Top 10 Facts – 2016

*sigh* I guess I have to talk about this? I mean, I’m not even from the US and I am
glad the election is over. But it was a big part of 2016 so let’s just
get it over with. And just in case I sound
a bit strange in this video it’s because I have a cold and there’s
not much I can do about that unfortunately. Okay, so in case you missed it, like there
was any chance of that, the new leader of Freedom™ (USA) was finally elected in November. It began in June of 2015 when Donald J. Trump
officially announced that he would be running for president of the United States and most
people reacted much like this. BILL MAHER:
And which republican candidate has the best
chance of winning the general election? ANN COULTER:
Of the declared ones? Right now, Donald Trump. Very few people saw him as a serious candidate
but that quickly changed and in July of 2016 Trump was officially selected as the
Republican Party’s nominee. So now, it was Donald Trump up against the
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump focused on making America
great again and building walls. DONALD TRUMP:
We will build a great wall along the southern border! DONALD TRUMP:
And Mexico will pay for the wall, remember. While Clinton went for the relatability approach. HILLARY CLINTON:
I don’t know who created Pokémon Go. HILLARY CLINTON:
But I’m trying to figure out how we get
them to have Pokémon Go to the polls. Meanwhile the rest of the world looked on
in disbelief as this reality TV-show, masquerading as a presidential election, gradually descended
into insanity. A seemingly never-ending stream of scandals
and controversies… …debates mainly consisting of post-truth
and he-said-she-said arguments… HILLARY CLINTON:
Well that’s because he’d rather have a puppet
as president of the United States. DONALD TRUMP:
No puppet! No puppet! HILLARY CLINTON:
It’s pretty clear… DONALD TRUMP:
You’re the puppet! HILLARY CLINTON:
It’s pretty clear you won’t admit… DONALD TRUMP:
No, you’re the puppet! …and actual news coverage of Tweets… CNN:
*quoting tweets on screen* …has only proven that facts, reason, and
civil discourse has long left planet Earth. As the election finally came
to a close in November it was predicted by most that the
Pokémon expert would win. But as we all know, she did not, and not-a-puppet is
now set to become the 45th president of the US of A. KEITH ELLISON:
And we better be ready for the fact that he might be leading the Republican ticket. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS:
I know you don’t believe that but I wanna go on… In the midst of this political fiasco the world collectively
decided it was time to obses over the death of a gorilla. The gorilla, named Harambe, was shot to death
at a zoo in the US after he got a hold of a child. The incident received international coverage
and induced global controversy. Not only because the video was recorded vertically
but also because Harambe was, well, killed. Something that many argued could’ve been avoided. Nevertheless, the three-year-old boy survived
and a biopic is now set to be released in 2017. 2016 was also the year the UK voted to leave
the European Union in a highly controversial referendum known as Brexit. Not to be confused with the highly controversial
vote to eat Breakfast. ANDREW R. T. DAVIES:
Mark my words. We will make breakfast.. Brexit! AARON HESLEHURST:
Worldwide export drive saying breakfast? NICOLA STURGEON:
Brexit mean breakfast. AARON HESLEHURST:
Breakfast.. Brexit. AARON HESLEHURST:
After the UK. After breakfast. AARON HESLEHURST:
Okay, let us stay with the theme of breakfast. The Breakfast campaign promoted independence
as the solution to numerous concerns regarding immigration, border control, and various economic
and legislative issues. However, while 52% of the population voted
to leave, it seems that a large number of voters did not fully comprehend the potential
consequences of doing so. Well at least they didn’t parade around in
a giant red bus with potentially voter-decisive promises printed on the side only to backtrack
on those promises after the fact. That would’ve been strange. SUSANNA REID:
The £350 million pounds a week we send to the EU
which we will no longer send to the EU. SUSANNA REID:
Can you guarantee that’s gonna go to the NHS? NIGEL FARAGE:
No I can’t. And I would never have made that claim. SUSANNA REID:
I don’t know how many people voted on the basis of that
advert but that was a huge part of the propaganda. SUSANNA REID:
You’re now saying that’s a mistake? Whether or not independence will ultimately
be a good thing for the UK or the prologue to a Black Mirror episode
remains to be seen. It’s difficult to pinpoint the single most
widespread meme or viral trend of 2016 so I guess the entirety of the US election will
have to suffice. I mean, it’s even received a dedicated page
on and we all know why. DONALD TRUMP:
I’m very highly educated.
I know words, I have the best words. I have the be… With that being said, while Mr. Trump may
have won the electoral vote, we all know that the true champion of the election was none
other than Ken Bone. ANDERSON COOPER
One more question from Ken Bone. KEN BONE:
What steps will your energy policy take to
meet our energy needs. KEN BONE:
While at the same time
remaining environmentally friendly. KEN BONE:
And minimizing job loss for fossil
power plant workers. Other memes include Ted Cruz being outed as
the Zodiac killer… …mother nature herself choosing Bernie Sanders
when a bird landed on his podium, Trump’s tiny tiny hands… DONALD TRUMP:
He said I had small hands. They’re not small, are they? …and perfectly normal human reactions by
Hillary Clinton. Non-election related viral trends included the Mannequin
Challenge, this feat of modern lyrical brilliance… …a poorly animated frog on a unicycle… …and what can only be described as an ad
for a shoe brand. A leak known as the Panama Papers
unraveled over the course of 2016. The leak consisted of 11.5 million documents
and originated from a Panamanian law firm known as Mossack Fonseca. The documents contained financial information
