The Weekly News Round Up for August 17

News Stories from around the ‘Net

Hi Nacho Readers, it’s the end of another hot one as we get together for another Weekly News Round Up of news stories found around the web.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died

Aretha Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title “the Queen of Soul,” has died, a family statement said Thursday. She was 76.

CNN has the big story of the last few days in saying goodbye to The Aretha Franklin at the age of 76. “The Queen of Soul” entertained fans and gave us all awesome music since the ’60s. She sang at 3 inaugurations, she performed and funerals and for all this time she has been a big sound to Motown. She will be missed by all generations.

Helpful goose honks at horny people online

Since the earliest days of bumper stickers, people have been honking to identify as horny. But with the advent of the internet, people began to hide behind the anonymity of their screen names, secure in the fact that no one would ever know just how horny they were.

AV/News has a story and I don’t know how to explain this one, but someone is taking that older bumper sticker to heart and ..Honk…at people in submissions. This is the kind of wild and wacky story that things like this were created for! I’m not sure this was the kind of honking that came to mind when that saying first came about but let’s have what nature created have some fun in it


FDA approves first generic EpiPen competitor

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it has approved the first generic version of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. The move paves the way for a lower cost option for patients who suffer from life-threatening allergies.

Local NBC Station WCSH 6 has a story about how the FDA has given its approval of the first generic alternative to EpiPen. The drug has come under major fire for price hikes for a number of years and with this, costs may start coming down. Especially for people who really need it. With the costs of medical care and medicine’s nowadays, news like this may just be a big step in the right direction.


Feeling cranky? Drop that Snickers! Eat some beef and ice cream instead, Japanese netizens say

Japanese netizens attest to the spiritual power of a meaty dinner and a dairy dessert. Life can be hard, and sometimes, even for no reason at all, it can really put a damper on our mood.

Soranews 24 has a story about how Netizens in Japan believe the best course for curing crankiness and reviving your spirits is Beef and Ice Cream. It is said that the beef and dairy contain tryptophan which the body uses in producing the hormone that helps in making your happy serotonin. Gotta admit I’m a little surprised, here in the states we hear the stories of tryptophan being the stuff in turkey that makes you fall asleep during Thanksgiving. That story has been shown not to be true, but that is the only time you ever hear about it in The States.


Scientists Race To Improve ‘Living Drugs’ To Fight Cancer

Aaron Reid is lying in a hospital bed at the National Institutes of Health when doctors arrive to make sure he’s ready for his experimental treatment. “How’s your night? Any issues?” asks Dr. Katherine Barnett, a pediatric oncologist, as they begin to examine Reid.

NPR has a story about the advancement in CAR-T treatment for cancers and other deadly diseases. CAR-T is a way of engineering a body’s own cells in the treatment and hopefully a cure in fighting things like Cancer cells. I’ve lost my grandfather and a hero of mine to cancer so here’s hope this works out for the best it can in eliminating the scourge.


In Matt Groening’s Fantasy Series ‘Disenchantment,’ The Humor Is Elf-Referential

Disenchantment, Matt Groening’s new animated series that hits Netflix on Friday, August 17th, does for our mythical past what Futurama did for our imagined future, but it does so in a manner so closely reminiscent of that other show’s wryly cynical sci-fi hi-jinks that it could have just as easily been called Pastarama, if that didn’t sound quite so much like a seasonal promotion at Olive Garden.

NPR also has a look at Simpson’s creator Matt Groening’s newest series Disenchantment, that premieres on Netflix today. I’ve seen some bits and pieces of it that have come onto the internet and I could get into it. I like the animation, the characters, and the art style. I hope a lot of others do too. Hope all of you get to check it out and it has a good run.


These are the newspapers telling Trump that journalists are not the enemy

About 350 newspapers in the United States had editorials Thursday decrying President Donald Trump’s description of the media as the “enemy of the people.”

I don’t like to get into politics too much here. But CNN politics put out a list of Newspapers who do not like being labeled as enemies to the people by those in charge in the United States. I’m not going to pretend to play this one down the middle (I have a bit of history with the current administration) but I’m agreeing with CNN and the other outlets. You can choose what you wish just like I did.


IGN has the latest on the swirling drain that has become Moviepass. The movie rental dealer has gone through what it’s calling a “transition period.” The rest of us would call it “about ready to go out of business.”  Wonder how anyone is subscribing to it anymore. Sad to see it spiraling downward like this.


Missing hiker survived 6 days on bees and huckleberries

A hiker missing for six days on Washington state’s Mount St. Helens survived on huckleberries and bees that he killed and ate, according to the man’s parents. Matthew Matheny, 40, who was visiting the area from Warren, Ohio, was found alive Wednesday on the side of the mountain leading up to the legendary volcano, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

How about this one from ABC news? A hiker is found after 6 days missing near MOUNT ST. HELENS! He survived on Bees he hunted and picking berries before they found him. That gets a HOLY CRAP out of me. Glad he was able to make it through! I hope for his next birthday he gets a GPS system for that one.


Did you Know Facts has a great story about Mr. Rogers and a writer that got to meet him. Mr. Rogers has the ability to help get us through some of the bad times in life, even after he is no longer with us. When things are really bad in the news, in people’s mind, or in life in general, a little Mr. Rogers can calm nerves, and even if he can’t solve those problems outright, he sure as heck put you in a better frame of mind to help solve them.


Hopefully, Mr. Rogers can put a smile on your face as we end the News Round Up for this week. Remember to keep your eyes open and keep reading!

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