Saturday, December 10, 2016



*Alexander Van der Bellen has won the Austrian Presidential election.
*New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key has announced his resignation.
*Bernard Cazeneuve has replaced Manuel Valls as Prime Minister of France.
*Although she has already officially resigned her position, the South Korean government has moved to officially impeach former President Park Geun-hye while Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn will serve as acting President.
*Japan has ratified the Trans-Pacific Partnership in their country. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to visit Pearl Harbor before the end of the calendar year.
*The remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro were laid to rest next to honored Independence leader Jose Marti.
*With a referendum to amend their Constitution failing to pass, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced his resignation.
*Conjoined twins Erika and Eva Sandoval have survived their separation surgery.
*Archeologists believe they have found the tomb of Queen Nefertari in Egypt.

*Citing major differences in principles and values, Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo has resigned her Cabinet post as Housing Secretary, but will stay in her elected position under President Rodrigo Duterte. Meanwhile, Duterte has accused the opposing Liberal Party of trying to replace him with Robredo!
*The Philippines’ Senate has declared that current operations of the country’s National Police under their Oplan Tokhang/anti-drug campaign are unconstitutional.
*On Human Rights Day (December 10) President Duterte was asked to defend both his position on civilians being allowed to execute even suspected drug offenders and the decision to bury Ferdinand Marcos in the Heroes' Cemetery. There has yet to be an official response as this item was posted.

*Sadly, bombs are still the primary weapon of choice against both military targets and innocent civilians.

*Rapper Big Skye has passed away.
*Actor Peter Vaughan (Game of Thrones, Brazil) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Musician Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer is no longer with us.
*Former Astronaut and Ohioan Senator John Glenn has passed away.
*Ralph “Putsy” Caballero, who played 8 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies starting at age 16 because of World War 2, is no longer with us.
*Actress Coral Atkins (A Family At War, Emmerdale) has taken her last bow on life's stage.

*How much of President Barack Obama's accomplishments in office can President Donald Trump actually undo?
*Although all still have to be officially confirmed, President-elect Donald Trump’s latest Cabinet picks include Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Scott Pruitt (a known denier that climate change exists) as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Linda McMahon of the World Wrestling Entertainment franchise as the head of the Small Business Administration, John F. Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security, and Gary Cohn, chief operating officer of investment bank Goldman Sachs, as chair of the White House National Economic Council.
*Former General James Mattis may not be eligible to serve as Trump’s Secretary of Defense since it’s been less than 7 years since he retired.
*Trump is allegedly not wanting to read daily intelligence briefings.
*Members of Trump's transition team have asked the Department of Energy to identify everyone who helped with President Obama's Climate Action and Carbon Output Reduction plans, without specifying why they require these names.
*When officially in office, Trump has said he will end "job killing" energy regulations and promises "retribution" against any company attempting to move jobs out of the United States. (There are 2 separate links in that item.)
*The CIA has concluded that Russia actively tried to help Donald Trump win the 2016 U.S. presidential election!
*It turns out Ivanka Trump was finalizing a business deal with Japan when she was part of her father's meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe!
*Will Donald Trump even submit a 2017 Federal budget proposal?
*Union Leader Chuck Jones says Donald Trumps facts about the success of the Carrier labor resolution are inaccurate, with over 500 employees still slated to lose their jobs while others were never in danger of becoming unemployed.
*A Federal Judge has stopped the Michigan Presidential election ballot recount, claiming Green Party candidate Jill Stein had no valid reason to request a recount in the first place. But is she owed a refund?
*At the same time, citizens in Florida are suing to get their Presidential votes recounted!
*Time magazine has named President-elect Donald Trump their Man of the Year for 2016.
*Does a private citizen have any rights in regards to questioning Donald Trump's positions?
*While not yet officially President, Donald Trump is urging the government to cancel their contract with Boeing for the "next generation" of Air Force 1 planes and has publicly Twittered about China. (There are 2 separate links in that item.)
*The Senate has approved new measures on how the Federal Food and Drug Administration approves new medicines. President Obama is expected to sign the measure soon.
*The sad consequences of (cyber) bullying!
*The US Army Corps of Engineers has denied Energy Transfer Partners an operating permit, thus (temporarily?) suspending the Dakota Access Pipeline.
*Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to visit Pearl Harbor before the end of the calendar year.
*Is 2016 the last Christmas for Sears/K-Mart?
*The Department of Justice has approved Alaska Airlines’ purchase of Virgin America (airlines) but Alaska Airlines must reduce its partnership with American Airlines in the process.
*Actor Kirk Douglas has celebrated his 100th birthday!
*Entertainer Elton John has denied any rumors that he plans to retire.

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