Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For February 17, 2016 Digital Learning Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 17, 2016. Unfortunately, still 337 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but fortunately only 17 days until the start of the Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth. Interesting theater in Nevada as Sanders has closed to a statistical dead heat with Hillary whose film clip at a campaign stop barking like a dog certainly got CJ’s attention on Fox this morning after being a guest for winning Best of Show last night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. I trust your Tuesday is off to a great start and even if you were not romantic enough to have ordered a customized poem from the Alaskanpoet, your Valentine’s Day was a great one.    As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, factoids of interest, a relevant quote by Thomas Hobbes, looking forward to enjoying some Indian pudding, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. Digital Learning Day—promoting awareness of the need to overcome the digital divide between students outside the classroom as having no or very slow internet access is a kiss of death to one’s educational progress.   
2. World Human Spirit DayThis observance was started by Michael Levy of Point of Life in 2003 to promote a human spirit that lives the creative, peaceful, loving life that it was meant to live and is observed by  two minutes of silent meditation at 3:00 p.m. If you see a bunch of people in the park suddenly this afternoon go to a lotus position and close their eyes for two minutes you now know that they are celebrating this observance.
3. 1977 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1977 on a brief run of one week in that position Blinded By The Light by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. Here is a link to Manfred Mann’s Earth Band performing Blinded By The Light:
4. National Indian Pudding Day—pleasing the American craving for baked pudding made from cornmeal, molasses, spices and milk.
5. Air It Outcelebrating the birthday on this day in 1963 of Michael Jordan, noted basketball player for the Chicago Bulls and product endorser for Nike and its Air Jordan line of sneakers. 
On this day in:                                                                                                   
a. 1600 in a no-religion-is-immune-from-barbarism moments, the philosopher and scientist Giordano Bruno was burned alive for heresy at the Campo de’ Fiori in Rome.  
b. 1863 in Geneva, Switzerland a group of citizens formed the International Committee for Relief to the Wounded which later became known as the International Committee of the Red Cross.  
c. 1876 sardines were first canned by Julius Wollf in Eastport, Maine.  
d. 1933 the Blaine Act ended Prohibition in the United States.      
e. 1972 cumulative sales for the VW Beetle exceeded those of the Ford Model T, the first automobile produced on assembly lines.                                                                   
Reflections on the difference between opinion and heresy: “They that approve a private opinion call it opinion; but they that dislike it, heresy; and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion.” Thomas Hobbes, noted 17th Century British political philosopher One way to stifle debate and discussion very quickly is to label an opposing view as heresy thereby justifying the death of those holding such views.
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© February 17, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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