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14th Feb '17 9:22:54 AM Eagal
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** [[BoyBand Boy bands]] have started to make a comeback after being DeaderThanDisco for almost a decade; this time, they were crafted in Bieber's mold. Due to Bieber's astronomical popularity, none of these boy bands were able to attain much success worldwide...
*** ...except for Music/OneDirection, five British-Irish ''[[Series/TheXFactor X Factor]]'' alumni who finished third on the show's 2010 series. After conquering the UK in 2011, One Direction started to rapidly grow an international fanbase, and when they released their "Up All Night" album in the US, it debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200, a feat unheard of for a British band's debut album. One Direction became so massive that not only did other boy bands that struggled in Bieber's presence get further hammered down, but Bieber's own popularity was dramatically hemorrhaged (his personal scandals didn't help either). The quintet was neck-a-neck with him the entirety of 2012, have completely surpassed him by the summer of 2013, and by the end of that year "Bieber Fever" was all but extinct.

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** [[BoyBand Boy bands]] have started to make a comeback after being DeaderThanDisco for almost a decade; this time, they were crafted in Bieber's mold. Due to Bieber's astronomical popularity, none few of these boy bands were able to attain much success worldwide...
*** ...except for
worldwide.
***
Music/OneDirection, comprised of five British-Irish ''[[Series/TheXFactor X Factor]]'' alumni who finished third on the show's 2010 series.series managed to gain popularity. After conquering the UK in 2011, One Direction started to rapidly grow an international fanbase, and when they released their "Up All Night" album in the US, it debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200, a feat unheard of for a British band's debut album. One Direction became so massive that not only did other boy bands that struggled in Bieber's presence get further hammered down, but Bieber's own popularity was dramatically hemorrhaged (his personal scandals didn't help either). The quintet was neck-a-neck with him the entirety of 2012, have completely surpassed him by the summer of 2013, and by the end of that year "Bieber Fever" was all but extinct.
14th Feb '17 9:20:46 AM Eagal
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** Explicit sexuality has lost momentum not only by the prevalence of less revealing clothes and that sex has mostly been relegated to apps like Tinder, but also the end of the symbols of the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s: ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Sun]]'' dropped its PageThreeStunna in early 2015, while ''Playboy'' announced that its iconic centerfold would be no more by its February 2016 issue, which introduced a style more akin to "lads' mags" like ''Esquire'' and ''GQ''(though they have since revered this decision). Retailers such as Abercrombie and Fitch and perfume companies have also reduced [[PoorMansPorn their ads' sexual content]].

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** Explicit sexuality has lost momentum not only by the prevalence of less revealing clothes and that sex has mostly been relegated to apps like Tinder, but also the end of the symbols of the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s: ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Sun]]'' dropped its PageThreeStunna in early 2015, while ''Playboy'' announced that its iconic centerfold would be no more by its February 2016 issue, which introduced a style more akin to "lads' mags" like ''Esquire'' and ''GQ''(though they have since revered reversed this decision). Retailers such as Abercrombie and Fitch and perfume companies have also reduced [[PoorMansPorn their ads' sexual content]].
14th Feb '17 7:04:25 AM Demongodofchaos2
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** Explicit sexuality has lost momentum not only by the prevalence of less revealing clothes and that sex has mostly been relegated to apps like Tinder, but also the end of the symbols of the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s: ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Sun]]'' dropped its PageThreeStunna in early 2015, while ''Playboy'' announced that its iconic centerfold would be no more by its February 2016 issue, which introduced a style more akin to "lads' mags" like ''Esquire'' and ''GQ''(though they have since revered Thai decision). Retailers such as Abercrombie and Fitch and perfume companies have also reduced [[PoorMansPorn their ads' sexual content]].

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** Explicit sexuality has lost momentum not only by the prevalence of less revealing clothes and that sex has mostly been relegated to apps like Tinder, but also the end of the symbols of the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s: ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Sun]]'' dropped its PageThreeStunna in early 2015, while ''Playboy'' announced that its iconic centerfold would be no more by its February 2016 issue, which introduced a style more akin to "lads' mags" like ''Esquire'' and ''GQ''(though they have since revered Thai this decision). Retailers such as Abercrombie and Fitch and perfume companies have also reduced [[PoorMansPorn their ads' sexual content]].
14th Feb '17 7:03:25 AM Demongodofchaos2
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** Explicit sexuality has lost momentum not only by the prevalence of less revealing clothes and that sex has mostly been relegated to apps like Tinder, but also the end of the symbols of the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s: ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Sun]]'' dropped its PageThreeStunna in early 2015, while ''Playboy'' announced that its iconic centerfold would be no more by its February 2016 issue, which introduced a style more akin to "lads' mags" like ''Esquire'' and ''GQ''. Retailers such as Abercrombie and Fitch and perfume companies have also reduced [[PoorMansPorn their ads' sexual content]].

