WOW! Mr. Beast’s 20 Million Tree Challenge, Deadly Gender Reveal Party, ISIS Leader Killed, & More

WOW! Mr. Beast’s 20 Million Tree Challenge, Deadly Gender Reveal Party, ISIS Leader Killed, & More

November 1, 2019 100 By Kailee Schamberger


– Sup you beautiful bastards? Hope you’ve had a fantastic Monday. Welcome back to the Philip DeFranco show, and let’s just jump into it. The first thing we’re
going to talk about today is actually awesome news and it feels like we don’t get enough of a chance to actually talk about the good that’s happening. And at the center of this story you have the massively
successful YouTubers that are Mr. Beast, aka Jimmy Donaldson, and Mark Rober, and
honestly now just so many. And Mr. Beast, for those
that are unfamiliar, he’s known on YouTube
for a number of reasons. Lately it’s kind of charitable stunts, crazy challenges involving
huge sums of money. And around Mr. Beast earlier this year, a subscriber came up with an idea for Mr. Beast to plant 20 million trees. A request that just went viral. And so much so in fact, that in the latest video
announcing a new project, Mr. Beast said that fans had spammed him with this request so often that he had to take on the challenge . And that challenge is to genuinely get 20 million trees planted. And he kicked off the campaign in Oregon by planting hundreds of trees with friends and fans in a large field. With YouTuber Mark Rober,
a former NASA engineer, also joining in by using
drones to plant trees. But of course, you know, 20 million trees, that is a massive goal. That’s bigger than one or two
YouTubers, one or two videos. And so that’s why one,
Mr. Beast collaborated with the Arbor Day Foundation, one of the largest non-profit
conservation organizations dedicated to planting trees. And they say that for every dollar raised, one tree will be planted
in an area of high need around the globe. And two, Mr. Beast requested
and got the support of hundreds of massive creators. You had videos being shared
by creators like PewDiePie, Jacksepticeye, The
Infographics Show, Guava Juice, The Try Guys, and so many others. As well as huge donations and shout-outs from influencers like Jeffree Star, Ninja, Simply Nailogical, and Doctor Mike. And I mean honestly there’s too
many names to mentions here. According to the Verge,
more than 600 YouTubers have expressed their support. Also YouTube itself was
supporting this move. Not only making it incredibly easy for people to donate by
adding this little thing underneath the video, but YouTube even confirming that they would cover all transaction fees for donations made on the platform. And as far as how successful
this has all been, just checking this
morning over $5.6 million has been donated to this cause. You can also join in by
either clicking the link in the description or
hopefully click the widget that should be underneath this video. The goal of team trees is to reach that $20 million goal
by January 1st, 2020. And as far as the trees themselves, according to this site’s FAQ section, the trees will be planted throughout 2020, with a completion goal of December 2022. Now despite how awesome I
personally think this is, despite the massive praise
that people have given to Mr. Beast and this campaign, Mr. Beast has also faced criticism for those who argue that he should find more effective ways to
fight climate change. Some specifically pointing
out that it will take years before the new trees can actually make a considerable impact. But regarding those comments, we saw Mr. Beast responding saying, just to be clear we all need realize 20 million trees won’t fix climate change. But at the end of the day, 20 million more trees is better than zero. We want to take action, because doing nothing is how we got here. And long term survival is key for trees to make impact on our planet. So there also needs to be an effort to protect and nurture these new trees in order to help them
help our environment. And on that note, you had
the Arbor Day Foundation’s Director of Public Relations, Danny Cohn, saying that some of the funds raised will be used to help maintain
all of the trees planted. Adding, we’re not just
planting and walking away. There have also been
concerns that too many trees will be planted in the wrong places, which can actually be
damaging to some ecosystems. But at the same time,
the Arbor Day Foundation addressed those concerns
by noting that it partners with agencies like the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, and The National Association
of State Foresters to ensure that they’re
planting trees responsibly. And also with all of this happening, I think Mark Rober hit
on an important note that this is quote, a constructive way to send a message to the politicians. It’s freaking time to do
something about climate change. And as far as my opinion on this, not a shocker, I mean I opened up saying I think this is an awesome story. I love it, I mean it’s
part of the reason why I’m adding my megaphone to it. I personally believe
