Fish jokes here? On Sept. 18 (Thur.) the 2014 Referendum on Scottish Independence sees 55%-45% vote to stay in the U.K. after a 84.6% turnout, highest in the U.K. since Jan. 1910 over universal suffrage, causing Scottish PM #4 (since May 16, 2007) Alex Salmond to resign, and Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon (1970-) to become Scottish PM #5 on Nov. 20, becoming the first woman. On Sept. 19 a mass Muslim protest in Germany sponsored by the Coordination Council of Muslims (2K mosques) calls for peace and tolerance and against the alleged misuse of the name of Islam by ISIS et al. On Sept. 19 (Fri.) Pres. Obama walks out of a Pentagon meeting about ISIS over remarks made about Islam, with the soundbyte that it "inappropriate" to "try and paint all of Islam with the same brush"; he then heads to Camp David for the weekend. On Sept. 19 (7:20 p.m. local time) intruder Omar J. Gonzalez (an Iraq War vet with PTSD) jumps a fence and runs into the White House before being tackled. On Sept. 20 (6:30 a.m.) 46 Turkish hostages taken on June 11 by ISIS are freed. On Sept. 20 the Lebanese army shells ISIS positions near Indrajith, Lebanon, killing 11 and arresting two. On Sept. 20 Qatar expels senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders. On Sept. 20 the IAEA in Vienna votes 58-? against an Arab-backed draft resolution calling on Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). On Sept. 21 Climate Change Protests are held in hundreds of cities worldwide, incl. 310K in New York City. On Sept. 21 ISIS closes in on the N border town of Ayn al-Arab, Syria, causing 100K Syrian Kurds to flee into Turkey. On Sept. 21 a riot caused by Allah Akbar-shouting Muslims in Goulburn Jail in N.S.W., Australia becomes the worst riot in the country in 10 years. On Sept. 21 British politician Paul Weston gives a speech in London calling PM David Cameron a "coward" and "traitor" for calling for more Muslim faces in govt. On Sept. 21 (night) Israeli authorities arrest seven Palestinians near Hebron, Israel for plotting a Rosh Hashana attack near Jerusalem. On Sept. 21 Pres. Obama gives his Latte Salute to the U.S. Marine Corps while stepping off a heli in New York City. On Sept. 21 Pope Francis gives a Speech on ISIS, with the soundbyte: "May no one use religion as a pretext for actions against human dignity and against the fundamental rights of every man and woman, above all, the right to life and the right of everyone to religious freedom." On Sept. 22 China and Iran begin their first-ever joint naval exercises in the Persian Gulf. On Sept. 22 Jordan arrests 11 ISIS members for planning "terrorist operations". On Sept. 22 the Obama admin. confirms that the FBI is only monitoring American Muslims who have returned to the U.S. after fighting for ISIS. On Sept. 22 (night) the U.S. stages its first bombing missions in Syria against ISIS targets, becoming the first combat missions for the new F-22 Raptor; Pres. Obama orders night missions to minimize terrorist deaths? On Sept. 22 Calif. gov. Jerry Brown signs a law that deletes the terms "husband" and "wife" from the state marriage law, and substitutes "spouse" in order to accommodate same-sex marriages. On Sept. 22 the Algerian jihadist Jund al-Khilafah (Soldiers of the Caliphate) group kidnaps French citizen Herve Gourdel, then on Sept. 24 releases showing him beheaded after its demand that French airstrikes on Iraq halt is not met. On Sept. 23 China sentences Muslim Uighur leader Ilham Tohti to life in prison. On Sept. 23 the 2014 U.N. Leader's Climate Summit in New York City tries to get world leaders to unite in actions toward closing the emissions gap and achieving a low carbon emission paradise, aiming for a 2C limit but really wanting a 1.5C increase, resulting in the New York Declaration of Forests, written by Washington, D.C.-based Climate Advisers, pledging to halve the deforestation rate by 2020 and end it by 2030, while restoring a degraded land area larger than India; it is signed by 37 govts., 20 sub-nat. govts., 53 multi-nat. corps., 16 indigenous community groups, and 63 NGOs; on Sept. 23 Pres. Obama gives a speech at the U.N. Climate Conference in New York City, calling for an internat. effort to combat global warming, and dissing China and India, with the soundbyte: "Nobody gets a pass. We have to raise our collective ambition." Clueless in New York? On Sept. 24 Pres. Obama gives a speech to the U.N. Gen. Assembly, vowing to lead a coalition to dismantle ISIS, which he calls a "network of death", with the soundbytes: "We come together at a crossroads between war and peace, between disorder and integration, between fear and hope", with "a sense that the very forces that have brought us together have created new dangers, and made it difficult for any single nation to insulate itself from global forces"; the world's problems demand attention but "are also symptoms of a broader problem, the failure of our international system to keep pace with an interconnected world when it's "inconvenient"; but "All of us, big nations and small must meet our responsibility to observe and enforce international norms"; "America is not the same as it was 100 years ago, 50 years ago, or even a decade ago because we fight for our ideals, and we are willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short, because we hold our leaders accountable, and insist on a free press and an independent judiciary, because we address our differences in the open space of democracy, with respect for the rule of law, with a place for people of every race and every religion, and with an unyielding belief in the ability of individual men and women to change their communities and their circumstances and their countries for the better"; "In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri... And like very country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile the vast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with the traditions that we hold dear"; "[W]e have reaffirmed that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. Islam teaches peace. Muslims the world over aspire to live with dignity and a sense of justice. And when it comes to America and Islam, there is no us and them, there is only us, because millions of Muslim Americans are part of the fabric of our country." On Sept. 24 after trying to convert co-workers and being fired from Vaughan Foods in Moore, Okla. for preaching Sharia incl. stoning of women, Muslim convert Jah'Keem Yisrael (Alton Alexander Nolen) (1984-) goes on a killing spree, stabbing employee Tracy Johnson and beheading employee Colleen Hufford (b. 1960) before being shot by COO Mark Vaughan; in Oct. 2017 Nolen is convicted of murder and sentenced to death; meanwhile an Obama official flies in from Washington, D.C to thank Nolen's Muslim congregation in Okla. City, with the soundbyte: "Your service is a powerful example of the powerful roots of the Abrahamic faiths and how our communities can come together with shared peace with dignity and a sense of justice." On Sept. 25 ISIS overruns ? Army Base near Baghdad, executing 300 Iraqi soldiers. On Sept. 26 the Iguala Massacre sees police fire on protesting student teachers (normalistas) in Iguala, Guerrero State, Mexico, killing three and disappearing 43, who the Mexican atty. gen. announces are dead on Nov. 7, launching the Mexican Autumn, a nat. protest movement that verges on a rev.; on Oct. 22 50K march in Mexico City to protest corruption in Guerrero state. On Sept. 26 the U.N. Human Rights Council by 25-14 passes a landmark LGBT Rights Resolution backed by the gay U.S., condemning violence and discrimination, which Pakistan calls a "divisive and controversial initiative". On Sept. 26 Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas gives a speech to the U.N. Gen. Assembly, dissing Israel for its Gaza "genocide", with the soundbyte "We will not forget, and we will not forgive." On Sept. 28 Pres. Obama gives an interview to Steve Kroft of CBS-TV's 60 Minutes, with the soundbyte: "Well, I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria"; meanwhile Repub. House Speaker John Boehner utters the soundbyte that the U.S. may "have no choice" but to send combat troops to fight ISIL. On Sept. 28 Shiite suicide bombers attack Majzar, Yemen E of Sana'a, killing 15 and injuring 50+. On Sept. 29 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech to the U.N. Gen. Assembly, dissing Mahmoud Abbas for "the brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country and the brave soldiers who defend it", saying that Israel's fight against hamas is part of a global fight against militant Islam which is "on the march", adding that "Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas", and that they share a "fanatical creed"; "The Nazis believed in a master race, militant Islamists believe in a master faith"; "To disarm ISIS but leave Iran with the bomb would be to win the battle but lose the war"; "Would you let ISIS enrich uranium... develop ICBMS? Of course you wouldn't. Then you mustn't let Iran do those things either." On Sept. 29 U.S. State Dept. spokesman Jen Psaki utters the clueless soundbyte: "The Palestinian people are friends of the United States". On Sept. 30 (dawn) with assistance from British warplanes and Sunni tribal forces, Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces seize the strategic Rabia border crossing with Syria. On Sept. 30 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) announce that the first case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the U.S., in Thomas Eric Duncan (b. 1972) of Dallas, Tex., who dies on Oct. 8; on Oct. 12 Dallas, Tex. nurse Nina Pham (1988-) becomes the first person to contract Ebola within U.S. borders, fanning the flames of an Ebola scare; on Oct. 14 Amber Joy Vinson becomes nurse #2. On Sept. 30 new (since Sept. 29) Afghan pres. Ashraf Ghani signs the bilateral U.S.-Afghan Security Agreement, which continues past the end of the year, allowing 10K U.S. troops to remain; the agreement pisses-off the Taliban, which threatens "Sharia judgment and punishment". In Sept. Al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) announces its formation. In Sept. Bulgaria completes the first 20-mi. section of a border fence with Turkey to stop illegal immigration, mainly Muslim. In Sept. the article Ten Percent Is Not Enough, condemning the effort to integrate African slaves into Am. white society as futile is pub. in the American Renaissance Blog, after which it circulates slowly until it is attributed to the Baltimore Sun and renamed "The Black Dilemma", after which it goes viral; it contains the soundbytes: "The experiment has failed. Not because of culture, or white privilege, or racism. The fundamental problem is that white people and black people are different. They differ intellectually and temperamentally. These differences result in permanent social incompatibility"; "Our rulers don't seem to understand just how tired their white subjects are with this experiment. They don't understand that white people aren't out to get black people; they are just exhausted with them. They are exhausted by the social pathologies, the violence, the endless complaints, the blind racial solidarity, the bottomless pit of grievances, the excuses, the reflexive animosity. The elites explain everything with 'racism', and refuse to believe that white frustration could soon reach the boiling point"; "They will be the only ones who are surprised when real revolution comes to the United States, and that it is white people who lead the revolt." In Sept. the U.S. unemployment rate falls to 5.9%, adding 248K jobs. On Oct. 1 two car bombs near a school in Homs, Syria kill 48 incl. 41 children; meanwhile ISIS releases videos of the beheading of nine Kurish fighters incl. three women. On Oct. 1 a car bomb near some markets in Baghdad, Iraq kill 15 and injure 40. On Oct. 1 former U.S. pres. Jimmy Carter gives an interview to CNBC, saying that he couldn't beaten Ronald Reagan if he had been "more manly" and bombed Iran. On Oct. 2 the parliament of Turkey votes to authorize cross-border military operations against ISIS and to permit U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition forces to use Turkish military bases; too bad, their real goal is not to defeat ISIS but to oust Syrian pres. Bashar al-Assad? On Oct. 4 (a.m.) al-Qaida-linked militants ambush U.N. peacekeepers in Mali, killing nine, becoming the deadliest peacekeeper attack in Mali since their mission was launched in July 2013. On Oct. 4 the Pakistani Taliban declares allegiance to ISIS, then backtracks with the statement that it's loyal to supreme leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. On Oct. 5 an explosion at the Iranian Fordow Nuclear Plant kills two; a Mossad operation? On Oct. 5 (night) the Al Nusrah Front raids Qunyeh, Syria in NW Syria and kidnaps a Franciscan priest and 20 other Christians. On Oct. 6 (Mon.) the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court begins its session, promptly denying seven petitions regarding same-sex marriages, allowing them to to proceed in five states incl. Va. On Oct. 7 Hezbollah bombs Israeli troops in the Shebaa Hills on the Lebanon border, injuring two. On Oct. 7 London police arrest four Muslims for plotting to behead people on the streets of London. On Oct. 7 protests by Kurds throughout Europe draw attention to the ISIS attack on Kobani; on Oct. 10 (a.m.) protests in Hamburg turn violent when local Salafis confront them. On Oct. 8 a blood moon. On Oct. 9 two suicide bombings targeting Houthis in Sana'a, Yemen kill 67. On Oct. 10 Sweden recognizes the state of Palestine; not to be outdone, on Oct. 13 the British Parliament votes 274-12 to do ditto. On Oct. 12 three suicide car bomb attacks in Kurdish-controlled Baquba, Iraq kill 25 Kurdish veterans lining up to reenlist. On Oct. 12 U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess strikes down the same-sex marriage ban in Alaska, calling the legislature's actions "irrational". On Oct. 12 after her 78-y.-o. patient Rosa Calderoni at Umberto I Hospital in Lugo is found dead on Apr. 8 with abnormally high blood levels of potassium, along with two more the same day, Italian nurse Daniela Poggiali (1972-) is arrested for kiling up to 38 patients for being "annoying" with "pushy relatives". On Oct. 13 U.N. secy.