This week, Twitter experienced the fall of the stock market, witnessed the fatal shooting of a journalist and a cameraman in Virginia, and slagged Rosanna Davison (a lot).
On Wednesday morning – while broadcasting a live interview with a chamber of commerce official – reporter, Alison Parker, and cameraman, Adam Ward, were shot dead by Vester Flanagan. Flanagan, who had been a former employee of local news channel WDBJ7, filmed himself approaching Parker and Ward, murdered them, and then proceeded to upload the video onto various social media platforms.
After the shooting, Flanagan also posted several tweets from an account that has since been suspended. He attempted to justify the incident by claiming that “Alison made racial comments,” and that “Adam went to (human resources) on me after working with me one time!!!” Soon afterwards, while being pursued by Virginia’s police force, Flanagan killed himself.
Speaking soon after the incident, WDBJ7’s station manager, Jeff Marks, stated that “This is the worst day of my career – of all our careers.” It wasn’t long before condolences, and criticisms of America’s gun laws, started pouring in from around the country.
We love you, Alison and Adam. pic.twitter.com/hLSzQi06XE
— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) August 26, 2015
— CNN International (@cnni) August 28, 2015
The chilling thing with the #Virginia shooting is that someone who just feels 'disgruntled' with someone has the ability to shoot them dead.
— Anonymous (@AnonPress) August 26, 2015
#WDBJ disappointed that posting a video of a tragic murder is easier than an image of a mother breastfeeding.
— PostSecret (@postsecret) August 26, 2015
However, some people are still under the impression that the implementation of stricter gun laws wouldn’t have done anything to stop the countless shootings that have shook the U.S. this year.
Here we go again Terry McAwful and Dems blaming the shooting on guns instead of the killer #virginia
— Jessica B (@JRBMAY87) August 26, 2015
The issue here is that shootings keep happening – not that “disgruntled employees” are unhappy with their terms of dismissal. Surely, if nobody has a gun then nobody can get shot…
Fears of economic meltdown rise on #BlackMonday
On August 11th, China devalued the yuan and lost $5 trillion from global equities. On Monday, in what has been described as ‘The Great Fall of China,’ the country’s markets, and most important market indexes, continued to fall, leaving the rest of the world’s stock markets to follow suit.
So what does this apparent market meltdown mean? Well, according to an article that I just read five minutes ago, it means that the value of some shares are decreasing, barrels of oil are cheaper, and really, really rich people are losing millions (but still remaining really, really rich, of course).
— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) August 25, 2015
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) August 25, 2015
According to David Buik – who knows a lot about the stock market – the slump could continue until Christmas. But according to some other people over at The Guardian, most of Europe and America have basically recovered since Monday’s drop.
Oh, and oil is expensive again.
I like my coffee like I like my stock market on a Monday. #BlackMonday
— The Cultured Ruffian (@CulturedRuffian) August 25, 2015
— Daily Mail Comments (@BestoftheMail) August 24, 2015
— Jeff Lyons (@usedwigs) August 24, 2015
Same-sex marriage facing further delays as #marref appeal goes to Supreme Court
Remember those two fellas who tried to claim the result of the marriage referendum was unfair because An Post printed some lovehearts on their envelopes? Well, they’re back… And this time, they’re headed for the Supreme Court.
Earlier today, policy director of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), Tiernan Brady, tweeted that although the Court received two appeals to review the referendum’s result, this does not necessarily mean that these cases will ever receive a hearing.
2 applications for "leave to appeal" the #marref Yes vote have been submitted to the Supreme Court. Attempt to thwart the will of the people
— Tiernan Brady (@Tiernanbrady) August 28, 2015
— Tiernan Brady (@Tiernanbrady) August 27, 2015
While it’s likely that the Supreme Court will dismiss the appeals, just as the High Court and the Court of Appeal did, this does not make the disclosure of these cases any less offensive and insulting. Same sex marriage was legalised by popular vote. Ireland wants same sex marriage. Ireland will get same sex marriage. Get over it.
The fact that 2 pricks can delay the happiness of 1000s is exactly why majority shouldn't get a vote on the rights of the minority #MarRef
— Steph F (@Stephanenny) August 28, 2015
Some people are hell-bent on making others miserable and unhappy. This appeal isn't about law. #marref
— Dale McDermott (@dalemcdermott) August 28, 2015
So angry to hear there will be ANOTHER delay in passing the #marref result because of some angry homophobes.
— Rebeccah Louise ✨ (@RebeccahLouise) August 28, 2015
People taking the result of the gay marriage referendum to the Supreme Court? Hahaha go back to saying your rosaries lads #marref
— James (@mallowskingomie) August 28, 2015
No one wants #RosannaDavison‘s diet advice #BlameGluten
This week, Rosanna Davison suggested that autism, arthritis, and schizophrenia could all be cured by removing gluten from your diet. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Except they can’t. Rosanna was wrong. And Twitter started a ‘blame gluten’ hashtag to make fun of her.
It might have been (a bit) harsh, but the result was amusing, and that’s all that matters.
My ex couldn't get it up after 3 pints…. #BlameGluten
— Dublin Girlo (@dublin_girlo) August 26, 2015
I don't know what a tracker mortgage is #BlameGluten
— Paul (@OnePaulie) August 26, 2015
I'm going to die alone #BlameGluten
— Roseanne Regan (@roseanneregan) August 26, 2015
Why won't my mam and dad get back together ? #blamegluten
— Emmett Daly (@DalyEmmett) August 26, 2015
It’s actually hard to believe that Davison even said what she said considering she’s got a qualification in Nutritional Therapy from the College of Naturopathic Medicine. I mean, partial nutritional therapists know absolutely everything about mental health, don’t they? And, they’re definitely qualified to say that someone’s autistic because they eat bread, right? No? Oh, okay. Never mind.
Following the backlash, Rosanna issued her own statement where she declared that gluten does not cause autoimmune or neurological diseases (who would’ve thought?), and that she only “…felt that it was acceptable to share the experience that (her) husband had.”
She then provided quite a long list of links to studies that prove that gluten-free diets can have many positive effects for sufferers of the aforementioned diseases, but finished by stating that she doesn’t endorse any of those claims.
Judging by the amount of tweets still appearing in the ‘blame gluten’ hasgtag, I don’t think anyone believes her…
Well yesterday was interesting!!
— Rosanna Davison (@rosanna_davison) August 26, 2015
Featured image via rosannadavisonnutrition.com