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Eureka: What was on my mind in 2017
by Jay Gutman
2017-12-31 08:52:49
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Here are ten things that were on my mind in 2017.

  1. Betting on the wrong horses

When South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and French President François Holland, the French socialist party and Les républicains placed all their bets on Hilary Clinton in 2016, they ended up with 4% approval rates, constant apologies and a death sentence on their political careers. In political roulette, you want to put a chip on the red box and one on the black box. I think Matteo Renzi had the same fate.

  1. Taking no for an answer

godbuy001_400Unlike Great Leader Kim Il Sung and Dear Leader Kim Jong Il who had troubled childhoods and could take no for an answer, General Kim Jong Un grew up getting everything he wanted, and gets a little irritable when his requests are not met.

  1. Staycation becomes part of the routine

Remember 2009 when the word staycation was new and made us feel bad about where we're headed. Now it's just a fact of life.

  1. Happy new year President Trump!

He defied all expectations. I bet he'll complete his four-year term, and perhaps even be reelected.

  1. GTA attacks

A cat is a cat, a dog is a dog, a mouse is a mouse, and a GTA attack is a GTA attack, not a radical Islamic terrorist attack. *Note: a GTA attack means a “grand theft auto” attack from the computer game which mostly involves ramming cars into people or shooting at crowds with machie guns or assault weapons.

  1. Jerusalem, eternal capital of the Jewish people and state of Israel

There's no denying that. But I hope the US of A won't play the Israel and Korea cards each time there's heat in the White House kitchen.

  1. French President Macron's great

But he lacks media exposure experience. Spend a couple of weekends training for media exposure. Some governing actually involves a little bit of good acting.

  1. China and Japan like Trump better

As weird as it may sound, the Obama administration seemed to have its rigid American ways with the Asian giants. Trump is the typical Asian leader. Or so it seems.

  1. Catalunia, local referendum, national referendum

How did Spain allow a local referendum that was completely illegal to happen? How did that even happen? Why was the media so ambiguous about the fact that the referendum was unconstitutional and illegal?

  1. 2018, a celebration of humanity?

What pisses me off is in 2017 the media treated huamnity like it was a plague, at least in my opinion. Maybe a couple of stories that can make us feel good about our species?


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