-gen. Ban Ki-moon criticizes Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu for going ahead with plans to build 2.5K new Jewish homes in Givat Hamatos in East Jerusalem, calling it a "clear violation of international law", causing Netanyahu to respond that "Israel doesn't occupy Gaza. Israel left Gaza to the very last centimeter, to the the very last inch." On Oct. 13 the city council of Seattle, Wash. votes unanimously to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. On Oct. 14 Iran and six major powers begin a new round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna, Austria to try and reach a draft final agreement before the Nov. 24 deadline. On Oct. 14 Turkey denies the U.S. permission for use of Incirlik Air Base to fight ISIS, embarrassing Obama admin. officials Susan Rice et al., who had announced a deal; instead Turkey announces that it's not interested in fighting ISIL, only the Assad regime, and bombs Kurds instead of ISIS? On Oct. 15 the Pentagon officially names its Combined Joint Task Force campaign against ISIS Operation Inherent Resolve, backed by 60+ countries. On Oct. 16 the U.N. Gen. Assembly elects Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain, and Venezuela to serve as non-permanent members of the U.N. Security Council for two years starting on Jan. 1; Venezuela's election pisses-off the U.S., with Samantha Power uttering the soundbyte: "Venezuela's conduct at the U.N. has run counter to the spirit of the U.N. Charter, and its violations of human rights at home are at odds with the Charter's letter." On Oct. 17 Ariz. and Alaska become U.S. states #30 and #31 to recognize same-sex marriage. On Oct. 17 Pres. Obama appoints Al Gore's former chief of staff Ron Klain as the new U.S. Ebola czar. On Oct. 17-? the Big Swedish Sub Hunt sees Swedish forces stage the biggest sub hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union in the Stockholm Archipelago after a foreign sub is suspected of illegally entering; Russia denies involvement. On Oct. 18 100K protest in Piazza Duomo in Milan, Italy against the immigrant rescue operation Mare Nostrum and all Muslim immigration. On Oct. 18 Roman Catholic bishop in the Vatican scrap a landmark welcome to gays after breaking ranks with Pope Francis. On Oct. 19 Comet Sliding Spring skims Mars, bombarding it with thousands of fireballs an hour. On Oct. 20 Sunni attacks on Shiites in Baghdad, Iraq kill 33+. On Oct. 20 Kenyan soldiers kill five suspected Al Shaab militants in Moyala, Kenya near the Ethiopian border. On Oct. 20 Muslim convert Marin Couture-Rouleau (1989-) runs down two Canadian soldiers in his car in Quebec before rolling, er, running, chasing police officers with a knife, and being shot; one soldier is killed. On Oct. 20 Nigeria declares itself officially Ebola-free. On Oct. 20 (9:57 p.m.) African-Am. Laquan McDonald is shot 16x and killed by white police officer Jason Van Dyke (1978-) in Chicago, Ill. while walking down the street carrying an unopened 3 in. folding knife, after which the officers lie about the incident, claiming that McDonald lunged at them, and end up charged with first-degree murder after a public outcry and protests; in Jan. 2017 the U.S. Dept. of Justice releases a report describing the Chicago police as having a culture of "excessive violence" esp. against blacks, plus poor training and supervision; on June 27, 2017 three officers are indicted for their attempted coverup; on Jan. 18 after they are declared not guilty, Jason Van Dyke is sentenced to 81 mo. for 2nd degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery. On Oct. 21 Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announces that Turkey will permit Kurdish fighters from Iraqi Kurdistan to cross into Syria to defend Kobani, but not Turkish Kurds. On Oct. 21 three Am. Muslim (Somali, Sudanese) teenie girls missing since Oct. 17 from their homes in Colo. are arrested in Germany while en route to Syria to join ISIS. On Oct. 21 a judge upholds the same-sex marriage ban in Puerto Rico. On Oct. 22 Sinai-based Ansar Bait al-Maqdis terrorists attack and injure two Israeli soldiers near the Egyptian border. On Oct. 22 an explosion outside Cairo U. in Egypt injures nine incl. five policemen. On Oct. 22 (10:00 a.m.) Muslim convert gunman Michael Abdul Zehaf Bibeau opens fire at the Canadian Parliament and War Memorial in Ottawa, killing Cpl. Nathan Cirillo (b. 1990) before being killed. On Oct. 22 British PM David Cameron awards £8M to the Charity Commission to "confront the menace of extremism" by policing bogus charities that divert money to terrorists. On Oct. 22 (eve) a Hamas terrorist rams a light rail station near the nat. police HQ at Guzh Etzion in Jerusalem, Israel, killing 3-mo.-o. baby Chaya Zisel Braun and injuring 7+ pedestrians before being killed; on Oct. 26 1K new Israeli security forces arrive in Jerusalem. On Oct. 23 masked Muslims throw rocks at a kindergarten in Ma'ale ha-Zeitim, Jerusalem, Israel On Oct. 23 (2:00 p.m. EDT) the 2014 Queens Hatchet Attack in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y. sees recent Am. Muslim convert Zale H. Thompson (b. 1982) attack four police officers, injuring Kenneth Healey and Joseph Meeker on a crowded street corner in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y. with an 18 in. hatchet before he is killed by the officers, who injure a female civilian with a stray bullet. On Oct. 23 New York physician Craig Spencer tests positive for Ebola, becoming #4 in the U.S. On Oct. 23 China launches the Chang'e 5 T1 lunar probe, which returns on Oct. 31. On Oct. 24 Palestinian-Am. teenie Orwa Abd al-Wahhab hammadi (b. 1997) is killed by Israeli troops while trying to throw a gasoline bomb in Silwad (near Ramallah). On Oct. 24 a car bomb in Sinai Peninsula in Egypt kills 26 soldiers and injures 28 more; hours later three security forces are shot dead at a checkpoint near El Arish, causing Egypt to close the Gaza crossing until Nov. 26. On Oct. 24 "1-man crime spree" Marcelo Marquez (1980-) of Salt Lake City, Utah shoots three N Calif. sheriff's deputies, killing two, and injures a civilian before being captured in a massive manhunt. On Oct. 26 the first-ever elections in Tunisia see voters pick 217 legislators from 13K candidates in 90 parties. On Oct. 26 (Sun.) the U.S. and British close their last bases in Afghanistan, Camp Leatherneck and Camp Bastion; on Oct. 27 Taliban militants attack a court in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 7+. On Oct. 26 the police dept. of Boston, Mass. promotes Habeeb Hosein (1962-) to captain, becoming the first Muslim. On Oct. 27 an ISIS suicide bomber in Jurf al-Sakhar, Iraq kills 27 Shiite militiamen. On Oct. 28 the $200M unmanned NASA Antares rocket explodes seconds after liftoff from Wallops Island, Va. On Oct. 28 an anon. "senior Obama administration official" gives an interview to Atlantic mag. journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, calling Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu a "chickenshit" - and these are your friends? On Oct. 29 ISIS executes 46 fighters from the Albu Nimr tribe in the street in Heet, Iraq in Anbar Province. On Oct. 29 an assassination attempt against prominent right-wing Jewish activist Yehuda Glick (1965-) on the Temple Mount (Al-Aqsa) of Jerusalem leads to Israel closing it on Oct. 30, causing Palestinian Authority pres. Mahmoud Abbas to call it a "declaration of war"; the area is reopened on Oct. 31; on Nov. 7 Palestinians in Jerusalem stage a Day of Rage against Israel to protest entry restrictions on the Temple Mount. On Oct. 29 30 Islamic jihadists kill French commando Thomas Dupuy in a firefight in Kidal Province, Mali; 20 jihadists are killed. On Oct. 30 a firefight with al-Qaida militants kills nine troops in Niger. On Oct. 30 mass graves containing 220 victims of ISIS are found in Anbar Province, Iraq. On Oct. 30 after pres. (since Oct. 15, 1987) Blaise Comparore tries to change the constitution to stay in office, the Burkinabe (Burkinab√©) Uprising in Burkina Faso begins, with rioters burning the nat. assembly and other govt. bldgs., causing Compaore to dissolve the govt. and declare a state of emergency, which doesn't stop them, after which on Oct. 31 he flees to Cote d'Ivoire. On Oct. 31 Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket crashes in the Mojave Desert in Calif. during a test flight, killing pilot Donny Youngblood. On Oct. 31 Mexico frees U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi after 7 mo. (214 days) in prison on trumped-up charges while the Obama admin. yawns. In Oct. the Russian inventory of nukes passes that of the U.S. for the first time since 2000, 1,643 to 1,642; both are in violation of the 2010 START treaty, which prescribes a limit of 1,550. In Oct. PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident) is founded in Germany by former cook Lutz Bachmann (1974-), gaining 10K members by Dec. who march in Dresden and other German cities against Islamization of Germany, becoming known as the Pinstriped Nazis for their middle class middle aged membership; meanwhile chancellor Angela Merkel ostriches and wallows in the racist label, saying that there is "no place in Germany" for hatred of Muslims, and "no alternative" to freedom of movement within the EU for Muslims et al.; in 2015 Bachmann steps down as leader after a photo of him posing as Adolf Hitler goes viral - love them even though the Quran teaches them to hate you and rule you? In Oct. the U.S. unemployment rate drops to 5.8%, with 9M unemployed, and nonfarm payroll employment rising to 214K. On Nov. 1 (Feast of All Saints) Pope Francis gives a speech to a crowd in St. Peter's Square in Rome, calling for the faithful to pray for violence-soaked Jerusalem. On Nov. 1 the Pan-Arab Nat. Movement in the Palestinian Interior AKA Kifah (Arab. "struggle"), founded by Ayman Hajj Yahya and Ghassan 'Athamla holds its organizing meeting with the goal of returning all Palestinian refugees to the Holy Land and delegitimizing Israel. On Nov. 1 (night) moderate Syrian Harakat Hazm rebels surrender to Jabhat al-Nusra in N Idlib Province, capturing U.S. TOW missiles. On Nov. 2 a suicide blast at the Pakistani-Indian border in Punjab kills 55+; Pakistani Taliban splinter group Jundallah takes credit. On Nov. 3 U.S. oil prices fall to below $80 a barrel (lowest in two years) after Saudi Arabia cuts prices in response to the U.S. oil drilling boom, which has increased production by 70% in the last six years and reduced OPEC imports by 50%; U.S. retail gasoline prices fall below $3 a gal. for the first time since 2010. On Nov. 3 German police announce that the infamous iron "Arbeit macht frei" gate in Dachau Concentration Camp has been stolen. On Nov. 4 anti-Shiite violence in Saudi Arabia results in 15 arrests in six cities and two killed. On Nov. 4 after hearing that a BBQ briquet, er, Quran has been desecrated, a Muslim mob beats and burns pregnant Christian mother Shama and her Christian husband Shahzad to death in a kiln in Kot Radha Kishan, Pakistan 60 km SW of Lahore; 44 are arrested; on Nov. 6 (5:00 a.m.) Pakistani police officer Faraz Naveed hacks Tufail Haider (b. 1959) to death in his cells after he is heard blaspheming Islam. On Nov. 4 (Tues.) the 2014 U.S. nat. elections are a landslide for the Repubs., who take complete control of the House and Senate; the worst election performance by a sitting president's party since Truman; the first Congress with 100 women concurrently serving; marijuana is legalized in Washington, D.C., Ore., and Alaska; meanwhile in Iraq the annual Shiite Ashoura celebration takes places sans murders. On Nov. 4 Calif. passes Proposition 2: the Rainy Day Budget Stabilization Fund Act, which fills-up fast, reaching $13.5B by July 1, 2019. On Nov. 4 U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree rules that the same-sex marriage ban in Kan. is unconstitutional, citing the 10th Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. On Nov. 4 (night) a drone strike in C Yemen kills Ansar al-Sharia leader Nabil al-Dahab and four other al-Qaida members incl. Shawki al-Badani, a leader of AQAP. On Nov. 5 (noon) Hamas jihadist Ibrahim al-Akari driving a van rams pedestrians along the light rail line in Jerusalem, Israel, killing one border patrol officer and injuring 14; hours later a vehicle driven by a Palestinian rams and injures three IDF soldiers near a refugee camp in al-Arroub (near Hebron), Israel. On Nov. 5 mortars fall on a school in Qaboun, Damascus, Syria, killing 11 children. On Nov. 5 Canadian immigration minister Chris Alexander announces the new Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act, banning entry of migrants who practice "barbaric" polygamy. On Nov. 6 Muslim Brotherhood leader Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi posts a message on his Web site calling on Muslims to fight "the greatest battle of liberation" against Israel and the Jews. On Nov. 6 ISIS fires a Russian-made scud missile from Kobane, Syria, which Turkish defenses fail to stop, raising concerns. On Nov. 7 a column of 32 Russian tanks cross into E Ukraine. On Nov. 7 police in the U.K. arrest four suspected Islamist terrorists in London, England, foiling an attack planned for Remembrance Day (Nov. 11) to stab Elizabeth II to death. On Nov. 8-11 U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura presents the De Mistura Plan to Syrian pres. Bashar al-Assad, calling for a freeze in fighting and preservation of the status quo. On Nov. 10 an Arab terrorist stabs an IDF soldier near the central bus station in Tel Aviv, Israel; later a second attack in Alon Shvut, Samaria injures two. On Nov. 10 a Boko Haram suicide bomber in a student uniform detonates at a h.s. assembly in Potiskum, Nigeria, killing 48 and injuring 79 students of 2K; a suicide bomb a week earlier in the same city killed 30 moderate Muslims during a religious procession. On Nov. 10 Pres. Obama arrives in Beijing, China to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting, where Chinese pres. Xi Jinping uses the loaded term "Asia-Pacific dream"; on Nov. 11 Obama and Jinping announce a joint pledge to make steep cuts in carbon emissions by 2030. On Nov. 11 Germans celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall with lights and (99 red?) balloons. On Nov. 12 (early a.m.) a U.S. drone strike in Azzan, Shabwa, Yemen kills seven AQAP terrorists gathered under a group of trees. On Nov. 12 (1:00 p.m.) a Dutch suicide bomber detonates at a police HQ in Baghdad, Iraq, killing five and injuring 10. On Nov. 12 protesters in Istanbul, Turkey attack three U.S. sailors, attempting to place plastic bags over their heads while shouting "Yankee go home". On Nov. 12 Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu announces that Russia is sending long-range bombers to maintain a military presence in the W Atlantic and E Pacific incl. the Caribbean (Cuba, Mexico). Muslim infiltration of the federal govt. proceeds at jet speed? On Nov. 13 (Thur.) the U.S. House of Reps in Washington, D.C. allows Muslim imam Hamad Ahmad Chebli of the Islamic Society of N.J. to deliver the opening prayer; on Nov. 14 (a.m.) (Fri.) (after Muslim Brotherhood influence?) (100th anniv. of the last call to jihad by the Ottoman caliphate) the first-ever Muslim prayer service (Jumu'ah) is held at Wash. Nat. Cathedral in Washington, D.C., run by Rev. Canon Gina Campbell; Christian woman Christine Weick (1964-) of Tenn. yells "Jesus Christ is Lord", and is ejected; Rev. Franklin Graham calls it "sad to see". On Nov. 16 (a.m.) an explosion targets female Afghan lawmaker Shukria Barekzai in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing four and injuring 20; she survives. On Nov. 16 ISIS releases a video showing the beheading of Am. Islam convert (2013) hostage Peter "Abdul-Rahman" Kassig (b. 1988) (former U.S. Army Ranger) in Dabiq, Syria, causing Imam, er, Pres. Obama to utter the soundbyte: "ISIL's actions represent no faith, least of all the Muslim faith, which Abdul-Rahman adopted as his own. Today we grieve together, yet we also recall that the indomitable spirit of goodness and perseverance that burned so brightly in Abdul-Rahman Kassig, and which binds humanity together, ultimately is the light that will prevail over the darkness of ISIL", calling the murder "an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity"; radial Jewish-Am. lawyer Stanley Cohen almost gets al-Qaida to unite with ISIS in an attempt to free Kassig? On Nov. 16 a female suicide bomber at a mobile phone market in Azare, Bauchi, Nigeria kills eight. On Nov. 16 the UAE designates 85 orgs. incl. the Am. Muslim groups CAIR and Muslim Am. Society (MAS) as terrorist groups, pissing-off the latter bigtime, since they've worked so hard to infiltrate U.S. society and govt.; British groups on the list incl. Islamic Relief, Muslim Assoc. of Britain (MAB), and Cordoba Foundation. On Nov. 16 leaders of the G20 Group of Nations give permission for banks to pledge depositor accounts as collateral to make leveraged derivative bets, AKA worldwide bail-ins. On Nov. 17 Palestinian bus driver Yusuf Hasan al-Ramouni (b. 1982) from al-Tur, East Jerusalem, Israel is found hanged to death in his vehicle by an Israeli lynch mob at the Har Hotzvim bus terminal NW of Jerusalem; meanwhile Palestinians in Gaza and Lebanon celebrate the Jerusalem synagogue attack. On Nov. 17 the Chinese govt. announces the arrest of 288 people for corruption, claiming that 18K officials have fled in the past 20 years taking $129B with them. On Nov. 17 Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon declares a state of emergency in Ferguson, Mo. on the eve of the grand jury decision about white killer cop Darren Wilson and his Aug. 9 killing of black resident Mike Brown. On Nov. 17 Pres. Obama disavows knowledge of the statements by MIT prof. Jonathan Gruber that ObamaCare is a con game based on the stupidity of the Am. people because it's not insurance it's yet another tax on the rich to give to the poor. On Nov. 18 (a.m.) the 2014 Jerusalem Synagogue (Haredi Har Nof) Massacre sees two gun-and-axe-wielding Palestinians burst into a synagogue during morning prayers in Jerusalem, killing three American and one British Israeli immigrant, and wounding eight, incl. an Israeli Druze police officer, who later dies; seven worshipers are injured; the police kill the attackers, becoming the deadliest terrorist attack in Jerusalem since the Mar. 2008 Mercaz HaRav Massacre; the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) claims responsibility; meanwhile a vote in Spain recognizes a Palestinian state. On Nov. 18 all 50 U.S. states experience a cold wave, hitting freezing temps incl. 30F on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, smashing 1,360 daily low records across the U.S. in a single week, incl. a record 76 in. of snow near Buffalo, N.Y.; meanwhile Pres. Obama devotes his final two years in office to combating global warming :) On Nov. 20 a Boko Haram attack in Azaya Kura, Borno, Nigeria kills 45+. On Nov. 20 senior ISIS leader Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni is killed in an air strike in Mosul, Iraq. On Nov. 20 a gunman at the Strozier Library at Fla. State U. in Tallahassee, Fla. injures three students before being killed by campus police. On Nov. 20 Pres. Obama issues an executive order for "deferred action", which would allow 45% of illegal immigrants in the U.S. to legally stay and work, taking the heat off 5M illegal immigrants but not granting them amnesty, pissing-off Repubs., who are looking for any excuse to impeach him for overreaching; on Dec. 16 U.S. federal judge Arthur J. Schwab finds it unconstitutional, overstepping lawful pres. authority. On Nov. 20 Am. country music star Ty Herndon (1962-) comes out as gay, followed hours later by country singer Billy Gilman (1988-). On Nov. 22 Al-Shabaab militants massacre 28 infidels on a bus near the Somalian border of Kenya. On Nov. 22 Allied Dem. Forces (ADF) Islamists massacre 50 near the Ugandan border with axes in 90% Christian Beni, DRC. On Nov. 22 (3:30 p.m.) after reports that a black male "keeps pulling a gun out of his pants and pointing it at people", 12-y.