Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 15 History International Day Of Democracy

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—September 15, 2015 Trust your weekend was a great one and Taco Tuesday is off to a great start and  you are surviving the much needed rain this morning if living in Southern California  and as always I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  factoids of interest,  a music video  by Diana Ross, a relevant quote by Lawrence McDonald, looking forward to enjoying  a plate of linguine, 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. International Day of Democracy—another UN General Assembly declaration designed to promote and encourage democracy which sadly too many of us here in the U.S. take for granted and do not exercise the right to vote.  
           2. National Free Money Day—commemorating the filing of bankruptcy by Lehman Brothers on this day in 2008, the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, and observed by giving two coins or bills to a complete stranger who keeps one and passes the other to another stranger.
           3. 1980 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1980 on a run of four weeks in that position Upside Down by Diana Ross.  Here is a link to Diana Ross performing Upside Down:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GtyMeEcPPE
           4.  National Linguine Day—celebrating great pasta, especially when served with clams and white sauce.
           5. One Quarter Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1940 of one of the great wizards in professional football, Merlin Olson, defensive tackle with the Los Angeles Rams for 15 years and one of the Fearsome Foursome that included Lamar Lundy, Rosey Grier, and Deacon Jones.                                                                                                                                 On this day in:                                           
            a. 1935, the same day that Germany adopted a new national flag that featured a swastika, Germany enacted the Nuremburg Laws which deprived German Jews of their citizenship.
            b. 1947 RCA released the 12AX7 vacuum tube.    
            c. 1963 the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed with 15 sticks of dynamite, killing four African American children and injuring 22 others. 
            d. 1971 the first Greenspace ship set sail to protest nuclear testing.
            e. 1981 the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female Supreme Court Justice.
Reflection on the collapse of Lehman Brothers: “The plain and simple fact is that Lehman Brothers was not rotten at the core; she was rotten at the head. The head was ugly but the core of the firm was beautiful. I want the world to know about all the wonderful profit engines that flourished inside Lehman Brothers, even at the very end. What was utterly shocking is that the best and brightest talent at Lehman was kept far away as possible from the 31st floor decision-making center.” Lawrence G. McDonald, author of A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers
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