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The Emperor Trump Era    •    RECENT EVENTS

The Looming Future?

The decision to split this page arose because the 2011-Present page grew overbig and would for many visitors take too long to load plus the Trump Presidency is a break with democracy and is in opposition to the former Spirit of America context: 2016 was the last year of existence of the U.S. Constitution.

Trump's  Fascist  AmeriKKKa

  • 2016 July 18–21: Republican Party National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio - the result was nominees Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
  • 2016 July 25–28: Democratic Party National Convention in Philadelphia, PA - the result was nominees Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.
  • 2016 Nov 8: The critical Election 2016: America vs. Fascism: Idiot billionaire Republican Donald J. Trump won the most electoral votes and Republicans retained control of the House and the Senate, while Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by almost 3 million.
  • 2016 Dec 30: The stock market continues to expand the inevitable bubble: Dow Jones Industrial Average Index closed at $19,762.60 (its best year since 2013); the Standard & Poor's 500 closed at $2,238.83; and the NASDAQ Composite Index closed at $5,383.12.

    "Donald Trump won, America lost." — G.E. Nordell, November 2016

  • 2017 Jan 8: Four Iranian patrol boats approached within 900 yards of the guided-missile destroyer U.S.S. Mahan which was escorting two other Navy ships northward in the Strait of Hormuz; such behavior is considered harassment, and the U.S.S. Mahan fired three warning shots at the patrol boats, which then withdrew.
  • 2017 Jan 17: President Obama commuted the 35-year sentence of convicted U.S. Army whistleblower Bradley/Chelsea Manning to seven years, which schedules his/her release for May 2017.
  • 2017 Jan 20: Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as President #45/Emperor of the United States.

    poster for National Fascism Day

  • 2017 Jan 21: Women's March on Washington, DC and elsewhere to protest Trump's plans; marches were held in more than 500 U.S. cities and attended by at least 3.3 million people, and was the single largest one‑day demonstration in U.S. history. {Raw Story video [4:45] at Facebook}

