Ridley's Believe It Or Not—August 23, 2014: Trust your weekend is proceeding well and that you enjoy the holidays of some distinction along with the factoids and quote from Alexander Solzhenitsyn with a smile on your face, a positive attitude and a large slice of spongecake in front of you before calling it quits for the day secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem tailored to the event and the recipient.
, 1. Black Ribbon Day—commemorating and honoring since established by the European Union in 2009 the victims of Stalinism and the Nazis which totaled over 20 million; hopefully in commemorating in one voice especially as we watch the savage acts of ISIS and Boko Haram we shout “Never again!”
2. International Day Of Remembrance Of Slave Trade And Its Abolition—a UNESCO observance since 1998 to bring awareness of the transatlantic slave routes between Africa and the Americas; sadly the practice relating to young women still lives in parts of Asia and as we have seen in areas in which Boko Haram reigns.
3. Valentino Day—mourning the death of the silent films legend Rudolph Valentino on this day in 1926 following surgery for appendicitis and gastric ulcers.
4. National Spongecake Day –celebrating that classic summer day joining of eggs , flour and sugar into an oven an topped with ice cream or berries, much better than SpongeBob.
On this day in
a. 1970 Caesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers organized the largest farm workers’ strike in U. S. history the Salad Bowl Strike.
b. 1991 Tim Berners-Lee in a truly revolutionary business and social moment opened WWW to new users; the world wide web to the public-commerce and social interaction will never be the same again.
c. 1996 Osama bin Laden issued a declaration of war against the U.S. for occupying two hold places; sounded very much like the declarations coming from the savages of ISIS—hope our CinC is listening this time.
One cannot think that just because Stalin is dead that the evils of Stalinism died with him; look only to Putin: That bowl of soup—it was dearer than freedom, dearer than life itself, past, present, and future.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich.
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