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** Explicit sexuality has lost momentum not only by the prevalence of less revealing clothes and that sex has mostly been relegated to apps like Tinder, but also the end of the symbols of the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s: ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Sun]]'' dropped its PageThreeStunna in early 2015, while ''Playboy'' announced that its iconic centerfold would be no more by its February 2016 issue, which introduced a style more akin to "lads' mags" like ''Esquire'' and ''GQ''.''GQ''(though they have since revered Thai decision). Retailers such as Abercrombie and Fitch and perfume companies have also reduced [[PoorMansPorn their ads' sexual content]].
13th Feb '17 8:41:42 PM RAraya
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*** except for Music/OneDirection, five British-Irish [[Series/TheXFactor X Factor]] alumni who finished third on the show's 2010 series. After conquering the UK in 2011, One Direction started to rapidly grow an international fanbase, and when they released their "Up All Night" album in the US, it debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200, a feat unheard of for a British band's debut album. One Direction became so massive that not only did other boy bands that struggled in Bieber's presence get further hammered down, but Bieber's own popularity was dramatically hemorrhaged (his personal scandals didn't help either). The quintet was neck-a-neck with him the entirety of 2012, have completely surpassed him by the Summer of 2013, and by the end of that year "Bieber Fever" was all but extinct.

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*** *** ...except for Music/OneDirection, five British-Irish [[Series/TheXFactor ''[[Series/TheXFactor X Factor]] Factor]]'' alumni who finished third on the show's 2010 series. After conquering the UK in 2011, One Direction started to rapidly grow an international fanbase, and when they released their "Up All Night" album in the US, it debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200, a feat unheard of for a British band's debut album. One Direction became so massive that not only did other boy bands that struggled in Bieber's presence get further hammered down, but Bieber's own popularity was dramatically hemorrhaged (his personal scandals didn't help either). The quintet was neck-a-neck with him the entirety of 2012, have completely surpassed him by the Summer summer of 2013, and by the end of that year "Bieber Fever" was all but extinct.extinct.
** In 2015, the Canadian decided to embrace the "shocker" persona he had been known for in the previous years, also teaming up with DJ duo Jack U, their song "Sorry" becoming a big hit that summer. Meanwhile, the British ensemble saw a series of upheavals that led to their break-up in 2016.



* Harder rock music has given ways to the LighterAndSofter (and more radio- and stream-friendly) "Indie Rock" genre (often dubbed as "pop-rock"), known for its use of electronic music, which many traditionalist rockers have mixed feelings regarding it (Some regard it as a "necessary evil" to keep rock music alive, while others consider it as downright sacrilege or just rock InNameOnly). Representatives include Music/TheBlackKeys, Music/ImagineDragons, Music/LanaDelRey, Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine, Music/BonIver, Music/FosterThePeople, Mumford & Sons, Music/{{Adele}}, Music/EdSheeran, Music/TheWeeknd, Music/{{Gotye}}, and Music/{{Fun}}. AlternativeRock acts such as Music/{{Coldplay}} and Music/{{Muse}} have maintained their popularity among the youth market with their adoption of electronic aspects as well. That being said, the biggest trad rock acts (particularly Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/VanHalen, Music/IronMaiden, Music/AvengedSevenfold, Music/{{Slipknot}}, and Music/LinkinPark among many others) can still draw five-figure crowds with no difficulty whatsoever, while a reunited Music/GunsNRoses is currently in the middle of a wildly successful tour.

