2018 has been a struggle and that is being nice. We have seen places that was once considered safe targeted for shootings galore from schools to churches, a small-town mourning from a tragic bus crash, a television show being pulled off due to nighty Ambien and conspiracy theories, the continuous corruption of the White House, celebrity deaths and weather gone amuck yeah it was not the best year there were moments that offered the small best in humanity like protests and sporting events but overall it was a crummy year, so let’s get to the top 10 worst news stories of 2018 in no particular order also keep in mind these are the ten I can only think about what has happened this year.
10. Logan Paul
Starting off this entry was a sudden controversy that gained steam starting off this year was YouTuber Logan Paul. For those unaware of who is this guy, a YouTuber, sometimes a pain in the literal ass for his prank videos that would go far but this one not a prank but was far beyond he could control. Logan Paul on New Year’s Eve in 2017 uploaded a video that was filmed sometimes being an ass like riding on cars, or a literal ass which I don’t find funny but then he went to Aokigahara forest, for those who haven’t heard of this location it is right near the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan and the only reason it became famous is not because of a tourist spot but it is a spot where people would commit suicide. Logan Paul and some of his friends approached and filmed a recently deceased person in the forest then decided to call the authorities, then on the literal next day on the new year it became a controversy saying it was disrespectful and everyone panned him including celebrities including Gaijin Goomba who lived in Japan and taught there was emotionally upset, also that dude makes great videos about cultures within the gaming community and other media so I’ll link down his YouTube channel for you to check out. Seriously that guy makes great content probably better than I could so shout-out to you. Now back to our subject the controversy even got to a point of a Change.org petition was out to suspend him from YouTube.
Now YouTube is not a perfect website, does it have some flaws without a doubt plus it’s become somewhat hard for creators to branch out and succeed with their algorithms and systems or not give newer content creators the spotlight , on January 1st Logan Paul took down the video then wrote an apology on Twitter then he would upload a new video a day later he would describe that as a “coping mechanism” but denied he was mocking the recently deceased victim. On January 9th YouTube took the moment to respond that they will act to prevent this to happen again and Google suspending his channels from Google Preferred. Logan Paul after this controversy took the time to donate some of his money to suicide prevention agencies that would go to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Has he learned his lesson? Honestly, he may have but it’s going to take a longtime for people including you the reader and me to fully understand different cultures in our world and it’s going to be a tough ride until that day comes.
9. Internet challenges
2018 doesn’t find a away to make certain people think we are dumb and having too much free time in our hands, me I just take the time to have a happy life but when I read or one mention of something that is getting popular for dumb reasons that seems to pinch a nerve, nowadays that has ceased and me nowadays go through a certain shrug. For those who aren’t aware what I am talking about I was referring to Internet challenges, honestly, I was going to make a video in my own internet challenge for Fallout New Vegas and the Deathclaw Sanctuary. These challenges are sometimes for fun until they realize its not fun and put a lot of people into harm like for example Planking, Salt and Ice, Fire and the most popular of this year: Tide Pods.
Now Tide Pods are clearly for detergents for fabric washers, now why do people get the idea of eating these things and make a fun challenge over it? It was so popular it was turned into a meme that got Rob Gronkowski involved, of all the memes that got funny at first then became increasingly annoying like of course the “Spaghett” meme or the “Do you know dae way”. This was most dangerous as reports of people consuming them often being immediately hospitalized that had a growing total of 37 cases of pod indigestion in America. Yeah, not so funny now people?
8. Calgary’s failed Olympic bid
Now some of these news stories will have recent entries case in point the failed bid of Calgary hosting the Olympic Winter Games in 2026, now to get you up to speed for three years the city of Calgary was riding on the hopes to host an Olympic Games and since it has been several months after PyeongChang it looked like Calgary was hoping to get into the process to finally get that prize but like that South Park scene with the banker, aaaaaaand its gone.
Hindsight what happened was the city of Calgary and their council was starting to become a little bit impatient with the negotiations between the three levels of government they decide to pull out but before Halloween night, a deal was reached to keep the bid alive and it would also put more federal money into the bid. However, this month of November 19th a vote with the majority swaying to no of 56% that immediately put the kibosh in Calgary’s dream of a Winter Olympic games like in 1988. Between their multicultural arena being under development that feels like the price tag eating up the funding and this, wow. Honestly, I think saying no was the right decision, let’s be honest they would probably be in the deep red before then so its good a no vote was decided. Also, a little side not upon research Edmonton is going to set up a bid, but we’ll see if the same problems apply with that bid.
