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21st Jun '17 8:09:31 PM RAraya
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** On top of all that, a blaze destroyed Greenfell Tower days after the election, which resulted in scores of casualties (including the residents of the entire upper floors), not to mention that more than a hundred people were left homeless. The disaster soon became a metaphor about the UK falling apart, marking an end to the "Cool Britannia" era that marked the early Blair and (later) the Cameron years, although it became obviously clear with the tragedy that this prosperity never came for many people, the fact such a shabby council building was merely miles away from the most expensive neighbourhood in the world made it all more striking.
21st Jun '17 1:49:11 AM LaptopGuy
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* While there were several extremely destructive hurricanes in the U.S. over the decade, by far the most famous hurricane of the decade was Hurricane Sandy. While it was not as severe devastation-wise as Hurricane Katrina, Sandy caused significant mayhem in the Eastern United States at the cost of '''over $63 billion'''. UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and New Jersey were hit the worst, with [[BigBlackOut power outages]] and the flooding in streets and tunnels causing flight cancellations and the two-day closure of NASDAQ. Even the subway station lines were flooded. Since Sandy, scientists and politicians alike discuss how climate change amplifies storms and sea level rise has had made the coasts (specially the East) less attractive. Meanwhile, citizens relocated from New York and other effected states to the South and the West Coast (from where quite a few of them came to the zone because of the mortgage crisis) because the storm was too severe, to the point you could read articles calling it [[BrokeTheRatingScale "Superstorm Sandy"]] and [[FrankenX "Frankenstorm"]]. [[note]]"Frankenstorm" was named because it was a hurricane-nor'easter hybrid and Halloween was days away, but later media coverage used "Superstorm Sandy" due to being considered an extratropical cyclone when it made landfall in Atlantic City.[[/note]]
* Heated divides and political rhetoric took an incredibly violent turn on June 14, 2017, when a man by the name of James Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican lawmakers while they were practicing for the annual charity Congressional baseball game that was to happen the following day. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot in the hip, and several others were shot before the shooter was fatally wounded by Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner. Hodgkinson was a fervent supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders, and known for his virulent anti-Republican rhetoric. Before the shooting, Hodgkinson was confirmed to have asked whether or not it was Republicans or Democrats practicing, and then opening fire when he learned it was Republicans. The act drew swift bipartisan condemnation and support for the victims, including a viral picture of the teams praying together at second base[[note]]Scalise's position[[/note]] when the game took place the next day. The New York Times attempted to link the political violence together with the 2012 shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, including the use of a map put out by a Sarah Palin-backed group putting a target over Gifford's district. But when it was pointed out that the shooter's obsession with Giffords predated the map, the paper had to issue an embarrassing retraction.

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* While there were several extremely destructive hurricanes in the U.S. over the decade, by far the most famous and damaging hurricane of the decade was 2012's Hurricane Sandy. While it was not as severe devastation-wise as Hurricane Katrina, Sandy caused significant mayhem in the Eastern United States at the cost of '''over $63 billion'''.billion''', still easily taking second place. UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and New Jersey were hit the worst, with [[BigBlackOut power outages]] and the flooding in streets and tunnels causing flight cancellations and the two-day closure of NASDAQ. Even the subway station lines were flooded. Since Sandy, scientists and politicians alike discuss how climate change amplifies storms and sea level rise has had made the coasts (specially the East) less attractive. Meanwhile, citizens relocated from New York and other effected states to the South and the West Coast (from where quite a few of them came to the zone because of the mortgage crisis) because the storm was too severe, to the point you could read articles calling it [[BrokeTheRatingScale "Superstorm Sandy"]] and [[FrankenX "Frankenstorm"]]. [[note]]"Frankenstorm" was named because it was a hurricane-nor'easter hybrid and Halloween was days away, but later media coverage used "Superstorm Sandy" due to being considered an extratropical cyclone when it made landfall in Atlantic City.[[/note]]
* Heated divides and political rhetoric took an incredibly violent turn on June 14, 2017, 2017 (Trump's 71st birthday), when a man by the name of James Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican lawmakers while they were practicing for the annual charity Congressional baseball game that was to happen the following day. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot in the hip, and several others were shot before the shooter was fatally wounded by Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner. Hodgkinson was a fervent supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders, and known for his virulent anti-Republican rhetoric. Before the shooting, Hodgkinson was confirmed to have asked whether or not it was Republicans or Democrats practicing, and then opening fire when he learned it was Republicans. The act drew swift bipartisan condemnation and support for the victims, including a viral picture of the teams praying together at second base[[note]]Scalise's position[[/note]] when the game took place the next day. The New York Times attempted to link the political violence together with the 2012 2011 shooting of Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, Giffords in Tucson, including the use of a map put out by a Sarah Palin-backed group putting a target over Gifford's district. But when it was pointed out that the shooter's obsession with Giffords predated the map, the paper had to issue an embarrassing retraction.



