In reference to the security pat downs taking place at US
Pete Seeger - January 2014 Shirley
Temple - February 2014 Mickey Rooney - April 2014 Jim Flaherty -
April 2014 Jesse Winchester - April 2014 Maya Angelou - May 2014
Sen. Howard Baker - June 2014 Robin Williams - August 2014 Richard
Attenborough - August 2014 Joan Rivers - September 2014 Ian Paisley -
September 2014 Oscar de la Renta - October 2014 Mike Nichols -
November 2014 Pat Quinn - November 2014 P.D. James - November 2014
Jean Béliveau - December 2014
Our thanks to Fred Webster
for this great animation
Right From The Pond
"I May Be all Wet but I know what I'm
The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and
open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century.
An exhaustive, five-year Senate investigation of the
CIA’s secret interrogations of terrorism suspects renders a strikingly
bleak verdict of a program launched in the aftermath of the Sept. 11,
2001, attacks, describing levels of brutality, dishonesty and seemingly
arbitrary violence that at times brought even agency employees to
moments of anguish.
November - The Republican party now controls the US
Senate after the mid term elections, making it almost impossible for
President Obama to carry out his mandate and provide lame duck
leadership during his last two years in office.
Mid August, a young black boy Michael Brown is killed by a local
policeman in Ferguson Missouri and all hell breaks out. The
President weighs in to solve the problem as well as the Attorney
General, Governor of the
State with riots, looting, involvement of local police, highway patrol,
national guard, and curfews imposed. A reminder of
racial issues from the 50's and 60's.
A Canadian-led international team of researchers has begun
solving the mystery of just how a specialized cell taken from a
person’s skin is reprogrammed into an embryonic-like stem cell,
from which virtually any other cell type in the body can be
Google shows off its prototype self
driving car .... It has no steering wheel or pedals.
Biggest dinosaur ever found in Patagonia. The as-yet unnamed
behemoth evidently stood 7 stories tall and weighed as much as
December it was reported that Dow Jones stormed past 18,000 for first time
as U.S. economy grows at fastest pace in 11 years
Driven by low crude oil prices, Russia in December decides to raise its
prime interest rate from 10 % to 17 %. The value of their Ruble
against US dollars falls to less than half the value it was in 2013.
November, Canada signs an agreement with China whereby each country is able
to trade goods and services in each other's currency without using US
In early October it was reported
that the U.S. jobless rate dipped to 5.9% in Sept., a 6-year lowChina poised to pass US as
world’s leading economic power this year
In 20 percent of American families in 2013, according
to new data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), not one member
of the family worked.
team of researchers in the Netherlands is developing a new and cheaper
way of harnessing energy from the wind. By flying one kite, they are
able to produce enough electricity to power 10 homes.
December oil prices collapse to less than $60 per barrel sending the
cost of gasoline to record lows. All this begs the question of
whether or not these low prices will lower the cost of all goods and
services which in some way are dependent upon oil.
Scotland announces that they
powered their country entirely using wind generators in October.
Germany defeats Argentina to win the FIFA World Cup
NASA rover finds
methane, organic chemicals on Mars.
European Space Agency
spaceship Rosetta lands on a comet moving at
a rate of 44,000 miles per hour and over 300
million miles from Earth. European comet
lander Philae 'sniffed' organic molecules
containing the carbon element that is the
basis of life on Earth before its primary
battery ran out and it shut down, German
Mid September India's
Mars Orbiter Mission successfully entered
Mars' orbit, becoming the
first nation to arrive on its first attempt
and the first Asian country to reach the Red
The United Nations
Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer
Space has taken a step toward combating the
asteroid threat. A special U.N. action team
on near-Earth objects (NEOs) has recommended
the creation of an International Asteroid
Warning Network (IAWN), which is designed to
gather and analyze NEO data and provide
timely warnings to national authorities if a
potentially hazardous NEO were to threaten
Rosetta launched in 2004
and arrives at comet
67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August. It is
the first mission in history to rendezvous
with a comet, escort it as it orbits the
Sun, and deploy a lander to its surface.
Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions
from its member states and NASA. Rosetta's
Philae lander is provided by a consortium
led by DLR, MPS, CNES and ASI.
Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic
fever strikes three countries in West Africa with the
first cases in March 2014 and killing an estimated 12,000 people
Abdul Hye at King's College London and his colleagues have identified 10
proteins in blood that can predict who will develop Alzheimer's disease
a year after having mild memory problems. Its accuracy is almost 90 per
cent. That could prove a huge boost for researchers seeking treatments.
2014 is the warmest year that the world has experienced.
November, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and President Obama have
struck a deal to limit greenhouse gases, with China committing for the
first time to cap carbon emissions and Obama unveiling a plan for deeper
U.S. emissions reductions through 2025.
Comparisons of direct measurements with satellite
data and climate models suggest that the oceans of the southern
hemisphere have been sucking up more than twice as much of the heat
trapped by our excess greenhouse gases than previously calculated. This
means we may have underestimated the extent to which our world has been
Reported in May that climate
change as cause by humans is happening now.
Children's rights activists Malala Yousafzai of
Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India are the 2014 winners of the
Nobel Peace Prize
In Hong Kong, the communist government announces that
when the next election is held, the Beijing government will choose the
candidates who will run for election. In early October thousands of the
Hong Kong protest wanting a freely elected choice of candidates and
the resignation of the present Hong Kong leadership.
Mid July - Palistine fires rockets into Isreal and
Isreal fires upon Palistine targets. Commercial Boeing 777 airliner of
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is shot down by a ground to air missle
over the eastern Ukraine from 33,000 feet with 295 aboard.
Mid June - ISIS
serious terrorist group in Iraq captures
major cities in Iraq. They behead a US reporter and a British
social worker and the world goes wild to defeat ISIS. By October,
a coalition of many countries headed by the US is formed to
Nigerian terriorist organization Boko Haram claims
to have kidnapped 300 teenage girls from their school and say these
girls will be sold. The US is sending resouces to try to get them back
to their parents.
In May pro separatist Ukrainians hold a referendum
and proclaim they want to separate from the Ukraine and join Russia. The
West and Europe say that the referedum was rigged as Europe and western
countries impose more sanctions on Russia and Russia retaliates with
sanctions against the west.
In March, Russia has taken over the Crimean Peninsula
which was part of Ukraine much to the distaste of some western powers
The Anglican Church of England votes positively to
allow women to become Bishops in their church.
If you are flying to the US please make sure
any of your electronic devices are charged before you travel. If your device
does not switch on you may not be allowed to bring it onto the aircraft.
U.S. life expectancy for a child born in 2012
was 78 years and 9½ months, up about six weeks from life expectancy in
2010 and 2011. That’s a record.
For someone 65, the CDC estimates that
men have about 18 years of life left and women about 20½ years. The
between men and women grew slightly, compared
More Americans than ever live in multigenerational
households, and the number of millennials who live with their parents is
Mid May, Turkish coal miners are still missing after
an explosion caused a pit to collapse, killing at least 238.
Google said in late April that its self-driving cars
are now capable of maneuvering through city streets, a more complex
challenge than the highway driving the project initially focused on.
240 teenagers and teachers die as their South Korean
ferry sinks in mid April.
MH 370 is an Malaysian 777 airplane with 239 people
aboad that disappeared from the radar and whose remains were found in
the southern Indian Ocean where the depth of the water exceeds 9000
feet. All 239 aboard are deemed to have died in the crash.
A class of pesticides tied to mass bee deaths is also harming
butterflies, worms, fish and birds, a new research has warned. A group
of 29 scientists from four continents found unequivocal evidence from
hundreds of published studies to claim that "neonics' - the most widely
used pesticides in the world - are having a dramatic impact on the
ecosystems that support food production and wildlife.
In December Hollywood is attacked by hackers who
extract the latest James Bond script from Sony.
and low attendance continue to challenge film makers and investors in
the film business.
of the Year
Truely the biggest
disappointment is the fact that despite the efforts of many nations they
were unable to find the remains of flight MH 370 a Boeing 777 airliner
that crashed into the southern Indian ocean with 239 people aboard.
And the failure to recover 200 + Nigerian girls who were kidnapped.
It seems that
order to survive today we need to have:
air, clean water, organically grown food, shelter, clothing, communications,
financial planners, entertainment, education,
- what next?
living in 3rd world countries if they have any of these things
and why they keep smiling