2020 Chinese Year: Rat (Jan. 25). Doomsday Clock: 100 sec. to midnight; its takeover by environmentalist leftists has made its predictions into political moose hockey? World pop.: 7.75B. Africa's urban pop. reaches 43.5% (14% in 1960, 40% in 1997). The U.K. deploys hundreds of troops to Mali in a big push to oust the Islamic State. The U.S. federal debt tops $24T for the first time ever. Sales of vinyl records pass CD sales for the first time since the mid-1980s. On Jan. 2 Julian Castro drops out of the 2020 U.S. pres. race. On Jan. 3 (early a.m.) Iranian Rev. Guard Corps Quds Force cmdr. (since 1998) Gen. Qasem Soleimani (b. 1957) (#2 in Iran behind Ayatollah Khamenei) is assassinated at Baghdad Internat. Airport by a drone attack ordered by Pres. Trump, along with Popular Mobilization Forces deputy cmdr. Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, causing Iran to issue dire threats, while leftist Dems. diss Trump for bring war with Iran; on Jan. 5 Trump announces that his military has identified 52 Iranian sites that will be hit "very fast and very hard" should Iran attack a U.S. target, after which on on Jan. 4 (night) two rocket attacks strike near U.S. bases in Baghdad and Balad, with no casualties; on Jan. 5 Iran announces that it will begin enriching uranium again, while the Iraqi parliament passes a resolution calling for all foreign troops to leave Iraq. On Jan. 5 (early A.M.) al-Shabaab attacks a U.S. military based in Kenya. On Jan. 6 the 2020 Golden Globes; Ricky Gervais utters the soundbyte: "If you do win an award tonight, don't use it as a platform to make a political speech. You're in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg." On Jan. 8 an Iranian missile strike at al-Asad Air Base in Iraq causes eight casualties; at first the Trump admin. claims no casualties. On Jan. 8 (8:00 p.m.) Muslim Fulani herdsman in Kulben Village, Mangu County, Plateau State, Nigeria kill 13 Christians of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) denomination, and injure three; meanwhile four states in Kaduna state are kidnapped from a Roman Catholic seminary. On Jan. 8 Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashes after takeoff in Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 aboard incl. 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, and 11 Ukrainian; after Western leaders accuse Iran of shooting it down by mistake, and Iranian leaders finally confirm it on Jan. 11, protests erupt all over Iran, calling for Supreme Assaholla Ali Khamenei to step down, with chants of "Down with the dictator!", and "Our enemy is here, they lie that it's USA"; protesters refuse to trample on large U.S. and Israeli flags set out by the govt. to insult them; the Iran govt. also admits it unintentially attack the U.S. embassy in Baghdad last Dec. On Jan. 9 after closed-door briefings on Jan. 8 that fail to state an imminent need to assassinate Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the Dem.-controlled House votes 224-194 (8 Dems. against, 3 Repubs. and 1 Independent for) forbidding the U.S. pres. from attacking Iran unless there's an imminent threat or Congress declares war; U.S. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy utters the soundbyte that the resolution "means nothing" and "is such a joke". On Jan. 9 the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill AKA Brexit passes the British House of Commons by 330-231 1,295 days after the June 2016 referendum; the official withdrawal date is Jan. 31. On Jan. 13 Cory Booker drops out of the 2020 U.S. pres. race. On Jan. 15 the U.S. House finally delivers their articles of impeachment against Pres. Trump to the U.S. Senate, with a trial set for Jan. 21 (Tue.). On Jan. 15 Pres. Trump signs phase one of a historic reciprocal trade deal with Red China. On Jan. 15 Russian pres. Vladimir Putin delivers his state of the nation speech, outlining constitutional changes to devolve pres. power to the legislature and state council and beef up the constitutional court's power to provide checks on legislation; on Jan. 16 Russian PM Dmitri Medvedev dissolves the Russian govt. and resigns, after which Putin selects federal tax service chief (since Apr. 6, 2010) Mikhail Vladimirovich Mishustin (1966-) to replace him, and he is sworn-in as PM of Russia on Jan. 16 (until ?), temporarily stepping down on Apr. 30-May 19 after testing positive for COVID-19; really a ploy to purge pro-Westerners from the Kremlin? dissolves the Russian govt. and resigns, after which Putin selects federal tax service chief On Jan. 16 the U.S. Senate passes the USMCA trade deal law by 89-10 before receiving the articles of impeachment of Pres. Trump from the U.S. House, becoming the biggest bipartisan achievement of the Trump admin. so far; U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell tasks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for laughing and handing out souvenir pens after signing the impeachment articles; Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer votes no because the USMCA doesn't address climate change; meanwhile Pres. Trump tweets a quote by Laura Ingraham of Fox News: "There is no crime here. I just think this whole thing should be rejected out of hand. I wouldn't waste a minute of taxpayer dollars or time on this. Entertaining this impeachment is a joke." On Jan. 21 after support by the pro-Syria Mar. 8 Alliance that gets him designated on Dec. 19, Beirut-born Sunni Muslim computer engineering prof. and education minister (2011-14) Hassan Diab (1959-) succeeds Saad Hariri as Lebanese PM (until ?). On Jan. 21-24 the 2020 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland has the theme "How to save the planet", with chmn. Klaus Schwab asking every attendee to announce "a target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner"; on Jan. 22 (a.m.) Pres. Trump calls climate change alarmists "prophets of doom"; meanwhile teenie alarmist Greta Thunberg sits on two panels, "Forging a sustainable path towards a common future" and "Averting a climate apocalypse"; on Jan. 20 Al Gore gives a speech, containing the soundbyte; "The burden to act on the shoulders of the generation of the people alive today is a challenge to our moral imagination. This is Thermopylae. This is Agincourt. This is the Battle of the Bulge. This is Dunkirk. This is 9/11. We have to rise to this occasion." On Jan. 23 Boko Haram jihadists murder 10 of 11 loggers fetching firewood in Lura (near Dikwa), Borno State, Nigeria. On Jan. 24 a 6.8 earthquake in Elazig Province, Turkey that is felt all the way to Tel Aviv kills 18 and injures 550+. On Jan. 24 Pres. Trump becomes the first U.S. pres. to speak at the annusl March for Life in Washington, D.C., uttering the soundbyte: "Every person is worth protecting." On Jan. 26 (eve.) the dining hall in the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq is hit by a rocket; no injuries. On Jan. 27 a USAF E-11A aircraft crashes in Ghazni Province, EC AFghanistan; the Taliban claims they shot it down, which the U.S. denies; Iranian Rev. Guard-affiliated journalists hint at Iranian involvement. On Jan. 27 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court rules 4-5 to allow the Trump admin. to enforce their new rule denying green cards to foreign nationals who use taxpayer-funded social services; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan dissent. On Jan. 28 at a meeting attended by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Pres. Trump announces his Israeli-Palestinian Deal of the Century, with the soundbyte that the Muslim World must correct their historic error and finally recognize the Jewish state of Israel. On Jan. 29 anti-Trump opera singer Hannah Roemhild runs a checkpoint at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., getting her 15 min. of fame. On Jan. 30 Donald Trump holds a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, uttering the soundbyte: "Hopefully everything's going to be great. They have somewhat of a problem, but hopefully it's all going to be great. But, we're working with China just so you know, and other countries very, very closely, so it doesn't get out of hand, but it's something that we have to be very, very careful with, right? We have to be very careful"; on Jan. 31 Trump imposes a travel ban on China, pissing-off the Dems., with their leader Joe Biden calling it "hysterical xenophobia", as if more Chinese visitors wouldn't end up infecting millions of Americans, after which his apologists 'splain that he only used the term "xenophobic" in reply to a Trump tweet announcing the travel ban but also calling the coronavirus the "Chinese virus", and he was only calling the latter xenophobic. In Jan. U.S. unemployment is 3.6% (vs. 3.5% in Dec.), adding 225K jobs, a positive employment gain for 112 mo., with 100K new jobs in 35 of the last 38 mo.; 183K reenter the labor force to vie for 6.8M open jobs. On Feb. 1 the U.K. leaves the EU. On Feb. 2 (Sun.) (2:00 p.m.) days after serving a jail sentence for distributing Muslim extremist material, 20-y.o. Muslim Sudesh Amman (1999-) goes on a stabbing jihad outside a supermarket on High Road in Streatham, South London, injuring three before being shot dead by police. The best week in Trump's presidency? On Feb. 3 the 2020 Iowa Dem. Pres. Caucuses are a V for Bernie Sanders (26.5%), with Pete Buttigieg coming in 2nd (25.1%), Elizabeth Warren 3rd (20.3%), Joe Biden 4th (13.7%), and Amy Klobuchar 5th (12.2%). On Feb. 4 (Tues.) U.S. Sen. majority leader (R-Ky.) Mitch McConnell delivers a speech to the Senate, saying that the Dems. have been trying to impeach Pres. Trump ever since he defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016, and that his original sin was that he won and the Dems. lost. On Feb. 4 (Tues.) (p.m.) Pres. Trump delivers his 2020 State of the Union Address; as Trump finishes, Nancy Pelosi rips up her copy of the speech, causing Trump to later tweet: "I assume she planned to throw the trash on the sidewalk, given the state of her district in California?" and "(Were) those the Articles of Impeachment Nancy was ripping up?"; On Feb. 5 (Wed.) the U.S. Senate votes 52-48 and 53-47 to acquit Pres. Trump of the two House impeachment charges; Repub. Sen. Mitt Romney votes to impeach Trump on the abuse of power charge, with the soundbyte: "Corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one's oath of office that I can imagine. I swore an oath before God to exercise impartial justice. I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am." On Feb. 6 Pres. Trump attends the 2010 Nat. Prayer Breakfast, and gives a speech, celebrating his impeachment acquittal and blasting Repub. traitor Mitt Romney, with the soundbyte: "I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong"; also: "As you know, our great country, and your president, have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people, and by so doing, very badly hurt our nation. Yesterday, courageous Republican politicians and leaders had the wisdom, fortitude and strength to do what everyone knows was right." On Feb. 6 Pres. Trump gives a speech in the White House East Room crowing about his "total acquittal" and praising individual Senators, with the soundbytes: "Think what we could have done if the same energy was put into infrastructure, prescription drug prices"; "I will say it's genius on the other side and even more so, because they took nothing and brought me to a final vote on impeachment. That's an ugly word for me, that's a very dark word... But now we have that gorgeous word. I never thought a word would sound so good. It's called total acquittal"; referring to Romney, he utters the soundbyte: "Then you have some that used religion as a crutch. They never used it before. But it's a failed presidential candidate, so things can happen when you fail so badly running for president." On Feb. 6 Islamist militants of the Allied Dem. Forces (ADF) murder 60-y.-o. archdeacon Ngulongo Year Batsemire in Eringeti, DRC after he refused to convert to Islam. On Feb. 7 anti-Trump impeachment witnesses Gordon Sondland (U.S. ambassador to the EU) and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (top Ukraine policy officer on the Nat. Security Council) are fired; Vindman's twin brother Yevgeny is also fired - payback time? On Feb. 7 a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. throws out a Congressional Dem. lawsuit alleging that Pres. Trump violated the Constition's emoluments clause, ruling that they lack standing to sue, which only Congress as a body can do. On Feb. 9 a disgruntled soldier Sgt. Maj. Makrapanth Thomma in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand kills 26 and injures 57 inside the Terminal 21 Korat Mall after killing to on a military base before police kill him after a 1-hour standoff during which he remarks "I'm tired and can't move my finger anymore". On Feb. 9 Pope Francis condemns human trafficking as a "true plague", calling for an internat. effort to eradicate it. On Feb. 9 Joe Biden calls a woman a "lying, dog faced pony soldier" at a campaign stop in Hempton, N.H., later claiming he was quoting from a film no one can find. On Feb. 9 the 92nd (2020) Academy Awards, are presented at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. , with no host (2nd straight year); Parasite wins best picture, best original screenplay, best dir. for Bong Joon-ho, and best internat. feature film; Joaquin Phoenix wins best actor for Joker; Renee Zellweger wins best actress for Judy; Brad Pitt wins best supporting actor for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; Laura Dern wins best supporting actress for Marriage Story; Jojo Rabbit wins best adapted screenplay; Toy Story 4 wins for best animated feature film. On Feb. 10 Islamist militants raid the town of Auno, Borno State, Nigeria, killing 30+ sleeping in their vehicles, then abducting women and children. On Feb. 10 a Business Insider Poll reveals that only 33% of Am. adults agree with Pres. Trump's acquittal at his Senate impeachment trial; 44% disagree. On Feb. 11 the 2020 N.H.Dem. Primary is a V for Bernie Sanders (25.6%), with Pete Buttigieg (24.3%) coming in a close 2nd, Amy Klobuchar (19.7%) 3rd, Elizabeth Warren (9.2%) a distant 4th, and Joe Biden a dismal 5th, (8.4%), causing him to flee N.H. to make a stand in S.C.; Klobuchar's surge is called by her fans "Klomentum" and "Klobucharge"; Andrew Yang, Deval Patrick, and Michael Bennet of Colo. drop out of the 2020 U.S. pres. campaign; Pres. Trump sweeps the Repub. primary with 85.5%. On Feb. 12 the U.S. stock market hits an all-time high. On Feb. 12 the U.S. Senate by 51-45 passes a war power measure limiting Pres. Trump's ability to order military action against Iran without Congressional approval; eight Repubs. vote for it, but not Mitt Romney. On Feb. 13 after the U.S. Justice Dept. flops on a stiff prison sentence for Trump buddy Roger Stone, U.S. atty. gen. William Barr gives an interview to ABC News, uttering the soundbyte that Pres. Trump's tweeting habit injecting himself into DOJ criminal cases has made it "impossible for me to do my job". On Feb. 14 the Washington, D.C. U.S. Court of Appeals unanimously rules in ? v. ? that the Trump admin. can't block Medicaid benefits by imposing work requirements. On Feb. 17 Joe Biden holds a campaign rally in Reno, Nev., uttering the soundbyte: that if elected U.S. pres., he will only allow illegal aliens to be deported if they commit and are convicted of a felony, with drunk driving not counted. On Feb. 18 the Boy Scouts of Am. files bankruptcy after it can't pay for all the successful sex abuse lawsuits. On Feb. 18 the Trump admin. announces sanctions on a Russian state-controlled oil. co. that does business with the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro. On Feb. 18 Am. far-left Dem. politicians Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) (D-N.Y.), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Or.), and Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.) introduce legislation to ban fracking nationwide, pissing-off U.S. Sen. (R-Tex.) Ted Cruz, who blasts them in a video, saying that it would devastate the U.S. economy, with the soundbytes: "We are currently experiencing an American energy renaissance with the United States having now become the number one producer of oil and the number one producer of natural gas on the planet"; the climate movement "has become an emotional primal scream rather than being driven by science"; "The political leaders who are advocating for this are also advocating for massive government control of the economy and socialism. Climate is a good excuse to say, 'You've got to have socialism, or else humanity is going to die'; "Policies to ban fracking would cost 14 million jobs nationally and in the state of Texas would cost one and a half million jobs. It is hard to find something that would be more economically devastating." On Feb. 19 Pres. Trump announces that he's nominating married gay man Richard Grenell as acting dir. of nat. intel.; on Feb. 28 he nominates U.S. Rep. (R-Tex.) John Ratcliffe as full-time dir. of nat. intel, subject to Senate confirmation. On Feb. 19 Pres. Trump accuses former U.S. secy. of state John Kerry and U.S. Sen. (D-Conn.) Chris Murphy of violating the 200+-y.-o. U.S. Logan Act by meeting with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif. On Feb. 19 after spending $400M+ and getting the Dem. Nat. Committee (DNC) to change its rules so he can attend, the 9th Dem. 2020 U.S. Pres. Debate in Paradise, Nev. shows zillionaire Michael Bloomberg getting beaten like a dog by Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden over his stop-and-frisk policy and treatment of women. On Feb. 21 the U.S. and the Taliban reach an agreement for a ceasefire that is touted as promising to end the 19-year Afghanistan War; it is signed on Feb. 29; history ignoramus U.S. doesn't understand Islam and its jihad? On Feb. 24 former U.S. pres. Barack Obama tweets the soundbyte: "Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history", causing Pres. Trump to tweet the soundbyte: "President Obama is now trying to take credit for the Economic Boom taking place under the Trump Administration. He had the WEAKEST recovery since the Great Depression, despite Zero Fed Rate & MASSIVE quantitative easing. NOW, best jobs numbers ever. Had to rebuild our military, which was totally depleted. Fed Rate UP, taxes and regulations WAY DOWN. If Dems won in 2016, the USA would be in big economic (Depression?) & military trouble right now. THE BEST IS YET TO COME. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!" On Feb. 24-25 Pres. Trump visits India, attracting an adoring crowd of 100K to the Sardar Patel Gujarat cricket stadium in Ahmedabad on Feb. 24, then visiting the Taj Mahal with Melania. On Feb. 26 the Trump campaign announces that it's suing the New York Times for having "knowingly published false and defamatory statements" about the Trump-Russia hoax along with "a systemic pattern of bias". On Feb. 26 disgruntled Molson Coors employee (African-Am. Elizabeth Warren supporter) Anthony Ferrill (b. 1968) attacks the Molson Coors complex in Milwaukee, Wisc., killing five before commiting suicide. On Feb. 27 after claiming "we have it totally under control" last mo., Pres. Trump announces the appointment of vice-pres. Mike Pence as coronavirus czar; meanwhile the Dow Jones Industrial Avg. plunges for the 2nd straight day, dropping a total of 12.4% incl. the largest 1-day drop in history, losing $5T inv value, and Clorox stock hits an all-time high; on Feb. 29 after anti-Trumpers pissed-off at border closures try to blame the coronavirus crisis on him; Trump calls it the "new hoax"; Carl Henn calls for a military-style campaign to er, combat it. On Feb. 28 Joe Biden utters the soundbyte: "But I want to take a moment to say it's not a time to panic about coronavirus, but coronavirus is a serious public health challenge"; on Mar. 12 the day after WHO declares coronavirus a pandemic, Biden repeats his admonishment not to panic, warning people not to "downplay" the virus; too bad, on Sept. 10 Trump-hating Watergate journalist Bob Woodward reveals a Mar. 19 interview with Pres. Trump in which he utters the soundbyte: "I always wanted to play it down. I still like playing it down because I don't want to create a panics" after saying: "It's also more deadly than your, you know, your, even your strenuous flus", causing the anti-Trump to blast him and Biden to attack him while forgetting to mention his own history, and Trump to reply: "I don't want to create panic, as you say. And certainly, I'm not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy. We want to show confidence. We want to show strength. We want to show strength as a nation. And that's what I've done,"; on Sept. 9 Anthony Fauci utters the soundbyte about Trump: "I don't think he ever distorted things." On Feb. 29 the 2020 S.C. Dem. Primary is a big V for Joe Biden with 48.7% vs. 19.9% for Bernie Sanders, 11.4% for Tom Steyer, and 8% for Pete Buttigieg; Biden wins 9 of 15 states; after outspending the other candidates by $13M and getting diddly, billionaire single-issue climate alarmist Tom Steyer drops out of the 2020 U.S. pres. race; on Mar. 1 Buttigieg drops out of the 2020 U.S. pres. race; on Mar. 2 Amy Klobuchar drops out of the 2020 U.S. pres. race; moderates Buttigieg and Klobuchar throw their votes to Biden. In Feb. U.S. unemployment is 3.5% (vs. 3.6% in Jan.) adding 273K jobs. On Mar. 3 Dem. U.S. House majority leader Chuck Schumer threatens SCOTUS justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch if they vote to uphold a La. law requiring doctors to acquire hospital admitting privileges before performing abortions, with the soundbyte: "They're taking away fundamental rights. I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind! And you will pay the price! You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions", causing U.S. Rep. (R-La.) Steve Scalise to tweet the soundbyte: "This dangerous rhetoric has dangerous consequences. Where' s the media outrage?", and Chief Justice John G. Roberts to issue a public statement: "All members of the court will continue to do their job without fear", after which on Mar. 5 U.S. Sen. (R-Mo.) Josh Hawley calls for Schumer's censure despite lame attempts to back down. On Mar. 3 Super Tues. is a big V for Joe Biden, who wins 14 states and sweeps the South; Bernie Sanders wins big in the West incl. Colo., Utah, and Calif.; Elizabeth Warren bombs, coming in 3rd in her own state of Mass.; after spending $550M ton win 44 delegates ($13.6M apiece), Mike Bloomberg drops out of the 2020 U.S. pres. race; meanwhile Pres. Trump runs unopposed, receiving a record turnout even in blue (Dem.) states, with his vote totals in Minn. and Vt. beating every past incumbent's total in the last four decades. On Mar. 5 after drawing votes away from Bernie Sanders and being accused of selfishness, Elizabeth Warren drops out of the 2020 U.S. pres. race. On Mar. 5 after the Taliban reneges on its peace deal and attacks an Afghan army checkpoint in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand Province, the U.S. launches a retaliatory airstrike. On Mar. 6 Pres. Trump announces that Mick Mulvaney will be replaced as White House chief of staff by U.S. Rep. (R-N.C.) Mark Meadows On Mar. 6 Pres. Trump signs an $8.3B bill to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. that has already killed 12 and infected 200+. On Mar. 8 31 Extinction Rebellion (XR) women form a topless chain on Waterloo Bridge in London, England to protest climate change. On Mar. 8 after a war between the U.S. and Russia, the price of oil falls by more than 30%, causing a chain reaction; on Mar. 9 U.S. stocks crash at the starting bell, causing trading to be suspended, becoming the worst trading day in 12 years; on Mar. 20 stocks rally as Pres. Trump announces a payroll tax holiday to fight the economic impact of the coronavirus. On Mar. 9 Pres. Trump disses U.N. secy.-gen. Antonio Guterres for complaining that the U.N. is on the verge of going broke, tweeting the soundbyte: "So make all Member Countries pay, not just the United States!" On Mar. 10 Joe Biden visits auto workers in Detroit, Mich., getting pissed-off by an auto worker's defense of the Second Amendment and telling him that he's "full of shit". On Mar. 11 after the number of U.S. deaths exceeds 1K, the U.N. World Health Org. (WHO) declares coronavirus a pandemic; after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive, the NBA suspends their season; the NCAA announces that its March Madness basketball tournament will be played sans fans; Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson come down with it in Australia; the U.S. Capitol suspends public tours; New York gov. Mario Cuomo announces a 1-mi. containment zone in New Rochelle along with a 2-week school shutdown; New York City cancels its St. Patrick's Day parade for the first time in 258 years; Google tells all 100K of its U.S. employees to work from home; Israel bans gatherings of 100+ people, while EL Al lays off 80% of its workforce; Iran frees 70K prisoners (except Americans) to stem the outbreak; in the eve. Pres. Trump speaks from the Oval Office, announcing economic aid along with a travel ban from Europe for 30 days, causing U.S. stocks to tumble 1,464.94 points, and trading to be suspended on Mar. 12; on Mar. 13 Trump declares a nat. emergency; by Mar. 14 every major U.S. sports league suspends games or spring training. On Mar. 11 an Iranian-backed milita group stages a rocket attack on a coalition base, killing two U.S. and one British service member, causing U.S. forces on Mar. 12 to conduct airstrikes against multiple Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq. On Mar. 13 (12:40 a.m.) 26-y.-o. black emergency room technician Breonna Taylor (1993-) is shot 6x and killed by three police officers in Louisville, Ky. in her apt. wiith her suspected drug dealer boyfriend Kenneth Walker after they break in on a no-knock warrant (after knocking anyway but not identifying themselves?) and Walker starts shooting, thinking they're intruders; no surprise, the Black Lives Matter movement takes up Breonna's cause, sparking riots, after which officer Brett Hankison is fired on June 23, and the city agrees to pay Taylor's family $12M and reform police practices on Sept. 15; too bad, on Sept. 23 a state grand jury indicts officer Brett Hankison for firing into a neighboring apt., and fails to indict the other two officers Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove , reigniting outrage and protests. On Mar. 14 Pres. Trump declares Mar. 15 a "Nat. Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts". On Mar. 15 the U.S. Federal Reserve announces that it's slashing interesting rates to near-zero and buying billions of dollars in bonds to protect the U.S. economy from the infects of the Corona Beer Plague. On Mar. 17 Pres. Trump announces that his admin. is "going big" by sending checks to working Americans. On Mar. 17 the 9th 2020 Dem. Primary is a big V for Bernie Sanders, who wins Fla.,Ariz., and Ill., putting him 330 delegates ahead of Bernie Sanders (1147 to 861). On Mar. 19 after coronavirus cases reach 1K, Calif. Dem. gov. Gavin Newsom orders all 40M Calif. citizens to stay at home, stirring concerns about a police state. On Mar. 20 the Trump admin. moves the income tax filing deadling from Apr. 15 to July 15. On Mar. 22 after the U.S. Senate spends the weekend negotiating a bipartisan coronaviris economic rescue bill, Dem. House Speaker flies in from Calif. with a leftist "wishlist" incl. climate change and subsidies to solar energy and gets the Dems. to vote no, causing Repub. Sen. majority leader Mitch McConnell to utter the soundbyte: "Democrats won't let us fund hospitals and save small businesses unless they get the dust off the Green New Deal"; on Mar. 23 Church Schumer tells the press that the Repubs. loaded the bill with handouts to big corps., and that's the reason; meanwhile a conference call emerges containing a soundbyte by House majority whip (D-S.C. James Clyburn: "This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision." On Mar. 23 the British govt. orders people to stay in their homes, and bans public gathering of more than two people. In Mar. U.S. unemployment rises to 4.4% after a 50-year low of 3.5% in Feb., with the coronavirus causing 701K jobs to be cut; 10M apply for unemployment benefits in the last 2 weeks of Mar. On Apr. 5 British Queen Elizabeth II gives a speech about the coronavirus, drawing comparisons to the Blitz, with the soundbyte: "We may have more to endure, but better days will return"; meanwhile British PM Boris Johnson is put in ICU for coronavirus, but later is discharged. On Apr. 5 (night) a jihadist suicide bomb attack in Mayo Sava, N Cameroon kills 10 and injures 14. On Apr. 6 ever-fading U.S. pres. candidate Joe Biden utters the soundbyte: "We cannot let this, we've never allowed any crisis from the Civil War straight through to the pandemic of 17, all the way around, 16, we have never ever let our democracy sakes second fiddle, way they, we can both have a democracy and - correct the public health"; on June 17 a Zogby Poll reveals that 55% of people believe that Biden has dementia. On Apr. 7 Islamists attack Xitaxi, N Mozambique kill 52 young people in a cruel and diabolical manner after they refuse to join their group devoted to establishing an Islamist caliphate. On Apr. 8 Bernie Sanders drops out of the 2020 U.S. pres. race; on Apr. 13 he endorses Joe Biden; on Apr. 14 former Dem. U.S. pres. Barack Obama finally endorses Biden. On Apr. 13 Pres. Trump gives a news conference, uttering the soundbyte: "I have the ultimate authority" to reopen states, pissing-off Dem. govs., with N.Y. Dem. gov. Andrew Cuomo saying that Trump isn't a king, causing Trump to back down after pleasing his base. On Apr. 14 Pres. Trump halts funding for the World Health Org., accusing it of being in China's pocket and exacerbating the virus epidemic, failing "in its basic duty", pissing-off leftist, er, health experts, who call the move a crime against humanity. On Apr. 20 amid the coronavirus emergency, West Tex. oil prices drop to negative values for the first time ever. On Apr. 20 (midnight) 51-y.-o. denture maker Gabriel Wortman (1968-) disguised as a Mountie kills 16 incl. a Mountie in a shooting rampage in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada, becoming the worst in history. On Apr. 20 Pres. Trump temporarily suspends all immigration to fight coronavirus and protect jobs, with the soundbyte "put unemployed Americans first in line", pissing-off the Dems., with House Dem. caucus chmn. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) tweeting that Trump is the "xenophobe, in chief". On Apr. 21 the U.S. Senate passes a $484M coronavirus aid bill. On Apr. 22 Earth Day 2020 (50th anniv.) struggles to keep global warming relevant during the coronavirus shutdown. On Apr. 25 former U.S. vice-pres. Joe Biden announces his campaign for U.S. pres., going straight to a fundraiser co-hosted by a CEO of a major health insurance corp., refusing to sign a pledge to reject money from insurance and pharma cos. while continuing to raise money from them, ending up with a super Pac run by healthcare lobbyists bankrolling his campaign, who hope he will push through their proposal to preserve the insurance industry's power and leave 10M Americans uninsured? In Apr. U.S. unemployment hits 14.7%, highest since the Great Depression, with 20.5M jobs lost; a record 103,415,000 are not participating in the labor force, lowest in 47 years; the U.S. federal debt tops $25T for the first time, jumping $1T in 28 days. On May 7 a week after new evidence emerges that FBI agents deliberately tried to trap him and knew he wasn't guilty of a crime, the U.S. Dept. of Justice drops its charges against former U.S. nat. security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn as prosecutor Brandon Van Grack withdraws from the case, causing Pres. Trump to call the Obama admin. "human scum" for their "unprecedented" efforts to frame him on collusion with Russia; on May 11 2K former Dept. of Justice and FBI officials pub. an open letter calling for Barr to resign for his "extraordinarily rare, if not unprecedented" action for a friend of Pres. Trump. On May 16 Pres. Trump vows to end censorship by radical leftists on social media, tweeting the soundbyte: "The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google. The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation." On May 21 Muslim Brotherhood-inspired al-Qaida supporter Adam Alsahi opens fire at a naval air station in Corpus Christi, Tex., wounding a guard before being killed. On May 22 (2:45 p.m. local time) Pakistan Internat. Airlines Flight 8303 (Airbus A320) en route from Lahore to Karachi crashes in Model Colony, Karachi a few mi. from the runway on a final approach to Jinnah Internat. Airport, killing 97 of 91 passengers and 8 crew aboard, plus 8 on the ground. On May 22 Pres. Trump announces new federal guidelines labeling places of worship as "essential places that provide essential services", allowing them to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. On May 22 Joe Biden gives a video interview, uttering the soundbyte that if you aren't sure who to support in the upcoming U.S. pres. election, "then you ain't black", pissing-off the PC police and giving Trump supporters mucho hay. On May 25 after being arrested for passing a counterfeit $20 bill and resisting arrest, 46-y.-o. black man (longtime drug user and petty criminal) George Floyd (b. 1973) is executed on the streets of Minneapolis, Minn. by slow strangulation by four police white officers while brave bystanders film it, screaming "I can't breathe" in vain before going silent as officer Derek Chauvin (1976-) stands with his knee on his neck for 8 min. 46 sec., sparking worldwide outrage and street protests, starting in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. (ends ?), resulting in all four being fired and charged with 2nd deg. murder, and giving power to the left to lobby for massive changes in U.S. society to eliminate systemic racism; on June 4 despite being a criminal, George Floyd is elevated into a new black saint with a globally-televised memorial that features Al Sharpton comparing Floyd's plight to all black Americans, who forever live with whitey's knee on their necks; too bad, on Aug. 4 new bodycam footage is released, showing Floyd resisting arrest and complaining he's claustrophobic and can't breathe even in a police car, although he was originally pulled out of his own car free of claustro symptoms, then gets out of the police car and requests to be laid on the ground; a blood test reveals meth and fentanyl, and he could have died of excited delibrium; police find a crack pipe on Floyd; the police training manual teaches them to put a knee on his neck, causing the police attys. to file a motion to dismiss all charges? On May 26 Joe Biden tweets a call for an FBI investigation into the George Floyd matter; on May 27 he calls for a U.S. Dept. of Justice investigation, with the soundbyte: "George Floyd's life mattered. It mattered as much as mine. It mattered as much as anyone's in this country. Or, at least, it should have." On May 26 Twitter fact-checks a tweet by Pres. Trump, becoming the first time ever, signalling a new era of leftist censorship, causing Pres. Trump on May 28 to sign an executive order directing his admin. to "develop policies and procedures to ensure taxpayer dollars are not going in any social media company that repress free speech"; meanwhile Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg criticizes Twitter for fact-checking Trump. On May 27 after the Red Chinese clamp down with a new nat. security law, U.S. secy. of state Mike Pompeo utters the soundbyte that Hong Kong can no longer be regarded as autonomous from China in violation of the 1984 agreement to respect its independence until 2047. On May 28 the 2020 Portland, Ore. Protests (end ?) begin over the killing of George Floyd, systematically escalating in their violence to vadalism, looting, arson, and injury. On May 29-31 despite Black Matter, the Dem.