*** However, as of July 16th, 2017, Trump has announced to reverse several of Obama's Cuban policies, which includes imposing harsher travel and economic sanctions on the Cuban military wing that controls almost all of Cuba's tourist industry, thus effectively returning the Cuban-U.S. relations back to the Cold War status quo and re-chilling the diplomatic relations.

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*** However, as of July June 16th, 2017, Trump has announced to reverse several of Obama's Cuban policies, which includes imposing harsher travel and economic sanctions on the Cuban military wing that controls almost all of Cuba's tourist industry, thus effectively returning the Cuban-U.S. relations back to the Cold War status quo and re-chilling the diplomatic relations.
20th Jun '17 1:12:36 AM sayaleviathan
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* When the late Philippine President [[UsefulNotes/FerdinandMarcos Ferdinand Marcos Sr.]]'s son was elected as senator in 2010, this brought a very worrisome view for people who had been around during [[TheSeventies the Martial Law era]] when Marcos abused his power. This also comes with a lot of information online where many people, particularly those who are born after the Martial Law era, believed that Marcos is not such a bad person and that he did some good things during his tenure as president. This coupled by the dissatisfaction on Benigno Aquino III's last years of his tenure which is mired with a lot of controversies. Because of this, Marcos' son nearly won the 2016 elections for vice-presidency only to be beaten by his opponent, Leni Robredo, and President Rodrigo Dutuerte decided to bury Marcos in the "Libingan ng Bayani" (Heroes' Cemetery) because he believed that Marcos served his time as a soldier in World War II (despite his war medals are fake) and that it will heal the rife between supporters and detractors. Except this created a more BrokenBase between Marcos supporters and detractors.
** In 2017, Philippine city of Marawi was occupied by ISIS/ISIL/IS forces, something no one expected. President Dutuerte vowed to destroy some 600 militants but the military has had a hard time dealing with the insurgents, their poor performance being attributed to outdated training and military hardware. The incident shows that the IS, although seemingly on the retreat in the Middle East, could still pose a significant threat worldwide.