-o. Tamir Rice (b. 2002) is gunned down by police officers Timothy Loehmann (1988-) and Frank Garmback (1968-) at the Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland, Ohio; the gun is later found to be a toy lacking the usual orange markings, causing a public outcry and protests, which whip-up after a grand jury decision on Nov. 24 not to indict the shooter; on Dec. 28 a grand jury decides to not indict either officer; on Dec. 5 Rice's family files a wrongful death suit, which is settled on Apr. 25, 2016 for $6M. On Nov. 23 Boko Haram militants kill 48 fish vendors in Doron Baga, Borno State, Nigeria on the shores of Lake Chad near the border with Chad. On Nov. 23 a suicide bomber at a volleyball game in Paktika Province, Afhanistan kills 50 spectators and injures 60 incl. children. On Nov. 24 after being asked by Pres. Obama on Nov. 21 because of a lack of a skill set for dealing with ISIS, U.S. defense secy. Chuck Hagel offers his resignation. On Nov. 24 the deadline for nuclear negotiations with Iran lapses, and a new date of June 30 is set. On Nov. 24 U.S. Sen. Rand Paul calls for a 1-year official declaration of war against ISIS, the first war declaration since WWII. On Nov. 25 (early a.m.) a U.S.-led raid rescues eight hostages held by al-Qaida in a cave in E Yemen. On Nov. 25 two female suicide bombers in a market in Maiduguri, Nigeria kill 44. On Nov. 26 the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announces that Syrian govt. air strikes on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa has hit 95. On Nov. 27 a roadside bomb near a bus station in Yola, Nigeria kills 40 incl. five soldiers. On Nov. 27 the Taliban begins sieging Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. On Nov. 27 the Rev. Command Council (RCC) is formed in Syria to lead the Syrian revolt, headed by Qays al-Sheikh. On Nov. 27 the centrist Kulanu Party in Israel is founded by Moshe Kahlon, focusing on economic and cost-of-living issues. On Nov. 28 Pope Francis visits Turkey, meeting with pres. Recep Tayyip Erogan and top cleric Mehmet Gormez; on Nov. 29 he visits the Blue Mosque in Constantinople amid the Muslim call to prayer, and prays with his head bowed in the direction of Mecca, going on to betray his predecessor by claiming that Islam shouldn't be equated with violence, and calling for Europe to open up to mass Muslim immigration. On Nov. 28 two bombs explode outside Emir's Palace Mosque in Kano, Nigeria during Fri. prayers, killing 36. On Nov. 28 after a complaint from a Muslim, the Ethiopian govt. demolishes the Heaven's Light Church in Harar. On Nov. 29 former Egyptian pres. Hosni Mubarak is acquitted of murder and corruption charges. On Nov. 29 Taliban suicide bombers in Kabul, Afghanistan attack a foreign guesthouse. On Nov. 30 Iraqi PM Haidar al-Abadi announces the discovery of 50K "ghost soldiers" on the military payroll, cutting off the funds. On Nov. 30 the Swiss people vote on the Gold Initiative, prohibiting gold sales, requiring the Swiss Nat. Bank to hold 20% of its assets in gold, and requiring the return of Swiss gold to the country, reversing the 1999 federal constitution which removed the 40% gold backing of the currency. On Nov. 30-Dec. 12 180 mph Typhoon Hagupit hits the Caroline Islands, Palau, Philippines, and Vietnam, killin 18 and causing $114M damage. In Nov. Microsoft purchases Mojang, maker of the online game Minecraft for $2.5B, making 35-y.-o. Markus Alexej Persson (1979-) AKA xNotch a world billionaire #1415. In Nov. ISIS caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdad calls on followers to "erupt volcanoes of jihad everywhere", claiming Saudi Arabia and other states as part of his caliphate; they finally strike on May 22, 2015? In Nov. 1,232 Iraqis are killed and 2,434 injured, incl. 296 Iraqi and Kurdish troops, according to the U.N, vs. 1,273 in Oct. In Nov. the U.S. unemployment rate was 5.8%, with 321K new jobs. On Dec. 1 unknown Muslim assailants invade the home of a Jewish family in Creteil, Paris, France, rape the 19-y.-o. woman, and rob them, with the soundbyte "because you are Jewish" - that means get the hell out? On Dec. 1 a female suspect dressed in a Muslim burqa stabs Am. mother of 11-y.-o. twin boys Ibolya Ryan (b. 1967) to death inside a mall restroom in Abu Dhabi; after she is arrested the authorities announce that she is not a lone wolf because her home was a "base of operations". On Dec. 2 (1:00 a.m.) Al-Shabaab kills and beheads 36 Christians in Koromey, 15km from Mandera, Kenya. On Dec. 2 France votes 339-151 to recognize a Palestinian state. On Dec. 2 Jewish, Roman Catholic, Anglican, orthodox, Buddhist, Hindu, Sunni, and Shiite leaders sign a Vatican initiative to end slavery by 2020 incl. human trafficking, organ trafficking, forced labor, and prostitution, declaring them crimes against humanity. On Dec. 2 (dawn) ISIS stages its first-ever attack on an Egyptian missile ship at the N end of the Suez Canal 40nm N of Damietta. On Dec. 3 a suicide car bomber attacks the Iranian ambassador's residence in Sana'a, Yemen, killing three; AQAP claims responsibility. On Dec. 3 a grand jury clears white NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo for his July 17 chokehold murder of 6'3" 350 lb. African-Am. illegal cig seller Eric Garner (b. 1970), sparking massive protests; U.S. atty. gen. Eric Holder announces a civil rights investigation. On Dec. 3 (night) Muslim terrorists attack govt. bldgs. in Grozny, Chechnya, killing 10 police officers and injuring 28 while losing nine. On Dec. 4 the U.S. House votes along partisan lines 219-197-3 to stop Pres. Obama's immigration action in a measure sponsored by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.); the Senate doesn't plan to take it up. On Dec. 4 Pres. Obama meets at the White House with Jordanian King Abdullah II, who is seeking U.S. support to handle Syrian refugees and ISIS; Obama pledges an increase of aid to Jordan from $600M to $1B. On Dec. 4 (4:15 p.m.) a 16-y.-o. Palestinian Muslim teenie terrorist stabs two Jewish shoppers in the Rami Levy Market E of Jerusalem before police shoot him. On Dec. 5 Pres. Obama nominates physicist Ashton Baldwin "Ash" Carter (1954-), U.S. deputy secy. of defense #30 (since Oct. 5, 2011) as new U.S. defense secy. to succeed Chuck Hagel, becoming his 4th defense secy. On Dec. 5 after Lebanese authorities arrest the wives of ISIS cmdr. Abu Ali Al Shishani and Abu Bakr Al Bahgdadi, Al Nusra execute captured Lebanese police officer Ali Al Bazzal to get even. On Dec. 5 the Nut Rage Incident (Nutgate) (Nut Return) sees Korean Air vice-pres. Heather Cho go nonlinear at the way nuts are served her by a flight attendant, ordering the plane to taxi back to the gate before takeoff, after which she resigns, is found guilty in Korea of obstructing a flight and given a 12-mo. prison sentence. On Dec. 5 (eve.) twin blasts in Baidoa, Somali kill 15 and injure dozens. On Dec. 6 Interpol issues arrests warrants for 40+ senior Muslim Brotherhood figures incl. Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, who is holed-up in Doha, Gutter, er, Qatar. On Dec. 7 the U.S. Congress unanimously passes a law stripping expatriate U.S. Nazis of federal benefits. On Dec. 8 the U.S.-NATO Internat. Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command lowers its flag for the last time in Afghanistan after 13 years; the ISAF mission officially ends on Dec. 31, and will be replaced on Jan. 1 by Resolute Support, a narrow-mandate mission to train, advise, and assist the Afghan Nat. Security Forces. On Dec. 8 the U.S. Dept. of Justice announces new stricter policies forbidding racial profiling by federal officers and agents. On Dec. 8 Rolling Stone mag. retracts a story of alleged gang rape at the U. of Va., saying that accuser Jackie's credibility is in doubt. On Dec. 8 Greenpeace activists deface the 1.5K-y.-o. Nazca Lines archeological site with large yellow cloth letters reading "Time for change! The future is renewable Greenpeace!"; the Peruvian govt. refuses to accept their apology. On Dec. 9 Calif. Dem. Sen. Dianne Feinstein releases the Senate Report on CIA Torture of Terrorism Suspects, revealing not only waterboarding but sexual humiliation, even of cleared suspects, with Pres. Obama uttering the soundbyte that the investigation "reinforces my long-held view that these harsh methods were not only inconsistent with our values as a nation, they did not serve our broader counterterrorism efforts or our national security interests"; the CIA denies the report's conclusion, saying that torture thwarted terror plots. On Dec. 9 U.S. secy. of state John Kerry informs Congress that Pres. Obama wants expansive war powers to fight ISIS incl. ability to commit troops. On Dec. 9 the Internat. Criminal Court (ICC) accepts Palestine as a "non-state observer", allowing it to be able to request investigation of alleged war crimes by Israel. On Dec. 9 Palestinian Fatah minister Ziad Abu Ein (b. 1959) dies in Turmus Aya near Ramallah, Israel after a confrontation with Israeli soldiers, causing allegations of murder, which Israel dies, er, denies; on Dec. 11 thousands attend his funeral. On Dec. 9 after pressure by the OIC-controlled U.N., U.S. govt. official Anne C. Richard announces a plan to resettle 9K Muslim Syrian refugees in the U.S., ignoring the fact that they will bring Muhammad's jihad with them. On Dec. 9 (night) a Muslim bomb on a bus in Maramag, Philippines near the main gate of Central Mindanao U. kills 11 and injures 34. On Dec. 10 Ireland announces that it's considering parliamentary recognition of a Palestinian state, pissing-off Israel, which gets even more pissed-off at news that all mention of it is being banned from the Jan. 27 Holocaust Memorial Day. On Dec. 10 a Pew Research Center Poll fins that for the first time more Americans (52%-46%) believe that protecting their gun rights is more important than gun control. On Dec. 11 the Taliban stages two suicide attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing six German soldiers in one, and another in an auditorium watching a drama condemning suicide attacks, injuring 16 and killing a German man. On Dec. 11 after a 5-mo.-long campaign by U.S. Sen. (D-Va.) (since 2013) Tim Kaine, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations committee by 10-8 approves a measure authorizing the use of military force gainst ISIS, but barring the use of ground troops. On Dec. 11 (eve.) two bombs explode near a bus station in Jos, Nigeria, with the 2nd one killing 40+. On Dec. 11 10:00 p.m. the U.S. House of Reps votes 219-206 (incl. 57 Dem. yes votes) to pass an Obama-backed $1.1T spending bill to keep the U.S. govt. running. On Dec. 11 (midnight) French troops kill Movement for Tawhid and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) co-founder Ahmed el Tilemsi in a raid in Gao, Mali, along with a dozen terrorists. On Dec. 12 (early a.m.) terrorists fire dozens of bullets at the Israeli embassy in Athens, Greece; no injuries. On Dec. 12 the U.S. Senate by 89-11 passes the 2015 Defense Policy Bill, which passed the House earlier on a 300-119 vote; on Dec. 13 the Senate votes 56-40 to send it to Pres. Obama; it funds the govt. through Sept. and sets up a Feb. showdown over Dept. of Homeland Security funding. On Dec. 12 a Palestinian hitchhiker throws acid at an Israeli family in a car in Gush Etzion, Israel S of Israel before being shot by a passerby and arrested by police. On Dec. 13 two Taliban attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan kills two U.S. troops, 12 workers clearing mines, and a top Afghan court official; a third attack brings the body count to 19. On Dec. 13 ISIS storms Al-Wafa, Iraq 27 mi. W of Ramadi in Anbar Province, killing 19+ policemen. On Dec. 13 ISIS shoots down an Iraqi heli in the Shiite city of Samarra, Iraq 60 mi. N of Baghdad. On Dec. 13 Yemeni security forces kill several AQAP militants disguised as veiled women in a border crossing in Hawdh, Yemen. On Dec. 13 Indian manufacturing exec Mehdi Masroor Biswas (1990-) is arrested by police in Bangalore for running the #1 pro-ISIS Twitter account. On Dec. 13 after they fire at a soldier inspecting their Saudi-bound bus, Yemeni troops kill five and injure one al-Qaida suspect disguised as women in robes and niqab in Harad, Yemen. On Dec. 14 Boko Haram gunmen kidnap 100+ women and children and kill35 in Gumsuri, Nigeria. On Dec. 14-15 an attack by al-Nusra Front in Idleb, Syria kills 180+. On Dec. 15 (9:45 a.m.) hours after two suspects were arrested in a terror raid, Iranian-born armed Muslim terrorist Sheikh Haron (Man Haron Monis) (Manteghi Boroujerdi) (b. 1965 (ISIS preacher) takes over Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney, Australia, taking 40+ hostages and forcing them to hold a black shahada flag against the window, demanding to speak to PM Tony Abbott, until five hostages break free, and commandos storm the cafe after a 16-hour siege and kill the bum, with two killed and four injured. On Dec. 15 ISIS pub. a new legal code enforcing Quranic Sharia incl. death for blasphemy of stinkin' Muhammad and Allah. On Dec. 15-16 the U.S. and Iran hold a bilateral meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. On Dec. 16 (5:00 a.m.) 6-9 uniformed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants attack the Army Public High School (500 teachers and students, mainly children of Pakistani military members) in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing and beheading 148 incl. 132 school children, mainly girls, injuring 122 and taking hostages after burning a teacher alive with gasoline in front of students; on Dec. 17 Zabihullah Mujahid of the Afghan Taliban releases a statement condemning the attack; ditto Usama Mahmood, spokesman for Al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS); senior Pakistan Taliban leader Latif Mehsud was released by Pres. Obama on Dec. 8, making it his fault?; on Dec. 17 a U.S. airstrike in Nangarhar, Afghanistan kills 11 Pakistani and Afghan Taliban members. On Dec. 16 (Black Tues.) the Russian ruble falls to 80 to the U.S. dollar; by Fri. the ruble is restored to its previous value of 58 to the dollar. On Dec. 17 (noon) Pres. Obama gives a Speech on Cuba, announcing a "new chapter" incl. reestablishment of diplomatic relations and relaxing restrictions, causing U.S. Sen. (R-Fla.) Marco Rubio (son of Cuban immigrants) to slam him, calling him "wilfully ignorant" and "the worst negotiator" the U.S. has had in decades; meanwhile Cuba releases Am. Jewish hostage Alan Gross (accused of bringing computers to Jews) after five years in jail in exchange for three hardened Cuban spies. On Dec. 17 the first-ever battle between ISIS and U.S. ground troops near Ein al-Asad Base in Iraq is a huge V for 100 U.S. military advisers supported by fighter jets, who send them running. On Dec. 17 a European court rules that Hamas should be temporarily removed from the EU's terrorism blacklist, although it still consider it a terrorist org., pissing-off Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who calls it an example of "staggering" European "hypocrisy" which "grants a prize to extremist, Islamic terror", saying that he expects the EU to correct their mistake quickly. On Dec. 17 the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France votes 489-88 to support statehood for Palestine, without recognizing it yet; meanwhile in the eve. the Palestinians submit a draft resolution calling for peace with Israel within one year followed by Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank by the end of 2017, which Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Liberman says is a "gimmick" that is "meant solely to taunt Israel" and will only worsen the conflict, and which Israel intel minister Yuval Steinitz calls an "act of war" because it doesn't mention Israel's status as a Jewish state, saying that it's time to cut ties with the Palestinian Authority and even dismantle it; meanwhile Palestinian Authority pres. Mahmoud Abbas orders the arrest of Palestinian Legislative Council secy.