Ridley's Believe It Or Not—November 3, 2014: Trust your weekend was a good one even if a Stanford fan watching the debacle in Eugene and totally refreshed with one more hour of sleep as clocks were set back early Sunday morning. As always hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche and a poem relating to Halloween posted on Halloween on www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com “Halloween not just for kids”, with a smile on your sunscreened face, enjoying a great sandwich, 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.
1. Culture Day (Japan)—observed in Japan since 1948, the date the postwar constitution of Japan was enacted, to promote Japanese culture.
2. Job Action Day—commemorating the need to be proactive in finding a job, unfortunately when the workforce is abandoning the search like leaves falling from trees in the late autumn.
3. Give Someone a Dollar Day—celebrating an act of kindness that is inexpensive and might bring a smile that you did not expect; best to involve a total stranger who will appreciate and not rag you for not giving more.
4. Can Student Debt Day—celebrating not a massive movement for burdened college students to default on their growing student debt but rather the birthday on this day in 1962 of Gabe Newell, a developer at Microsoft for 13 years who dropped out of Harvard and ultimately formed the video game company Valve and is worth today north of 1.5 billion dollars.
5. National Sandwich Day—celebrating the great invention of the Earl of Sandwich many years ago—the perfect way to eat on the run.
On this day in
a. 1964 to the dismay of Reds, residents of Washington, D.C. were able to vote in a presidential election for the first time.
b. 1969 President Nixon addressed the nation on TV and radio and asked the “silent majority” to support his policies in Vietnam; they did and over 10,000 U.S. troops subsequently joined the eternal silent majority with their names ultimately placed on The Wall.
c. 2013 a solar eclipse swept across the Eastern U.S., Europe, and Africa—great celestial show.Reflections on impact of silence whether from the majority or a minority and why one should voice one’s opinion or at minimum at least vote tomorrow: “For both parties, the most disagreeable way of responding to a polemic is to be angry and keep silent: for the aggressor usually t...akes the silence as a sign of disdain.” Friedrich Nietzsche, noted writer and philosopher and on this one right on point
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