T.L. Winslow's 2018 C.E. Historyscope

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2018 - The Yuge Shithole Year of Trump and North Korea, Facebook Scandal, Royal Kiss, and #MeToo #TimesUp Woman Sexual Abuse Accusers Unleashed?

Pres. Trump withdrawing from Iranian nuclear deal, May 8, 2018 British Prince Harry (1984-) and Meghan Markle (1981-) in Royal Kiss, May 19, 2018 Michael Wolff (1953-) Eric Swalwell of the U.S. (1980-) Hope Hicks of the U.S. (1988-) Andrew McCabe of the U.S. (1968-) Larry Kudlow of the U.S. (1947-) Mike Pompeo of the U.S. (1963-) Gina Haspel of the U.S. (1956-) Stormy Daniels (1979-) U.S. Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson (1967-) Carlos Alvarado Quesada of Costa Rica (1980-) Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine (1935-) Truza Jamal Hassan (1998-) Sajid David of Britain (1969-) Bill Cosby (1937-) Nikolas Cruz (1998-) Travis Reinking (1998-) Dimitrios Pagourtzis (2001-) Alek Minassian (1992-) Joseph James De Angelo (1945-) David Turpin (1960-) and Louise Turpin (1968-) Sarah Rose Summers (1994-) Keith Raniere Corey Johnson (2000-) Nick Foles (1989-) Red Gerard of the U.S. (2000-) Chloe Kim of the U.S. (2000-) Shaun White of the U.S. (1986-) Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia (1999-) Alina Zagitova of Russia (2002-) Joshua Cooper Ramo (1968-) Kehinde Wiley (1977-) 'Official Portrait of Pres. Barack Obama' by Kehinde Wiley (1977-), 2018 Amy Sherald (1973-) 'Official Portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama' by Amy Sherald (1973-), 2018 'Fake Official Portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama' by Kehinde Wiley (1977-), 2018 'Black Panther', 2018 James Webb Space Telescope, 2018 Casa Brutale, 2018 Sir Anish Kapoor (1954-) 'Cloud Column' by Sir Anish Kapoor, 2018

2018 Doomsday Clock: 2 min. to midnight (worst since 1953). Chinese Year: Dog (Feb. 16). In Trump's first year in office refugee admissions drop 70%, from 98,898 to 29,620 (decline of 69,278). A mass exodus begins from the San Francisco Bay area in Calif. due to high housing costs combined with high crime and illegal immigrants. The GDP of the U.S.: $20.4T; China 14T (vs. $12T in 2017), Japan: $5.1T (vs. $4.87T in 2017), Germany: $4.2T, U.K. and France: $2.9T, India: $2.85T, Italy: $2.18T, Brazil: $2.14T, Canada: $1.8T. China's digital economy reaches 42% of the global e-commerce market, vs. less than 1% in 2008; the U.S. shares is down to 24% from 35% in 2005. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos passes the $100B mark in wealth, becoming a first for the annual Forbes list of the world's wealthiest. The 2017/8 2017/18 Northern Hemisphere Mega-Winter btings record cold temps. and snow, incl. the coldest Super Bowl on record, Niagara Falls frozen over, the lowest temp. ever recorded in Bangladesh, frozen crops creating a food crisis in Europe et al. On Jan. 1 the 2018 Rose Bowl sees the 12-1 Ga. Bulldogs defeat the 12-1 Okla. Sooners in 2nd OT after Lorenzo Carter blocks a Sooners field goal and Sony Michel makes a 27-yard TD; the Sooners led 31-17 at halftime under Heisman Trophy-winning QB Baker Mayfield; the first Rose Bowl game to go to OT. On Jan. 1 (early a.m.) a large New Year's Eve Muslim mob in Champigny-sur-Mer, Paris, France attacks a female police officer and burns 1,031 cars (v. 935 in 2017); 510 are arrested (v. 456 in 2017). On Jan. 1 (1:30 a..m.) a Muslim gunman kills two Copts celebrating New Year in an alcohol shop in Giza, Egypt. On Jan. 1 Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!", promising to withhold $255M in aid. On Jan. 1 the #TimesUp movement is founded by Hollywood celebs in response to #MeToo and the Weinstein Effect of people coming out of the woodwork to accuse powerful men of sexual misconduct, gleefully supported by the PC press. On Jan. 1 (12:30 p.m.) Muslim gunmen open fire on Christians returning from a church service in Omoku, Rivers State, Nigeria, killing 14+ and injuring 12. On Jan. 1 North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un gives a speech, in which he gloatingly issues the soundbyte that he has a nuclear button on his desk. On Jan. 1 Calif. legalizes recreational marijuana, anticipating a $100M/mo. industry. On Jan. 1 Baby Asel becomes the first newborn of 2018 in Austria - a Muslim. On Jan. 2 as anti-govt. protests rage in Iran while the Gulf countries rejoice, Pres Trump tweets the soundbyte: "The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their 'pockets.' The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!", causing Iran to accuse Trump of "grotesque" interference in its internal affairs. On Jan. 4 the Dow Jones Industrial Avg. tops 25,000 for the first time. On Jan. 4 U.S. atty. gen. Jeff Sessions announces a decision to rescind the 2013 Obama admin. policy restraining the feds from enforcing marijuana laws in states that legalize it, leaving discretion in the hands of each state's U.S. atty. On Jan. 5 the Iranian Resistance urges the U.N. Security Council to defend the "legitimate right of people of Iran to overthrow ruling religious fascism"; since the U.N. is a virtual puppet of the Org. of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), don't count on it? On Jan. 5-6 authorities close down the St. Catherine Monastery in Sinai, when the Cops hold Christmas church services; the excuse is developing a World Heritage Site plan, but the real reason is fear of Islamist attacks? On Jan. 7 18-y.-o. Austrian Muslim Lorenz K. is charged with plotting with a 12-y.-o. German Iraqi Muslim to bomb a Christmas market in Ludwigshaven. On Jan. 7 Pres. Trump tweets the soundbytes: "I've had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President. Now I have to put up with a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well. So will I!", and "Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence. "Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius.... and a very stable genius at that!" On Jan. 7 (Sun.) (night) the 2018 (75th) Golden Globe Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., hosted by Seth Meyers award Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri the best motion picture - drama award, snubbing "Dunkirk", "The Post", and "The Shape of Water"; Lady Bird wins for best musical or comedy; Gary Oldman wins for best actor perf. in a drama for Darkest Hour, and Frances McDormand for best actress perf. in a drama for Three Billboards; James Franco wins for best actor perf. in a musical or comedy for The Disaster Artist, and Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird; Sam Rockwell wins for best supporting actor for Three Billboards, and Allison Jannet for I, Tonya; after she is presented with a Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, uttering the soundbyte "I want all of the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon", the crowd clamors for Oprah Winfrey to run for U.S. pres., causing Pres. Trump to reply that he is not afraid to take anybody on; in an Oct. 1999 interview with Larry King, Trump uttered the soundbyte that "Oprah would always be my first choice", adding "She's a really great woman... She is a terrific woman. She is somebody that is very special." On Jan. 9 Pres. Trump holds an hour-long Conference on Immigration with Repub. and Dem. lawmakers, opening it to the press, calling for "a bill of life" that addresses DACA while ending chain migration, secures the border by building a wall, and cancels the visa lottery program; at the private meeting he allegedly utters the soundbyte: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?", referring to Haiti and Africa, adding that he prefers people from countries like Norway, pissing-off the PC police, who call him a racist and ignore the fact that he's right because that's what they are?; he really said shithouse?; several meeting attendees later deny hearing the s-word; speaking of shithole, Dirty Denver, Colo., known for being run by leftist Dems. makes the city a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants, and makes them feel welcome by reducing punishment for public shitting. On Jan. 9 the Tex. State U. Star student newspaper pub. an op-ed titled Your DNA is an abomination by Trump-hating Hispanic senior Rudy Martinez, causing a firestorm of controversy with soundbytes incl. "White death will mean liberation for all", [Whiteness is] "a construct used to perpetuate a system of racist power", "White is over! If you want it", "Whiteness will be over because we want it to be. And when it dies, there will be millions of cultural zombies aimlessly wandering across a vastly changed landscape", and "Until then, remember this: I hate you because you shouldn't exist. You are both the dominant apparatus on the planet and the void in which all other cultures, upon meeting you, die." On Jan. 9-10 night protests throughout Tunisia cause police to injure dozens and arrest 206, while losing 49 wounded. On Jan. 10 the Southern Calif. Mudslides in Montecito, Calif. kill 20+. On Jan. 13 a false missile alert is sent in the Hawaiian Islands, causing panic until it is canceled after 38 min. On Jan. 15 two suicide bombers detonate on a busy street in Tayyaran Square in Baghdad, Iraq, killing 38+ and injuring 105. On Jan. 15 David Turpin (1960-) and Louise Turpin (1968-) are arrested after one of their daughters escapes their prison-like home in Perris, Calif. and rats on how they have been keeping her 12 siblings ages 2-29 prisoner and starving them; they are charged with torture. On Jan. 15 (night) Pope Francis arrives in Santiago, Chile, where he faces protests over failure to punish child molesting priest Fernando Karadima. On Jan. 16 the Dow Jones Industrial Avg. hits 26,000 for the first time ever. On Jan. 16 the U.S. Depts. of Justice and Homeland Security release a report saying that 73% of 402 people convicted in federal courts on internat. terrorism-related chartes between 9/11 and Dec. 31, 2016 were foreign-born, with 148 naturalized, and that 1,716 aliens "with national security concerns were removed from the U.S., while in 2017 the DHS had "encounters" with thousands of people attempting to enter the U.S. who were in the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database. On Jan. 17 two captive 13-y.-o. girls working for Boko Haram kill 12 and injure dozens in a suicide attack in a market in Maiduguri, Nigeria. On Jan. 18 British PM Theresa May meets with French PM Emannuel Macron in Sandhurst after Britain promises to pay more for border security in Muslim-overrrun Calais. On Jan. 18 U.S. secy. of state Rex Tillerson utters the soundbyte that the U.S. will maintain an open-ended military presence in Syria to ensure defeat of ISIS because Pres. Trump doesn't want to "make the same mistake" Pres. Obama made in 2001; there are currently 2K U.S. troops in Syria. On Jan. 19 (a.m.) a Muslim inmate at French-run Borgo Prison in Corsica attacks and stabs two guards while shouting "Allahu Akbar". On Jan. 19/20 (midnight) after Congress deadlocks over the Dreamers, the U.S. govt. shuts down (until ?), with each party blaming the other; it reopens on Jan. 23 after one business day. On Jan. 20 the Dow Jones Industrial Avg. reaches 19,827.25 (up 94.85), growing 31% in Pres. Trump's first year in office, highest since FDR in 1933. On Jan. 20 the 1st anniv. of the inauguration of Pres. Trump sees Women's March demonstrations across the U.S. in protest of his rhetoric and policies, which doesn't phase him, causing him to tweet about "the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months" and "Lowest female unemployment in 18 years". On Jan. 20 19-y.-o. Muslim ex-student Truza Jamal Hassan (1998-) is arrested for setting eight small fires around the campus of St. Catherine U. in Minneapolis, Minn. in retaliation for U.S. attacks on Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, telling police: "You guys are lucky that I don't know how to build a bomb", claiming that she "wanted the school to burn to the ground and that her intent was to hurt people." On Jan. 20 (9:00 p.m. local time) six Taliban militants begin a siege at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, which ends after 13 hours with 18 dead incl. 14 foreigners after 150 guests shimmying down bedsheets to escape. On Jan. 20 Turkey launches air strikes on Kurdish YPG fighters in Kurdish Afrin on the Turkish-Syrian border to eliminate the U.S.-backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), causing civilians to organize a human shield to protect them on Mar. 10. On Jan. 22 U.S. vice-pres. Mike Pence addresses the Israeli Knesset, announcing U.S. plans to move their embassy to Jerusalem next year. On Jan. 22 a motorcycle bomb explodes in a pork stall in mostly Muslim Yala Province, S Thailand, killing three and injuring 22. On Jan. 22 a draft report by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security at the request of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner Kevin McAleenan calls for long-term surveillance of "at-risk" Sunni Muslim immigrants. On Jan. 23 a 15-y.-o. boy shoots up Marshall County H.S. in Benton, Ky., killing two students and injuring 18 before being arrested. On Jan. 24 (9:00 a.m. local time) a suicide car bomb on a Save the Children office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan followed by an RPG attack kills three and injuring 26; ISIS claims responsibility. On Jan. 24 two car bombs near a mosque in Benghazi, Libya kill 27 and injure 20-30. On Jan. 24 Pres. Trump meets with reporters and utters the soundbyte that he's flopping and supporting eventual citizenship for the Dreamers, with the soundbyte: "We're going to morph into it." On Jan. 25-6 the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is attended by Pres. Trump, who gives a speech on Jan. 26, saying "America is open for business", with the soundbytes: "Now is the perfect time to bring your business, your jobs, and your investments to the U.S.", "America is open for business and we are competitive once again", "As president of the United States, I will always put American first just as the leaders of other countries should put their countries first", causing misnamed U.N. human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein to utter the soundbyte: "It's the script of the 20th century. He urged all countries to pursue their own interest, almost without reference to the fact that if you do all of that, if each country is narrowly pursuing its agenda, it will clash with the agendas of others and we will take the world back to 1913 once again." On Jan. 25 2-day Last Hope Syria Peace Talks by the U.N. begin in Vienna. On Jan. 26 the Trump-hating New York Times claims that Pres. Trump ordered special counsel Robert Mueller fired last June, but backed down when his atty. Daniel McGahn threatened to quit; Trump calls it fake news - Trump back down? On Jan. 26 the 2018 Paris Flood starts after rains stop. On Jan. 26 House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) addresses the Conference on Mayors, letting the cat out of the bag with the soundbyte that the real goal of Pres. Trump's proposed immigration plan is "to make America white again"; new non-white immigrants however, "make America more American". On Jan. 27 a Taliban suicide bomber in an ambulance detonates at a police checkpoint in Kaboom, er, Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 103 and injuring 235. On Jan. 28 (Sun.) pres. elections in Finland give a landslide V to incumbent Sauli Niinisto, who wins 62.7% of the vote. On Jan. 28 a proposed Polish law to make it a crime to claim that Poland helped the Nazis in WWII pisses-off Israel. On Jan. 29 (7:30 a.m. local time) Am. Muslim Khalil Lawal (b. 1986) of Arlington, Va. in a black Honda plows into pedestrians in South Philadelphia, Penn., injuring one before being killed by an off-duty cop; terrorism is suspected, but the police don't release his name until Jan. 30, his Facebook page revealing that he is a member of Jannah Al-Firdaus, whose motto is "Jannah (Paradise) is my Goal". On Jan. 30 deputy FBI dir. Andrew McCabe abruptly resigns. On Jan. 30 (9:00 p.m. EDT) Pres. Trump delivers his 80-min. 2018 State of the Union Speech, ignoring the hype that he would present a softer milder version of himself, calling his first year in office an "extraordinary success", calling for a "new American moment", and castigating Dems. repeatedly esp. on immigration, backing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers as long as chain migration is prevented, with the soundbyte: "Americans are dreamers too", using the word "America" 80+ times and getting 111 standing ovations; he calls for $1.5T in federal funds to revamp the U.S. infrastructure, with states providing support, says that U.S. foreign aid should "only go to friends of America", calls for the removal of "federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people", and says "One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs"; when he notes that black 6.8%) and Hispanic unemployment is now the lowest in history, Dem. blacks and Hispanics refuse to clap; he unexpectedly announces that he has revoked Pres. Obama's 2009 order to close Gitmo, saying that the may send more POWs there when necessary; too bad, Jan. employment statistics reveal that black unemployment has shot back up to 7.7%, highest since Trump took office in Jan. 2017. On Jan. 30 Pres. Trump signs the U.S. Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Va. Federal Recognition Act of 2017, granting federal recognition to six Native Am. tribes recognized by Va. On Jan. 30 Am. Muslim teenie girl Maarib Al Hishmawi (2001-) is reporting missing after leaving Taft H.S. in Bexar County, Tex.; in Mar. she is located, revealing that her parents beat her with broomsticks and poured hot cooking oil on her for refusing a $20K arranged marriage. On Jan. 31 (early a.m.) a super blue blood Moon. On Jan. 31 an Amtrak train carrying dozens of Repub. members of Congress and staff to a retreat at the Greenbrier in W. Va. crashes into a truck near Charlottesville, Va., killing truck driver Christopher Foley (b. 1989). On Jan. 31 Judicial Watch releases 42 pages of documents showing that the Obama admin. tried to undermine Pres. Trump's new admin. by releasing classified Russian intel. just before his inauguration to U.S. Sen. (D-Md.) Ben Cardin of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In late Jan. the Inaugural U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue is followed on Feb. 1 by the launch of the Gulf Internat. Forum. In Jan. the Nutella Brawls in France begin when the Intermarche supermarket chain drops the price of a 950g jar from €4.50 to €1.41. In Jan. former U.S. secy. of state John Kerry meets with top PLO negotiator Hussein Agha in London, telling him to "be strong", "play for time", and "not yield to President Trump's demands", urging him to attack Trump personally, like he did a year earlier when he cursed Trump with the soundbyte "May your house be destroyed". In Jan. Project Veritas reveals the Twitter practice of "shadow banning", secretly banning users for their conservative content by making sure their posts are not seen by other users; in combo with Google they are effectively skewing election results and opening the West to Muslim takeover? In Jan. U.S. unemployment is 4.1% for the 4th straight month, with 200K new jobs and a 2.9% increase in wages (vs. 2.7% in Dec.), largest year-over-year increase since June 2009. On Feb. 2 after tweeting the soundbyte "The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans - something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!", Pres. Trump orders the release of a 4-page classified memo by Repub. House Intel Committee chmn. Devin Nunes revealing that FBI Dir. James Comey used a discredited 35-page anti-Trump dossier to obtain a FISA court warrant to engage in surveillance on volunteer Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page, pissing-off the Dems., who claim that Trump is using it to discredit the Robert Mueller Trump-Russia witchhunt, er, investigation. On Feb. 3 the 2-week-old (since Jan. 20) Turkish military attack on Syrian Kurdish militia-held Afrin, N Syria results in the killing of eight Turkish troops. On Feb. 4 (2:45 a.m. local time) an Amtrak Silver Star passenger train en route from New York City to Miami, Fla. slams into a parked freight train 10 mi. S of Columbia, S.C., killing two crew and injuring 100+. On Feb. 4 140K protest in Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece over allowing the Former Yugoslav Repub. of Macedonia to keep its name, calling it Skopje instead and pointing to the Greek province of Macedonia. On Feb. 4 an air raid by the Saudi-led coalition hits a police bldg. in Sana'a, Yemen, killing eight. On Feb. 4 Israeli PM Benjamin announces plans to legalize the isolated West Bank outpost of Havat Gilad in response to the murder of a father of six who lived there. On Feb. 5 (Wild Mon.) (day after Super Bowl Sun.) the Dow Jones Industrial Avg. plunges almost 1,600 points (6%) before ending the day down 1,179 points (4%), erasing gains for the year; the S&P Index falls 4%, losing $1T in market capitalization; on Feb. 6 the Dow recovers by 567 points. On Feb. 5 an Iraqi govt. spokesman announces to the AP that U.S. troops have started to draw down from Iraq after Baghdad's declaration of victory over ISIS last year. On Feb. 5 anti-Trump U.S. Rep. (D-Calif.) (2013-) Eric Michael Swalwell Jr. (1980-) introduces the U.S. Journalist Protection Act, making it a federal crime for Pres. Trump, er, to intimidate journalists to protect them from the "toxic environment created by Trump. On Feb. 5-7 the Alliance of Virtue for the Common Good Conference in the Marriot Marquis Hotel in Washington, D.C., run by Mauritanian-born Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah hosts Sam Brownback and other U.S. officials. On Feb. 6 (night) a 6.4 earthquake hits Hualien, Taiwan, killing 7+. On Feb. 7 Am. Muslim Munther Omar Saleh (1995-) is sentenced to 18 years in federal prison after admitting to plotting a jihad massacre in New York City for ISIS. On Feb. 7 the 19-member U.N. NGO Committee of the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) meets in New York City, rejecting applications from TWO U.S.-based groups fighting for human rights in Iran and North Korea, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) (founded 2004) and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) (founded in 2001), which U.S. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley calls "shameful". On Feb. 8 a Rasmussen poll gives Pres. Trump's job approval rating as 48%, vs. 44 for Pres Obama at the same point in his presidency. On Feb. 9 (a.m.) after the federal govt. shuts down overnight and 73 Dems. switch to offset 67 Repubs., giving a 71-28 Senate vote at 2:00 a.m., followed by a 240-186 House vote at 5:30 a.m., Pres. Trump signs budget law boosting spending by hundreds of billions of dollars incl. $300B for military programs, pissing-off Ky. Sen. Rand Paul, who held the vote up until the last minute, with the soundbyte: "How come you were against President Obama's deficits and then how come you're for Republican deficits?" On Feb. 9 Egypt launches Operation Sinai 2018 to purge the region of Islamist terrorists. On Feb. 9 a U.N. committee urges Spain to ban children under 18 from bullfights and bullfighting schools to prevent "harmful effects". On Feb. 9 Muslim Bangladeshi student Momena Shoma (1993-) stabs her 56-y.-o. homestay host in Melbourne, Australia after practicing on a mattress, later telling police she was "acting on behalf of the Caliphate". On Feb. 9 a 250m 130-tonne Monster Fatberg found last year goes on display at the Museum of London, composed of sewer clog. On Feb. 10 after House Dem. Adam Schiff sends him a spin memo, Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted, whereupon they would blame the White House for lack of transparency. Told them to re-do and send back in proper form!" On Feb. 10 (early a.m.) (one day before the 39th anniv. of the Iranian Islamic Rev.) an Iranian drone (UAV) enters Israeli airspace from Syria, causing the IAF to shoot it down and Syrian AA batteries to respond, hitting an Israeli F-16 that crashes in Israeli territory, critically injuring one pilot, after which the IAF raids Syria, hitting 12 targets, becoming their biggest attack against Syria since the 1982 Lebanon war, and Israel warns Iran over its continuing presence in Syria; on Feb. 12 the big rally in Tehran sees hundreds of thousands curse the U.S. as "enemy number one"; on Feb. 20 U.S. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley gives a speech to the U.N. Security Council, with the soundbytes: "Israel, like any other country, has a right to defend itself and its borders. The Israeli people face the frightening escalation of Islamic terror acts through Israel. The Palestinian Authority refuses to take the most basic steps towards ensuring peace with Israel, and instead incites terrorism. Textbooks in Gaza and the West Bank teach children that Israel has no right to exist. They teach their children to hate Jews. The Hamas charter calls for the destruction of the State of Israel and the Jewish people"; "The West must stop embracing Islam-based hatred of Israel." On Feb. 10 a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone destroys a Russian-made T-72 battle tank in Syria after U.S. special ops come under attack by pro-Assad forces. On Feb. 10 (11:30 a.m.) police officers Anthony "Tony" Morelli (b. 1963) and Eric Joering (b. 1978) are shot and killed in Westerville, Ohio after responding to a 911 hangup call. On Feb. 11 U.S. secy. of state Rex Tillerson arrives in Cairo, Egypt to kick off a tour of five Middle Eastern countries; meanwhile Egypt launches an offensive against Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula. On Feb. 11 a street vendor's gas canister explodes at a carnival in Oruro, Bolivia, killing eight and injuring 40+. On Feb. 12 a Russian An-148 regional jet crashes shortly after takeoff from Domodedovo Airport in Orsk, Russia, killing all 65 passengers and six crew. On Feb. 13 a Turkish patrol boat rams a Greek coast guard boat off Imia Island, over which Turkey claims sovereignty. On Feb. 14 a truck carrying African migrants crashes S of Bani Walid, Libya, killing 19 and injuring 100+. On Feb. 13 Plano, Tex. city councilman Tom Harrison (Methodist) is attacked by local Muslim groups for calling for Islam to be banned from public schools in a Facebook post, with mayor Harry LaRosiliere calling on him to resign, after which he eats crow, with the soundbyte: "My intent on inputting this on my personal Facebook page was to emphasize that Christianity is not the only religion being targeted for exclusion in our public school"; part of a Muslim conspiracy to supplant Christianity in U.S. public schools? On Feb. 14 (2:21 p.m.) (Valentine's Day) 19-y.-o. expelled JROTC student Nikolas Jacob Cruz (1998-) shoots up 3.3K-student Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. in Parkland, Fla. 45 mi. N of Miami with an AR-15-style assault rifle after tossing in smoke grenades that set off fire alarms, then pick them off as they pour out, killing 17 and injuring 15 before being trying to melt in with the fleeing students and getting arrested, becoming the 18th U.S. school shooting of the year and highest kill count since Columbine H.S. in Colo. (13); on Feb. 14 (night) the board of Hanover School District 28 30 mi. SE of Colorado Springs, Colo. votes 3-2 to allow school employees to be armed on the job; it later emerges that four armed Broward County deputies hid outside the school while the shooting was going on, making public statements by Coral Springs police chief Tony Pustizzi blaming the NRA seem lame. On Feb. 14 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu rejects calls to step down after police recommend his indictment on corruption charges. On Feb. 14 (night)after a vote of no-confidence, "the Lying King" South African pres. Jacob Zuma resigns after nine years, and wealthy businessman Cyril Ramaphosa becomes pres. of South Africa (until ?). On Feb 14 a New York federal judge blocks Pres. Trump's Sept. 2017 executive order overturning Pres. Obama's order creating the DACA program. On Feb. 15 Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah brags that it will have 500K missiles aimed at Israel within a year - thanks to Obama? On Feb. 15 Russia admits that five Russian citizens were killed by U.S.-led coalition forces in a bombing of pro-govt. Syrian fighters, becoming their first admission of non-military casualties in Syria. On Feb. 16 U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller indicts 13 Russians and 3 Russian cos. for unsuccessfully attempting to disrupt the 2016 U.S. pres. election by assuming false U.S. identities, being careful to state that any Trump campaign people they contacted were unaware of their true identities, causing Pres. Trump to tweet "The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong - no collusion!" On Feb. 16 after being arrested in 2016, Muslim jihadist Tamim Khaja (1997-) is sentenced for planning a massacre in Sydney, Australia, saying he wanted to use "maximum fire". On Feb. 16 (night) three female Boko Haram suicide bombers detonate in a crowded fish market in Konduga (near Maiduguri), Borno, Nigeria, killing 18+ and injuring 22. On Feb. 18 ISIS militants ambush the pro-govt. Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) (PMF) in Hawija, Kirkuk, Iraq, killing 24+. On Feb. 18 (Sun.) Allah Akbar-screaming ISIS gunman Khalil al-Dagestani (Halilov Khalil Umarovich) opens fire with a hunting rifle on people leaving an Orthodox church service in Kizlyar Dagestan, Russia on the Chechen border, killing four woman and fatally injuring a 5th before police kill him, after two officers are injured; ISIS claims responsibility. On Feb. 18 Syrian warplanes begin bombing Eastern Ghouta (near Damascus), Syria, last rebel enclave in Syria, killing 335 and injuring 1.2K by Feb. 22, when the U.N. pleads for a truce. On Feb. 20 the Fla. State House of Reps passes HR 157, declaring porno a "public health risk". On Feb. 20 Palestinian Authority pres. (since Jan. 15, 2005) Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) (1935-) gives a speech to the U.N. Security Council, accusing the Trump admin. of abdicating its commitment to an independent Palestinian state, calling for an internat. peace conference under U.N. not U.S. sponsorship; when he abruptly exits stage left after his speech, U.S. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley utters the soundbyte: "Our negotiators are sitting right behind me, ready to talk. We will not chase after you. The choice, Mr. President, is yours." On Feb. 21 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu announces that Israel intel services have thwarted an ISIS plot to blow up a plane from Sydney, Australia using an IED inside a meat mincer. On Feb. 21 Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visits India, incl. the Golden Temple of Amritsar, wearing Indian garb. On Feb. 21 Iranian senior official Mohsen Rezai gives an interview on Al-Manar TV, containing the soundbyte: "If Israel takes even the smallest step [against Iran], we will annihilate Tel Aviv and raze it to the ground." On Feb. 22 Muslim immigrant Munir Mohammed (1980-) of Derby, England is sentenced to life in prison (min. 14 years) for plotting a jihadist massacre; his pharmacist wife Rowaida El-Hassan is given 12 years. On Feb. 23-25 the Nation of Islam celebrate's Saviour's Day (birhday of founder Wallace Fard Muhammad) in Chicago, Ill.; leader Louis Farrakhan gives a speech, with the soundbytes: "White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God's grace, has pulled the cover off the eyes of that Satanic Jew, and I'm here to say your time is up, your world is through"; "Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out" and are "the children of the devil"; "When you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door." On Feb. 24 Oakland, Calif. Dem. mayor Libby Schaaf issues a warning to illegals about an upcoming ICE sweep, causing calls for her prosecution. On Feb. 4 Aid to the Church in Need turns the Roman Colosseum red to the massacres of Christians in the Middle East by Muslims. On Feb. 25 Mafia whistleblower Jan Kuciak is found shot dead in his home along with fiancee Martina Kusnirovaafter pub. a report on the "Italian track" of figures with Mafia connections, causing Slovak police on Mar. 1 to arrest several Italian businessmen named in the report incl. Antonino Vadala, alleged to have links with the 'Ndrangeta crime syndicate. On Feb. 26 the 37th Session of the U.N. Human Rights Council convenes, with U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein complaining of "violations of human rights which should have served as a trigger for preventative action" (meaning alleged Israeli oppression of Palestinians, not his oppression of his people?), calling for a Code of Conduct to stop the U.S. and other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council from making "pernicious use" of their veto against resolutions condemning Israel, like the U.S. has done 43x. On Feb. 26 the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan rules that Title VII of the 1964 U.S. Civil Rights Act protects gays from being fired from their jobs by straining to find a loophole in the wording, making hay of its wording of "sex" instead of "gender", with the soundbyte: "Sexual orientation discrimination is a subset of sex discrimination because sexual orientation is defined by one's sex in relation to the sex of those to whom one is attracted, making it impossible for an employer to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation without taking sex into account"; too bad, the Act doesn't mention sexual orientation, and they legislated from the bench? - lonely days, lonely nights, where would I be without my woman? On Feb. 27 (night) Taliban fighters in S Afghanistan on the Kandahar-Uruzgan border kidnap 30 incl. 19 policemen, and kill six policemen in two separate attacks. On Feb. 27 Bernard Augustine (1996-) of Keyes (near Modesto), Calif. is arrested for trying to join ISIS after traveling to Tunisia in 2016. On Feb. 27 after a proposal by white-hating Marxist radical Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the parliament of South Africa by 241-83 votes to confiscate land owned by white farmers without paying compensation. On Feb. 28 after a Congressional committee trips her up into admitting that she told "white lies" on Pres. Trump's behalf on Feb. 27, Hope Charlotte Hicks (1988-) announces her intention to resign as White House communications dir., becoming Trump's longest-serving political aide. On Feb. 28 Pres. Trump stuns Repubs. by embracing gun control on live TV at the White House, urging lawmakers to ressurect gun safety legislation they opposed for years; too bad, Congress does nothing as usual. In Feb. the Hungarian legislature introduces a Stop Soros Bill to "empower the interior minister to ban non-governmental organizations [NGOs] that support migration and pose a national security risk", causing Soros to relocate his Central European U. to Vienna. In Feb. U.S. unemployment is 4.1% for the 5th straight month, with 6.7M unemployed, adding 235K jobs, 200K+ in seven of the last 12 mos., incl. 31K manufacturing jobs, 263K since Dec. 2016. On Mar. 1 Russian pres. Vladimir Putin delivers his annual state of the nation address, bragging about new "invincible" doomsday weapons incl. a nuclear-tipped torpedo. On Mar. 1 Pres. Trump announces a tariff of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum imports, pissing-off Repubs., who call it a massive tax increase. On Mar. 1 the state of Calif. is ranked last among U.S. states in quality of life; Los Angeles County has 58K homeless people, up 46% in 2013-17. On Mar. 1 Winter (False Tropical) Storm Riley (Mar. 2018 Nor'Easter). On Mar. 2 the nat. army HQ and French embassy in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso are attacked by Allah-Akbar-shouting jihadists, killing seven plus six attackers; al-Qaida's Mali branch JNIM (Group for Support of Islam and Muslims) claims credit. On Mar. 2 a car bomb near an Australian embassy convoy in E Afghanistan kills one child and injures several. On Mar. 2 British police announce the conviction of three Muslims incl. ringleader Umar Ahmed Haque (1992-) of Barking, East London on terrorism charges for planning to recruit 55 children for attacks in London. On Mar. 2 former CIA dir. John Brennan utters the soundbyte that Pres. Trump is "unstable, inept, inexperienced, and also unethical". On Mar. 2 17-y.-o. Muslim convert Lloyd Gunton is jailed indefinitely (at least 11 years) for planning an "act of atrocity" in Cardiff, England during a Justin Bieber concert. On Mar. 2 21-y.-o. Tunisian Muslim immigrant Ismail Tommaso Hosni (1996-) is sentenced to seven years for a knife attack on two soldiers and a railway police officer in Milan, Italy in May; the judge reduces his 10-year sentence for mental illness. On Mar. 4 after the Houthi militia closes gasoline filling stations for a 6th straight day, protests in Sana'a, Yemen by tens of civilians in front of the secretariat bldg. On Mar. 4 after people tell the EU to stuff it with their desire for more immigration, gen. elections in Italy are a V for the center-right Matteo Salvini's League and anti-establishment Five Star Movement, with the center-left coalition led by former PM Matteo Renzi coming in 3rd, resulting in a hung parliament; Italy's Innovation and Economic Development Centre calls the result "the greatest affirmation of anti-establishment parties in the panorama of Western Europe since the post-war period." On Mar. 4 former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter are found unconscious on a beach in S England, which is later determined to be from poisoning, causing a cabinet-level meeting to be held on Mar. 7 as London's Metropolitan Police counterterrorism unit takes over the investigation, which fingers Russian pres. Vladimir Putin; on Mar. 14 Britain expels 23 Russian diplomats, causing Russia to do ditto with 23 British diplomats, and the U.S. to ditto on Mar. 26 with 60 Russian diplomats, and Russia to do ditto on Mar. 29 with 60 U.S. diplomats. On Mar. 4 after being delayed for the 2018 Winter Olympics, the 90th (2018) Academy Awards, presented at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. are hosted by Jimmy Kimmel (first to repeat since Billy Crystal in 1997-8); "The Shape of Water" (13 nominations) wins four Oscars incl. best picture and best dir. for Guillermo del Toro; "Dunkirk" (8 nominations) wins three Oscars; rare retro white straight male Gary Oldman wins best actor for "Darkest Hour"; female Frances McDormand wins best actress for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" (seven nominations), and Sam Rockwell wins best supporting actor; female Allison Janney wins best supporting actress for "I, Tonya"; black Jordan Peele wins best original screenplay for "Get Out", and gay James Ivory wins best adapted screenplay for "Call Me by Your Name"; "Coco" wins for best animated feature film; the most ridiculous and irrelevant best picture Oscar yet?; the new diversity members of the Academy wouldn't vote for a too-white film, allowing one with a Mexican dir. to come to the top by default no matter how silly his film?; no wonder that ratings dropped 19% from last year, continuing a multi-year slide. On Mar. 5 Iran claims that if the U.S. pulls out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it can produce 20% enriched uranium in only 48 hours. On Mar. 5 Hungary presents a 12-point "security first" proposal to the U.N. to counter its Global Compact for Migration, which Pres. Trump chucked in Dec., calling it a "no borders plan". On Mar. 6 a South Korean delegation returns a meeting with Kim Jong-un in North Korea, with the claim that North Korea is willing to hold denuclearization talks with the U.S. while suspending nuclear tests. On Mar. 6 the U.S. Justice Dept. sues the state of Calif. for passing laws hindering enforcement of federal immigration law and endangering federal agents, with U.S. atty. gen. Jeff Sessions uttering the soundbyte: "The Department of Justice and the Trump administration are going to fight these unjust, unfair, and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you." On Mar. 6 Gary Cohn, Pres. Trump's chief economic advisor (since Jan. 20, 2017) announces his resignation over disagreement about tariffs; on Mar. 15 Pres. Trump appoints Lawrence Alan "Larry" Kudlow (1947-) as his successor (until ?). On Mar. 6 Am. Muslim Ali Muhammad Brown (1984-) of Seattle, Wash. pleads guilty to murdering 19-y.-o. college student Brandon Tevlin in June 2014 at a traffic light in West Orange, N.J. after he told police that his all-male victims represented a "life for a life" to avenge U.S. mideast policy, and each was a "just kill" because they were unacommpanied; he awaits trial for three more murders in Wash. state in 2014. On Mar. 7 Denver for Psilocybin holds a rally on the steps of the City and County Bldg. of Denver, Colo. to legalize magic mushrooms. On Mar. 8 Internat. Women's Day sees the Communist Rev. Student Front (RSF) vandalize the Littlefield WWI memorial fountain on the campus of the U. of Tex. at Austin. On Mar. 9 (10:30 a.m.) ex-U.S. Army infantryman Albert Wong (b. 1981) attacks the Pathway Home at the Veterans Home of Calif. (largest in the U.S.) in Yountville, Calif., taking and killing three hostages before committing suicide. On Mar. 11 by 2959-2-3 the Nat. Peoples' Congress of China removes the 2-term limit on the presidency, saving new Fuehrer Xi Jinping from stepping down in 2023. On Mar. 11 Israel passes a law allowing the permanent residency of jihadist terrorists to be revoked, pissing-off the EU, who wants to protect sacred cow Palestinians. On Mar. 12 U.S. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley gives a speech to the U.N. Security Council, covering the history of U.S. involvement in Syria and warning that military action is still on the table against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, with the soundbyte: “This is no cease-fire. This is the Assad regime, Iran and Russia continuing to wage war against their political opponents,” Haley charged. "If we can't save families that haven't seen the Sun for weeks because they have been hiding underground to escape barrel bombs,” she said, “then the Security Council is as impotent as its worst critics say it is. When the international community consistently fails to act, there are times when states are compelled to take their own action." On Mar. 12 the Repub.-dominated House Intel Committee releases its verdict that there was no collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump pres. campaign. On Mar. 12 (6:00 a.m.) after watching jihdadist videos and reading the Quran "to give him courage", Fla. teenie Muslim convert Corey Johnson (2000-) stabs 13-y.-o. Jovanni Sierra to death and attempts to murder Elaine Simon and her son Dane Bancroft at a birthday sleepover in Ballenisles Country Club in Palm Beach, Fla.; no surprise, the FBI was monitoring him. On Mar. 13 (a.m.) after he returns from a trip to Africa, going beyond the White House in blaming Russia for poisoning ex-spy Sergei Skripal, and declining to say whether his son-in-law Jared Kushner has spoiled U.S. diplomatic interests, Pres. Trump fires Rex Tillerson on Twitter, replacing him as U.S. secy. of state with CIA dir. (since Jan. 23, 2017) Michael Richard "Mike" Pompeo (1963-), and appointing Gina Cheri Haspel (nee Walker) (1956-) as acting CIA dir. #7 (first woman), taking office on Apr. 26; Pompeo is confirmed by the U.S. Senate by 57-42, taking office on Apr. 26 (until ?). On Mar. 13 Pres. Trump gives a speech at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station near San Diego, Calif., uttering the soundbyte: "My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea. We may even have a space force, develop another one: Space Force." On Mar. 13 U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel testifies before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, telling them that the Taliban is transitioning from an ideologically-inspired group to a narco-terror group. On Mar. 13 teacher Dennis Alexander accidentally discharges his firearm at the ceiling at Seaside H.S. in Seaside, Calif. during a public safety class, lightly injuring a 17-y.-o. student with a bullet fragment. On Mar. 14 Bundestag elections in Germany reelect German chancellor Angela Merkel by 364-315-9 (4 invalid); 355 were required, becoming her narrowest V since 2005, showing growing anger at her nutso Muslim immigration policies. On Mar. 14 the U.S. House votes 407-10 H.R. 4909 AKA the STOP School Violence Act aimed at preventing school shootings by funding training of students, teachers, school officials, and law enforcement on identifying early warning signs, and deployment of anon. reporting systems. On Mar. 15 a pedestrian bridge at Fla. Internat. Univ. in Miami, Fla. collapses, killing five. On Mar. 15 the Israeli supreme court suspends a controversial govt. plan to deport tens of thousands of African illegal aliens, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan. On Mar. 15 the Saudi daily newspaper Al Sharq Al-Awsat pub. an article announcing that a court in Riyadh has begun hearing the case of six Saudi ISIS members accused of planning to kill foreigners from Denmark, France, and U.S. On Mar. 15 a group of Irish MEPs pub. a report warning that Ireland is a "soft target" for terror and cyber attacks. On Mar. 15 Cuban man Raul Guttierez Sanchez (1972-) is ordered detained by a Colombian judge for planning an attack on a Bogota restaurant frequented by U.S. diplomats with ISIS militants; he tells reporters: "I fight against the New World Order, especially against Americans." On Mar. 16 the 2018 Facebook Scandal begins when it is revealed that Steve Bannon's Cambridge Analytica had obtained private data on 50M Facebook users back in 2015, and promised Facebook that it would be deleted after being banned from Facebook, and the British Parliament accuses Facebook of misleading them about it and demands that CEO Mark Zuckerberg testify, causing Facebook's stock to plummet amid a rash of lawsuits; Facebook later ups the figure to 87M, then almost all of its 2B accounts. On Mar. 16 (night) despite announcing his resignation on Jan. 29, two days before qualifying for his early pension, deputy FBI dir. Andrew George McCabe (1968-) is fired by U.S. atty. gen. Jeff Sessions for "lack of candor" (misleading investigators about his decision to allow FBI officials to give info. to the media about the Clinton Foundation,) claiming a political frameup; Pres. Trump tweets "A great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy." On Mar. 17 (11:45 p.m.) English Muslim Mohammed Abdul (1996-) of Deptford, South East London rams his 4x4 into Blake's Nightclub in Gravesend, Kent, injuring 13; the police refuse to treat it as a jihadist attack. On Mar. 18 pres. elections in Russia give pres. Vladimir Putin a V with 77% of the vote, giving him another six years. On Mar. 18 a madass Muslim terrorist stabs a security guard near the Lion's Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem befoe being killed by security forces. On Mar. 18 20-y.