-gen. Ibrahim Khraisheh in Ramallah for criticizing PM Rami Hamdallah for arresting public employees union head Bassam Zakarneh, then after criticism cancels the order, but sends police to the parliament bldg. to block Ramallah from entering. On Dec. 17 after North Korean-backed hackers hack their Web site and release personal info. to embarrass them, threatening more attacks, Sony Corp. removes its Xmas movie "The Interview" (about a plot to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un) from theaters. On Dec. 17 an AQAP car bomb near a Shiite Houthi rebel checkpoint in Radaa, Bayda Province, Yemen kills 25 incl. 15 children; another goes off near the home of a Houthi leader. On Dec. 17 amid reports of the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, Kurdish Peshmerga forces launch an offensive against ISIS in N Iraq, taking Mount Sinjar by Dec. 19, free 1.5K Yazidi families. On Dec. 18 Indonesian army chief Gen. Moeldoko gives an interview, saying that Indonesia wants to join the fight against ISIS, which it considers a grave global threat. On Dec. 19 the annual U.N. Gen. Assembly resolution condemning human rights abuses in Iran drops in support to 83 nations out of 186 (45%), down from 86 in 2013 and 2012, 89 in 2011; 78 in 2010, 74 in 2009, and 69 in 2008. On Dec. 19 forgetting about Cuba, Pres. Obama signs the U.S. Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act, sanctioning Venezuelan officials for human rights abuses during anti-govt. protests earlier this year. On Dec. 19 Pres. Obama gives a year-end press conference, saying that it was wrong for Sony to pull "The Interview" from theaters because they should have "spoken to me first", which pisses-off Sony CEO Michael Lynton, who blames theater owners. On Dec. 19 WHO announces that 1M have been wounded so far in the civil war. On Dec. 19 Turkey issues an arrest warrant for U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen after Pres. Erdogan accuses him of subversion of his govt. On Dec. 19 the U.N. Gen. Assembly passes a non-binding resolution demanding that Israel pay Lebanon $850M. On Dec. 19 NYPD cops Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos are assassinated (shot in the head in their cop car) by Arabic-speaking Quran-quoting Am. Muslim Ismaaiyl Brimsley, who commits suicide to avoid capture; he did it for jihad, or in revenge for Eric Garner and Michael Brown?; on Dec. 27 hundreds of cops turn their backs on NYC mayor Bill de Blasio at Ramos' funeral, where vice-pres. Joe Biden gives a speech with the soundbyte that the "assassin's bullet" touched the "soul of an entire nation". On Dec. 20 knife-wielding Muslim Bilal (nee Bertrand) Nzohabonayo (1994-) shouting Allahu Akbar is shot dead at the entrance to a police station in Joue-les-Tours, France after injuring two; on Dec. 21 a Muslim driver shouting you know what runs over 11 bystanders in Dijon, France, seriously injuring two. On Dec. 20 two (Muslim?) car bombs in Malmo, Sweden cause no injuries. On Dec. 20 a U.S. drone fires two missiles at a Taliban hideout in NW Pakistan, five militants; in a separate operation Pakistani forces kill five terrorists on the outskirts of Peshawar. On Dec. 21 (Sun.) elections in Tunisia are a V for veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi by 55.68% vs. 44.32% for rival Moncef Marzouki. On Dec. 22 (night) a madass Muslim in a Christmas market in Nantes, France drives into a crowd, injuring 10 before jumping out with a knife and getting arrested; officials blame mental illness not ties to Islamist groups. On Dec. 23 the U.S. FDA announces that it's lifting its 31-y.-o. ban on gays donating blood as long as they haven't sucked, er, had sex for one year. On Dec. 23 the Dow-Jones Industrial Avg. tops 18K for the first time ever, reaching 18,051.14, up 75% from the 12-year low of Mar. 9, 2009. On Dec. 23 (night) after pointing a gun at him, 18-y.-o. black teenie Antonio Martin is shot and killed by police officers at a Mobil gas station in Berkeley, Mo., sparking protests. On Dec. 24 Hamas snipers attack Israeli forces working on a border fence at the Gaza Border, injuring one soldier. On Dec. 24 Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath Kassasbeh (Kaseasbeh) (Moaz al-Kasasba) (1977-2015) is shot down in NE Syria and captured by ISIS; the U.S. denies that ISIS shot the plane down; after ransom demands fall through, a video of him being burned alive in a cage is released on Feb. 3; he was killed on Jan. 3 before starting phony ransom negotiatons. On Dec. 24 a suicide bomber in Madaen, Iraq (15 mi. S of Baghdad) kills 33 and injures 55. On Dec. 24 Saudi Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais appoints Fatimah Al-Rashoud as head of the women guidance committee, becoming the first woman to hold a leading position in the gen. presidency of the two holy mosques. On Dec. 24 the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) (ratified by 50 nations on Sept. 25) goes into effect; a snare for the people of the U.S.? On Dec. 24 dozens of Roman Catholic priests march in Ciudad Altamirano, Mexico to protest a series of robberies, kidnappings, and murders of priests, and to demand the release of kidnapped priest Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta. On Dec. 24 police in Australia arrest Australian Muslim Sulayman Khalid (1994-) and another man for plotting a Christmas terror plot in the Blue Mountains. On Dec. 25 after an announcement by PM Narendra Modi, India celebrates its first Good Governance Day. On Dec. 26 a U.S. drone strike in two compounds in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan kills seven militants. On Dec. 26 a new law comes into Sweden criminalizing criticism of Muslim immigration or even a politician's unwillingness to stop it. On Dec. 27 (7:24 a.m.) AirAsia Flight 8501 carrying 155 passengers is lost en route from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore; the last words of the pilot are "Allahu Akbar". On Dec. 27 Chinese vice-PM Wang Yang gives a speech, with the soundbyte: "The United States is the guide of the world; China is willing to join this system... China and United States are global economic partners, but America is the guide of the world. America already has the leading system and its rules; China is willing to join the system and respect those rules and hopes to play a constructive role" - more saving, more doing, that's the power of Home Depot? On Dec. 28 as a ceremony is held in Kabul, Pres. Obama issues a statement marking the end of the U.S. Afghanistan war, touching a 90% troop reduction on his watch, with the soundbyte: "For more than 13 years, ever since nearly 3,000 innocent lives were taken from us on 9/11, our nation has been at war in Afghanistan Now, thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, our combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, and the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion." On Dec. 28 (night) a Greek ferry en route to Italy catches fire off Albany, killing 10. On Dec. 29 Jordan submits a final draft of a Palestinian Authority-backed statehood resolution to the U.N., calling for a peace deal with Israel within a year and an end to occupation of Palestinian territories by the end of 2017; the capital will be in Jerusalem; the U.S. opposes the bid, calling it "not constructive"; Mahmoud Abbas' own Fatah Party also opposes it; Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu utters the soundbyte: "Israel will oppose conditions that endanger our future"; too good, on Dec. 30 the U.N. Security rejects the resolution, with the U.S. and Australia voting against, Nigeria abstaining, and France and Russia for; Hamas supports the bid; on Dec. 31 Mahmoud Abbas signs papers to join the Internat. Criminal Court so it can sit in judgment of Israeli officials, along with an Israeli war crimes probe request - the abomination of desolation sits where? On Dec. 31 the Italian coast guard rescues a cargo ship carrying 970 illegal Syrian immigrants after its crew abandons ship and sets it to crash into the coast off Puglia, Italy. On Dec. 31 U.S. unemployment is 5.6% (vs. 5.8% in Nov.), adding 252K jobs. On Dec. 31 (midnight) Syrian pres. Bashar al-Assad inspects his troops on the front line in Joubar, Damascus after 76K have been killed. All U.S. public school students above the 2nd grade are proficient in reading and math, thanks to Pres. G.W. Bush's 2002 No Child Left Behind Law? The 2nd scout mission to Mars returns surface samples to Earth (NASA). As he is about to flee his country, Yemeni pres. Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi signs a 99-year lease of Socotra Island with UAE to use as their main military base. The new city of Songdo, South Korea opens on a manmade island 40 mi. SW of Seoul. The Nakba Museum Project of Memory and Hope in Washington, D.C. is founded by Bshara Nassar to "bring the Palestinian refugee story to Washington, D.C." The Facebook page Olim L'Berlin (Let's Immigrate to Berlin) is created, protesting the high cost of living in Israel and urging Israelis to move to Germany, raising a firestorm of protest. Chicken passes beef to become the #1 most popular meat in the U.S. By this year five beer cos. control 51% of the global beer market, incl. Anheuser-Busch InBev, SABMiller, Heineken, Carlsberg, and China Resources Enterprise; in 2015 Anheuser-Busch InBev merges with SABMiller, giving them a 30% share. Sports: On Jan. 13 the Chicago Cubs debut their new mascot Clark. On Jan. 26 the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Hololulu, Hawaii becomes the first with a "fan-friendly" format aimed at fantasy football nuts; Team Jerry Rice defeats Team Deion Sanders by 22-21. On Feb. 2 Super Bowl LXVIII (48) (2014) ("Marijuana Bowl" because Colo. and Wash. are the only two states to permit recreational marijuana use) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (first outdoor SB in a cold weather city) sees the 13-3 Seattle Seahawks (NFC), led by QB (#3) Russell Carrington Wilson (1989-) and coached by Peter Clay "Pete" Carroll (1951-) defeat the 13-3 Denver Broncos (AFC), led by QB (#18) Peyton Williams Manning (1976-) (first to lead two different teams to the SB) and coached by John Fox (1955-) by 43-8 as Seattle's Legion of Boom shuts Denver's offense down; Denver muffs the first snap of the game to give Seattle a safety at 00:12; the score is 22-0 at halftime; Seattle linebacker (#53) Malcolm Smith (1989-) is named MVP; a U.S. TV record 111.5M viewers watch it; ads sell for $4M for 30 sec.; Manning blames fan noise, but Seattle already defeated Denver in the preseason by 40-10; Denver loses a record 5th Super Bowl. On Feb. 23 the 2014 (56th) Daytona 500 is won by "Pied Piper of Daytona" Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1974-), who breaks a 55-race winless streak, becoming his 2nd win (2004). On Feb. 23 basketball center Jason Paul Collins (1978-) becomes the first openly gay athlete in North Am. pro sports, signing with the New York Nets of the NBA for a 10-day contract, then getting two rebounds in a 108-102 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. On Mar. 26 NLRB regional dir. Peter Sung Ohr rules that college athletes at Northwestern U. can unionize. On Apr. 21 the 118th (2014) Boston Marathon takes back the streets from Muslim jihadists; Ethiopian immigrant Mebrahton "Meb" Keflezighi (1985-) becomes the first U.S. male to win since 1983; a Kenyan has won 19x since 1991. On Apr. 29 after recorded racist comments are released by his ex-girlfriend V. Stiviano, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling (Tokowitz) (1934-) is banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5M by the NBA; on May 22 citing the quick action by the NBA on Sterling, 49 U.S. Dem. Senators send a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Gooddell to change the Washington Redskins' name, calling it a racist slur; on May 30 Microsoft's Steve Balmer buys the Clippers for a record $2B. On May 20 a group of retired NFL players incl. Jim McMahon, Richard Dent, and Keith Van Horne of the Chicago Bears, and Jeremy Newberry of the San Francisco 49ers file a lawsuit alleging that the NFL illegally supplied them with narcotics and other drugs to mask injuries to keep them playing, leading to medical complications after retirement. On May 25 (Sun.) Dallas, Tex.-born Ryan Hunter-Reay (1980-) (who drives IndyCar No. 28 to show support for the 28M living with cancer worldwide) of Andretti Autosport wins the 2014 (98th) Indianapolis 500 by .06 sec. over Helio Castroneves, the 2nd closest finish since 1992 and first Am. winner since 2006. On June 5-15 the 2014 NBA Finals sees the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat by 4-1, after which LeBron James returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers; MVP is small forward Kawhi Anthony "the Klaw" Leonard (1991-) (#2) of the Spurs. On June 7 the 2014 Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown #12 are won by ("the People's Horse") (fans are called Chromies, known for wearing purple band-aids on their noses) California Chrome (2011-) (jockey Victor Espinoza), who was on a 6-game winning streak and hoping to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978; er, he comes in a tie for 4th in a field of 11 with Wicked Strong, and Tonalist (2011-) wins in 2:28.52, with Commissioner and Medal Count coming in 2-3, causing owner Steve Coburn to grumble that California Chrome was targeted by the other owners, who ran fresh horses that didn't have to run the other two legs of the Triple Crown, calling for reform, with the soundbyte: "It's all or nothing. This is not fair to these horses and to the people that believe in them. This is the coward's way out." On June 18 after debuting in 2011 as the youngest player in the MLB, Dallas, Tex.