    logo for the 2017 Women's March on Washington, DC in Santa Fe, New Mexico         logo for the 2017 Women's March on Washington, DC in Albuquerque, New Mexico         logo for the 2017 Women's March on Washington, DC
  • 2017 Jan 25 Wednesday: The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index rose above $20,000 for the first time, closing for the day at $19,912.71 and the S&P 500 broke above $2,300 for the first time, which prognosticators view as market confidence in Emperor Trump's policies.
  • 2017 Feb 7: The end of Public Education in America! Billionaire demagogue Betsy Prince DeVos was confirmed by a squeaker vote in the U.S. Senate to become Emperor Trump's Secretary of Education and privatize the entire Education Department.
  • 2017 Saturday Feb 11: As many as 200,000 Californians who live below Oroville Dam - completed in 1968, still tallest in the country - were evacuated as water began over-running damaged spillways. Recent heavy rains filled the reservoir and release of excess water opened a growing crater in an emergency spillway; while the dam itself is secure, the potential breach of the spillway structure could release thirty vertical feet of the water from behind the dam, an event described as an 'uncontrolled deluge'.
    UPDATE 10/2017: The official estimate of cost of repairs is now $500M. California's Department of Water Resources is hoping that F.E.M.A. will cover up to 75% of the final cost.
  • 2017 Feb 16: 'Day Without Immigrants' protests hit Washington, DC and dozens of other sities in the U.S. in a national campaign to draw attention to the power and plight of immigrants; oppression by governments (permit refusal, arrests) and employers (fired for marching) was rampant.
  • 2017 March: Credit agency Equifax suffered a major computer systems data security breach which was kept secret until reported by Bloomberg in September; the company said that the earlier intrusion was unrelated to the breach that the company discovered in July but did not disclose until six weeks later; the second breach may have impacted as many as 143 million people.
  • 2017 March 8: 'A Day Without A Woman' protests in U.S.A. organized as part of International Women’s Day [est. 1909].
  • 2017 March 23: The completion of the international Keystone XL pipeline was approved by a letter from the U.S. State Department and confirmed next morning by Emperor Trump (who owns stock in the builders!).
  • 2017 March 23: House Speaker Paul Ryan postponed the vote on the A.H.C.A. 'TrumpCare' bill; Emperor Trump announced his demand that Congress hold an up-or-down vote the next day; on Friday morning of March 24 Speaker Ryan announced cancellation of that vote; the common conclusion is that Ryan could not get enough Republican votes on their terrible health & tax break legislation.
  • 2017 March 24: The stock markets recovered slightly after a week of selloffs, based on the cancellation of the A.H.C.A. vote; the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index closed at $20,596.72, the S&P 500 Index closed at $2,343.98, and the NASDAQ Composite Index closed at $5,828.74 – all were down for the week.
  • 2017 March 28: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra charged anti-abortion activists David Robert Daleiden & Sandra Merritt with "15 felony counts of violating the privacy of health-care providers by recording confidential information without their consent". The duo used manufactured identities and a fictitious bioresearch company to initiate meetings with medical officials, covertly record the private discussions, and then release a series of manipulated videos trying to discredit Planned Parenthood.
  • 2017 April 4-5: Sen. Jeff Merkley [Dem-OR] filibustered the vote on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court for over 15 hours, naming reason after reason to oppose Gorsuch, including the fact that nominator Emperor Trump is under investigation by the F.B.I. for various offenses, including treason.
  • 2017 April 6: Emperor Trump faked a missile attack on Syria's Shayrat airfield as retaliation for the illegal chemical bombing attacks by Syrian military on civilians on April 4th. {See details on the Dateline Chamesa weblog.}
  • 2017 Tuesday April 11: Special election in Kansas to fill the 4th Congressional District seat of fringe right-winger Mike Pompeo, just appointed to head Emperor Trump's C.I.A. The Republican Party candidate State Treasurer Ron Estes narrowly beat Democratic Party candidate James Thompson with 52.5% of voters vs. 45.7% (a difference of 8,200 votes).
  • 2017 Saturday April 15: Tax March in Washington, DC or in your local community, demanding that Emperor Trump release his tax returns.
  • 2017 April 18: Special election in Georgia to fill the 6th Congressional District seat vacated when Tom Price became Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services; leading Democratic contender Jon Ossoff, age 30, received 48.3% of the votes (among five Democrats) versus former Secretary of State Karen Handel with 19.8% of the votes (among 11 Republican candidates); there will be a runoff election June 20.
  • 2017 April 19: Fox News Network’s biggest star Bill O’Reilly ('The No-Spine Zone') was fired over the multiple recent allegations of sexual harassment against him.
  • 2017 May 1: Traditional International Workers' Day and May Day are being supported this year by the Resistance Movement in America; expanded events include parades in locations around the world, pledges for 'no purchases, no work, no school' that day, and wearing white in solidarity with immigrants and working families.
  • 2017 May 2: Primary election for mayor of Jackson, Mississippi; the leading Democratic contender is Chokwe Antar Lumumba, backed by the local Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; he beat the Democratic incumbent at 55%, so no runoff election; the final election is June 6th.
  • 2017 May 7: National election for president of France had centrist newcomer Emmanuel Macron win by a landslide: 65.5 percent of the vote vs. rightist National Front candidate Marine Le Pen’s 34.5 percent - an embarrassment for backer Donald Trump.
  • 2017 May 17: Convicted whistleblower Bradley/Chelsea Manning, who gave trove of U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks, was released from federal prison; because legal appeals are pending, Manning remains in the Army on unpaid 'excess leave' status (which maintains access to medical care).