-o. Syrian Muslim Yamen A is charged by German authorities with plotting a major ISIS jihadist attack in Hamburg which could have killed up to 200 before he was arrested last Oct. 31. On Mar. 19 a Uber self-driving car kills a woman crossing the street in Tempe, Ariz., becoming robokill #1. The s in piss is Austin? On Mar. 19 a booby-trapped bomb goes off in Austin, Tex., injuring two, becoming the 4th in three weeks that killed two and injured three, all in black-Hispanic neighborhoods on the E side; on Mar. 21 (a.m.) the bomber Mark Anthony Conditt (b. 1994) blows himself up in his car after being cornered by police, leaving a 25-min recorded confession. On Mar. 19 Pres. Trump gives a speech in N.H., uttering the soundbyte: "If we don't get tough on the drug dealers, we are wasting our time. That toughness includes the death penalty. Unless you have really really powerful penalties, led by the death penalty, for the really bad pushers and abusers, we are going to get nowhere", adding: "Ninety percent of the heroin in America comes from our southern border, where eventually the Democrats will agree with us, and we'll build the wall to keep the damn drugs out." On Mar. 19 a Molotov cocktail attack on a mosque frequented by Turkish Muslims in Ulm, Germany does little damage; on Mar. 28 four Syians are arrested for attempted murder and arson. On Mar. 19 a court in Pisa, Italy orders the birth certificate of a baby born to a lesbian couple modified to carry the two mothers' names only. On Mar. 19 US-Bangla Airlines Flight BS211 crashes in Kathmandu, Nepal while landing from the wrong direction, killing 50+ of 71. On Mar. 19 a group of 100 French intellectuals pub. an article in Le Figaroon, denouncing the rise of Islamism and its totalitarianism and separatism. On Mar. 19 after bowing to Red Chinese pressure, Wikipedia demotes Taiwan from a country to a "state with limited international recognition". On Mar. 20 (a.m.) a male school shooter at Great Mills H.S. in St. Mary's County, Md. 60 mi. SE of Washington, D.C. is stopped by heroic sheriff Tim Cameron. On Mar. 20 the FBI arrests Tranh Cong Phan (1974-) in Everett, Wash. for sending suspicious packages to military and govt. facilities in the Washington, D.C. area. On Mar. 21 elections in Netherlands. On Mar. 21 Am. Muslim Hafiz Kazi crashes the main gate of Travis AFB in Calif. 55 mi. NE of San Francisco in his black SUV, then explodes propane tanks, burning to death. On Mar. 22 Pres. Trump orders trade restrictions against China to help reduce the large trade deficit and curb intellectual property rights violations in hopes of leveling the playing field. On Mar. 22 after a leak from his aides about ignoring warnings not to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his election V, Pres. Trump replaces nat. security adviser H.R. McMaster by former U.S. U.N. ambassador John Bolton (until ?). On Mar. 22 Pres. Trump responds to physical taunts by ex-vice. pres. Joe Biden, saying that he would "go down fast and hard, crying all the way" and calling him "crazy Joe Biden". On Mar. 22 Air India takes off from New Delhi, India and lands in Tel Aviv, Israel after becoming the first flight allowed to fly over Saudi Arabia. On Mar. 23 (Fri.) (11:15 a.m.) after killing one in a carjacking in Carcassone, Allah Akbar-shouting Moroccan-born suspected ISIS gunman Redouane Lakdim (b. 1992) takes 50 hostages at a Super U supermarket in Trebes, France, killing three and injuring 12 in a 4-hour standoff and demanding the release of 2015 Paris jihadist Salah Abdeslam before police kill him; French police lt. col. Arnaud Beltrame (b. 1973) allows himself to traded for a captive, and is stabbed and shot to death, becoming a hero. Ooh, don't you look back? On Mar. 23 as cool-dressing Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman makes a 3-week U.S. tour, the U.S. State Dept. approves a $1B arms sale to Saudi Arabia; on Apr. 11 bin Salman concludes a 3-day trip to France, where he inks 19 draft contracts worth $18; in New York City the prince meets with Am. Jewish orgs., slamming Palestinian Authorty pres. Mahmoud Abbas for "missing one opportunity after the other and rejecting all peace proposals it was given", adding: "It is about time the Palestinians take the proposals and agree to come to the negotiations table or shut up and stop complaining"; the prince gives an interview to CBS-TV's "60 Minutes", calling Iranian supreme assasholah Ali Khamenei "very much like Hitler"; he grants another interview to The Atlantic mag., saying that Israelis "have the right to their own land". On Mar. 23 despite tweeting that he might not do it because of lack of funding of his border wall, Pres. Trump signs a $1.3T compromise spending bill because it provides for "the largest pay increase" for U.S. troops in over a decade despite attempting to pull support for his border wall, continue funding of Planned Parenthood et al., bemoaning its unreadable length and saying "I will never sign a bill like this again", which doesn't satisfy Trump supporter Alex Jones, who utters the pissed-off soundbyte: "I'm off the Trump train"; actually, he signed an omnibus bill, not a budget, leaving him free to redirect funding in the interest of nat. security, allowing him to announce that border wall construction will begin on Mar. 26. On Mar. 23 Pres. Trump signs the U.S. Taylor Force Act, cutting $350M annual aid to the Palestinians until they end stipends to jihadists and their families. On Mar. 24 (Sat.) 850+ March for Our Lives marches are held around the U.S. to demand "No more" and "Never again" regarding school massacres, with 300K in Washington, D.C., mostly young adults listening to the survivors of the Douglas H.S. Massacre, calling for a ban on assault weapons and ammo, and online gun sales; sinister globalist billionaire George Soros allegedly pays protesters $300 each (really just offers jobs hawking mechandise?) On Mar. 24 a bomb explodes near convoy carrying the city's security chief Gen. Mostafa al-Nimr in the C Roshdi district of Alexandria, Egypt, killing two policeman and injuring four more, along with one civilian. On Mar. 24 seven suspected jihadist terrorists are arrested in Johor, Malaysia for planning attacks on non-Muslim places of worship and police. On Mar. 25 a fire in the Winter Cherry Shopping Center in Kemerovo, Siberia 2.2K mi. E of Moscow kills 64. On Mar. 25-7 after traveling on an armored train on a surprise visit, aviophobe Kim Jong-un meets in Beijing with Chinese pres. Xi Jinping. On Mar. 25 (Sun.) (eve.) Baton Rouge, La.-born porn star Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Gregory Clifford) (1979-) gives an interview to CBS-TV's "Sixty Minutes", violating her $130K hush money contract with Pres. Trump's atty. Michael Cohen with impunity and telling all, but disappointing with the claim that she only slept with him once after spanking him, after which White House deputy press secy. Raj Shah says that Trump has consistently denied everything, and that it is she who "has been inconsistent" in flopping about her claims over the years, causing her atty. Michael Avenatti to reply "When do we hear from the President?", after which on Mar. 26 she utters the soundbyte that the reason Trump never tweets about her is "Because it's true, 100 percent true." On Mar. 26-28 pres. elections in Egypt are a V for 1st-term incumbent pres. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, with 92% of the vote, vs. 3% for runner-up Moussa Mostafa Moussa; 23M of Egypt's 60M voters turn out, plus 2M write-in ballots; stability tops voters' concerns; women and elderly men have high participation rates. On Mar. 27 former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens pub. an op-ed in the New York Times, calling for the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to be repealed. On Mar. 27 (Tues.) the revised #1 sitcom (1988-97) Roseanne debuts on ABC-TV for ? episodes (until ?), never mentioning Pres. Trump but treating his views and white middle class supporters with respect, drawing 18M viewers, pleasing Pres. Trump, who personally calls Roseanne Barr to congratulate her. On Mar. 28 U.S. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley announces to the U.N. Security Council that the U.S. "will not pay more than 25 percent of the [United Nations] peacekeeping budget", and that the U.S. is cutting aid to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) from $125M/year to $65M/year unless Palestinian leaders return to negotiations with Israel (part of the $1.3T omnibus spending bill signed by Pres. Trump on Mar. 23), pissing-off the Palestinian Authority, whose spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah utters the soundbyte that this amounts to a declaration of war. On Mar. 28 despite a personal appeal by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis refuses to apologize for the Roman Catholic Church role in the Canadian system that forced generations of indigenous children into boarding schools, which was called cultural genocide by a 2015 nat. Truth and Reconciliation Commission. On Mar. 28 a federal judge in San Francisco holds the first-ever U.S. court hearing on the impact of climate change, with lawyers for San Francisco and Oakland along with five of the largest multinat. oil cos. (BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Shell) participating in a climate change tutorial preparatory to a lawsuit claiming that rising sea levels et al. are caused by climate change traceable to the cos. On Mar. 29 Pres. Trump tweets his criticism of Amazon.com for hurting retail businesses, with the soundbyte: "Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state and local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!", causing Amazon stock to close down 4.4%. On Mar. 29 22-y.-o. Muslim Algerian immigrant Othman Jridi (1995-) crashes the cement barriers in front of the Basilica of Pompeii in Naples, saying that he did it "to feel closer to Allah". On Mar. 29 the Vatican releases a statement about a private meeting between Pope Francis and the founder of the La Repubblica newspaper in which he allegedly denied the existence of Hell, claiming the transcription is not faithful but failing to disavow the pope's alleged statement - it's where I'm gonna go when I die? On Mar. 30 the Great March of Return by tens of thousands of Palestinians begins, resulting in riots on the Israeli border of Gaza that kill 27 Palestinians; on Apr. 8 Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the Internat. Criminal Court express "grave concern" over the shootings of Palestinians by Israeli troops, who claim they were trying to breach the border fence, along with the actions of Hamas, who may have been using protests as a cover for military activities; on Apr. 7 the U.S. blocks a draft U.N. Security Council resolution submitted by Kuwait calling for an "independent and transparent investigation" of the clashes, and calling for restraint, expressing "grave concern at the situation at the border"; by Apr. 26 32 of the 40 of the Palestinians killed in the rioting are Hamas terrorists. On Mar. 30 Pres. Trump addresses a crowd in Ohio, uttering the soundbyte: "We'll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon." On Mar. 30 Pope Francis makes a prayer during the Good Friday Via Crucis at the Colosseum in Rome, telling Christians that they should express shame for the actions of those who are leaving future generations a world "fractured by divisions and wars". On Mar. 30 Muslim Mohamed Elshinawy (1984-) of Edgewood, Md. pleads guilty to collecting cash payments from a foreign country to use weaponized drones in an ISIS attack on U.S. soil. On Mar. 31 Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "Governor Jerry 'Moonbeam' Brown pardoned 5 criminal illegal aliens whose crimes include (1) Kidnapping and Robbery (2) Badly beating wife and threatening a crime with intent to terrorize (3) Dealing drugs. Is this really what the great people of California want?", to which Brown replies that he makes "no apologies"; on Apr. 17 Brown agrees to provide Nat. Guard troops for Pres. Trump to protect the U.S. border, on the condition they don't arrest non-violent criminals. On Mar. 31 34-y.-o. ? drives his car into the audience at an electronic music festival on the campus of Doua U. in Villeurbanne, Lyon, France, telling police "I'm a terrorist"; the police blame alcohol intake. In Mar. Keith Raniere, co-founder of the secretive sex cult NXIVM, who fled Ark. last Nov. after being charged with fraud is arrested by the FBI in Mexico, and held without bond to face charges of sex trafficking, with a min. 15 year prison sentence when convicted; cult members incl. Seagram heiresses Sara and Clare Bronfman donated a total of $29K to Hillary Clinton's pres. campaign. In Mar. a confidential memo is leaked, showing U.S. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley proposing that U.S. foreign assistance should be withdrawn from dozens of poor countries that vote against it in the U.N. In Mar. the U.S. govt. apprends 50,308 people at the SW U.S. border, up from 16,588 in Mar. 2017. On Apr. 1 (Sun.) Easter falls on April Fool's Day for the first time in this cent. (next 2029). On Apr. 1 Pope Francis delivers his 2018 Easter Message, calling for an end to "the ongoing extermination in Syria, and for "reconciliation in the Holy Land". On Apr. 1 (a.m.) Pres. Trump issues tweets on the U.S.