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by Kitty Testa

So you think 2016 was the worst year ever? In a global sense, I would nominate almost any year in the 20th century as being far worse than 2016. Over that 100-year span, approximately 200 million people were killed from war, deliberate famines and pogroms, and over 800 million perished in epidemics.

Yet, since most of us missed most of the catastrophe in that century, and best and worst are relative terms, many are ringing out the old year with relish. Surely a “Good Riddance 2106” meme has popped up on your Facebook feed within the past few days. Yes, some bad things have happened this year, but we’ve all heard that every cloud has a silver lining. Whether you believe that or not, good often comes out of bad.

Here are some of the things that have made 2016 an awful year for many, but show us that some clouds, at least, do have silver linings.

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About The Author

Kitty Testa

Feeling the pain of government regulations and ill-advised policies 40+ hours a week, I write about business issues from a libertarian perspective. I am a Certified Management Accountant and work as the Corporate Controller for a group of manufacturing companies. I received my BA in history from the University of Illinois at Springfield. I've been married to my husband, Vince, for 36 years, and we have four grown children and three grandchildren who are on the hook for all the wasteful government spending of the last several decades. I'd like to see them have a more libertarian future, with freedom and real choices. And I'm also a Trekkie. :)