  • 2017 May 20-27: First international trip by Emperor Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump: Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; Jerusalem in Israel; Bethlehem in Palestine; Rome in Italy (met with Pope Francis); Brussels in Belgium (attended the 28th N.A.T.O. summit); and Taormina in Sicily (attended the 43rd G7 summit)
  • 2017 May 22: Shrapnel-laden suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena by independent British-born Islamic terrorist at the end of a music concert; 22 adults & children were killed and 116 were injured, some critically.
  • 2017 May 25: Special election in Montana to fill the at-large [MT-01] Congressional seat vacated by Ryan Zinke when he became Secretary of the Interior. Violence-prone Republican candidate Greg Gianforte received 49.9% of the vote while folk musician Democratic candidate Rob Quist received 43.8%. (While not a win, Democrats coming close in Montana is a major accomplishment.)
  • 2017 June 1: Emperor Trump announced that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris Accords on Climate Change.
  • 2017 June 2: The governors of California, Washington, and New York announced formation of the United States Climate Alliance, which will serve as a way for states and cities to coordinate actions for meeting U.S. goals agreed to in the 2015 Paris Accords on Climate Change. Mayors of 61 cities and governors of seven other states have agreed to participate.
  • 2017 June 3: Street terrorism in London, England at London Bridge and adjacent Borough Market; seven pedestrians were killed by a van on the sidewalk and by stabbings with 'long knives'; police killed the three attackers and carried out raids, arresting a dozen people; at least 48 injured were taken to hospitals. (Death toll later rose to 8 when a body was found in the River Thames.)
  • 2017 June 6: Symbolic election for mayor of Jackson, Mississippi; Democrat Chokwe Antar Lumumba beat the Republican candidate and takes office on July First.
  • 2017 June 8: Former F.B.I. director James Comey testified before Congress.
  • 2017 June 13: Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before Congress.
  • 2017 June 14: Donald Trump turned 71.
  • 2017 early June 14: A 24-story-tall government-run residential building called Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London, England caught fire just before 1am and burned for 24 hours; the official death toll a week later stood at 79 residents and visitors. The cause of the disaster is attributed to poor management of fire and safety requirements and to the 2016 renovation which included illegal exterior 'cladding'. (The choice for substandard cladding material saved less than £7,000 on a job budgeted at £8.7 million.)
  • 2017 Wednesday morning June 14: A recently homeless Sanders supporter from Illinois shot five people at an early-morning practice for the traditional annual Congressional baseball game; Congressman Steve Scalise (R–LA) required immediate surgery, an aide was taken to the hospital, a lobbyist received a leg wound, and two Capitol Police officers were wounded and still fought back, killing the perpetrator. (Scalise recovered with great effort and returned to Congress on September 28.)
  • 2017 Wednesday afternoon June 14: The House cancelled a scheduled hearing in which a National Rifle Association leader was to push for the deregulation of gun silencers.
  • 2017 June 20: Runoff election for Georgia Congressional District 6: Republican Karen Handel won with 51.9% of the vote while Democrat Jon Ossoff repeated his amazing accomplishment of 48.1% of voters.
  • 2017 June 22: The Republican majority in the U.S. Senate revealed their written-in-secret 'Trump Doesn't Care' health bill, set for a floor vote next week without hearings or amendments. Former President Barack Obama issued a statement: “The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.  ¶Simply put, if there’s a chance [that] you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm.”
  • 2017 early June 27: A massive cyberattack hit Europe with widespread ransom demands; Ukraine was hit hardest, but computers from Russia to Great Britain were affected.
  • 2017 June 27: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell informed his Republican colleagues that they don't have the votes to pass 'TrumpCare' at the moment, and there will be NO vote on health care cuts before the July 4 recess. {A victory for Democrats!}
  • 2017 July 7–8: G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
  • 2017 July 9-11: Details were revealed about the 9 July 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York City, including texts of a weeklong series of emails.
  • 2017 July 12: Congressman Brad Sherman [Dem-CA30] introduced House Resolution 438, Articles of Impeachment of Donald J. Trump for Obstruction of Justice.
  • 2017 July 20: The NASDAQ Composite Index set an all-time record at $6,390; several other NASDAQ indexes also set new records.
  • 2017 Late July: Google employee software engineer James Damore wrote and sent a 10-page internal memo in which he argued that the company’s current diversity initiatives were 'discriminatory' against those who weren’t women or people of color, that the company should focus more on 'ideological' diversity, and that the under-representation of women in some engineering and leadership positions among Google’s staff was better explained by biological gender differences rather than by institutional bias. The memo was published on Gizmodo on August 5th, setting off a social media uproar. Damore filed an N.R.L.B. discrimination complaint on August 7, and on the same day was fired for 'perpetuating gender stereotypes' in violation of company policy. Damore is planning legal action against Google for his firing. The saga is listed on Wikipedia as "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber".
  • 2017 Early August: The deadly 'Lucifer' heat wave hit many countries in Europe with record temperatures higher than 100F° over several days, contributing to deaths in Macedonia, Romania, and Poland, and Italy; farmers lost more than $1 billion worth of crops that were simply scorched in their fields.
  • 2017 August: The Republican Party of Nevada is so intolerant of democracy that they launched three recall campaigns against three female members of the state legislature. Their first target is Nevada Democratic Senator Joyce Woodhouse; the second is Democrat-leaning Independent Patricia Farley; the third is new Nevada Democratic Senator Nicole Cannizzaro. The recall petitions do not specify any cause, the citizen signers did so on the simplistic basis that Democrats are not fascist Republicans.