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* When the late Philippine President [[UsefulNotes/FerdinandMarcos Ferdinand Marcos Sr.]]'s son was elected as senator in 2010, this brought a very worrisome view for people who had been around during [[TheSeventies the Martial Law era]] when Marcos abused his power. This also comes with a lot of information online where many people, particularly those who are born after the Martial Law era, believed that Marcos is not such a bad person and that he did some good things during his tenure as president. This coupled by the dissatisfaction on Benigno Aquino III's last years of his tenure which is mired with a lot of controversies. Because of this, Marcos' son nearly won the 2016 elections for vice-presidency only to be beaten by his opponent, Leni Robredo, and President Rodrigo Dutuerte Duterte decided to bury Marcos in the "Libingan ng Bayani" (Heroes' Cemetery) because he believed that Marcos served his time as a soldier in World War II (despite his war medals are fake) and that it will heal the rife between supporters and detractors. Except this created a more BrokenBase between Marcos supporters and detractors.
* Considering that Mindanao, the Southern Region of the Philippines, had been experiencing conflict between Muslims and Christians since TheSeventies, there were several attempts for a peace agreement. Former President Benigno Aquino III nearly succeeded in 2014 where he passed the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which would give the Muslim tribes full autonomy and had a ceasefire agreement with the Moro rebels, particularly the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). However in January 2015, the Mamasapano clash, which killed 44 Special Action Force members and several MILF members, put the BBL into jeopardy and on the shelf by the Congress. The incident itself added more controversies and public dissatisfaction on Aquino's tenure which led to rise of Marcos supporters and the landslide election victory of Rodrigo Duterte.
** In 2017, Philippine city of Marawi was occupied by ISIS/ISIL/IS forces, something no one expected. ISIS/ISIL/IS-inspired Maute group which forced President Dutuerte vowed Duterte to destroy some 600 militants but declare martial law in the entire region of Mindanao for 60 days. But the military has had a hard time dealing with the insurgents, their poor performance being attributed to outdated training and military hardware. The incident shows that the IS, although seemingly on the retreat in the Middle East, could still pose a significant threat worldwide.
19th Jun '17 6:33:18 PM Matt620
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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 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 (Trump having apparently humiliated her Hispanic roots during his days running the "Miss Universe" pageant), 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" recording made in 2005 that led to a temporal estrangement between him and the GOP, which saw its Congress majority jeopardized after the incident, which seemed like it would end Trump's chances for good. 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 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 (Trump having apparently humiliated her Hispanic roots during his days running the "Miss Universe" pageant), 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" recording made in 2005 that led to a temporal estrangement between him and the GOP, which saw its Congress majority jeopardized after the incident, which seemed like it would end Trump's chances for good. 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]]), server, 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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* Heated divides and political rhetoric took an incredibly violent turn on June 14, 2017, when a man by the name of James Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican lawmakers while they were practicing for the annual charity Congressional baseball game that was to happen the following day. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot in the hip, and several others were shot before the shooter was fatally wounded by Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner. Hodgkinson was a fervent supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders, and known for his virulent anti-Republican rhetoric. Before the shooting, Hodgkinson was confirmed to have asked whether or not it was Republicans or Democrats practicing, and then opening fire when he learned it was Republicans. The act drew swift bipartisan condemnation and support for the victims, including a viral picture of the teams praying together at second base[[note]]Scalise's position[[/note]] when the game took place the next day. The New York Times attempted to link the political violence together with the 2012 shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, including the use of a map put out by a Sarah Palin-backed group putting a target over Gifford's district. But when it was pointed out that the shooter's obsession with Giffords predated the map, the paper had to issue an embarrassing retraction.
17th Jun '17 4:07:48 AM DarkPaladinX
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*** However, as of July 16th, 2017, Trump has announced to reverse several of Obama's Cuban policies, which includes imposing harsher travel and economic sanctions on the Cuban military wing that controls almost all of Cuba's tourist industry, thus effectively returning the Cuban-U.S. relations back to the Cold War status quo and re-chilling the diplomatic relations.
14th Jun '17 12:05:53 AM LaptopGuy
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* Following Donald Trump's extremely unexpected win in the 2016 Election, the backlash against him ironically grew even stronger than previously in his campaign, when there was more or less an equal divide in his supporters and detractors. This was a very unconventional beginning, as most previous presidents usually went through a "honeymoon" period of massive favor before the public opinions changed, whereas mass protests broke out immediately after Trump's win. Actually, most Americans who protested have considered him an "illegitimate" President (because of him losing the popular vote, the claims that Russia was involved in his election, and/or his policies), and though his approval rating among Republicans is around 75-80%, his ratings as a whole were down to a very low 30%, the lowest for an incoming President since polling began during the Truman administration, stripping Obama from this dubious honor by over a year (also getting the most hostile climate since his political mentor Richard Nixon took office in 1969) -- and whereas approval ratings in the opposite party usually start around 40-50%, Trump has consistently polled in the ''single digits'' with Democrats (including in areas like transition and cabinet approval, which have tended to be at least around 50% in the past) This was not at all helped by several major blows to the presidency:

