What’s Happening? (25/09/17)

The world is in chaos.

It’s hard to admit. I know that. But right now, there are so many different things going on in the world that it’s hard just to keep up, especially with many of us having started school just a few weeks ago.

Well, here I am, to tell you everything that is going on in the world as we speak. Let’s get on with it, shall we?

5: Fenty Beauty

Rihanna launched her own cosmetics line! The long awaited collection has 40 different foundation/concealer shades (forty!!!) , brushes, beauty blenders, highlighters, lip gloss, and blotting sheets. I would kill to get my hands on one of the highlighters, honestly. Mortals, we are one step closer to acheiving Rihanna’s (used to be) unimaginable beauty.

4: Body Shaming Was Adressed In The House Of Commons

Celina Caesar-Chavannes, MP for Whitby, Ontario, spoke out about body shaming in the House of Commons last Wednesday.

She wore her hair in braids to the House that day, and went on to start a speech about women, their natural hair, and the issues facing it in Canada.

“Mr. Speaker, it has come to my attention that there are young girls here in Canada and other parts of the world who are removed from school or shamed because of their hairstyle.”

It’s true. In fact, schools have given students detention or even suspended them for coming to school with their natural hair in braids.

She then continued to say that “body-shaming of any woman in any form from the top of her head to the soles of her feet is wrong”. And, let’s be honest, how completely overdue is that? Body-shaming has been a topic that has been sparking controversy all over North America for years, and it’s great that an MP spoke up about it at the House of Commons. I applaud her.

“Irrespective of her hairstyle, the size of her thighs, the size of her hips, the size of her baby bump, the size of her breasts, or the size of lips, what makes us different makes us unique and beautiful.

Afterwards, she said that she would continue to rock her braids, one of her reasons being that “they look pretty dope”. And who can argue, because they do!

“I want them [girls and women] to know their braids, their dreads, their super curly afro puffs, their weaves, their hijabs, and their headscarves and all other varieties of hairstyles belong in schools, in the workplace, in the boardroom, and yes, even here on Parliament Hill.”

Watch the full video here.

3: Earthquake in Mexico City Leaves People Scrambling to Find Shelter

The earthquake, scaling at a 7.1, destroyed hundreds of buildings across the city, leaving citizens to search for homes and shelter.

People are currently living in churches, schools, tents, and other official or pop-up shelters throughout Mexico City

Thousands have lost their homes, and some are even facing longterm homelessness.

You can donate to help here: https://donadora.mx/projects/unidos-para-reconstruir-mexico.

Mexican Red Cross, and other organizations are also taking donations.

2: Puerto Rico Devastated By Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico is facing crisis as the entire population is left without electricity, water, and telephone services in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Engineers are saying it could take months for it to be restored.

Homes are without roofs, entire neighbourhoods are flooded, and fallen trees are blocking highways.

At least 13 people have lost their lives due to the hurricane.

If you want to donate to help the cause, do so here: https://www.generosity.com/emergencies-fundraising/puerto-rico-real-time-recovery-fund.

There are also other organizations where you can donate, such as the Red Cross.

1: Donald Trump Threatens to “Totally Destroy” North Korea

Ah. Haven’t we had enough of this man? Apparently not, because he continues to make headlines almost everyday.

Donald Trump, the infamous president of the United States, and Kim Jong-Un, the infamous leader of North Korea, have been engaging in a rally of increasingly threatening personal insults for a while now. That also includes threats of a nuclear bomb.

North Korea conducted its 6th (and most powerful) nuclear test on Sept. 3rd, resulting in Trump saying:

“If [the U.S.] is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

Kim Jong-Un then proceeded to call Trump a “mentally deranged US dotard”.

What could happen if North Korea does eventually detonate a hydrogen bomb?

  1. Losses of lives. (100% rate within just six square kilometres)
  2. Cities will be ruined.
  3. Sattellite networks will be destroyed. (Not only will your cellphone networks be down, but the military won’t be able to perform the missions they usually rely on sattellite for.)
  4. Prevailing winds would carry radioactive material further.
  5. Aircrafts and ships would be affected.

In retrospect, we haven’t seen this type of horror since the second world war. And it’d be nice if we didn’t have to.

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