  • 2017 Aug 3: Special counsel Robert Mueller initiated a grand jury in Washington, DC in connection with his investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.
  • 2017 Aug 12: The rally by white supremicists in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent, with one protester dead and 19 injured  click here for photograph (in a new window) (two police officers died in a helicopter crash); hundreds of peaceful protesters marched in Oakland, California and then blocked I-580 in both directions. A smaller rally in Los Angeles and candlelight vigils in San Francisco and in San Diego County remained peaceful.
  • 2017 Thursday Aug 24: Residents on the coast of Texas & Louisiana began evacuating ahead of Hurricane Harvey's expected landfall late Friday or early Saturday, based on warnings of 'potentially life-threatening and devastating flooding' and up to 35 inches of rain. The Gulf Coast is home to half the nation's oil refining capacity, and energy companies began shutting down coastal refineries, as well as offshore oil production and natural gas production. Two weeks later, the confirmed death toll is now 66.
  • 2017 Wednesday Aug 30: Emperor Trump's campaign visit to Harvey-ravaged Texas was to Corpus Christi - 30 miles away - because Houston was flooded.
  • 2017 Friday Sept 1: Hurricane Harvey is downgraded from hurricane status, but still earned the title 'Superstorm' - it has been designated the most extreme rain event in U.S. history. Hurricane Irma is on the way, possibly aimed at the Tampa Bay area.
  • 2017 Sept 8: A magnitude 8.1 earthquake shook Chiapas, Mexico just before Midnight; the event was centered off the coast and was felt by 50 million people; it was quickly designated the second-largest quake in Mexico since 1787 and the largest Mexican quake since 1985 in Mexico City. Three days later, the estimated damage included 41,000 homes and the official death toll had climbed to 90.
  • 2017 Sept 8: Credit agency Equifax announced that it had suffered a major computer systems data security breach, not discovered until July 29th; the intrusion may have impacted as many as 143 million people in the U.S.A, 44 million in the U.K., and a hundred thousand in Canada. The company has offered free credit security service for a year, but the phone munbers are permanently busy and Equifax hasn't figured out how to send confirmation emails to new clients (and hurricane damage in Florida and Georgia is no excuse). Ten days later Bloomberg revealed an earlier computer systems data security breach in March that was kept secret. In both incidents, Equifax hired cybersecurity firm Mandiant to investigate.
  • 2017 Sept 10: After wreaking widespread devastation in the Caribbean, with at least 36 people there killed, Hurricane Irma hit Florida's West Coast on Sunday morning; at least 101 deaths were reported (44 in the Caribbean and 57 in the United States); 12-13 million residents in Florida were without power, and more than a million people lost power in Georgia.
  • 2017 Sept 11-12: The U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan joint resolution condemning the violence at last month's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and urging President Trump to denounce racist and anti-semitic hate groups; next day the House unanimously also passed the resolution; by sending the measure to Trump for his signature, lawmakers are trying to force the president to forcefully denounce racist extremism.
  • 2017 Sept 12: Apple unveiled three new iPhones (ten years after the product's launch): the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X (pron. 'ten'). While the first two are upgrades to the company’s previous models, the iPhone X has a fresh design and a slew of new features, including facial recognition – as well as a $1,000-plus price tag.
  • 2017 Sept 12-15: Republican Party state legislators held a mock Constitutional convention over four days in Phoenix, Arizona; the practice topic was balancing the budget, but a real convention could add or delete any number of anti-worker, pro-fascist, anti-human rights, pro-discrimination, and-or voter suppression changes to the U.S. Constitution. (Republicans control 32 of the country's state legislatures, two more would give them the leverage needed to call for such a convention, under Article V of the Constitution.)
  • 2017 Sept 18: Hurricane Maria increased strength to Category 5 and made its first landfall, devastating the tiny eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, then continued toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico - it could be the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in 85 years.
  • 2017 Sept 19: Toys 'R' Us, Inc., the nation's largest toy store chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S.A. and Canada; the situation is caused by the huge debt load created by vulture capitalists Bain Capital, K.K.R., and Vornado Realty Trust in 2005.
  • 2017 Sept 19: A magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook Mexico City and the neighboring states of Morelos & Puebla on Tuesday afternoon, killing more than 240 people and damaging buildings over a 100-mile area.
  • 2017 Sept 20: Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico with 155-mph winds, apparently knocking out power to the entire island of 3.4 million people. The death toll as-of October 2nd was 34 people in Puerto Rico, 30 in Dominica, 5 in the Dominican Republic, 3 in Haiti, 3 in mainland United States, 2 on Guadeloupe, and 1 in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • 2017 Sept 22: The Department of Homeland Security notified 21 states that they were targeted for hacking by the Russian government in advance of the 2016 election; in most cases, this targeting amounted only to research and preparation. No voting machines were compromised in any state.
  • 2017 Sept 23: A strong new magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook Mexico, toppling already-damaged homes and a highway bridge and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two recent quakes that together have killed nearly 300 people; the new temblor was centered about 11 miles (18 kilometers) south-southeast of Matias Romero in the state of Oaxaca. More than half the recent deaths - 157 - perished in the capital, while another 73 died in the state of Morelos, 45 in Puebla, 13 in Mexico State, six in Guerrero, and one in Oaxaca.
