Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Hypertension Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 17, 2017   After all the drama in Washington and irresponsible calls for impeachment by ideologues like Al Green, the market concerned that Trump’s pro growth deregulation and tax cut agenda may be stalled (zero progress on those vital components of a successful growing economy which will be dead in the water if the Blues get their way and have a special prosecutor appointed) tanks today with the Dow down over 250 points (if a public union member call and thank Schumer and his lackeys for whacking your pension); Comey’s memo which has created the firestorm still not released and questions arise as to why if true he did not go to the DOJ but sat on it; North Korea, Russia, Iran and all the other despots of the world must be thanking their lucky stars that the Blues are pedal to the metal bent on destroying the Trump Presidency; even Canada is not safe from the PC police as Nova Scotia cancelled the vanity license plate “Grabher” used for over 20 years by Lorne Grabher (when will this nonsense ever end?); on the 420 front Colorado’s pot sales for the ninth straight month are running at over $100 million a month as one town Durango is feeling the adverse effects of being overwhelmed by homeless tokers and panhandlers; the death toll of police officers killed in the line of duty rose to 51 with the death of a Montana deputy; almost a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated in May  with total shootings in 2017 through May 16 increasing by 19 to 1204 and the death toll increasing by 2 to 207, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Khaled and Quavo feat. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping your doctor is not guilty of iatramelia, a relevant quote from Joe Baistianich, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Fathers’ Day, 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 Hypertension Day—created in 2005 to create awareness of the “silent killer” high blood pressure which is a leading cause of strokes and heart attacks particularly among obese, smokers and those who rarely exercise. Today if in a drug store with a blood pressure measuring machine, take your blood pressure and if it is not below 140/90 it would be a great idea to make an appointment to see your doctor.    
2. World Information Society Day—commemorating since 2006 the importance to society of ICT and to promote awareness of the need to bridge the digital gap among nations and communities.    
3. 2017 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2017 on a current run of 1 week in that position “I’m The One” by Khaled and Quavo feat. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne. Here is a recording of them performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “iatramelia” which means medical negligence and why one should try to check out one’s doctor before going into surgery.     
5. Big Love, Weak Heart—celebrating the birth on this day in 1955 of noted actor Bill Paxton who appeared in such films as Apollo 13 and Titanic and the TV series Big Love but who died of a stroke following heart surgery at the age of 61 hopefully not due to iatramelia.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1792 the New York Stock Exchange was formed.   
b. 1814 to the joy of my Norwegian friends the Constitution of Norway was approved and Crown Prince Christian Frederick of Denmark was elected King of Norway by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly. 
c. 1875 Aristides won the first Kentucky Derby.     
d. 1954 in a what took you so long moment, SCOTUS in the case of Brown v. the Board of Education voted 9-0 to overturn the precedence of Plessey v Ferguson to outlaw segregation in public schools.    
e. 1990 in another what took you so long moment, the General Assembly of the World Health Organization voted to remove homosexuality from its list of psychiatric disorders.
Reflections on how to fight high blood pressure: “Your pantry is your first line of defense against food-borne illness and things like high blood pressure and cholesterol.” Joe Bastianich, noted restauranteur and author. If a Red I would add TV channel changer to avoid watching the Clinton News Network or MSNBC with their steady stream of pinhead leftist high blood pressure inducing  biased trash. 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.                                                                                                                   © May 17, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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