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2010 Reflections, 2011 Predictions

The year of 2010 was considered a rough year for the United States. There was a variety of economic issues, a tragic oil spill, and two tumultuous wars. The world's troubles were no less; they also included evident with failing economies, political struggles and natural disasters.

The environment faced both natural and man-made disasters in 2010. An earthquake in Haiti rocked the country to its roots early in the year. European travel and United Kingdom travel was suspended, disrupting traveler's schedules for the better part of a week. When a volcano in Iceland erupted, making it too dangerous for commercial flights to fly. The Gulf of Mexico was tainted by an oil spill of massive proportions. Destroying a way of life and ecosystem throughout the Gulf. The oil gushed unchecked into the serene waters, for more than 100 days. BP was accused of mismanagement and the spill was labelled Obama's "Katrina" due to the delayed response and reaction of the Administration.

On the other side of the globe, the Middle East suffered through massive floods, resulting in 1/5 of Pakistan being under water. The country sides of Russia and Israel were scarred by wildfires.

2010 was also a year of unusual political events in the United States. Blue-blooded Massachusett's elected Scott Brown, a Republican candidate to take the senate seat of late Senator Ted Kennedy. In the mid-term elections, the Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives, and the backlash against the incumbents and influence of the Tea Party were evident. However, the Democrats were not without victories, with the passage of Health care reform and the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell".

Arizona took a stand on illegal immigration, filing a law that was popular with the people, but not popular with the Democratic majority in the Congress. The Federal Government along with several other States filed a suit against Arizona. California even threatened to boycott the state of Arizona. Immigration was a hot issue in 2010 with Anchor Babies and the Dream Act both receiving political play, but neither resulted in political action.

Other significant events included: the Ground Zero Mosque debate, rising tensions between North and South Korea, honor killings and the publicized stonings of women accused of adultery in the Middle East.

2010 rated high on the intrigue meter with the "Russian Spy swap" and the sexy Anna Chapman capturing the interest and intrigue of the world.

The organization WikiLeaks drew attention by posting a host of controversial classified documents. Some hailed the Wikileaks founder Assange, a hero, others called for criminal prosecution. Julian Assange always the advocate for transparency, may have had a different view when the police report from his criminal rape case were leaked online.

The entertainment world had several successes. Avatar was a huge Box Office hit, the edgy teen show Glee gained popularity and the Beatles finally inked a deal with iTunes. Many stars that had once shown bright dimmed in 2010. Tiger's cheating and philandering ways came to light, losing him endorsements and the respect of fans. The Blagovich Trial and R rated tapes and recordings while focused on politics, and corruption were also rated high for their entertainment value.

The year of 2010 did have it's miracle, with the amazing survival of 33 Chilean miners buried alive for more than 2 months.

What is in store for 2011? It is likely that there will be a tightening in spending with towns, counties, states and countries attempting to curb their spending throughout the US, while maintaining services.

About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for RecordForAll http://www.recordforall.com audio recording and editing software.

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