2016 and Why We Should Be Grateful....

What a happy time of year this is, spending time with loved ones, enjoying great food, making merry and spreading good cheer.  This is however, also a time for reflection on the past year to see what happened that may have changed history, made us happy or sad and prepared us to make our resolutions for the New Year.


There is a calendar published by Robert Hall and Tim Cook called Badadvent2016.  This gave me an idea for an article reminding us that even though tensions are high, many don’t like the outcomes on many things, we lost significant talent this year..it could ALWAYS be worse. This year saw the Zika virus which some believed would become another plague as in 1347-1348 which destroyed 1/3 of the worlds population.  Further down the timeline, we could again be caught in the Holocaust in the years 1942-1943 which were supposed to be the heights as the all-conquering Wehrmacht pushed through to the Soviet Union until stopped at Stalingrad.  Even though we have ISIS..we are still far from that type of slaughter. Depends on perspective I suppose, for example,  Native Americans would no doubt reflect on 1492 being the worst year in history while Syrians would no doubt say 2016 and the Irish would say 1845 for the first year of the famine. Some of us might say the worst year was 2001, on September 11th, again it depends on your perspective.


Now this past year saw some remarkable things, some of them never before done. We saw a grassroots campaign come from nothing and challenge a major political candidate.  We saw Britain leave the European Union, calling their monumental move, the Brexit. Iran cut ties with all other Arabic nations and a military coup failed in Turkey.  Then Korea announces it has the hydrogen bomb and has successfully tested it, putting them in the even more unpredictable group of countries with an axe to grind with the US.


Russia successfully hacked, not once, but twice into the DNC allowing for documents to be circulated into the mainstream media.  A tactic they have used before in elections and undoubtedly will use again.  The most disturbing part of this is NOT that it MAY HAVE caused or been done for Donald Trump to win the Presidential election, but that Russian cyber capabilities are far more advanced than ours with the likes of Cozy Bear and  Fancy Bear, also Guccifer 2.0, who proved that the system was hacked.  A sobering thought since everything is cyber related now.  Now the response to this from officials has been limited, except Congress who put out a press release questioning Edward Snowden who in fact was working on a return to the US with Obama through attorneys.  They are able to track the source of these leaks, it was the same as the hack on Ukraine, Africa, etc.  It’s a new age.


Oh yeah... Bernie lost, Hillary ran against Trump, emails were exposed twice by Comey, again and then Trump won as President by electoral votes.  Then there were riots and protests by the people who voted and felt slighted by the majority win by Clinton.  That is not our system, the fore fathers did not want the people electing the top cop.


This was also a year to be remembered for great loss, some 40 in all.  David Bowie, Prince, Glen Frey, Muhammad Ali, Nancy Reagan, John Glenn, Janet Reno, Alan Rickman, George Kennedy, Gene Wilder, Alan Thicke, Florence Henderson, Grant Tinker, Garry Marshall..on and on. It really was a crippling year for the loss of great and unforgettable talent.

But as I said, it could be much, much worse.  We still have the works of those artists. We also do not know what the future holds with our uncertain President-elect and Russia. We don’t have a plague and it is a time of celebration.


So here are some wonderful Christmas quotes;

“Oh, Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind and that's what's been changing. That's why I'm glad I'm here, maybe I can do something about it."

"Yes, buy! In the Spirit of Christmas. The hard part’s going to be stealing the money to pay for it."

"Look, Charlie, let’s face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big Eastern syndicate, you know."

"Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved.”

"Blast this Christmas music. It’s joyful and triumphant."

"It's Christmas Eve. It's the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year we are the people that we always hoped we woul be."

