Month: December 2016

2016’s Best Albums

In no particular order, here are 10 of my favorite albums from 2016. Highlights included in parenthesis.

I also have to include this because my wife & I watched this for several straight days.


2016 sucked. 2017 could be worse.

Here are some of the things that could go wrong in 2017:

  • Waves of protests rise as Trump reverses Obama’s executive orders
  • Pro- and anti-Trump Republicans in Congress are soon at each others’ throats
  • Angela Merkel has to choose between leading a military buildup in Europe or giving Putin his way
  • U.S. and China go to economic war after Trump calls China a currency manipulator and imposes a big tariff
  • Trump suspends the U.S. membership in NATO, causing instability worldwide
  • ISIS radicalizes Central Asia
  • Saudi Arabia and Japan start developing nuclear weapons
  • North Korea proves it can deliver a nuclear weapon to the U.S. West Coast
  • Trump switches course and begs China to rein in North Korea
  • Populist politicians win all over Europe and the Euro and European Union disintegrate
  • Greece blows up again and this time there is no bailout
  • Apple and Google reveal that smartphones snoop on their owners
  • State-sponsored hackers create panic by shutting down power plants and self-driving cars
  • After being rebuffed by Trump, Cuba lets Russia build a military base on the island
  • Trump pulls out of NAFTA and taxes remittances to Mexico to pay for his wall
  • Mexico goes into depression
  • Mexican leftist André López Obrador runs for president on a platform of nationalizing private companies
  • Yemen becomes Saudi Arabia’s Vietnam, forcing unpopular taxes to pay for the war
  • The balance of power in the Middle East shifts towards Iran
  • Iran and Saudi Arabia get into an all-out shooting war
  • Oil shipments are disrupted by the Saudi-Iran war
  • Oil prices spike as a result of the disruption, leading to worldwide economic instability

Have a great day!