- North Korea continues its regular stream of empty threats
- Russia influences the U.S. political system more than corporations and lobbyists COMBINED
- Safety and cleanliness standards no longer apply for the Summer Games
2017 Year in ReviewThe year kicked off, as it tends to do, with the annual installment of Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve. It was hosted by, as its title suggests, Ryan Seacrest. Singer Mariah Carey bridged the gap between the two years. During the performance her voice and music appeared in 2016 but her lips didn't move until 2017. That's why I had to count this in my 2017 Year in Review.
PoliticsThe government now contains more Republicans than a Hall & Oates concert. They gutted the House Ethics Committee. We wouldn't want something that exposes our leaders of Saddam Hussein ethical practices. The new government order has yet to make good on the following:
- Eliminate Obamacare
- Privatize Medicaid
- Replace the Lincoln Memorial with a statue of a Kardashian
Other NewsOutside of politics, things are looking even bleaker. The U.S. had its first mass shooting of the year when a gunman opened fire at Ft. Lauderdale Airport, killing 5 people and wounding several others. Then there was the tape of a hate crime in Chicago. The footage did allow Facebook users to identify their most racist friends. This combined with the 2016 election defriending, echo chambers are stronger than ever. And remember the despair that struck in suburban New York? It was when a Long Island Railroad train actually arrived in Long Island.
In MemoriamThis year we lost the writer of the Exorcist and the wrestler Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. And people thought it couldn't be worse than 2016.
EntertainmentLa La Land scored big at the Golden Globes. Meryl Streep stole the show with her speech bashing Donald Trump. In response Trump stated that Streep never starred in a movie and that he was actually the lead in Mamma Mia. Finally, after 146 years, Ringling Bros. Circus closed its tent flaps. It could in no way compete with the 24-hour clown-and-elephant show. That show is also known as the current United States government.
TechnologyIn tech news, the iPhone celebrated its 10th successful year of annoyance. The users celebrate years of software updates that turn their devices into paperweights. Samsung revealed its Galaxy S8. The company promises will come loaded with "fewer explosions."
Was 2017 The Worst Year Ever?Our 2017 Year in Review shows that the year was pretty bad. But remember when Rooster Soup Company opened? It's a luncheonette/diner at 1526 Sansom St. in Center City Philadelphia. It's from the Federal Donuts crew. They sent their profits to charity, so there's one good thing.
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