about shell corporations owned by or connected to presidents, kings, politicians, executives,
celebrities, and many other powerful and influential individuals around the globe. But what’s so interesting about many of these
shell corporations is that they have been used for various illegal purposes such as
tax evasion, fraud, kleptocracy, money laundering, etc. In other words, the rich and powerful have
taken advantage of various loopholes in an effort to remain rich and powerful. And the world collectively gasped in shock. Some people with direct or indirect ties to
these documents include the Prime Minister of Iceland, the President of Argentina, friends
and relatives of Vladimir Putin, the King of Saudi Arabia, the Prime Minister of Italy,
various people connected to the Clinton family, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,
members and Presidents of FIFA, Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods, Jackie Chan, Simon Cowell,
and many many others. As I’ve covered anniversaries in my last two
end-of-the-year videos, it only seems appropriate to continue that tradition and to remind you
all that your youth is slipping away as the inevitability of death is approaching ever
so swiftly. 10 years ago; the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation
3 were released. Twitter was launched. Google acquired YouTube. The two sitcoms That ’70s Show and Malcolm
in the Middle concluded. And the solar system lost a planet as the
word “planet” was formally redefined and as a consequence Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf
planet. 50 years ago; Star Trek began while the animated
show The Flintstones concluded after six seasons. 75 years ago; the attack on
Pearl Harbor took place and consequently lead to the
United States’ entry into World War II. 100 years ago; one of the bloodies battles
in not only World War I but all of human history, known as the Battle of the Somme claimed the
lives of over a million soldiers. Pokémon became a widespread phenomenon this
year due to the immensely popular mobile augmented reality game Pokémon Go. It’s been downloaded over half a billion times
and has been praised for incentivizing people to become more physically and socially active. However, it also generated controversy due
to various accidents and safety concerns. Some examples include people getting lost,
increased inattentiveness, trespassings, traffic accidents, and even a few deaths. On the 15th of July, soldiers marched unto the streets
of Istanbul and other major cities across Turkey. They were part of a faction of the Turkish
military who wanted to overthrow the Turkish government due to various political motivations. Over 300 people were killed as a result but
the coup ultimately failed as the attackers were defeated by forces still loyal to the
state. Tens of thousands were arrested and detained
in the aftermath and the president of Turkey issued a three-month state of emergency. It’s believed that the coup leaders where
part of a movement known as the Gülen movement that is led by an Islamic preacher living
in the United States. And even though Mr. Gülen has denied any
involvement, hundreds of thousands have now been fired from their jobs on accusations of
simply having connections to the movement. On August the 19th, Samsung released their
latest smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7. Demand for the phone was initially high and
sales exceeded expectations. But then, something interesting happened. Reports from all over the globe suggested
that the phone had severe issues with overheating. A defect that was so extreme that the phone
could literally burst into flames or even explode. Samsung were then quick to identify a defect in the
battery of the phone and began offering replacements. That is, until the replacement phones began
exploding as well. Perfectly illustrated here in this real-to-life
recreation. Cars were set aflame and multiple flights
had to be canceled. Production of the Galaxy Note 7 was eventually
discontinued and the company lost an estimated $17 billion due to the mishap. As divisive as this year has been for many,
most seem to agree that 2016 has not been great. And I must concur as it was truly a challenge
to find positive things to say about 2016. Natural disasters. Unnatural disasters. Celebrities and other public figures passing away. But through the chaos and destruction a beacon
of hope is shining as bright as ever. It’s been a pretty exciting year for astronomy
and related fields beginning with a revolutionary astronomical observation. A phenomenon known as gravitational waves,
that had been predicted by Albert Einstein exactly 100 years ago in 1916, was in February
announced to have been detected and observed for the very first time. Thus confirming the last remaining unproven
prediction of general relativity and redefining the future of astrophysics forever. In September, a 30 tonne meteorite was discovered
in Argentina, making it the forth largest meteorite ever discovered on Earth. An earth-like exoplanet was found orbiting
within the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun. In a new effort to find life on the planet Mars, the ESA
and Roscosmos launched the ExoMars mission. Unfortunately, the probe that was supposed
to land on the Martian surface crashed into the planet and left a tiny black dot as evidence
of its demise. The world’s largest radio telescope was completed
in China and will, among other things, be used to scan the cosmos for signs of intelligent
life as none have been found on planet Earth. The spacecraft Juno began orbiting Jupiter
and photographed the planet’s north- and south pole for the very first time. Many had speculated that the poles of Jupiter
may exhibit a hexagonal shape, much like the north pole of Saturn, but as we now know this
is not the case. And finally, the private spaceflight company
SpaceX performed a vertical landing on a floating platform after numerous failed attempts. A perfect example of how
science fiction becomes science fact.