-Mexico border problem, saying "NO MORE DACA DEAL!" and threatening to dismantle NAFA (Mexico's "cash cow") if it doesn't reduce its flow of immigrants over the U.S. border. On Apr. 1 after promising to support gay marriage, former minister of labor (2016-7) Carlos Alvarado Quesada (1980-) is elected pres. of Costa Rica by 61%, defeating conservative Protestant religious TV journalist Alvarado Munoz (1974-), and is sworn-in on May 8 (until ?); Epsy Campbell becomes vice-pres., first African-Costa Rican. On Apr. 1 a 5.3 earthquake in Kermanshah Province, Iran injures 37. On Apr. 2 Afghan security forces bomb a religious seminary harboring senior Taliban forces in Kunduz Province, injuring 100+, admitting on Apr. 3 that civilians are among the casualties. On Apr. 2 Houthi rebels hit a Saudi tanker with a missile in Al Mukalla, Yemen in revenge for air strikes. On Apr. 2 a Rasmussen Poll gives Pres. Trump a 50% approval rating for the first time. On Apr. 2 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court refuse to consider reinstating a 2006 $655.5M jury award against the Palestinian Authority and PLO won by 11 Am. families over militant attacks in Israel under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act; the Trump admin. had sided with the Palestinians because the attacks occurred outside U.S. territory and there was no evidence that Americans were targeted. On Apr. 3 after protesting in vain YouTube's suppression of her videos, headscarf-wearing 30-something Iranian Azeri vegan animal rights activist Nasim Aghdam shoots up YouTube's HQ in San Bruno, Calif., killing an old flame and wounding three others before committing suicide. On Apr. 3 a viral anti-Muslim flyer in the U.K. declares this Punish a Muslim Day, causing U.S. authorities in New York City to mobilize for it; too bad, despite massive alarms from the PC police, it fails to materialize. On Apr. 4 a Summit on Syria is held in Ankara, Turkey by Turkey, Russia, and Iran, who issue a joint statement that they are committing to achieving a "lasting ceasefire". On Apr. 5 Pres. Trump orders U.S. trade rep Robert Lighthizer to consider placing an additional $100B in tariffs on Chinese goods; on Apr. 10 Chinese pres. Xi Jinping announces that China will "significantly lower" import tariffs for automobiles. On Apr. 5 at Russia's request, the U.N. Security Council meets to discuss the escalating diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West caused by the Mar. 4 Salisbury Incident, the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal on British soil, which caused a wave of expulsions of diplomats. On Apr. 5 U.S. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley speaks at Duke U. in Durham, N.C., uttering the soundbyte: "I know John Bolton well. I've gotten advice from him. I've talked to him. I know his disdain for the U.N. I share it." On Apr. 6 Pres. Trump signs a memo ending the "catch and release" immigration policy of ex-Pres. Obama. On Apr. 7 German Muslim Jens R (1969-) rams his van into people at an open-air restaurant in Muenster, Germany, killing two and injuring 20 before killing himself; police discount jihad and claim mental illness. On Apr. 8 after learning that "Animal" Assad has ordered a chemical attack near Damascus that killed dozens incl. children, Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!"; on Apr. 9 (early a.m.) Israeli launches an air strike against a Syrian miitary base; Assad did it because Trump announced that he was pulling U.S. troops out of Syria?; on Apr. 10 the U.N. Security holds an emergency meeting over the child-killing chemical attack in Syria; U.S. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley utters the soundbyte that it must vote on Apr. 11 for a Mar. 1 draft resolution to establish an inquiry into who is to blame; "History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria. Either way, the United States will respond", causing Russian envoy Vassily Nebenzia to reply that the repercussions will be "grave"; too bad, on Apr. 11 the U.N. Security Council fails to pass a resolution. On Apr. 8 the Nigerian military announces the rescue of 54 women and 95 children from Boko Haram in NE Nigeria. On Apr. 9 Israel attacks the Iranian T-4 Base near Homs, Syria, killing seven Iranians incl. an IRGC col. commanding drone operations over Israeli airspace. On Apr. 9 Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak deletes his Facebook account, with the soundbyte: "[Facebook's] profits are all based on the user's info., but the users get none of the profits back... Apple makes money off of good products, not off of you." On Apr. 9 prominent Dutch Roman Catholics pub. a petition their bishops to warn Pope Francis about his "serious errors" against the faith and his "destructive polities", incl. adulterous couples to receive Communion, support for female deacons, married priests, and contraception, praise for Martin Luther, and deals with the Red Chinese to recognize their atheist Catholic Patriotic Assoc. On Apr. 10 former U.S. ambassador to Iran (2001-5) Alexander Maryasov pub. an article on the Russian Valdai Discussion Club Web site, containing he soundbyte that Russia's current alliance with Iran is a tactical one to counter the U.S., not a strategic one. On Apr. 10 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress about selling users' private data for money no matter the damage it does, with the soundbyte: "It was my mistake and I'm sorry" - he doesn't offer his profits back? On Apr. 10 (eve.) an internat. team of weapons inspectors prepare to deploy to Douma, Syria. On Apr. 11 (8:00 a.m.) a Russian Ilyushin Il-76 military plane carrying 257 Western Sahara refugees crashes near Algiers, Algeria, killing all aboard. On Apr. 11 Houthi rebels in Yemen fire a ballistic missile at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which is intercepted by Saudi air defenses. On Apr. 11 after a bomb near the Gaza border explodes near Israeli troops, the Israelis strike several Hamas targets in Gaza. On Apr. 11 a letter from Pope Francis to the bishops of Chile is pub., apologizing for "grave errors" in the handle of sexual abuse cases there and inviting reps of the abuse victims to visit Rome so he can apologize. On Apr. 11 Pres. Trump lifts his 6-mo.-o. travel ban on Chad after it improves sharing of info. about suspected terrorists and takes steps to make passports more secure. On Apr. 11 Free Pride Glasgow in Scotland bans drag queens from its LGBT parade to allegedly prevent the oppression of transgenders. On Apr. 11 the city of San Francisco, Calif. begins their Great LED Giveaway of 100K free LED light bulbs in order to save $1M and 5.5M KWH of electricity a year. On Apr. 12 Syrian rebels surrender their heavy weapons and vacate East Ghouta, Syria. On Apr. 12 Taliban insurgents overrun the govt. HQ in Khwaja, Umari District, SE Afghanistan, killing a district govt, the chief of security, and nine others incl. five police officers, injuring 10 other officers; in response the Fghan air force bombs Taliban positions, killing 30. On Apr. 12 UNICEF chief of health Stefan Peterson issues a statement announcing a major yellow fever vaccination campaign for Africa in conjunction with WHO, the GAVI global vaccine alliance, and 50 health partners, with the goal of eliminating it by 2026. On Apr. 12 Hawaii gov. David Ige signs HB2739, an assisted suicide law, becoming #8 after Calif., Colo., Mont., Ore., Vt., Wash., and Washington, D.C.; the Hawaii legislature has 25 senators, all Dems., and 51 House members, all except 5 Dems. On Apr. 12 two black men waiting in a Starbucks store in Philly for friends are ordered to pay for something to use the bathroom, then arrested, causing the PC police to come out bigtime, forcing Starbucks and the police to prostrate themselves, with Starbucks closing 8K locations for "racial bias" training for 175K employees - when you order it black at Starbucks, it's always to go? On Apr. 13 Pres. Trump pardons I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former chief of staff to U.S. vice-pres. Richard Cheney for his 2007 conviction, pissing-off the PC press who studiously ignore Pres. Clinton's shady pardons. On Apr. 13 after excerpts from fired FBI dir. James Comey's new book leak, Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH. He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst “botch jobs” of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!" On Apr. 13 Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov utters the soundbyte that the chemical attack in Syria was a fake attack as part of a "Russophobic campaign" cause by some unnamed country (U.K.?), causing the U.K., U.S., and France to reply that they have proof. On Apr. 13 a 27-y.-o. woman yells Allah Akbar and threatens to blow herself up at the Cannes Festival in France before being arrested and taken in for psychiatric evaluation; menwhile two more men are arrested for doing ditto in Saint-Brieuc, Brittany at a train station. On Apr. 13 (Fri.) (9:00 p.m. EST) the Apr. Friday the 13th Syria Attack sees Pres. Trump order a missile strike on Syria over the chemical attack on Douma, calling it "a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime", sending 106 missiles to three sites, adding: "The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons. I also have a message tonight for the two governments most responsible for supporting, equipping, and financing the criminal Assad regime. To Iran, and to Russia, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children?", tweeting "Mission Accomplished"; the U.K. and France assist the U.S. with air strikes; U.S. defense secy. Jim Matis calls it "a one-time shot". On Apr. 14-15 Kauai, Hawaii receives 30 in. of rain, causing massive flooding, after which on Apr. 16 220 residents are airlifted to safety. On Apr. 15 hundreds of thousands of Catalan separatists rally in downtown Barcelona, Spain to demand the release of high-profile leaders. On Apr. 15 Muslim jihadists dressed as U.N. peacekeepers attack a U.N. MINUSMA military camp in Timbuktu, Mali, killing one peacekeeper and injuring seven French soldiers while losing 15 of their own; the French army calls the attack "particularly sophisticated and underhanded". On Apr. 15 U.S. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley claims that the Trump admin. is preparing new sanctions for Russia over its support of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, causing an admin. official on Apr. 16 to clarify that it's delaying additional sanctions unless/until Russia engages in some new provocation inc. a new cyber attack so that Trump can work with them to combat Islamic extremism, etc. On Apr. 15 (5:00 p.m.) Muslims riot in Toulouse, France after police stop a woman wearing an illegal full-face veil and she calls for help, bringing 30 madass Muslims who throw projectiles at them, going on to torch 15 cars. On Apr. 16 the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) hands out leadership posts, giving a seat on the 41-member exec board of U.N. Women to Saudi Arabia for 2019-21 (which already seats Iran, Pakistan, and Yemen), and seats on the NGO accrediting committee to Bahrain, Burundi, China, Cuba, Libya, Russia, and Sudan; Iran is given seats on the U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) and the U.N. World Food Program; Cuba is also given posts on the CCPCJ and the Commission on the Status of Women. Saudi held seats on the board of U.N. Women in 2011-13 and 2014-6. On Apr. 16 Chinese social media Web site Weibo reverses its ban on gay content after an online protest. On Apr. 16 new U.S. Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch hires Chickasaw Nation of Midwest City, Okla. member Tobi Merritt Edwards as a clerk, becoming the first Native Am. Supreme Court clerk in history. On Apr. 17 after intel officials confirm that Iran has Shiite Muslim Hezbollah sleeper cells in the U.S. poised for attack, U.S. Rep. (R-N.Y.) Peter King calls it a "direct threat to the homeland". On Apr. 17 tenured U. of Calif. Fresno English prof. Randa Jarrar stinks herself up with a tweet that recently-deceased First Lady Barbara Bush "was a generous and smart and amazing racist who, along with her husband, raised a war criminal", adding that she is "happy the witch is dead", taunting critics "I will never be fired". On Apr. 17 the U.S. (Roberts) Supreme Court rules 5-4 in Sessions v. Dimaya that the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act's "crime of violence" provision is unconstitutionally vague; new justice Neil Gorsuch sides with the majority (Kagan, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Breyer, mostly women, with all men in the minority, Roberts, Kennedy, Alito, and Thomas), pissing-off Pres. Trump and causing him to call on Congress to close the loopholes. On Apr. 18 Saudi Arabia opens its first movie theater in 35 years in Riyadh, showing Marvel's "Black Panther". On Apr. 18 Saudi king Salman meets with French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, becoming the first visit by a senior Roman Catholic official. On Apr. 18 British Muslim convert Adam Wyatt (1969-) of Salford is sentenced to 45 mo. in prison for disseminating material calling for jihad. On Apr. 18 after 11 Jews are killed by Muslims because they were Jewish, 250 public figures in France pub. an appeal in Le Parisien lamenting the "new anti-Semitism" of Muslims, with the soundbyte: "Anti-Semitism is not the business of the Jews. It's the business of all of us. The French, who have demonstrated their democratic maturity after each Islamist attack, are living through a tragic paradox. Their country has become the arena for murderous anti-Semitism." On Apr. 19 air strikes by the Iraqi air force along the Iraqi border in Syria kill 36 ISIS militants incl. six leaders. On Apr. 19 the European Parliament overwhelmingly (524-30-92) passes a resolution denouncing Hamas as a terrorist group for using human shields, calling for Israel's destruction, and because they "seem to aim at escalating tensions" at the Gaza-Israel border, also probing Israel's use of live ammo on protesters and calling for restraint. On Apr. 19 Yemeni Houthi leader Saleh al-Sammad is killed in Hudaida Province by a Saudi air strike. On Apr. 19 Kurdish forces in N Syria arrest Syrian-born German national Mohammed Haydar Zammar for alleged involvement in the 9/11 attacks. On Apr. 19 the men's mag. GQ pub. the article 21 Books You Don't Have to Read (Before You Die), trashing 20 books incl. Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn", and the Bible, which it calls "repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned"; "The Holy Bible is rated very highly by all the people who supposedly live by it but who in actuality have not read it. Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced." On Apr. 20 funny-ears Prince Charles is finally approved as Elizabeth II' successor as head of the British Commonwealth. On Apr. 20 the Dem. Nat. Committee (DNC) sues Russia, the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange for revealing how it rigged the Dem. primaries callit an "attack on our democracy", causing WikiLeaks to countersue, saying: "We've never lost a publishing case and discovery is going to be amazing fun"; on Apr. 23 Pres. Trump utters the soundbyte that the DNC is suing "Republicans for winning". On Apr. 20 the Hisbah Muslim Sharia police in Jigawa State, Nigeria storm beer parlors, seizing and destroying 244,151 bottles of beer. On Apr. 21 North Korea announces that it will suspend nuclear and missile tests effective immediately and abolish a nuclear test site in favor pursuing economic gains and peace. On Apr. 22 (Sun.) naked white gunman Travis Reinking (1988-) shoots up a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tenn. with an AR-15 rifle, killing four before James Shaw Jr. takes his rifle away and he flees. On Apr. 22 (Sun.) Earth Day. On Apr. 22 an ISIS suicide bomber at a voter registration center for nat. ID cards in Kabul, Afghanistan kills 57 incl. 22 women and eight children and injures 119 incl. 52 women and 17 children. On Apr. 23 French pres. Emmanuel Macron visits Pres. Trump in the White House, becoming the first state visit of Trump's presidency, attempting to persuade him to preserve Obama's Iran nuke deal. On Apr. 23 the French nat. assembly votes 228-139-24 for a new tough immigration law introducing 1-year prison sentences for entering France illegally, while shortening asylum application deadlines. On Apr. 23 25-y.