Top News Stories of 2017

Top News Stories of 2017

Top News Stories
of 2017

Quote of the Year


“..kick the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight...'”

Bruce Cockburn

Estimated 2017
World Population

7.6 Billion

Monthly Average Mauna Loa CO2
January 2017: 406.13 ppm

John Tyner

In reference to the security pat downs taking place at US Airports


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Notable Passings in 2017


Mary Tyler Moore - January
Stuart McLean - February
Chuck Berry - March

David Rockefeller - March
John Glenn - April
Don  Rickles - April
Greg Allman - May
Manuel Noriega- May
Adam West - June
Helmut Kohl - June
Maryam Mirzakhani - July
Jeanne Moreau -  July
Glen Campbell - August
Dick Gregory - August
Jerry Lewis - August
Rollie Massimino - August
Hugh Hefner - September
Monty Hall - October
Gord Downie - October
Fats Domino - October
Roy Halladay - November
Mel Tillis - November
Charles Manson - November
David Cassidy - November
Jim Nabors - November


Our thanks to Fred Webster for this great animation  


Froggy's  Comments 
Right  From The Pond

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USA Politics

In a senatorial election in the Republican state Alabama,  Roy Moore the Republican supported heavily by President Trump  is narrowly beaten by Democrat Doug Jones narrowing the difference between parties in the Senate vote to two.

President Donald Trump says that USA will move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. However, European governments refuse to follow the USA's change of policy on the status of Jerusalem and Palestine says that they will not accept any US role in that peace process between them and Isrreal.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to misleading the FBI about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.

A federal judge has permanently blocked US President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with US immigration

Donald Trump lifts ban on importing heads of hunted elephants into U.S  and then reconsiders his action.

Early in October, a gunman killed 59 and injured 527 people attending a country and western concert in Las Vegas .  The gun man killed himself before the police could apprehend him.  This was the largest mass shooting of people in the modern United States history.

Mid September and hurricanes strike Florida with a direct hit on Puerto Rico virtually flattening 90 % of the buildings and leaving the residents with limited fuel, communications, food and water. A week after the hurricane, the mayor of San Juan pleads with the White House for help and President Trump responds that the people[le of Puerto Rico "want everything done for them" which angers the press and the American public,

Mid August and North Korea continues to test their long range missile capability.  They now say that they will send 4 long range misses to Guam to land 20 miles off shore.  Donald Trump says if the escalation of development of the delivery of nuclear weapons continues he is ready to retaliate. On August 12, North Korea back out of the launch after more sanctions were imposed by countries who backed a UN sanction on North Korea.

By the end of June it is clear that President Donald Trump does not like CNN, Washington Post and the NY Times as he says that these media sources such as these produce "fake news" to go against his principles.

In June it was revealed that President Donald Trump was under investigation by special prosecutor Mueller for obstruction of justice.  Also Trump admits that Russia meddled in the Presidential election but blames Obama for not doing anything about it.

President Donald Trump slammed former President Barack Obama's dealings with the communist regime in Cuba on  in Miami, charting his own course of more confrontational relations with the Castro-led government.

Former head of the FBI Comey testifies before the Senate Security Committee that Donald Trump tried to influence him to stop his investigation of Russia tinkering with the American Election.  If found to be true this would provide evidence that Trump was obstructing justice in United States.

Trump decides to leave the Paris climate change agreement against 175 nations who agreed.

President Trump in May made his first international visits to Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Italy, Vatican, Israel and Palestine.

Americans were fascinated by the fact that there was a rumour that Russia had meddled with the results of the Trump election.  Putin said no, the Democrats said it was so and Trump was silent on the issue. This issue in the early part of the Trump administration has caused many of the politicians to think that impeachment of the President is possible because at on point he had asked FBI Director Comey to lay off on the investigation which would imply that the President was trying to obstruct justice. FBI Director Comey was later fired by Trump.

U.S. companies added a whopping 298,000 new jobs in February, providing the first hard economic numbers from Donald Trump's first full month as president.

