After stating that the U.S. stands in solidarity with Manchester, Trump briefly laments the tragedy, the lives lost and the people injured. Key word: briefly.
It takes about 30 seconds before our president launches into the main point of his address: those responsible for this attack are losers. He won't call them monsters, no, they'll like that too much! They're bigly old losers, don't forget it, and we'll have more of 'em.
If you're watching the video above, feel free to take a shot every time he says "losers". (Hint: four. Throw in "monsters" for five.)
I don't disagree that the people who committed the attack are awful, but realistically, it would be amazing to see him be able to speak, extend his condolences and mourn the victims without immediately fear-mongering and throwing around childish, hateful speech. This was a concert that kids were at.
Maybe it's just the straw breaking the camel's back, but the video was nauseating. Is it so much to ask for a minute or two of sincere sympathy? Maybe a little dignity thrown in there too?
Something about the president yelling about losers in the wake of a tragedy involving so many people and children just doesn't sit right.
A fake bomb left behind during a security exercise led police to evacuate fans from Old Trafford on May 15, disrupting the final day of the English Premier League season and provided further embarrassment to one of the biggest sports teams in the world
According to the Associated Press, police initially described the device as "incredibly lifelike" as United's planned match with Bournemouth had to be postponed, to boos from some fans, and a controlled explosion was carried out.
Hours later, bomb technicians reported it was a fake. Local authorities said in a statement that the device had been inadvertently left in a toilet during an earlier training exercise involving sniffer dogs.
First off, a huge sigh of relief that it was just a fake bomb. Secondly, how do you forget a FAKE BOMB at one of the biggest and most recognizable venues in all of England?
The extra caution and heightened security in the soccer world had come as a direct result of the Paris bombings in 2015 during a soccer match involving the French national team. There was a match between Germany and the Netherlands that had to be canceled in November after police said they received a bomb threat. Luckily no explosives were found.
The Premier League rescheduled the match for Tuesday, May 17. United still has a shot at finishing in the top four, which would get the club into Champions League qualifying. Unfortunately, they have to outscore Bournemouth by 19 goals to qualify. Otherwise, they will qualify for the Europa League, a sort of second division tournament to the Champions League.
To highlight how nearly impossible that is, the largest margin of victory was in 1995, when United defeated Ipswich Town 9-0.
Rescheduling the match was not an easy task for the league. The Premier League had to take into account the FA Cup final between United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium in London on May 22.
The Premier League did apologize on Sunday for the inconvenience the postponement of the game caused to fans, some of whom had to travel thousands of miles just to see a Manchester United game. The organization did try its best to help some of those fans, such as giving tickets to another big match.
3. Drink a glass of water. A nice, cold glass of water will help put your uneasy stomach to rest, ease your breathing, and make you less dizzy or hot.
4. Find a quick distraction. A mindless distraction is best. Watch a show, read a book, or even color. Choose a distraction that is mindless, one that doesn't cause you to think about your anxiety or stir up any anxious thoughts. But, be sure to avoid activities that are competitive or full of pressure. The goal is to become calm and distracted, it is not to accelerate bad thoughts or your heart rate.
5. Have someone you can call. Panic attacks can often make you feel like you are quite literally going to die, and sometimes it can soothe a panicked mind to know that if a medical emergency were to happen there is someone who knows what is going on and can help. A word of advice for your anxious mind: it's scary to admit having anxiety or suffering from panic attacks, but if you're honest about it 99 percent of the time people will understand and help. The alternative is not telling anyone and randomly disappearing to deal with your attacks, which to those who don't know what's going on, may come across as flaky or rude, triggering more anxiety on your end.
6. Understand the science behind what's happening. Once you understand what anxiety is, and what is actually happening, the situation becomes much more manageable. For example, it's not a cardiac emergency causing you heart pain or a lung deficiency causing you shortness of breath, it's your bodies sudden over-exaggeration of the fight or flight response.
7. Avoid becomingsedentary. Try to keep the secluded distraction phase of coping with a panic attack to a maximum of thirty minutes. There's a fine line between responsibly taking time to yourself to fix the issue and feeding into the anxiety, inevitably making it worse. After about 30 minutes, resume what you were doing. Every time that you continue on after a panic attack rather than become secluded and sedentary for the rest of the day, the next panic attack becomes easier to get through.
8. Accept that it may happen again. Once you're feeling well enough to resume what you were doing, understand and accept that you may be having an off day and that it is very possible that you may have to repeat these steps later on in the day. That is okay and normal. Anxiety comes in waves.
