Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 18, 2017 The Emmy Awards last night had nothing to do about rewarding and recognizing artistic achievement in television; but rather it was all about seeing which “celebrity” could bash Trump the most and to no one’s surprise the show’s ratings were at all time lows (I hear the howls at CBS over lost ad revenues and the prospect that next years ratings will be even lower); the Senate has just exceeded 50 votes as votes are still being counted in favor of a 692 billion dollar defense bill including and I hope the obese lunatic is listening $8.5 billion for the Missile Defense Agency which means a good number of Blues probably are on board (those of whom voted against it will be listed tomorrow) ; we barely survived the 1-2 punch of Harvey and Irma and now with Maria looking exactly like the track of Irma’s earlier days will Florida get another Cat 4 hit or will it blast drenched but not significantly damaged areas of the East Coast?; Trump may have jumped the gun based on instinct but he called in right on London bombing as two suspects were part of the Syrian refugee exodus plaguing Europe; with no thanks to establishment McConnell and a healthy dose of I will believe it when I see it, the Republicans are growing more confident that they will get the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare; the Marvin K Moody of politics, Hillary Rodham Clinton starts her formal book tour of the delusional What Happened with really surprising news that it is number one on Amazon (even more shocking is that on an “interview” NPR she raised the possibility of contesting Trump’s election if Mueller proves collusion with the Russians by Trump---fade away into oblivion Marvin K); Trump will be addressing the UN tomorrow and it is a good bet that its members are not going to like what they hear (hope he calls for a reduction in our funding which is almost a fifth of the UN’s budget to use the money for the Wall); through September 17, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2726 and the death toll again on the rise to 471 while the city seems to not be doing anything to prevent the killing and maiming of its minority residents—a real definition of racism which is deadly.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Chubby Checker, factoids of interest for this day in history, relevant quotes on ebooks and ereaders by three children, wondering if the Congress should be drinking more kava but secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. International Read an Ebook Day—created by ebook publisher Overdrive to promote the sale of ebooks and the ire of chiropractors who will lose potential patients no longer having their backs aches due to carrying pounds of books to class or on vacations but counterbalanced by the eco warriors who will rejoice that less trees are being cut down.
2. World Water Monitoring Day—created by America’s Clean Water Foundation to promote awareness of the need to protect and preserve our water resources from pollution and disease causing organisms which given the potential for the large areas of Florida and Texas inundated from Harvey and Irma that may be infested with almost 99 percent fatal brain eating amoeba seems very apropos to observe.
3. 1960 Number One Song— the number one song in 1960 on a run of 1 week (too strenuous to dance well?) in that position was “The Twist” by Chubby Checker introduced by a very young looking Dick Clark. Here is a performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHGXwQeUk7M Despite his weight that goes with his name he is still alive today at 75 but probably not twisting as fast or as furious.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “kava” which is a psychoactive drink made from the root of the kava plant found in Polynesian Islands but is not considered physically addictive or leading to dependency and may be perfect to require the Congress to consume to decrease stress and gridlock.
5. To Split a Pair—celebrating the birth on this day in 1951 of noted neurosurgeon who once successfully separated Siamese twins conjoined at the head, ran unsuccessfully for president in 2016 and is now serving as Secretary of HUD.
On this day in:
a. 1793 George Washington laid the cornerstone to the Capitol Building which was completed in 1800.
b. 1851 the first edition of the New York Daily News now known as the New York Times was published.
c. 1882 in a sign of the growth of California the Pacific Stock Exchange opened in San Francisco and remained in business until 2006 when it was merged into the NYSE.
d. 1977 Voyager I took the first photo of the Moon and Earth together.
e. 1997 in a move he probably regrets after all of the scandals swirling around the UN, Ted Turner an atheist donated a billion dollars to the UN (wonder it the donation was a result of Hanoi Jane’s pressure and if it was poor Ted got only four more years out of the donation before Hanoi Jane became a devout Christian and filed for divorce in 2001).
Reflections on e-books from the people who we need to get into the habit of reading the sooner the better, our children: “I read more because I have an ereader” 14 year old girl in Georgia; “You can tap on a word to see what it means or make it big or small.” 9 year old girl in Virginia; “It’s more fun, may cost less and is good for the environment’ ten year old boy in Texas. I rarely leave home unless by Nook is packed in my pocket or in by computer bag. 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 www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com 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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