-o. Armenian-Canadian Alek Minassian (1992-) plows his Ryder rental van into pedestrians in the Yonge and Finch area of Toronto, Canada, killing 10 and injuring 15 (mostly women) before being arrested; his Facebook account references "Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger", who killed six people in 2014 after women wouldn't accept his advances. On Apr. 24 the jihadist cell Islamic Fraternity, Group for Preaching Jihad in Terrassa (30 km. from Barcelona), Spain is convicted of plotting a terrorist attack on Barcelona using intel from Operation Caronte (Greek ferryman of Hades). On Apr. 24 (5;30 a.m.) 30 Muslim Fulani herdsmen attack the St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Mbalom, Benue, Nigeria, killing 20 parishioners and two clergymen incl. Father Gor. On Apr. 25 District of Columbia federal judge John Bates rules that Pres. Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program of Pres. Obama is "arbitrary" and "capricious" because his Justice Dept. didn't explain to him why the program is unlawful, causing White House press secy. Sarah Huckabee Sanders to utter the soundbyte that this is "good news for smugglers" and "creates an incentive for more illegal immigrant youth to come here". On Apr. 25 72-y.-o. former police officer Joseph James De Angelo (1945-) is arrested in Sacramento, Calif. after DNA evidence IDs him as the East Area Rapist AKA the Original Night Stalker, suspected in 45 rapes and 12 murders in the E San Francisco Bay area of Calif. in the 1970s and 1980s. On Apr. 25 Red China sends a threatening letter to dozens of internat. airlines warning them to identify Taiwan as part of China or face severe consequences, causing the Trump admin. to announce that it "will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens", calling the threats "Orwellian nonsense". On Apr. 26 after being bombarded with scurrilous allegations of misconduct and mismanagement, Pres. Trump's personal physician Rear Adm. Ronny Lynn Jackson (1967-) withdraws his nomination as secy. of the Veterans Admin., and soon resigns as Trump's official physician. On Apr. 26 the U.S. House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on social media filtering and policing (censorship) practices, inquiring as to whether viewpoints have been silenced. On Apr. 26 as rallies take place across Germany supporting Jews after a spate of anti-Semitic assaults, Dr. Felix Klein, Germany's first special envoy to the Jewish community issues the soundbyte that Jewish fears over the influx of Muslims are legitimate. A big day for the #MeToo #TimesUp movement? On Apr. 26 after a half dozen women incl. Janice Dickinson, Lili Bernard, Janice Baker Kinney, and alleged victim Andrea Constand testified that he drugged and raped them, 80-y.-o. Hollywood superstar ("America's Dad") William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr. (1937-) is convicted of 3 counts of sexual assault by a jury of 7 men and 5 women (10 whites, 2 blacks) in Norristown, Penn., with a max sentence of 10 years and $25K fine for each count; the defendants' atty. Gloria Allred tells the press that this is a great day for herstory; her daughter Lisa Bloom is the defendants' other atty.; Cosby's first trial ended in a mistrial in June despite his testimony in a 2005 deposition that he gave a woman Quaaludes in order to shag her under the understanding that he wouldn't be prosecuted; Cosby's attys. appeal on the unfairness of a trial that creates a witch hunt atmosphere caused by witnesses to an alleged past pattern of behavior he wasn't charged with after the judge allows 5 of 14 in. On Apr. 26 the state of Okla. breaks the record for the longest tornado drought; the first one finally arrives on May 2. On Apr. 26 Muslim Guinea immigrants Mohamed Toure (1960-) and Denise Cros-Toure (1960-) of Southlake, Tex. are charged with forced labor after a 21-y.-o. woman escapes from their home and tells how she was kept as a slave from age 5, denying her education. On Apr. 27 peace is finally declared between North and South Korea after 65 years in a summit in Goyang, South Korea, with South Korean pres. Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (who steps over the Demarcation Line in the DMZ, becoming the first North Korean leader since the end of the war in 1953) agreeing to denuclearize the peninsula, with Moon uttering the soundbyte: "We will totally end the war on the Korean peninsula and will establish a sound and solid peace on the Korean peninsula", causing U.S. Sen. (R-S.C.) Lindsey Graham to utter the soundbyte: What happened? Donald Trump convinced North Korea and China he was serious about bringing about change. We're not there yet, but if this happens, President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize", after which 18 Repub. House members nominate him. On Apr. 27 German chancellor Angela Merkel visits Pres. Trump in the White House, joining Emmanuel Macron of France in working him over on the Iran deal. On Apr. 27 retired top CIA, FBI, DOJ, and NSA officials incl. Kevin Shipp hold a press conference to demand that U.S. atty. Jeff Sessions prosecute top Obama admin. officials for attempting "an ongoing coup to remove a duly elected president", adding: "This is, at worst, treason with senior officials in the shadow government or Deep State... We have not seen anything like this since the presidency of John F. Kennedy." On Apr. 28 the last remaining village in India gains access to electricity, a total of 600K villages, although 200M people still lack access. On Apr. 29 a bus carrying 32 Chinese and North Korean officials on a "red tour" commemorating the Chinese Communist Party's Korean War role crashes in in North Korea. On Apr. 30 a series of suicide bombs in Kaboom, er, Kabul, Afghanistan kill 31 incl. nine journalists. On Apr. 30 Nigerian pres. Muhammadu Buhari visits Pres. Trump in the White House, discussing terrorism and the genocide of Christians in Nigeria; Trump's "shithole country" remarks never come up. On Apr. 30 after Amber Rudd resigns on Apr. 29 over the Windrush Scandal, aggressive measures to deport children of the African-Caribbean Windrush Gen. who arrived before 1973, 2nd gen. Pakistani Conservative (pro-Israel Sunni Muslim) Sajid Javid (1969-) becomes British home secy. (until ?). On Apr. 30 (12 days before Pres. Trump's May 12 deadline for deciding on the Iran nuclear deal) Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyau gives a speech detailing facts about Iran's Project Amad to build nukes found on 55K pages of documents and 55K files on 183 CDs ("half a ton") the Israelis stole from a secret storage facility in Shorabad, Tehran, proving that "Iran lied bigtime after signing the nuclear deal in 2015... Iran is brazenly lying when it says it never had a nuclear weapons program"; the Trump admin. confirms the authenticity of the documents; too bad, the documents are from their nuke project that they shut down in 2003, which is why they were kept in a neglected bldg. with no lock on the door? On Apr. 30 Palestinian Authority pres. Mahmoud Abbas gives a speech in Ramallah at a meeting of the Palestine Nat. Council, claiming that the Holocaust wasn't caused by anti-Semitism but by the Jews' "social behavior, charging interest, and financial matters, and that Adolf Hitler facilitated the building of the Jewish state of Israel; on May 2 the New York Times pub. an editorial calling the speech "reprehensible anti-Semitic myths and conspiracy theories", with the soundbyte: "Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, shed all credibility as a trustworthy partner if the Palestinians and Israelis ever again have the nerve to try negotiations", adding: "Palestinians need a leader with energy, integrity and vision, one who might have a better chance of achieving Palestinian independence and enabling both peoples to live in peace"; "Let Abbas's vile words be his last as Palestinian leader." On Apr. 30 (10:30 p.m.) a missile attack on an arms depot in N Syria triggers explosions so powerful they register as a 2.6 earthquake. On Apr. 30 a Taliban suicide bomber detonates near a rival mosque in Daman, S Afghanistan, killing 11 children and injuring 16 others incl. police and soldiers. In Apr. protests in Masaya, Nicaragua against the regime of pres. Daniel Ortega. In Apr. U.S. unemployment increases 24K, with 24K new manufacturing jobs (304K since Dec. 2016); a record 95,745,000 Americans are not participating in the labor force. In Apr. avg. temps of 38.3F are the coldest since 1874 (37.6F). On May 1 after mass protests force PM Serzh Sargsyan out, Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan warns the ruling elite in parliament that it could face a "tsunami" of anger from the people it it keeps blocking his bid to become PM. On May 1 a police station in Mosul, Iraq is attacked; on May 2 a terrorist shooting N of Baghdad kills and injures several civilians. On May 1 1.2K anti-capitalist Black Block protesters in Paris, France torch cars and attack a fast-food restaurant, causing French authorities to arrest 109 and tighten security. On May 1 militant Seleka Islamists attack the Notre Dame of Fatima Church in Bangui, C.A.R., killing 24 incl. Father Alert Toungoumale-Babe and injuring 170. On May 1 the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat releases its first annual report, calling climate change "the single biggest threat to life, security and prosperity on Earth", according to exec secy. Patricia Espinosa, and rolling out its Gender Action Plan to mobilize women to fight global warming. On May 1 ex-NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman gives an interview to TMZ, uttering the soundbyte that his buddy dictator Kim Jong-un of North Korea had a "change of heart" about his nuclear program after reading Pres. Trump's 1987 book "The Art of the Deal", which he gave him in June 2017 on a trip to Pyongyang. On May 1 former Seattle, Wash. resident (Muslim) Ali Muhammad Brown is sentenced in Newark, N.J. to life in prison without parole for shooting 19-y.-o. college student Brendan Tevlin at a traffic light in 2014, saying that he was on a jihad to avenge U.S. policy in the Middle East; he faces more trials for murdering three men in Wash. state. On May 2 a suicide attack in Tripoli, Libya kills 14 and injures seven. On May 2 to intimidate Yemenis greeting Yemeni PM Ahmed bin Daghr, the UAE deploys four military aircraft with 100+ troops to the Yemeni island of Socotra, sparking angry protests. On May 2 Liu Xia, widow of Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo pub. an open letter giving details of diplomatic efforts to secure his release, saying she is "ready to die at home" in protest. On May 2-3 Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi meets in Pyongyang with his North Korean counterpart Ring Yong-ho, cementing friendship ties. On May 3 (4:30 p.m.) after a 5.0 earthquake, Mt. Kilauea ("Madame Pele") in Hawaii erupts, causing mass evacuations from 1.5K homes; on May 4 (12:33 p.m.) a 6.9 earthquake centered near Kilauea's S flank causes more damage; on May 11 another 6.9 earthquake (biggest since 1975), threatening the Puna Geothermal Venture geothermal power plant. On May 3 powerful dust storms in N India kill 100+ and injure 140. On May 3 the U.S. accuses Red China of using lasers to harass U.S. pilots flying over Djibouti, and warns of consequences if they deploy missiles on artificial islands in the South China Sea. On May 3 37-y.-o. Muslim male Ahmed ? is arrested for barging into St. Vincent's Cathedral in Chalon-sur-Saone, France and threatening to blow it up with a hand grenade while carrying a bottle of alcohol and shouting "It is the Quran that must be read!" On May 4 U.S. district judge T.S. Ellis III scolds special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of "lying" and really trying to target Pres. Trump, with the soundbyte: "I don't see what relation this indictment has to do with what the special counsel is authorized to investigate. You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort. You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever." On May 4 Muslim woman Brietta Brown slashes two passengers and the driver of a Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus in Hadley, Mass., later apologizing and asking Allah for forgiveness. On May 4-5 Spanish sailors rescue 476 migrants from Africa on 15 small boats attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea; meanwhile on May 6 the Spanish nonprofit group Proactiva Open Arms rescues 105 migrants near Libya. On May 5 (3:30 p.m.) an Allah-Akbar-shouting Muslim stabs several people in The Hague, Netherlands before being shot in the leg and arrested. On May 6 (Sun.) Japanese defense minister Itsunori Onoderi visits Estonia, meeting with devense minister Juri Luik in Tallinn, a first. On May 7 after weekend protests that result in 1.6K arrests incl. opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin is sworn in for his 4th term as pres. of Russia (until 2024). On May 7 parliamentary elections in Lebanon (first since 2009) are a V for Hezbollah, who gain over half the seats. On May 7 after an article in The New Yorker reports on four progressive Dem. women accusing him of physical and sexual abuse, N.Y. atty. gen. Eric Schneiderman resigns; in Feb. he filed a civil rights suit against Hollywood lecher Harvey Weinstein. On May 7 Media Research Center releases a report claiming that the leftist PC media produce 90% negative coverage of Pres. Trump. On May 7-8 Muslim Advocacy Day is held on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.; veiled Islamists trying to influence legislators to subvert the U.S. Constitution? On May 8 (2:00 p.m. local time) Pres. Trump announces that the U.S. is withdrawing from Obama's "horrible" Iran nuke deal (JCPOA) and reimposing "the most extreme" sanctions, calling it “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into", causing co-signers U.K., France, and Germany to lament his decision and reaffirm support for the deal, and Obama to tweet that the decision is "a serious mistake". On May 8 the French newspaper Le Monde pub. the Manifesto Against the New Anti-Semitism signed by 300 French public figures incl. Nicolas Sarkozy, in which they "ask that the verses of the Qu'ran calling for the killing and punishment of Jews, Christians and unbelievers be obsoleted by theological authorities; on May 10 Abbas Shuman, deputy chief El Azhar U. in Cairo, Egypt responds with the soundbyte: "No to freezing one letter from the Koran, and those calling for it can go to Hell!" On May 8 (night) Iran launches 20 rockets at Israeli army positions in the Golan Heights, causing no industry, but becoming a new escalation in Iran's war against the Little Satan; of course, Israel retaliates. On May 10 (3:00 a.m.) U.S. secy. of state Mike Pompeo arrives from a meeting with Kim Jong-un in Korea at Andrews AFB with three Am. prisoners released for goodwill ahead of the upcoming summit. On May 10-Oct. 8 the Met Gala 2018 is titled "Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, featuring garments borrowed from the Vatican, worn provocatively, pissing-off Roman Catholics, who call it blasphemous. On May 12 the deadline for Pres. Trump to decide what to do about Obama's 2015 Iran nuke deal. On May 12 parliamentary elections in Iraq. On May 12 armed attackers from DRC attack a village in Cibitoke Province, NW Burundi, killing 26 in an attempt to disrupt the coming May 17 elections. On May 12 (night) Allah-Akbar-shouting Chechnya-born French Muslim Khmzat Azimov (1997-) pulls out a knife in the opera district of Paris, France, killing one and slashing four before being killed by police; ISIS claims him as one of its soldiers, releasing a video bragging on him. On May 13 (Sun.) (Mother's Day) U.S. secy. of state Mike Pompeo utters the soundbyte that if North Korea completely dismantles its nuke program, the U.S. will lift sanctions, paving the way for private investment to create economic prosperity in the country that's currently poorer than Afghanistan. On May 13 (a.m.) three churches (Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian) in Surabaya, Indonesia are bombed, killing 11+ and injuring 40; the perps are six members of the same family incl. the father, mother, two teenage sons, and daughters aged 9 and 12, who all die in the blasts; they recently returned from Syria via Turkey, which deported them; ISIS claims responsibility; police also suspect Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD); Yusuf Al-Othaimeen, secy.