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* Following Donald Trump's extremely unexpected win in the 2016 Election, the backlash against him ironically grew even stronger than previously in his campaign, when there was more or less an equal divide in his supporters and detractors. This was a very unconventional beginning, as most previous presidents usually went through a "honeymoon" period of massive favor before the public opinions changed, whereas mass protests broke out immediately after Trump's win. Actually, most Americans who protested have considered him an "illegitimate" President (because of him losing the popular vote, the claims that Russia was involved in his election, and/or his policies), and though his approval rating among Republicans is around 75-80%, his ratings as a whole were down to a very low 30%, the lowest for an incoming President since polling began during the Truman administration, stripping Obama from this dubious honor by over a year (also getting the most hostile climate since his political mentor Richard Nixon took office in 1969) 1969, if not since the ''UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar'') -- and whereas approval ratings in the opposite party usually start around 40-50%, Trump has consistently polled in the ''single digits'' with Democrats (including in areas like transition and cabinet approval, which have tended to be at least around 50% in the past) This was not at all helped by several major blows to the presidency:
13th Jun '17 5:34:40 PM ZombieAladdin
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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 reversed 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 reversed this decision). Retailers such as Abercrombie and Fitch and perfume companies have also reduced [[PoorMansPorn their ads' sexual content]]. Carl Karcher Enterprises, which runs the American hamburger chains Hardee's and Carl's Jr., was once known for going straight to [[SexSells sex appeal]] in their advertisements with models and former porn stars eating their food in bikinis and lingerie, but in mid-2017, in response to falling sales, the focus shifted to the lives of fictional CEO Carl Hardee Sr. and his [[TheHedonist hedonistic]] son.
12th Jun '17 2:23:25 PM RAraya
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* PopPunk and EmoMusic have experienced a drop in popularity, with the former mainly being kept alive through older acts like Blink182 and Sum41 still having a large fandom, and newer bands enjoying a crossover fandom with Metalcore and PostHardcore, with bands like Music/TheWonderYears Knuckle Puck, and Transit forming the DefendPopPunk subgenre which is categorized by heavier, downtuned guitars and loud/soft dynamics with very personal lyrics. EmoMusic has gone back to being the domain of twentysomething hipsters like in the 1990s and bands of the genre of late such as Foxing, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die and La Dispute seem to take a heavy undercurrent from IndieRock, PostRock and MathRock. Several older acts such as Music/BrandNew and Music/MotionCitySoundtrack as well as Music/{{Yellowcard}} announced they would be disbanding.

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* PopPunk and EmoMusic have experienced a drop in popularity, with the former mainly being kept alive through older acts like Blink182 and Sum41 still having a large fandom, fandom (also receiving constant {{Shout Out}}s from pop stars who grwe up/came of age during the 2000s), and newer bands enjoying a crossover fandom with Metalcore and PostHardcore, with bands like Music/TheWonderYears Knuckle Puck, and Transit forming the DefendPopPunk subgenre which is categorized by heavier, downtuned guitars and loud/soft dynamics with very personal lyrics. EmoMusic has gone back to being the domain of twentysomething hipsters like in the 1990s and bands of the genre of late such as Foxing, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die and La Dispute seem to take a heavy undercurrent from IndieRock, PostRock and MathRock. Several older acts such as Music/BrandNew and Music/MotionCitySoundtrack as well as Music/{{Yellowcard}} announced they would be disbanding.



* On both sides of the pond and equator, a legendary entertainer of the mid-to-late 20th century saw his reputation implode overnight: one year after his death, beloved British TV host Jimmy Saville was accused of sexually abusing prepubescent children throughout his career; meanwhile, groundbreaking African-American comedian Creator/BillCosby was at the center of accusations over sexually assaulting dozens of women and using date rape drugs to assist while Creator/WoodyAllen spent an unusually unpleasant experience at the 2016 Cannes Festival in the grounds of his complicated family issues. Also, Hollywood was rocked by the revelation that the "butter scene" in ''Film/LastTangoInParis'' was unscripted. And in the Southern Hemisphere, Australian novelty singer Rolf Harris was convicted of indecent assault.
** The revelations over Saville (which included his molestation of prepubescent children, hospital patients and [[ILoveTheDead corpses]]) led to the creation of Operation Yewtree in late 2012, which began turning over stones and actively digging into old sexual harassment/assault allegations that had previously been buried or not investigated on the grounds that such things were not talked about. It has so far resulted in the convictions of pop star Gary Glitter, popular DJ Dave Lee Travis, formerly untouchable publicist Max Clifford and the aforementioned Rolf Harris (Cliff Richard was also accused of harassing young women, but was acquitted, suing the BBC for defamation). Many victims who had stayed silent for decades came forward, and increasingly substantial allegations have been made of a paedophile ring containing and being aided by senior politicians and other influential figures, with late former Home Secretary Leon Brittan being implicated (the Home Secretary is one of the Four Great Offices of State, after the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Foreign Secretary), generating significant popular outrage. Similarly, the Cosby case uncovered even more of the grittiness that marked NBC (and the entertainment industry as a whole) during the 70s and 80s.