  • 2017 Sept 26: The Republican Party's latest cowardly attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act was defeated when three U.S Senators said that they would vote against it: the vote would be 49-51.
  • 2017 Sept 26: Sonic Drive-In fastfood chain, which has more than 3,500 restaurants in 44 states, reported that it had experienced a credit card-related data breach, possibly compromising millions of credit & debit card accounts; Sonic's stock plunged by 4.4 percent next day.
  • 2017 Sept 29: Former Georgia Congressman Tom Price resigned as Emperor Trump's Secretary of Health & Human Services because he was caught using more than $1M in department funds to charter private jets for personal travel over routes with readily available commercial transport at much lower cost.
  • 2017 Oct 1: The Republican-majority 115th U.S. Congress let the Children's Health Insurance Program {CHIP} expire, defunding health insurance for 9 million American children.
  • 2017 Oct 1: A deranged American-born terrorist killed 59 people and injured over 520 by spraying concertgoers from the 32nd floor of a hotel on the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada; police located the gunman when smoke alarms reacted to the cloud of gunsmoke in his room; the terrorist had shot himself by the time cops got there. Next day, the stock price of several gun manufacturers rose by 6-7%.
  • 2017 Oct 5: Tropical Storm Nate killed at least 22 in Central America en route to the U.S. - 15 in Nicaragua and 7 in Costa Rica; the storm is expected to hit the tip of Yucatan and then the U.S. Gulf Coast, the prediction being hurricane-force winds from the Coast northward along the Mississippi-Alabama border. The storm's winds weakened to 'tropical storm' level, but still brought heavy rain along its path.
  • 2017 Oct 7: California’s Gov. Brown signed landmark, first-in-the-nation campaign disclosure legislation called the California DISCLOSE Act {AB 249} which requires ballot measure ads and independent expenditure ads for or against candidates to clearly and prominently show the identity of their top three funders – even if they hide behind multiple layers of front groups; the law takes effect 1 January 2018.
  • 2017 Oct 8-9: A series of 17 wildfires began across Northern California that were designated the deadliest wildfires in California history: by Sunday October 15th, officials reported that at least 40 people were killed, over 100 people were hospitalized, and more than 5,700 homes & buildings were destroyed.
  • 2017 Oct 9: The Washington Post reported that Google found that Russian agents spent tens of thousands of dollars to place political ads on its platforms, including YouTube, Gmail, and Google Search, aiming to spread disinformation and influence last year's presidential election.
  • 2017 Oct 14: Terrorist truck bombs exploded in Mogadishu, capital of Somalia; a large explosion went off after a truck was stopped at a checkpoint by police, flattening the Safari Hotel and severely damaging the Qatari embassy. A second truck was stopped by police and later exploded without casualty. The hotel bomb killed an estimated 320 and injured 300 others. A third truck exploded later that day, killing two people.
  • 2017 Oct 16: Hurricane Ophelia lost power before making landfall as a post-tropical storm on the south-western coast of Ireland, leaving 245,000 homes & businesses without power and tens of thousands of people without water; three people died from falling trees.
  • 2017 Oct 17 Tuesday: The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index rose above $23,000 for the first time, closing for the day at $22,997.44.
  • 2017 Oct 18 Wednesday: The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index jumped by 160 points (0.7%) to close above 23,000 for the first time ever, boosted by IBM's biggest one-day jump since 2009; U.S. stock futures dropped early Thursday, signaling a pullback, yet still closing at $23,163.04.
  • 2017 Oct 29 Sunday: Tropical Storm Philippe made landfall on the southern tip of Florida and then moved up the Atlantic coast; Philippe is not expected to reach hurricane force, but flash flood warnings are issued for New York City and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut, since the storm might produce up to eight inches of rain in some locations.
  • 2017 Oct 30: Lobbyist Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates were indicted by Robert Mueller's Grand Jury on multiple counts each; both surrendered to the F.B.I. that day.
  • 2017 Oct 30: News outlets revealed that a third person, minor Trump campaign employee George Papadopoulos, pled guilty several weeks ago to campaign collusion-related charges.
  • 2017 Nov 3-14: President Trump visit to Asia over 12 days, stopping first at Hawai'i, then to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
  • 2017 Nov 5: Leakage by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists of the Paradise Papers, a trove of 13.4 million records from law firms Appleby and Estera (who split is 2016) that exposes ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump’s billionaire commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, the secret dealings of the chief fundraiser for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the offshore interests of more than 120 political figures around the world, including the Queen of England.
  • 2017 Tuesday Nov 7: Historic election victories for Democratic Party candidates running for state governorships and for numerous state and local offices. In Virginia: Ralph Northam won the governor's seat, Justin Fairfax won for Lt. Governor, Mark Herring was re-elected Attorney General, and the Dems flipped at least 14 Virginia House seats. In New Jersey: Phil Murphy won the governor's seat, Sheila Oliver won for Lt. Governor, and Vin Gopal flipped the 11th state Senate district. In Washington State, Manka Dhingra won the special election, flipping control of the state Senate from red to blue. In New Hampshire: Democrats won two more state House special elections - four seats now flipped from red to blue this year!
  • 2017 Nov 15: Very quiet military coup in Zimbabwe, with near-permanent President Mugabe ‘safe’ under house arrest; the stated plan is to bring democracy to the nation.
