2011


 
     

As 2011 moved forward, I became a larger fan of G4's Attack of The Show. I met many interesting people on twitter, interacted with the show and even joined their video chats. Great people

I continue my involvement with Salisbury University as a Board Member. This year I had the opportunity to witness the opennings of the two most recent buildings on campus. Perdue School of Business and the Sea Gull Square Residemce Halls..

On November 19, my friend Brian Lipko and I went to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to take part in the CSI Experience. It was a lot of fun especially if you are a fan of teh show.

This is Morgan. She is proof that real friendships can grow from social networks. Much like AOTS, not a day goes by without a tweet, FB post or text. She is missed when I dont speak to her and I value the friendship we have built.

Speaking of valuing friendships, internet and connecting with new people, These two sisters have become closer to me this year. Like everyone else, we found some common ground, shared experiences and built a solid foundation for friendships. Grateful to have them in my life.

 

Sports History
..Philadelphia Phillies (MBL) . 102-60

NL East Champs
Lost NLDS to the St. Louis Cardinals 3 games to 2

..Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) ..41-35-0-6 1st Place, Atlantic Division
Lost in Conference Semi Finals to Boston 4-0..
..Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) ..8-8 Missed Playoffs
..Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) ..41-41 3st Place, Atlantic Division
Lost in Conference Semi Finals to Miami 4-1
..Philadelphia Wings (MLL) ..5-11 Missed Playoffs
..Philadelphia Soul (Arena Football) .16-122 Missed Playoffs
..Penn State (College Football) 99-4 Lost Ticket City Bowl to Houston 30-14
..Salisbury University (my college) .. National Champions -
Men's Lacrosse

..Conference Champions -
Men's Lacrosse
Women's Cross Country
Women's Track & Field
Field Hockey
Women's Soccer
Women's Lacrosse
Volleyball
Softball


What Happened This Year?

JANUARY

01 - World population is 6.9 billion. The U.S. officially is around 310.5 million, 27.5 million more than ten years ago -- a growth big enough for 27 more large cities. Growth rate for the Democratic Republic of the Congo is 3.17%; for Afghanistan, 2.47%; Iraq 2.45%; India 1.38%; the U.S. 0.97%; China 0.49%; South Korea 0.26%; Japan, minus 0.24%.

01 - Christians and Muslims clash in Alexandria. A bomb kills at least 27 people at a Christian church. Angry Christians attack Muslims, enter a mosque and throw books into the street. President Mubarak calls on all Egyptians to unite against terrorism.

08 - In Tucson, Arizona, 22-year-old Jared Loughner kills six people and gravely wounds Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner was targeting Giffords for assassination. He is described as having used a Glock-19 pistol.

10 - Cam Newton and Auburn top Oregon 22-19 in the BCS National Championship Game

13 - Unusually heavy rains, flooding and mud slides in southeastern Brazil has killed more than 420 persons. Brazilians say they have never seen anything like it.

16 - "The Social Network" scored the major honors at the 2011 Golden Globes with four prizes, including best drama and director.

25 - President Obama gives his State of the Union Message. He calls for advancing the economy, including energy efficiency, by government participation in investing. Some of his critics complain that."investing" is Obama's code word for "spending." All investing they believe should be done by private enterprise.

FEBRUARY

03 - Using NASA's telescope in outer space, astronomers discover planets in a system with a star much like the sun -- at a distance of about 2,000 light years. It is estimated that there must be a great many more such systems, extending the likelihood of life elsewhere in the universe.

06 - Aaron Rodgers and the Packers stepped out of the Brett Favre-era with their win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, 31-25

16 - Cycling’s most famous face, Lance Armstrong, retired “for good,” racking up seven consecutive Tour de France victories. His career was not without controversy, however. His retirement was announced amid doping charges from the U.S. federal government.d more: 2011: The Year in Sports News http://965tic.radio.com/2011/12/28/2011-the-year-in-sports-news/#ixzz1ibkMUVCY

18 - Demonstrators in the hundreds are reported to be in the streets of Libya's major cities, along with government forces. Human Rights Watch reports 24 dead -- in recent days it would seem. Greater demonstrations are taking place today in Yemen, in their eighth straight day.

27 - The United Nations Security Council yesterday passed sanctions against Gaddafi and members of his family, and it voted to refer Gaddafi to the International Criminal court. Today, anti-Gaddafi forces seized control of the Az Zawiyah district (population around 300,000) 50 km west of Tripoli. In Tunisia, following attacks yesterday by his police on peaceful protesters, the deaths of three and the teargassing of shoppers, the now very unpopular prime minister, Mohammed Ghannouchi, resigns.