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* Urban music has remained popular in spite of the fact GlamRap and other popular genres of the 2000s have become DeaderThanDisco. Newer takes on hip-hop now come in two different flavors: a) Revisiting R&B and other genres, often with some social commentary, or b) Crossing over with EDM, with some "featured" performances alongside pop artists. Some artists, like Music/KendrickLamar have managed to do both however.
* Harder rock music has given ways to the LighterAndSofter (and more radio- and stream-friendly) "Indie Rock" genre (often dubbed as "pop-rock"), "pop-rock" to avoid confusion with the 2000s-era "indie" movement), known for its use of electronic music, which many traditionalist rockers have mixed feelings regarding it (Some regard it as a "necessary evil" to keep rock music alive, while others consider it as downright sacrilege or just rock InNameOnly). InNameOnly)[[note]]This line of thought is prominent in the US for the most part, for British rock fans are a lot more open to synthesizers[[/note]]. Representatives include Music/TheBlackKeys, Music/ImagineDragons, Music/TwentyOnePilots, Music/LanaDelRey, Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine, Music/BonIver, Music/The1975, Music/FosterThePeople, Mumford & Sons, Music/{{Adele}}, Music/EdSheeran, Music/TheWeeknd, Music/{{Gotye}}, and Music/{{Fun}}. AlternativeRock acts such as Music/{{Coldplay}} and Music/{{Muse}} have maintained also abandoned their popularity among the youth market with their adoption "new prog" sound for a more pop-friendly style. And in spite of electronic aspects as well. That being said, the biggest hit by falling album sales and lack of chart success and radio airplay, most trad rock acts (particularly bigger ones like Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/VanHalen, Music/IronMaiden, Music/AvengedSevenfold, Music/{{Slipknot}}, and Music/LinkinPark among many others) just to name a few) can still draw five-figure crowds with no difficulty whatsoever, while a reunited Music/GunsNRoses is currently in the middle of a their wildly successful "Not In This Lifetime" tour.



* UrbanMusic meanwhile, has managed to keep some of its mainstream popularity without fully embracing electronic music. However, in order to catch up some artists have adopted some elements from EDM, often crossing over with song of the genre as "featured performers".
11th Feb '17 8:14:26 AM Eagal
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* UsefulNotes/{{Norway}} twas taken unawares by the June 22 attacks in 2011, and although the general feeling of support on behalf of the wictims lingered - that is mostly the 69 people gunned down at the Labour Party Youth summer camp (as well as the eight bomb victims in Oslo) - the effect also was political. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, leading a left wing coalition, was blamed for sloppy security, and the words of the ''Breivik Manifesto'', written as a kind of mish-mash by the gunman himself, actually stirred the anti-immigration sentiment in the country. The following general election in 2013 gave majority to a new right wing coalition, reigning to this day, although with great resentment from groups who initially voted for them. During this time, the anti-EU bloc has gained support as well.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Norway}} twas was taken unawares by the June 22 attacks in 2011, and although the general feeling of support on behalf of the wictims lingered - that is mostly the 69 people gunned down at the Labour Party Youth summer camp (as well as the eight bomb victims in Oslo) - the effect also was political. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, leading a left wing coalition, was blamed for sloppy security, and the words of the ''Breivik Manifesto'', written as a kind of mish-mash by the gunman himself, actually stirred the anti-immigration sentiment in the country. The following general election in 2013 gave majority to a new right wing coalition, reigning to this day, although with great resentment from groups who initially voted for them. During this time, the anti-EU bloc has gained support as well.
11th Feb '17 2:06:46 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* UsefulNotes/{{Norway}} twas taken unawares by the June 22 attacks in 2011, and although the general feeling of support on behalf of the wictims lingered - that is mostly the 69 people gunned down at the Labour Party Youth summer camp (as well as the eight bomb victims in Oslo) - the effect also was political. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, leading a left wing coalition, was blamed for sloppy security, and the words of the ''Breivik Manifesto'', written as a kind of mish-mash by the gunman himself, actually stirred the anti-immigration sentiment in the country. The following general election in 2013 gave majority to a new right wing coalition, reigning to this day, although with great resentment from groups who initially voted for them. During this time, the anti-EU bloc has gained support as well.
** Internationally, Norway has been a staunch NATO supporter, and participated in the US-led military campaigns, both in Afghanistan and Libya. This unconditional support, also in the question of Russia, which has a small border with Norway, is debated, also in strict constitutional terms (because the initial decision to join the Libya campaign earned some criticism because of the lack of constitutional procedure).
9th Feb '17 5:00:10 PM Eagal
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** Speaking of Bieber, If you like him, [[InternetBackdraft prepare going tortured to death]] when Bieber's {{Hatedom}} (one of the few in the world in any medium larger than the subject's {{Fandom}}) criticizes that not only you're one of his fans, [[ItsPopularNowItSucks he's]] '''''[[ItsPopularNowItSucks LUNATICALLY]]''''' [[ItsPopularNowItSucks popular among female middle school and high school students]] [[HypeBacklash and looks or sounds too young to make music appealing to such audiences]]. If not, you're one of his haters.
9th Feb '17 1:05:28 AM LaptopGuy
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** The last week of February 2015 gave us a heated debate all over the internet of the colour on a Roman Originals dress as either white and gold lace or blue and black lace. [[spoiler:It's actually royal blue and black lace, but the picture's severe glare made it easy to be interpreted as white and gold lace.]]