On January 20th Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States.  On day later there were protests throughout the world which involved thousands of people.  In the first 30 days of him being inaugurated, he has called for reducing the number of immigrants from 7 Far Eastern Countries which was turned down by the federal court,  the appointment of a cabinet, has called certain media news liars for provision of false news to the public, told the public he was not involved with Russia helping him win the election, stating that there was an uprising in Sweden which was not true, said he would build a wall on the Mexican/US border, tightened border security, declared that the US would mine coal again and is asking for the repeal of the Obama health care program.
Supercapacitors -- energy-storage devices -- are a promising, green alternative to traditional batteries, with benefits including improved safety and reliability, in addition to much faster charging.

Using a cheap robot, a team of hackers has cracked open a leading-brand combination safe, live on stage in Las Vegas.

A team of scientists from U.C. Berkeley and M.I.T. have made a device that pulls clean drinking water out of thin air.

The secret behind the device is a water-adsorbing powder specially engineered to capture and release water molecules at certain temperatures.

Scientists claim to have discovered the remains of microorganisms in Canada that are at least 3.77 billion years old. If they are proven to have a biological origin, they would be the oldest microfossils ever found.


Theresa May, Prime Minister of Britain calls a snap election but fails to acquire a majority of seats in the House of Commons. This puts Britain's exit of the Europeon Union in disarray.


Retail stores are closing at an epic pace. In fact, the retail industry could suffer far more store closures this year than ever.

Brokerage firm Credit Suisse said in a research report released earlier this month that it's possible more than 8,600 brick-and-mortar stores will close their doors in 2017.

For comparison, the report says 2,056 stores closed down in 2016 and 5,077 were shuttered in 2015. The worst year on record is 2008, when 6,163 stores shut down.


Artificial intellegence is here.. ! Tiny orange robots which can sort up to 200,000 packages every DAY in a Chinese warehouse are providing an alarming glimpse of what the future could hold in factories around the world.


The Dow soared 303 points to close above 21,000 for the first time ever on first of March. The milestone comes barely a month after the Dow hit 20,000 for the first time.


Robot adoption varies by country, with China, the United States, South Korea, Germany and Japan currently buying up 80 percent of industrial robots. The fastest rate of adoption is occurring in East Asia, led by South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand with expected ROI vs human labour to be 14 % better and climbing.



World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland


Waterloo will be the home of a pilot program that will turn dog waste into energy, using a process called anaerobic digestion that happens when organic waste breaks down in an environment without oxygen.


In just one year, the cost of solar generation worldwide dropped on average 17 percent. The average costs for onshore wind dropped 18 percent last year, while those for offshore wind fell a whopping 28 percent.


India’s total wind capacity currently stands at around 32,177 MW.

Printing solar cells may soon be as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper, thanks to researchers at the University of Toronto who have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a new class of solar devices.

New England Patriots win the Super Bowl .... Roger Federer and Serena Williams win the singles tennis titles at the Australian Open... Kurt Busch wins the Daytona 500... Canadian Alex Harvey won the 15-kilometre freestyle race at the cross-country ski World Cup in Ulricehamn, Sweden.  Canada's Rachel Homan won gold at the world women's curling championship thanks to an 8-3 victory in the final over Russia on Sunday in Beijing. UNC wins NCAA men's basketball final four championship. Team USA wins the women's world hockey championship. Sergio Garcia wins golf's Masters Tournament.  Canada's Brad Gushue wins the men's world curling championship. Takuma Sato Wins 2017 Indy 500..Ananya Vinay wins the Scripps National Spelling Bee...Pittsburgh Penquins win the Stanley Cup... The Golden State Warriors won the NBA finals.... Rafael Nadel and J. Ostapeno win the French Men's and Women's Single French Tennis Open.... and at Wimbeldon it was Roger Federer winning the mens and Garbine Muguruza winning the ladies single tennis tournament.  Slaone Stephens and   Rafael Nadel win the women's and men's US Open Tennis in New York.  Hueston Astros win the World Series in 7 games. Toronto Argonauts win the Grey Cup by a win against the Calgary Stampeders.... Because the Russians had been found guilty of rigging the testing for enhancement drugs at the Olympics, they have been banned to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

An international team led by NASA has tested the International Asteroid Warning Network, which successfully tracked a potentially dangerous asteroid as it made a close flyby of the Earth in October. Billed as the first global exercise using a real asteroid to test global response capabilities, the TC4 Observation Campaign observed and plotted the orbit of the asteroid 012 TC4 as it passed within 27,200 mi (43,780 km) of the Earth.

