Saturday, December 3, 2016

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 3, 2016

DECEMBER 3 IS INTERNATIONAL PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY DAY.
DECEMBER 7 IS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR, THE CATALYST FOR AMERICA ENTERING WORLD WAR 2.

AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*South Korean President Park Geun-hye is voluntarily resigning over political scandals in that country.
*Adama Barrow has won the election to be the next President of Gambia.
*Current President of France Fran├žois Hollande has announced he will not seek re-election next year.
*With the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Maha Vajiralongkorn is the new King of Thailand.
*Contractors who worked on preparing the venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil say they are still unpaid at this time.
*Although some question the decision, Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte’s allowed Ferdinand Marcos to be buried in Manila’s Heroes Cemetry.
*South Africa has started testing HVTN 702, a potential but experimental new AIDS vaccine.
*Warmer seas have destroyed much of a 435 mile long stretch of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef over the last 9 months.
*According to their Supreme Court, all theaters in India must now play the country’s national anthem before showing any movie, with the audience standing at attention during the tune.
*Magnus Carlsen defeated Sergey Karjakin to retain the World Chess Championship title.



THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*The Taliban has allegedly made an offer to help protect Afghanistan national interests, such as that country’s copper mines.
*While bombs continue to be terrorism's favorite weapon, ISIS/ISIL snipers in Mosul have reportedly killed 15 innocent children with no provocation.
PASSING PARADE…
*Actress Valerie Gaunt (The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula–1958 version) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Former professional football player Dick Logan of the Green Bay Packers is no longer with us.
*The victims of LaMia Airlines Flight 2933, including several members of the Brazilian Chapecoense Football (soccer) team.
*Actor Keo Woolford (current version of Hawaii 5-0) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Concert pianist and Chess Grandmaster Mark Taimanov has passed away.
*Actor Andrew Sachs (Fawlty Towers, Coronation Street) has taken his last bow on life's stage.
*Musician Ray Columbus of the Invaders is no longer with us.
*Actor Georg Lhotsky (Moss on the Stones) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Taiwanese chef Peng Chang-kuei, accredited with inventing General Tso's chicken.
*Actor Don Calfa (The Return of the Living Dead, Weekend at Bernie's) has taken his last bow on life's stage.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*While many third party candidates either have successfully had states start recounting their ballots or are in the process of having their requests honored; not surprisingly, President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters are against any proposed ballot recounts. (There are 2 different links in that item.)
*As hopeful future members of his Cabinet, pending Congressional approval, Donald Trump has picked Congressman Ted Price (on record as being against Medicare) to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mitch McConnell’s wife Elaine as his Secretary of Transportation, billionaire Wilbur Ross as his Secretary of Commerce, former General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense, and banker/businessman Steven Mnuchin as his Secretary of the Treasury.
*So far, the possibility of former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as the potential next Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs is only a rumor.
*Regardless of who winds up on Donald Trump's cabinet, how much taxes will they have to pay???
*Congressional Democrats have re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their minority leader.
*The Senate has voted to extend the existing Iran Sanctions Act for another decade, and has sent the measure to President Barack Obama for his approval.
*China isn't happy that President-elect Donald Trump had a telephone conversation with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. (There are 2 different links in that item.)
*What are some of Donald Trump's information sources???
*A Donald Trump Presidency and the middle class: good or bad???
MEANWHILE…
*While Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein has gotten official recounts underway in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan; Reform Party Presidential candidate Rocky de la Feunte has filed for recounts in Florida and Nevada.
*It is not looking good for North Carolina’s Republican Governor Pat McCrory. Not only is he losing the recount to Democratic challenger Roy Cooper, but a federal judge has ordered that state to redraw their legislative districts after finding evidence of gerrymandering.
*Protests continue over the Dakota Access Pipeline.
*It turns out Hawaii is the first state to have a Senate whose members are all of one political party since 1979!
*Does President Barack Obama have a future in comedy? OR: How many ways can you pardon a turkey?
ELSEWHERE…


*Has Miami Beach run out of sand???
*Formula One world champion racer Nico Rosberg has announced his retirement.
*Starting in 2017, winning the All Star Game will no longer determine home field advantage in Major League Baseball's World Series.

THE FREE CHOICE E-ZINE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ITS LOYAL READERSHIP FOR GIVING US 2020 PAGE VIEWS IN NOVEMBER 2016.

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