7. Everything at the White House
America, what are you? Who are you? Are you a nation that was really built for immigrants to live in peace and quiet or have you become the country totally obsessed within the Trump ideology that has become out of control. Honestly, I could list off what is wrong with the administration and how inhumane it has become after Barack Obama, so let’s do that shall we?
Remember the entire “Drain the Swamp” rhetoric? Well they kicked the people of the swamp and they moved in as it’s become even more “swamped” then ever, whatever that meant. America has pulled out of many agreements because they say it is “unfair” like for example pulling out of a Nuclear Treaty that says it’s a big mistake, yeah Iran isn’t any better but then again who is going to listen to Obama warning everyone involved right? Because Trump still has a tight on his pants to withdraw on everything that Obama signed like protections on animals that is considered endangered species but please the trophy hunter base of Republicans like his idiot sons Eric and Trump Jr minus Barron because I feel bad for him associating himself with this corrupt family, continuing on is the withdrawal on a 1987 agreement that will prevent both U.S., and Russia with missiles that was signed by Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan a Republican no less, or has people forgot that detail and right as expected people questioned that idea, letting the Environmental Protection Agency run wild on every Obama law to remove to protect our decaying environment rather expand, not to mention pulling out of the UN Rights Council because why? Who knows why. Also ignoring climate change because it’s a barrier that Republicans don’t want to hear, and they are on the notion of Scientists pursue of money rather listening to scientific proof, also tear gassing Mexican immigrants to continue the fear mongering? Did I forget how many times the sitting President visits a golf resort weekly that cost taxpayers money? Yeah and enough said on the United States. If you Americans are tired of the countless corruption and human rights violations then vote Democrat in 2020.
6. Saudi Arabia
2018 Saudi Arabia was under the crossfires of negativity. First up was of course a lot of people who don’t or didn’t know this was Saudi Arabia looking up a female Saudi rights activist Samar Badawi who was recently locked up though this was not the first time of her being arrest. Samar Badawi along with her brother was one of the few people responsible who demanded women’s rights in Saudi Arabia that got to the point of women allowing to drive, the current Liberal government demanded her to be released but the Saudis were very not to keen on being told what to do sort of like that one guy who refuses to do what your told for chores. The Saudis ended all ties with Canada and expelling their minister feeling insulted, not to mention being called a “banana republic” didn’t help either and said look in the mirror with the treatment of indigenous peoples of Canada. The one thing I will say that this country was willing to fix was the Indigenous people of Canada ever since former PM Stephen Harper announced almost a decade ago, so that argument is thrown out the window and at least we are fixing our mistakes, maybe America should fix their growing radical right-wing problem they had for years but naw we can’t our Rep. base is full of racists and bigots who are in denial and fully embrace it.
Also this year that happened in the fall was the one that was gained attention was the murder of a Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside Turkey’s consulate that a lot of notable heads of the government and growing mount of evidence that the hit was organized by the Saudi Prince himself, leaving a PR nightmare for everyone involved that picked up their stuff and said “smell ya later”, although the United States held their firm including WWE. I was going to refer to saving this detail in the wrestling lookback but might as well piece this together here. WWE currently holds a 10-year deal with the Saudis that is worth a lot of money with PPV events the first was the Greatest Royal Rumble, now the only thing controversial was WWE slipping in Sasha Banks that seemed to get on the nerves of the Saudi leaders, and then when this controversy happened WWE said nothing but continued to receive criticism on demands to back out along with everybody including U.S. Democrats and Republicans saying “get out right now” and it even got to the point of John Oliver calling them out with skits that got John Cena and Daniel Bryan to back out, now people are saying why they did this now when they could’ve done this then in April at Greatest Royal Rumble. Maybe WWE put them up against the wall and the money was too good to pass? That’s my best guess because WWE held their firm to stay in Saudi Arabia to change the public view like John Bradshaw Layfield, Randy Orton and Mark Henry then using common sense.