-run city of Chicago, Ill. has 25 homicide victims, the most in one day in 60 years; another 85 are wounded by gunfire. On May 30 Reuters reports that at least 13 Biden campaign staff members posted that they had donated to the Minn. Freedom Fund that pays bail fees for those arrested in the Minneapolis protests. On May 31 amid more violent riots, after being forced to take shelter in his White House bunker on May 29, Pres. Trump announces plans to designate the violent leftist group Antifa as a terrorist org. despite it not being a foreign org. In May U.S. unemployment drops by 2,093,000 to 20,985,000 (13.3%, vs. 14.7% in Apr.); the number of employed increases by 3,839,000 to 137,242,000 (vs. 158,803,000 in Dec.) (lowest since 2003); govt. employment in the U.S. drops by 585K, lowest level in 19 years. On June 1 after threatening state governors to stamp out violence protesters or else he will deploy the U.S. military to do it for him, Pres. Trump orders police to drive back peaceful protesters near the White House with pepper spray and flash bangs in order to pose uninvited thumping a Bible before boarded-up St. John's Episcopal Church, causing its bishop Mariann Budde to diss him for inflaming violence, and Joe Biden to deliver a speech on June 2 at the city hall in Philly, uttering the soundbyte that Trump's "narcissism has become more important than the nation that he leads", calling for an end to systemic racism and economic inequality starting with "real police reform" incl. legislation outlawing choke holds; too bad, Trump holds the Bible upside-down?; after praying with First Lady Melania at St. John Paul II Shrine, Trump signs an executive order assigning $50M/year to advance religious freedom; the order really plays into the pope's hands and advances Chrislam?; on June 3 former secy. of defense James "Mad Dog" Mattis breaks his silence on Trump for the first time ever to diss him for his desire to call out the military on protesters without state governors requesting it first, with the soundbyte: "We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership"; on June 11 U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, chmn. of the Joint Chiefs of Staff breaks his silence, saying that he shouldn't have walked with Trump to the church. On June 4 The Lancet pub. a retraction of a May 22 study widely used by leftists to diss Pres. Trump for advocating hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) after its data was found to be fabricated by a sci-fi writer and a porno model; an hour later the New England Journal of Medicine retracts another study focused on blood pressure medications in COVID-19 that relies on data from the same co. On June 5 NFL commissioner Roger Goodell apologizes for the league's position opposing players kneeling during playing of the nat. anthem, expressing condolences to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, with the soundbyte: "We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country." On June 7 leftist protesters in Parliament Square, London, England deface a statue of Winston Churchill with graffiti calling him a racist. On June 8 after kneeling for 8 min.and guess how many sec. in memory of George Floyd while wearing African kente cloth stoles (used by Ashanti slave traders), U.S. House and Sen. Dems. introduce the U.S. Justice in Policing Act that would ban chokeholds and create a nat. reporting database for police misconduct. On June 8 the left-wing riots in the U.S. that began on May 26 reach $2B in insurance claims, becoming the most expensive riots in U.S. history (until ?). On June 9 after Va. Dem. Gov. Ralph Northam announced the imminent removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from Richmond, Va. on June 4, the U.S. Marine Corps orders the removal of all Confed. paraphernalia from all Marine bases around the world, causing U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus to call for the removal of the names of Confed. figures from all U.S. military bases. On June 8 leftist ANTIFA and Black Live Matter protesters set up a 6-block "police-free" ISIS-style barricaded Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) (Antifastan?) surrounding the police dept.'s East Precint bldg. in downtown Seattle, Wash., with local rapper Raz Simone as warlord #1, causing Pres. Trump to threaten to send troops, sending the tweet to Seattle's mayor: "Take Back Your City Now. If You Don't Do It, I Will"; on June 11 the New York Times calls it "the Homeland for Racial Justice"; on June 15 the protesters change the name to CHOP (Capitol Occupied Protests) after the chop chop 1789 French Rev.; on July 1 (a.m.) after murders end their patience, police take it back, er, only the vacant police HQ before whimping-out and leaving the protesters in control, demanding a complete defunding of the police along with an endless list before they'll leave. On June 12 Pres. Trump finalizes a rule defining gender as a person's biological sex, reversing Pres. Obama's attempt to accomodate transgenders. You can't trust women drivers? On June 15 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court rules 6-3 in Bostock v. Clayton County that Title VII of the 1964 U.S. Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination against LGBTQ people, claiming that the act says "sex" not "gender", thereby covering sexual orientation, raising the bar in legislating from the bench?; Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch joins John Roberts, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan for the majority; Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissent, with the soundbytes: "A more brazen abuse of our authority to interpret statutes is hard to recall", and "There is only one word for what the Court hs done today: legislation", calling the majority's claim that it is "merely enforcing the terms of the statue... preposterous"; the end of gender-segregated sports is in sight? On June 15 a Rasmussen Poll finds that 34% of U.S. voters believe that a second U.S. Civil War is likely within five years. On June 16 Pres. Trump signs an executive order on policing, avoiding Dem. proposals that "would render police departments ineffective", authorizing grants to help police depts. meet certification stds. on the use of force, create a nat. database of excessive force complaints, and encourage the involvement of mental health professionals to respond to non-violent cases such as addiction; meanwhile U.S. Sen. Repubs. led by S.C. Sen. Tim Scott, only black Repub. in the Senate, work on a police overhaul bill banning chokeholds and no-knock warrants to counter the more radical Dem. version. On June 18 North Korea blows up the Inter-Korean Liaison office in the border town of Kaesong, South Korea as it ramps threats against South Korea and the U.S. On June 18 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court rules 5-4 in Dept. of Homeland Security v. Regents of the U. of Calif. (with Obama appointee John Roberts breaking the deadlock) to block the Trump admin. from keeping a campaign promise to rescind Pres. Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) without more deliberation, calling it arbitrary and capricious under the U.S. Admin. Procedure Act, esp. for failing to consider "hardship" for illegals, causing Trump to tweet the soundbyte: "These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives. We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!" On June 20 after issuing the tweet on June 19: "Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes who are going to Oklahoma please understand, you will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis. It will be a much ifferent scene!", Pres. Trump holds a rally in Tulsa, Okla. (first since Mar. 2), holding back one day to avoid conflict with the black holiday of Juneteenth while ignoring references to the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots; too bad, despite announcing that he pre-sold 1M tickets, the arena is half-empty, but later it is revealed that hackers hoaxed Trump by buying fake tickets while leftists blocked entrances, plus there were 6.7M online viewers; Trump utters the soundbyte in Tulsa: "When you do testing to that extent, you're going to find more people. You're going to find more cases! So I said to my people, 'Slow the testing down, please!'", pissing-off the PC police and causing the White House on June 22 to claim that Trump was joking, only to see him tell the press "I don't kid", after which Dr. Anthony Fauci utters the soundbyte that the govt. is going to expand not slow down testing, and that he is concerned about the "disturbing surge" of new cases. On June 21 a Ring of Fire annual solar eclipse is seen in the Eastern Hemisphere. On June 22 white self-described black leftist Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King tweets the soundbyte that all statues of Jesus Christ portraying him as a "white European" should be torn down as "a form of white supremacy". On June 22 (eve.) leftist protesters in Washington, D.C. attempt to set up their own copycat Black House Autonomous Zone (BHAZ) and attempt to topple the statue of Andrew Jackin in Lafayette Park, telling the Nat. Guard: "All your ancestors are in Hell"; on June 23 (6:45 a.m.) Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "There will never be an "Autonomous Zone" in Washington, D.C., as long as I'm your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!"; no surprise, leftist Tweetistan partially censors it. On June 23 Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Robert Johnson appears on CNBC, and calls for Marxist revolutionary Black Lives Matter to form its own political party - insuring that the black Dem. vote will be split so that Trump will be reelected? On June 23 1.6K Google employees sign an internal petition demanding their firm stop selling its software to the police, with the soundbyte that it should be "joining the millions who want to defang and defund these institutions". On June 24 Greater New York Black Lives head Hank Newsome gives an interview to Martha MacCallum on FNC, uttering the soundbyte that if America doesn't give them what they want, they "will burn down this system and replace it", causing Pres. Trump to call it "treason, sedition, insurrection". On June 25 (1 mo. anniv. of George Floyd's death) House Dems. pass the U.S. George Floyd Police Reform Act, which is so radical that it's a non-starter with Senate Repubs.; meanwhile House Repubs. introduce a resolution attempting to block defunding of the police, which is voted down by a straight-party 231-176 vote. On June 25 U.S. secy. of state Mike Pompeo announces that the U.S. and EU have agreed to establish "a new mechanism for discussing the concerns we have about the threat China poses to the West and our shared democratic ideals", indicating that "this isn't the United States confronting China, that the world is now confronting China." On June 25 the U.S. sets a 2-mo. record of 37K new coronavirus cases, exceeding the Apr. 24 level of 36,188; total U.S. cases exceed 2.418M. On June 26 (1 p.m. local time) a Muslim asylum seeker stabs sex people at the Park Inn Hotel in Glasgow, Scotland, killing one and stabbing a police officer before police kill him; the PC press tries a coverup to avoid blaming Islam, instead accusing the hotel of bad service to freeloading immigrants. On June 26 (eve.) Pres. Trump signs an executive order protecting federal monuments by conditioning federal funding for state and local govts. on it. On June 26 (11 p.m.) Black Lives Matter protesters march through Beverly Hills, Calif. shouting "Eat the rich!" and "Abolish capitalism now!" and tearing down privately-owned U.S. flags before police make several arrests. On June 29 the U.S. Supreme (Roberts) Court rules 5-4 in June Medical Servies et al. v. Russo to strike down La.'s restrictive abortion access law requiring physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospital; Chief Justice John Roberts is the swing vote, pissing-off Pres. Trump, whose court appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh voted no. In June the Nat. Museum of African Am. History and Culture puts up a Web page that defines "whiteness" in America to incl. individualism, hard work, objectivity, the nuclear family, progress, respect for authority, delayed gratification, and science - they must believe the black race is obsolete? In June U.S. unemployment falls to 11.1%, adding 4.8M jobs. On July 1 Levar Stoney, mayor of Richmond, Va., capital of the Confederacy orders all Confed. statues on city property 'immediately removed. On July 1 Dem. Calif. gov. Gavin Newsom issues an executive order ordering churches to discontinue singing and chanting at services, causing three ehurches to file a federal suit on July 15. On July 3 Pres. Trump speaks in front of Mount Rushmore, causing the Trump-hating PC press to call it a monument to white supremacy, and label him as a white supremacist, even though they were silent when Pres. Obama and socialist Bernie Sanders visited it; "Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities. These mobs are made up of Marxists, criminals and anarchists. Their cause is a cultural revolution. Their goal is not a better America. Their goal is the end of America"; "No movement that seeks to dismantle these treasured American legacies can possibly have a love of America at its heart"; "No person [Joe Biden] who remains quiet at the destruction of this resplendent heritage can possibly lead us to a better future"; "Today we pay tribute to the exceptional lives and extraordinary legacies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt. I am here as your president to proclaim before the country and before the world, this monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defamed, their legacy will never ever be destroyed, their achievements will never be forgotten, and Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom." On July 3 a Yahoo News/YouGov Poll finds that 62% of Americans no longer agree with Pres. Reagan that the U.S. is a shining city on a hill; only 17% agree. On July 4 after a referendum which votes 78% for it, a new Russian constitution takes effect, with 206 amendments, allowing pres. Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036, and banning gay marriage. On July 6 the U.S. officiallyleaves the World Health Org. On July 8 Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders release their 110-page Unity Task Force recommendations, centrizing the extreme leftist Medicare for All plan of Sanders and Green New Deal of AOC and John Kerry. On July 11 Pres. Trump visits Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., wearing a mask in public for the first time. On July 11 the city of Seattle, Wash. summons its white employees to a meeting titled "Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness", telling them that their skin color is a crime?; meanwhile longtime San Francisco, Calif. Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) curator Gary Garells resigns after being attacked by the PC police for the statement "Don't worry, we will definitely continue to collect white artists"; meanwhile a Black Lives Matter member tells a white woman to get on her knees to apologize for the color of her skin? On July 14 the U.S. govt. carries out its first federal execution since 2003 on Okla., black, er, white Aryan People's Repub. white supremacist Daniel Lewis Lee (b. 1973), 1996 murderer of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife Nancy, and 8-y.-o. daughter Sarah Powell in Tilly, Ark. 75 mi. NW of Little Rock. On July 14 Joe Biden announces a $2T climate plan as part 2 of his "Build Back Better" economic agenda, calling for the U.S. to take "an irreversible path" to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 after ahieving a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, creating the Environmental and Climate Justice Div. within the U.S. Dept. of Justice, with the soundbyte: "When Donald Trump thinks about climate change, the only word he can muster is 'hoax'. "When I think of climate change, the word I think about is 'jobs', good-paying union jobs that'll put Americans to work"; the Trump reelection campaign counters that Biden's proposals would "destroy jobs" and that he is "drastically underreporting the costs of such a plan", accusing Biden of "embracing the far-left climate positions" of Wash. Dem. Gov. Jay Inslee et al. On July 21 Pres. Trump signs an executive order directing the U.S. Census Bureau not to count illegal immigrants when awarding House of Reps seats based on state pops. On July 24-Aug. 9 the 2020 (XXXII) Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan is delayed to next year due to the coronavirus emergency. On July 27 a great white shark attack in Bailey Island, Maine kills 63-y.-o. fashion exec Julie Dimperio Holowach, becoming the first fatal shark attack in Maine history. On July 29 the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security reaches a deal with the state or Ore. to leave Portland; on July 30 Portland police report that there have been 125 reported shootings vs. 59 in the same time period in 2019. On July 29 the U.S. House grills Big Tech CEOs Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, and Sundar Pichai on their monopoly power and suppression of conservative speech. On July 30 a College Fix Poll reveals that 73% of Dem. college students support the removal of statues of Am. Founding Fathers incl. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson; only 4% of college Repubs. agree. On July 31 the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis pub. a report showing a 9.5% decline in U.S. GDP in Apr.-June, vs. 1.3% in Jan.-Mar. In July U.S. unemployment falls to 10.2%, adding 1.8M jobs. On Aug. 3 a Rasmussen Poll gives Pres. Trump a 51% approval rate, first time over 50% in over 5 mo., incl. 51% of black voters and 47% of white voters; meanwhile a Dem. Inst. Poll shows Trump leading challenger Joe Biden by 48% to 46%, and projected to win 309 electoral votes, more than in 2016. On Aug. 4 MSNBC producer Ariana Pekary quits, calling the leftist-run network a "cancer" that "blocks diversity of thought" and "amplifies fringe voices" in the quest for ratings. On Aug. 4 (6:08 p.m.) two massive explosions in Beirut, Lebanon kill 150+ and injure 4K+, causing $10B-$15B in property damage and leaving 300K homless; Hezbollah faces a U.N. tribunal verdict in Aug. 7 in relation to the 2005 assassination of PM Rafic Hariri; Pres. Trump draws fire for saying that some of general think the explosions were likely an "attack"; the explosions are blamed on an explosive cargo of 3K tons of ammonium nitrate seized from the abandoned Russian ship MV Rhosus seven years earlier hat they decided to store right on the dock; on Aug. 6 after it is revealed that the govt. knew about the explosives and did nothing, massive protests begin calling for the govt.'s removal, after which on Aug. 10 PM Hassan Diab announces the govt.'s resignation. On Aug. 4 Pres. Trump signs the 2020 U.S. Great Am. Outdoors Act, which will devote almost $3B/year to conservation projects, outdoor recreation, and maintenance of nat. parks et al. On Aug. 5 Fascistbook, er, Facebook deletes a post by Pres. Trump claiming that children are "almost immune" to COVID-19 and calling for schools to reopen. On Aug. 6 Pres. Trump signs an executive order banning transactions with Chinese-owned TikTok in 45 days, giving time for Microsoft to purchase it. On Aug. 10 the Aug. 10, 2020 Midwest U.S. Derecho Event damages or destroys 40M acres of nearly mature corn crops in Iowa plus portions of adjoining states. On Aug. 10 (eve.) Pres. Trump is ushered out of a press briefing at the White House after a shooting near the White House, with the soundbyte: "Do I seem rattled?" On Aug. 11 Joe Biden announces his pick of ultra-liberal (to the left of Bernie Sanders) Calif. Dem. Sen. (2017-) Kamala Devi Harris (1964-) as his vice-pres. running mate, becoming the first black and Asian, and 3rd vice-pres. major party vice-pres. candidate after Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin. On Aug. 11 Russia announces their approval of the world's first COVID-19 vaccine, shocking the world, which is skeptical; Russian pres. Vladimir Putin claims that his daughter took it. On Aug. 11 Pres. Trump utters the soundbyte that China, Iran, and Russia "are hoping that Joe Biden wins" the Nov. pres. election, because after that "China will own us". On Aug. 12 the Stonehaven derailment sees a high speed passenger train collide with a landslip near Carmont W of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, killing three and injuring six of nine aboard, becoming the first passenger killed on a train since 2007, the first high speed train accident since 2004, and the first fatal train collision with a landslip since 1945. On Aug. 13 Pres. Trump announces a "historic peace agreement" called the Abraham Accord between the UAE and Israel, who agree to normalize relations, pissing-off the Palestinians, who call it a betrayal even though Israel agreed to drop annexation of the West Bank, which wasn't realistic anyway?; on Oct. 15 the Israeli Kenesset votes 80-40 to ratify the treaty, while all 13 members of the Joint List of Arab political parties oppose it, causing Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to say that they're aligning with Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority, expressed their desire to destroy the Jewish State of Israel. On Aug. 13-14 Dem.