Saturday, May 27, 2017

THE WEEK IN REVIEW: MAY 21-27, 2017

MAY IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
MAY 29 IS MEMORIAL DAY, AND THE 55TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL BEING DEDICATED.
JUNE 1 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES’ SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND ALBUM.

AMONG EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK…
*North Korea’s latest “missile test” once again landed in the Sea of Japan, prompting concern from neighboring countries as Kim Jong-un has ordered mass production of the missile to begin while the United Nations’ Security Council investigates further. (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*While concerns remain, the Norway "Doomsday Seed Vault" is safe, for now.
*Taiwan may soon become the first Asian country to legalize same gender marriages.
*Pope Frances has appointed Bishop Anders Arborelius to be the first ever Cardinal from Sweden. Meanwhile, the Pope met with United States President Donald Trump during his current foreign diplomatic visit.
*It has been officially confirmed that Mount Everest’s Hillary Step has collapsed.
*The results of NASA’s latest probe of Jupiter are interesting.
*The era of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus is officially over.

FROM ENGLAND...
*ISIL forces are claiming responsibility for the unprovoked attack against innocent Ariana Grande concert goers at Manchester (England) Arena May 22. The singer has since suspended the rest of her current European tour.
*Meanwhile, suspected accomplices of the suicide bomber ARE in custody.
*Will Great Britain NOT leave the European Union if it costs too much to do so???

THE TERRORIST REPORT…
*Except for the suicide bomber that died during the cowardly Manchester Arena attack, British authorities believe they have all the suspects behind that horrible event in custody.

đŸ˜­PASSING PARADE…
*The 22 innocent victims of the Manchester Arena attack May 22.
*The 20 police officers killed in a Taliban raid against Southern Afghanistan May 21.
*TV writer Marsh McCall (Last Man Standing, Late Night with Conan O’Brien) has passed away.
*Actress Dina Merrill (Operation: Petticoat, Butterfield 8) has taken her last bow on life’s stage.
*Chess Grandmaster Viktor Kupreichik is no longer with us.
*Sir Roger Moore (several James Bond movies, The Saint) has taken his last bow on life’s stage.
*Comic book artist Rick Buckler (credits too numerous to mention) has passed away.

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…
POLITICALLY…
*It comes as no surprise to some that the Trump White House is attempting to prevent the investigation of ex-lobbyists on their payroll.
*Does President Trump actually support Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which includes allowing civilians to kill even suspected users, dealers, and manufacturers?
*While on his first foreign trip, President Trump urged Muslims everywhere to confront "Islamic terrorBut while careful about what he said, many Muslims are wary of the President. (There are 3 different links in this item.)
*President Trump also didn't get the friendly greeting from members of the European Union he thought he should. Maybe because he tried telling them they all owe NATO money??? (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*How are the President and his First Lady getting along abroad???
MEANWHILE...
*Under President Trump’s new proposed budget, anti-poverty programs such as health care and welfare are facing potential massive budget cuts, while military spending increases and the rich will be offered more tax breaks! (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*No word on when the revised edition of Trump’s budget proposal will be issued that corrects the $2 trillion dollar accounting error, but how many campaign promises does his proposed budget break??? (There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Executive Order # 13780, President Trump’s latest attempt at an immigration ban, is still a no go.
*There are 2 separate links in this item.)
*Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn appeared at the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigative hearing into possible Russia influence in the 2016 Presidential election only long enough to plead the Fifth Amendment (the right of protection against self incrimination) and leave.
*Yet did the CIA warn the FBI about Russia's potential involvement in the 2016 Presidential election???
*So, how involved with Russia is Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner???
*An investigation is pending into the actions of security personnel against protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador’s American residence May 17.
ELSEWHERE…
*SHOULD AN 11 YEAR OLD NEW MOM/RAPE VICTIM BE FORCED TO MARRY HER RAPIST???
*Should a farmer be seriously fined for plowing his OWN field???
*Does a class room punishment actually violate the Geneva Convention???
*If it becomes law, a proposed bill in Texas would allow child protection agencies to refuse services based on religion, although many feel this may be used to hurt LGBT parents.
*The US Supreme Court says some of North Carolina’s proposed new voter districts still violate the Constitution because they’re too heavily race based.
*If you used a credit card at Chipolte's, it may have been hacked!
*Former Senator Joseph Lieberman does not want to be the new head of the FBI.
*As if Mar-a-Lago hasn’t drawn enough criticism because of Donald Trump’s frequent trips down there as President, now a sink hole has opened up in front of the exclusive golf course.

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