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** The last week of February 2015 gave us a heated debate all over the internet of the colour on a Roman Originals dress as seen in a Scottish woman's photo as either white and gold lace or blue and black lace. [[spoiler:It's actually royal blue and black lace, but the picture's severe glare made it easy to be interpreted as white and gold lace.]]



* The Internet grew as a major player in not only television distribution, but creation. {{Netflix}} in particular hit paydirt with Marvel tie-in shows like ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' and ''Series/JessicaJones2015'', other original smashes like ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'', and ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'', and the revival of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. ''House of Cards'' was the first series without a network to compete for the Emmy awards in 2013. Conversely, this has led to cable TV being the next medium due to fall to the Internet's overwhelming power with "cord cutting" becoming a steady new trend as people realize that their cable TV subscriptions are too expensive and limited a service compared to the sheer versatility of their internet connections. A related trend that is even more worrisome for cable TV is the rise of the "cord nevers," young adults striking out on their own and having no intention of subscribing in the first place in favor of their internet connections and maybe using over-the-air antennae. So far, only live TV content like sports, that internet feeds cannot reliably supply at present, is proving a good enough lure for subscribers. It certainly explains why the Canadian media company, Rogers Communications, bought the exclusive Canadian TV broadcast rights to the games of the UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague for $4.9 Billion (2.45 times the amount Creator/{{NBC}} bought for the American rights and in a country that has only 10% of the US population). There are a few exceptions that buck the trend, most notably ''Series/BreakingBad'', which only became a commercial juggernaut near the end of its run, after the earlier seasons had been placed on Netflix, which most analysts say was the contributing factor for its astronomical rise in live-viewer ratings, in addition to superb word-of-mouth following its huge gains at the Emmys during its run.

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* The Internet grew as a major player in not only television distribution, but creation. {{Netflix}} in particular hit paydirt with Marvel tie-in shows like ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' and ''Series/JessicaJones2015'', other original smashes like ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'', ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'', ''Series/StrangerThings'', and ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'', and the revival of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. ''House of Cards'' was the first series without a network to compete for the Emmy awards in 2013. Conversely, this has led to cable TV being the next medium due to fall to the Internet's overwhelming power with "cord cutting" becoming a steady new trend as people realize that their cable TV subscriptions are too expensive and limited a service compared to the sheer versatility of their internet connections. A related trend that is even more worrisome for cable TV is the rise of the "cord nevers," young adults striking out on their own and having no intention of subscribing in the first place in favor of their internet connections and maybe using over-the-air antennae. So far, only live TV content like sports, that internet feeds cannot reliably supply at present, is proving a good enough lure for subscribers. It certainly explains why the Canadian media company, Rogers Communications, bought the exclusive Canadian TV broadcast rights to the games of the UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague for $4.9 Billion (2.45 times the amount Creator/{{NBC}} bought for the American rights and in a country that has only 10% of the US population). There are a few exceptions that buck the trend, most notably ''Series/BreakingBad'', which only became a commercial juggernaut near the end of its run, after the earlier seasons had been placed on Netflix, which most analysts say was the contributing factor for its astronomical rise in live-viewer ratings, in addition to superb word-of-mouth following its huge gains at the Emmys during its run.



* In April 2014, Creator/DavidLetterman announced that he would retire in 2015, after more than 30 years in television, with his final show airing on May 20, 2015. A week after his announcement, CBS announced his ''Late Show'' successor would be Creator/StephenColbert, who ended his own show, ''Series/TheColbertReport'', on December 18, 2014, after 9 years. After 15+ years of being oddly one of the most trusted names in news with a humorous tone, Creator/JonStewart of ''Series/TheDailyShow'' stepped down on August 6, 2015, [[Series/TheDailyShowWithTrevorNoah succeeded by Trevor Noah]]. Fortunately, the newer series, ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'', with the ''Daily Show'' alumnus providing his more focused wry eye on current events has become a big hit in its own right.

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* In April 2014, Creator/DavidLetterman announced that he would retire in 2015, after more than 30 years in television, with his final show airing on May 20, 2015. A week after his announcement, CBS announced his ''Late Show'' successor would be Creator/StephenColbert, who ended his own show, ''Series/TheColbertReport'', on December 18, 2014, after 9 years. After 15+ years of being oddly one of the most trusted names in news with a humorous tone, Creator/JonStewart of ''Series/TheDailyShow'' stepped down on August 6, 2015, [[Series/TheDailyShowWithTrevorNoah succeeded by South African comedian Trevor Noah]]. Fortunately, the newer series, ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'', with the ''Daily Show'' alumnus providing his more focused wry eye on current events has become a big hit in its own right.



