2016 was a particularly hard year for our little blue-green rock, it seems. This list is in no way exhaustive, there are many things we simply didn’t have room for – Standing rock, for example. As we look back over the last year, let’s take a moment to dedicate ourselves to doing better in 2017, wherever we may be, in whatever ways we can. Here are 25 of the awful things that happened in 2016.
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Millions of Bees died due to gross human incompetence.
Dorchester County, S.C., decided in late August to spray for insects, specifically mosquito, due to Zika outbreaks (though all reported cases in S.C were related to travel in South America). Instead of spraying at night (when mosquitos are out and bees, people, and most pets are in), and giving plenty of notice (so organic crops or hives could be covered), they ran a notice on their Facebook page, and then promptly sprayed the deadly insecticide Naled the next day, causing the death of millions of bees. Naled, by the way, should not come into contact with humans according to the EPA. It’s also worth noting that the government sprayed Naled from the air via plane, over private property and damaged private property, as several beekeepers lost their main source of income.
Brangelina is no more.
Not only did Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie announce the end of America’s Sweethearts on September 20th, it got ugly really fast, with Brad being accused of abuse of their children (He was cleared in November), and having to fight to get joint custody of their children.
On July 8th Five Dallas Police Officers were murdered by a sniper at a Black Lives Matter event.
The event was a peaceful protest against fatal police shootings of black men earlier in the month. The Dallas shooter was connected with the New Black Panther Party, which has promoted violence against whites. The Dallas Police Chief did say it was “payback”. It should be noted that the officer who shot Philando Castile was charged once the investigation was completed.
A 20 year old college student was shot and killed while playing Pokemon Go at a park in San Francisco.
No confrontation, no known motive, no leads, just some poor dude shot in the chest while hunting for Pokemon.
Prince died of an accidental opioid fentanyl overdose on April 21st.
Known as one of the greatest musicians of our time, he was only 57.