  • 2017 Nov 21: Bloomberg News revealed that hackers stole names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 57 million Uber riders around the world in a breach dating back to October 2016; data on more than 7 million Uber drivers was also stolen, including over 600,000 drivers' license records. Rather than coming forward about this, Uber's head of security gave a $100,000 bribe to the same hackers who stole the data in order to keep them quiet and delete the evidence.
  • 2017 Nov 26: The Mount Gunung Agung volcano on the resort island of Bali in Indonesia erupted for the first time since the double eruption of 1963. Authorities canceled flights and evacuated 100,000 people; experts say that lava is welling up in its crater, which indicates the imminent potential for a larger eruption.
  • 2017 Nov 26: Cryptocurrency Bitcoin passed the $9,000 mark, then passed the $10,000 mark on November 30.
  • 2017 Nov 27: Cyber Monday set a record in the U.S.A. with $6.59B in sales, making it the biggest U.S. shopping day in history, according to a report by Adobe Analytics; the total marked a 16.8 percent increase over the previous record of $5.65B set last year. Amazon keeps its sales results to itself, but it's Cyber Monday online sales were around 42 percent, or $2.77B.
  • 2017 Nov 30: The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index closed above $24,000 for the first time in history after surging by 331 points, or 1.4 percent; the S&P 500 closed at $2,647.58 and the Nasdaq Composite closed at 6,873.97 — all three indexes set record highs.
  • 2017 Dec 1: Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to making 'willfully' false statements to the F.B.I. about his contact with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak while working for candidate and President Donald Trump. Flynn is said to be coöperating with Meuller's investigators.
  • 2017 Dec 4: A huge wildfire erupted Monday night above the town of Santa Paula in California; it was named the Thomas Fire because it began near Thomas Aquinas College. Whipped by fierce Santa Ana winds, by next day the fire had spread to 65,000 acres (26,000 hectares), involving parts of Ojai and City of Ventura. Destruction of electrical transmission infrastructure left 260,000 customers without power. By Thursday it had burned 90,000 acres, forcing evacuation of 50,000 people.
  • 2017 Dec 6: The same extreme Santa Ana winds continued and spread a wildfire in Sepulveda Canyon, between West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley; it was named the Skirball Fire, after the cultural museum at the top of the pass; officials closed the I-405 Freeway, the Bel Air Country Club, the Getty Museum, several private schools, and streets inside the gated community of Bel Air; classes were also closed at nearby U.C.L.A.  click here for photograph (in a new window)
  • 2017 Dec 7: Cryptocurrency Bitcoin rose to hyper-inflated $15,000, a rise of 20% in just one day, on the news that two Chicago exchanges will be trading Bitcoin futures starting next week.
  • 2017 Dec 7: Congress passed stopgap legislation 235-193 to prevent a government shutdown since there is no new budget; the legislation covers federal spending thru December 22, by which time Congressional leaders hope to have ironed out a solution. Standard and Poor's estimates that a government shutdown would cost the U.S. economy $6.5 billion a week. The Senate approved with a vote of 81-14, and Emperor Trump signed the bill next day.
  • 2017 Dec 8-13: The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index closed at a record high for four straight days, ending at $24,585.43.
  • 2017 Dec 12: The Alabama special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions (who became Trump's Attorney General) was won by the Democratic candidate, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones. The vote was 21,000 over creepy sex-offender Republican Roy Moore; Moore chose not to concede, hoping that absentee and military ballots might produce a different result. The tally of 49.92% for Jones and 48.38% for Moore was essentially caused by the 22,780 write-in votes by Republicans who could not stomach Moore but could not vote Democrat either.
  • 2017 Dec 14: The Walt Disney Company announced the planned purchase of the majority of broadcast & movie assets from rival 21st Century Fox for $52.4B in an all-stock deal; Rupert Murdoch & family will keep Fox News, Fox Business, Fox Sports, and the physical Fox movie studios property in West Los Angeles. Murdoch will have 25% ownership of the new entity, which will include Fox's 30% share of Hulu.
  • 2017 Dec 17: Cryptocurrency Bitcoin reached an all-time (bubble) high value of $19,795.61 at 5am.
  • 2017 Dec 17-18: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest airport, lost power for 11 hours, caused by an electrical fire in a substation; hundreds of passengers were stranded and more than 1,000 scheduled flights were grounded; power was restored early Monday, just before the start of the holiday travel rush.
  • 2017 Dec 20: The dreadful Republican Tax Swindle was passed by both houses of Congress and quickly signed by Emperor Trump.
  • 2017 Dec 21: Congress passed a second stopgap measure to prevent a government shutdown since there is still no new budget; the legislation covers federal spending thru January 19; the House vote was 231 to 188, and the Senate vote was 66 to 32. Trump signed the bill and Congress went home for the holiday break.
  • 2017 Friday Dec 22: Cryptocurrency Bitcoin opened low and dropped lower, all the way to $10,834.94; the effective close mid-day was $13,558.38, a loss of 12.87% and also a loss of 27% for the week.
  • 2017 Dec 22: Southern California's Thomas Fire became the state's largest wildfire in recorded history; as-of Friday night, the blaze had burned 273,400 acres (about 427 square miles), and destroyed more than 1,000 structures; one civilian and one firefighter died. High winds on Saturday imperil Downtown Santa Barbara.
  • 2017 Dec 28: McDonald's, Inc launched the McVegan burger in hundreds of restaurants across Sweden and Finland.
  • 2017 Dec 28: Alabama's Secretary of State certified Democrat Doug Jones as the winner in the December 12 Special Election for U.S Senator.
  • 2017 Dec 29-31: Year-end values for the Stock Market Casino were: Dow Jones Industrial Average Index at $24,719.22, S&P 500 Index at $2,673.61, NASDAQ Composite Index at $6,903.39 and Cryptocurrency Bitcoin at $13,834.33.