** Speaking of him, If you like him, [[InternetBackdraft prepare going tortured to death]] when Bieber's {{Hatedom}} (one of the few in the world in any medium larger than the subject's {{Fandom}}) criticizes that not only you're one of his fans, [[ItsPopularNowItSucks he's]] '''''[[ItsPopularNowItSucks LUNATICALLY]]''''' [[ItsPopularNowItSucks popular among female middle school and high school students]] [[HypeBacklash and looks or sounds too young to make music appealing to such audiences]]. If not, you're one of his haters.

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** Speaking of him, Bieber, If you like him, [[InternetBackdraft prepare going tortured to death]] when Bieber's {{Hatedom}} (one of the few in the world in any medium larger than the subject's {{Fandom}}) criticizes that not only you're one of his fans, [[ItsPopularNowItSucks he's]] '''''[[ItsPopularNowItSucks LUNATICALLY]]''''' [[ItsPopularNowItSucks popular among female middle school and high school students]] [[HypeBacklash and looks or sounds too young to make music appealing to such audiences]]. If not, you're one of his haters.



* If the 2016 general election could be defined by one word, that'd be '''mudslinging''': Both [[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Trump]] and [[UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton Clinton]] attacked mutually at every possible turn (the real estate mogul said the former Secretary of State should be in jail instead of the Oval Office, and the NY Senator claiming that Trump didn't have the temper to guide the nation), giving voters a bad perception with both, something exacerbated with the profusion of heavily-fictionalized news aimed to defame either candidate, if not outright libel[[note]]Clinton never had an affair with Yoko Ono, and there's no proof conservatives have lower [=IQs=][[/note]]. The campaign trail was also marked by the candidates' ''faux pas'': Trump got entangled in tweetstorms against the family of a fallen Muslim-American soldier after they appeared at the DNC, and later with beauty queen Alicia Machado after Clinton mentioned her in the first debate, as well as suspicions about his business ties given his reluctance to show his tax returns ([[spoiler:He actually avoided paying them for around 18 years after recording huge losses in 1995]]) and the leaking of a raunchy "hot mic" video that led to a temporal estrangement between him and the GOP, which saw its Congress majority jeopardized after the incident. Meanwhile Clinton was dogged by an FBI investigation into her use of an unauthorized private email server ([[spoiler:with most of them reviewed, there hasn't been any incriminatory material yet]]), as well by some [=WikiLeaks=] revelations that she had "two positions" on matters: One to tell the public and one for private matters, fueling long-held suspicions that she was untrustworthy. This was also coupled by the investigation itself, which many critics attacked as being a "sweetheart" investigation because many of the actors were granted immunity without providing much in return, data was allowed to be destroyed, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch having a secret meeting with Bill Clinton, who was also under investigation, during the investigation. There were later concerns about her fitness for the office after "blacking out" at a 9/11 memorial ceremony, a few days after she called Trump supporters "a basket of deplorables".

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* If the 2016 general election could be defined by one word, that'd be '''mudslinging''': Both [[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Trump]] and [[UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton Clinton]] attacked mutually at every possible turn (the real estate mogul said the former Secretary of State should be in jail instead of the Oval Office, and the NY Senator claiming that Trump didn't have the temper to guide the nation), giving voters a bad perception with both, something exacerbated with the profusion of heavily-fictionalized news aimed to defame either candidate, if not outright libel[[note]]Clinton never had an affair with Yoko Ono, and there's no proof conservatives have lower [=IQs=][[/note]]. The campaign trail was also marked by the candidates' ''faux pas'': Trump got entangled in tweetstorms against the family the parents of a fallen Muslim-American soldier after they appeared at the DNC, and later with Venezuelan beauty queen Alicia Machado after Clinton mentioned her in the first debate, as well as suspicions about his business ties given his reluctance to show his tax returns ([[spoiler:He actually avoided paying them for around 18 years after recording huge losses in 1995]]) and the leaking of a raunchy "hot mic" video that led to a temporal estrangement between him and the GOP, which seemed like it would end Trump's chances for good, saw its Congress majority jeopardized after the incident. Meanwhile Clinton was dogged by an FBI investigation into her use of an unauthorized private email server ([[spoiler:with most of them reviewed, there hasn't been any incriminatory material yet]]), as well by some [=WikiLeaks=] revelations that she had "two positions" on matters: One to tell the public and one for private matters, fueling long-held suspicions that she was untrustworthy. This was also coupled by the investigation itself, which many critics attacked as being a "sweetheart" investigation because many of the actors were granted immunity without providing much in return, data was allowed to be destroyed, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch having a secret meeting with Bill Clinton, who was also under investigation, during the investigation. There were later concerns about her fitness for the office after "blacking out" at a 9/11 memorial ceremony, a few days after she called Trump supporters "a basket of deplorables".



