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

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2018 - The Yuge Shithole Year of Trump and North Korea and Woman Abuse Accusers Unleashed?

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-) Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine (1935-) Truza Jamal Hassan (1998-) David Turpin (1960-) and Louise Turpin (1968-) 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 'Black Panther', 2018 James Webb Space Telescope, 2018 Casa Brutale, 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. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos passes the $100B mark in wealth, becoming a first for the annual Forbes list of the world's wealthiest. 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 (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. 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. 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. 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 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." 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. 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. U.S. unemployment is ?, 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. 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. 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 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 Trump's 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. Mike Pompeo, and appointing Gina Haspel as CIR dir. (first woman). On Mar. 13 Pres. 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. 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. 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 Sudean. 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. Sessions for 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. 18 pres. elections in Russia give pres. Vladimir Putin a V with 77% of the vote. In Mar. 2018 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.S.

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On Apr. 1 Easter falls on April Fool's Day for the first time in this cent. (next 2029). On Apr. 22 Earth Day. On May 14 Israel is officially regathered for 70 years in fulfillment of Biblical prophecy? In May elections in Iraq. 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. In June David de Rothschild (1942-) hands control of the Rothschild banking empire to his son Alexandre de Rothschild (1980-). 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: The $2.5M Casa Brutale near Beirut, Lebanon is built, becoming a perfect lair for 007 James Bond. 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. 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 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. 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, starrings 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. 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: Amy Sherald (1973-), Official Portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama; unveiled at the Smithsonian Inst. on Feb. 12, 2018; depicts a black woman holding a white woman's head. Kehinde Wiley (1977-), Official Portrait of Pres. Barack Obama; unveiled at the Smithsonian Inst. on Feb. 12, 2018; first official portraits of a U.S. pres. by African-Am. artists. Novels: 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. Sven Beckert, Empire of Cotton: A Global History; claims that modern U.S. capitalism is descended from slave plantations. 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). Chris Miller, Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia. Jordan Bernt Peterson (1962-), 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jan.). 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). 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. 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." 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."

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