27 - Duke Snider, beloved Dodger and the Duke of Flatbush, died of unknown causes in California. Snider was a Dodger in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles and was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980.more: 2011: The Year in Sports News http://965tic.radio.com/2011/12/28/2011-the-year-in-sports-news/#ixzz1ibkZErJa

27 - "The King's Speech" and its star, Colin Firth, dominated the 83rd annual Academy Awards. The drama was crowned best picture, leading the night with four Oscars.


MARCH

06 - Republicans want to cut $100 billion from this year's federal budget while a battle of ideas rages including the metaphorical claim by Republicans that he country is "broke" and film-maker Michael Moore claiming it is not. Moore is attacked on Fox News as an example of Hollywood pinheadedness and dishonesty, and on Fox News he is described by Donald Trump as having communistic thoughts.

07 - Charlie Sheen went from rehab to #winning and practically everything in between in 2011. He checked into rehab in January, prompting "Two and a Half Men" to go on hiatus. But Sheen just couldn't get himself sorted out. He was fired from the CBS series after going on rants against the show's creator, Chuck Lorr

11 - Rebecca Black's silly auto-tuned song about the joy of Fridays and the weekend would take the Internet by storm. Turns out the song you love to hate (or really just secretly love) was the most watched YouTube video of 2011, garnering more than 180 million views on the site. It went viral on March 11, 2011 and has been on the up and up ever since.

12 - Yesterday Japan suffered an earthquake worse than the 8.4 Jogan quake of the year 869. Yesterday's quake was measured at 8.8 on the Richter scale. That is 180 times the power that killed .over 6,000 people in Japan in 1995. And it's 1,000 times the power of a 5.8 earthquake (ten times for every one point on the scale). Yesterday's quake is being described as a once every 1,000-year quake. Known dead as of now is 1,700, and about 10,000 people are unaccounted for. The tsunami that accompanied the quake took its toll. Japan has numerous atomic energy .plants (despite the special sensitivity of the Japanese people to radiation) and a plant near the quake's epicenter has exploded -- despite Japanese diligence and backup security systems.

12 - An 18-week lockout shut down the NFL for much of the off-season but owners signed a new collective bargaining agreement in July before any regular season games were lost

23 - Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor died on March 23, 2011. She was 79. The actress, who won Oscars for her performances in "Butterfield 8" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from congestive heart failure.

APRIL

01 - It's Friday, with huge protest demonstrations across Yemen and Syria. In Syria people again are shouting for "freedom." Four demonstrators are reported dead after security forces fired upon demonstrators in a Damascus suburb.

04 - Coach Jim Calhoun’s legend grew when his Huskies started the year unranked and finished with a freshly cut net in hand. Kemba Walker scored 16 points in the 53-41 win over Butler

05 - Around 250 students demonstrating at Kabul University in Afghanistan shout "Death to America," regarding the burning of a Koran. They are angry about disrespect for Islam while feeding that disrespect and the argument that Islam is a religion that encourages violence

13 - Barry Bonds’ steroids trial ends with little closure for fans after eight years of allegations. He was found guilty of obstruction of justice with several mistrials ruled along the way.ead more: 2011: The

14 - In Japan, the nuclear crisis has been upgraded to level-7 radiation risk. As stated in an Associated Press article in the Japan Times today, Japan's crisis in not as bad as Chernobyl because it is slower moving. According to the Japanese government, Fukushima's radiation leaks are still one-tenth of those released by Chernobyl. The heaviest radiation leaks at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex occurred in the first days of the crisis. An article at Nature.com: "How Fukushima is and isn't like Chernobyl."

29 - England is jolly, as is the entire United Kingdom and Commonwealth, as Prince William of Wales marries Catherine Middleton.

30 - The U.S. dollar drops in value and therefore gasoline costs more in the United States. The dollar has declined for eight consecutive days. Investors are chasing higher returns. The economist Stephen King tells Bloomberg news: "If the Fed is keeping rates very, very low for a long period of time, it just makes the dollar less and less attractive."

MAY

01 - Osama bin Laden is shot dead in a raid by U.S. Navy Seals and his body buried at sea -- the end of the war he declared against the United States in 1996. Bin Laden was fifty-four.

05 - Twitter again demonstrates its capabilities. Shortly before the assault on Bin Laden, a tweet by Sohaib Athar from Abbottabad, Pakistan, told the world that a helicopter was hovering overhead and that it might not be a Pakistani aircraft.