that there are very few people on this platform that could bring so many different YouTubers together to kind of go towards this one goal. And I always think it’s fantastic when we have these people
with just massive platforms using it for a general good. And so that’s why today
among so many others that are involved with this Mr. Beast is our BAMF of the day. But yeah, ultimately that’s that. And then rather quickly, let’s talk about gender reveal parties. And the main point that
I’m going to kind of attach to this story right at the beginning is I feel like we got to just chill out with the gender reveals. And I don’t mean don’t do it, I mean I know there’s like
a little debate around that. Do it in a way where there’s
not an explosion involved. Right? You cut into a cake,
maybe you pop a balloon. You know we’ve had stories in the past where you had that US
border patrol agent’s gender reveal party turning
into a massive fire. One that reportedly consumed 47,000 acres and caused more that $8 million in damage. And now today we’re seeing
the news out of Iowa that a 56 year old woman is dead because of another gender reveal party. And in this situation, according to reports
by the New York Times, the Marion County sheriffs office released a statement saying, our investigation showed that members of the Kreimeyer family were experimenting with different types of explosive material
on Friday and Saturday in an attempt to record a gender reveal that could be posted on social media for friends and family. Statement going on to
say say that the family was trying to create a device that could shoot colored powder in the air to share the gender of the baby. Gun powder was placed at the bottom of a homemade stand that
was welded to a metal base. A hole had been drilled
in the side for a fuse, a piece of wood was placed
on top of the gunpowder and colored powder was
placed on top of the board. It then goes on to say
that tape was then wrapped over the top of the metal tubing, inadvertently creating a pipe bomb. Instead of the gunpowder
shooting the powder out the top of the stand, the stand exploded sending
metal pieces flying. And unfortunately the
statement goes on to say, one of the metal piece
struck Ms. Kreimeyer in the head causing instant death. And to really hit how
violent this explosion was according to this statement, one, she was standing 45 feet away, and two, reportedly the
chunk of metal moved with such velocity that
after striking her, it continued to travel more than 400 feet through the air landing in a field. And it’s just this
ridiculous, horrible tragedy and once again brings us back to the point that I made at the beginning. Can we just relax with
these gender reveal things? There should be no possibility that deadly explosion is
paired in the same sentence as gender reveal announcement. That risk is not worth the
potential likes and retweets. Yeah, that’s it for this one. But from that I want to share some stuff I love today and today in awesome, brought to by Raid Shadow Legends. And Raid Shadow Legends,
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interviewing Casey Neistat, but mainly finally giving Casey a haircut. You were doing God’s work in this one. Then Glamor gave us how
a 20 year old YouTuber Janelle Eliana spends her money while living in a $2500 van. Then Architectural Digest
gave us an inside look at Sheryl Crow’s country home. Then we got the official
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to look at more corgis. And if you wanna to see the full versions of everything I just shared, the secret link of the day, really anything at all, links, as always, are in
the description down below. And then let’s talk about a story that involves the first
amendment and schools. And specifically what we’re talking about is the story out of Maine involving a high school sophomore being suspended after posting a note in the girls’ restroom. That note reading, there’s a rapist in our
school and you know who it is. And that high school
sophomore is 15 year-old girl by the name of Aela Mansmann, and she posted that note at
Cape Elizabeth High School on September 16th. For her part, Mansmann
said that she did it because she believed that
school administrators were over looking other students’ claims of sexual harassment and assault. And actually with this whole story, you had footage surfacing of Mansmann bringing similar concerns directly before the
school board back in June. But soon after posting the note, a different student brought
it to school administrators with Mansmann’s mother saying, the school originally told her daughter that she wouldn’t be
punished for this incident. But after Mansmann went public
about the story to the media, she and two other girls were
suspended for three days. With school officials saying
the note constituted bullying and that if it happened
again, they could be expelled. Mansmann’s family than
appealed that decision with administrators
saying that the student could continue to go to school while an investigation was pending. Then you had the principal saying that he conducted 47
interviews over three weeks and he called the girl’s
note well-intentioned. But also saying that they