-born lefty pitcher Clayton Edward Kershaw (1988-) of the Los Angeles Dodgers (#22) becomes the 22nd Dodger to pitch a no-hitter, going on to become the first-ever pitcher to lead the ML in ERA for four straight seasons (2011-14). On June 23-July 7 2014 (128th) Wimbledon Championship sees defending champion Andy Murray lose in the quarterfinals to Grigor Dimitrov, and defending champ Marion Bartoli retire before the match; Novak Djokovic of Serbia wins the gentleman's singles title, and Petra Kvitova (KvitovŠ) (1990-) of Czech. Repub wins the ladies' singles title. On Sept. 8 after a video of him knocking out his fiancee Janay Palmer in an elevator at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. on Feb. 15 emerges, the Baltimore Ravens fire star running back Raymell Mourice "Ray" Price (1987), who is banned by the NFL; previously on Mar. 27 a grand jury indicts him for 3rd deg. assault, on Mar. 28 Rice and Palmer are married, and on July 25 Rice is suspended for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season, the video release causing mgt. to backpedal at jet speed. On Oct. 19 (Sun.) Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning bests Brett Favre's career TD record of 508 with 510 in a 42-17 blowout of the San Francisco 49ers in Denver, with four TDs to his credit, plus two more running TDs. On Oct. 21-29 the 2014 (110th) World Series sees the San Francisco Giants (NL) defeat the Kansas City Royals (AL) 4-3; Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws a complete game shutout in Game 5, then closes with 5 straight shutout innings in Game 7 after a 2-day rest; the 2nd WS after the 2002 one to feature two wild card teams. On Nov. 23 (Sun.) New York Giants rookie WR (#13) Odell Beckham Jr. (1992-) makes The Amazing Catch on Sun. Night Football on NBC-TV, which many call the greatest of all time. Architecture: On Feb. 13 $2.2B Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojhave Desert of Calif. 40 mi. SW of Las Vegas, Nev. opens, designed to produce 392MW; too bad, in Nov. 2014 AP reports that it is only producing "about half of its expected annual output". On May 21 the 911 Museum in New York City opens. In June the 20M euro Copenhagen Grand Mosque opens, becoming the first in Scandinavia. On July 17 Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (cap. 68.5K-75K) opens as the home of the San Francisco 49ers; on Aug. 7 their first game is a 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, followed by a 34-0 loss on Aug. 17 to the Denver Broncos; on Feb. 7, 2016 it hosts Super Bowl 50 (L), which is won by the Broncos. On Sept. 20 the Wangjing Galaxy SOHO complex of three assymetric curvilinear skyscrapers in Wangjing, Beijing, China opens, designed by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. The Citadel in the Netherlands opens, becoming the world's first floating apt. bldg. The Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, Korea, designed by Zaha Hadid opens. The Guangzhou Circle in Guangdong, China opens, becoming the world's tallest circular bldg. (until ?). Nobel Prizes: Peace: Kailash Satyarthi (Sharma) (1954-) (India), and Malala Yousafzai (1997-) (Pakistan); Lit.: Jean Patrick Modiano (1945-) (France); Physics: Isamu Akasaki (1929-), Hiroshi Amano (1960-), and Shuji Nakamura (1954-) (Japan) [blue LEDs]; Chem.: Robert Eric Betzig (1960-) (U.S.), Stefan Walter Hell (1962-) (Germany), and William Esco Moerner (1953-) (U.S.) [super-resolved fluorescence microscopy]; Med.: John O'Keefe (1939-) (U.S.), May-Britt Moser (1963-) (Norway), and Edvard Ingjald Moser (1962-) (Norway) [hippocampus place cells]; Econ.: Jean Tirole (1953-) (France) [market power and regulation]. Inventions: On Feb. 21 Khashayar Khoshmanesh et al. of RMIT U. in Australia pub. an article in Proceedings of the Nat. Academy of Sciences announcing the first liquid metal-enabled pump, which will enable microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technology. On May 24 NASA launches the Colo. High-Resolution Echelle Stellar Spectograph (CHESS) to study atoms floating between stars. On July 24 Google announces their Pigeon algorithm, which warps search rankings to give preference to local listings. On Sept. 24 the Indian Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission enters Mars orbit, making India the first Asian country to reach Mars. On Nov. 12 (11:00 a.m. EST) the Philae lander of the ESA's Rosetta mission makes the first-ever spacecraft soft landing on a comet, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The SolarEagle developed by Boeing is a solar-powered unmanned aircraft that can fly nonstop for over five years while sending surveillance data to the ground. The Precision-Guided Firearm (PGF) from TrackingPoint Inc. uses Google Glass technology to help a firearm hit targets behind corners. The 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan features the first built-in vacuum cleaner for a vehicle. The NeuroLife chip is implanted into the brain of quadraplegic man Ian Burkhart (22) in Ohio by surgeons from Ohio State U., allowing him to pick up objects, stir beverages, play video games, etc. Science: On Jan. 2 Japanese scientists Kazuya Iwamoto et al. pub. an article in Neuron announcing that a class of junk DNA retrotransposons called Long Interspersed Nuclear Elements (LINE) might be responsible for schizophrenia. On Jan. 9 Martin Leeb et al. of Cambridge U. pub. an article in Neuron describing a fast and comprehensive method for determining the function of genes using transposons (jumping genes). On Jan. 14 Jan van Hest and Ruud Peters of Ribaud U. Nijmegen pub. an article in Angewandte Chemie announcing the creation of the first artificial cell containing organelles capable of carrying out the various steps of a chemical reaction. On Jan. 15 s Bijan Pesaran et al. of NYU pub. an article in Nature revealing that humans use both sides of their brains for speech. On Jan. 28 Matthew Rushworth et al. of Oxford U. pub. an article in Neuron announcing the discovery of the lateral frontal pole prefrontal cortex, which is unique to humans and is connected with higher level thinking. On Jan. 29 researchers at Amherst College and Aalto U. pub. an article in Nature reporting the creation of an artificial magnetic monopole. On Jan. 30 researchers at Nanjing Medical U. and Yunnan Key Lab of Primate Biomedical Research in Kunming, China pub. an article in Cell reporting the creation of genetically-modified monkeys using a new method of DNA engineering known as CRISPR. On Feb. 7 Ali Tavassoli et al. of the U. of Southampton pub. an article in Angewandte Chemie International Edition announcing the first workable Click Chemistry, the artificial joining of oligonucleotides. On Feb. 14 researchers at the U. of Tex. announce the first human lungs grown in a lab. On Feb. 21 Boris Vinatzer pub. an article in PLoS ONE proposing a new naming system for all organisms based on their genome sequence. In Feb. NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory detects low-energy X-rays emanating from Pluto, detecting ditto 3x more by Aug. 2015. On Mar. 10 after irregularities are found, Japanese scientist Teruhiko Wakayama calls for his study on stem cells that claims they can be created by putting mature animal cells in an acid bath to be withdrawn. On Mar. 17 using data from the BICEP2 microwave telescope at the South Pole, physicists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announce the discovery of gravity waves from the Big Bang, proving the Theory of Inflation; William Jones of Princeton U. et al. announce that the conclusion overreaches the data; it's really just ashes from an exploding star? In Mar. an internat. team synthesizes SynIII, the first synthetic chromosome for yeast; only 15 more to go. On Apr. 3 scientists at the U. of Va. announce the first fish embryo grown from stem cells. The James Webb Space Telescope becomes operational, with 10x the light-gathering power of the Hubble Space Telescope. On Apr. 3 the Nat. Inst. of Standards and Technology announces NIST-F2, their new atomic clock, replacing NIST-F1 (1999) with 3x the accuracy, about 1 sec. per 300M years. On Apr. 8 scientists at the U. of Edinburgh announce the first successful regeneration of a living organ, a thymus in a mouse. On Apr. 17 Garry Taylor and Helen Connaris of St. Andrews U. announce the discovery of Kepler-186f, the most Earth-like planet yet discovered, and potentially habitable. On Apr. 17 after a study reveals the limited effectiveness of Tamiflu, scientists at St. Andrews U. announce a new nasal spray that could protect against any kind of flu. On Apr. 17 scientists in South Korea pub. an article announcing the first therapeutic cloning of adults, creating stems cells from the skin cells of two adult men. On Apr. 21 scientists at MIT announce a revolutionary advance in Crispr, a rev. genome-editing technique that can correct adult genes and cure diseases. On Apr. 30 scientists using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VOT) announce the first determination of the rotation rate of an expoplanet, Beta Pictoris b (8 hours). On May 7 Floyd Romesberg et al. of the Scripps Research Inst. pub. an article in Nature announcing the first viable organism with two artficial DNA building blocks. On May 8 Siegfried Hekimi et al. of McGill U. pub. an article in Cell reversing the "free radical theory of aging", proving that free radical production increases during aging because they combat aging. On June 1 Hrvoje Petek et al. of the U. of Pittsburgh pub. an article in Nature Physics announcing the detection of the exciton, which makes reflection of light from a metal mirror possible. On June 4 physicians at Am. Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisc. pub. an article in the New England Journal of Medicine reporting the first successful use of quick DNA sequencing to diagnose an illness. On June 7 the 1950 Turing Test was allegedly passed for the first time by supercomputer Eugene Goostman at the Royal Society in London, convincing 33% of human judges that it was human (30% required); simulating a 13-y.-o. boy, Eugene was developed in St. Petersburg, Russia by Vladimir Veselov and Eugene Demchenko. On June 7 an infant born to grad student Razib Khan in Calif. becomes the first healthy person born in the U.S. with their entire genome deciphered in advance. On June 17 a UNSW Australia-led team pub. an article in Proceedings of the Nat. Academy of Science reporting a discovery of how algae can switch the quantum phenomenon that occurs in photosynthesis on and off to survive in very low light levels. On June 17 the first scentgrams (champagne and macaroons) are sent from New York City to Paris. In June Battelle Inst. and Ohio State U. Wexner Medical Center announce Neurobridge, which allows a paralyzed person to move his extremities with his thoughts. In June after Steyer launches NextGen America in 2013 to support climate change policies and candidates, the Risky Business Project, founded by billionaire hedge fund mgr. Thomas Fahr "Tom" Steyer (1957-), billionaire New York City mayor (2002-13) Michael Rubens Bloomberg (1942-), and former U.S. treasury secy. #74 (2006-9) Henry Merritt "Hank" Paulson Jr. (1946-) to combat climate change pub. its Nat. Report, followed by the Midwest Report (Jan. 2015), and the Calif. Report (Apr. 2015), examining the economic risks and opportunities of climate change. On July 9 the U.S. Air Force issues a request for proposal for the $550M Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) nuclear-capable heavy payload strategic stealth aircraft, giving the U.S. the capability of striking deep inside China or Russia for the first time since the B-17; 80-100 are planned; on Oct. 28, 2015 the $80B contract is awarded to Northrop Grumman, beating out the team of Boeing and Lockheed-Martin. On July 21 Jonathan Thorn et al. of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass. announce a new way to make fully functional human platelets using human stem cells and a bioreactor. On Aug. 11 Outernet begins beaming free Wi-Fi to Earth from satellites; too bad, it's only a 1-way data service. On Sept. 1 Alvaro Pascual-Leone et al. of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center pub. an article in PLOS ONE reporting the first direct brain-to-brain communications in humans via the Internet. On Oct. 20 George Fraser et al. of the U. of Leicester pub. an article in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society announcing the first detection of axions, Dark Matter particle candidates by the XMM-Newton Observatory. In Oct. after protests by nativists who claim they want to build it on sacred land, the $1.5B Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii is delayed by the courts, with each new attempt to build it being blocked by more protests (Apr. 2 and June 24, 2015); in Dec. 2015 the Hawaiian Supreme Court invalidates the building permits. On Nov. 6 Nature Communications pub. an article announcing that the 1999 conjecture by Asher Peres that the weakest form of quantum entanglement can never result in the strongest manifestation of the phenomenon has been proven false by scientists at the U. of Geneva and Hungarian Academy of Sciences. On Nov. 13 Timothy Lu et al. of MIT pub. an article in Science announcing the first successful method for storing memory in bacterial genomes. On Nov. 17 the 3D Printing in Zero-G Technology Demonstration sees the first object 3-D printed in space aboard the ISS. On Nov. 27 Daniel Baker of the U. of Colo. pub. an article in Nature reporting the discovery of a boundary layer in the Van Allen belts that blocks "killer electrons". On Dec. 5 the NASA Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) makes its first flight atop a Delta IV Heavy rocky, er, rocket; too bad, massive cost overruns delay the first mission until 2023? On Dec. 11 doctors at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa perform the world's first successful penis transplant on a 20-.y.-o. man from Cape Town who had his penis amputated three years earlier in a botched circumcision ceremony; after he begins intercourse five weeks after the procedure, next June 13 Anthony van der Merwe of the U. of Stellenbosch announces that he has conceived his first baby with a partner. Art: Nonfiction: Youssef H. Aboul-Enein (ed.), Reconstructing a Shattered Egyptian Army: War Minister Gen. Mohamed Fawzi's Memoirs, 1967-1971. Sonia L. Alianak, Transition towards Revolution and Reform: The Arab Spring Realized? David C. Archibald (1955-), The Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutiish, and Short (Mar. 24); warns of a future prolonged global cooling period, and how nuclear power and transformation of coal into liquid fuels can help survive it, going on a book tour that pisses-off global warming advocates, who call him a fringe scientist. Vladimir Avdeyev, Raciology: The Science of the Hereditary Traits of Peoples and Races; attempts to take on anthropology. Rick Atkinson (1952-), D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944. Mohammed Ayoob, Will the Middle East Implode? Tim Ball (1938-), The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science (Jan. 21); disses the progressive left for politicizing what should only be a science. Edward E. Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. Mitchell Bard, Death to the Infidels: Radical Islam's War Against the Jews. Ofra Bengio, Kurdish Awakening: Nation Building in a Fragmented Homeland. Kai Bird (1951-), The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames. Brian Robert Calfano (ed.), Assessing MENA Political Reform, Post-Arab Spring: Mediators and Microfoundations. Nicholas Carr, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us; automation is making the world less interesting? Richard Carrier (1969-), On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt; "The concept of Jesus we're supposed to believe existed is actually getting more confused the more people study it"; Hitler Homer Bible Christ: The Historical Papers of Richard Carrier, 1995-2013. Christopher Catherwood, From the Ashes of War: The Creation of the Middle East (May 29). Hillary Clinton (1947-) and Edward "Ted" Widmer, Hard Choices (June 10); 656 pages; sells 85,721 in week #1 vs. 467,604 for Sarah Palin's; "I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans... Those who insist on politicizing the tragedy will have to do so without me." Alan Dershowitz (1938-), Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel's Just War Against Hamas (Sept. 10). John Dunn, Traditionalism: The Only Radicalism (Aug. 11); blames the world's troubles on usury. Russell Edwards, Naming Jack the Ripper (Sept. 9); claims that he's Polish Jewish immigrant Aaron Kominski. Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-), Living With a Wild God: An Unbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything (autobio.) (Apr. 8); her childhood quest for the truth of life. Alex Epstein (1980), The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels (Nov. 13); NYT bestseller making the case for fossil fuels as a great benefit to humanity and knocking wind, solar, and biofuels as too expensive and unreliable while dissing climate alarmists; "If our goal is human flourishing and we look at the full context there is a strong moral case for using more fossil fuels, not less"; "This is not a debate over facts. It's a debate over philosophy and our assumptions." Eve Epstein and Leonora Epstein, X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story (Mar. 18); Gen. X and Y siblings. Elizabeth Anne Fenn (1959-), Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People (Pulitzer Prize). Alain Finkielkraut, The Unhappy Identity (L'Identite Malheureuse); the failure of multiculturalism in France is threatening French civilization. Robert M. Gates (1943-), Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War (Jan. 14); claims that Pres. Obama and secy. of state Hillary Clinton told him that they opposed the Iraq surge because of politics. Glen Greenwald (1967-), No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State (May 13). Stephen Green, Reluctant Meister: How Germany's Past Is Shaping Its European Future (Dec. 15). Larry Hancock and Stuart Wexler, Shadow Warfare: The History of America's Undeclared Wars (Mar. 18). Peter Heather, The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians (Jan. 31). Gerald Horne, The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America; the U.S. was founded on slavery, and the liberty-equality b.s. is just window dressing to keep whites in power? Raymond Ibrahim (1973-), Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians. Abdisaid Abdi Ismail, The Rule of Apostasy in Islam: Is It True? (Sept.) (Kenya); questions the concept of the death penalty for apostasy in Islam, causing him to be called "Somalia's Salman Rushdie". Salim Ismail, Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, cheaper than yours (and what to do about it) (Oct. 18). Raphael Israeli, Hatred, Lies, and Violence in the World of Islam. Jang Jin-sung (1970-), Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look Inside North Korea. Kent A. Kiehl, The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Without Conscience; "Symptoms should be present by age 10... as early as age 5." George Frost Kennan (1904-2005), The Kennan Diaries (posth.). David I. Kertzer (1948-), The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe (Feb.) (Pulitzer Prize); claims that Pius XI played a significant role in supporting the rise of Fascism in Italy, but started to flop after the rise of Nazi Germany, causing future Pope Pius XII to struggle to restrain him from breaking with Mussolini until he could take over and play Vatican footsie with Hitler. Ronald Kessler (1943-), The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents (Aug. 5); NYT bestseller; retired Secret Service agents tell all about former presidents and First Ladies, incl. all-time worst Hillary Clinton: "When in public, Hillary smiles and acts graciously. As soon as the cameras are gone, her angry personality, nastiness, and imperiousness become evident. Hillary Clinton can make Richard Nixon look like Mahatma Gandhi." Aaron Klein, The Real Benghazi Story: What the White House and Hillary Don't Want You to Know; claims that Hillary Clinton signed waivers the doomed ambassador Christopher Stevens et al. Edward Klein (1937-), Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas (June 23); claims a feud between the Obama and Clinton clans, with Bill Clinton despising Pres. Obama, and Michelle Obama calling Hillary Clinton the "Hildebeest". Naomi Klein (1970-), This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (Sept.), a NYT bestseller claiming that capitalism has waited too long to address climate change, and that neoliberal market fundamentalism and its profligate consumption, mega-mergers, and trade agreements immune to concerns about the environment stands in the way of the solution, making it necessary to cross "the river of fire" and dump it and start an ecological rev.; filmed in 2015 by her hubby Avi Lewis. Elizabeth Kolbert (1961-), The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Pulitzer Prize); climate alarmist hit predicting that humans are next, starting with 20%-50% of "all living species on earth" by 2100. Joseph Morgan Kousser (1943-), Do the Facts of Voting Rights Support Chief Justice Roberts's Opinion in Shelby County?. Arun Kundnani, The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror (Mar. 18); claims that Muslims are all innocent victims entrapped by the FBI, but never explains why they so often take the bait if it isn't because it's what's Islam is really about? Mark LeVine and Mathias Mossberg (eds.), One, Two States: Israel and Palestine as Parallel States; the parallel sovereignty solution. Eric Lichtblau (1965-), The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men (Oct. 28); NYT bestseller; how they recruited and harbored former Nazis to use against the Russians, incl. a possible invasion of the Soviet Union, and covered it up into the 1990s. James Lovelock (1919-), A Rough Ride to the Future. Andrew C. McCarthy, Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama's Impeachment (May 20); "All presidential lawlessness is not the same....and real impeachment will never happen unless the people are convinced, by the nature of the president's lawlessness, that it must be stopped and that it will not be stopped unless the President is removed from office." Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Iran and the United States: An Insider's View of the Failed Past and the Road to Peace (May). D.M. Murdock (AKA Acharya S) (1960-2015), Did Moses Exist? The Myth of the Israelite Lawgiver (Mar. 27). Mike O'Connor, A Commercial Republic: America's Enduring Debate Over Democratic Capitalism (May 28). Leon Panetta, Worthy Fights; claims that the U.S. should have used more force in Iraq and Syria to stave off ISIS. Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen, HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton (Feb. 11); reveals that during the 2008 campaign Hillary Clinton kept an enemies hit list. Michael Paulkovich, No Meek Messiah; cites the lack of mention by 126 1st cent. authors to claim that Jesus Christ never existed. Thomas Piketty (1971-), Capital in the 21st Century (Mar. 10); brilliantly marshals 250 years of economic data to show that ever-increasing inequality is the inevitable outcome of free market capitalism, calling for the global taxation of capital to prevent social upheaval, which becomes an instant internat. bestseller, causing a flood of "Piketty Porn" by his eager believers. Sidney Powell, Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice (May 1). Akif Princci, Germany Out of Her Senses: The Mad Cult Around Women, Homosexuals, and Immigrants (Mar.). Gareth Porter, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. Nomi Prins, All the Presidents' Bankers. Paul Craig Roberts (1939-), How America Was Lost: From 9/11 to the Police/Warfare State. Lisa Robinson, There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll (autobio.). Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Jan.). Saxonshieldwall, Rivers of Blood: Why Enoch Powell Was Right! (Nov. 26). Daniel Schulman, Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty (May 20); first bio. of the Koch brothers Frederick, Charles, David, and Bill. Fred Schruers, Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography. Nicolai Sennels, Among Criminal Muslims: A Psychologist's Experience from the Copenhagen Muncipality; "Islam creates monsters." George Soros (1930-) and Gregor Schmitz, The Tragedy of the European Union: Disintegration or Revival?; whining about resurgent xenophobia among Euro whites, who still don't see anything wrong in Europe staying white, but never advocating mass white migration to non-white countries. Robert Spencer (1962-), Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In (Apr. 14). Roger Stone, Nixon's Secrets: The Rise, Fall and Untold Truth about the President, Watergate, and the Pardon (Aug. 11); the CIA tried to assassinate Nixon like they did JFK? Morten Storm, Paul Cruickshank, and Tim Lister, Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA. Sir Hew Strachan, The Direction of War; British defense strategist claims that Pres. Obama's foreign policy is a mess; "If anything it's gone backwards instead of forwards... Bush may have had totally fanciful political objectives in terms of trying to fight a global War on Terror, which was inherently astrategic, but at least he had a clear sense of what he wanted to do in the world. Obama has no sense of what he wants to do in the world." Margarita Torres and Jose Manuel Ortega del Rio, Kings of the Grail (Mar.); claims that the real Holy Grail is on display at the San Isidro Basilica in Leon, Spain. Nicholas Wade (1942-), A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History (May 6); claims that race is real, not a social construct, and subject to natural selection, and that political correctness is making the subject of race and genetics taboo in the West, allowing mono-race China to pass it up; too bad, it brings out the PC police. Peter Townsend, Questioning Islam: Tough Questions & Honest Answers About the Muslim Religion (June 26). Stephen Ulph and Patrick Sookhdeo (eds.), Reforming Islam: Progressive Voices from the Arab Muslim World. Richard Vinen, National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945-1963 (Aug. 28); wins a Wolfson History Prize and Templer Medal. Ibn Warraq (1946-), Christmas in the Koran: Luxenberg, Syriac, and the Near Eastern and Judeo-Christian Background of Islam (Aug. 26). Elizabeth Warren (1949-), A Fighting Chance (autobio.) (Apr. 22); launches her U.S. pres. candidacy? William J. Watkins Jr. and William F. Shughart II, Patent Trolls: Predatory Litigation and the Smothering of Innovation (Aug. 18). Alison Weir, Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel (Feb. 21). Allen West (1961-), Guardian of the Republic (Apr.) (first book). Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement. Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography (posth.); ed. Pamela Smith Hill. Naci Yorulmaz, Arming the Sultan: German Arms Trade and Personal Diplomacy in the Ottoman Empire Before World War I. Eric Zemmour (1958-), The French Suicide (Le Suicide francais); makes him an internat. star; the 3D Theory of Derision, Deconstruction, and Destruction is seen in French politics from 1970-present; since the fall of Napoleon "France is no longer a predator but a prey". Mitchell Zuckoff, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi (Sept. 9); filmed in 2016 by Michael Bay. Plays: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong (comedy) (Duchess Theatre, West End, London) (Sept. 14) (Lyceum Theatre, New York) (Mar. 9, 2017); a production that's plagued with disasters. Alan Menken (1949-), Chad Beguelin (1969-), Howard Ashman (1950-91), and Tim Rice (1944-), Aladdin (musical) (New Amsterdam Theatre, New York) (Mar. 30) (Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, West End, London) (June 15, 2016); based on the 1992 Disney animated film. Poetry: Louise Gluck (1943-), Faithful and Virtuous Night: Poems (Nat. Book Award). Marilyn Hacker (1942-) and Deema Shehabi (1970-), Diaspo/Renga: a collaboration in alternating renga. J.R.R. Tolken (1892-1973) (tr.), Beowolf (posth.); finished in 1926. Novels: M.R. Carey (1959-), The Girl with All the Gifts; bestseller about a world infected with a fungus that turns people into mindless cannibal zombies, but some hybrid children don't lose their minds; filmed in 2016. Robin Cook (1940-), Cell (Feb. 4). Lela Gilbert and W. Jack Buckner, The Levine Affair: Angel's Flight. Liane Moriarty (1966-), Big Little Lies (July); NYT bestseller. B.J. Novak, One More Thing. Joseph O'Connor, The Thrill of It All; Robbie Goulding. J.K. Rowling (1965-), The Silkworm; pub. under alias Robert Galbraith. Charles Stross (1964-), The Lambda Functionary; sequel to "Rule 34" (2011). Akhil Sharma, Family Life; an Indian immigrant family to suburban U.S. in the late 1970s. Timur Vermes, He's Back Again (Er Is Wieder Da); Hitler wakes up in modern-day mongrelized Muslimized multicultural Berlin. Music: AC/DC, Rock or Bust (album); first sans Malcolm Young. Dierks Bentley (1975-), Riser (album #7) (Feb. 25) (#1 country) (#6 in the U.S.); incl. Riser (#8 in the U.S.) (#24 country), I Hold On (#3 country) (#40 in the U.S.), Drunk on a Plane (#3 country) (#27 in the U.S.), Bourbon in Kentucky (#40 country). Johnny Cash (1932-2003), Out Among the Stars (posth.) (album) (Mar. 25) (#1 country) (#3 in the U.S.) (#4 in the U.K.); incl. Out Among the Stars, Baby Ride Easy (w/June Carter), She Used to Love Me a Lot, I'm Movin' On (by Hank Snow) (w/Waylon Jennings). Dan + Shay, Where It All Began (album) (debut) (Apr. 1) (Warner Bros. Records) (#1 country) (#6 in the U.S.); from Nashville, Tenn., incl. Dan Smyers (1987-) (Wexford, Penn.) and James Shay Mooney (1991) (Natural Dam, Ark.) (formerly hooked up with Veronica Ballestrini); incl. 19 You + Me (#7 country) (#42 in the U.S.) (700K copies), Show You Off (#29 country) (100K copies), What You Do to Me (#39 country). Morgan Evans (1984-), Morgan Evans (album) (debut) (#20 ARIA) (#1 Australian country). Phoebe Killdeer (1977-), Fade Out Lines (Sept. 26) (#1 in Germany) (#3 in France); a reworking of "The Fade Out Line", featured in the film "Colombiana" (2011). Maddie and Tae, Maddie & Tae (album) (debut) (Nov. 4) (Dot Records); Maddie Marlow (Sugar Land, Tex.) and Taylor Elizabeth Dye (Ada, Okla.); incl. Girl in a Country Song (#8 country) (#62 in the U.S.) (250K copies). Eric Paslay (1983-), Eric Paslay (album) (debut) (Feb. 4) (#4 country) (#31 in the U.S.) (EMI Records); incl. Friday Night (#6 country) (#47 in the U.S.) (500K copies), Song About A Girl (#18 country) (#12 in the U.S.) (200K copies), She Don't Love You. Bob Seger (1945-), Ride Out (album #14) (Oct. 14) (#172 in the U.S.); incl. It's Your World, about climate change, uttering the soundbyte: "There are a lot of culprits in climate change, and everybody's responsible, myself included. Nobody gets a free pass on this one. We've got to change our ways and change them fast." Blake Shelton (1976-), Bringing Back the Sunshine (album #9) (Aug. 18) (#1 in the U.S., #1 country); incl. Neon Light (#43 in the U.S.) (#1 country), Sangria (#38 in the U.S.) (#1 country). Taylor Swift (1989-), 1989 (album #5) (Oct. 27); (#1 in the U.S.) (9.5M copies); her "first documented official pop album", ditching country; incl. Shake It Off (#1 in the U.S.) (#58 country) (2M copies), Blank Space (#1 in the U.S.), Style (#6 in the U.S.), Bad Blood (w/Kendrick Lamar) (#1 in the U.S.). Cole Swindell (1983-), Cole Swindell (album) (debut) (Feb. 18) (#2 country) (#3 in the U.S.) (Warner Bros. Records); incl. Chillin' It (#1 country) (#28 in the U.S.), Hope You Get Lonely Tonight (#7 country) (#50 in the U.S.). U2, Songs of Innocence (album) (Sept. 9); free distribution by Apple pisses-off millions for clogging their equipment. Movies: Dille Woodruff's Addicted (Oct. 10), based on the bestselling novel by Zane stars Sharon Leal as married nympho Zoe Reynard, Boris Kodjoe as her hubby Jason, Tyson Beckford and William Levy as her lovers, and Tasha Smith as sexual addiction pshrink Dr. Marcella Spencer; does $17.4M box office on a $5M budget. Clint Eastwood's American Sniper (Nov. 11) (Warner Bros.) stars Bradley Cooper as Tex.