20 - President Obama announces support for transitions to democracy in the Middle East. He scolds Bahrain and Syria's Bashar Assad and calls for a settlement with the Palestinians that includes land swaps and a return to 1967 borders. Israel's president, Netanhayu, is reported to be furious. Some Arabs see Obama's announcement as weak and ask why he does not support a UN resolution to that effect and against Israeli expansions -- a move by Obama that would be counter to his declaration of friendship with Israel. Meanwhile it's Friday: more demonstrations in Syria and more deaths.

25 - After 25 years, the last "Oprah Winfrey Show" aired on May 25, 2011

29 - The Salisbury University men's lacrosse team claimed the program's ninth national championship with a 19-7 victory over Tufts University in the 2011 Division III men's lacrosse national championship game in front of 18,086 in attendance on Sunday evening at M&T Bank Stadium

30 - 11-Jim Tressel’s 10 years as head coach of Ohio State ended when he stepped down amid allegations he wasn’t cooperating with an NCAA investigation into whether he allowed players to play while ineligible. After an initial suspension, Tressel resigned after meeting with Ohio State president Gordon Gee and athletic director Gene Smith. He’s third on the list for most games won by an Ohio State coach.-in-review-entertainment/#ixzz1ibgNVPAk

31 - In Greece, conservative political leader Antonis Samaras has said that the government's new austerity plan would "flatten the Greek economy and destroy Greek society". The prime minister, Papandreou, a socialist, has been trying to gain a cross-party agreement for further spending cuts. Despite this, reports that Germany will make concessions to facilitate a new aid package for Greece sends the euro up against the dollar, which makes oil higher in the United States.

JUNE

04 - The BBC reports this morning that more than sixty people were killed yesterday, Friday, in the city of Hama -- another day of protests across Syria. State television claimed that about eighty security personnel had been wounded. Yesterday there was no internet in Syria. And foreign journalists are still not allowed in the country.

09 - Al Qaeda's number-two leader, Ayman Zawahiri, speaks fantasy about Osama bin Laden terrifying the U.S. in death. Rather than being terrified, more people in the U.S. are concluding that it is best to let people in North Africa and the Middle East deal with al-Qaeda as they please. Al-Qaeda types have been described recently as having a fading interest in winning politically by blowing up Westerners. This fade is expected to increase with the withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan and Iraq this year. In the U.S. more people look for defense against terrorism short of committing long-standing military units abroad.

12 - The FBI's most wanted al-Qaeda militant in Africa, Fazul Abdullah Mohammad, was been shot dead a few days ago at a government checkpoint in Somalia. He is believed to have played a key role in the U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 and in attacking Israeli targets in Kenya in 2002. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton describes his death as "a significant blow" to al-Qaeda.

12 - Despite LeBron James making his “Decision” and going to the Miami Heat to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, he once again fell short of winning the title. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Heat 105-95 in Game 6 to capture the championship.

15 - The Bruins joined the Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics in spoiling New England fans with championships after beating the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 in Game 7. The city of Vancouver rioted after the loss.

27 - The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy after the league rejected Frank McCourt’s television deal. Commissioner Bud Selig blames the team’s financial woes on McCourt’s debt and claimed he diverted club assets to address personal needs through his bitter divorce.

28 - Much of Greece's debt is held by French banks. France's president announced yesterday that he and his country's banks plan to let Greece take 30 years to pay its debt. The U.S. stock market rallied.

JULY

03 - Democracy triumphs in the Kingdom of Thailand. The new prime minister will be Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of exiled Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by a military coup and was the hero of Red Shirt protesters and much of the rural population. Affluent urbanites disliked his reforms and higher taxes. The outgoing prime minister concedes victory to his rival -- Thailand's first woman prime minister.

09 - South Sudan celebrates its first day of politiclal independence.

15 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" shattered opening weekend records, raking in a whopping $168.55 million when it debuted on July 15, 2011. It beat the previous record of $158.4 million set by "The Dark Knight" in 2008.d more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8334-31749_162-57347160-10391698/2011-year-in-review-entertainment/#ixzz1ibgopB00

17 - A Gallup poll taken last week has 42% voting against raising the debt ceiling and 22% for, despite the realization by all who have an understanding of the debt problem that not raising the debt ceiling would produce economic disaster. In other words, leadership is required from the Senate and Congress, not over-simplification and demagoguery. Hats off to those among the 35% who chose the "don't know enough" category.

AUGUST

01 - Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, shot in the head by Jared Loughner in January, returns to the House of Representatives to vote. She is greeted with applause, cheers, hugs and acclaim from the rostrum.

09 - Late Friday, Standard & Poor's lowered its U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+. On Monday stocks in Asia and Europe were down 2 or 3 percent and in the U.S. the Dow fell 5.6% -- the biggest fall for the Dow since the 2008 economic crisis. Today -- Tuesday -- stocks bounced back, the Dow rising 3.98% (429.92 points).