  • 2018 Jan 3: Congress reconvened and seated the winner of Alabama's special Senate election, Democrat Doug Jones, reducing the GOP's Senate majority to 51-49. Democrat appointee Tina Smith also was sworn in to replace Democrat former Minnesota Senator Al Franken.
  • 2018 Jan 3-4: A historic cyclone and blizzard on the U.S. East Coast got named Winter Storm Grayson; it brought rare snow and ice to Florida and Georgia then moved northward, gathering strength and dumping up to three feet of snow per hour; by late January 4th, the storm had caused six deaths and was moving past the Bay of Fundy in Canada. The unprecedented storm officially caused ten deaths and flooded lots of towns and streets around Boston; the next three days included single-digit temperatures for one third of the country, with the wind-chill factor going even further below freezing.
  • 2018 Jan 4: The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index hit a history-making $25,000, just 19 trading sessions after it hit $24,000.
  • 2018 January: Emperor Trump's lawyers issued an un-Constitutional 'cease and desist' letter against a book by journalist Michael Wolff with reporting on six months of direct access to the internal mess that is the Trump White House. The media frenzy created 'unprecedented demand', so the publisher moved the publi-cation date from Tuesday January 9 to Friday January 5 - making the lawyers's letter entirely moot and the book an immediate Amazon bestseller.
    Fire and Fury bestseller book by Michael Wolff  "Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House" [2018]  1/2018
    by journalist Michael Wolff

