Friday, August 12, 2016

August 12, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Elephant Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 12 2016 Only 88  days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 251 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press?); Thailand joins the tourist locations where no one is safe from bombings although not sure whether latest attacks are ISIS related; interesting Wikileaks on the relationship of Epstein (the billionaire sex predator and Bill Clinton’s proclivity for trips on his “Lolita Express”; more emails implying the pay to play while Hillary was Secretary of State; increasing calls that “short circuited” Hillary needs to release her full medical records; Trump seems to continue to fail to nail Hillary on her failed economic plan and scandals by diversions of claiming Obama is the father of ISIS with a biased media ready to crucify him on any misstep; Republicans seem hell-bent on turning the White House over to HTC are demanding the RNC defund Trump; one of the three British girls who traveled to Syria to become jihadist brides and fight for ISIS is believed to have been killed; the body cam videos of the LAPD shooting and killing a 14 year old Latino in Boyle Heights have still not yet been released; while the world totters on yet another crisis in Ukraine, 13 states have filed suit to enjoin Obama’s transgender bathroom policies.
    On the sports front, Michael Phelps won his 22nd Gold Medal; the Simone Biles and Aly Reisman took the gold and silver in the individual all around gymnastic competition; Simone Manuel became the first African American to win a gold medal in swimming.
       Going to is a great way to start your day along of course with
       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Bee Gees, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from David Attenborough, while looking forward to enjoying some Julienne fries, 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 Elephant Day—created in 2012 to promote preservation of the habitat of elephants and to promote anti poaching efforts of hunters who kill them for their ivory tusks. Given the chaos in this year’s election and bickering among Republicans one might want to expand the observance to fostering means to preserve the symbol and being of the Republican Party.  
2. International Youth Day—created by the UN in 2000 to foster awareness of the cultural and social issues facing the youth of this planet.         
3. 1971 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1971 on a run of four weeks in that position “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?” by the Bee Gees. Here is a link to the Bee Gees’ recording of “How Do You Mend A Broken Heart”  Great sibling trio for many years.
4. National Julienne Fries Day—celebrating a great way to cut down on calories if you limit yourself to a given number of French fries since these a much thinner than normal fries.     
5. You Can’t Take It With You So Give It Away—celebrating or if a foe of Obama and Hillary bemoaning the birth on this day in 1930 of George Soros, a multi-billionaire hedge fund philanthropist who has given 14 million dollars in support of Hillary’s campaign.        
On this day in:
a. 1851 Isaac Singer was granted a patent for his sewing machine.    
b. 1948 thirteen prominent Jewish writers and poets were executed on Stalin’s orders on bogus charges of espionage.     
c. 1964 South Africa was banned from the Olympics due to its apartheid policies but the U.S. with its Jim Crow laws still in force but under attack in the South was not.   
d. 1981 IBM released the IBM Personal Computer for sale.    
e. 1990 Sue, the largest skeleton to date of a Tyrannosaurus Rex was discovered in North Dakota by Sue Hendrickson.    
Reflections on our stewardship of the fauna of this planet, especially elephants: “The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?” David Attenborough, noted English broadcaster and naturalist. Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
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