19 - Yesterday, President Obama demanded that Bashar al- Assad, President of Syria, step aside, and Secretary of State Clinton said, "The transition to democracy in Syria has begun." Canada, Britain, France, Germany and the European Union are with the U.S. in this move. It includes a freezing of Syrian assets and sanctions including the buying of Syrian oil. The protest movement in Syria is described as encouraged. Also there was news yesterday that Assad told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that military and police operations against demonstrators has ended. Today Syria's military attacked the populations of various cities, and another 20 people are reported killed

30 - Today marks the 20th anniversary of my first film Buddy Boys: The Movie

SEPTEMBER

01 - Protest leaders in Syria have been insisting on non-violence, rejecting the path that the Libyan uprising has taken. They describe this as the moral high ground, and there is some hope, expressed in an article published by BBC News, that "the largely Sunni trading classes of Damascus and Aleppo" will desert the regime as the new sanctions against Syria "begin to bite."

09 - Hundreds of people are dying every day in Somalia's famine, according to reports. The UN estimates that four million people, more than half of Somalia's population, are living in famine zones -- mostly in the south of the country, still controlled> by Islamic extremists. The UN's food agency, the World Food Program, prohibits its staff from moving beyond the airport military base at Somalia's largest city and capital, Mogadishu, and the UN agency is having trouble finding shipping companies willing to send their vessels to Mogadishu through the pirate-infested waters

18- Chinese villagers in Zhejiang province have stormed a factory they fear is endangering people with environmental pollution. Several company cars were overturned and offices were destroyed.

20 - President Obama says the wealthy and corporations should pay their "fair share" to cut the deficit. John Boehner, House of Representatives Speaker, responds, saying,"Pitting one group of Americans against another is not leadership." He accuses Obama of class warfare.

22 - R.E.M. calls it quits "To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening. R.E.M."

24 - Bryan Adams hit the road in support of the 20th Anniversary of his 1991 album Waking Up The Neighbours.

OCTOBER

05 - Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder who used digital technology to resurrect animated feature films, reshape the music industry and shake up film and television distribution models, died Wednesday. He was 56. Jobs, a computer genius who, with fellow college dropout Steve Wozniak, built the first Apple computers from the Jobs' family garage, died of complications from pancreatic cancer

08 - Al Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders, died from heart disease at the age of 82. Davis led the Raiders to their first winning season as a franchise and went on to own the team for more than four decades. The Raiders won three Super Bowls and won the AFC championship four times with Davis at the helm. He also won an AFL championship.

10 - Demonstrations on Wall Street and other places leave people in the U.S. with something they already know: that there are people who blame their frustrations on corporate greed. Meanwhile, people are being bombarded with ideas slightly more complex. Fareed Zakaria said it yesterday on his TV show: "The United States is slipping by most measures of global competitiveness. In category after category -- actual venture capital funding, research and development -- America has dropped well behind countries like Japan, South Korea and Sweden." The columnist Thomas Friedman joins in with his new book, That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. It claims that the U.S. no longer leads in innovation. People are also being told that the U.S. is falling behind in education, which is foremost in the economic competitive game. Nations surpassing the United States in various categories have revenues much higher as a percentage of GDP (except for Singapore) than the US. The suggestion is that more taxation is needed -- an idea that continues to be denounced by those who believe that taxation inhibits economic development.

14 - What began as continuous shooting of peaceful protesters is turning into civil war, while the Assad regime claims that it is merely going after terrorists and armed gangs. Writing undercover from Syria, Remita Navai describes townfolk hiding her and two young members of a new revolutionary group as Assad's forces attack the town of Madaya

20 - Qaddafi is shot dead in his hometown of Sirte where he was found hiding in a drainage pipe. His dream of a democracy based on brotherhood rather than representational government (expressed in his Green Book) is also dead. Qaddari financed the movie Lion of the Desert. That lion, Omar Mukhtar, was a hero among Libyans and to Qaddafi. Nasser of Egypt was another of his heroes. Qaddafi had a hero's bravado, but it wasn't enough.

24 - A scientific study in the U.S. on the question of global warming confirms previous studies. The most recent study was funded in part by the Charles G. Koch foundation, reputed to be conservative. The study leader, the physicist Richard Muller, had a reputation for healthy skepticism.

28 - After coming down to their last strike twice in Game 6, the St. Louis Cardinals improbably won the World Series in seven games against the Texas Rangers. The celebration would last only a few weeks, though, before Albert Pujols bolted to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

31 - World population reaches 7 billion.

