Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not May 27 History World MS Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—May 27, 2015 Trust your Hump Day is proving to be a great one and better yet let us hope that Oklahoma and Texas are dry today and we in California are not.  As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video by Black Eyed Peas and opposing relevant quotes from Rachel Carson and Dr. Ed Remmers, looking forward to enjoying a grape popsicle, blessed with a positive attitude. and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like Fathers’ Day, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, 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. World MS Day —creating awareness of and seeking funding for research to find a cure for multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease affecting more than 2.5 million people by attacking the protein sheath protecting the nervous system. Cause is not known but some indication that smoking may be a contributing factor.
       2. Sun Screen Protection Day—creating awareness of the need to utilize sun screen as the ozone protection in our atmosphere may becoming more and more depleted.  
        3. 2009 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2009 on a long twelve week run Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas, another hip hop band formed in Los Angeles in 1993 but who achieved little success until 2003 after which it is claimed the band has sold more than 75 million records and sadly for us rock fans is still performing today. Here is a link to Black Eyed Peas performing Boom Boom Pow:
       4. National Grape Popsicle Day—a great way to beat the summer heat especially if outside fully protected with sunscreen.
       5. Sounds of Silence—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1907 Rachel Carson, the author of the landmark book Silent Spring  which detailed some of the adverse effects on DDT usage and other pesticides. Unfortunately, for people living in malaria prone regions the law of unintended consequences may have condemned millions to coming down with malaria due to restrictions on the utilization of the chemical in fighting mosquitoes.
On this day in:                                            
       a. 1703 Tsar Peter the Great founded the city of St. Petersburg.
       b. 1933 the Securities Act of 1933 was signed into law requiring the registration of securities with the Federal Trade Commission before being able to be issued to the public.   
        c. 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic.
        d. 1997 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Paula Jones could pursue her action for sexual harassment against President Clinton while he was still in office (if Hillary is elected and Bill Clinton becomes The First Man, for the sake of the office of the presidency one would hope that he controls his libido especially in his dealings with White House interns.                         
        e.  2014 in a shades of Dodds-Frank moment, Christine Lagarde, the President of the International Monetary Funds called for “tougher regulation and increased supervision” of the banking sector.
Opposing reflections on the use of DDT in the fight against malaria: “DDT was banned primarily on the basis of myths–myths having to do with cancer in humans and thin eggshells… Certainly, the millions of people who have died unnecessarily from malaria and typhus and other diseases that can be readily controlled through the use of DDT, these people really face a silent spring.” Dr. Ed Remmers, Vice President of the American Council on Science and Health “How could intelligent beings seek to control a few unwanted species by a method that contaminated the entire environment and brought the threat of disease and death even to their own kind?”
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring Tough choices always when the only species human beings with the power to do so seeks to control or alter nature.

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