Of course, WWE hid all mentions of Saudi Arabia in promoting like tickets info and TV ads even after the Saudis admitted, but everybody knew where they are but then again Road Dogg thinks all fans have the minds like fish right? Not to mention it was on a week after WWE Evolution a PPV for the women of WWE that was a surprisingly good PPV compared to Crown Jewel that was terrible including the Universal Title match and the “World Cup” which was all for “Murica” and enough said on the finals, plus Donald Trump and his tone-deaf supporters all said they didn’t have all the evidence of who killed Mr. Khashoggi even though it was right there in front of them. Must be nice to lead the country and upset the “liberals” for not using common sense and continuing this dangerous narrative. So yeah everybody has grown sour with Saudi Arabia but the President still holding firm with this deal, hey Trudeau do you feel like backing off with the Saudis too? Oh yeah didn’t Trump shoot down a bill Obama for the 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia or is that still up?
5. California Wildfires
The Fort McMurray wild fires were two years ago, and it devastated the small town and hundreds of acres of forest, then two years later it happened again. Recently this year Greece suffered a dangerous wildfire that killed 83 people, this one was just as bad but a collection of wildfires that the state suffered. The Butte County wildfires started when someone as of this writing hasn’t stepped forward as far as I know who started the fires, but it looks like a gas company that was a likely culprit due to poor pipeline that they reported started to spread sparks that may have started a small fire within the dry grass. The reactions of this fire were shocking and sad, Donald Trump decided to visit California and then proclaim the fires could’ve been prevented if people just “raked up their dry leaves”. Does Trump really care for California? He hates California so much he is ignorant with the facts, then again, his supporters are just as ignorant so who are we fooling?
The fires began to grow and forced many evacuations from every county to avoid the fires, unfortunately for some they were trapped unable to escape and died within the fires. 88 people died in this tragic fire and it destroyed a large collection of homes and forestry within the state some of them famous celebrities, even in Finland when Trump said they rake leaves their President was like: “Um, yeah but we also care for the environment” which Republicans pretend to care but turn around and say “ahh who needs animals, I need my trophy rug”. For those who are still need of assisting in the devastated areas please call the American Red Cross and donate right here (1 202 303-4498) because let’s be honest, Trump doesn’t care but you can make a difference and assist the state.
4. Ontario electing Doug Ford
Okay Ontario let me take you to a chair and allow me to smack you around in electing Doug Ford as premiere leader of the province. For those who don’t know who the Fords are, Doug Ford was Rob’s brother who infamously smoke crack and getting high that became a public nuisance that he would later vacate, then he would pass away in 2016 so his brother took up the mantle to run as part of the Progressive Conservative party of Canada, whom I like to call that group closet Republicans because just because they aren’t the corrupt Republican Party, doesn’t mean they have same ideals as they do.
Anyway, Doug Ford ran against Andrea Horwrath and the New Democratic Party, the Conservatives won 76 seats out of the 124 seats to form a majority government and a lot of the votes were in Southern Ontario rather inside. I think we can all agree the Ford’s hold a bad reputation inside the province but whoever voted for them better hope this doesn’t get out of control because already, the Ford government has already removed gender studies from Ontario schools. Why? Who knows and the shutdown of Hydro1 because something like this would benefit but nah get rid of it, also the Carbon Tax for reducing carbon he seems to have a bug up his rear about it. I hope 2019 doesn’t become some precursor of things to come then again, I believe were not this stupid to fall into this trap the Americans are under.
3. In Memorial
2018 has seen a growing list of sudden deaths some of them famous and some not as famous but had a following like for example celebrities like Stan Lee, Stephen Hawking one of the greatest minds of our generation, R. Lee Emery because wow that man has a heart of gold on his performances weather it’s a military general like Full Metal Jacket or a sheriff from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre yeah that one made by Michael Bay, Barbara and George Bush Sr, say what you will of them including the punching bag sons Jeb, that other guy and George Bush Jr, but they did have a legacy regardless of faults, the biggest shock was Stephen Hillenburg the creator of Spongebob Squarepants who died recently of this writing of ALS and say what you will of the show and its negativity within the past, but I can’t help to say it picked up the mantle from Rugrats, Anthony Bordain was a sudden shock because he was one of those people who love to explore the world and appreciate the countries he visited, Burt Reynolds, John McCain and Douglas Rain who gave the sinister HAL a voice.