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* On both sides of the pond and equator, a legendary entertainer of the mid-to-late 20th century saw his reputation implode overnight: one year after his death, beloved British TV host Jimmy Saville was accused of sexually abusing prepubescent children throughout his career; meanwhile, groundbreaking African-American comedian Creator/BillCosby was at the center of accusations over sexually assaulting dozens of women and using date rape drugs to assist while Creator/WoodyAllen spent an unusually unpleasant experience at the 2016 Cannes Festival in the grounds of his complicated family issues.issues, being called out as a "creep" by most celebs. Also, Hollywood was rocked by the revelation that the "butter scene" in ''Film/LastTangoInParis'' was unscripted. And in the Southern Hemisphere, Australian novelty singer Rolf Harris was convicted of indecent assault.
** The revelations over Saville (which included his molestation of prepubescent children, hospital patients and [[ILoveTheDead corpses]]) led to the creation of Operation Yewtree in late 2012, which began turning over stones and actively digging into old sexual harassment/assault allegations that had previously been buried or not investigated on the grounds that such things were not talked about. It has so far resulted in the convictions of pop star Gary Glitter, popular DJ Dave Lee Travis, formerly untouchable publicist Max Clifford and the aforementioned Rolf Harris (Cliff (singer Cliff Richard was and DJ Tony Blackburn were also accused of harassing young women, women (although none of them were underage), but was were acquitted, suing the BBC for defamation). Many victims who had stayed silent for decades came forward, and increasingly substantial allegations have been made of a paedophile ring containing and being aided by senior politicians and other influential figures, with late former Home Secretary Leon Brittan being implicated (the Home Secretary is one of the Four Great Offices of State, after the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Foreign Secretary), generating significant popular outrage. Similarly, the Cosby case uncovered even more of the grittiness that marked NBC (and the entertainment industry as a whole) during the 70s and 80s.



* 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 and that it was so late in Obama's term it wasn't necessary. In the end, [=McConnell=] quickly shut down Garland's nomination, disappointing many 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 and that it was so late in Obama's term it wasn't necessary. In the end, [=McConnell=] quickly shut shot down Garland's nomination, disappointing many Democrats.



** In May 2017, Trump fired FBI director James Comey, allegedly for being "too soft" on Clinton. However, further revelations showed that his dismissal was more likely motivated by his refusal to stop investigating the President's Russian connections, confirming the FBI's and the CIA's suspicions about the President. Whatever the case may be, many Americans called for Trump's impeachment after these incidents, the White House enacting "contingency measures" in the case this happened. The fact experts consider an impeachment unfeasible until after the 2018 midterm elections have brought concerns for a potentially devastating political standstill.

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** In May 2017, Trump fired FBI director James Comey, allegedly for being "too soft" on Clinton. However, further revelations (including from Comey himself) showed that his dismissal was more likely motivated by his refusal to stop investigating the President's Russian connections, confirming the FBI's and the CIA's suspicions about the President. Whatever the case may be, many Americans called for Trump's impeachment after these incidents, the White House enacting "contingency measures" in the case this happened. The fact experts consider an impeachment unfeasible until after the 2018 midterm elections have brought concerns for a potentially devastating political standstill.



** While Britain had been a relatively safe place in both economic and social terms during the decade (with only two mayor terror attacks and the biggest protest being a race riot), even becoming the "cultural mecca of the world", the aftermath of the Brexit vote radically changed this climate: During the summer, there were claims of a wave of "hate crimes", while terrorist acts became shockingly common, the gravest being a massacre near the Houses of Parliament, followed by suicide bombings at Manchester (during a concert) and the Tower of London and the Haymarket. Concerns regarding the British economy surged after many firms announced their departure for Frankfurt, while the cost of the negotiations forced the May ministry to cut spending, most notoriously in care for the elderly.

