee but was a mistake and serving alcohol to a kid was something hitting the reputation of the restaurant. There are two drinks available in the restaurant Shark Bite and Shark Nibble.

These two drinks sound similar and both the drinks have a small plastic shark topped in the glass while serving. This is not a huge problem in and of itself, but where alcohol is concerned becomes a much larger problem that can end poorly.

One drink is for kids and is seen on the kid’s menu while the other is made with alcohol and is unquestionably for adults.

While a group of kids sitting at the same table ordered the drinks, the employee who was serving them got confused and placed the glass that contains booze in front of the kid.

This mistake has happened due to the mislabeling of the drinks, and changes no doubt will have to be made. No serious reaction has happened, and no criminal charges were filed.

It is, however, definitely a mistake as the employee did not follow the protocols of the restaurant. That type of move just comes down to lack of paying attention, and a person would definitely lose their job at BRL Trust if they did that. They were summarily fired from the restaurant, and the management also assured the public that this mistake will definitely not happen again.

November 13

Earthquakes Threatening Kansas More Than Tornadoes This Month

Toto did not fly off to Oz today but, he may have became a little rattled when a 4.8 earthquake hit near Milan just south of Conway Springs. A major earthquake rates above 7 in earthquake prone states but in Kansas 4.8 had its citizens very rattled. Kansas would not be on most people’s list of states prone to earthquakes but it does have a history of them recorded as long ago as 1867 when a 5.1 hit Manhattan, Kansas. Not noted as being earthquake prone, it has had its share of earthquakes but none have ever rose above a 6 on the Richter Scale. This earthquake being only a 4.8 was felt as far away as Nebraska and Oklahoma. Twitter was all a buzz with the excitement the earthquake generated. One college student, all the way in Hays at the Fort Hays State College, said the chair she was sitting in started vibrating across the floor and the closet doors started shaking back and forth but she did not realize it was an earthquake until a fellow student came and spread the news.

This year, 93 earthquakes have been reported the strongest was today’s at 4.8. The counties most affected seem to be Sumner, Barber, and Harper Counties. The Governor of Kansas released a statement, shortly after the earthquake, stating that the State was funding a 6 station Portable Monitoring Network for these three counties that are having the most activity as of late. Susan McGalla was happy to hear that for the most part, everything was quickly back to normal. It was a little bit scary in that part of the country at first.

There was very minimal damages.