* Gun control in the U.S. remains a hot topic. 2012 saw fatal shootings at an Aurora, CO movie theater (12 deaths at a midnight premiere of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''), a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, outside the Empire State Building, and (worst of the lot so far) at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT: 26 deaths at the school -- 20 of those being children as young as six years old -- plus the deaths of the shooter's mother and the shooter himself. To make matters worse, these shootings came along on top of ongoing problems with gun violence in cities like Detroit and Chicago. Gun sales boomed (so to speak) after Sandy Hook, owing to fears of tighter restrictions on assault weapons and the like. The public push for such laws wasn't able to convince the Senate to vote in favor of them in 2013, thanks in part to the pro-gun rhetoric of the National Rifle Association, and also to a Connecticut Democrat who admitted nothing in the bill would stop another Sandy Hook, leading many to believe the government was just using the tragedy as an excuse to push an agenda. The murders also called the issues of mental illness, media violence, and (to a lesser extent) the increasingly polarized American society into question. Since then further mass murders (a drive-by shooting that killed six in Sacramento, CA in May 2014; nine churchgoers shot to death at a Charleston, SC church service in June 2015) have come and gone through the news cycle relatively quickly, suggesting that Americans are becoming desensitized to gun violence and/or do not believe change is possible. It took a trio of gun related incidents in late 2015, one at a live news broadcast in central Virginia, another at a community college in southern Oregon, and finally one in San Bernardino, Califorina, to reignite the gun debate in America (the last one is in fact terrorist-related according to the F.B.I.)

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* Gun control in the U.S. remains a hot topic. 2012 saw fatal shootings at an Aurora, CO movie theater (12 deaths at a midnight premiere of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''), a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, outside the Empire State Building, and (worst of the lot so far) at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT: 26 deaths at the school -- 20 of those being children as young as six years old -- plus the deaths of the shooter's mother and the shooter himself. To make matters worse, these shootings came along on top of ongoing problems with gun violence in cities like Detroit and Chicago. Gun sales boomed (so to speak) after Sandy Hook, owing to fears of tighter restrictions on assault weapons and the like. The public push for such laws wasn't able to convince the Senate to vote in favor of them in 2013, thanks in part to the pro-gun rhetoric of the National Rifle Association, and also to a Connecticut Democrat who admitted nothing in the bill would stop another Sandy Hook, leading many to believe the government was just using the tragedy as an excuse to push an agenda. The murders also called the issues of mental illness, media violence, and (to a lesser extent) the increasingly polarized American society into question. Since then further mass murders (a drive-by shooting that killed six in Sacramento, CA in May 2014; nine churchgoers shot to death at a Charleston, SC church service in June 2015) have come and gone through the news cycle relatively quickly, suggesting that Americans are becoming desensitized to gun violence and/or do not believe change is possible. It took a trio of gun related incidents in late 2015, one at a live news broadcast in central Virginia, another at a community college in southern Oregon, and finally one in San Bernardino, Califorina, and the now all-time deadliest Orlando massacre of June 12, 2016, to reignite the gun debate in America (the last one is in fact terrorist-related according to the F.B.I.)



* In February 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court died suddenly. And within hours of his death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch [=McConnell=] announced that the Senate would not go forth in appointing a new Justice, arguing that it should wait until after the 2016 presidential election. This act enraged Americans, who saw this as yet another attempt at subverting President Obama's authority. On March 16, Obama announced that judge Merrick Garland[[note]]who'd been considered twice before for the nominations eventually given to Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.[[/note]] would be his pick for the Supreme Court, and urged for fair hearings. Other people actually sided with [=McConnell=], fearing that the nomination of Garland would be another power grab for Democrats.

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* In February 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court died suddenly. And within hours of his death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch [=McConnell=] announced that the Senate would not go forth in appointing a new Justice, arguing that it should wait until after the 2016 presidential election. This act enraged Americans, who saw this as yet another attempt at subverting President Obama's authority. On March 16, Obama announced that judge Merrick Garland[[note]]who'd been considered twice before for the nominations eventually given to Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.[[/note]] would be his pick for the Supreme Court, and urged for fair hearings. Other people actually sided with [=McConnell=], fearing that the nomination of Garland would be another power grab for Democrats.Democrats and that it was so late in Obama's term it wasn't necessary.



