It was a tumultuous year. North Africa has broken free and left the US Sphere of Influence (for now). The US House of Representatives is divided on the two choices of whether to bankrupt the federal government or to let the US economy collapse. They couldn't decide between the two and so passed no budget for 2011 and operated under a continuing resolution. Europe and the Middle East are in uprising. Economic progressive movements, not afraid to be labelled "communist", are taking place in the US for the first time since the 1930s. For the first time, a US President ordered the assassination of a US citizen without due process of law. The president ordered the assassination of Osama bin Laden. The CIA has begun tapping anyone outside the US who mentions frustration at US foreign policy on the internet. The president vetoed a peace treaty between the Palestinians and Israelis. Israel is on the verge of war with Iran. The now-Shia-controlled Iraq hangs tenuously within the US sphere of influence as our troops are withdrawn. Some really terrible movies were made. Thankfully, the age of that oppressive brain box known as televison is spiralling into terminal decline. The Italians bought the Chrysler company, leaving only two US-based auto manufacturers remaining. An inarticulate, yet highly-informed generation is taken the place of the old brainwashed, yet articulate generation.