-gen. of the Org. of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) utters the soundbyte that the OIC "reaffirms its principled position that violence and terrorism should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization, or ethnic group." On May 14 the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Israel officially opens amid violent Palestinian protests at the Gaza border that kill 62 Palestinians, incl. three armed terrorists trying to plant a bomb near the border fence, after which on May 15 the Palestinians stage a big funeral to gain internat. sympathy, with Hamas claiming that "50 Hamas martyrs during the Million Man March of Return on May 14", causing Turkey to call for an emergency meeting of the OIC as Israel and Turkey expel each other's ambassadors; on May 15 U.S. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley utters the soundbyte at the U.N. Security Council before walking out on the Palestinian rep: "Hamas has attacked the Kerem Shalom crossing, the biggest entry point in Gaza for fuel, food, and medical supplies. This is how determined they are to make the lives of the Palestinian people miserable. They light Molotov cocktails attached to kites on fire and attempt to fly them into Israel to cause as much destruction as possible. W hen asked yesterday why he put a swastika on his burning kite, the terrorist responded, 'The Jews go crazy when you mention Hitler.' This is what is endangering the people of Gaza. Make no mistake: Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday. I ask my colleagues here in the Security Council, who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? No one would. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has"; Israel is officially regathered for 70 years in fulfillment of the Biblical book of Daniel's 70 Weeks Prophecy? On May 14 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) court rules 6-3 in Murphy vs. National College Athletic Assoc. to overturn the 1992 U.S. Prof. and Amateur Sports Protection Act as a case of federal commandeering, allowing state-sponsored sports betting. On May 16-17 deadly protests in Kazerun, Iran result after a decision to split the city of 150K into two towns. On May 17 after being confirmed by the Senate 54-44, 33-year CIA veteran and acting CIA dir. (since Apr. 26) Gina Cheri Haspel (nee Walker) (1956-) becomes CIA dir. #7 (until ?), succeeding new secy. of state Mike Pompeo. On May 17 Israel announces that it will begin using Shoko (Heb. "bag") Drones to drop bags of skunk water on Gaza rioters as an alternative to deadly force. On May 17 after an email scandal involving male officials, the Miss America Org. and Miss America Foundation announce an all-women top leadership team; Regina (Blakely) Hopper becomes pres. and CEO of the Miss Am. Org., and Marjorie-Vincent Tripp becomes the first chair of the Miss Am. Foundation, becoming the first time women lead both orgs. On May 18 U.N. human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein claims that Israel used "wholy disproportionate" force against the Palestinian Gaza border protesters at a meeting in Geneva, causing the Israeli ambassador to respond that the militant Islamist leaders deliberately put people in harm's way to gain internat. sympathy and delegitimize Israel. On May 18 (7:40 a.m.) 17-y.-o. student Dimitrios Pagourtzis (2001-) shoots up Santa Fe H.S. in Santa Fe (20 mi. from Galveston), Tex., killing eight students and two teachers in an arts class and injuring 13 incl. two officers in a 25-min. gun battle before being arrested, becoming the 3rd U.S. school shooting in eight days, and the 22nd of the year. On May 18 a Rasmussen Poll shows Pres. Trump's approval rating rising to 50%, with over 50% supporting his decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. On May 19 (12:00 noon local time) Prince Harry (1984-) and half-black half-white Am. actress Meghan Markle (1981-) wed in Windsor Castle, becoming duke and duchess of Sussex. On May 20 (Sun.) elections in Venezuela reelect pres. #63 (since Mar. 5, 2013) Nicolas Maduro by 45.99% for a 2nd 6-year term; the results are rejected by the OAS, EU, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Lima Group, along with the U.S. and Australia; bad guys Red China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Turkey support the result. On May 20 (Sun.) U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman pub. an op-ed. on the Fox News Web site, with the soundbyte that the liberal media has been "glorifying" Hamas terrorists in its coverage of the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and Gaza riots in order to delegitimize Pres. Trump, and has "blood on its hands" for giving Hamas front page coverage so they could showboat. On May 20 (eve.) the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on NBC-TV, hosted by Kelly Clarkson see Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar receive six awards each; they and Bruno Mars got 15 nominations each; Janet Jackson and Rhythm Nation rock the house with "Nasty", "If", and "Throb", and gives a speech for her Icon Award (first black woman), with the soundbyte: "I'm deeply humbled and grateful for this award. I believe that for all the challenges, for all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history. It's a moment when, at long last, women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated, or abused. I stand with those women, and with those men equally outraged by discrimination, who support us in heart and mind." On May 21 (a.m.) heavy explosions are heard at an Iranian electronic warfare base S of Damascus, Syria. On May 21 (3:00 p.m.) Pres. Trump calls deputy atty. gen. Rod Rosenstein and FBI dir. Christopher Wray to the White House to answer allegations that a federal informant was planted in his campaign. On May 21 U.S. secy. of state Mike Pompeo delivers a Speech on Iran at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., demanding that Iran halt all uranium enrichment and ballistic missile production and open its sites to nuclear inspectors, announcing a severe sanctions program which he says will "crush" it, calling it the biggest in history to defang it, also calling Iran out for sheltering al-Qaida leaders, calling it "the world's largest sponsor of terror", with the soundbyte: "Is this what you want your country to be known for? For being a co-conspirator with Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban, and al-Qaida?", causing Iranian pres. Hassan Rouhani to reply "Who are you to make decisions about Iran?" On May 21 the Miss USA 2018 (67th) Pageant in Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, La., hosted by Vanessa and Nick Lachey is won by Miss Neb. Sarah Rose Summers (1994-) (first winner from Neb.). On May 22 Turkey sentences 104 ex-military officers to "aggravated life sentences" in prison for their involvement in the 2016 coup. On May 22 (Internat. Day Against Homophobia) Belarus slams its U.K. embassy for flying a rainbow flag, calling LGBT relationships "fake". On May 22 Israel uses the U.S.-made F-35 stealth fighter in its first combat action over Beirut. On May 22 Adelaide archishop Philip Wilson is convicted of concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s, becoming the most senior Roman Catholic in the world to be convicted. On May 28-June 24 the 2018 U.N. Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland, run by the Conference on Disarmament (founded 1979), known for drafting the 1997 U.N. Chemical Weapons Convention is chaired by er, the Syrian Arab Republic of Animal Assad over U.S. objections. On May 25 the Gen. Data Protection Regulation (DPR) (adopted on Apr. 14, 2016) comes into effect in the EU, protecting personal data of all EU citizens. In May elections in Iraq.

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On June 5 the Napa County Ballot Question, sponsored by the Watershed Protection Committee seeks to restrict the number of trees that can be cut to make way for vineyards. On June 8 the 193-member U.N. Gen. Assembly votes for two nations to fill non-permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council; Israel makes its bid while 56 Arab nations oppose them. In June David de Rothschild (1942-) hands control of the Rothschild banking empire to his son Alexandre de Rothschild (1980-). On July 1 elections in Mexico. In July the city of San Francisco, Calif. opens two safe injection sites (monitored by train medical staff) for users of heroin, fentanyl, and other hard drugs, becoming the first in the U.S. - shut up and take my money? Architecture: On Mar. 26 the stainless steel Cloud Column sculpture by British sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor (1954-) is unveiled in Houston, Tex., pissing-off rival Chicago, Ill., which hosts Kapoor's 2006 Cloud Gate (AKA The Bean), which lies on its side and doesn't stand upright like Houston's; meanwhile Houston gained 94,417 residents in 2017, while Chicago lost 13,286, putting Houston track to pass Chicago as the 3rd largest U.S. city in 10 years. In Sept. the $11.2B Beijing Daxing Internat. Airport (begun Dec. 26, 2014) 29 mi. S of Beijing along the Hebei Province border is finished,; it covers 6.6K acres, and features five limbs spreading out from the central core; designed by Zaha Hadid Architect. The $2.5M Casa Brutale near Beirut, Lebanon is built, becoming a perfect lair for 007 James Bond. Sports: On Jan. 8 the 2018 College Football Nat. Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. sees the Ala. Crimson Tide start out flat, seeing Bulldogs QB Jake Fromm shut them out in the first half 13-0 until coach Nick Saban pulls out veteran QB Jalen Hurts and substitutes green freshman Tua Tagovailoa, who leads a comeback, winning 26-23 in OT; Alabama kicker Andy Pappanastos misses two key field goals, incl. one that would have won the game in the final seconds, while eyeglasses-wearing Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship is perfect; Pres. Trump attends the game, standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. On Feb. 4 after the Cleveland Browns go 0-16 and the Denver Broncos go 5-11, and Eagles QB Carson Wentz gets injured in Dec., Super Bowl LII (52) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., first SB in Minneapolis since 1992 sees the 13-3 Philadelphia Eagles (coach Doug Pederson) defeat the 13-3 New England Patriots (coach Bill Belichick) (record 10th SB appearance) by 41-33 to win their first SB (first NFL title since 1960) and deny the Patriots a record-tying 6th SB win, tying the Denver Broncos with the most SB losses (5); former backup Eagles QB (#9) Nicholas Edward "Saint Nick" Foles (1989-) catches a 1-yard TD pass from Trey Burton with 34 sec. to play in the first half to make the score 22-12; Patriots QB Tom Brady connects with Rob Gronkowski for a 4-yard TD with 9:22 remaining to make the score 32-33, after which on a 4th and 1 from their own 45 Zach Ertz of the Phillies catches a 2-yard pass, then scores a 11-yard TD on 3rd and 7 that puts the Eagles up 38-33; with 2:09 remaining Patriots QB Tom Brady (oldest SB QB at 40 years 185 days) is sacked while coming in for the winning TD by Eagles Brandon Graham and fumbles into the hands of Eagles Derek Barnett, leaving 1:05 on the clock, then winning the game after Brady's hail mary is knocked down in the end zone; Brady loses despite a record 505 passing yards, and 613 total yards for his team; a record 1,151 combined yards (Patriots 613, Eagles 583) (vs. 929 in 1988) and 74 points; the Eagles have a record 3 missed PAT conversions; the Eagles become the first team since SB XLV to win a SB while wearing their midnight green home jerseys; Pink sings the nat. anthem, and nobody kneeled in protest; the halftime show features Justin Timberlake; MVP is Nick Foles. On Feb. 5 Syrian air strikes in Ghouta, Syria kill 29+; more are killed with gas in Idlib. On Feb. 9-25 the 2018 (XXIII) (23rd) Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea (first in Seoul since the 1988 Summer Games) sees 2,952 athletes from 92 nations participate in 102 events in 7 sports and 15 disciplines, broadcast by NBC-TV; China moved 300K troops closer to the North Korean border prior to the start of the games; on Feb. 9 the opening ceremony sees NBC-TV analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo (1968-) praise the presence of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, with the soundbyte: "Every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological, and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation", pissing-off Korea, causing him to be benched; Norway wins 39 medals incl. 14 gold, Germany wins 31 (14 gold), Canada wins 29 (11 gold), the U.S. wins 23 (9 gold), Netherland wins 20 (8 gold), Sweden wins 14 (7 gold), and South Korea wins 17 (5 gold); on Feb. 11 the first U.S. gold medal is won in Men's Slopestyle Snowboarding by Redmond "Red" Gerard (2000-) of Silverthorne, Colo., causing the town to rename itself Goldthorne; on Feb. 12 Chloe Kim (2000-) of the U.S. wins gold in women's halfpipe with a score of 98.25; Shaun Roger "Flying Tomato" White (1986-) of the U.S. wins his 3rd gold (100th Winter Olympic gold for the U.S.) in men's halfpipe in a dramatic performance, with a score of 97.75 (first threepeat in the same event in the Olympics), becoming the Crying Tomato; on Feb. 23 18-y.-o. super-emotional Tatar descent Russian figure skater favorite Evgenia (Yevegenia) Armanovna Medvedeva (1999-) is edged out 239.57 to 238.26 by 15-y.-o. super-cool Armenian descent Russian figure skater Alina Ilnazovna Zagitova (2002-); the U.S. wins its first-ever gold in curling, and women's cross-country; the U.S. women's hockey team wins its first gold since Nagano in 1998, becoming the 4th of 5th Winter Olympics facing Canada for the gold in "the world's fiercest Winter Olympics rivalry". On June 14-July 15 the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Inventions: On Jan. 3 Intel announces a security vulnerability in its PC chips that was discovered by Google in Oct. allowing hackers to observe passwords and other personal data, causing its stock to fall 3%. On Jan. 19 Ruby chocolate is first marketed in a new flavor of Kit-Kat bar. On Feb. 6 the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is successfully launched, containing a 5-D Arch optical quartz storage system containing Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. On Mar. 5 the $60K Flippy AI-driven burger-flipping robot begins working at the CaliBurger fast food restaurant in Pasadena, Calif.; 50 more restaurants are planned worldwide by late 2019. In Mar. Egypt Face is launched in Egypt as the Egyptian version of Facebook. On Apr. 16 SpaceX launches the NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) on its 230-ft. Falcon 9 rocket, which will examine 200K stars searching for rocky Earth-size planets. On Apr. 19 a U.S. FDA advisory panel unanimously recommends the approval of an epilepsy medication caled Epidiolex by GW Pharmaceutics of Britain made with an ingredient found in marijuana, becoming the first cannabis-derived prescription medicine in the U.S. On Apr. 19 Daniel Yamins and his student Alexander Kell of MIT pub. an article in Neuron describing the first deep neural network that can replicate human performance on auditory tasks incl. identifying a musical genre. On Apr. 22 34-y.