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Quote of the Year

 

“..the world is upside down...'”

Harry Friend


"It's hustle time"

Susan Sly


" Family is the way we know how we fit into this world "

Susan Sly

Estimated 2018
World Population

7.7 Billion

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John Tyner

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

 

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Notable Passings in 2018 

Debbie Reynolds - January
Billy Graham - February
Sonia Bata - February
Roger Bannister - March
Stephen Hawking - March
Charlie Strang - March
Winnie Mandela - April
Barbara Bush - April
David Goodall - May
Margot Kidder - May
Tom Wolfe - May
Alan Bean - May
Anthony Bourdain - June
Kate Spade - June
Joe Jackson - June
Tab Hunter - July
Stan Makita - August
Mary Pratt - August
Aretha Franklin - August
Kofi Annan - August
Robin Leach - August
John McCain - August
Neil Simon - August
Burt Reynolds - September
Charles Aznavour - October
Paul Allen - October
Stan Lee- November
Douglas Rain - November
Harry Leslie Smith - November
George H.W. Bush - December
Penny Marshall - December
Nancy Grace Roman - December

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Late in December trailing a global rout, U.S. stocks dropped deep into the red as investors digested the Federal Reserve’s
rate increase and its softer outlook for 2019.

In mid December, Trump decides to quickly pull out his troops in Syrian and Afganistan who have been fight the ISIS and his military advisors say it is a mistake.

During this time, Trump also shut down the government and threatened to close the USA/Mexican border because he could not get support from the Democrats
for $ 5 billion dollars to build a wall along the USA's southern border.

The US mid term elections send the Democrats controlling the House of Representives 233 seats to 200 and the Senate
being closely controlled by 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats (including two independents).

The U.S.’ debt is skyrocketing – and soon the country will spend more on servicing its debt than it will on national defense.

U.S. President Donald Trump could not attend a commemoration in France for American soldiers and marines killed during the First World War because rain made it impossible to arrange transport, the White House said.

The last-minute cancellation prompted widespread criticism on social media and from some officials in Britain and the United States that Trump had "dishonoured" U.S. military personnel.

In the US Mid Term elections, the Democrats have taken control of the House of Representative, in the Senate,  the Republicans now have the majority and in the gubernatorial races there is now a majority of Democrats.

Religious activism against the Jews in America resulted in 11 Jewish people being killed in Pittsburgh by a lone gunman in late October .

The U.S. debt to China is $1.17 trillion as of July 2018. That's 19 percent of the $6.3 trillion in Treasury bills, notes, and bonds held by foreign countries. The rest of the $21 trillion national debt is owned by either the American people or by the U.S. government itself.

Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court Brent Kavanaugh has a rough time getting that seat in the court due to the appearance of Dr Christine Blaise Ford who accuses Kavanaugh of a sexual assault 34 years ago when she was 15 years old.  To solve the problem of whether or not either Dr Ford of Brett Kavanaugh is telling the truth, both the Republican and the Democrats decide to call in the FBI to do a 7 day investigation.  After the release of the FBI report it was found that Dr For;s story could not be adequately collaborated.  A vote was then called to provide Brent Kavanaugh with a seat in the Supreme Court and it was won 51 - 49 in favour of the Republicans.

Donald Trump in his annual speech to the United Nations proposes that isolationism is the way to go in the future for the United States and all countries.

The United States imposes a 10% tariff on Sept 24 on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, increasing to 25% at the end of the year.....

Trump instructed his aides to impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products, adding to the already $50 billion in place.

Late August.. Paul Manafort, Trumps' campaign manager was convicted the same day Trump’s ex-lawyer Micheal Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations.

Early in 2018, President Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium products coming to the US from China and Canada. Retaliatory measures from these two countries have caused increases in consumer prices for products such as lobsters and basket ball hoops.

Trump argues that the press is using Fake news to communicate anti Trump messages.  The press together argue that without a free press democracy is in trouble.

Trump argues that USA gets the short end of the economic stick when it comes to trade making US manufacturers not competitive in the global economy.  This starts trade wars with Canada and China sending the stock market into a tail spin in the early summer of 2018.

Pressured by public and external political pressure, President Trump signs an executive order in June to prevent undocumented immigrant families from being separated at the US-Mexico border.

President Trump and Kim Jung Un of North Korea meet to discuss a peace agreement which includes nuclear disarmourment of North Korea and the stoppage of armourment exercises in the China Sea offshore of North Korea by the USA.

Donald Trump says he is able to pardon himself but because he is innocent there is no reason to do it.

Trump’s cabinet now holds the record for the highest turnover in a CENTURY.

President Trump announces that he will kill the Iran nuclear peace agreeement in early May.

The Trump administration is lays sanctions on 38 Russian oligarchs, government officials and business entities, citing "the Kremlin's malign agenda" that ranges from malicious online campaigns and efforts to undermine democracy to its actions in eastern Ukraine and Syria.

Trump fires Secretary of State Rex Tillersosn and replaces him with Mike Pompao who was CIA Director.  The reason stated for the firing was that Tillerson could not
agree with some of the policies of President Trump.