The Left Has Cognitive Dissonance. How Do We Fix It?

Let’s touch base with our color from the five
one seven area code before we run out of time. Who’s calling today from five one seven five
one seven. Are we muted? No, you’re not. What’s going on? Five one seven. [inaudible] are you there David? Yes, I am. You there, David? Yes, I am. Uh, hi. I was calling in today to ask you, what do
you think we can do to combat cognitive dissonance within the liberal party, the liberal. And I find that whenever a lot of people like
that last call, or bringing facts to people, if they talk red mining, if you want to bring
up Obama droning the hell out of the middle East and starting new legal Wars, if you want
to bring up the poisoning of our water for four decades, three decades, excuse me, three
decades by almost every single president with open munitions burnings, people just closed
down. It’s not just the right, like people want
to think the left is in a state right now. We’re, we’re closing down as well. We don’t want to hear the facts if they don’t
conform to our worlds. Do you want our bubbles? So what can we do on the left to try to bring
our own side back to, I might not like these facts, but the facts. Yeah. Listen, I mean, I, we can only do this at
the individual level. Uh, I regularly make it a point on this program
to say I’m on the left. The program leans left. I think that the left is right on way more
issues than the right. But there’s issues where Republicans and Democrats
are both guilty of almost the same thing to almost the exact same extent. I mean, you can’t do anything other than to
tell the truth. And this is more of a, of a behavioral economics
issue. It’s a psychology issue. It’s more than partisan. But being aware of it is step one and step
two is pointing it out when we see it. And you know, I try to do that every day. So do you think that there’s much hope for
things getting better? Yeah, I have hope. I mean that’s one issue where I am optimistic. I think if we go back to teaching critical
thinking, uh, at an early age, if we teach civics and philosophy starting in middle school,
I think that we will predispose people to be less, um, uh, subject to the cognitive
dissonance you’re talking about. That’s my hope. Where I would argue with you that you can
look in, people are willing to voice them. They’re willing to put their wait, wait. They’re willing to what? Okay. It looked like he said willing. Did he say willing to drink poison? I don’t know. This is a problem. I’m trying to deal with it here and it requires
some bigger systemic solutions. That’s all the time I have today. Sorry to everybody. I didn’t get to quick rake much more right
after that.

Hillary Clinton in California: Important to unify Democratic Party

HILLARY CLINTON: I’m going to wait and see
where we all are after tomorrow. I am, as you rightly point out, on the path to not
only have a very big lead in the popular vote, but a very significant lead in the pledged
delegates. And so, we’ll take stock about where we are tomorrow. I’m going to do everything
I can to unify the Democratic party and I certainly am going to be reaching out to Sen.
Sanders and hope he will join me in that. Because we’ve got to be unified going into
the convention and coming out of the convention to take on Donald Trump and to repudiate the
kind of campaign he is running and make it very clear that’s not the kind of president
or commander-in-chief that we want.