July 6, 2007 – gearing up for another “big event” – this time the cause was Planet Earth and the issue of Global Warming. Dead serious issue, treated in true Pop Culture fashion. A worldwide extravaganza, from Johannesburg to Tokyo to New Jersey to London, and practically all points in-between, was set for the next day, July 7th. It promised to be a stellar event, to raise money and consciousness in order to combat Global Warming and an attempt to reverse what has been a quickly disintegrating situation. Many thought it was ironic; to be so concerned about global warming and carbon footprints, while many A-List artists took private jets and audiences attending were less than considerate, by leaving mountains of trash when it was over. Despite a much-promised/media-hyped media presence; television and streaming coverage from every venue, it proved to be something of a dismal failure. Not that people didn’t believe that Global Warming wasn’t an issue, but that the methods of going about raising consciousness were at best, a little hackneyed. But on this day, the day before the event, there was a tsunami of dewey-eyed optimism.
In other news. The West Coast of the U.S. was in broil-mode, as a heatwave descended over the region, baking everything and everyone to a crisp. In Las Vegas, temperatures rose to 116 degrees and in Death Valley the temperature was expected to hit 127 degrees. Time to move very-very slowly.
But apparently it wasn’t only heat that was grabbing the attention in Las Vegas. A shooter opened fire on gamblers at the New York, New York Casino, injuring 4 in the process. The culprit, a local, according to several sources “just snapped”.
And new allegations were being leveled at U.S. troops over the murdering of civilians in Iraq. It was the third time that Marines at Camp Pendleton had come under investigation for allegedly killing Iraq civilians. This latest investigation centered on the deaths of up to 10 unarmed, suspected insurgents in 2004 during the battle of Fallujah in November of that year. The Marine Corps was making no official statement regarding the investigation. Marines at Camp Pendleton were already the subjects of two other investigations involving the deaths of Iraqi civilians in Haditha and Hamdaniya.
A little of what went on, this July 6th 2007 – only 11 years ago, as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.