2018 Current Events Study Guide

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by MarkBarrett » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:01 pm

The January 29 issue of Time has a cover with find the J! champion & J! Board member:

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She is running for the Texas House of Representatives.

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Camila Cavello who sang with Fifth Harmony has a song "Havana" featuring Young Thug in one version and Daddy Yankee in another version. Her debut album is of course, Camila.

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Post by Blue Lion » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:51 pm

The nominations for the Razzies (Golden Raspberry Awards) have been announced: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/raz ... -jennifer-
Transformers: The Last Knight earns the dubious honor of having the most nominations on the list announced Monday, with a total of nine. It was “recognized” in categories that include worst picture, worst actor (Mark Wahlberg), worst supporting actor (Josh Duhamel and Anthony Hopkins), and worst screenplay.

Coming in second with eight nominations is Fifty Shades Darker, which also earned a nod for worst picture along with worst actress for Dakota Johnson and worst actor for Jamie Dornan
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Post by Blue Lion » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:06 pm

One story that has gotten a great deal of attention here in Michigan is the sentencing of former sports physician Dr. Larry Nassar, who pled guilty to ten counts of sexually assaulting girls and young women under the guise of providing medical care. At the victim impact phase of Nassar's sentencing (ongoing as of today), more than 150 women, including Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and Simone Biles, confronted the doctor.

Which brings up the question of what trivia is likely to come up on Jeopardy. I doubt that the show wants to go near the Nassar case, as lurid and potentially far-reaching as it is.

Other posters in this thread reacted with dismay to the Kardashians coming up in trivia. As much I cringe at the very mention of the word "Kardashian" (or Jenner), celebrities like them are going to come up.

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Post by Volante » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:43 pm

I'll just let the block quote do the heavy lifting on this one...

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saud ... SKBN1FB1WL
A dozen [camels] have been disqualified from this year’s Saudi “camel beauty contest” because their handlers used Botox to make them more handsome.

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Post by Ironhorse » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:55 pm

The Trump administration has placed tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines.

http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/22/news/ec ... index.html

The washing machines are oddly specific enough that you never know.
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Post by IronNeck » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:04 pm

Ironhorse wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:55 pm
The Trump administration has placed tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines.

http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/22/news/ec ... index.html

The washing machines are oddly specific enough that you never know.
Trump has mentioned tariffs as far back as 30 years ago, when he was a Democrat widely beloved by the press and good friends with Oprah;



As an economist, the question of free trade vs. tariffs is quite a tricky one.

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Post by Blue Lion » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:01 am

Ironhorse wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:55 pm
The Trump administration has placed tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines.

http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/22/news/ec ... index.html

The washing machines are oddly specific enough that you never know.
I wonder who in the administration agitated for the washing machine tariff.

In other news:

Vermont's governor signed a bill that permits adults to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and up to 2 mature marijuana plants, effective July 31. (However, the legislation does not provide for legal retail sales along the lines of Colorado.) Vermont becomes the first state to legalize marijuana by act of the legislature, as opposed to a vote of the people.

Neil Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, announced his retirement from touring after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Diamond canceled the upcoming Australia/New Zealand legs of his 50th Anniversary Tour.

And Elton John, who is 70, will retire from touring after he finishes his three-year-long "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour in 2021.

A couple of deaths worth mentioning:

Naomi Parker Fraley, age 96, who has the most credible claim to having been the real "Rosie the Riveter": http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/arti ... 516490.php

Hugh Masakela, age 78. Legendary South African jazz musician, perhaps best known for his 1968 instrumental hit "Grazing in the Grass". He was married to South African singer Miriam Makeba for two years; she is best known for the song "Pata Pata' (1967).
https://www.billboard.com/articles/news ... nd-dies-78
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I wonder who in the administration agitated for the washing machine tariff.
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Princess Eugenie of York (younger daughter of Prince Andrew & Sarah) is engaged to Jack Brooksbank, the brand ambassador of Casamigos Tequila, which was co-founded by George Clooney.  Eugenie & Jack will be married at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

TNT show: The Alienist with Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans & Dakota Fanning based on Caleb Carr bestseller from 1994, the first in the Kriezler series.  Alienist is an archaic term for psychiatrist or psychologist.  Theodore Roosevelt is a police commissioner.
 
Trivia from today's Oscar nominations (copied from SF Gate):
 
— At age 88, Christopher Plummer becomes the oldest acting nominee to date. He already holds the crown for the oldest acting winner, having won for his supporting role in "Beginners" in 2011 at age 82.

— Meryl Streep increased her lead as the most nominated actress in Oscar history by nabbing her 21st nomination for her work in "The Post." She has won three times.

— Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant could get an Oscar to go along with his NBA championships, MVP Awards and Olympic gold medals. His animated short film, "Dear Basketball," written and narrated by Bryant, got a nomination for best animated short film.

— Look out, Walt: Composer John Williams added to his record number of nominations for writing film scores with his 46th nod. His overall total of 51 nominations (including five for original song) is the most for any living person, and second only to Walt Disney at 59.

— Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman nominated as director for helming "Lady Bird," joining Lina Wertmuller for "Seven Beauties" (1976), Jane Campion for "The Piano" (1993), Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" (2003) and Kathryn Bigelow (2009) for "The Hurt Locker."