* In one of the most unpleasant sequences of events ever recorded in the 21st century, '''Iraq''' has returned to the forefront as a volatile flashpoint. The Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, is a Shia in a majority-Shia state; he made his bones upon marginalizing the Sunni minority (many of who are part of the same sect as UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein) while empowering his Shia constituents. Partly as a result, ISIS (no, not [[{{Archer}} that ISIS]]), an extremist Sunni paramilitary group, has branched off from the Syrian Civil War and flat-out conquered most of western Iraq. The Kurds at the north have branched off into an independent fighting force, having taken control of the oil-rich north-east. The Shias remain in charge of their southern and central regions, while ISIS is taking control of all Sunni sectors. Note that ISIS already has huge swathes of Syria already under their control; the border between Iraq and Syria has since been effectively demolished, and many people fear a regional conflict is brewing due to spillover from the Syrian Civil War.

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* In one of the most unpleasant sequences of events ever recorded in the 21st century, '''Iraq''' has returned to the forefront as a volatile flashpoint. The Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, is a Shia in a majority-Shia state; he made his bones upon marginalizing the Sunni minority (many of who are part of the same sect as UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein) while empowering his Shia constituents. Partly as a result, ISIS (no, not [[{{Archer}} that ISIS]]), ISIS]] -- that one had to become the CIA), an extremist Sunni paramilitary group, has branched off from the Syrian Civil War and flat-out conquered most of western Iraq. The Kurds at the north have branched off into an independent fighting force, having taken control of the oil-rich north-east. The Shias remain in charge of their southern and central regions, while ISIS is taking control of all Sunni sectors. Note that ISIS already has huge swathes of Syria already under their control; the border between Iraq and Syria has since been effectively demolished, and many people fear a regional conflict is brewing due to spillover from the Syrian Civil War.
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* Before the Boston Bombing, Chris Dorner, a disgruntled police officer fed up with the corruption within LA's police force went to a rampage and killed four victims across California; the police manhunt was callous and brutal, harming civilians to take down the rogue cop. He was eventually cornered and killed by immolation when he was corned into a cabin in the mountains after a long manhunt.

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* Before the Boston Bombing, Chris Dorner, a disgruntled police officer fed up with the corruption within LA's police force went to on a rampage and killed four victims across California; the police manhunt was callous and brutal, harming civilians to take down the rogue cop. He was eventually cornered and killed by immolation when he was corned into a cabin in the mountains after a long manhunt.



** On October 19, 2015, Trudeau defeated Harper, becoming the second-youngest person and the first child of an earlier Prime Minister to become PM, with the Liberal Party gaining 184 seats.



** Now with the economic situation becoming more stable, the aforementioned doubts regarding the European Union (and its future) have become more prominent, with the Cameron cabinet ratifying a referendum which will decide the UK's future in the Eurozone. The overflow of migrants from Africa brought a lot of tension with the rest of the continent, but the aftermath of the Paris bombings just worsened the already hostile climate towards migrants in Britain, primarily those from the Middle East, as well as increasing calls to send Brussels a "good riddance".
** On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted "Leave", making the UK the first nation to decide to leave the European Union[[note]]Take in mind that the Parliament needs to trigger "Article 50" to notify the EU of an impending exit. This may be nullified however if the HoC gives a "nay" vote, as the referendum is not legally binding as ratified by a High Court ruling)[[note]]. On the same day as the final results came in, UK's national currency, the pound, plummeted to a 31-year all-time low (by as much as 10%) with the European stock markets taking a dive as well, and Prime Minister UsefulNotes/DavidCameron announced his resignation (he then stepped down from his parliamentary post in September). The whole situation raised additional concerns as Scotland called for a second independence referendum and Northern Ireland called for one to unify with the Dublin Republic, meanwhile the Euroskeptic movements in Belgium, Netherlands and France also began voicing demands for their own ''-II-exit'' referendums, putting the whole European integration project at risk.
** Political pundits have called post-Brexit politics "a mix between ''Series/HouseOfCards'' and ''Series/GameOfThrones''": Johnson was tipped to replace Cameron in the Tory leadership as early as 2012. However he quickly dropped out of the race after Michael Gove announced his intentions to run. He came on third, trailing fellow Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom, who was herself far behind Theresa May, a moderate Tory and member of the "Remain" camp who became PM on July 13. Corbyn's already fragile grip as Labour's leader was weakened even further after numerous MPs accused him of being hesitant to campaign for the "Remain" effort.
** In the wake of the referendum, the cold war in the Labour Party boiled over. A portion of the shadow cabinet resigned, trying to get Jeremy Corbyn to resign. When it was clear he wouldn't, a leadership contest began, with Corbyn and Owen Smith as the candidates. Both are trying to appeal to the left of the party, with Smith supported by most of the MP's and Corbyn being supported by Momentum. There was also two legal battles, firstly to whether Corbyn would have to get nominations (as he was the incumbent, he didn't) and secondly whether the vote freeze for new members was fair (It was originally ruled to be unfair but the Court of Appeals ruled it to be fair. It's unclear whether it'll go to the supreme court)

