Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not May 31 History World No Tobacco Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—May 31, 2015 Trust your weekend is off to a good start. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, a relevant quote by David Byrne, looking forward to enjoying a mint julep watching a tape of American Pharaoh winning the Kentucky Derby, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like Fathers’ Day, 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 No Tobacco Day—a worldwide observance of for 24 hours a complete absence of use of tobacco in any form—a first step for those who quit today to have a chance to not join the list of at least 6,000,000 who will die from tobacco use and the estimated 600,000 nonsmokers killed by second hand smoke.
       2. Save Your Hearing Day—although most of the words spoken in Washington, D.C. are not worth hearing, hearing loss, especially as one ages, is, to use a bad simile, not a pretty sight. Ear plugs at INDY 500’s or Who rock concerts (120 decibels) or when working with heavy construction equipment is a great idea.  
        3. 2013 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2013 on a five week run Can’t Hold Us  by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featuring Ray Dalton, an American rap band whose song Thrift Shop has garnered an estimated 750 million YouTube views. Here is a link to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis with Dalton performing Can’t Hold Us:
       4.  National Macaroon Day—definitely a tasty treat which is made from coconuts and leavened egg whites and may have originated in Italy in the late 18th Century.
       5.  Make My Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1930 of that iconic director and actor Clint Eastwood.  
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1790 to the joy of artists and writers then living and in the future, the United States passed its first copyright act, the Copyright Act of 1790.
       b. 1889 over 2,200 people died when a dam above the town of Johnstown, PA was breached unleashing a 60 foot high wave of water.     
       c. 1909 the National Negro Committee, the forerunner to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People convened for the first time.
        d. 1977 to the great joy of Americans seeking U.S energy independence, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System was completed.
        e. 2005 Vanity Fair revealed that Mark Felt was Deep Throat for Woodward and Bernstein’s exposing the Watergate Scandal. If only there is another Deep Throat in the IRS wanting to come forward on the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.                  
Reflections on the need to eliminate tobacco usage: “The true face of smoking is disease, death and horror - not the glamour and sophistication the pushers in the tobacco industry try to portray.” David Byrne, noted musician with the Talking Heads. Definitely his thoughts expressed above are directly on point. Anyone who continues to smoke despite the warnings and evidence better hope that that he or she do not develop arthritis in the thumbs and has great hand strength in order to operate on continuous demand a morphine pump in the last stage of lung cancer.
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