Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not August 27 History National Petroleum Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—August 27, 2015 Trust your Thursday is off to a great start and as always I hope you enjoy Thursday’s holidays and observances,  factoids of interest, a music video  by The Angels, a relevant quotes by Bernard Bernanke and Marcy Kaptur, looking forward to enjoying an a pot de crème pie (key lime pie without the crust), blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like 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. National Petroleum Day—celebrating the beginning of the Petroleum Age in Titusville, PA by Edwin Drake’s striking oil at 70 feet below the surface on this day in 1857. 
       2. The Duchess Who Wasn’t A Duchess Day—honoring works of Irish author Margaret Hungerford who wrote under the pen name “The Duchess” which was also the title of one of her more popular novels published in 1887.                                   
       3. 1963 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1963 on a run of three weeks in that position My Boyfriend’s Back by The Angels.  Here is a link to The Angels performing My Boyfriend’s Back:
       4. National Pot de Crème Day—great way to enjoy the same taste of a key lime pie without the crust.  
       5. Never An Edsel In This Line Daycelebrating the birthday on this day in 1961 of the iconic fashion designer Tom Ford, chief designer for YSL and Gucci.
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1883 the Krakatoa Volcano near Java erupted with a force of 1,300 megatons killing over 40,000 people.
       b. 1928 the Kellogg-Briand outlawing war was signed by 15 nations which obviously did not end war, merely allowed early invasions like Japan into Manchuria and Italy into Ethiopia not to be accompanied by a declaration of war.      
        c. 1955 The Guinness World Book of Records was first published.
    d. 1979 Lord Mountbatten, uncle to Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, was assassinated by an Irish Republican Army bomb while on a boating holiday near Sligo, Ireland.     
       e. 2001 Angelina Jolie was named a goodwill ambassador for the UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency.
Reflections on petroleum as it is priced today at under $40 a barrel and our fracking industry is under great political stress as a part of the Obama war on fossil fuels:
“I believe America's chief strategic vulnerability is our dependence on imported petroleum.” Marcy Kaptur, 16 term Democratic Congresswoman from Ohio who surprise, surprise takes reasonable positions on issues like energy.
 “Growth in U.S. real imports slowed to about 3 percent in 2006, in part reflecting a drop in real terms in imports of crude oil and petroleum products.” Ben Bernanke, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
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