Saturday, February 20, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For February 20, 2016 World Day Of Social Justice

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 20, 2016. Unfortunately, still 335 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but fortunately only 15 days until the start of and my daily updates on the Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth. Interesting theater in South Carolina and Nevada today and a very moving funeral for Justice Scalia at which Obama was MIA. I trust your weekend is off to a great start and as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, music links to Queen and Nirvana, factoids of interest, a relevant quote by Kurt Cobain, looking forward to enjoying a slice of cherry pie, 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. World Day of Social Justice—promoted by the UN since 2009 to encourage member nations to address social issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment.    
2. National Love Your Pet Daycommemorating the practice of loving your pet whether it be a cat, dog, or something more esoteric like birds, snakes or tarantulas.                        
3. 1980 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1980 on a run of four weeks in that position Crazy Thing Called Love by Queen. Here is a link to Queen performing Crazy Thing Called Love:
4. National Cherry Pie Day—celebrating a really great pie although the day should be celebrated on Washington’s Birthday or the 4th of July.
5. Nirvana in Music Not in Horsecelebrating the birthday on this day in 1967 of Kurt Cobain,  the lead singer and song writer for the band Nirvana that sold over 75 million albums worldwide. but who struggled with heroin addiction and who committed suicide at the age of 27 leaving a wife and very young daughter behind. Here is a video of one of Nirvana’s greatest Smells Like Teen Spirit:
On this day in:                                                                                                   
a. 1792 snail mail began with the signing of the Postal Services Act by President Washington which created the U.S. Postal Service with stamps selling at $.06 to $.12 ( $1.5 to $3 in today’s dollars which explains why the Post Office runs a huge deficit).  
b. 1872 the Metropolitan Museum of Art was opened to the public in New York City.
c. 1943 in a bending of the first amendment due to World War II, movie studio executives agreed to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.
d. 1962 John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits before splashing down. .
e. 2012 scientists regenerated a 31,800 year old Silene Stenophylla seed that had been buried and then covered by ice in Siberia.                                                                   
Reflections so true from the mouth of one who has battled heroin addiction: “Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem. They're no good at all.” Kurt Cobain who sadly could not overcome his demons.
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