Merry Christmas to All…and to all a Good Night…:)


wsucram15 Added Dec 23, 2016 - 2:10pm
Good Intentions and Happy Holidays to All
wsucram15 Added Dec 23, 2016 - 3:10pm
We will see,Evil.  I am glad you are happy with the outcome, hopefully it remains a positive one for all people.
Merry Christmas.
wsucram15 Added Dec 23, 2016 - 3:12pm
I disagree, but will not debate that this week. Perhaps another week.
This was a story I wrote on the news of the year, good or bad.  Only time will tell.... Again Happy Holidays.
wsucram15 Added Dec 23, 2016 - 3:21pm
It is pronounced w-su-cram. If you look at it it is a name.  But this is JeanneK and I am just too tired and lazy form working on my glass to look for a new pic and change it back yet. So exhausted.
I agree, Prince was a shocker and the soundtrack for many.  Oddly enough my BF said something similar, he had no idea that Prince had done such a body of work or was such a good guitar player.
I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas...so back atcha!
wsucram15 Added Dec 23, 2016 - 3:35pm
Too tired right now to fix it all, Ive been on here a long time.  I deleted my stuff so my daughter could use the page and that didnt work out very well.  You and I have exchanged discussions many times.
I just stopped on to say hi and throw up this article I wrote during a fusing of my glass. Going to sleep so I can get ready for tomorrow and my guests.
But I did want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and put up my typical end of year post.
Stephen Hunter Added Dec 23, 2016 - 3:56pm
Love your recap wsucram15. Sometimes it is good to just reflect on the stuff that happened and remain emotionally neutral to it. Christmas Eve does seem to be a time when one can do that. 
wsucram15 Added Dec 23, 2016 - 5:41pm
Ok..Evil Dimensions..I know your Mom and Dad did not name you Evil.  Come on now.  The word used IS a name.
wsucram15 Added Dec 23, 2016 - 5:42pm
Thank you Stephen..Happy Holidays and I am glad you enjoyed my reflections.
Leroy Added Dec 23, 2016 - 9:23pm
Enough games. Change your name to something sensible.
Even if it's "Fuck The White Man"
Just reverse the letters.
JB Hall Added Dec 23, 2016 - 10:46pm
Nice recap of the year.  There was a little bias in there, but - what the hey... we can't keep it out entirely.  We write slanted to our beliefs no matter how hard we try and keep it neutral. 
Now, seeing you brought it up.  Russia may or may not have hacked the DNC.  NSA, CIA, and FBI think they did, whether they tell Congress or not doesn't change it.  I use to manage government server's access list and we would get print outs of IPs to block in case something manages to sneak by the IDS (Intrusion Detection System, which was really rare).  The sourcing is right there with the IP.  If you don't believe it you can run a trace route routine and it will drop you off at the nearest server to the source. It is a little more complicated than that, but believe me, it isn't rocket science.  Most hack attempts are out of China.  Second to that are Universities, U.S. and foreign.  Do you know what that is about -sure- computer science majors flexing their new found knowledge.  Russia is further down the list. 
In my mind, the hacking shouldn't have happened.  But the DNC and RNC are civilian.  It takes a lot of expense to protect systems to the level of the government.  I doubt they put the expense into it.  So, it happened.  The information was leaked.  The real crux of it is what did it reveal?  It helped Trump by virtue of the duplicity of the Democratic party's shading dealings.  The RNC was hacked too.  Not as badly or as much taken.  Yet, no RNC info was leaked.  Is that because they were on the up and up, not newsworthy?  Or is it because the leakers wanted to help Trump.  Who knows?
Thanks again, for the insights.  Merry Christmas and looking to a renewed 2017.
Leroy Added Dec 23, 2016 - 11:15pm
"Sorry. I'm not getting it. MWTF?"
wsucram => Marcus W
wsucram15 Added Dec 24, 2016 - 12:58am
Leroy..now  how difficult was that? Its still not my name, that is my old login from the 1990s I use now and again.  I have a much more complicated version of it now though.
I have been posting on here for almost 3 years under the name Jeannek, which is my name.  If you ever read my stuff, I wrote an article about Marcus W., but when I let my daughter Sara, on here, I took all my stuff down so she would write her own.
I just took a break to work on my glass shop..not a huge mystery.   
Good job on the name though.
JB Hall..thank you and looking forward to the same.  I tried not to write a slant, but it was VERY difficult. I thought I did really well.  As far as the Russians, I am aware, but lets see what actually comes out.  I dont have much faith in the government, so not much would shock me now, especially now.
Leroy Added Dec 24, 2016 - 11:11am
"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet"
Flying Junior Added Sep 16, 2017 - 3:52am
I doubt that David Bowie, Muhammad Ali or even Florence Henderson would very much appreciate your kudos in a misinformed and misguided post such as this.