I've made an informal list of my own predictions. It could turn out to be ridiculously wrong, of course. But now that we're more than halfway through the decade, I'll commit to my predictions so far. I'm missing more than a few, I'm sure. But I don't consider myself that deeply rooted here to be able to say. Submitted for any thoughts/comments. 420. Among marijuana smokers and those who empathize with them, "420" just refers to "pot-smoking time," whether 4:20 PM or AM, or if April 20 or in honor of any nation in the world where the time of day is 4:20, or was very recently 4:20 or will soon be 4:20. Does anyone have any Cheetos? 50 cent. Abramoff Scandal. Jack A. Abramoff (born February 28, 1958) is an American political lobbyist, Republican activist and businessman who is a central figure in a series of high-profile political scandals. He pled guilty on January 3, 2006, to three criminal felony counts in federal court related to the defrauding of American Indian tribes and corruption of public officials. On January 4th, Abramoff pled guilty to two criminal felony counts in a different federal court related to fraudulent dealings with SunCruz Casinos. On March 29, 2006, he was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison,the minimum allowed per the plea bargain, and ordered then to pay restitution of more than $21 million. As of 2006, Abramoff is currently free in order to testify in a related investigation involving the Florida gang-style murder of Suncruz Casinos owner Konstantinos Boulis. Abu Ghraib prison torture photos revealed; in an effort to top that, radical muslims begin beheading westerners and recording it on video. Thanks, Republicans. Amazon.Com hugely popular. Anthrax scares began around 9/11/01, with most federal investigations leading right back to high-level operatives in the US Government. Assholes in D.C. "Tell all those assholes in D.C. to get us the fuck out of here. This is bullshit. Either that or tell them to tell Bush to send over the twins. They can bunk with me. That would be useful." -An American soldier in Iraq, as quoted by Rep. Walter Jones, the North Carolina Republican who invented the phrase "Freedom Fries." Atkins diet. Leftover from 1990s I think, but we're now sick of hearing about it. Avril Lavigne. Beheadings of Westerners by Iraqi extremists. See also "Assholes who actually think that 'faith' is a good thing." Bittorrent. blogs. Blue states (states populated by people who generally don't have sex with their livestock). Bob Marley unimaginably popular superstar- decades after his death. Body jewelry. Brad Pitt. Britney Spears and Madonna kiss video. "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job." As of 2006, this is the most-recognizable quote of the decade. Bush (the one that's a goddamned fuckin' traitor and international war criminal- not to be confused with his heroic and honorable father). "But I have some good news. I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to Geico." Cell phones. Grandmothers and dogs, even, have 'em now. Cell phone digital cameras. Christopher Reeve died. Columbia shuttle disaster. Creationist nutjobs rename creationism "intelligent design." Clay Aiken, whoever that is. Clearchannel. Counterstrike. Creationist revival. Fucking idiots. Dick Cheney, world class ASSHOLE. "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, R.I.P. Ebay. Electronic voting widely implemented but without any physical audit trail. Public demos showed Diebold machines hackable. That has finally obliterated any last illusion of democracy in America. Election scandal - In 2002, with a tight Senate race in New Hampshire, Republican Party officials paid a Virginia-based firm, GOP Marketplace, to enact an Election Day scheme meant to depress Democratic turnout by "jamming" the Democratic Party phone bank with continuous calls for 90 minutes. People are serving time in prison for this election tampering, while the goddamned republican party paid all the legal expenses of the criminals. Eminem. Feng Shui. Firefox browser. Flatscreen monitors. "Flame" red/yellow/orange motif fad. "Four more years!" And thousands more died. Fox News, run by rightwing extremists, fools many viewers into mistakenly believing it to be a legitimate news organization. France jokes. Freedom Fries. Instead of French Fries, Congress's restaurant was asked to change the name to Freedom Fries. Years later, the guy who coined the term told the press that he communications from military officers in the field in Iraq have asked, bluntily, "Senator, get us the fuck out of here." gas scooters Gas prices