had made a really bad choice. Also, interestingly,
during this investigation, a male student stepped forward saying he felt targeted by the note and had been ostracized by classmates. That student saying
that he had missed class because of what happened and meanwhile you had other students walking out in protest
of the school’s decision. As well as some local
outlets reporting waves of gossip and fear at the school. But the reason that we’re still talking about this today is that
that story did not end there. In fact the American Civil
Liberties Union, the ACLU, got involved suing the school district on behalf of Mansmann. With the ACLU arguing
that Mansmann had taken a quote, public stance
as an ally for victims and survivors of sexual violence by using their first amendment rights. And specifically here Mansmann’s lawyers had requested a restraining order that would block the
school from suspending her until the incident was resolved. And you also had her
telling Business Insider, I was really surprised that
my school took that report and decided to open an investigation into whether or not I’m a bully, versus opening an investigation on whether or not this person who self-identified is a perpetrator. And to note there, the
school hasn’t commented on how it handled that accusation, but school officials do not believe that there is a rapist on the campus. And we’ve also seen in court the district has argued that the note was nothing more than defamation, and so saying it wasn’t protected
under the first amendment. But with this story we also saw a massive update on Thursday where a judge in the case ordered a temporary block to the suspension saying it would likely be over-turned on the grounds of free speech, and the judge also saying it could be over-turned on the basis of Title IX. Which if you don’t know is a federal law banning gender discrimination in education and as far as why he argued this, the judge wrote that the note was quote, neither frivolous nor fabricated, took place within the limited
confines of the girls’ bathroom, related to a matter of concern to the young women who
might enter the bathroom and receive the message, and was not disruptive
of school discipline. Adding, the public has
an interest in knowing that neither Mansmann
nor any other student who expresses a comparable
view in similar fashion will be denied access to school simply because of her viewpoints offends the sensibilities of
school administrators. Then going on to say that more information would be necessary to justify punishment and that the school
shouldn’t have the right to crack down on topics of social justice in areas of free student communication. Following this, you had
the ACLU celebrating this decision saying it’s a reminder that students quote, do
not check their rights at the schoolhouse gate. And as far as the school goes
you have the superintendent saying quote, we will continue to review and update district policies to align with the state law and meet
the needs of the district. But ultimately for now that
is where this story ends and with that I pass
the question off to you. What are your thought on this? Do you think that Mansmann is in the right or the wrong here? What do you think about
the school’s argument? What do you think about
the judge’s decision and argument there? Yeah, I just really would love to know your thoughts on this
in those comments down below. And then let’s talk
about huge news regarding the fight against ISIS. As you may or may not have seen speaking in a press conference yesterday, we saw Trump make this announcement. – Last night the United States brought the world’s number one
terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. He was the founder and leader of ISIS. The most ruthless and
violent terror organization anywhere in the world. US Special Operations
Forces executed a dangerous and daring nighttime raid
in northwestern Syria and accomplished their
mission in grand style. No personnel were lost in the operation. While a large number
of Baghdadi’s fighters and companions were killed with him. – [Philip] Trump went on
to say that Baghdadi died by exploding a suicide vest after he was cornered
in a dead end tunnel, also killing three of his children. Donald Trump also
continuing his announcement notably adding– – Baghdadi’s demise demonstrates America’s relentless pursuit of terrorist leaders and our commitment to the enduring and total defeat of ISIS and other terrorist organizations. Our reach is very long. – And you know this
announcement is a big deal. So much so that he had a
lot of people comparing this to when Obama
announced when US Forces had killed Bin Laden. But you know with this news
you have many wondering, well what does this mean for ISIS? And so we’re going to
try and break that down. You know, there are a couple
of key issues at play here. First of all, as we’ve talked about a number of times on the show is the situation in Northern Syria. A few weeks back, The
White House announced that the United States would remove troops from Northern Syria and step aside to let Turkey launch a military operation in the region. Turkish president Erdoğan