-raised U.S. Navy SEAL sniper champ Chris Kyle (1974-2013); does $547.4M box office on a $58.8M budget. Jennifer Kent's The Babadook (Jan. 17) (Screen Australia) (Entertainment One) (Umbrella Entertainment) debuts, starring Essie Davis as widow Amelia Vanek, whose 6-y.-o. Samuel "Sam" becomes plagued by an imaginary monster after asking mommy to read the pop-up storybook "Mister Babadook", about a tall pale-faced humanoid monster with taloned fingers who wears a top hat and torments anybody who becomes aware of its existence; "A rumbling sound then three sharp knocks, ba BA-ba DOOK! DOOK! DOOK! That's when you'll know that he's around. You'll see him if you look"; "You can't get rid of the Babadook"; Kent's dir. debut; does $7.5M box office on a $2M budget. Don Hall's and Chris Williams' Big Hero 6 (Oct. 23) is the first Disney animated film to feature Marvel Comics chars.; stars 14-y.-o. robotics genius Hiro Hamada of San Fransokyo, who has to build a superhero team to fight a masked villain; does $546M box office on a $165M budget. Alejandro Inarritu's Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Aug. 27) (Regency Enterprises) (Fox Searchlight Pictures) stars Michael Keaton as washed-up Hollyweird Birdman actor Riggan Thomson, who hopes to revive his career via a Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story; Emma Stone plays Riggan's daughter Emma Stone; Zach Galifianakis plays his atty. Jake; Edward Norton plays actor Mike Shiner; Naomi Watts plays Mike's girl Lesley; does $103.2M box office on an $18M budget. Richard Linklater's Boyhood (Jan. 19) stars Patricia Arquette as single mom Olivia, who moves to Houston, Tex. to complete her degree, taking 6-y-o. son Mason Evans Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) and older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), causing father Ethan Hawke to visit the children, while she hooks up with Prof. Bill Welbrock (Marco Perella), after which the family really becomes dysfunctional over the next 12 years. Michael Almereyda's Cymbeline (Anarchy) (Sept. 3) (Lionsgate), based on the Shakespeare play turned into a war between a biker gang and dirty cops stars Ed Harris as drug kingpin King Cymbeline, Mila Jovovich as Queen, Ethan Hawke as Iachimo, John Leguizamo as Pisanio, and Penn Badgley as orphan Posthumus, who secretly marries Cymbeline's daughter and is banished, while Queen schemes to put her son from a previous marriage onto the the throne in their place; Anton Yelchin plays Cloten, son of Queen by a former hubby; Dakota Johnson plays Imogen, daughter of Cymbline from a previous marriage. Louise Osmond's Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance is a British documentary set in South Wales about a racehorse who wins the Welsh Grand National. Neil Burger's Divergent (Mar. 18), based on the 2011 novel by Veronica Roth and set in a future dystopian Chicago stars Shailene Woodley as Beatrice "Tris" Prior, and Theo James as Tobias "Four" Eaton; followed by "Insurgent" (2015), "Allegiant" (2016), "Ascendant" (2017). Bobby Farrelly's and Peter Farrelly's Dumb and Dumber To (Nov. 14), a sequel to "Dumb and Dumber" (1994) stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, who search for the long-lost children and a new kidney; does $129M box office on a $40M budget. Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow (May 28) (Warner Bros.), based on the 2004 novel "All You Need Is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka stars Tom Cruise as Maj. William Cage, Emily Blunt as Pvt. Rita Vrataski, and Bill Paxton as MSgt. Farrell Bartolome, who fight an invasion of W Europe by aliens called Mimics, with Cage getting a dose of alien blood that allows him to loop back in time one day until he hunt down the Omega hive mind; does $370.5M box office on a $178M budget; "Live. Die. Repeat." Joe Lynch's Everly (Sept. 20) (iTunes) stars Salma Hayek (after Kate Hudson bows out)( as a Yakuza sex slave who is caught being a police mole, causing mob boss Taiko (Hiroyuki Watanabe) to order the murder of her entire family incl. mother Edith (Laura Cepeda) and cute young daughter Maisey (Aisha Ayaman); Togo Igawa plays Tako's asst. The Sadist. Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods & Kings (Dec. 12) (20th Cent. Fox) stars TLW, er, Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Rameses II, John Turturro as Seti I, Aaron Paul as Joshua, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, and Ben Kingsley as Nun; banned by Egypt, with the soundbyte "Jews didn't build pyramids"; does $107M box office on a $140M budget. Amy J. Berg's Every Secret Thing (Apr. 20) (Hyde Park Entertainment), based on the 2004 Laura Lippman novel and produced by Frances McDormand stars Dakota Fanning and Danielle Macdonald as preetens Ronnie Fuller and Alice Manning, who kidnap and murder the 3-y.-o. biracial granddaughter of the county's first black judge; Diane Lane plays mother Helen Manning. Josh Boone's The Fault in Our Stars (May 16) (Temple Hill Entertainment), based on the 2012 John Green novel stars Shailene Woodley as 16-y.-o. cancer patient Hazel Grace Lancaster; does $256M box office on a $12M budget. Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher (May 19) (Sony Pictures) stars Steve Carrell as big-nosed philanthropist John E. du Pont, ignoring his mother Jean du Pont (Vanessa Redgrave), who disses wrestling as a "low sport" and helping the U.S. Olympic wrestling team recruit the Schultz brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) to train on his 800-acre Foxcatcher Farm near Philly to win medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, after which in Jan. 1996 he freaks and murders Dave after his mother dies; does $13.6M box office on a $24M budget; "Ornithologist, philatelist, philanthropist". David Ayer's Fury (Oct. 15) (Columbia Pictures) stars a U.S. Army 2nd Armored Div. Sherman Easy Eight tank named Fury, manned by U.S. SSGt. Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt), gunner Boyd "Bible" Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis (Jon Bernthal), Trini "Gordo" Garcia (Michael Pena), and raw recruit Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), painting Nazis as patriotic gung-ho vermin and Americans as superheroes; does $211.8M box office on a $68M budget. Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler (Nov. 10) (Paramount Pictures), based on the 1974 film stars Mark Wahlberg as L.A. lit. prof. Jim Bennett, who suffers from a severe gambling addiction, ending up owing big bucks to Frank (John Goodman) and Lee (Alvin Ing); Brie Larson plays his babe Amy Phillips; the final film role of George Kennedy as Ed; does $39.3M box office on a $31M budget. Phillip Noyce's The Giver (Aug. 15), based on the 1993 Lois Lowry novel stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, and Taylor Swift. Gareth Edwards' Godzilla (May 15) returns to the terrifying force of nature theme a la the original Toho series. Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel (Feb. 6), filmed in Germany stars Ralph Fiennes as concierge M. Gustave H., who teams up with one of his employees to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder. Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Dec. 1) (New Line Cinema) (MGM) (WingNut Films) (Warner Bros.) stars Martin Freeman and Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, Richard Armitage as dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield, Orlando Bloom as Legolas Greenleaf, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, Lee Pace as elf king Thranduil (who rides on a domesticated elk), Billy Connolly as dwarf leader Dain Ironfoot (who rides on a giant boar), and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman; Smaug goes down way too fast and easy at the beginning, and all the giants fall too easy and fast later?; does $956M box office on a $250M budget. Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman (May 18) (Saban Films), based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout stars Hilary Swank as homely single middle age Neb. woman Mary Bee Cuddy, and Jones as claim jumper George Briggs, who escorts her to Iowa; John Lithgow plays Rev. Dowd. Lasse Hallstrom's The Hundred-Foot Journey (Aug. 8) (Touchstone Pictures), based on the 2010 novel by Richard C. Morais about feuding restaurants located 100 ft. apart stars Helen Mirren as French restaurant owner Madame Mallory, Om Puri as rival Indian restaurant owner Papa, Manish Dayal as Chef Hassan Haji, and Charlotte Le Bon as Chef Marguerite; does $88.9M box office on a $22M budget. Stuart Beattie's I, Frankenstein (Jan. 24) (Lakeshore Entertainment) (Lionsgate), based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevious set in 1795 stars Aaron Eckhart as monster Adam, created by Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Aden Young), who chases him to the Arctic after he kills his wife Elizabeth (Virginie Le Brun), where he gets into a war between demons, led by Prince Naberius (Bill Nighy) and gargoyles, led by Queen Leonore (Miranda Otto) and Cmdr. Gideon (Jai Courtney); does $71.2M box office on a $65M budget. Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game (Aug. 29) (Black Bear Pictures) (Weinstein Co.) stars Benedict Cumberbatch as British cryptoanalyst Alan Turing, and Keira Knightley as his babe Joan Clarke, attempting to cover-up his homosexuality?; does $233.6M box office on a $14M budget. Christopher Nolan's Interstellar (Oct. 26) (Paramount Pictures) (Warner Bros.), co-written by Jonathan Nolan stars Matthew McConaughey as Joseph "Coop" Cooper, Anne Hathaway as Amelia Brand, David Gyasi as Romilly, and Wes Bentley as Doyle, a crew of astronauts traveling through a wormhole orbiting Saturn provided by 5th Dimensional aliens to find a new habitable planet before Earth's pop. implodes; Jessica Chastain plays Cooper's daughter Murph(y); Michael Caine plays Prof. Brand; John Lithgow plays Donald; Casey Affleck plays Tom Cooper; does $675.1M box office on a $165M budget. Evan Goldberg's and Seth Rogen's The Interview (Dec. 11) (Columbia Pictures), written by Dan Sterling stars Rogen and James Franco as Am. journalists on a mission to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) during an interview; after hacker threats against parent co. Sony Pictures, it is pulled from theaters on Dec. 17; on Dec. 19 the FBI announces that North Korea is behind the hacking, after which North Korea claims that the U.S. shut down its Internet, denying the Sony incident and calling Pres. Obama a monkey on Dec. 27; too bad, the film portrayed Jong-un as a likeable guy? Chad Stahelski's and David Leitch's John Wick (Sept. 19) (Thunder Road Pictures) (Summit Entertainment), a Gun-Fu hit starring Keanu Reeves as a retired hitman known as Baba Yaga (the Boogeyman) whose vintage car is stolen and his new puppy killed that his recently-deceased wife Helen (Bridget Moynahan) left him by Russian gangster Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen), son of crime boss Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist), causing him to go on a revenge tour and end up killing 76 people to get to the one he wants; also stars Ian McShane as Continental Hotel owner Winston, John Leguizamo as chop shop owner Aurelio, Dean Winters as Viggo's lt. Avi, Willem Dafoe as Wick's mentor Marcus, and Adrianne Palicki as hit woman Ms. Perkins; does $88.8M box office on a $30M budget; followed by "John Wick: Chapter 2" (2017); Wick has the Latin inscription "Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat" tattooed on his back, which the movie claims means "Fortune Favors the Bold", when it actually is an ancient pagan saying that means that the Goddess Fortuna helps only the strong, the exact opposite of the Biblical saying "The meek shall inherit the Earth". Renny Harlin's The Legend of Hercules (Jan. 10) (Millennium Films) (Summit Entertainment) stars studly Kellan Lutz as Alcides, son of bad king Amphitryon of Tiryns ca. 1200 B.C.E. who falls for Princess Hebe of Crete (Gaia Weiss), who is betrothed to Iphicles (Liam Garrigan), and finds out that his real name is you know what; does $61.3M box office on a $70M budget. Ira Sachs' Love Is Strange (Sony Pictures) (Jan. 18) stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as gay couple Ben and George, who get married after 39 years together, causing George to be fired from his Roman Catholic school, causing them to split. Luc Besson's Lucy (July 25) (Universal) stars Scarlett Johannson as 25-y.-o. Am. woman Lucy, who lives in Taipei, and is tricked into become a drug mule by her beau, getting a massive dose of new synthetic drug CPH4, which turns her into a telepathic Amazon babe; does $270M box office on a $40M budget. Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight (July 25) stars Colin Firth as medium-exposing skeptic Stanley Crawford, who investigates gorgeous medium Emma Stone, and falls for her as well as her act; does $51M box office on a $16.8M budget. Wes Ball's The Maze Runner (Sept. 19) (20th Cent. Fox), based on the 2007 James Dashner novel and filmed in Baton Rouge, La. stars Dylan O'Brien as 16-y.-o. Thomas, who is given amnesia and sent in the Box (a rusty elevator) to the Glade, a clearing inside a gigantic moving stone maze, where 30+ other boys are trapped and have to live like primitives, led by Alby (Aml Ameen), incl. Chuck (Blake Cooper), Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Gally (Will Poulter), Minho (Ki Hong Lee), and Ben (Chris Sheffield); each day a door opens into the maze, allowing Runners to be sent in to try and find a way out; at night it closes, and anybody trapped inside is killed by giant spiders called Grievers; after Thomas becomes the first to kill a Griever, the first girl, Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) arrives, helping Thomas to regain his memory and remember that he and her were working for the creators, and that it is all a test, after which they finally find a way out of the maze and end up in the lab, where terrorists have killed all the personnel, and rescue them, taking them outside, revealing that the world is a vast desert with a scorching Sun; does $150M on a $34M budget. Karen Leigh Hopkins' Miss Meadows (Apr. 21) stars Katie Holmes as tap-dancing suburban first grade school teacher Mary Meadows, who is also a pistol-packing vigilante with issues with her mama, causing her to wear old-fashioned dresses and speak old-fashioned speech while popping-off perverts, hooking up with local sheriff James Badge Dale, who makes her pregnant and proposes, while suspecting her; meanwhile released pervert Skylar (Callan Mulvey) hovers over her kids, tying the plot into a neat bow; "Be careful" (sheriff); "I always am" (Meadows). Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner (May 15) (Film4) (Focus Features Internat.) (Thin Man Films) stars Timothy Spall as English Romantic painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) in his last 25 horny crotchety years; does $17.8M box office on an ¬£8.4M budget. George Clooney's The Monuments Men (Feb. 7), based on a book by Robert M. Edsel about an Allied group tasked with saving artwork from Hitler at the end of WWII stars Clooney as George Stout, Matt Damon as Lt. James Rorimer, Bill Murray as Capt. Rich Campbell, and John Goodman as Capt. Walter Garfield. Roger Donaldson's The November Man (Aug. 27) (Relativity Media), based on the novel "There Are No Spies" by Bill Granger stars Pierce Brosnan as ex-CIA agent Peter H. Devereaux, who must protect witness Alice Fournier (Olga Kurylenko) from his former CIA boss John Hanley (Bill Smitrovich) and his henchman David Mason (Luke Bracey); Will Patton plays CIA station chief Perry Weinstein; does $34.8M box office on a $15M budget; "Know what we used to call you Peter? The November Man. Cause after you passed through, nothing lived. You were one bleak motherfucker my friend." (Hanley) Edward Zwick's Pawn Sacrifice (Sept. 11) (Gail Katz Productions) stars Tobey Maguire as chess champ Bobby Fischer, Liev Schrieber as his arch-rival Boris Spassky, and Peter Sarsgaard as Fischer's second Father William Lombardy; "You have Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon calling Bobby Fischer; you have Brezhnev and the KGB agents following Boris Spassky. Both of these men were pawns of their nations" (Zwick); does $5.6M box office on a $19M budget. Luis Estrada's The Perfect Dictatorship (Oct. 16) (Bandidos Films); Mexican state gov. Carmelo Vargas (Damian Alcazar) pays TV network MX to coverup his corruption, getting elected pres. of Mexico, channeling Enrique Pena Nieto and Televisa; "Any resemblance or similarity to reality is not mere coincidence"; #1 box office hit in Mexico ($14M box office). James DeMonaco's The Purge: Anarchy (July 18) (Platinum Dunes) is a sequel to the 2013 film; does $111M box office on a $9M budget. Ava DuVernay's Selma (Dec. 25) (Harpo Films), based on the 1965 Selma-Montgomery Marches stars David Oyelowo as MLK Jr., Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, and Tom Wilkinson as LBJ. Sergei Bodrov's Seventh Son (Dec. 17) (China Film Group) (Legendary Pictures) (Universal Pictures) stars Jeff Bridges as roving witch hunter John Gregory AKA the Spook, last member of the Falcon knights, Ben Barnes as Tom Ward, the 7th son of a 7th son, Julianna Moore as evil witch Mother Malkin, and Alicia Vikander as Tom's babe Alice Deane; Antje Traue plays Malkin's sister Bony Lizzie, mother of Alice; does $114.2M box office on a $95M budget. Richard Glatzer's and Wash Westmoreland's Still Alice (Sept. 8), based on the 2007 novel by Lisa Genova stars Julianne Moore as a Columbia U. linguistics prof. diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, showing her systematically turning into sponge cake; Alec Baldwin plays her hubby John. James Marsh's The Theory of Everything (Sept. 7) (Focus Features) (Universal Pictures), written by Anthony McCarten based on the memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen" by Jane Wilde Hawking stars Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking, and Felicity Jones as his babe Jane Wilde; does $123.7M box office on a $15M budget. Wally Pfister's Transcendence (Apr. 18) stars Johnny Depp as terminally-ill AI genius Dr. Will Caster, who creates a god machine and uploads his mind into it. Marjane Satrapi's The Voices (Jan. 19) (1984 Private Defense Contractor) (Lionsgate) is a dark comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as bathtub factory worker Jerry, who lives above an abandoned bowling alley with his dog Bosco and cat Mr. Whiskers, who talk to him while he goes on a killing spree with Lisa (Anna Kendrick), Fiona (Gemma Arterton), Alison (Ella Smith), cutting up their bodies and storing their heads in his refrigerator so they can talk him to, while he bares his soul to pshrink Dr. Warren (Jacki Weaver); does only $444K box office on an $11M budget. Thomas Carter's When the Game Stands Tall (Aug. 4) (TriStar Pictures), based on the 2003 book by Neil Hayes about the 1992-2003 De La Salle H.S. football team in Concord, Calif. stars Jim Caviezel as coach Bob Ladouceur, Laura Dern as his wife Bev, Michael Chiklas as asst. coach Terry Eidson, and Alexander Ludwig as RB Chris Ryan; does $30M box office on a $15M budget. Damien Chazelle's Whiplash (Jan. 16), based on a jazz piece by Hank Levy stars Miles Teller as jazz drummer Andrew Neiman, who attends the Shaffer Conservatory in New York City and aspires to become a jazz great under the brutal regime of teacher Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons); "I will gut you like a pig. You are a worthless pansy who is now weeping and slobbering over my drum set like a 9-year-old girl"; "I'd rather die drunk, broke at 34 and have people at a dinner table talk about me than live to be rich and sober at 90 and nobody remembered who I was"; stars Miles Teller as jazz drummer Andrew Neiman, who attends the Shaffer Conservatory in New York City and tries to become a jazz great under the brutal regime of teacher Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons); "I will gut you like a pig. You are a worthless pansy who is now weeping and slobbering over my drum set like a 9-year-old girl"; "I'd rather die drunk, broke at 34 and have people at a dinner table talk about me than live to be rich and sober at 90 and nobody remembered who I was"; "I don't think people understood what it was I was doing at Shaffer. I wasn't there to conduct. Any fucking moron can wave his arms and keep people in tempo. I was there to push people beyond what's expected of them. I believe that is an absolute necessity. Otherwise, we're depriving the world of the next Louis Armstrong. The next Charlie Parker"; "Are you a rusher, or are you a dragger, or are you gonna be on my fucking time?"; "There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job"; "Full Metal Juilliard"; features a cool jazz drum solo; does $49M box office on a $3.3M budget. Births: Deaths: Am. "Annie Johnson in Imitation of Life" actress Juanita Moore (b. 1914) on Jan. 1 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. Everly Brothers singer Phil Everly (b. 1939) on Jan. 3 in Burbank, Calif. Am. black activist poet Amiri Baraka (b. 1934) on Jan. 9 in Newark, N.J. Israeli PM #11 (2001-6) Ariel Sharon (b. 1928) on Jan. 11 in Ramat Gan; dies after an 8-year coma; his death will signal the return of the Jewish Messiah, according to Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri. Am. "The Professor in Gilligan's Island" Russell Johnson (b. 1924) on Jan. 16 in Bainbridge Island, Wash. (kidney failure). Canadian-born Am. "Reuben Kincaid in The Partridge Family" actor Dave Madden (b. 1931) on Jan. 16 in Jacksonville, Fla. (cancer). Russian climate scientist Yuri Izrael (b. 1930) on Jan. 23 in Moscow. Am. basketball player Tom Gola (b. 1933) on Jan. 26 in Philadelphia, Penn. Am. folk singer Pete Seeger (b. 1919) on Jan. 27 in New York City. Am. poet-artist Rene Ricard (b. 1946) on Feb. 1 in New York City (cancer). Am. "Capote" actor Philip Seymour Hoffman (b. 1967) on Feb. 2 in Manhattan, N.Y. (OD); Broadway dims its lights in his honor - aw shucks, he missed the Super Bowl? Israeli journalist Barry Rubin (b. 1950) on Feb. 3 in Tel Aviv (lung cancer). Am. baseball hall-of-fame player Ralph Kiner (b. 1922) on Feb. 6 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Am. poet Maxine Kumin (b. 1925) on Feb. 6 in Warner, N.H. Am. child movie star Shirley Temple (b. 1928) on Feb. 10 in Woodside, Calif. Am. comedian Sid Caesar (b. 1922) on Feb. 12 in Beverley Hills, Calif. Am. "Ralph Monroe in Green Acres" actress Mary Grace Canfield (b. 1924) on Feb. 15 in Santa Barbara, Calif. South African geneticist Anthony Clifford Allison (b. 1925) on Feb. 20 in Belmont, Calif. Armenian astronomer Grigor Burzadyan (b. 1922) on Feb. 22 in Yerevan. Am. "Ghostbusters" actor Harold Ramis (b. 1944) on Feb. 24 in Chicago, Ill. (vasculitis). Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia (b. 1947) on Feb. 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (heart attack). Am. writer Justin Kaplan (b. 1925) on Mar. 2. Am. political scientist Rudolph Rummel (b. 1932) on Mar. 2 in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Am. surgeon Frank Jobe (b. 1925) on Mar. 6 in Santa Monica, Calif. Am. "Alice Kramden in The Jackie Gleason Show" actress Sheila MacRae (b. 1921) on Mar. 6 in Englewood, N.J. Am. diplomat Samuel Winfield Lewis (b. 1930) on Mar. 10. Am. Korean War hero Col. Ola Lee Mize (b. 1931) on Mar. 12. U.S. defense secy. #12 (1973-5) James Rodney Schlesinger (b. 1929) on Mar. 27 in Baltimore, Md. U.S. Adm. Jeremiah Denton (b. 1924) on Mar. 28 in Virginia Beach, Va. Am. comic book artist Fred Kida (b. 1920) on Apr. 3. Am. actor Mickey Rooney (b. 1920) on Apr. 6 in Los Angeles, Calif. English TV journalist Peaches Geldof (b. 1989) on Apr. 7 in Wrotham, Kent. Am. prof. wrestler the Ultimate Warrior (b. 1959) on Apr. 8 in Scottsdale, Ariz. (heart attack). Am. writer Gregory White Smith (b. 1951) on Apr. 10 in Aiken, S.C. (brain cancer). Am. basketball player Lou Hudson (b. 1944) on Apr. 11 in Atlanta, Ga. (stroke); served as an ambassador for the Power to End Stroke org. French writer Pierre Autin-Grenier (b. 1947) on Apr. 12 in Lyon. Romanian poet Nina Cassian (b. 1924) on Apr. 15 in New York City (cardiac arrest). Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez (b. 1927) on Apr. 17 in Mexico City, Mexico: "Think of love as a state of grace not as a means to anything... but an end in itself." English playwright-actor Anthony Marriott (b. 1931) on Apr. 17. Am. boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (b. 1937) on Apr. 20 in Toronto, Ont., Canada. Am. Mr. Coffee co-inventor Edmund Abel (b. 1921) on Apr. 21 in Rocky River, Ohio. English "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" actor Bob Hoskins (b. 1942) on Apr. 29 in London (pneumonia). Am. "Stu Bailey in 77 Sunset Strip" actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (b. 1918) on May 2 in Solvang, Calif. Ukrainian-born British tennis player Elena Baltacha (b. 1983) on May 4 (liver cancer). Swiss "Alien" artist H.R. Giger (b. 1940) on May 12 in Zurich; dies of injuries from a fall. Am. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" poet Maya Angelou (b. 1928) on May 28 in Winston-Salem, N.C.: "One would say of my life, born loser, had to be, from a broken family, raped at eight, unwed mother of sixteen"; "History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again." Canadian basketball player Bob Houbregs (b. 1932) on May 28 in Olympia, Wash. Am. "The Godfather" cinematographer Gordon Willis (b. 1931) on May 18 in North Falmouth, Mass. (cancer). Czech-born Am. climate scientist George Kukla (b. 1930) on May 31 in Suffern, N.Y. (heart attack). Am. "Alice Nelson in The Brady Bunch" actress Ann B. Davis (b. 1926) on June 1 in San Antonio, Tex. Polish-born Am. world's oldest man Alexander Imich (b. 1903) on June 8 in Manhattan, N.Y. Am. baseball pitcher Bob Welch (b. 1956) on June 9 in Seal Beach, Calif. Am. American Top 40 disc jockey Casey Kasem (b. 1932) on June 15 in Gig Harbor, Wash. Am. "Flowers for Algernon" novelist Daniel Keyes (b. 1927) on June 15 in Boca Raton, Fla. (pneumonia). Am. baseball hall-of-fame player Tony Gwynn (b. 1960) on June 16 in Poway, Calif. (cancer from snuff). Australian businessman Ray Evans (b. 1939) on June 17 in Melbourne. Am. country singer Jimmy C. Newman (b. 1927) on June 21 in Nashville, Tenn. Italian physicist Bruno Zumino (b. 1923) on June 21 in Berkeley, Calif. Lebanese-born Am. scholar Fouad A. Ajami (b. 1945) on June 22 in Maine (prostate cancer). English science writer Nigel Calder (b. 1931) on June 25. Spanish novelist Ana Maria Matute (b. 1925) on June 25 (heart attack). Am. Repub. politician Howard Baker (b. 1925) on June 26 in Huntsville, Tenn. (stroke). Am. musician Bobby Womack (b. 1944) on June 27 in Tarzana, Calif. German historian Hans-Ulrich Wehler (b. 1931) on July 5 in Bielefeld. Polish-born Canadian real estate tycoon David Azrieli (b. 1922) on July 9 in Montreal, Quebec. English "Help!" "Superman II/III" film composer Ken Thorne (b. 1924) on July 9 in West Hills, Calif. Am. writer Curt Gentry (b. 1931) on July 10 in San Francisco, Calif. Am. historian James MacGregor Burns (b. 1918) on July 15 in Williamstown, Mass. Am. "Bret Maverick" actor James Garner (b. 1928) on July 19 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. country singer George Riddle (b. 1936) on July 20 in Indianapolis, Ind. English economist John Blundell (b. 1952) on July 22. Am. nightclub owner Manny Roth (b. 1919) on July 24 in Ojai, Calif. Am. White House press. secy. #15 (1981-9) (gun control symbol) Jim Brady (b. 1940) on Aug. 4 in Alexandria, Va. U.S. Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene (b. 1959) on Aug. 5 in Qamp Qargha, Kabul, Afghanistan (KIA). Israeli dir.-producer Menahem Golan (b. 1929) on Aug. 9 in Jaffa. Am. "Good Morning, Vietnam" actor-comedian Robin Williams (b. 1951) on Aug. 11 in Paradise Cay, Calif.; commits suicide by hanging in his home near Tiburon, Calif.; he had been experiencing depression from alcoholism rehabiliation, and was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's, although he really had Lewy body dementia; "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien, but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets" (Pres. Obama): "Cocaine is God's way of telling you you are making too much money." Am. actress Lauren Bacall (b. 1924) on Aug. 12 in New York City (stroke). Am. diplomat John Edwin Mroz (b. 1948) on Aug. 15 in Manhattan, N.Y. (cancer). Am. serial murderer Robert Christian Hansen (b. 1939) on Aug. 21 in Seward, Alaska. English composer Sandy Wilson (b. 1924) on Aug. 27 in Taunton. Am. Survivor lead singer Jimi Jamison (b. 1951) on Aug. 31 in Raleigh, Memphis, Tenn. (heart attack). Argentine rocker Gustavo Cerati (b. 1959) on Sept. 4 in Buenos Aires (stroke and coma on May 14, 2010). Am. comedian Joan Rivers (b. 1933) on Sept. 4 in Manhattan, N.Y. (cardiac arrest). Am. Chick-fil-A founder Samuel Truett Cathy (b. 1921) on Sept. 8 in Clayton County, Ga. Am. jazz musician Gerald Wilson (b. 1918) on Sept. 8 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. musician-producer Bob Crewe (b. 1930) on Sept. 11 in Scarborough, Maine. English actor Sir Donald Sinden (b. 1923) on Sept. 12 in Wittersham, Isle of Oxney, Kent (prostate cancer). Irish Protestant leader Rev. Ian Paisley (b. 1926) on Sept. 12 in Belfast. Am. country musician George Hamilton IV (b. 1937) on Sept. 17 in Nashville, Tenn. (heart attack). Israeli spy Mike Harari (b. 1927) on Sept. 21 in Tel Aviv. Am. mountaineer Barbara Washburn (b. 1914) on Sept. 25. Haitian pres. (1971-86) Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier (b. 1951) on Oct. 4 in Port-au-Prince (heart attack). Am. Paul Revere and the Raiders founder Paul Revere Dick (b. 1938) on Oct. 4 in Caldwell, Idaho. French novelist Claude Ollier (b. 1922) on Oct. 18. Dominican-born Am. fashion designer Oscar de la Renta (b. 1932) on Oct. 20 in Kent, Conn. (cancer). Am. Washington Post executive ed. (1968-91) Ben Bradlee (b. 1921) on Oct. 21 in Washington, D.C. Scottish Cream rocker Jack Bruce (b. 1943) on Oct. 25 in Suffolk, England (liver disease). Dominican baseball outfielder Oscar Taveras (b. 1992) on Oct. 26 in Puerto Plata (automobile accident). Am. poet Galway Kinnell (b. 1927) on Oct. 28 in Sheffield, Vt. Am. economist Gordon Tullock (b. 1922) on Nov. 3 in Des Moines, Iowa. German physicist Gerhard Gerlich (b. 1942) on Nov. 8. Am. screenwriter Ernest Kinoy (b. 1925) on Nov. 10 in Townshend, Vt. Am. Chicago mayor #40 (1979-83) Jane Byrne (b. 1933) on Nov. 14 in Chicago, Ill. (stroke). Am. film critic Charles Champlin (b. 1926) on Nov. 16 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. KFC franchisee #1 (1952) Pete Harman (b. 1919) on Nov. 19 in Los Altos, Calif. Am. "The Graduate" dir. Mike Nichols (b. 1931) on Nov. 19 in New York City (heart attack). Am. Washington, D.C. mayor (1979-91, 1995-9) Marion Barry (b. 1936) on Nov. 23 in Washington, D.C. English Small Faces musician Ian McLagan (b. 1945) on Dec. 3 in Austin, Tex. (stroke). Belgian queen (1960-93) Fabiola (b. 1928) on Dec. 5 in Laeken. German-born Am. video game developer Ralph Henry Baer (b. 1922) on Dec. 6 in Manchester, N.H. Am. Miss America 1959 Mary Ann Mobley (b. 1937) on Dec. 9 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (breast cancer). Am. Miss America 1945 Bess Myerson (b. 1924) on Dec. 14 in Santa Monica, Calif. Am. writer Carleton Mabee (b. 1914) on Dec. 18. Welsh Profumo Affair model-showgirl Mandy Rice-Davies (b. 1944) on Dec. 18 London, England (cancer). Am. basketball coach Frank Truitt (b. 1925) on Dec. 21 in Columbus, Ohio. English singer Joe Cocker (b. 1944) on Dec. 22 in Crawford, Colo. (lung cancer). Am. Denver, Colo. mayor #39 (1963-8) Tom Currigan (b. 1920) on Dec. 27 in Chicago, Ill. Am. "narrator of The History Channel" actor Edward Herrmann (b. 1943) on Dec. 31 in Manhattan, N.Y. (brain cancer).