    Kindle Edition from Henry Holt/Macmillan [1/2018] for $14.99
    Henry Holt & Co. 9½x6½ hardcover [1/2018] for $18.00
    Macmillan audio CD read by Holter Graham [1/2018] for $26.48

  • 2018 January: A heat wave pushed temperatures to 117 degrees Fahrenheit in Sydney, Australia, the hottest in 78 years; authorities in the neighboring state of Victoria were forced to warn drivers that a six-mile stretch of freeway was 'melting'.
  • 2018 Jan 9
    • A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck in the Caribbean sea, briefly triggering a tsunami warning for hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands; the quake was felt across Central America, and as far north as Mexico's Quintana Roo state; the U.S. Tsunami Center warned that parts of coastal Honduras and Belize could get waves a few feet high.
    • The bigoted, white supremacist former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, announced that he is running for Senate in Arizona.
    • Heavy rains following the California wildfires produced slides of mud and boulders on hillsides now absent any vegetation; the mudslide death toll rose to 17 next day and rescue crews were still trying to reach about 300 people trapped in their homes in Montecito (east of Santa Barbara). Dozens remained missing, 28 people were injured, and about 100 homes were destroyed. A week later, the official death toll was 20, with four people still missing; at least 73 homes were destroyed and 61 others were damaged.
  • 2018 Jan 12: Wal-Mart, Inc. announced that it will close 63 Sam's Club stores in 24 states and Puerto Rico; as many as 11,000 workers will lose their jobs. Later in the month, Wal-Mart announced elimination of 400 to 500 jobs at its headquarters.
  • 2018 Jan 13: Transgender former soldier & convicted whistleblower Chelsea Manning announced her intention to run for the U.S. Senate in Maryland, challenging Democrat Ben Cardin, who has served two terms.
  • 2018 Jan 13: The Bulkang Mayon Volcano in the Bicol Region of the Philippine island of Luzon began weeks of volcanic activity that has included shooting lava nearly half a mile into the sky, clouds off ash in the sky, and rain showers are expected to cause deadly lahars (volcanic flows of mud & water & debris); tens of thousands of nearby residents fled and officials ordered mandatory evacuations in some areas.
  • 2018 Jan 16: A sizeable meteor lit up the night sky in Ypsilanti, Michigan and got filmed by many amateurs, and even by residential surveillance cameras; first reported as causing an earthquake at 2.0 magnitude, officials quickly changed that to a shock wave; fear-mongering conspiracy theorists blamed 'directed energy weapons' on satellites.
  • 2018 Saturday Jan 20: The Republican-controlled Senate was unable to pass a spending bill by Midnight on Friday, and the government was essentially shut down; a four-week spending bill, which passed 230-197 in the House on Thursday, failed 50-49 in the Senate (it needed 60 votes to pass). About 850,000 federal workers will be furloughed, while employees deemed 'essential' will stay on the job without pay.
  • 2018 Sunday Jan 21: CalTrans reopened U.S. Highway 101 in Montecito twelve days after the mudslides.
  • 2018 Jan 22: Toys ‘R’ Us announced plans to close 180 stores (nearly 20% of its Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us locations) pending expected approval by the bankruptcy court. The company did not specify how many jobs will disappear.
  • 2018 Jan 22: Congress has voted to fund the government, but only through February 8 (for three weeks); Senate Democrats agreed to pass a spending bill that would fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years, but not resolve the D.A.C.A. immigration/deportation issue. (Mitch McConnell agreed to allow consideration of a Democrat bill on D.A.C.A. before the February 8th deadline.)
  • 2018 Jan 23: A 7.9-magnitude earthquake centered about 170 miles southeast of Kodiak, Alaska occurred at a half hour past Midnight Alaska time at a depth of six miles; the National Weather Service Tsunami Warning Center quickly issued a tsunami watch for the West Coast from California to Alaska, inducing a varying level of panic, but soon cancelled the alert.
  • 2018 Thursday Jan 23: President Trump arrived at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and gave a keynote address on Friday.
  • 2018 Jan 29-30: The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped on Monday & Tuesday, a two-day, 540-point (2.04%) selloff.
  • 2018 Jan 30: Emperor Trump's first State of The Union address, before Congress and on live television.
  • 2018 Feb 2: The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index closed at $25,520.96, down 665.75 points (2.54%), the S&P 500 fell 2.12 percent, and the NASDAQ 5-day loss was 3.53% – making this the worst week for market measures in two years.
  • 2018 Feb 2: The House Intelligence Committee, which is chaired by Republican Cong. Devin Nunes, released a four-page 'spin' memo alleging surveillance abuses by the F.B.I.
    { full text of the Nunes 'spin' memofull text with NPR fact-checking }
  • 2018 Monday Feb 5: Another really bad market day: The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index closed at $24,345.75, down 1,175.21 points (4.60%!), the S&P 500 Index closed at $2,648.94 - a loss of $113.19 (4.10%), and the NASDAQ Composite Index fell 273.42 points (3.78%) to close at $6,967.53. Japan’s Nikkei Index stock average dropped more than 6 percent on Tuesday, after falling 2½ percent a day earlier; Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index sank nearly 4 percent, as markets in Australia, Korea and China also fell.
  • 2018 Feb 6: Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully launched the maiden voyage of the Falcon Heavy cargo rocket, with a 'dummy payload' of Musk's midnight cherry Tesla Roadster; the rocket is headed for orbit around the planet Mars.
  • 2018 Thursday Feb 8: Still another really bad market day: The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index closed at $23,860.46, down 1,032.89 points (4.15%!), the S&P 500 Index closed at $2,581.00 - a loss of $100.66 (3.75%), and the NASDAQ Composite Index fell 274.82 points (3.90%) to close at $6,777.16. Global stocks followed, sinking on Friday. The losses left the S&P 10 percent below its January high, the official threshold of a market correction.
  • 2018 Friday Feb 9: The federal government technically shut down at Midnight for lack of funding; the Senate passed the spending bill around 2 a.m. and the House voted for passage 240-186 at 5:30 a.m.; Emperor Trump signed the bill ten minutes later.
  • 2018 Friday Feb 9: Overall, the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index closed Friday down 6.2 percent from Monday's opening bell.
  • 2018 Feb 16: U.S. stocks rose for the fifth straight session on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index gaining 1.2 percent to regain the $25,000 level for the first time in nearly two weeks; the S&P 500 Index also added 1.2 percent, and the NASDAQ Composite Index rose by 1.6 percent. (The Dow and S&P are still 4 percent to 6 percent below last month's highs, but well above the low points.)
  • 2018 Feb 16: Another earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico, this time at 7.2 magnitude; the earthquake was unusually long, followed by 225 aftershocks, and left about one million homes & businesses without power; few injuries in the quake, but 14 killed when a helicopter inspecting the damage crashed onto a highway.
  • 2018 Feb 21: Two-day loss of 422 points left the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index closed at $24,797.78 (again below $25,000); the S&P 500 Index closed down at $2,701.

    . . . meanwhile, keep an eye on these planned/expected events

  • 2018 Tuesday March 6th: Local elections in Valencia County, New Mexico.
  • 2018 March 14th: 17-minute teacher walkout in honor of murdered students in Florida, called for by Women's March organizers
  • 2018 March 24th: Fed-up American students are going to march together 'begging for our lives' in Washington, DC and many other cities - "Protect kids, not guns".
    March For Our Lives nationwide student protests in March 2018
  • 2018 Tuesday May 14th: Lobbyist Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates go on trial in Washington, DC (announced by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller in January).
  • 2018 Tuesday June 5th: Primary election in New Mexico.
  • 2018 Tuesday Nov 6th: There will be elections for 33 U.S. Senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 39 state and territorial governorships, and numerous state and local offices.
  • . . . any day now: Republican Constitutional Convention: if the GOP fascists have control of 34 state legislatures, they can rubber-stamp ratify any anti-democracy change to the Constitution drawn up at the convention.

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