Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 27, 2017 After the Reds under McConnell blew it totally on repeal and replace Obamacare after promising from the day it was passed they would do just that, today the markets are on pins and needles to see what Trump will propose later today and more importantly what inane reflex delusional slams we will see from the Swamp obstructionists led by Chuck and Nancy; despite Trump and Pence campaigning for Strange, Moore waxed him by 10 percentage points; Kim has at least one supported outside of North Korea and that person is Maduro whose socialist programs have bankrupted a once prosperous country and is starving its people but is urging them to prepared for war with the U.S.; Taya Kyle has taken aim at the NFL or the expanding idiocy of protesting racial injustice by refusing to stand during the National Anthem (all these idiots are doing is diverting and postponing any rational discussion on what should be done to improve relations between the black and white community, especially in the area of jobs, education, and criminal justice); through September 25, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2821 and the death toll rising to 486 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 Archies, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Frans Lanting. on the benefits of tourism, reminded that if there are flash flood warnings, stay away from khors and 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. World Tourism Day—created by UN to promote global tourism as a means of economic development and to create better understanding among the citizens of different countries (last goal may be illusive given the perceived arrogance of wealthy tourists in developing countries and the desecration caused to pristine locations). The theme this year is “Sustainable Tourism” which is probably a euphemism for don’t litter and pick up the trash.
3. 1969 Number One Song— the number one song in 1969 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies. Here is a performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9nE2spOw_o
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “khor” which means a dry watercourse which is something one will not find in Puerto Rico after being hit by two back to back hurricanes.
5. Let Go to Be Number One--celebrating the birth on this day in 1984 of Canadian born singer and songwriter and lover of tattoos Avril Lavigne who became the youngest female singer at the age of 15 to have a record “Let Go” hit number one on the UK’s top records list.
On this day in:
a. 1954 The Tonight Show hosted by Steve Allen debuted on NBC.
b. 1968 the musical Hair opened at the Shaftesbury Theater in London where it would play for 1998 performances before closing due to a roof collapse in July of 1973.
c. 1962 Rachel Carson published her book Silent Spring detailing the adverse environmental effects of indiscriminate use of pesticides, especially DDT which led to an environmental movement, the ban of DDT in the U,S, and the ultimate formation of the Environmental Protection Agency but sadly curtailed malaria carrying mosquito eradication programs worldwide allowing malaria to remain as one of the leading killers of human beings in developing countries.
d. 1979 in another example of the unchecked growth of the federal government the Department of Education received approval to become the 13th Cabinet, a cabinet which Betsy DeVos is trying to drain today.
e. 1983 Richard Stallman of MIT announced the GNU Project a free Unix-like operating computer system.
Reflections on the benefits of tourism: “Tourism is important because it can create sustainable local economies. I'd much rather have 1,000 tourists going up the Tambopata than 1,000 gold miners.” Frans Lanting noted Dutch photographer specializing in photographing wildlife. Even with all the litter and trash tourists create a far less destructive footprint than miners who take their wealth with them and leave all sorts of tailings and and scars behind. 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.Poet Extraordinaire Beyond Compare
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