Dearly beloved. We are gathered here today to get through this thing called Life. — Prince
The natural disasters you may not know about, the unnatural disasters you may not know about, and the unexpected passing of Prince. Rough week. Pour yourself a glass of cabernet for this week’s gist:
Disaster claims nearly 600 Ecuadorian lives:
- This Saturday around 7 p.m., a 7.8 earthquake struck Ecuador, killing 570 people, leaving 150 people unaccounted for, and injuring upwards of 7,000.
- 25,000 people are currently living in shelters.
- The earthquake affected the coastal towns in Ecuador, like Manta and Perdernales.
- Since Saturday’s quake, there have been 23 aftershock quakes.
- The country is in a state of emergency, trying to support those who have lost their homes and loved ones, while trying to recover every body and treat those injured.
- Want a way to help? You can donate clothes, bed sheets, towels, canned foods, and hygienic products to your local Ecuadorian consulate or to RedCross. Donations can also be made online.
Japan’s natural disaster has been ignored:
- Last Thursday, a 6.2 earthquake hit the city of Ueki, Japan. The next day, a 6.0 quake hit just outside of Uto. Then a 7.0 quake struck Kumamoto-shi.
- So far, the total death count is up to 41 people – which, as tragic as that number is, is the reason you probably haven’t been informed about the earthquakes in Japan.
- There were more than 91,700 people evacuated from their homes, and 968 injured.
- Scientists are investigating whether the earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador are in any way linked, but no concrete evidence has been released.
- Again, to aid those affected, please donate to RedCross’ efforts.
Looks like the Olympics may not be held in Brazil after all:
- Hey, remember that one time Brazil was supposed to host the next summer Olympics? About that…
- Brazil’s Olympian preparations have already been under intense scrutiny, and things are not looking good.
- Thursday, 150 ft. of an elevated cycling path – you know, the one meant for world-class athletes like Lance Armstrong’s competitors – collapsed! Like, completely collapsed into the ocean.
- Two deaths have been recovered from the sea, and there is no current injury count.
- This does not speak well for the Rio Olympics; many athletes are concerned about their safety and are debating whether they will even participate.
The New York primary happened and Republicans are low-key panicking:
- The New York primary went down on Tuesday and we’re a little surprised by the outcome.
- It’s no secret that Trump’s support has been dwindling — especially from women. But New Yorkers love the orange man on campus and he swept his home state, with John Kasich coming in second.
- On the blue side, Hilldog came out on top with 58 percent after losing a number of states in the past month. Sanders has been killing it in the polls lately and supporters hoped that the momentum would keep going.
- Though while the majority of Democrats are at ease (for the most part), Republicans are kind of freaking out.
- Donald Trump is the Republican establishment’s living nightmare and every delegate vote he gains means he’s closer to concretely winning the nomination.
- IF he doesn’t meet the delegation requirement, the establishment can hold a contested convention and potentially elect another candidate within a weekend. Is it summer time yet?
Speaking of the primary, the attorney general has launched an investigation into “voting irregularities” in Brooklyn:
- More than 120,000 Democrats were denied the ability to vote in the primary on Tuesday for no reason whatsoever.
- Then, more than 1,000 complaints were called in throughout the day regarding the situation, causing the New York attorney general to launch an investigation into the incident.
- Thousands of people were simply removed from the books in Brooklyn, and even long-time voters showed up to the polls and were told their names were nowhere to be found.
- The Bern is feeling the bern on this. He had a lot to say about it and called for some serious voter reform. I’d probably be a littttle bit pissed off too if this happened in my home city.
Let the purple rain fall as we mourn the death of a music icon:
- On Thursday, music legend Prince died at the age 57.
- He was found in his Paisley Park residence in Minneapolis. The emergency dispatch call was also released to the public.
- Still no word on the cause of death but an autopsy is scheduled for Friday. However, some are saying it was drug-related. Days before Prince was rushed to the hospital after his flight was forced to make an emergency landing. His publicist said it was flu-related.
- He was known as the “sound of the 80s” with hit songs like Purple Rain and Kiss.
- His last big cameo was featured on “New Girl,” which served as a reintroduction of sorts to millennials.
- Social media has been outpouring with support, grief, and remembrance. The singer’s death came as a shock to everyone.
Prince was a gift and a genius. He showed us that we have no limits. His music left me forever changed. ❤ https://t.co/AbZc3AGxny
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) April 21, 2016
He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I'm Devastated. This is Not A Love Song. pic.twitter.com/x4JaSxRraC
— Madonna (@Madonna) April 21, 2016
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) April 21, 2016
And just like that…the world lost a lot of magic ✨ Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) April 21, 2016
- A notable tribute to the music legend came from singer Frank Ocean, who has been pretty quiet recently after promising fans a new album that still hasn’t come yet. Here’s a part of what he wrote on Tumblr:
He was a straight black man who played his first televised set in bikini bottoms and knee high heeled boots, epic. He made me feel more comfortable with how I identify sexually simply by his display of freedom from and irreverence for obviously archaic ideas like gender conformity etc. He moved me to be more daring and intuitive with my own work by his demonstration — his denial of the prevailing model … His fight for his intellectual property — “SLAVE” written across the forehead, name changed to a symbol…An all out rebellion against exploitation.
- Even President Obama released a public statement honoring the artist’s creative genius.
- “’A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.”
Long Live the Queen – and we’re not talking about Beyoncé this time:
- This Thursday, the queen of England celebrated her big 9 0, becoming the first person on the throne to do so.
- To celebrate, she went hard near King’s Cross with pints on pints. Jk. We wish.
- Prince William commemorated the milestone by telling one of his favorite stories about the queen: one where she screamed at him for almost hurting his cousin when he was a boy. Lovely.
- We know, this story is riveting– a 90th birthday… but at least it’s not another Trump story! Jk again, we totally write one every week.
- HBD, girl!