Stormy Daniels, a pornstar says Donald Trump had a sexual affair with her in 2006 - 2007.  She accuses President Trump personal Lawyer of payment of $130,000 to not tell the public about the affair at a time near the election of Donald Trump.  However, she now says that the agreement was not signed by Donald Trump and is not a valid document which would invalidate the previous agreement. She also says she has photographs proving that the affair took place. As of early March Trump has not declared anything on this matter.

On March 24, thousands of high school students across the USA and supporters marched in protest to lack of gun control.

In mid February a federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russians and three Russian entities in connection with the attack on the 2016 presidential election.
At the end of February in a high school in Florida, 17 high school students and teachers were killed by a lone gunman.  One of the things President Trump
suggested as a solution to all the killings was to arm teachers with hidden weapons.
 Science

90 Billion Tons Of Microbial Organisms Live In Deep Marine Subsurface 1.3 - 5.3 miles deep: More Archaea Than Bacteria

Awesome MIT experimental plane flies silently, may lead to quiet drones
Star Trek-Inspired drone produces thrust by applying a strong electric field to the air.

Two ancient nematodes are moving and eating again for the first time since the Pleistocene age in a major scientific breakthrough, say experts.

On a stage in San Francisco, IBM’s Project Debater spoke, listened and rebutted a human’s arguments in what was described as a groundbreaking display of artificial intelligence.

The union representing more than 3,400 Suncor Energy employees says workers are “under attack” following the news that hundreds of jobs will be lost as the company introduces automated haul trucks and drones in the oilsands.

Economics

 

Volkswagen has been fined another €800 million ($926 million) over its diesel emissions scandal, this time because of failings at its Audi subsidiary.

 

China raised import duties on a $3 billion list of U.S. pork, fruit and other products in early April in an escalating tariff dispute with President Donald Trump that companies worry might depress global commerce.

 

The U.S. International Trade Commission says it did not impose duties on sales of Bombardier's (OTCQX:BDRAF, OTCQX:BDRBF) CSeries jetliner to U.S. carriers because Boeing (NYSE:BA) lost no sales or revenues when Delta Air Lines ordered the aircraft in 2016.

 

Early February, the Dow decides to dive over 1000 points shaking the financial institutions.

Energy

 

Petrotech says they can clean heavy tar sands oil for as littttle as $12 a barrel...

Sports
North and South Korea forms a joint team for the 2018 Olympics.  Philadelphia Eagles wins the Super Bowl.  Roger Federer wins the Australian Open. Villanova wins the final four men's basketball tournament. Patrick Reid wins the Masters Golf Tournament.  Will Power wins the Indy 500 while Danica Patrick crashes in her final race. The Golden State Warriorers basketball team wins the NBA title while the Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup. On the tennis court Rafael Nadal and Katefina Sinakova won the mens and womens single at the French Open tennis match. Angelique Kerber and Novak Djokovic win the women's and men's singles final at Wimbledon. France wins the FIFA World Cup in soccer.  Niaomi Osaka wins the women's New York Open Tennis match over Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic wins the men's single. Tiger Woods wins his 80th PGA Golf Tournament while Justin Rose wins the 2018 Fedex Cup.  Hawaii won the Little League World Series over the weekend, defeating South Korea 3-0 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. A big game was the third game of the World Series when the LA Dogers won in the 18th inning with a score of 3 - 2.  This is now the longest World Series game ever. Boston Red Socks win the World Series over the L.A. Dodgers. Phil Mickelson wins The Match over Tiger Woods on the 22nd hole and brings home $9 M. In Canadian CFL Football, it was Calgary Stampeders over the Ottawa Red Blacks to win the Grey Cup.

Canada, Mexico and USA will host the 2026 FIFA soceer World Cup.

Space

Japan lands their spaceship on an astreriod and will be collecting samples to return to earth in 2020.

NASA is planning a deep-space habitat around the moon called the Lunar Orbiting Platform Gateway, as the next destination for astronauts. The cis-lunar space station will be a waypoint for future missions to the moon and beyond.

NASA launches an exploratory probe in August that will orbit within 3.9 million miles of the sun's surface in 2024.

Trump wants to create a USA military space force and announces it will be up and ready by 2020

Musk launches the most powerful rocket into space with his car as the payload.
Health

 

High-fructose corn syrup is worse for you than regular table sugar (sucrose). 

 

Eating fatty foods is the ONLY cause of weight gain, not carbs, according to a new study.

 

Studies show that drinking less alcohol is definitely better for your long-term health than drinking a lot.

 

Fat cells from a donor can be now converted into stem cells and can repair any damaged tissues of that donor.

 

Immunotherapy transforms lung cancer, the biggest cancer killer.

Environment

 

 

The population of wild reindeer, or caribou, in the Arctic has crashed by more than half in the last two decades from almost 5 million to around 2.1 million animals.

 

The Arctic has been warmer over the last five years than at any time since records began in 1900, and the region is warming at twice the rate as the rest of the planet.

