Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 23 History International Day To End Impunity

Ridley's Believe It Or Not—November 23, 2014:   Posted Friday morning a Thanksgiving poem for your reading enjoyment which can be found on my blog:  Trust your weekend is proving to be a great one with your favorite pro and college football teams in the win column. As always I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quotes from Congressman Wolf, with a smile on your sunscreened face, looking forward to enjoying a handful of fresh cranberries, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event or the coming Christmas, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient.  You need only contact me for details.
       1. International Day To End Impunity: commemorating  on this day in 2009 the Ampatuan Massacre in the Philippines of 57 civilians including 32 journalists and media workers the deadliest attack of all times on the media and to create awareness of the need for free expression by artists, writers, poets, and journalists.

Although the pen may be mightier than the sword, one might not have the same degree of confidence against the bullet.
      2. Mother Goose Day—founded in 1987 by author Gloria Delamar author of Mother Goose: From Nursery Rhymes to Literature to promote an appreciation for nursery rhymes the first step in a child’s journey of literacy and enjoying it.
       3. Kid Me Not Day—celebrating not the need for the truth sorely lacking in the White House but observing the birthday on this day in 1859 of William H. Bonny aka Billy the Kid, a notorious gunfighter of the American West who according to legend killed 21 men until he himself was gunned down by Sheriff Pat Garrett in 1881. 
       4. Eat A Cranberry Day—celebrating that great bog berry whether eaten raw or in a cranberry sauce to accompany the Thanksgiving turkey.     
On this day in
      a. 1644 John Milton published a pamphlet Aeropagitica which decries censorship.
      b. 1963 the BBC broadcast the first episode of Dr. Who which became the longest running science fiction series in television history.
      c. 1993 the first Smartphone, the IBM Simon was introduced at Comdex in Las Vegas.
      d. 2001 the Convention on Cybercrime was signed in Budapest, Hungary. Although 50 nations have signed the Convention, hacking by the Russians and Chinese to obtain identities and classified material and steal intellectual property remains a major problem.
     e. 2007 in a déjà vu Titanic moment, the MV Explorer, an expedition cruise liner carrying 154 passengers sank in the Antarctic Ocean after hitting an iceberg; fortunately there were no fatalities.
Reflections on cybercrime: “There are two kinds of people in America: those who have experienced a cyber attack and know it; and those who have experienced a cyber attack and do not know it.” Frank Wolf, Republican Congressman from Virginia since 1981 How true it is and how true it may be especially in terms of our power grid how unprepared we are.  
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