Facts: What happened the week of January 16, 2017?
Significant? Yes and no. — Horrific? Yes. — Positive? We will see …
Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King day
- Ariadne, the European Cold Wave of 2017, makes life unbearable for refugees in Greece, Serbia, and many other locations. The National Observatory of Athens now names extreme weather events because of their increased frequency, similar to the U.S. National Hurricane Center’s convention of naming tropical cyclones.
- Eugene Cernan, the last of the dozen moonwalkers (all male) to leave footprints in the lunar dust, dies at age 82.
- Visit from our neighbors. That includes: 3 big dogs, 1 small funny smelling cutie, and 2 nice humans who let me sit on the sofa. I’m still not sure if the cutie bites — she doesn’t growl, though, but I let my big sister act as a shield, just in case.
Tuesday, January 17
- World Economic Forum, Davos, Jan. 17-20 2017. For the seventh year environmental risks rank among the top global concerns. They include “Failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation” and now dominate the highest risks quadrant in terms of likelihood as well as severity of impacts!
- Search for Malasia Airlines flight MH370 suspended after nearly three years.
- Nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services in Trump Cabinet suspected of insider trading.
- Nigerian fighter plane misfires, kills 52, wounds 200 refugees and aid workers at camp.
Wednesday, January 18
- Massive snow accumulations and earthquakes cause avalanche that destroys resort in Central Italy.
- 2016 was third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures according to data from World Meteorologic Organization, NASA, and UK Met Office.
Thursday, January 19
- Survivors found in buried Italian hotel.
- Seventy percent of Americans think climate change is happening. Though tirteen percent are still in denial, eighty percent support control of carbon pollution. Yet President Elect appears to lack intellectual capacity or motivation to comprehend severity of threat.
- Mexican drug lord El Chaco extradited to United States.
Friday, January 20
- The Late Show’s Steven Colbert wears a golden tie, mimicking the red one, sized to substitute a diaper.
- Above mentioned long red tie wearer and presumptuous successor to King Midas is sworn in to gild the White House by his presence and to satisfy all those who still yearn for the magic touch of ‘Midas the Groper.’
- Shortly after the inauguration, the above mentioned TV personality and land mover, now President of the United States, signs the first executive orders to ‘make America sick again’ and to reverse the lowering of interest rates of FHA mortgages ordered by President Obama to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.
- Pompously the Groper takes over the oval structure, previously occupied for eight years by a man who will be remembered as one of history’s most humble and decent Commanders in Chief, President Barak Obama, along with First Lady Michelle, daughters, and of course, my four legged compatriots, Bo and Sunny.
Saturday January 21
Whatever – Copyright © 2015 Sarah Levy
- More than one million woman demonstrate for rights, equality, and health care.
- Lindsey Vonn beats Lara Gut in Kitzbühl.
- Contagious: European right wing populists and nationalists emboldened by Trump presidency.
- At first press conference, new Press Secretary boasts about “largest audience to ever witness an inauguration;” refuses to take any question from journalists.
- Extreme storms in Southern California and Southeastern United States.
Sunday, January 22
- Death toll of storms and tornadoes in the Southeast reaches 19.
- Devastating forest fires near Santiago, capital of Chile.
- Mentions of climate change and social justice issues have been purged from White House website.
- Tweets and bickering — to be continued?
Do those words now make me a nasty dog and my inspiring Female a nasty women?
Maybe so. At least it makes a Human human.