— Welcome back: Actors Denzel Washington ("Roman J. Israel, Esq."), Meryl Streep ("The Post") and Octavia Spencer ("The Shape of Water") earned back-to-back Oscar nominations. Last year, Washington earned a nod for "Fences," Streep for "Florence Foster Jenkins" and Spencer for "Hidden Figures."

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Post by MarkBarrett » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:31 pm

Minnie Mouse got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 22nd. Others (I'm not going to post about each one when it happens) getting one in 2018: (copied from ABC News)

The complete class of 2018 is below.

In the category of MOTION PICTURES: Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Goldblum, F. Gary Gray, Mark Hamill, Jennifer Lawrence, Gina Lollobrigida, Minnie Mouse, Nick Nolte and Zoe Saldana

In the category of TELEVISION: Anthony Anderson, Gillian Anderson, Lynda Carter, Simon Cowell, RuPaul Charles, Taraji P. Henson, Eric McCormack, Ryan Murphy, Niecy Nash, Mandy Patinkin, Shonda Rhimes and posthumously: Steve Irwin

In the category of RECORDING: Mary J. Blige, Sir Richard Branson, Petula Clark, Harry Connick, Jr., Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood and “Weird Al” Yankovic

In the category of RADIO: Steve Jones

In the category of LIVE THEATRE/LIVE PERFORMANCE: Charles Aznavour, Lin-Manuel Miranda and posthumously: Bernie Mac

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Post by Bamaman » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:31 pm

Tammy Duckworth will be the first Senator to give birth in office.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists ... birth/amp/
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Bamaman wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:31 pm
Tammy Duckworth will be the first Senator to give birth in office.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists ... birth/amp/
Who isn’t giving birth these days?

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9021amyers wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:39 pm
Bamaman wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:31 pm
Tammy Duckworth will be the first Senator to give birth in office.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists ... birth/amp/
Who isn’t giving birth these days?
Well, me, for one.

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Post by The Talking Mime » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:08 pm

MarkBarrett wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:06 pm
 
Trivia from today's Oscar nominations (copied from SF Gate):
 
— Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman nominated as director for helming "Lady Bird," joining Lina Wertmuller for "Seven Beauties" (1976), Jane Campion for "The Piano" (1993), Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation" (2003) and Kathryn Bigelow (2009) for "The Hurt Locker."
Also of note regarding nominated females: Rachel Morrison earned a nomination for Best Cinematography for her work on the film Mudbound, making her the first ever woman nominated in that category.
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Post by MinnesotaMyron » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:49 pm

Jerome Powell will replace Janet Yellen as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.

Obituary: Sci-fi and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin. Her Jeopardy-worthy works include "The Lathe of Heaven", "The Dispossessed", "Wizard of Earthsea", and (most commonly) "The Left Hand of Darkness". "She" & "middle initial" (it stands for Kroeber) are also common identifiers, per the Archive.

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Bamaman wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:31 pm
Tammy Duckworth will be the first Senator to give birth in office.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists ... birth/amp/
Most women nowadays prefer giving birth in a hospital but, hey, you do you, Sen. Duckworth!
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Post by Volante » Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:48 am

Philippines's Mount Mayon, not to be confused with Indonesia's Mount Agung (which has ALSO been erupting apparently: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/90 ... ount-agung ), erupted Monday:
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way ... 00-to-flee
Mount Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano, erupted for eight minutes on Monday afternoon, spewing a 3-mile-tall column of debris and volcanic gas. It exploded at least five more times Monday night and Tuesday morning.

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Post by Blue Lion » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:46 pm

Baseball writers elected four players to the Hall of Fame: Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome* and Trevor Hoffman. They will join Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, who were voted in last year by the Modern Era Committee.

Not elected: Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, who are tainted by the steroid scandal. Both received votes from a majority of writers, but fell well short of the 75 percent needed to get in.

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Post by MarkBarrett » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:59 pm

For J! purposes it will be as simple as just naming San Francisco.

Copied from Wikipedia since it gets the job done in a few lines:

On December 12, 2017, Ed Lee died of cardiac arrest during his tenure as mayor. Board of Supervisors President London Breed served as acting mayor until January 23, 2018 when Supervisor Mark Farrell was appointed interim mayor by the Board of Supervisors.

On June 5, 2018, a special election will be held for mayor of the City and County of San Francisco. The winner of the election will serve until 2020, filling the unexpired term of Ed Lee.


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If London Breed does not win in June there will be a fourth different person with the mayoral title in San Francisco in six months or so. That is where J! could make a clue and Ryan Murphy could make a TV movie.

As is typical in San Francisco it's a wide cast of characters involved in all of this and there has been a lot of political maneuvering going on since Mayor Lee's death. Race, gender, sexual orientation and degrees of being a Democrat (progressive to moderate) are in play with the local media of course eating it all up.

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Post by Volante » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:34 pm

A mummy found in Basil, Switzerland has been identified and found to have a famous descendant.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42805485
Scientists in the Swiss city of Basel have solved a decades-old mystery over the identity of a mummified woman.

Their research revealed a surprise: the woman is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother of UK Foreign Secretary [also former London mayor] Boris Johnson.
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Now the scientists and the historians were sure: the mummy was none other than Anna Catharina Bischoff. Born in Basel in 1719, she died there in 1787.

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