-run Calif. stages rolling power blackouts after their dismantling of fossil fuel power and substitution for unreliable intermittent solar and wind power creates a severe shortage, becoming a glimpse of the future U.S. if the Green New Deal is implemented. On Aug. 14 the U.N. Security Council overwhelmingly rejects a U.S. bid to extend the internat. arms embargo on Iran, leaving Russia and China open to selling them a new array of weapons. On Aug. 17-21 the virtual 2020 Dem. Nat Convention nominates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris: Michelle Obama delivers a taped message that is so old that she doesn't mention Kamala Harris; Hillary Clinton utters the soundbyte that this can't be another "woulda coulda shoulda" election; Pres. Obama calls Pres. Trump a reality show president who uses his office only to help himself , with the soundbyte "Trump hasn't grown into the job because he can't"; Kamala Harris calls Pres. Trump unfit for office; protesters are praised as peaceful, while the violent ones are ignored?; six Dem. cabinet secretaries give speeches at the Dem. convention, nullifying their later complaints that U.S. state secy. Mike Pompeo's speech at the Repub. convention violates the U.S. Hatch Act; about this time the antifa.com Web site is changed to redirect visitor to Joe Biden's campaign Web site. On Aug. 18 (100th anniv. of women's suffrage) after proclaiming Aug. as Nat. Suffrage Month, Pres. Trump pardons suffragist Susan B. Anthony for her 1870s conviction for voting while female. On Aug. 19 after being arrested by a military coup, Mali pres. (since Sept. 4, 2013) Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (1945-) resigns. On Aug. 21 70+ former Repub. nat. security officials and congressmen incl. former DNI John Negroponte, former CIA-FBI dir. William Webster, former deputy secy. of state Richard Armitage, former U.S. Va. Repub. Sen. John Warner, and former U.S. secy. of defense Chuck Hagel pub. an open letter, with the ad blurb: "We are profoundly concerned about our nation's security and standing in the world under the leadership of Donald Trump. The President has demonstrated that he is dangerously unfit to serve another term", doing on to endorse Joe Biden. On Aug. 23 29-y.-o. black man (petty criminal) Jacob S. Blake (1990-) is shot 7x in the back by white police officer Susten Sheskey in Kenosha, Wisc. as he tries to enter his SUV where three of his sons were in the backseat, triggering massive Black Lives Matter protests across the U.S.; the police later claim he had a knife; on Aug. 24 rioters set fires that destroy blocks of businesses; on Aug. 25 17-y.-o. Trump supporter Kyle Rittenhouse (2003-), who came from Ill. to Kenosha to join white vigilantes to protect businesses shoots and kills two protesters and injures another, walking unmolested past police before being arrested 30 mi. away in Antioch, Ill., claiming self-defense, which Pres. Trump later backs up; on Aug. 26 Joe Biden addresses the Blake shooting, condemning violence, with the soundbyte: "As I said after George Floyd's murder, protesting brutality is a right and absolutely necessary. But burning down communities is not protest. It's needless violence, violence that endangers lives, violence that guts businesses, and shutters businesses, that shutters communities. That's wrong"; quoting Blake's mother Julia Jackson, Biden utters the soundbyte: "She looked at the damage done in her community, and she said this: 'This doesn't reflect my son or my family.' So, let's unite and heal, do justice, end the violence, and end systemic racism in this country now"; on Aug. 27 Biden uses the Rittenhouse incident to blame the violence on the sprinkling of white right wing militias trying to stop the mass violence by Biden-supporting Dems., with the soundbyte: " I have made it clear. There is no place for violence, looting, or burning. None. Zero. All it does it hurt the communities reeling from injustice, and it destroys the businesses that serve them, many of them run by people of color who for the first time in their lives have begun to build wealth for their family. But while I have condemned all forms of violence - police violence, lawless violence, and violence perpetrated by extreme, right-wing militia groups - like the groups the 17-year-old just arrested in Illinois for murdering two people in Wisconsin is reputed to have been aligned with. Trump doesn't speak out against these extreme right-wing groups. Instead , as he did about Charlottesville he embraces them. If you're worried about the violence you're witnessing, you better be worried about the armed militias, often aligned with white supremacists and white nationalists and Neo-Nazis and the KKK, who are often the source of the biggest trouble"; on Sept. 24 a video is released showing that Rittenhouse was violently attacked and was just defending himself. On Aug. 24-27 the 2020 Repub. Nat. Convention is a virtual one-man Trump show; on Aug. 26 Trump makes a surprise visit to Fort McHenry to help vice-pres. Mike Pence deliver his acceptance speech. on Aug. 27 Trump gives his acceptance speech in front of a crowd of 1.5K mainly maskless admirers at the South Lawn of the White House, posing himself as the titanic bulwark against the leftist chaos and disorder threatening the U.S., reducing rival Joe Biden to the size of peanut and portraying him as a puppet of the extreme left, a "Trojan Horse for Socialism", with the soundbytes: "Joe Biden is not the savior of America's soul. He is the destroyer of America's jobs, and if given the chance, he will be the destroyer of American greatness"; ""The cost of the Biden shutdown would be measured in increased drug overdoses, depression, alcohol addiction, suicides, heart attacks, economic devastation, job loss, and much more. Joe Biden's plan is not a solution to the virus, but rather, it's a surrender to the virus"; "If the radical Left takes power, they will apply their disastrous policies to every city, town, and suburb in America. Just imagine if the so-called peaceful demonstrators in the streets were in charge of every lever of power in the U.S. government"; "Your vote will decide whether we protect law-abiding Americans or whether we give free rein to violent anarchists, agitators, and criminals who threaten our citizens. And this election will decide whether we will defend the American way of life or whether we allow a radical movement to completely dismantle and destroy it"; hours earlier Biden and Kamala Harris accuse Trump of rooting for more violence in Kenosha, Wisc., blaming it on him instead of the Dems. who run Wisc., with Biden uttering the soundbyte: "He just keeps pouring fuel on the fire. He's encouraging this. He's not diminishing it at all. This is his America now. If you want to end where we are now, we've got to end his tenure as president." On Aug. 28 (57th anniv. of MLK Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech") Joe Biden and Kamala Harris issue a joint written statement, seeking to justify the protesters as filled with righteous vengeance over white racism while condemning violence in vague terms that obviously only really apply to whites, with the soundbytes: "The murder and violence toward Black Americans of the 1960s is happening today in broad daylight for the world to witness. A pandemic and economic crisis lays bare the systemic racism that still plagues our way of life. And instead of seeking to heal and unite, too many in our nation seek to inflame and divide. We're in an ongoing battle for the soul of our nation. We condemn the violence. We cannot afford our cities and the bonds between us to be burned, broken, and scarred any further. We have to root out the racism, hate, and the vengeance." On Aug. 28 Carl Mueller, father of aid worker Kayla Mueller, who was kidnapped, raped, and killed by ISIS utters the soundbyte: "To this day, we've never heard from Joe Biden", contrasting him with Pres. Trump, whose "team gave us empathy we never received from the Obama administration." On Aug. 29 Antifa supporter Michael Reinoehl shoots and kills 39-y.-o. Trump supporter Aaron "Jay" Danielson in Portland, Ore., after which the FBI tracks him down and kill him in Wash. on Sept. 3 after he resists arrest, causing U.S. atty. gen. William Barr to utter the soundbyte: "The streets of our cities are safer with this violent agitator removed." On Aug. 30 after 95 days of violence, incl. the murder of a man wearing a Patriot Prayer hat and thin blue line patch on Aug. 29, Pres. Trump blames the violence in Portland, Ore. on Dem. Mayor Ted Wheeler, calling him a fool and adding "Bring in the National Guard!"; meanwhile on Aug. 31 Joe Biden (after 3 mo. of silence, failing to mention Black Lives Matter or Antifa by name?) accuses Trump of "recklessly encouraging violence" in Portland, attempting to claim the high ground by condemning "violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right"; too bad, on Sept. 1 Biden accuses the violent protesters of being "extremists and opportunists, right-wing militias... and nationalists", claiming that Trump has "no problem with right-wing militias, white supremacists, and vigilantes with assault weapons often better armed than the police", causing Trump campaign communications dir. Tim Murtaugh to reply that Biden "failed to condemn Antifa. He failed to condemn people who called the police a 'cancer' or people on his campaign staff who called them 'pigs'. He failed to apologize for his campaign staff donating to a fund which bailed violent criminals out of jail in Minneapolis", and former 2016 Trump campaign official Bryan Lanza to reply "We all know it's Antifa and BLM"; no surprise, Biden's and Kamala's campaigns have ties to the leftist Ford Foundation that funds violent street activists incl. the communist Workers World Party and the Defund the Police movement. In Aug. U.S. unemployment drops to 8.4%, with 1.4M more jobs. In Aug. U.S. federal spending tops $6T for the first time; the U.S. federal deficit tops $3T for the first time. On Sept. 1 Pres. Trump visits riot-scarred Kenosha, Wisc., pissing-off Dems. and leftists, with state and local leaders objecting, uttering the soundbyte: "They just don't want us to come in. These governors don't want to call, and the mayors don't want to call", adding "They have to ask" if they want federal troops sent in. On Sept. 1 the Am. Psychological Assoc. (APA) issues a statement condemning institutional racism and calling for a "true systemic change in U.S. culture", with the soundbyte: "Every institution in America is born from the blood of white supremacist ideology and capitalism - and that's the disease." On Sept. 2 Dem. N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo utters the soundbyte: "He can't come back to New York. He can't. He's going to walk down the street in New York? Forget bodyguards, he better have an army if he thinks he's going to walk down the street in New York." On Sept. 3 Joe Biden visits Kenosha, Wisc., speaking to Jacob Blake by phone and meeting with several members of his family incl. his racist anti-Semitic father Jacob Blake Sr. The Dems. can't run on their record so they decide to run on fake news about Trump? On Sept. 3 The Atlantic pub. the article Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are 'Losers' and 'Suckers' by ed.-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, which quotes four anon. sources who claim that Pres. Trump refused back in Nov. 18 to visit the Aisne-Marne U.S. military cemetery near Paris, France to commemorate fallen U.S. Marines, blaming rain that he worried would muss his squirrel-do on his head, with the soundbyte: "Why should I go to that cemetery? It's filled with losers", going to add: "Trump referred to the more than 1,800 Marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood as 'suckers' for getting killed", causing Trump and his allies to vigorously deny the fake news, with Trump uttering the soundbyte that the report is "a disgraceful situation" by a "terrible magazine", "What animal would say such a thing?... "“It was a terrible thing that somebody could say the kind of things, and especially to me 'cause I've done more for the military than almost anyone anybody else"; none of which stops Joe Biden from dissing Trump on Sept. 4 ,with the soundbyte that "you know in your gut" that if his comments are true they are "deplorable", adding: "When my son volunteered to join the United States military as the attorney general, he went to Iraq for a year, won the Bronze Star and other commendations, he wasn't a sucker" and "The president should humbly apologize to every Gold Star mother and father, to every Blue Star family that he's denigrated.... Who the heck does he think he is?" ; on Sept. 8 Curtis Houck tweets the soundbyte: "This is a massive strawman from [ed.-in-chief] Jeffrey Goldberg. He dismisses the weather concerns from people like @AmbJohnBolton because the German chancellor and French president made it to the cemetery. This ignored the fact that security for the President is significantly higher than both"; on Sept. 9 Trump-hating former nat. security adviser (2018-9) John Bolton utters the soundbyte that Trump's policy "almost certainly" cost lives, and is an example of his tendency to make decisions solely on what "will affect him politically"; on Sept. 9 Biden attacks Trump on the issue again, claiming that 6,114 U.S. military have died from coronavirus, when the real figure is seven; on Sept. 6 U.S. Veteran Affairs Secy. Robert Wilkie utters the soundbyte: "I think the anonymous sources are the same people that brought you fake heart attacks, fake strokes, Russian collusion"; on Sept. 9 Atlantic ed.-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg tries to weasel out of it, with the soundbyte: "This is about a sub-issue, about whether or not Trump wanted to go to the cemetery [Aisne-Marne] that day or didn't want to go to the cemetery that day. I think this is not the main issue." On Sept. 4 White House OMB dir. Russell Vought announces that Pres. Trump ordered him to ensure that federal agencies don't teach anti-white critical race theory incl. the theory of white privilege, "or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil"; on Sept. 6 Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte that the U.S. Dept. of Education is looking at the 1619 Project, and that public schools teaching it "will not be funded", pissing-off leftists incl. Ida Bae Wells, who tweets the soundbyte: "Do these concerns about cancel culture and McCarthyism and censorship only apply to the left or do they apply to the POTUS threatening to investigate schools for teaching American journalism? Silence is deafening here" - the silence of deplatformed conservatives is even more deafening? On Sept. 7 Pres. Trump accuses U.S. military leaders of seeking to start wars to boost defense contractor profits, echoing Pres. Eisenhower's famous warming about the threat of the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC). On Sept. 8 Pres. Trump holds a rally in Winston-Salem, N.C., uttering the soundbyte that Dem. govs. in NC., Mich., and N.Y. are continuing to impose coronavirus lockdown orders for political reasons. On Sept. 8 the totally woke Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces a list of new diversity standards that films must meet to be eligible to win the Best Picture Oscar, insuring that they will be propaganda for BLM, Antifa, critical race theory et al., and also insuring low box office receipts; actress Kirstie slams the leftist fascist Byzantine quota system as "dictatorial", with the soundbyte: "I've been in the motion picture Academy for 40 years. The Academy celebrates freedom of UNBRIDLED artistry expressed through movies. Well, it did. But according to the new rules, if your film about a 12th century viking raiding party so happens to be the greatest cinematic achievement of all time and there's no Latino onscreen nor alternate history twist where said Vikings accidentally wind up visiting African villages and learning advanced navigation techniques from wise, kindly villagers, then it won't be considered for Hollywood's biggest award. Anyone not obsessed with identity politics can see how this is the entertainment industry stymying creativity. The new RULES to qualify for 'best picture' are dictatorial .. anti-artist… Hollywood you're swinging so far left you're bumping into your own ass" - they should just have created a diversity award to try to revive box office bombs? On Sept. 9 Pres. Trump is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for normalizing relations between Israel and the UAE, pissing-off leftists, who are mostly anti-Israel; meanwhile USMC Gen. Frank McKenzie announces that the U.S. will withdraw 2.2K U.S. troops from Iraq in Sept. to fulfill a Trump campaign pledge. On Sept. 9 Pres. Trump announces a list of 20 more potential conservative Repub. U.S. Supreme Court appointees that he will appoint after being elected again, like he did in May 2016, incl. former pres. candidate Tex. Sen. Ted Cruz, mocking Joe Biden for not doing ditto, with the soundbyte: "Joe Biden has refused to release his list, perhaps because he knows the names are so extremely far left that they could never withstand public scrutiny or receive acceptance", challenging him to do it so that the public could “properly make a decision as to how they will vote.” On Sept. 9 amid massive wildires in Calif. and Ore., San Francisco, Calif. experiences an eerie day filled with apocalyptic red smoke. On Sept. 9 Pres. Trump holds a campaign rally in Winston-Salem N.C., blasting "Lunchbucket Joe" as no friend of the working class, calling him a "globalist sellout who spent his career laying waste to American communities", adding: "Joe Biden's agenda is made in China. My agenda is made in the U.S.A."; meanwhile Joe Biden gives a speechat a union hall in Mich., with the soundbyte: "“Donald Trump doesn't understand what it means to serve something bigger than yourself. He doesn't understand duty, honor, country. He lives by a different code: Lies, selfishness, greed. Yes, Donald Trump and I have a pretty different philosophy when it comes to giving our word. Mine means something. When I tell the American people I am going to do something, I follow through"; in the eve. Biden sends out two tweets, with the soundbytes: “I promise you that if I am elected, I'll always tell you the truth. I'll listen to the experts and do everything I can to contain this virus. And I'll always put your health and safety first - no matter the political cost", and "You deserve a president who tells you the truth." On Sept. 11 Pres. Trump speaks at the United Flight 93 memorial site in Shanksville, Penn., with the soundbytes: "The heroes of Flight 93 are an everlasting reminder that no matter the danger, no matter the threat, no matter the odds, America will always rise up, stand tall and fight back", and "Our sacred task, our righteous duty, and our solemn pledge is to carry forward the noble legacy of the brave souls who gave their lives for us 19 years ago. In their memory, we resolve to stand united as one American nation, to defend our freedoms, to uphold our values, to love our neighbors, to cherish our country, to care for our communities, to honor our heroes, and to never, ever forget." On Sept. 11 Pres. Trump announces a peace deal between Israel and Bahrain, becoming the 2nd Israeli-Arab peace deal in 30 days; meanwhile Trump is nominated for a second Nobel Prize for his work in Kosovo and Serbia. On Sept. 13 (night) Pres. Trump holds a rally in Henderson, Nev., pissing-off Dem. Nev. gov. Steve Sisolak for violating his 50 person max per gathering policy. On Sept. 14 Pres. Trump and challenger Joe Biden spar on reasons for the big wildfires in Calif., with Trump blaming poor forest mgt. and Biden blaming climate change, calling Trump a "climate denier" and "climate arsonist", claiming that the fires foreshadow an "unending barrage of tragedies", with the soundbyte: "It's clear we are not safe in Donald Trump's America", causing climate skeptic meteorologist Ryan Maue to tweet the soundbyte: "Shameless but it's their political strategy to blame Trump for all natural disasters, past, present, and future"; Trump also utters the soundbyte: "It'll just start getting cooler, you just watch", pissing-off Calif. leftist environmentalist Wade Crowfoot (1973-), who tells him "I wish science agreed with you", causing him to reply: "Well, I don't think science knows, actually"; Trump is right that environmentalists not climate change caused the super-sized wildfires?; Trump is right that the jury is still out about a coming mini-ice age caused by a Grand Solar Minimum? On Sept. 15 175-y.