 

Global carbon emissions will jump to a record high in 2018, according to a report, dashing hopes a plateau of recent years would be maintained. It means emissions are heading in the opposite direction to the deep cuts urgently needed, say scientists, to fight climate change. 

 

Earth's protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report said.
 

The new study says the oceans have absorbed far more heat than previously thought.

 

Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds....

 

Carbon dioxide levels measured at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory averaged more than 410 parts per million in April and May, the highest monthly averages ever recorded, scientists from NOAA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego

 

The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study.

 

A big volcano on the Big Island erupts sending new rivers of lava into the Pacific in Hawaii.

 

A new range of meat-free dumplings have been created by Canadian scientists and Hong Kong climate campaigners in the hope of persuading the world’s biggest carnivores (the Chinese) to stop pigging out – and in doing so help save the environment.

 

NASA's $10M Carbon Monitoring System Gets Shut Down By Trump Administration As CO2 Levels Rise to record levels

 

The average concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere just topped 410 parts per million, according to measurements from Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii

 

Around 700 million people in 43 countries suffer today from water scarcity. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world's population could be living under water stressed conditions.


Th
e ozone layer that protects life on Earth from deadly ultraviolet radiation is unexpectedly declining above the planet's most populated regions. 

 

The United Nations said that 2017 was the second or third warmest on record behind 2016, and the hottest without an extra dose of heat caused by an El Nino event in the Pacific Ocean,

 

2017, one of the hottest years in modern history, was also an extremely costly year. According to a new report from the National Centers for Environmental Information, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), "the U.S. experienced 16 weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding $1 billion, with total costs of approximately $306 billion—a new U.S. annual record."

 

The Ozone hole is slowly healing as result of actions carried out by countries and companies.

 

For 20 years, China has essentially been the UK's plastic dump. Now that door is closed and nobody knows what to do.
China doesn't want the world's garbage anymore. For the past twenty years, it has imported enormous quantities of waste plastic from countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. But last year, it announced it would no longer do so. The ban on imported plastics went into effect on January 1, 2018.


Peace

The US Army's headquarters in South Korea, located in the capital Seoul since the end of WWII, has moved to a $11bn base in the rural south

Trump cancels  the USA/North Korean Summit scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.  Then in a few weeks goes to the summit and negotiates
a peace deal with the North Korean leader.

North and South Korea vow to end the Korean War in historic accord at the end of April.

Kim Jong-Um says North Korea no longer needs nuclear tests as formal talks between the US and Korea get closer.

US, Britian and France bomb Syria in retaliation of Syria chemical bombing of their own country in mid April.

President Donald Trump agrees to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un by May 2018.


North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, has told South Korean envoys that his country is willing to begin negotiations with the United States on abandoning its nuclear weapons and that it would suspend all nuclear and missile tests while it is engaged in such talks, South Korean officials said on March 4th

North Korea will meet with South Korea in some sort of Peace talks prior to the 2018 Olympic Games held in South Korea.

Religion

Israeli scholars have pieced together and deciphered one of two previously unread manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls more than half a century since their discovery, an Israeli university has said.

Internet
Facebook Watch hits 75 million viewers a day, and 400 million a month, but is still significantly smaller than YouTube and its 1.9 billion monthly users.

Facebook loses $100 billion in value in one day in the stock market in late July.

Bill Gates hails 'huge milestone' for AI as bots work in a team to destroy humans at video game 'Dota 2'
.

Communications


Testing of 5G digital signal communications systems are beginning. This new technology will provide the more speed and efficency to the now crowded internet for the onset of driverless electric transportation, distance medical operations and AI applications.

Living


According to the New York Times, AI specialists can demand compensation of between $300,000 and $500,000, including salary and company stock, with just a few years of experience

India's Supreme Court has struck down a colonial-era law criminalizing consensual gay sex, overturning more than 150 years of anti-LGBT legislation.

In July, a teenage Thai soceer team with their coach are found deep in a cave where they were trapped for 17 days...
Then a team of international divers extracted all 12 team members + their coach safely from the cave. The
world media who were watching cheered.

More illicit drugs are being produced and consumed than ever before, according to a new UN report.

Canada becomes the second country to legalize pot. It was legal to smoke pot on October 17 in Canada
for both medicial and recreational purposes.


Catholic Ireland overthrows their antiabortion laws to allow abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Teenagers in the USA lobby for climate control and new gun laws.

Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle in May.

Agriculture


Severe weather all over the planet has caused some difficulties for countries bringing in record crops.

Entertainment


Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons leads the pack for highest paid TV actor in 2018 with $26.5 million.

Comedian Bill Crosby gets 3-10 years in state prison for drugging and sexual assaulting a woman. He was also deemed as a "sexually violent predator" for life.

It was announced that the  popular television show "The Big Bang Theory" will complete its 12th season in 2019 and then close much to the sorrow of their huge TV audience.

Biggest Achievements
of the Year

None that I can think of ...Especially the fact that during the USA Mid Term elections there was very little talk about how to solve the present gun violence.

 

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, and money
- what next?

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