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** While Britain had been a relatively safe place in both economic and social terms during the decade (with only two mayor terror attacks and the biggest protest being a race riot), even becoming the "cultural mecca of the world", the aftermath of the Brexit vote radically changed this climate: During the summer, there were claims of a wave of "hate crimes", while terrorist acts became shockingly common, the gravest being a massacre near the Houses of Parliament, followed by suicide bombings at Manchester (during a concert) and the Tower of London and the Haymarket. Concerns regarding the British economy surged after many firms announced their departure for Frankfurt, Frankfurt among other cities on the Continent, while the cost of the negotiations forced the May ministry to cut spending, most notoriously in care for the elderly.elderly. This feeling of a sudden national decline hit the Tories hard, Mrs. May's gamble backfiring in the most humiliating way, failing to win a majority, hanging on to power with a deal with the Euro-skeptic Irish Democratic Unionist Party, while Labour won far more seats than expected (most surprisingly upscale constituencies such as Kensington), Mr. Corbyn now becoming a more accepted leader in the party. The pro-European Liberal Democrats also saw an upsurge in contrast to the collapse of UKIP and the SNP.
10th Jun '17 5:46:13 AM Khazzadumm
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* It would appear that, as of 2017, desktop computers are falling out of favour with general consumers. The main reason for this is functionality and technological slow-down. Smartphones and tablets have advanced to such a degree that they can now comfortably handle many of the functions that previously required a desktop pc: need to check your e-mail, see the latest news, chat with your friends, read/study from an e-book or word file? smartphones and tablets have you covered and with all those available on the go too! The second reason is the seeming slowing down of Moore's Law (number of processors on a chip double every 2 years). This is most evident when you consider the differences in your first through maybe third computers, which had the feel of being manufactured decades, not years apart from one another, and between a pc made in 2012 and 2017 where the difference is much less radical. To be clear, the desktop breed of pc will not disappear any time soon, but will be pushed into sidelines of gaming and pc enthusiasts (one more proof for the falling-out of desktops is the explosion of gaming pcs made available, as the gaming market is considered to be the last area in which the sales of desktop can still expand and grow).


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* In the The Arab states of the Persian Gulf, there has been significant upheaval recently. While outwardly in concord with one another, the scuffle between Saudi Arabia and Qatar which erupted in 2017 highlighted the internal divisions within the arab block. Qatar was formally accused of supporting global terrorism (primarily in Syria and Iraq), though given that the accuser is Saudi Arabia which, to say it mildly, is not is not guiltless itself. As a result - as of 7 June 2017, nine sovereign governments have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. Many political analysts and commentators are interpreting this as scapegoating Qatar to deflect the blame of terrorism sponsorship from SA and UAE, and to punish Qatar for it's relatively good relations with Iran. Things heated up additionally when Turkey and Iraq pledged military aid in the event of an invasion on Qatar. It remains to be seen how this crisis will unfold.


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* China built a military base in Djibouti, signalling it's expanding influence in the world stage, and especially in Eastern Africa, which some say is being silently colonised by the Chinese.


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** In 2017, Philippine city of Marawi was occupied by ISIS/ISIL/IS forces, something no one expected. President Dutuerte vowed to destroy some 600 militants but the military has had a hard time dealing with the insurgents, their poor performance being attributed to outdated training and military hardware. The incident shows that the IS, although seemingly on the retreat in the Middle East, could still pose a significant threat worldwide.
9th Jun '17 4:34:16 PM ZombieAladdin
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* TabletopGame/{{Go}} has proven for decades to be notoriously difficult to program good AI for compared to other board games due to the large amount of choices per turn. This changed in 2017, when Google's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlphaGo AlphaGo]] defeated Ke Jie, the human champion of Go, with 3 wins and 0 losses, at the Future of Go Summit near Beijing. Other professional Go players at the summit challenged [=AlphaGo=], but [=AlphaGo=] remained undefeated, cementing the program's absolute mastery of the game.

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* TabletopGame/{{Go}} has proven for decades to be notoriously difficult to program good AI for compared to other board games due to the large amount of choices per turn. This changed in 2017, when Google's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlphaGo AlphaGo]] defeated Ke Jie, the human champion of Go, with 3 wins and 0 losses, at the Future of Go Summit near Beijing. Other professional Go players at the summit challenged [=AlphaGo=], but [=AlphaGo=] remained undefeated, cementing the program's absolute mastery of the game.
game. As Go is considered the toughest board game for a computer to understand and play well, the [=AlphaGo=] versus Ke Jie match is largely considered by computer programmers as the last time there will be a ManVersusMachine board game match to test the cutting edge of artificial intelligence.
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