By Melissa Burnham
A lot of our school has been in awe at some of the stuff Trump has done in the past year, the direction our country is going in, and some of the things people have come out and said. Whether your awe is more on the side of incredulous, or pleased, here’s a list of some things that have happened in the past century that are even more jaw dropping and incredible.
As a publicity stunt Putin had media follow him around while camping, primarily shirtless, out in Siberia. Primarily the media snapped photos of his bare torso as he fishes, ride horses, even as he starts a fire. Clearly they believed nothing would inspire more confidence than their country than their 57-year-old leader prowling out in the wild.
If you were airing on the side of worry, it could be worse, as it seems Italy has had their own Trump, Prime Minister Berlusconi. He has a net worth of 7 billion dollars, compared to Trumps 3.7 billion. He even amassed more conflicts of interests in his days. Most commonly he was put on trials because his businesses were being blatantly favored by some of his policies. His relationship with the media was even worse. It reached the point where Italy and Turkey were the only ones in 2005 who received a rating on media of “free to partly free” by the International Federation of Journalists. Trump might blast the New York Times all he wants, but at least he hasn’t shut them down.
One poor women called up the Prime Minister during a Q&A, she spoke about how the recent changes in healthcare would make it impossible for her to cover her life threatening illness. She explained how after rent and utilities she only would have 400 dollars left a month, and now it’ll cost around 850 dollars to treat her illness. When she mentions that she doesn’t have healthcare provided to her because she’s a sex worker, the Australian P.M. actually has the audacity to wink. For those of us a little put back by Trump’s previous comments about women, we’re not the first country.
Sir Pearce George a military leader in Australia at the time decided that one of Australia’s biggest threats were birds. World War I veterans had taken to farming in Australia, but as the Great Depression rolled around, most of these farmers were almost starving to death. Draughts combined with the horrific economy had many Farmers desperate. To make matters worse, Emu’s were eating all of their crops. They asked for assistance and Sir George decided to declare war on the birds. The most incredible part, equipped with machine guns and soldiers, the Australians actually gave up and retreated, effectively loosing to a bunch of birds.
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is the president of the Equatorial Guinea, a country with one of the highest GDP’s in the world due to their lucrative oil supplies. . The high GDP makes sense when you look at his lavish lifestyle, a Malibu mansion vacation house, a private jet. He seems like a rich prince. The craziest part is that the country has one of the highest child mortality rates, 20% of children die before they turn 5. The quality of life is absolutely horrific, and the government is seemingly useless. Useless at everything, except funding the Presidents lavish lifestyle, or maybe the President is just good at sneaking some extra cash into his bank account.
We might be feeling as if this is a time of drastic change, but just remember, there have been countries going through much more, much faster, and admittedly, much more ridiculously. Until we’ve waged and lost a war against birds, or seen Trump shirtless, we should be fine.