-o. climate change advocate Scientific American mag. endorses Dem. candidate Joe Biden for U.S. pres., becoming its first pres. endorsement, with the soundbyte that Trump "has badly damaged the U.S. and its people - because he rejects evidence and science". On Sept. 15 Dem. vice-pres. candidate Kamala Harris utters a Freudian slip at a small business owners roundtable in Ariz., talking about "a Harris administration, together with Joe Biden as president of the United States", quickly correcting to "the Biden-Harris administration"; on Sept. 16 Biden makes the same gaffe in Tampa Bay, Fla., referring to the "Harris-Biden administration". On Sept. 15 former Repub. strategist (asst. secy. of public affairs at the U.S. Dept. of HHS) Michael Caputo utters the soundbyte on his Facebook page that left-wing groups are preparing an armed revolt after Pres. Trump wins reelection, accusing govt. scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of sedition for harboring a resistance unit determined to undermine Trump, pissing-off the PC press, who call him nuts and call for him to resign even though Hillary Clinton already called on Dems. to never accept a Trump V. On Sept. 15 a Rasmussen Poll gives Pres. Trump a 47%-46% lead over Joe Biden. On Sept. 16 after his ulcerative colitis relapsed in June, Japanese PM (since Dec. 26, 2012) Shinzo Abe resigns, and Liberal Dem. Party leader Yoshihide Suga (1948-) becomes PM of Japan (until ?)., continuing the Abenomics economic policies. On Sept. 16 Fox News cuts off Newt Gingrich for bringing up the name of George Soros in connection with his massive funding of far-left district attys. who are pro-criminal and anti-police, with the soundbyte: "George Soros doesn't need to be a part of this conversation". On Sept. 16 black Hollyweird comedian Chris Rock gives an interview to the New York Times, uttering the soundbyte that the Dems. are responsible for the spread of the coronavirus because they "let the pandemic come in" while busying themselves with the unsuccessful impeachment of Pres. Trump. On Sept. 17 (Constitution Day) Pres. Trump speaks at the White House Conference on Am. History at the Nat. Archives in Washington, D.C., uttering the soundbyte: "The left has launched a vicious and violent assault on law enforcement, the universal symbol of the rule of law in America. These radicals have been aided and abetted by liberal politicians, establishment media, and even large corporations. Whether it is the mob on the street, or the cancel culture in the boardroom, the goal is the same: to silence dissent, to scare you out of speaking the truth, and to bully Americans into abandoning their values, their heritage, and their very way of life. We are here today to declare that we will never submit to tyranny. We will reclaim our history and our country for citizens of every race, color, religion, and creed"; Trump adds that the radical left wants to “burn down the principles enshrined in our founding documents, including the bedrock principle of equal justice under law”; "In order to radically transform America, they must first cause Americans to lose confidence in who we are, where we came from, and what we believe. As I said at Mount Rushmore - which they would love to rip down and rip it down fast, and that's never going to happen - two months ago, the left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution"; Trump adds the soundbyte: "Our mission is to defend the legacy of America's founding, the virtue of America's heroes, and the nobility of the American character. We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms, and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country. We want our sons and daughters to know that they are the citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world"; Trump goes on to accuse the radical left of trying to impose "a new segregation", with the soundbyte: "The left is attempting to destroy that beautiful vision and divide Americans by race in the service of political power. By viewing every issue through the lens of race, they want to impose a new segregation, and we must not allow that to happen"; "Critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and the crusade against American history is toxic propaganda, ideological poison that, if not removed, will dissolve the civic bonds that tie us together. It will destroy our country. That is why I recently banned trainings in this prejudiced ideology from the federal government and banned it in the strongest manner possible," On Sept. 17 (night) Joe Biden holds a town hall meeting in Penn., and answers the question "What is your plan to get Americans back to work and off the government payroll?" with the soundbyte: "I won't bore you with the details, but if I get your name, we'll send you the material"; he also utters the soundbyte about Pres. Trump: "Imagine had he at the State of the Union stood up and said - when back in January I wrote an article for USA Today saying we've got a pandem - we've got a real problem. Imagine if he had said something. How many more people would be alive?"; too bad, in his Feb. 4, 2020 State of the Union address, Trump uttered the soundbyte: "Protecting Americans' health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat"; on Jan. 27 Biden pub. an op-ed in USA Today claiming that the Trump admin.'s public health policies have left the U.S. "unprepared for a dangerous epidemic that will come sooner or later"; too bad, Biden doesn't mention the coronavirus epidemic in Dem. pres. debates in Manchester, N.Y. on Feb. 7 and Las Vegas, Nev. on Feb. 19, and on Feb. 25 in Charleston, S.C. he criticizes Trump's policies in gen. vague terms again and opines that he would ask China to admit U.S. experts, not realizing that they arrived eight days earlier. On Sept. 18 Hollyweird "O.C. actress Samaire Armstrong pub. a 7-min. video that calls Joe Biden and Kamala Harris "out of their mind", warning about "Marxist criminals" and "uneducated woke white" people who push the Black Lives Mater movement, and praising police, who "have been thrown under the bus by spinless politicians". On Sept. 18 (beginning of Rosh Hashanah) U.S. Supreme Court justice (since Aug. 10, 1993) Ruth Bader Ginsburg (nee Joan Ruth Bader) (b. 1933) dies of pancreatic cancer, giving Pres. Trump an opportunity to appoint a 3rd Supreme Court justice, throwing the Dems. into a panic, causing Joe Biden on Sept. 20 to give a speech warning Trump and Senate majority leader (R-Ky.) Mitch McConnell to not "abuse" their power by doing their constitutional duty to nominate and vote on a replacement this session, although he argued the opposite in 2016 when it came to Pres. Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland; since their double-talking doesn't work, they resort to trying to get Senate Repubs. to defect and to threats of packing the Supreme Court if Biden wins with a Dem. Senate majority. On Sept. 23 Senate Repubs. of the Homeland Security and Finance Committees led by Ron Johnson of Wisc. and Chuck Grassley of Iowa release the controversial 87-page report Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns , detailing Joe Biden's shady son Hunter Biden and his business partner Devon Archer, along with Joe's tightrope walking act of allowing Hunter and other family members to enrich themselves through links with foreign cos. and govts., with the soundbyte: "This is a good-government oversight investigation that relies on documents and testimony from U.S. agencies and officials, not a Russian disinformation campaign, as our Democratic colleagues have falsely stated. What the Chairmen discovered during the course of this investigation is that the Obama administration knew that Hunter Biden's position on Burisma's board was problematic and did interfere in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine. Moreover, this investigation has illustrated the extent to which officials within the Obama administration ignored the glaring warning signs when the vice president''s son joined the board of a company owned by a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch", causing Biden campaign official Master, er, Andrew Bates to respond that Johnson chose to "subsidize a foreign attack against the sovereignty of our elections with taxpayer dollars - an attack founded on a long-disproven, hardcore rightwing conspiracy theory”, and that he was "attempting to exploit to bail out Donald Trump's re-election campaign"; the report alleges that Hunter paid Euro women linked to "Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking"; it also alleges that Joe's family members purchased more than $100K worth of "extravagant items" in 2017 using a line of credit linked to the Red Chinese govt; alleges that Hunter paid Euro women linked to "Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking"; on Sept. 24 Johnson gives an interview to Fox Business Network, uttering the soundbyte that their "troubling" findings show that Biden has been caught "in a lie" by denying having spoken with Hunter about his dealings in Ukraine; meanwhile on Sept. 24 Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announces plans to send the report to U.S. Dept. of Justice attys. for review for potential criminal activity. On Sept. 22 Pres. Trump issues an Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, banning the use of the terms "white privilege", "critical race theory", "intersectionality", "systemic racism", and "unconscious bias" from any training materials used by institutions receiving federal aid, pissing-off the woke PC crowd, like everything Trump does? On Sept. 23 Calif. Dem. gov. Gavin Newsom issues an executive order requiring all vehicles in Calif. *to have zero CO2 emissions by 2035, causing U.S. EPA dir. Andrew Wheeler to send him a letter informing him that he needs to have a waver approved by them first, and that the Calif. electricity infrastructure is insufficient to support such a move so it won't be. On Oct. 25 Joe Biden utters a brain fart, with the soundbyte that people don't want "four more years of George, uh, George". On Sept. 26 Pres. Trump nominates New Orleans, La.-born conservative Roman Catholic federal appeals court judge (since Nov. 2, 2017) Amy Vivian Coney Barrett (1972-) to the U.S. Supreme Court; she has five white children by her hubby? plus two black adopted children from Haiti, causing leftists to accuse them of being "white colonizers" trying to "civilize" the "savage" black orphans in the "superior ways of White people, while using them as props"; on Oct. 26 she is confirmed by the Senate by a 52-48 straight party vote (first ever), and is sworn-in as U.S. Supreme Court justice #115 (until ?). On Sept. 28 Russian pres. Vladimir Putin proposes that Russia and the U.S. sign a pact pledging not to interfere with each other's elections. On Sept. 28 Pres. Trump receives his 3rd nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for his Trump Doctrine of ending his country's endless wars and for the Abraham Accord in the Middle East; the first nomination was from a member of the Norwegian Parliament, the 2nd from a member of the Swedish Parliament, and the 3rd from Australian law professors. On Sept. 29 the First Trump-Biden U.S. Pres. Debate at Case Western U. in Cleveland, Ohio, moderated by Trump-hating Chris Wallace degenerates into a big time wrestling match, with Trump coming out aggressively and frequently interrupting Biden, whom he dragged down to his level, getting him to tell Trump to "shut up, man" and calling Trump a "clown"; Trump's base goes wild with delight, while no surprise, the leftist PC press tries to characterize Trump as a Hitler; Biden seems alert and on point, dismissing the rumors of senility; too bad, after Trump tries to pin him down on being a puppet, Biden disses Bernie Sanders and the radical left, claiming "The party is me. Right now I am the Democratic Party", and "I don't support the Green New Deal" even though he supports it on his Web site, and his running mate Kamala Harris co-sponsored the Senate version; he also claims "I'm totally opposed to defunding the police officers" and "The violence should be prosecuted", causing Trump to keep saying that he "just lost the left"; after Trump accuses him of supporting socialized medicine, Biden also utters the soundbyte: "The fact of the matter is I beat Bernie Sanders". On Sept. 30 Calif. Dem. gov. Gavin Newsom signs AB 3121 creating a 9-member Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, with a Special Consideration for African Americans Who are Descendants of Persons Enslaved in the United States"; Calif. entered the Union in 1850 as a free state. In Sept. amid the COVID-19 crisis and despite U.S. San Francisco rep. Nancy Pelosi being Roman Catholic, the city of San Francisco bans all places of worship incl. Roman Catholic cathedrals from having more than 1 person inside at a time; no coincidence that Pres. Trump just nominated Roman Catholic judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court? On Oct. 1 Pres. Trump gives an interview to Sean Hannity on Fox News, uttering the soundbyte that if the Dems. win control of the U.S. federal govt. in Nov., "You're going to end up having a one-party system in the United States." On Oct. 1 a Rasmussen Poll finds that 43% of voters under age 40 think that Pres. Trump won the debate, vs. 36% for Biden; the 40-64 and 65+ age groups think that Biden won. On Oct. 2 (1:00 a.m.) Pres. Trump announces that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 after contracting it from Trump advisor Hope Hicks, and are going into quarantine, making all his pooh-poohing of the coronavirus epidemic seem like the joke's on him, with the New York Times pub. the soundbyte: "The president's result came after he spent months playing down the severity of the outbreak that has killed more than 207,000 in the United States and hours after insisting that 'the end of the pandemic is in sight'"; later in the day after being given HCQ, er, Remdesivir and Regeneron, Trump goes to Walter Reed Military Hospital "out of an abundance of caution", while some Dems. openly celebrate his plight; Joe Biden issues a sympathetic statement and cancels all negative Trump ads, , but strangely doesn't campaign while Trump's in the hospital, which he leaves on Oct. 5 (eve.). On Oct. 2 U. of Penn. leftist activist climatologist Michael E. Mann gives an interview to the Guardian, uttering the soundbytes: "A second Trump term is game over for the climate - really!"; "If we are going to avert ever more catastrophic climate change impacts, we need to limit warming below a degree and a half Celsius, a little less than three degrees Fahrenheit. Another four years of what we've seen under Trump, which is to outsource environmental and energy policy to the polluters and dismantle protections put in place by the previous administration... would make that essentially impossible"; "It is a political statement, because it speaks to the need to enact policies to deal with climate change. But it isn't partisan to say that we should act on this crisis"; "It's also a scientific statement. Two years ago this month, scientists with the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a landmark study, Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees, which found that humanity had to cut heat-trapping emissions roughly by half by 2030 to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown"; headlines warned we had '12 years to save the planet". On Oct. 3 Pope Francis issues the encyclical All Brothers: On Fraternity and Social Friendship (Fratelli tutti: sulla fraternità e l'amicizia sociale), "a sequel to his controversial  Abu Dhabi pact with Grand Imam Ahmad al-Tayyeb last year, and will cite Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas], a Palestinian backer of terrorism, as an example of 'peace' and 'fraternity'"; he calls for a New World Order led by the U.N.? On Oct. 5 Joe Biden speaks at an NBC Town Hall at the Perez Art Museum in Miami, Fla., uttering the ' soundbyte that he is "no more a Socialist or Communist" than Pres. Trump. On Oct. 6 Pres. Trump tweets the soundbyte: "I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill focuses [sic] on hardworking Americans and Small Business", causing the Down, er, Dow Jones Industrial Avg. to plummet by 600 points; after criticism, he partially walks it back, demanding stimulus checks for Americans, causing the stock market to rebound. On Oct. 6 in response to the U.S. and other Western nations issuing a joint statement deploring the Red Chinese abuses in Hong Kong and Xinjiang Province, 45 nations of the U.N. Gen. Assembly Committee on Human Rights incl. Cuba, Russia, Venezuela, plus 20 members of the Org. of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) sign a show of support for China's polices in its Xinjiang Province, where 1M+ Muslim Uyghurs are incarcerated in re-education camps. On Oct. 6 the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Admin. Law pub. a 449-page report concluding that tech cos. Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google engage in monopolistic practices. On Oct. 7 (7:00 p.m. MDT) U.S. vice-pres. Mike Pence and Kamala Harris hold a live debate at the U. of Utah in Salt Lake City, moderated by Susan Page; Harris keeps dodging Pence's pointed questions, laying out the facts for her only to see her stonewall and duck them; Pence utters the soundbyte: "I just want the record to reflect, she never answered the question" about Dem. plans to pack the Supreme Court; Harris utters the soundbyte: "Joe Biden will not ban fracking", causing Pence to reply: "You yourself said repeatedly that you would ban fracking", and "Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want to raise taxes, they want to bury our economy under a $2 trillion Green New Deal. They want to abolish fossil fuels and ban fracking, which would cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs all across the heartland, and Joe Biden wants to go back to economic surrender to China", later uttering the soundbyte: "[Trump] lost the trade war with China? Joe Biden never fought it", and the soundbyte: "The reality is, when you look at the Biden plan, it reads an awful lot like what President Trump and I and our task force have been doing every step of the way, and quite frankly, when I look at their plan that talks about advancing testing, creating new PPE, developing a vaccine, it looks a little bit like plagiarism, which is something that Joe Biden knows a little bit about"; the leftist PC media ends up fixating on a fly on Pence's head. On Oct. 9 U.S. Treasury secy. Steve Mnuchin announces new sanctions on 18 Iranian banks "until Iran stops its support of terrorist activities and ends its nuclear programs." On Oct. 10 after reporters try to pin him down, Joe Biden utters the soundbyte the voters don't deserve to know his stance on court-packing until after the election; meanwhile the Dems. attempt to portray Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett as court-packing. On Oct. 12 Pres. Trump makes his first post-COVID-19 diagnosis campaign trip to Fla., dissing Joe Biden for forgetting Sen. Mitt Romney's name, and tweeting that he is running for the Senate, even getting the state he's in wrong, saying that the leaders of China, North Korea, and Russia have "100% sharp minds" while Biden's is not even 60%. On Oct. 13 the oxymoronic U.N. Human Rights Council sees Red China, Russia, Cuba, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan gain seats, while Saudi Arabia fails, all to begin 3-year terms on Jan. 1. On Oct. 14 the Hunter Biden Email Bombshell news story is broken by Peter Schweizer of the New York Post, revealing that a repair shop owner in Wilmington, Del. surrendered a laptop with a hard drive deposited with him by Hunter Biden that contains 26K emails revealing that Joe Biden lied about never meeting with top Burisma official Vadym Pozharskyi in 2015, and was introduced a year before he pressured Ukrainian govt. officials into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the co.; no surprise, the Trump-hating leftist Big Tech Web sites Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia try to suppress the story, even locking the Trump campaign Twitter account; on Oct. 22 50+ Trump-hating former U.S. intel officials incl. John Brennan and James Clapper release a statement calling the Hunter Biden email Russian disinfo., causing U.S. Rep. (R-Ohio) Jim Jordan to utter the soundbyte: "How can it be disinformation? We have the drop slip Hunter Biden signed. We have John Ratcliffe and the FBI saying it's not Russian disinformation. We have an eye witness saying the emails are real. We have an eye witness who says the big guy in one of the emails in fact refers to Joe Biden and that same eye witness met with Joe Biden about this whole subject area... Remember, these are the same people, the same 50 people who signed this letter are the same people who said the fake dossier is real. Now they'[re saying the real laptop, the real emails are fake." On Oct. 16 the U.S. federal govt. reaches a record $6,551,872,000,000 in spending. On Oct. 16 social studies schoolteacher Samuel Paty (b. 1973) is beheaded in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine SW of Paris by an 18-y.-o. Chechen-born Muslim immigrant for displaying the Charlie Hebdo Muhammad cartoons in class, sparking "I am Samuel" rallies across France; police shoot and kill the suspect, after which French pres. Emmanuel Macron calls it Islamic terrorism, and the French govt. announces the expulsion of 231 "radicalized foreigners". On Oct. 18 the U.N. embargo on conventional arms transactions with Iran ends. On Oct. 20 the 2020 World Expo in Dubai (ends Apr. 10, 2021). On Oct. 22 the 2nd (last) Trump-Biden U.S. Pres. Debate at Belmont U. in Nashville, Tenn., moderated by liberal Kristen Welker, who turns off the microphone of each candidate to let the other speak sees Pres. Trump act presidential and rehearsed, scoring mucho points on Biden, starting with the soundbyte: "You're a corrupt politician. Where'd you get all the money that you have? 47 years you've been there, and now you've got the stink of this corruption charge and how did your son make the money in China? How did you son make the money in Ukraine? Is that really his laptop? What’s going to happen from here on in?’", causing Biden to reply: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life" (but not mentioning how much his sons took?); Biden blasts Trump for his handling of the coronavirus threat, but raises eyebrows with the assertion that Americans "are in for a dark winter"; Biden calls climate change "an existential threat", and utters the soundbyte: "We have to move toward a net-zero emissions. The first place to do that by the year 2035 is in energy production, by 2050 totally"; when asked by Trump "Would you close down the oil industry?" Biden replies: "I would transition from the oil industry, yes. The oil industry pollutes, significantly... has to be replaced by renewable energy, over time", causing Trump to reply: "That's maybe the biggest statement in terms of business, that’s the biggest statement, because basically what he's saying is he's going to destroy the oil industry. Will you remember that, Texas? Will you remember that, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio?"; when asked why he flip-flopped on fracking, claiming that he made repeated pledges during his nomination campaign to ban it but lied to win fracking capital Penn., Biden utters the soundbyte: "I never said I oppose fracking. Show the tape", later admitting that he opposes fracking on federal land, disassociating himself from Bernie Sanders but not mentioning his support for the Unity Task Force of Bernie Sanders and AOC; Biden later softens his stance on fossil fuels by claiming that he wants to transition workers to implementing carbon capture, pissing-off leftist environmentalists who want to end fossil fuel ASAP; on Oct. 23 Trump hosts a video showing Biden repeatedly opposing fracking, but calling for it to be phased-out without explicitly stating that he wants it banned outright?; on Oct. 24 Biden gives an interview to former Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer on Pod Save America, with the soundbytes about climate change: "It's the number one issue facing humanity, and it's the number one issue for me"; "Climate change is the existential threat to humanity. Unchecked, it is going to actually bake this planet. This is not hyperbole. It's real. And we have a moral obligation"; "It's going to create millions of jobs... We can't be cavalier about the impact it's going to have on how we're going to transition to do all this. But I just think it's a gigantic opportunity, a gigantic opportunity to create really good jobs"; too bad, he also utters the soundbyte: "We have put together... the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics"; on Oct. 31 Trump signs an executive order to protect the fracking industry. On Oct. 23 the Trump admin. announces the normalization of relations between Israel and Sudan, pissing-off the Palestinians, who want all Arabs to join them in exterminating it. On Oct. 25 (Sun.) Pope Francis names 13 new cardinals, incl. Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., who becomes the first African-Am.; the ceremony will takes place on Nov. 28. On Oct. 28 Dem. candidate Joe Biden promises that on his first day as U.S. pres. he will implement his Biden Plan to Advance LGBTQ+ Equality in America and Around the World, "which will restore transgender students' access to sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity." On Oct. 28 the CEOS of Facebook, Google, and Twitter are grilled by the U.S. Senate to explain why their protection from lawsuits under Section 230 of the U.S. Communications Decency Act shouldn't be revoked or modified after they are seen to be regularly engaging in censorship of non-leftist content as if they work for the Dem. Party; U.S. Sen. (R-Tex.) Ted Cruz utters the soundbyte: "The three witnesses we have before this committee collectively pose, I believe, the single greatest threat to free speech in America and the greatest threat we have to free and fair elections"; after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claims his platform doesn't censor the media but publishes its content moderation rules to provide transparency, Cruz utters the soundbyte: "So Twitter can censor Politico, you can censor the New York Post. Presumably you can censor The New York Times or any other media outlet. Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear? And why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC, silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?"; no surprise, leftist Dem. senators try to defend censorship, with U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) uttering the soundbyte: "What we are seeing today is an attempt to bully CEOs of private companies into carrying out a hit job on a presidential candidate by making sure that they push out foreign and domestic misinformation meant to influence the election"; when U.S. Sen. (R-Miss.) Roger Wicker asked Dorsey why he censors tweets by Pres. Trump but not by Iranian Assahollah Khameni, Dorsey replies: "We believe it's important for everyone to hear from global leaders." On Oct. 28 Pres. Trump signs an executive order declaring a nat. emergency in the mining industry aimed at boosting production of rare earth minerals critical for the military while reducing U.S. dependence on China. On Oct. 28 Pres. Trump holds a rally in Bullhead City, Arizona, mocking coronavirus lockdowns, with the soundbyte: "If you vote for Joe Biden it means no kids in school, no graduations, no weddings, no thanksgiving, no Christmas, and no Fourth of July together. Other than that you'll have a wonderful life. Can't see anybody, but that's alright", calling the upcoming election "a choice between a Trump super-recovery and a Biden depression"; Biden responds from his basement in Wilmington, Del., with the soundbytes that Trump is insulting the victims, and that he will not campaign "on the false promises of being able to end this pandemic by flipping a switch". On Oct. 29 3rd quarter U.S. GDP grows by 33.1% annual rate, doubling the previous record set in 1950, becoming good news for the Trump campaign. On Oct. 29 (a.m.) an Allah-Akbar-shouting 21-y.-o. Tunisian Muslim recent illegal immigrant man stages a knife attack at the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice, France, killing three and injuring several before being killed by police; a woman was almost completely beheaded; hours later police shoot and kill another Allah-Akbar gunman in Avignon, while a knife-wielding Muslim is arrested outside the French consulate in Saudi Arabia after stabbing a guard; more reprisals against Paty?; French pres. Emmanuel Macron declares that France is "under attack" by Islamic terrorists, saying that France "won't surrender anything", increasing deployments to schools and religious sites in France from 3K to 7K. On Oct. 29 a Rasmussen Poll shows black voter support for Pres. Trump at 31%, vs. 8% in 2016. On Oct. 29 the Trump admin. announces a requirement for insurers to inform consumers of the actual prices for common tests and procedures upfront. On Oct. 30 Trump admin. senior advisor Stephen Miller gives an interview to NBC News, outlining their immigration priorities if Trump is reelected, incl. limiting asylum grants, outlawing/punishing sanctuary cities, expanding the travel ban with tougher screening of visa applicants, and slapping new limits on work visas. In Oct. Liberia becomes the first nation to stop cutting down trees in return for $150M in development aid from Norway. In Oct. Red China is discovered by NATO to be rapidly building up its nuclear forces with a secret crash program to add nuclear warheads to its missile and bomber forces, along with expansion of plutonium and uranium plants. In Oct. U.S. unemployment falls to 6.9%, adding 638K jobs. On Nov. 1 the Trump admin. signs an agreement between Sudan and Israel to exchange full diplomatic relations, becoming Trump's 3rd Middle East agreement in 2 mo. On Nov. 3 (Tues.) the 2020 U.S. Pres. Election (59th) is a mess like Pres. Trump predicted, with no winner announced by Nov. 4, after Dem.-run states stopped counting votes where Trump was in the lead, and the Trump-hating PC networks declared Ariz. for Biden before all the votes were counted, causing Trump to utter the soundbyte: "We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election. This is a raging fraud on our nation. This is a fraud on the American public", indicating that he will go to the courts; on Nov. 4 Trump's initial election night big leads start shrinking as Biden mail-in ballots begin appearing, causing his leads to flip to Biden; on Nov. 6 after Trump's big lead in Ga. flips, Ga. secy. of state Brad Raffensperger announces a recount; Biden loses Ohio by 8.2%, becoming the first since JFK in 1960, making it seem suspicious that Biden won the presidency?; the CIA-developed Dominion (Project Hammer) (Operation Scorecard) software was used by the Dems. to intercept voting machines and switch Trump votes to Biden votes? On Nov. 4 (day after the 2020 U.S. pres. election) the U.S. officially withdraws from the Paris climate agreement. On Nov. 5 (eve.) Pres. Trump gives a speech from the White House alleging evidence of massive voter fraud in the Nov. 3 U.S. pres. election, with the soundbyte: "If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us", causing the PC media incl. NBC-TV, MSNBC, CNN, and NPR to cut him off in mid-speech. On Nov. 6 as the U.S. pres. election ballot counts drag on and Pres. Trump's leads in several states turns to deficits, Trump issues the soundbyte: "We believe the American people deserve to have full transparency into all vote counting and election certification, and that this is no longer about any single election, this is about the integrity of our entire election process. From the beginning we have said that all legal ballots must be counted and all illegal ballots should not be counted, yet we have met resistance to this basic principle by Democrats at every turn. We will pursue this process through every aspect of the law to guarantee that the American people have confidence in our government. I will never give up fighting for you and our nation." On Nov. 7 (noon) the AP, NBC-TV, MSNBC-TV, and Fox News call the U.S. pres. election for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris; Trump vows to fight on. On Nov. 9 the 400th anniv. of the Mayflower sighting Cape Cod, anchoring on Nov. 11. On Nov. 9 Am. drug co. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech SE announce their new COVID-19 vaccine, claiming 90% effectiveness and that they can produce 50M doses this year (enough for 25M people), and 1.3B doses in 2021 - too late to bolster Trump's reelection? On Nov. 10 after Penn. postal worker Richard Hopkins claims that postal employees were ordered to backdate ballots mailed after election day, causing U.S. Sen. (R-S.C.) Lindsey Graham to send a letter to requesting a federal investigation, U.S. atty. gen. William Barr authorizes the U.S. Dept. of Justice to look into allegations of voting irregularities, but only "substantial" ones; his action pisses-off Richard Pilger, dir. of the Justice Dept. branch that prosecutes election crimes, causing him to resign; meanwhile U.S. secy. of state Mike Pompeo utters the soundbyte: "There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration." On Nov. 14 (Sat.) the Million MAGA March in Washington, D.C. features Pres. Trump driving down Penn. Ave. in a Secret Service motorcade while waving to demonstrators en route to Trump Nat. Gulf Club NW of Washington, D.C.; too bad, anti-Trump demonstrators attack pro-Trump demonstrators while leaving. On Nov. 16 Moderna, Inc. announces that its new experimental COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective, proving the worth of Pres. Trump's Operation Warp Speed. On Nov. 17 the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee grills the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook, with U.S. Sen. (R-Tex.) Ted Cruz uttering the soundbyte: "And 'tween Facebook, Twitter, and then Google, which is really the 800-pound gorilla, we have enormous concentration of power, and I think they collectively pose the single greatest threat we have to free speech in this country, because they've been getting more and more brazen." On Nov. 18 U.S. Sen. (R-Iowa) Chuck Grassley misses a vote, becoming the first time since 1993, setting a record of 8,927 straight votes. Release the Kraken? On Nov. 19 Pres. Trump's attys. Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell give a 1-3/4 hour press conference in Washington, D.C. describing "a massive fraud" by Dems. in the U.S. pres. election to give the V to Biden via a global Marxist-backed conspiracy to inject and change votes using the Venezuelan-built Dominion computer system, with Powell uttering the soundbyte: "The entire election, frankly, in all the swing states should be overturned and the legislatures should make sure that the electors are selected for Trump", pissing-off the Trump-hating media, who try to blacken their names but won't discuss the evidence; too bad, on Nov. 22 after Powell repeatedly refuses to show any evidence of her claims, Pres. Trump cuts her loose.