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** Now with the economic situation becoming more stable, the aforementioned doubts regarding the European Union (and its future) have become more prominent, with the Cameron cabinet ratifying a referendum which will wpuld decide the UK's future in the Eurozone. The overflow of migrants from Africa brought a lot of tension with the rest of the continent, but the aftermath of the Paris bombings just worsened the already hostile climate towards migrants in Britain, primarily those from the Middle East, as well as increasing calls to send Brussels a "good riddance".
** On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted "Leave", making the UK the first nation to decide to leave the European Union[[note]]Take Union.[[note]]Take in mind that the Parliament needs to trigger "Article 50" to notify the EU of an impending exit. This may be nullified however if the HoC gives a "nay" vote, as the referendum is not legally binding as ratified by a High Court ruling)[[note]]. ruling)[[/note]]. On the same day as the final results came in, UK's national currency, the pound, plummeted to a 31-year all-time low (by as much as 10%) with the European stock markets taking a dive as well, and Prime Minister UsefulNotes/DavidCameron announced his resignation (he then stepped down from his parliamentary post parliament altogether in September). The whole situation raised additional concerns as Scotland called for a second independence referendum and Northern Ireland called for one to unify with the Dublin Republic, meanwhile the Euroskeptic movements in Belgium, Netherlands and France also began voicing demands for their own ''-II-exit'' referendums, putting the whole European integration project at risk.
** Political pundits have called post-Brexit politics "a mix between ''Series/HouseOfCards'' and ''Series/GameOfThrones''": Johnson was tipped to replace Cameron in the Tory leadership as early as 2012. However he quickly dropped out of the race after Michael Gove announced his intentions to run. He came on third, trailing fellow Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom, who was herself far behind Theresa May, a moderate Tory and member of the "Remain" camp who became PM on July 13. 13.
** Across the political spectrum, the cold war in the Labour Party boiled over. Jeremy
Corbyn's already fragile grip as Labour's leader was weakened even further after numerous MPs accused him of being hesitant to campaign for the "Remain" effort.
** In the wake of the referendum, the cold war in the Labour Party boiled over.
effort. A portion of the shadow cabinet resigned, trying to get Jeremy Corbyn to resign. When it was clear he wouldn't, a leadership contest began, with Corbyn and Owen Smith as the candidates. Both are trying to appeal to the left of the party, with Smith supported by most of the MP's and Corbyn being supported by Momentum. There was also two legal battles, firstly to whether Corbyn would have to get nominations (as he was the incumbent, he didn't) and secondly whether the vote freeze for new members was fair fair. (It was originally ruled to be unfair but the Court of Appeals ruled it to be fair. It's unclear whether it'll go to the supreme court)court.)



* Austria came near to become the first European nation since WWII to be governed by a nationalist party. Norbert Hofer, of the Austrian Patriotic Front (FPO, founded by former Nazis) became the most voted candidate in the first round, then leading leftist candidate Alexander van der Bellen in the polls. However, van der Bellen got a surprise victory in the runoff after winning the mail vote as well as early voting (preferred by younger people and those living in cities, although political commentators also denounced that migrants also voted this way), becoming in the process Europe's first ecologist President, although only six months later as the FPO denounced the results, leading to a second election. Ultimately, in a ShaggyDogStory for the FPO, van der Bellen still won (albeit, it was still by a very thin margin).

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* Austria came near close to become becoming the first European nation since WWII to be governed by a nationalist party. Norbert Hofer, of the Austrian Patriotic Front (FPO, founded by former Nazis) became the most voted candidate in the first round, then leading leftist candidate Alexander van der Bellen in the polls. However, van der Bellen got a surprise victory in the runoff after winning the mail vote as well as early voting (preferred by younger people and those living in cities, although political commentators also denounced that migrants also voted this way), becoming in the process Europe's first ecologist President, although only six months later as the FPO denounced the results, leading to a second election. Ultimately, in a ShaggyDogStory for the FPO, van der Bellen still won (albeit, it was still by a very thin margin).
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