Bay Area scientists announced today that they had detected the detritus cast off by colliding neutron stars 130 million light-years away, a landmark achievement in our quest to explore deep time and space.

Organic molecules once thought to be produced only by life-forms have been found in two separate regions of space: a nearby comet and the debris around a pair of forming stars.

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. The exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so-called “hot Jupiters,” gigantic, gaseous planets that orbit very close to their host star and are heated to extreme temperatures.

Half the atoms inside your body came from across the universe.

The chances of anything coming from Mars have taken a downward turn with the finding that the surface of the red planet contains a “toxic cocktail” of chemicals that can wipe out living organisms.

Saturn's ice-crusted moon Enceladus may now be the single best place to go to look for life beyond Earth.

Seven alien, Earth-sized worlds bask in the cool, red light of their parent star ( TRAPPIST-1)  . The planetary menagerie exists around a star overlooked by other exoplanet hunters, although it is just 12 parsecs (39 light years) from Earth.


Having sex once or twice a week seems to prevent persons having the common cold.


The little blue pill that’s helped millions of men in the bedroom is turning white. Drugmaker Pfizer is launching its own cheaper generic version of Viagra rather than lose most sales when the impotence pill gets its first generic competition.


A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can "reset" the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest.


Scientists are building DNA from scratch to alter life’s blueprint.


There were 35 deaths caused by measles in European countries in the last year – an "unacceptable tragedy", according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).


Oral sex is producing dangerous gonorrhoea and a decline in condom use is helping it to spread, the World Health Organization says.


New biologic drugs target the root of asthma.


Prostate cancer hormone treatment 'could help more patients' 


Canadian scientists say they have discovered the first new antibiotic in three decades, and that their research suggests

 it may be effective at killing two of the most worrisome superbugs.




The year 2017 is "very likely" to be in the top three warmest years on record, according to provisional figures from the World Meteorological Organization.

Paris to ban all gas-powered cars by 2030.


Mid September a 7.5 equake strikes Mexico and kills 200 + people. 


Noted that there were 650,000 electric vehicles sold in 2016. 


Early September Hurricane Irma a Category 5 storm hits the Caribbean islands and moves inland right up the Florida panhanle leaving 75 dead and billions needed to repair houses and businesses.


In late August, Hurricane Harvey hit the southern coast of Texas bringing flooding rains for 4 days to Hueston the fourth largest city in United States.  Rainfall exceeded 52 inches, left 60+ people dead and the cost to repair is estimated at 160 billion dollars.


After 24 days at sea and a journey spanning more than 6,214 miles, the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica has set a new record for the earliest transit of the fabled Northwest Passage.


A trillion-tonne iceberg four times the size of London has snapped off the West Antarctic ice shelf.


Volvo says all of its cars will use electricity after 2019


Climate change issues will cause airline prices to increase.


Study shows Earth’s killer heat is worsening.


Earth broke an alarming record and reached a dangerous climate change milestone, when Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory recorded carbon dioxide (CO2) levels at 410 parts per million (ppm) on April 18. CO2 levels have not reached this high in millions of years. In fact, such a level was recorded for the first time in human history.


Residents of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area can sign up to go for a ride in a self-driving minivan. As often as they want. For free.


Norway has the most electric cars per capita than any other country in the world.


In London England electric powered taxis will replace the present diesel powered ones in 2018.


The world experienced its hottest year in 2016, a trend that contributed to the wildfires that decimated parts of Alberta and appears to already be worsening, according to a global analysis.


Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq  in December declared victory in a three-year war by Iraqi forces to expel the Islamic State jihadist group that at its height endangered Iraq's very existence.