NOVEMBER

05 - Islamists kill at least 63 people and set churches afire in Damaturu, northeastern Nigeria. The group accused is Boko Haram, which means Western Education Forbidden. Followers are said to be influenced by the Koranic phrase, "Anyone not governed by what Allah has revealed is among the transgressors." These are not our modern, educated Muslims. Followers have been described as rejecting modern science, the wearing of shirts and pants and voting in elections.

09 - Happy Valley was rocked after charges alleged former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had inappropriate sexual contact with at least eight boys between 1994 and 2009. He was indicted on 40 counts of child molestation, and the details of the investigation resulted in the firing of Penn State coaching legend Joe Paterno and resignation of university president Graham Spanier.

10 - In Italy, rising bond yields burden paying off government debt. Borrowing money is more expensive. Italy's economic growth is stalled, reducing its ability to pay off its debt. The European Union announces that economic growth for the entire Eurozone has stalled. Recession looms.

15 - The mayors of New York and Oakland clear their cities of occupation camps. Both mayors are progressive thinkers. Quan is a smart Democrat. Their rationale is that their cities belong to all the people, that they are in a democracy where freedom to express opinions still exists. The protesters can express their views in a variety of ways that will impact electoral politics where their views will count more -- without disrupting the rights of others in their use of public parks and roadways.

25 - Following days of mass demonstrations across Egypt and around 38 protester deaths, Egypt's ruling military council has apologized to the country. The aroused passions of the crowds in the street want more. They want the generals to step aside. The Obama administration has been supporting the generals but now calls for a "Full transfer of power to a civilian government ... in a just and inclusive manner that responds to the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people, as soon as possible."

30 - More than 200 are arrested in a sweep that clears the Occupy L.A. camp -- according to the L.A. Times without the fierce confrontations that marred the sweeps in Oakland and New York. There was some righteous indignation among the demonstrators. They apparently saw no distinction between the laws they were violating and the oppressive laws of authoritarian regimes or the laws that Martin Luther King intentionally violated. Mrvonh, from Boone NC, makes no distinction and tweets that the U.S. is acting as a "police state." A few demonstrators have mistakenly described themselves as representing democracy and a majority -- as did the T-party movement -- no equivalency intended.

DECEMBER

02 - Bloomberg News reports that internet and telephone monitoring and surveliiance equipment for Syria is now banned by the European Union. The Italian company, Area SpA, abandons its project for the Assad regime.

06 - The National Institute for Space Research describes 6,238 square km (2,400 square miles) of rainforest in Brazil as having disappeared between August 2010 and July 2011 -- a drop of 11% from the previous year -- mainly the result of cattle farming, crop production and logging.

10 - Britney Spears concluded her seventh tour, The Femme Fatale Tour. The tour received positive to mixed reviews from critics. Some described it as her most entertaining show yet and praised Spears's performance, while others criticized her dancing and lack of interaction. The Femme Fatale Tour grossed $6.2 million in the first ten shows, and was included on Pollstar's Top 100 North American Tours list. The tour consisted of shows in North America (45), Europe (26), South America (7), and one show in Asia. In teh end, it was the eleventh largest tour of 2011, grossing $68.7 million worldwide.

13 - The government of El Salvador apologizes for an army massacre of more than 1,000 persons -- nearly half of them children -- in 1981 during the war against the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMNL). The FMNL Is now part of a government of former guerrilla groups that won in the election in 2009.

16 - In last night's debate among Republican presidential candidates, Newt Gingrich lectured again on morality. He again claimed that secularists had no morality, no sense of right and wrong (in other words that all value is religiously derived), and he described secularism (the secularism that took Europe out of the Middle Ages?) as harmful to the nation. Last month he declared that secularism is responsible for the nation's problems. Gingrich is the leading choice among Republicans in the race for the presidency, and opposition to secularism is being described as dominant among the Republican drive for power.

19 - Kim Jong-il, Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea, dies. He was called "father" by the people, and contagious weeping is displayed in a nation where people are expected to maintain childish devotion. He was the son the nation's founder, Kim il-Sung, and is succeeded by his son, Kim Jong-un, age 28(?). Some of us expect the people's dynasty to end before long.

22 - In Baghdad the worst bombing attacks in months kills at least 63 and injures around 185 -- while sectarian tensions continue to divide Iraq and its government.

30 - It has been a bad year for African elephants. Despite an international ban on the ivory trade, the trade has been booming, much of the ivory ending up in China or Thailand. In 2011, 23 tons of elephant tusks have been seized, representing at least 2,500 dead animals, compared to 10 tons seized in 2010.