This Week in News: 5/30/19
It’s a disaster. It’s a lot of disasters. Bill shut down on the house floor. Hiker missing for 17 days. Tornadoes in real life and in film. What else could go wrong?
Here is a snappy summary of the news – a weekly digest of the latest events and happenings at home and abroad. I’m your host, Rodge Bigsby and this is your Retrotone News Minute!
Greetings Mr. & Mrs. America and all the storm-chasers in Kansas. Grab your galoshes for this disastrous category 5 news-nado!
1) ON THE HILL...
It’s Stormy Weather for the $19 Billion Dollar Bill
A bill that was put on a fast track, fell to pieces along its fast track from the Senate to the House, after allegedly months of gridlock. Despite the lack of border funding, President Trump propelled the bill with his blessing. On Thursday, however, two rogue Republicans, Rep. Thomas Massie of the bluegrass state and Rep. Chip Roy of the lonestar state, objected based on the bill’s impact on the national debt. Now, wait just a minute. This grandstanding delays legislation that would offer overdue assistance to victims of Western wildfires, Midwest flooding and hurricanes that crippled the Southeast and Puerto Rico, as well as to other disaster-affected areas of the country. Historically, disaster bills have often been bipartisan and breezy. They rarely fell prey to these heavy partisan winds. Get over yourselves, Congress and deal up some real relief!
2) IN SURVIVAL STORIES:
Hawaii Hiker Endures 17 Days Lost in the Tropical Forest
Amanda Eller, a 35 year old physical therapist and yoga instructor, left her water bottle, cellphone and wallet in her car when she embarked on what she thought would be a three-mile hike. She lost her way in the more than 2,000 acres of Maui's Makawao Forest Reserve and says she fell down a 20-foot cliff and became disoriented. Eller survived off of berries, river water, moths that landed on her body, and meditation to make it through the perilous 17 day stretch, lost in the wilderness. Eller called the ordeal an "opportunity to overcome fear of everything" and said a prayer for the other missing Hawaii hiker, who has been missing since May 20th. For the love of Pete! Has anyone heard of a compass!?
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3) IN WEATHER HEROICS
Dayton Weatherman Knocks Bachelorette Fans Out Cold
After folks complained to weatherman Jamie Simpson on Twitter for interrupting their show to broadcast a tornado warning, he put these rude reality show junkies in their place.
“Think about if this was your neighborhood. I’m sick and tired of people complaining about this,” Simpson said. “Our job here is to keep people safe, and that is what we’re going to do. Some of you complained that this is all about my ego. Stop. It’s not. I’m done with you people, I really am, this is pathetic.”
Rodge applauds Simpson for his valiant efforts to save Daytonians from deadly weather. Hopefully, he helped folks get the picture – in every way – reality-tv takes a back seat to actual ...reality! I mean really...
4) LISTEN UP… LISTEN GOOD!
For those of you GenX’ers just catching up to Rodge, Bill Paxton is still dead.
Yep. Died in 2017. See the news is Weird Science, sometimes even Alien. Rest in Peach, Billy boy. Speaking of GenX, head to GenXGrownUp.com for more podcasts that celebrate the “Retro” in life, stuff like Bill’s blockbuster hit, “Twister.” Geek out with George, Moe and Jon about GenX movies, walkmans, and all your childhood favorites in their “backtrack” episodes. Or join them for a regular episode that looks at today’s wild world all through the eyes of GenX-ers. But yeah, such a shame... Bill Paxton is still dead.
5) IN ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Greatest Films Ever About Tornadoes?
Digging all the disaster in this news minute? Here’s (Rodge’s) my top ten favorite tornado films of all time! Twister, The Wizard of Oz, The Day after Tomorrow, Night of the Twisters, Into the Storm, 2012, The Perfect Storm, Category 6: Day of Destruction, Tornado, AND Sharknado. Loves me some good old fashioned Shark’nado.
6) HUDDLE UP IN YOUR STORM CELLAR WITH BIGSBY’S BEAT OF THE WEEK
One of Rodge’s all-time soothers, picked by my pals at AFI as the Greatest Movie Song Ever, was written by my pals Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg, who also wrote “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” and more. Against the real backdrop of 12 days of destructive days in Kansas, one things for certain, there’s no place like home. There’s… no place like home.
SIGN OFF STATEMENT:
And that's one for the Republic! I'm your host Rodge Bigsby and this has been news from Retrotone, a service of Evergreen Podcasts.
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