Good Riddance 2016. WTF 2017?

I know there are a lot of people anxiously counting down the minutes until this Annus Horribilis is behind us. Lucky us, we get an extra leap second this year, dragging out the misery.

(Watch a trailer here detailing why 2016 sucked ass.)

I can understand why 2016 has been a pit for so many people. All those cultural touchstones gone- Prince, Bowie, Carrie Fisher, George Michael.

The violence in Syria. The smug complacency of Putin and his puppets in Turkey and elsewhere. The cluelessness of that short fingered vulgarian soon to occupy the White House.

And no, there’s plenty of blame to go around because Putin got so bold during Obama’s watch. Obama who let him waltz into Crimea, annex part of Ukraine, thwart Nato and democratic ambitions in Eastern Europe until he’s the wolf knocking on the door of a Germany fractured over the refugee crisis.

By the  way, I’m willing to bet that by the end of 2017, Ukraine and maybe other bits of Eastern Europe will be swallowed back up into a new Russian Empire. Who will stop him? The idiot-elect who admires “strength?” (Humanity, democracy, freedom of speed, not so much.) Also can you imagine what a lovely present/diversion it would be for people in Russia to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution by snatching back Ukraine?

All you people anxiously praying for the end of 2016, may I remind you that in 2017 we will reap what we’ve been sowing for the past 12 months. Global uncertainty. An imploding middle east. A belligerent Israel. A clueless US President. (I’m better at geopolitics because at least I’ve played Risk!)

And all those beloved celebrities who have been dropping like flies will soon have company because they, and we, aren’t getting any younger.

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