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On Dec. 14 (Mon.) (13:33-18:53 UT) a total solar eclipse is seen from S South Am., incl. Chile with best viewing in Argentina. Harriet Tubman replaces Andrew Jackson on the front of the U.S. $20 bill; oops, the launch is postponed until ? Sports: On Feb. 2 (02/02/20 - Palindrome Sun.) the LIV (54th) (2020) Super Bowl sees the 12-4 Kansas City Chiefs (AFL) (coach Andy Reid) defeat the 13-3 San Francisco 49ers (NFL) (coach Kyle Shanahan) by 31-20 (first Chiefs SB win since 1970); Andy Reid's 222th win and 1st SB win; the 49ers are up 20-10 with 7 min. left; the halftime show stars Jennifer Lopez and Shakira featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin.; estimated audience is 102M viewers. On Feb. 22 after the regular goalies are injured, 42-y.-o. Zamboni driver and emergency backup goalie David Ayres (1977-) becomes the oldest goalie to win an NHL debut as the Carolina Hurricanes defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3. On Mar. 11 the NBA announces the suspension of the 2019-2020 season due to a report that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19; on June 14 the NBA announces the resumption of the season inside a sealed Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla., with a special game schedule of eight regular season games. On Mar. 14-15 after their 2011 collective bargaining agreement runs out, the NFL Players Assoc. settles a new collective bargaining agrement with the NFL, effective through the 2030 season, creating a 17-game regular season, compensated for by shorting the preason to three games; the rules on marijuana drug testing are relaxed, with the commissioner replaced by a neutral decision-maker; NFL rosters go from 53 to 55 players, with 14-player practice squads; playoffs will start with seven teams per conference instead of six. In June NASCAR bans Confed. flags, pissing-off the Southern redneck fans, and causing driver Ray Ciccarelli to announce that he's leaving at the end of the season. On Sept. 10 the NFL season begins with the Texas Titans at the Kansas City Chief, with the fully woke NFL authorizing the playing of the Black Nat. Anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson at all games, stenciled slogans "End racism" and "It takes all of us" in end zones, jerseys carrying "Black Lives Matter" and "Stop Hate" lettering, players allowed to take a knee during the nat. anthem; meanwhile the mainly white audience is turning them off in droves, with the audience dwindling by 1M since five years earlier. On Sept. 27 the NFL fields two female coaches and a female referee at the same time in a game between Washington and the Cleveland Browns incl. coach Jennifer King of Washington, coach Callie Brownson of the Browns, and NFL official Sarah Thomas. On Sept. 30-Oct. 11 the 2020 NBA Finals sees the Los Angeles Lakers (coach Frank Vogel) defeat the Miami Heat (coach Erik Spoelstra) 4-2, becoming their first title since 2010, tying the Boston Celts for most in NBA history (17); MVP is LeBron James of the Lakers (4th time); the Golden State Warriors don't make the finals for the first time in six years. On Oct. ?-? the 2020 World Series; Game 4 (Oct. 25) after the Dodgers get ahead by 7-6, 200-hitting hometown player Brett Phillips hits a game-winning 2 RBI double to center in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs and a 3-2 count, aided by Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor, who bobbles the the catch, giving Randy Arozarena the change to score the winning run, but after rounding 3rd base slips on his butt, giving Dodgers catcher Will Smith an easy out, until he Will Smith lets the ball slip out of his mitt while trying a swipe tag, allowing Arozarena to reverse course and slide face-forward to home plate, kissing it like a sailor after too long at sea. Technology: On Feb. 10 the European Space Agency (ESA) launches its Solar Orbit3r (SolO), with a 7-year mission to investigate the Sun's uncharted polar regions and study how to predict solar weather. On Feb. 26 the Northrop Grumman Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) successfully docks to the failing geosynchronous IntelSat 901 (IS-901) spacecraft to extend its life, becoming a first. In June the Fugaku (alt. name of Mt. Fuji) petascale supercomputer at the RIKEN Center in Kobe, Japan goes into operation, becoming the world's fastest supercomputer (until ?), dethroning Summit. In July the NASA Mars 2020 mission is launched from Cape Canaveral, carrying the Chinese Mars Rover, carrying cameras and microphones to search for life, landing next Feb. and bringing back samples. On Aug. 2 the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour capsule carrying two NASA crew incl. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken make the first splashdown in 45 years, landing in the Atlantic Ocean off Pensacola, Fla. In Oct. Swinkels Family Brewers in the Netherland opens the first the first brewery with a cyclical iron fuel system that burns iron powder to generate electricity, generating no CO2 but only rust, which is later turned back to iron powder with electricity generated by renewable power. The European Space Agency Euclid spacecraft is launched to study dark energy and dark matter by measuring the acceleration of the Universe via galaxy redshift. The first hi-speed train in the U.S. begins operation between Los Angeles and San Francisco in Calif. The China-to-England High Speed Train begins operation. Nissan begins selling its first autonomous vehicles. China leads the world in no. of papers pub. in academic journals? Artificial intelligence (AI) reaches human levels (Arthur C. Clarke). Moore's Law reaches a limit? Sensors implanted in human brains will use brain waves to control computers (Intel Corp.). The Giant Magellan Telescope is built, sporting the world's largest mirrors (until ?). The Square Kilometre Array radio telescope in South Africa and Australia begins observations. Science: On Jan. 20 Ferenc Nolnar, Takashi Nishikawa, and Adilson E. Motter of Northwestern U. pub. the paper Network experiment demonstrates converse symmetry breaking in Nature Physics, announcing that certain systems with interacting entities can synchronize only if they are different from one another (broken symmetry). On Feb. 13 the Wall Street Journal pub. an op-ed declaring that sex is binary, and that there is no 3rd sex or spectrum of sexes, with the soundbyte: "In humans, reproductive anatomy is unambiguously male or female at birth more than 99.98% of the time. The evolutionary function of these two anatomies is to aid in reproduction via the fusion of sperm and ova. No third type of sex cell exists in humans, and therefore there is no sex 'spectrum' or additional sexes beyond male and female. Sex is binary." On Feb. 25 physicians Katherine M. Kruckenberg et al. pub. the study Urinary Auto-brewery Syndrome: A Case Report in Annals of Internal Medicine, reporting on a 61-y.-o. woman who brewed beer in her bladder with yeast. On June 23 researchers at Martin Luther U. Halle-Wittenberg pub. an article in The Plant Journal, announcing their discovery that ELF3 and GI genes control the internal clock of plants and tell them when it is time to flower. On July 9 Saul Villeda et al. of UCSF pub. an article in Science, claiming an exercise-induced protein in the blood can be transferred from mice, conferring the benefits of exercise incl. improved mental skills. On July 13 Zhijian Tu et al. pub. an article in Proceedings of the Nat. Academy of Sciences reporting that insertion of the male-determining gene Nix in the M locus of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can convert females to non-biting fertile males, also that the gene myo-sex is needed for male flight. On July 14 Karen Miga et al. of UC Santa Cruz pub. a paper in Nature announcing the first telomere-to-telomere assembly of a complete human X chromosome using nanopore sequencing that can span hundreds of thousands of repeating base pairs. On July 23 Alison Van Eenennaam et al. of UCD announce the birth of bull calf Cosmo, who was genome-edited in the embryo stage using CRISPR to produce 75% male offspring, becoming the first targeted gene knock-in for large sequences of DNA via embryo-mediated genome editing in cattle. On July 27 Ting Wu and Shyamtanu Chattoraj of the Wyss Inst. pub. an article in Nature Methods describing their OligoFISSEQ suite of techniques for visualizing regions of human DNA and creating 3-D maps of chromosomes that raise the bar by using Oligopaints, computer-designed probes that attach to fluorescent tags to specific DNA sequences. On Aug. 5 NASA announces that it's reassesed nicknames for space objects to week out insensitive and bigoted names, such as Eskimo Nebula and Siamese Twin Galaxy; in 2019 it renamed the asteroid Ultima Thule to Arrokoth because of Nazi associations. On Aug. 5 Blackstone announces an angreement with family history business Ancestry.com to acquire its database for $4.7B. On Aug. 6, 2020 San Diego Zoo clones the first Przewalski's horse, named Kurt. In early Aug. geneticists rename 27 genes to keep Microsft Excel from treating them as dates and reformatting them, incl. MARCH1 to MARCHF1, and SEPT1 to SEPTINI. On Aug. 16 Asteroid 2020 QG passes the Earth's surface at a distance of 1,830 mi. (2,950 km), becoming the closest Earth-passing asteroid yet detected, which was done after it passed. On Aug. 29 Didier Trono et al. at EPFL pub. an article in Science Advances anounces their discovery that the 4.5M transposable elements (DNA sequences that jump around and help regulate gene expression by binding transcription factors that regulate the rate of transcription of DNA to RNA) play a significant role in influencing human brain development by partnering with Kruppel-associated box-containing zinc finger proteins (KZFPs). On Sept. 14 astronomers using the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array incl. Jane S. Greaves, Anita M.S. Richards, William Bains, Paul B. Rimmer et al. pub. an article in Nature Astronomy announcing the detection of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus, raising hopes of the existence of bacterial life. In Sept. Lars and Arne Ittner of Macquarie U. pub. an article in Acta Neuropathologica describing the first gene-therappy approach for treating advanced forms of Alzheimer's by activating the brain enzyme p38gamma. On Oct. 26 NASA announces the discovery of water on the Moon's sunlit side, causing speculation about Moon colonies et al. On Nov. 13 (17:20 UTC) (Fri.) Asteroid 2020 VT4 passes within 230 mi. (378 km) of Earth's surface, becoming a record, beating the previous record of Asteroid 2020 QG that whizzed by at a distance of 1,830 mi. (2,950 km) in Aug. Movies: Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (Feb. 7 (Warner Bros.), based on the DC Comics chars. stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary; does ? box office on a $97.1M budget. CFACT's Climate Hustle 2: The Rise of the Climate Monarchy (Sept. 24), hosted by Kevin Sorbo is a sequel to the 2016 film. Stephen Gaghan's Dolittle (Jan. 17) (Universal Pictures), based on the Hugh Lofting characters stars Robert Downey Jr. as Dr. Dolittle, who can talk to the animals; Emma Thompson plays Dolittle's macaw Polynesia; too bad, it flops, doing $15.9M box office on a $175M budget. Dennis Villeneuve's Dune (Dec. 18) (Warner Bros.) is a remake of the 1965 Frank Herbert novel. Todd Robinson's The Last Full Measure (Jan. 24) (Roadside Attractions) stars Jeremy Irvine as USAF pararescueman William H. Pitsenbarger, who died a hero after saving 60+ men and was denied his medal of honor for 34 years; Cary Joji Fukunag's No Time to Die (Apr. 2) (MGM) (Eon Productions) (United Artists) (Universal Pictures) (James Bond #007 #?) stars Daniel Craig in his 5th and final appearance as James Bond 007; stars Rami Malek as Bond villain Safin, Lea Seydoux as pshrink Dr. Madeleine Swann, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter, Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Ralph Fiennes as M, Ana de Marmas as CIA agent Paloma, and Lashana Lynch as 007 agent Nomi; does ? box office on a $250M budget. Michael Moore's Planet of the Humans (Aug. 4) is released free on YouTube, claiming that most renewable/green energy is really biomass, and that wind and solar are undergirded by fossil fuels, meaning that Big Oil actually owns it, pissing-off the greenies, who try to get it banned, finally doing it for awhile by falsely claiming copyright infringement. Christopher Nolan's Tenet (Aug. 26) (Warner Bros.), about a secret org. trying to help the human race survive stars John David Washington as CIA agent Protagonist, Robert Pannison as his handler Neil, Michael Caine as British intel agent Sir Michael crosby, and Kenneth Branagh as Russian oligarch Andrei Sator, who communicates with the future; Clemence Poesy plays scientist Barbara, who tries to figure out how bullets made in the future can travel backwards through time; does $207M box office on a $200M budget. Joseph Kosinski's Top Gun: Maverick (June 26) (Paramount Pictures), the sequel to Top Gun (1986) stars Tom Cruise as Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, who must train Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw, son of the late Nick "Goose" Bradshaw; does ? box office on a $140M budget. William Eubank's Underwater (Jan. 10) (20th Cent. Fox). Nonfiction: Michael Anton (1970-), The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return (Sept. 1); "the next election is the most important one America has faced in more than a century." Allum Bokhari, #DELETED: Big Tech's Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal the Election (Sept. 23). Ted Cruz (1970-), One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History (Sept. 29); "With a simple majority on the Supreme Court, the left will have the power to curtail or even abolish the freedoms that have made our country a beacon to the world. We are one vote away from losing the Republic that the Founders handed down to us. Our most precious constitutional rights hang by a thread." Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Cargnac, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis (Feb. 25); by the architects of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Jane Fonda, Because I'm Scared: My Path from Climate Despair to Action (Sept. 8); her climate angst. Mike Gonzalez, The Plot to Change America: How Identity Politics is Dividing the Land of the Free (July 28); "The first myth that this book exposes is that identity politics is a grassroots movement, when from the beginning it has been, and continues to be, an elite project. For too long, we have lived with the fairy tale that America has organically grown into a nation gripped by victimhood and identitarian division; that it is all the result of legitimate demands by minorities for recognition or restitutions for past wrongs. The second myth is that identity politics is a response to the demographic change this country has undergone since immigration laws were radically changed in 1965. Another myth we are told is that to fight these changes is as depraved as it is futile, since by 2040, America will be a minority-majority country, anyway. This book helps to explain that none of these things are necessarily true." David Horowitz (1939-), BLITZ: Trump Will Smash the Left and Win (June 2). Bjorn Lomborg (1965-), False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet. George Neumayr, The Biden Deception: Moderate, Opportunist, or the Democrats' Crypto-Socialist? (Sept. 15). Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay, Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity?and Why This Harms Everybody (Aug. 25); wokeness is a product of Marxism; " Wokeness is a fusion of the critical theory school of neo-Marxism, which is a form of identity politics and radical activism that has a very particular worldview that separates the world into liberationists versus oppressors or oppressed versus oppressors; “It has all of the conflict theory - separate the world into oppressor-versus-oppressed classes - with zero-sum conflict, no ability to agree or understand one another across those, and then takes on the postmodern understanding of truth being just politics by other means, which removes all of the brakes standing up against it." Joel B. Pollak, Red November: Will the Country Vote Red for Trump or Red for Socialism? (July 14).; how did the Dem. Party go socialist? Michael Shapiro (1984-), How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps (July 21); Michael Shellenberger (1971-), Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All (June 30); "Climate change is real but it's not the end of the world. It is not even our most serious environmental problem." J. William Widdendorf, The Great Nightfall: How We Win the New Cold War. Births: Deaths: Am. NBA commissioner (1984-2014) David Stern (b. 1942) on Jan. 1 in New York City (brain hemorrhage). Canadian Rush drummer Neil Peart (b. 1952) on Jan. 7 in Santa Monica, Calif. (glioblastoma). Am. "The Graduate" screenwriter Buck Henry (b. 1930) on Jan. 8 in Los Angeles, Calif. (heart attack). English conservative philosopher Sir Rogre Scruton (b. 1944) on Jan. 12 (cancer). Am. televangelist Jack Van Impe (b. 1931) on Jan. 18 in Royal Oak, Mich. Am. "Alexandra Spauling in Guiding Light", "Kara in Star Trek episode Spock's Brain" ("Brain and brain, what is brain?") actress Marj Dusay (b. 1936) on Jan. 28 Am. "Spartacus" actor Kirk Douglas (b. 1916) on Feb. 5 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Am. creationist leader John C. Whitcomb (b. 1924) on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis, Ind. English "The X Factor" TV presenter Caroline Flack (b. 1979) on Feb. 15 in East London (suicide). Am. "Hidden Figures" NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson (b. 1918) on Feb. 24. Egyptian pres. #4 (1981-2011) Hosni Mubarak (b. 1928) on Feb. 25 in Cairo. English-born Am. theretical physicist Freeman Dyson (b. 1923) on Feb. 28 in Princeton, N.J. (fall). Am. Gen. Electric Ceo (1981-2001) Jack Welch (b. 1935) on Mar. 1 (renal failure); dies with a net worth of $720M after receiving a record severage payment of $471M. Swedish "Dir. Lamar Burgess in Minority Report" actor Max von Sydow (b. 1929) on Mar. 8 in Provence, France. Am. "Sea of Love" singer Phil Phillips (b. 1926) on Mar. 14 in Lake Charles, La. Am. physicist S. Fred Singer (b. 1924) on Apr. 6 in Md. Am. country musician John Prine (b. 1946) on Apr. 7 in Nashville, Tenn. (COVID-19). Am. "Sheriff Will Teasle in First Blood" Brian Dennehy (b. 1938) on Apr. 15 in New Haven, Conn. (cardiac arrest from sepsis). Algerian singer Idir (b. 1949) on May 2 in Paris, France (pulmonary fibrosis). Am. Miami Dolphins football coach Don Shula (b. 1930) on May 4 in Miami Lakes, Fla. Am. "Tutti Fruiti" rock star Little Richard (b. 1932) on May 9 in Nashville, Tenn. (bone cancer). Am. "Arthur Spooner in The King of Queens" actor-comedian Jerry Stiller (b. 1927) on May 11. Am. Miss America 1971 Phyllis George (b. 1949) on May 14 in Lexington, Ky. (leukemia). Am. "Jerry Hubbard in Fernwood 2 Night", "Frank Dunphy in Modern Family" actor Fred Willard (b. 1933) on May 15 in Los Angeles, Calif. Am. "Eddie Haskell in Leave It to Beaver" actor Ken Osmond (b. 1943) on May 18 in Los Angeles, Calif. (COPD). Indian-born Canadian-Am. Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias (b. 1946) on May 19 in Atlanta, Ga. (spinal cancer). Am. basketball hall-of-fame coach Jerry Sloan (b. 1942) on May 22 in Salt Lake City, Utah (Parkinson's and Lewy body dementia). French "The Camp of the Saints" writer Jean Raspail (b. 1925) on June 13 in Paris. Am. last surviving sibling of the Kennedy brothers Jean Kennedy Smith (b. 1928) on June 17 in New York City. Am. food policy analyst Dennis T. Avery (b. 1936) on June 21. Am. "St. Elmo's Fire" dir. Joel Schumacher (b. 1939) on June 22. Am. "The Jerk" dir.-writer Carl Reiner (b. 1922) on June 29 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Am. "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" musician Charlie Daniels (b. 1936) on July 6 in Nashville, Tenn. (stroke). Italian "A Fistful of Dollars" film composer Ennio Morricone (b. 1928) on July 6 in Rome (injuries from a fall). Am. civil rights icon John Lewis (b. 1940) on July 17 in Atlanta, Ga. (pancreatic cancer); on July 27 he lies in state in the U.S. Capitol, becoming the first black legislator. Am. Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green (b. 1946) on July 25 in Canvey Island, Essex. Am. TV personality Regis Philbin (b. 1931) on July 24 in Greenwich, Conn. Japanese-born Am. "Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind" actress Olivia de Havilland (b. 1916) on July 25/26 in Paris, France. South African feminist writer-activist Diana E.H. Russell (b. 1938) on July 28 in Oakland, Calif. Am. Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain (b. 1945) on July 30 in Atlanta, Ga. (COVID-19). Am. "Quaker Oaks spokesman" actor Wilford Brimley (b. 1934) on Aug. 1 in St. George, Utah (kidney failure). Am. "Lemon Tree" singer Trini Lopez (b. 1937) on Aug. 11 in Palm Springs, Calif. Am. "Black Panther" actor Chadwick Boseman (b. 1976) on Aug. 28 in Los Angeles, Calif. (colon cancer). Am. baseball hall-of-fame pitcher Tom Seaver (b. 1944) on Aug. 31 in Calistoga, Calif. (Lewy body dementia and COVID-19). Am. baseball hall-of-fame player Lou Brock (b. 1939) on Sept. 6 in St. Louis, Mo. (cancer?). U.S. Supreme Court justice (1993-2020) Ruth Bader Ginsburg (b. 1933) on Sept. 18 (start of Rosh Hashanah) in Washington, D.C. (pancreatic cancer); on Sept. 25 after lying in state at the U.S. Supreme Court, she becomes the first woman and first Jew to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. Am. "Brian's Song" football halfback Gale Sayers (b. 1943) on Sept. 23 on Sept. 23 in Wakarusa, Ind. (dementia). Am. rocker Eddie Van Halen (b. 1955) on Oct. 6 in Santa Monica, Calif. (throat cancer). Am. "I Can See Clearly Now" singer Johnny Nash (b. 1940) on Oct. 6 in Houston, Tex. Mexican CFC/ozone chemist Mario J. Molina (b. 1943) on Oct. 7; 1995 Nobel Chem. Prize. Canadian-born Am. opera soprano Erin Wall (b. 1975) on Oct. 8 (breast cancer). Swedish geophysicist Nils-Axel Morner (b. 1938) on Oct. 16. Am. "James Bond 007" actor Sir Sean Connery (b. 1930) on Oct. 31 in Nassau, Bahamas. Am. "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek (b. 1940) on Nov. 8 in Los Angeles, Calif. (pancreatic cancer).
2021 Chinese Year: Ox. Thanks to global warming, the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Japan is ice-free for the first time in 11.7K years? The EU bans single use plastics incl. plastic straws, forks, and knives. Teenysoft founder Gill Bates is murdered, and his wife Mistress Mona gains control, launching the world into a roller-coaster ride while the family struggles for control - (TLW, The Incredible Billion Dollar Geek). Sports: On Sept. 18 the U. of Okla. and U. of Neb. football teams meet for the first time since Dec. 4, 2010. Inventions: In June the SPARC compact tokamak begins construction by MIT and Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), promising the first working nuclear fusion generator on Earth as early as 2025. On Oct. 31 the infrared James Webb Space Telescope (formerly the Next Generation Space Telescope) is launched by NASA as a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope; it incl. the daisy-shaped star shade to fly 15K mi. ahead of it and block light to allow distant planets to be searched for. Science: Art: Nonfiction: Fiction: Births: Deaths:
2022 Chinese Year: Tiger. Global warming has hit overcrowded New York City (pop. 40M), and all natural resources have been destroyed, causing the govt. to secretly recycle human bodies as food - (the film Soylent Green). Israel will cease to exist, according to Lebanese cleric Maher Hamoud. The Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile begins surveying the sky, looking for dark matter and dark energy. Inventions: In June the European Space Agency (ESA) JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) spacecraft is launched to reach Jupiter in Oct. 2029 and carry out the most thorough exploration of Jupiter and its moons since NASA's Galileo mission in 1989-2003. Sports: The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
2023 Chinese Year: Rabbit. A Mars colony is established by the nonprofit Netherlands-based Mars One org. Unemployed Hollywood actors replaced by VR stage a desperate publicity stunt - (TLW, Dire Straits). The end of the world date according to Ian Gurney in The Cassandra Prophecy. The copyright on Sherlock Holmes finally expires. Inventions: The Fluorescent Explorer (FLEX) satellite is launched by the European Space Agency to measure photosynthetic activity by mapping vegetation fluorescence; it has a lifespan of five years. Robots outnumber human soldiers in the U.S. Army by 10 to 1.
2024 Chinese Year: Dragon. Science: China puts a man on the Moon by this year, along with the U.S. After the Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (OWL) (100m diam.) is scrapped as too expensive, the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) begins operation.
2025 Chinese Year: Snake. World pop.: China 1.43B, India 1.36B, U.S. 346M, Indonesia 272M, Pakistan 252M, Brazil 219M, Nigeria 204M, Bangladesh 181M, Russia 137M, Mexico 131M, Japan 121M, Ethiopia 118M, Philippines 108M, Zaire 106M, Vietnam 104M; even with immigration, the largest "sustained reduction in European population since the Black Death of the 14th century" afflicts the European Union (EU); China becomes predominantly urban (two-thirds rural in 2001). This is a Roman Catholic Holy Year: the Shroud of Turin is publicly displayed for the first time since 2000 (once every 25 years). Anheuser-Busch Inbev becomes 100% dependent on renewable energy sources. Science: NASA lands humans on an asteroid 5M mi. from Earth; the Van Allen radiation belt starts at 400 mi. The Russian Luna 25 (Luna-Glob) Lander lands on the Moon's S Pole, followed by Luna 26 in ? Luna 27 in ?, Luna 28 in ?, and Luna 29 in ?. The Russian Luna 27 mission sends a rover to the Moon to scout resources for a future colony; the European Space Agency (ESA) assists with the Pilot laser-guider for landing, a drill, and a pocket-sized lab for scooped-up material. Full-immersion virtual reality is now possible (Arthur C. Clarke). Sex with humanoid robots becomes common practice (Ian Pearson). The world economy has collapsed, and the super-rich run and control everything and everybody with a totalitarian police state - Stephen King's The Running Man (1982). Architecture: On May 3-Nov. 23 Expo 2025 in Osaka, Japan. In July the $4.8B 509 ft. x 5,840 ft. Grand Ethopian Renaissance (Hidase) (Millennium) Dam on the Blue Nile River in Ethopia (begun Apr. 2, 2011) begins filling the reservoir with 13.3M cu. yd. of water, which is expected take 5-15 years, pissing-off Egypt and Sudan, which fear losing water, causing the U.S. and World Bank to issue a statement in Feb. 2020 that "final testing and filling should not take place without an agreement", which Ethopia rejects as attempted colonialism.
2026 Chinese Year: Horse. On Nov. 13 (Fri.), world. pop. becomes infinite, according to the Doomsday Equation of Vienna, Austria-born Heinz von Foerster (1911-2002). China passes the U.S. as the #1 world economy. Sports: The 2026 FIFA World Cup is hosted by 16 cities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with the U.S. hosting the final; the tournament is expanded from 32 to 48 teams.
2027 Chinese Year: Sheep. The Muslim Mahdi will appear during the month of Ramadan after there is a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse.
2028 Chinese Year: Monkey. Americans live under permanent martial law and never leave home, instead leaving everything to Internet Generation 5 - (TLW, The Day the Towers Fell).
2029 Chinese Year: Chicken. On Apr. 1 (Sun.) Easter falls on April Fool's Day (next 2040). On Apr. 13 (Fri.) the asteroid Apophis has a close encounter with Earth; next one 2036; Russia sends a space system to bump it away from an Earth collision? Human rebel leader John Connor sends the Terminator back in time to 1984 to save his mother so he can be born - James Cameron, The Terminator (1984). America crashes and drowns under billions of third world immigrants - (TLW, Falling from Point Mugu).