October 19, 2012

Skydiving From Space & The Town Hall Debate

It’s W-E-E-K in Rap,
With Flocabulary.com on the track.
And this is what we’ve got for October 19th,
Some of the main headlines that you might read.
Agreed - Felix Baumgartner is the man,
He jumped from space and found a safe place to land
And he fell faster than the speed of sound,
And gave us a thumbs up on the way down.
What’s cracking in the EU now?
A financial crisis but they get the crown.
The Nobel Peace Prize, hope it boosts morale,
‘Cause there hasn’t been a war over there in a while.
Art criminals are trying to steal style,
The fact is they made off with a bunch of classics
Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, Matisse,
It’s a huge job for the Dutch Police.
The debate between Obama and Romney,
Heated up the race
When they got in each other’s face.
They fought over Libya and the investigation,
Of the terrorist plot the consulate had faced when
It was attacked. Malala was too,
A teenage Pakistani activist who,
Was shot by the Taliban
- right in the head,
But she’s in England recovering in a hospital bed.
Sadly there’s an outbreak and some are dead,
Fungal meningitis
, and this is what they said.
It’s linked to a steroid shot for back pain,
So get checked out if your body acts strange.
In New York they arrested a young adult,
Who was trying to bring the Federal Reserve to a halt
It was part of a sting, he got a bomb that was fake,
And they stopped him from trying to blow up the place.
To end on a good note, a Florida teen,
Finally got the chance to live out her dream
She played quarterback, now she’s the homecoming queen.
That’s another week in rap from Flocab.
Ya nah mean?

Baumgartner's giant leap

All eyes were on Felix Baumgartner on Sunday as he attempted something no one has ever done before. The skydiver jumped from 24 miles up in space, setting a new world record for the highest altitude for a skydive. Baumgartner also became the first skydiver to break the sound barrier, traveling a maximum speed of 834 mph. What do you think the next skydiving record will be? Learn more.

Alfred Nobel, the namesake of the Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize is usually awarded to an individual who does exceptional work to promote peace. This year, however, an organization — the European Union — won the prize. The Nobel Prize jury lauded the EU for its work in uniting the continent after the devastations of two World Wars. Formed 60 years ago, the EU repaired relationships between countries that had turned against each other. It currently consists of 500 million people in 27 countries. Despite the EU's success in maintaining peace, there is controversy surrounding the award, since the EU is currently embroiled in a financial crisis. Do you think the European Union deserved the Nobel Peace Prize? Learn more.

Paul Gauguin's "Reading Girl in White and Yellow" was one of the artworks stolen.

It sounds like a plot straight out of a Hollywood heist movie. In the dark of night, thieves broke into an art museum in the Netherlands to steal millions of dollars worth of art, disappearing without a trace before the police arrived. This art heist at the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam is one of the largest in years. The thieves stole classic works of art by Picasso, Monet, Matisse and Gauguin, worth up to hundreds of millions of euros. Authorities say the thieves have limited options with their new loot. Since the art will be difficult to sell on the black market, the thieves may try to ransom the art. Do you think these paintings should be worth so much money? Learn more.

Obama and Romney duked it out.

After what seemed like a Romney win in the first debate, President Obama came out swinging in Tuesday's town hall debate. The atmosphere was tense as the opponents literally came face to face throughout the debate. While it's unclear if Obama's aggressive performance won him an advantage in the election, most agree he won this round. The debate focused mainly on the economy and jobs, specifically women's pay inequality. Who do you think won Tuesday night's debate? Learn more.

Ambassador Christopher Stephens died in last month's attack in Libya.

Last month, on the night of September 11th, an armed group of terrorists attacked the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The few American troops there struggled to protect the American ambassador Christopher Stephens, but Stephens was killed amid the burning buildings, along with three other Americans. The controversy around this attack came soon after. The White House originally believed that the attack came from a group of people protesting the crude YouTube video of the prophet Muhammad that had caused protests across the Middle East. It has become clear, however, that this was an organized attack by a local militant group. It never started with peaceful protests. At the presidential debate on Tuesday, Mitt Romney accused Obama of failing to label it a terrorist attack. Obama said that he had called it terrorism, but didn't answer a question about why the security at the consulate was so low. Do you think the attack in Benghazi should be a major campaign issue? Learn more.

Malala Yousufzai

If someone told you that you couldn't get an education, how far would you go to make your voice heard? Malala Yousufzai, a teenage Pakistani activist, gained world-wide recognition for speaking out against the Taliban and promoting girls' education. The Taliban retaliated this week by shooting the 14 year-old girl in the head. She was flown to the UK for emergency treatment, and doctors say she is able to move her limbs. They are impressed with her strength, but her road to recovery may be long. If you were in Malala's place, would you stand up for your right to an education? Learn more.

An infection of the protective lining of the brain

A batch of tainted pain shots is to blame for perhaps the worst outbreak of fungal meningitis in history. Meningitis is a disease that causes the protective membranes around the brain and spinal cord to swell. The tainted drugs, containing a fungal form of meningitis, came from a compounding pharmacy. At compounding pharmacies, different medicines are mixed to create new drugs. For some reason, these pharmacies do not test their drugs for safety and are not regulated by the FDA. There have been 19 deaths and 247 confirmed infections from these tainted shots so far. Should compounding pharmacies be regulated by the FDA? Learn more.

The Federal Reserve building

An FBI sting stopped an alleged terrorist plot from becoming reality. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a 21 year-old Bangladeshi man, was arrested this week for allegedly plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve in Manhattan. FBI authorities said the plot never posed a risk, since they made sure he could not obtain explosive material. Why do you think the Federal Reserve was targeted? Learn more.

Equally comfortable in a helmet or a crown

She's not just any homecoming queen: she's also the quarterback. Months after becoming Florida's first female varsity quarterback, Erin DiMeglio was crowned as homecoming queen at South Plantation High School. It's really shaping up to be a great senior year for DiMeglio, who is already taking classes at a nearby college. When asked what advice she'd give other girls, she answered, "Don't give up on your dreams. Keep dreaming." Would you have voted for Erin for homecoming queen? Learn more.
Besides skydiving from the highest altitude, what other record did Baumgartner set?
He broke the sound barrier.
Who won the Nobel Peace Prize?
The European Union
What happened to an art museum in the Netherlands?
Artwork was stolen.
Obama and Romney faced off in what kind of debate?
A town hall debate
In what country did a terrorist attack kill an American diplomat last month?
Why was Malala shot?
For speaking up against the Taliban and defending girls' right to education
What caused an outbreak of fungal meningitis?
A tainted pain shot
An alleged terrorist plot was to blow up what Manhattan building?
The Federal Reserve
A Florida quarterback was also voted what?
The homecoming queen

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