claiming that the operation was necessary to clear
Syrian Kurdish groups at the boarder that Turkey
considers terrorists. But also at the same time, the US considers those groups key allies who have done the majority of fighting against ISIS on the ground. And as you’ll likely remember
a bunch of world leaders and politicians in the United States, including some of Trump’s
biggest supporters, condemned that move arguing that not only was
the US abandoning an ally, but also that the move could lead to a resurgence of ISIS in
the region for two reasons. One with US Forces gone
and Syrian Kurdish Forces busy fighting military attack from Turkey, ISIS would feel emboldened to attack and take over areas of Syria that the United States and the
Kurds had fought to reclaim. And two, Syrian Kurdish forces who have been guarding camps holding tens of thousands
of captured ISIS fighters and their families,
would be short staffed. Again, because many of
them would have to shift the responsibilities to
fight the Turkish invasion, making it easy for the captured fighters and their families to
break out of the camps. And already we have seen some reports that ISIS prisoners have already
broken free from the camps. And though there are conflicting reports on how many exactly have escaped, last week US Special Envoy
for Syria Jim Jeffrey said in a testimony before the senate that over 100 ISIS militants had escaped and that it was unclear where they were. And also on the note of those prisons, even though Turkey and Syria agreed to a ceasefire last week, Kurdish Forces on the
ground guarding the prisons have said that they are
still under staffed. With one guard reportedly saying, half of our guards were
transferred to the front line. Also something we’ve seen with the US withdrawing forces in northern Syria, the power vacuum that they’ve left have been filled by the
Syrian government and Russia. Who the Kurdish Forces
have now allied with for military and tacticle support. And while the Trump administration has generally supported this move, many experts have argued
that Russia and Syria just don’t have the ability to organize and command the same kind
of coalition that the US did to drive ISIS out of the region. And so essentially what they’re arguing is that if ISIS were to re-emerge, they wouldn’t be equipped to deal with it. Right so there was that but then of course the other big question is,
well what is the impact here? Well many have said that this is certainly a huge symbolic blow for the organization. A lot of experts have basically argued that the net impact here
will not really hurt ISIS. As Nick Rasmussen, the former head of the National Counter
Terrorism Center said, when you think about
the impact it will have on ISIS going forward, this is more like the close of a chapter, but by no means the end of the story. Others have also pointed out that Baghdadi was obsessed with security and keeping himself safe, and as a result he gave
ISIS a lot of power to act of their own. With American and Iraqi officials telling the New York Times that he largely limited his communication
with the outside world, meaning that ISIS mostly operated with little leadership on his part. And you had an anonymous
regional intelligence officer reportedly telling Newsweek, Baghdadi was a figurehead. He was not involved in
operations or day-to-day. All Baghdadi did was say
yes or no, no planning. You also had Sam Heller, a Senior Analyst at the International Crisis Group telling reporters that the
autonomy of ISIS agents under Baghdadi has prompted the group and it’s individual cells to
become much more decentralized in both decision-making and financing, especially in Syria and Iraq. Some also pointing out
the US covert action against Islamist extremists have killed a number of militant leaders and the group still has lived on. According to Javed Alie, a former White House
counterterrorism director, In the annals of modern
counterterrorism so far, what history has shown
is these types of strikes do not lead to the strategic collapse or organizational defeat of
a terrorism organization. And in fact some analysts and experts have even gone as far to
say that Baghdadi’s death could embolden ISIS cells
to reinvent themselves, grow in recruits or even ban
together to make bigger cells. With the New York Times even noting that the founder of the Islamic
state and two successors, they were killed before
Baghdadi became its leader and vastly expanded the group’s sway in the Middle East and beyond. But still you have others who
have been more optimistic. For example, you have Hasan Hasan of the Center of Global Policies saying, their recovery has been very slow, their organization is fragile and the killing of Baghdadi
is bad timing for them. And adding, even though
they have likely prepared for this moment, it will be hard for them to ensure the organization remains intact. But ultimately that is where we are with this story right now. And that’s where I’m
going to end today’s show. And hey if you like
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