In the sporting world it had seen some surprise and sudden passing’s like Ray Emery a former goalie who died tragically from a boating accident, pro wrestlers like Vader, Nikolai Volkoff, Jim “the Anvil” Neidhart of the legendary Hart wrestling Family but I would like to throw in another sudden passing that surprised people, he may not have been famous but he had a following of sorts and that person was Ronnie Edwards who was part of the Game Theorists YouTube channel who died of suicide after E3 in the summer, yeah say what you will of the Game Theorists channel and MatPat but they were friends overall so I wish the best of Ronnie’s family and friends. These people may have been famous and some not, but they were also on the level of famous people.
2. Shootings and the tone-deaf results
So, is nothing sacred in life? 2018 has been a trial of this very question we have seen shootings in churches, news networks and of course the sudden shock and surprise was the Stoneman Douglas School shootings. On February 14th a gunman entered the school and begun a gun spree that killed 17 students and injured 15 while the gunman Nicholas Cruz was arrested and taken in to trial and among the trial it was discovered he had a Instagram account of racism, homophobic and anti-sematic posts that was later taken down and explained in court but the key focus is the weapon he did to commit the attack also the assault rifle the one sold to gun owners who are protected by the NRA, you don’t need me to tell them who they are at this point. Now this was very close to take the top spot but this one was a tight between something else and the Channel Awesome controversy but enough said on that front, so this beat out in a margin.
Now the school shooting survivors being led by David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez and Cameron Kasky who wanted better legislation in gun control which is a fair point to bring I’m all for it, however, then came the ugly basket ready to pounce on this also known as your conspiracy theorists and right-wing channels saying it’s a false flag for muh gun right taken away. Yeah those decide to show up which is expected not to mention the harassment of families of those who lost kids to shootings, it’s a lesson we haven’t learn since Sandy Hook huh? Also, I support the families suing these shysters who spread those conspiracies. The NRA hounded down and called out and rather give the reasons of the behavior of kids in trouble like TV, movies, magazines, bullying in school and video games because they are getting tired of being the scape goats of school shootings, watch out children for the golden pipe from Mario Party, or watch out for the infamous poop from “Breathe of the Wild”. After that this arose the “Never Again” initiate to prevent school shootings which led to March for our Lives protests that was held across America and here in Canada, the NRA and Trump gave the tone-deaf results of words rather than action which resulted in November the NRA members in politics lost a large portion of members in seats because good riddance but Florida and Texas decided to say “meh” and keep Ted Cruz and Rick Scott as Senators. Then came the countless shootings in churches, news networks, YouTube and again the same song and dance approached. Maybe someday America will finally put this behind, but it’ll be a LONG time for that to happen.
1. Humboldt Bus Crash
In April of this year a bus carrying a high school hockey team from Humboldt, Saskatchewan called the Humboldt Broncos including their head coach were killed as some survived when a semi-truck collided into the bus. It shocked the country if not the world, the closet example of something similar of a tragedy involving hockey players was that in 2011 where a plane carrying a KHL hockey team called Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed after lifting off killing all passengers on board including a survivor pulled out but died due to his injuries. The person responsible of this incident was a 29-yr old Calgary native Jaskirat Singh Sidhu was charged with 16 counts of dangerous driving that caused death and 13 charges of bodily harm was arrested then was given bail to be paid but now is currently in a lawsuit with the families.
The sporting world took a notice and stopped to mourn and paid tribute like the NHL itself with a moment of silence before the Stanley Cup playoffs, of course Drake sporting a Humboldt Broncos jersey during the Raptors post-season run, tributes came in like fast and donations up to this total of 15 million dollars was given by GoFundMe. Also, people online placed their hockey sticks outside their doors in tribute. Its one of those things that a tragedy something like this can unify a country together and mourn, but also help others in very much need. Months later in September the Humboldt Broncos team came together back into action with a new squad of players for the new season and some of them injured are back in action, even though it was a losing effort for their season opener but leading their division. Some may not play hockey again but for some they may take Sledge Hockey a go.
So that’s it for my look back of the worst news of 2018. Join me next Monday as each week of December we look back the best and worst of 2018 as of this entry was for news, the next two weeks will be dedicated about movies best and worst and of course pro wrestling so stay tuned as I look back at the ten best films of this year.
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