Overseas combat operations since 2001 have cost the United States an estimated $4.3 trillion so far, and trillions more in veterans benefits spending in years to come, according to the latest analysis from the Costs of War project.

Gunman kills 26 persosns who were attending a Baptist church in Texas

INew York terror attack: Eight dead as truck rams cyclists in Manhattan as driver shouts 'Allahu Akbar'.

Catalonia a region of Spain, decides to separate itself from Spain and Spain objects.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces backed by the United States, have announced the capture of Raqqa after a four-month operation to drive out ISIL.

North Korea claims it’s successfully tested a hydrogen bomb for its intercontinental ballistic missile. This is the country’s sixth test of a nuclear weapon and the first since US President Trump came to office.

President Trump in mid August gives the order to increase the size of American troops in their 17 year old war in Aftganistan.

The USA says they will impose more sanctions on the government of Russia and Russia retaliates by saying that  775 US citizens employed in Russia must return to the USA,

North Korea, in late July fires off a test intercontinental missile capable of reaching the United States.

Iraq troops along with allied troops finally take Mosul from ISIS in June.

The Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, Iraq, where ISIS's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the creation of a "caliphate" has been blown up.

ISIS suicide bomber kills 22 and injures 59 in Manchester England as patrons exit a concert.

ISIS claimed responsibility for bombings that killed 36 at two Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday.

At least 58 people, including 11 children, died in a suspected gas attack in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, local sources reported. US retalliated by sending 59 tomahawk missiles launched from US Navy ships into a Syrian air force base.

Cars and trucks were used as weapons in Nice, London and Stockholm to kill pedistrians by ISIS terrorists.

In late February Iraqi forces recaputure Mosul's main airport from ISIS forces. ISIS is using chemical weapons and drones to drop bombs on the Iraqi forces.

In February China says it will halt all coal imports from North Korea, starting Sunday and for the rest of 2017.


Pope signals he's open to married Catholic men becoming priests.


The USA FCC commissioners voted 3-2 to overturn Obama-era rules that require broadband providers to treat websites equally which will break up the neutrality of the Internet.

Russian children under 14 could effectively be banned from using social media networks under a new draft bill prepared by the legislative assembly in the country’s Leningrad Region.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is now the second richest person on Earth wttih a value of "just" $75.2 billion.



Companies and organizations are now begining to use cognitive computing to solve problems quicker.



Did you know that the first commercial use of a driverless transport was a truckload of beer in Colorado?


Tesla delivers its first 30 Model 3s in historic moment.


The British prime minister estimates 600 highrise buildings in England have cladding made of materials similar to what was found in a devastating west London fire that killed at least 79 people.


Tesla Motors Inc. begins delivery of its emission-free vehicles to South Korean customers in southwestern Seoul. buys Whole Foods for 13.4 billion dollars.


In the USA the number of people working from home is now at 43 percent.


According to the latest figures out of the International Wine and Spirits Research group out of the U.K., the global market for alcoholic drinks shrunk by -1.3 per cent in 2016. Compared to the average rate of -0.3 per cent in the previous five years, the decline is increasing at a faster rate than previously projected, analysts say.


The Canadian government will legalize marijuana by July 2018.


Shares in United Airlines slipped by close to 3% as the company scrambled to address a video showing a passenger being forcibly dragged off an overbooked flight.


 California DMV will allow self-driving cars with no human on board. 


Perhaps love and marriage don’t go together like a horse and carriage after all. A new study finds that older Americans looking for love are latching onto a new trend that tempers the demands of a committed relationship, a phenomenon known as “Living Apart Together,” or “LAT.”


Farms are getting bigger and the use of computerize production systems to control and produce are necessary to compete and make a profit.


The Big Bang Theory gang announces that it will continue at least for another two years.

Biggest Achievements
of the Year

The accusations of some women who said they were groped by certain men..


It seems that order to survive today we need to have:
clean air, clean water, organically grown food, shelter, clothing, communications,
financial planners, entertainment, education, security, insurance
- what next?

Ask people living in 3rd world countries if they
have any of these things
and why they keep smiling 

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