pass the $2/gallon mark. [UPDATE AS THIS SPIRALS LARGER] "Google" becomes a verb, and justfuckinggoogleit.com becomes a domain. Grand Theft Auto. Halliburton scandals after their CEO becomes Vice President of the United States. Halliburton busted defauding government. Halliburton literally "lost" millions in military supplies being NOT provided to our troops. Nearly TWO BILLION DOLLARS is still unaccounted for evern after years of investigations. Halo 2. Harry Potter. HDTV Howard Stern fired for criticizing president. Hummers and Humvees. Hurricane Katrina. iPod. Iraq War. The wrong war, at the wrong time, in the wrong place, for the wrong reasons, wrongly but deliberately given an impossible mission, and backed by investors given limitless access and ability to defraud the US Treasury. Worse yet, it was contrived by the fanatical, deemed necessary by the profane, led by the incompetent, inspired by the immoral, financed by the preditory, and all baked at 125 bodyfluid-sucking degrees Fahrenheit while the band played on. Yet somehow our cousins and brothers and dads and sons and in-laws and daughters and mothers have persevered in the most impossible of circumstances. Some United States Marines and others have gone further, and one described his reason for refusing yet another tour of duty in Iraq with simple words, explaining his loyalty to the US Constitution with two simple words: "Semper Fidelis." Regardless, amidst the horror of combat and the futility of the following of orders, many have still found a way to render acts of kindness that will impact lives for decades to come. Look out for these brothers and sisters. Janet Jackson's breast was exposed on Superbowl halftime. Oh the huge mammaries. Jennifer Lopez. Jessica Simpson. John Kerry and John Edwards. Jon Stewart appears on Crossfire and fucks the show, flat out nails them doggy style and video'd in color right there on live national television. This is so rich that you can actually smell Tucker Carlson's vagina. As of Summer, 2006, this is still my favorite live video clip of the decade. Justin Timberlake Kazaa, spyware evil. Lou Dog. The most famous dalmation ever? Mars temporarily the brightest thing in the sky. As of 2006, this is largely forgotten among the mainstream public. But it was quite specatacular and memory-worthy. Martha Stewart jailed. Memogate - From 2001 to 2003, Republican staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee illicitly accessed nearly 5,000 computer files containing confidential Democratic strategy memos about President Bush's judicial nominees. Michael Jackson prosecution. Michael Moore. mp3 files. MySpace.Com Accounts Napster. New York Times (conservatives very frequently call for terrorist attacks on their building) Nick Berg. Outsourcing tech jobs. Paris Hilton Passion of the Christ. Paul Johnson beheaded Punked. Pwned Red States. Better dead than red. RIAA Rock on. Saddam Hussein captured. Satanic devil-worshing makes a comeback, this time under the name "conservative Christianity." SARS SCO v. IBM SMS Messaging on cell phones. Songs as "ring" on cellphones. Spam spongebob Spyware. Sublime. A 1990s band that never really quite made it big, especially after the death of frontman Bradley Nowell. Band became legendary and acquired cult-like status among American rock fans. Support our Troops magnets for cars. Not just for people who only support our troops from eleven goddamn thousand miles away and who couldn't find Iraq on a map due to their head being too far up their asses. Support our Oops. Survivor Taliban Ter. I have no idea what it is, but RepubliNazis talk about nothing else. Terrorist murder snuff-flick beheading videos. Terrorist leaders Yasser Arafat and Ronald Reagan die. Text messaging. See SMS. Teens spent their years staring at a cellphone display. "That's hot." The Simpsons rock on. Tom Delay scandals- House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) offered Rep. Nick Smith (R-Mich.) a $100,000 bribe on the floor of the US Senate. He's also dealing with other serious charges and by the time you read this, he's probably been in prison for a while. Torture in American concentration camps in Guantanamo and Iraq and Afghanistan and [keep adding to the list as the months go by because obviously this is Amerikkka's largest new export]. Tsunami of December 2004. USB RAM sticks. Ubuntu Usher Viagra War on Terror. So-called "war on terror" that is (pronounced: "tur") Watch this drive. Web cams. World of Warcraft. "Whathuuuuuuuuuuuup?" commercial and related parodies. YouTube.Com and the resulting greatness and seriousness.