Ridley's Believe It Or Not—June 8, 2014: Hope your weekend is proving to be a great one, free of exposure to the bookends of hypocrisy and ignorance and after a Sunday crossword free of the drippings of the contents of your jelly-filled donut, you enjoy the holidays, factoids, and quotes.
1. World Oceans Day—created by the United Nations in 2008 to honor the oceans, its products such as seafood and its intrinsic value such a avenues of transportation of people and goods.
2. World Brain Tumor Day—created by the Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe (German Brain Tumor Association) in 2000 to promote research and cures for brain tumors ( circa 70,000 new cases in the U.S. each year) and support for the patients suffering from brain tumors.
3. Race Unity Day—created by the National Spiritual Assemble of the Bahá'ís faith to combat racial prejudice.
4. Jelly-Filled Donut Day---celebrating a classic tasty high caloric donut treat which can be enjoyed without guilt if Sunday is a day to also go on a long bike ride or walk.
On this day in:
a. 1789 James Madison introduced 12 amendments to the Constitution, 10 of which were ratified by the States by 1791 to become our Bill of Rights without which many of the freedoms like speech or assembly which we hold dear would not exist.
b. 1949 in a mind of blind naming the blind moment the Edgar Hoover’s FBI released a report naming various celebrities, including blind and deaf author and activist Heller Keller, as members of the Communist party.
c. 1972 in one of the more vivid images of the carnage of the Vietnam War, Associated Press photographer Frank Ut took his Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of a naked 9-year old Vietnamese girl Phan Thi Kim Phuc running down a road after being burned by napalm with other civilians fleeing from the bombings. 17 surgeries later she survived and is now a Canadian citizen active in the Kim Phuc Foundation providing medical and psychological assistance to child victims of war.
On Race Unity Day this may be the family tree of racial prejudice: “Hypocrisy is the mother of all evil and racial prejudice is still her favorite child.” Don King, noted American Afro-American boxing promoter On the father’s side: “Prejudice is the child of ignorance” William Hazlitt, noted 19th Century English writer, commentator and art critic. Now if we can only keep hypocrisy and ignorance apart we might have a better chance to solve the problem.
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