9. Truly believe that this isn't your fault. This isn't something you're doing wrong. In fact, science can explain why it is happening. All you can do is follow these steps and improve each and every time you get through it.
10. Let yourself be proud for getting through it. Getting through a panic attack is an accomplishment. Avoid getting frustrated and angry that one happened and be proud that you did it. Anxious people often beat themselves up and have a hard time with self-love, but trust me; this is one thing you should definitely be proud of.
We Europeans have a certain affection towards American politics. The whole election process has an almost Hollywood feel to it, which stands in stark contrast to our own politics. In Europe, politics is what politics is "apparently" supposed to be. Straight-faced, issues focused, and no nonsense.
As Europeans, we take the political circus in America as something to be looked at from afar and enjoyed. Kind of like when you see two drunk guys getting into it over something dumb, and you watch from your window and laugh it up, maybe even get a side of popcorn while the shit unravels.
Which brings us to the biggest monkey in this circus act. Donald J. Trump. Like most people, Europeans assumed his run for GOP candidacy was some sort of PR stunt. Slowly but surely, we've kinda realized that this joke isn't so funny anymore.
Which is frightening to us, because we can't understand how the American people can allow themselves to be deceived by Trump. How voters simply accept his racist/xenophobic/islamophobic/sexist rhetoric, which he makes no attempt to hide, is what shocks us the most. His potential presidency was actually ranked as a top 10 global risk.
In Britain, politicians tend to focus on the issues at hand rather than on ideology. Coming up with cheap slogans like "Make Britain Great Again" simply wouldn't convince anybody in the UK.
You'd have to show practical things that demonstrate you can actually bring about prosperity. "It's not been easy, my father gave me a small loan of a million dollars" isn't likely to do you any favors over here.
Trump's rise is something we as Europeans laugh at, but at the same time take seriously. When spoken about, we just dismiss it as Americans being typically crazy and agree that someone like him even coming close to being in office would never happen in Europe.
Remember those who were lost this day 75 years ago.
On December 7, 1941 at approximately 8 a.m., hundreds of Japanese aircraft filled the sky above Pearl Harbor. Their mission was simple; destroy the American fleet that was stationed in the harbor, and for the next two hours, they did just that.
The Japanese fighter planes bombed and torpedoed the American battleship, destroyers, and other naval ships docked in the harbor. At 8:10 a.m. a 1,800 pound bomb was dropped on the USS Arizona. This bomb smashed through the deck and landed in the forward ammunition magazine. The resulting detonation would sink the battleship and the 1,000 men that were trapped inside.
Over the course of the two hours, Japanese planes would bomb not only the ships in the harbor, but also the airfields on the island of O'ahu. In total, 188 American planes would be destroyed and nearly 20 American ships would be damaged. Most ships would be repaired and recommissioned, but the USS Arizona and the USS Utah would never be salvaged. In fact, the USS Arizona sits at the bottom of the harbor still to this day, and it is regarded as World War II memorial site.
Tensions between America and Japan did no originate with Pearl Harbor, however. The Americans had recently laid a series of trade sanctions on Japan. This was done because Japan had become increasingly militaristic and had invaded Manchuria in 1931. This embargo put on Japan by America limited the natural resources they needed to fuel their empire, and to compensate for this, the Japanese turned their attention to the South Pacific.
The islands within the South Pacific held the resources they so desperately needed, but they wouldn't risk invading the islands with the American fleet looming in Pearl Harbor. So they engaged in an unexpected attack on the island of O'ahu in the hopes of crippling the American fleet.
This attack, however, did not succeed in crippling the American fleet in the Pacific. The American aircraft carriers, perhaps the most vital ships in WWII, were not stationed in Pearl Harbor. The Japanese also failed to cripple key American structures on the island such as oil storage depots, submarine docks, and the repair shops. This lead to a quick and effective rebound of the American fleet in the Pacific Ocean.
It was the very next day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt would give his famous "Infamy Speech" before a Joint Session of Congress. In this speech, President Roosevelt asked Congress to pass a deceleration of war on the Japanese Empire. The vote was passed almost unanimously with only one vote against the act by a pacifist in the House of Representatives. President Roosevelt signed the deceleration at 4:10 p.m on December 8, 1941.
The resulting war would take the lives of on over 400,000 Americans, and cause The United States of America to become one of the global superpowers of the world. To all of those who served in the military during World War II, I thank you, and to those who have served in the military since then, I thank you. I would not get to live in the land of the free if it weren't for your sacrifice.