Easily the highest prime number we’ve hit. This week in trend settings, we tackle the hidden treasure of Forrest Fenn, Travis Kalanick, quits as UBER CEO, State of Origin game 2, Thurston’s revenge and Pauline Hansen picks on autistic kids. On top of this, police were acquitted in two cases for the deaths of Philando Castile and Sylville Smith in USA, which is pretty horrible.
Topic 1 – Forrest Fenn’s Buried Treasure
This week the remains of Paris Wallace have been found, a pastor from Colorado who died in the pursuit of Forrest Fenn’s treasure. Forrest Fenn, an 87 year old former Air Force pilot and art dealer buried treasure seven years ago somewhere in the Rocky Mountains and left clues in a 24 line poem. Paris is the second person to die searching for it, of the thousands who have tried. We ask, is the treasure real? Is Forrest responsible for the deaths? Should he end this madness? How cool is hidden treasure??
Topic 2 – Uber CEO Resigns
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has been forced to resign by major shareholders after a string of scandals involving him and company culture. Will this end #deleteuber?
Topic 3 – Philando Castile killer cop acquitted
This week the officer who shot Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop, Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted of all charges relating to the incident. Dash cam footage and previous footage filmed by Philando’s girlfriend paint a damning picture of an innocent man shot for no reason. In addition, Sylville Smith was shot last august and the officer charged for that was also acquitted this week. We try to come to terms with how this keeps happening and what, if anything, people can do to change this? Will justice systems around the world ever treat black lives as if they matter?
Topic 4 – State Of Origin Game 2
Game two, aka Thurston’s revenge aka the return of the grubs aka how to lose a game in 40 minutes. Whatever you call it, NSW really threw it away in that second half. Can they redeem themselves in Queensland at Suncorp? Only time will tell. Also stuff you channel 9, don’t tell me you’re streaming the state of origin and make me sign up to watch only to show me a scoreboard and nothing else aaaarrrggg.
Topic 5 – Pauline Hansen VS Autism
She’s taken on Aboriginal people, Asians, Muslims, basically any immigrant, and she’s aiming high again this week. In the senate she put out the call for autistic kids to stop holding back all the other kids so they don’t fall behind and have their jobs stolen by immigrants. We ask how she could have missed the thousands of ways she could have had that discussion and not been a total grade A prick about it. Also, how someone with such a poor grasp of the English language became a senator in Australia, maybe we should have an English fluency requirement for politicians, I mean, if we’re gonna do it to immigrants, surely. Also the government managed to pass Gonski 2.0, massively increased school funding, which is awesome.
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