-o. Simon Kindleysides of Britain becomes the first paraplegic to complete the London Marathon using the ReWalk exoskeleton from Israel. In May NASA InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport robot scientific explorer is launched to probe beneath the surface of Mars. In Oct. the infrared James Webb Space Telescope (formerly the Next Generation Space Telescope) is launched by NASA as a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope; it incl. the daisy-shaped star shade to fly 15K mi. ahead of it and block light to allow distant planets to be searched for. Am. billionaire engineer Dennis Anthony Tito (1940-) puts his Feb. 2013 plan to send two civilians to Mars by this year on hold for lack of funding from NASA. Lightweight solar sail craft leave the solar system? Russia sends its first manned space flight from it soil? Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Qualcomm launch the $1.5B-$2B OneWeb high-speed space-based Internet with 700 330 lb. satellites, with 200 kept on the ground for backup. Skynet betrays the humans who built it and takes control, starting a nuclear war and attempting to extinguish humanity - The Terminator movie series. Science: On Jan. 1 the journal Nature Climate Change pub. an article claiming that if the Paris Climate Change Accord is not honored and global temp rises by 2 deg. C by 2050, a large percentage of the Earth could become desert, and 25% of world pop. will live in perpetual drought. On Jan. 26 Science mag. pub. an article reporting a Homo sapiens jaw has been unearthed in Misliya Cave on Mt. Carmel in Israel, dated 194K to 177K B.C.E., 60K years earlier than the fossils discovered in the Skhul and Qafzeh Caves in Israel, dated 120K to 90K B.C.E. On Mar. 21 an article is pub. in Nature Communications reporting that biologists at UCB have used CRISPR-Cas9 to give yeast cells the ability to make flavor components of hops, promising a large water savings in beer-making. On Apr. 23 an article is pub. in Nature Chemistry describing the intercalatif motif (i-motif), with the structure of a twisted knot, becoming the first discovery of a non-double helix DNA component within living cells. Movies: Alex Garland's Annihilation (Feb. 23) (Paramount Pictures), based on the book by Jeff VanderMeer about an eerie aliens who create an environmental disaster zone, starring Natalie Portman as Lena the Biologist, Jennifer Jason Leigh as the Psychologist, Gina Rodriguez as the Anthropologist Anya Thorenson, Tessa Thompson as the Surveyor, Tuva Novotny as the Linguist, and Oscar Isaac as Lena's husband. Anthony Russo's and Joe Russo's Avengers: Infinity War (May 4) (Marvel Studios) (Walt Disney Studios), sequel to "The Avengers" (2012) and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2915) (Marvel Cinematic Universe film #19). Nicolai Fuglsig's 21 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers (Jan. 19) (Alcon Entertainment) (Warner Bros. Pictures), based on the book by Doug Stanton about U.S. Special Forces and CIA soldiers in Afghanstan right after 9/11 stars Chris Hemsworth as Capt. Mitch Nelson (inspired by Mark Nutsch), Michael Shannon as CWO Call Spencer, Michael Pena as SFC Sam Diller, and Navid Negahban as Afghan Alliance leader Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum. Ryan Coogler's Black Panther (Jan. 29) (Walt Disney Studios), #18 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, who gains super powers from vibranium to become the Black Panther, uniting four African tribes into the nation of Wakanda, which pretends to be a Third World Country to disguise their advanced technology; Angela Basset plays T'Challa's mother Ramonda; Andy Serkis plays South African bad guy Ulysses Klaue; does $419.6M box office on a $200M budget, starting with $242M in its 4-day opening weekend. Jaume Collet-Serra's The Commuter (Jan. 12) (StudioCanal) stars Liam Neeson as insurance salesman Michael McCauley, who offered $100K by a mysterious stranger to identify a hidden passenger on a train before the last stop. Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs (Mar. 23) (Fox Searchlight Pictures) is a stop-action animated film starring the voices of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, and Bob Balaban. J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22) (Universal Pictures), Jurassic Park #5, filmed in Hawaii and England stars Chris Pratt as dino trainer Owen Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard as former park mgt. Claire Dearing, and B.D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu. Wes Ball's Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Jan. 26) (Gotham Group) (20th Cent. Fox), based on the James Dashner book stars Dylan O'Brien as Gladers leader Thomas, who break into the WCKD-controlled Last City and finds that it's the deadliest maze of all. Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible 6 (July 27) (Paramount Pictures) (first in 3D) stars Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, Michelle Monaghan as Julia Meade-Hunt, Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, Ving Rhames as Luther Stickel, Simon Pegg as Benjamin "Benji" Dunn, and Alex Baldwin as Alan Hunley. Steven S. DeKnight's Pacific Rim: Uprising (Mar. 23) (Universal Pictures), sequel to the 2013 film stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, and Rinko Kikuchi. Shane Black's The Predator (Aug. 3) (20th Cent. Fox), #4 in the Predator film series stars Boyd Holbrook (after James Franco and Benicio del Toro turn itd down) as Special Forces commando Quinn McKenna. John Krasinski's A Quiet Place (Mar. 9) (Paramount Pictures), set in Apocalyptic 2020 Earth stars Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, and Cade Woodward as the Abbott family (Lee, Evelyn, Regan, Marcus, and Beau), who run from sightless ETs with super-hearing, forcing them to use Am. Sign Language; does $71.2M box office on a $17M box office. Francis Lawrence's Red Sparrow (Feb. 15) (20th Cent. Fox), based on the 2013 novel by Jason Matthews stars Jennifer Lawrence as Russian spy Dominika Egorova AKA DIVA, who falls for CIA officer Nathaniel "Nate" Nash (Joel Edgerton) and becomes a double agent; no chemistry?; after its release JenLaw announces that she's taking the next year off to work for Represent.Us to help young people get involved in politics and fight corruption to "fix our democracy". Bruce Macdonald's Samson (Feb. 16), based on the Biblical story stars Taylor James. Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time (Feb. 27) (Walt Disney Pictures), based on the 1962 Madeleine L'Engle novel stars Storm Reid as Meg Murry, who goes on quest for her astrophysicist father Alex (Chris Pine) deep in the Universe, accompanied by her genius younger brother Charles Wallace Murry (Deric McCabe), fellow student Calvin O'Keee (Levi Miller), Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling); does ? box office on a $103M budget (making DuVernay the first African-Am. omen to direct a live-action film with a $100M budget). Art: On Feb. 12 Amy Sherald (1973-) debuts her painting Official Portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the Smithsonian Inst.; dress designed by Milly; anti-Obama activists circulate Judith and Holofernes (2012) by Kehinde Wiley, depicting a black woman holding a white woman's head, palming it off as Sherald's; at the same time Kehinde Wiley (1977-) debuts his painting Official Portrait of Pres. Barack Obama; they become the first official portraits of a U.S. pres. by African-Am. artists. Music: David Lee Murphy (1959-), Album #5 (Apr. 6, 2018) No Zip Code (album #5) (Apr. 6) (#35 country); co-produced by Kenny Chesney and Buddy Cannon; incl. Everything's Gonna Be Alright (#95 in the U.S.) (#10 country). Novels: Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) (Mar. 6) (first novel); NYT bestseller. Melissa Albert, The Hazel Wood: A Novel (Jan. 30); NYT bestseller; a reclusive author of dark fairy tales dies, and her 17-y.-o. roadie granddaughter Alice moves in. Chloe Benjamin (1990-), The Immortalists (Jan. 9); NYT bestseller about four teenie siblings who get a fortuneteller to reveal their death dates. Holly Black, The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) (Jan. 2); Jude. Dhonielle Clayton, The Belles (Feb. 6); Camellia Beauregard of opulent Orleans. A.J. Finn, The Woman in the Window: A Novel (Jan. 2); New York City recluse Anna Fox spies into the Russell house and sees something she shouldn't. Denis Johnson, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories (short stories) (Jan. 16). Tayari Jones, An American Marriage: A Novel. Mira T. Lee, Everything Here Is Beautiful (Jan. 16) (first novel); sisters Miranda and Lucia. C.J. Tudor, The Chalk Man: A Novel (Jan. 9); "None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning. Was it when the chalk men appeared? Or when they found the first body?" Plays: David Finnigan, Kill Climate Deniers (Griffin Theatre, Sydney) (Mar. 1); "As a classic rock band take the stage in Parliament House's main hall, 96 armed eco-terrorists storm the building and take the entire government hostage, threatening to execute everyone unless Australia ends global warming." Poetry: Nonfiction: Ryan T. Anderson, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment (Feb. 20); claims that sex reassignment therapy doesn't work. Joe Bastardi, The Climate Chronicles: Inconvenient Revelations You Won't Hear From Al Gore - And Others (Jan. 2); weather expert debunks climate alarmists; "A colder planet would lead to untold misery given the current policies geared toward the opposite." Sven Beckert, Empire of Cotton: A Global History; claims that modern U.S. capitalism is descended from slave plantations. Phyllis Chesler (1940-), A Family Conspiracy: Honor Killing (Apr. 24). Marcantonio Colonna, The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy (Apr. 23); Pope Francis has been creating a climate of fear in the Vatican? James Comey (1960-), A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Apr. 17). Rupert Darwall, Green Tyranny: Exposing the Totalitarian Roots of the Climate Industrial Complex; the Nazi Blood and Soil movement and support of wind power in the 1930s morphed into the Green Party? Warren Dockter and Richard Troye, Who Commanded History? Sir John Colville, Churchillian Networks, and the "Castlerosse Affair" (Mar. 2); Winston's Churchill's secy. John Colville, founder of the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge leaves a tape claiming had an affair with Doris, Lady Castleross (-1942). Charles D. Freilich, Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change (Apr. 5); why Israel does not have a formal nat. security strategy. Gen. Michael Vincent Hayden (1945-), The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies. Raymond Ibrahim 1973-), Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West (Aug. 28). Clare M. Lopez, Harold Rhode, Christopher C. Hull, Daniel Pipes, David P. Goldman, Burak Bekdil, Uzay Bulut, and Deborah Weiss, Ally No More: Erdogan's New Turkish Caliphate and the Rising Jihadist Threat to the West (essays) (Apr. 15). Guy Mayfield, Life and Death in the Battle of Britain (autobio.) (Apr. 19); British chaplain at RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire during the Battle of Britain. Chris Miller, Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia. Jordan Peterson (1962-), 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jan. 16); Amazon bestseller. David Pietrusza (1949-), TR's Last War: Theodore Roosevelt, the Great War, and a Journey of Triumph and Tragedy (Sept. 1). Rick Richman, Racing Against History: The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler. Peter Schweizer, Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends (Mar. 20). Robert Spencer (1962-), The History of Jihad from Muhammad to ISIS; "There has always been, with virtually no interruption, jihad." Stephan Templ, Austria's Living Ghost (Jan. 27); claims that Austria's system for restoring property looted from Jews by the Nazis is run by former Nazis. Michael Wolff (1953-), Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (Jan. 5) (bestseller); disses Pres. Trump as a candidate unprepared to win the White House, whose aids question his fitness for office; he really didn't want to win, only emerge with new branding opportunities?; Pres. Trump calls it a "phony book... Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don't exist"; in an interview, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon calls a 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. et al. and Russian operative "treasonous", causing Pres. Trump to reply: "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind", calling him "Sloppy Steve", after which Bannon apologizes, calling Trump Jr. a patriot and clarifying that his anger was directed at Paul Manafort and this support for Trump is "unwavering". Births: Deaths: Irish "The Cranberries" singer Dolores O'Riordan (b. 1971) on Jan. 15 in London, England. Am. The Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman (b. 1934) on Jan. 20 in Las Vegas, Nev. Am. "Earthsea" novelist Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929) on Jan. 22 in Portland, Ore. Swedish IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad (b. 1926) on Jan. 27 in Smaland. Pakistani human rights activist-atty. Asma Jahangir (b. 1952) on Feb. 11 in Lahore. Danish prince Henrik (b. 1934) on Feb. 13 in Fredensborg Palace. Am. historian Lerone Bennett Jr. (b. 1928) on Feb. 14 in Chicago, Ill. (vascular dementia): "Image Sees, Image Feels, Image Acts." Dutch PM (1982-94) Ruud Lubbers (b. 1939) on Feb. 14 in Rotterdam. Zimbabwean PM (2009-13) Morgan Tsvangirai (b. 1952) on Feb. 14 in Johannesburg, South Africa (colorectal cancer). Am. Christian evangelist Billy Graham (b. 1918) on Feb. 21 in Montreat, N.C. English #1 physicist Stephen Hawking (b. 1942) on Mar. 4 in Cambridge: "The boundary condition of the universe... is that it has no boundary." South African leader Winnie Mandela (b. 1936) on Apr. 2 in Johannesburg: "With our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country" (Apr. 13, 1985). Am. Repub. First Lady #41 (1989-93) Barbara Bush (b. 1925) on Apr. 17 in Houston, Tex. (COPD). Swedish "Wake Me Up" musician Avicii (b. 1989) on Apr. 20 in Muscat, Oman (pancreatitis). Canadian-Am. "Lois Lane in Superman" actress Margot Kidder (b. 1948) on May 13, Livingston, Mont. Am. "The Bonfire of the Vanities", "The Right Stuff" writer-journalist Tom Wolfe (b. 1930) on May 14 in New York City. Am. historian Richard Pipes (b. 1923) on May 17 in Boston, Mass. British-Am. historian Bernard Lewis (b. 1916) on May 19 in Vorhees Township, N.J.



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