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Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010: End-of-the-Year Schlock

Sorry, there’s no escape. Everywhere you go, there’s more of the same old end-of-the-year drivel. So here goes:

Here are some photos of the year's top stories.

Or, if you like your news to be raw, unfiltered, un-sugarcoated — you might like these top 25 stories.

Austerity is the Word of the Year for 2010 according to Merriam-Webster. This word received more than 250,000 searches at the dictionary’s website.

There were almost as many searches for the word “socialism,” since the word gets spewed out every day by rightwing demagogues, and dutifully parroted by their gullible followers. It’s probably a good sign that so many people actually looked up the word to see what it means, instead of automatically going “Ugh! Socialism! Bad!”

Hint: When insurance companies are prohibited from canceling a patient’s medical coverage because the patient got sick — this is NOT “socialism.”

Here are some of the year’s most, uh, unconventional celebrity health and fitness tips.

Here is a list of people who left us during 2010. Teena Marie isn’t listed here because she hadn’t yet passed away when this article was written.

My two favorite songs of hers didn’t get much airplay, but fortunately I was able to find them on YouTube: Here and Here.


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Blogger Mauigirl said...

Thanks for summing up the summings-up! It always amazes me to look through the list of all the people who died in one year - so many familiar names.

December 30, 2010 at 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

The Democratic Party also died completely out in 2010. Except for the occasional spasms, like Kucinich.

December 30, 2010 at 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teena Marie and Captain Beefheart you are full of surprised!

My Favorite Teena Marie: "Now that I have you" Written by Richard Rudolph to have been performed by his now late wife Minnie Riperton


December 31, 2010 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mauigirl: You're right; looking over that list, we lost a lot of people this year.

JR: And we need more of those "spasms" like Kucinich.

Erik: Yup, my musical tastes are pretty eclectic. Free jazz, heavy metal, R&B, Beefheart/Zappa, Indian ragas -- you name it.

I don't remember that song title by Teena Marie; I'll have to do a YouTube search for it.

December 31, 2010 at 1:36 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Nicely done, Tom. I usually greet end-of-year roundups with an "arrrggh," but not this one.
Come to think of it, the end-of-year roundups seem scarce this year, or maybe I haven't looked in the right places.

I was especially glad to relocate the HuffPo story on Bank of America using bailout money to fight the Employee Free Choice Act, with Home Depot Cheering it along.

Happy New Year to you and yours.

January 1, 2011 at 12:14 AM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Now there you go looking backwards. "Good Americans" are supposed to look forward.

January 1, 2011 at 1:14 PM  
Anonymous tim said...

Happy New Year to you and yours..
Tim and Melissa

Let's kick ass this new one...

January 1, 2011 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: I think it was pretty common for banks to use their bailout money for political lobbying and huge bonus packages.

Happy New Year to you too.

Dave: LOL. I remember that was Sarah Palin's main talking point during the VP debate with Joe Biden. Every time Biden would mention something that was Bush's fault, Sarah Palin would chirp "oh, you keep looking backwards, and John McCain and I are looking forward to solving America's problems."

Tim: Damn right, let's make 2011 an asskicker. And Happy New Year to you too.

January 2, 2011 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

I think yours is the only year end roundup I've seen yet...I don't think anyone else wanted to remember 2010 :)

January 2, 2011 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Bee: For reasons I can't quite put my finger on, 2010 sucked royally. On New Years Eve, midnight couldn't come soon enough.

January 2, 2011 at 6:49 PM  
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