Monday, November 23, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For November 23, 2015 International Day To End Impunity

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—November 23, 2015, 424 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic term. Trust your Monday is off to a great start and your weekend was superb with your favorite college and pro teams winning; as always I hope you enjoy Monday’s  holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video  by Dinah Shore, a relevant quote from Dr. Robert Becker, looking forward to enjoying a bowl of cranberries, 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 To End Impunity—promoting awareness of the need to promote and defend the right of free expression since 2009. The date of November 23 was chosen to commemorate the Apatuan massacre in the Philippines when 32 journalists and media workers were murdered.                                    
         2. International Fibonacci Day—promoting the Fibonacci sequence where the third number is the sum of the prior two—hence celebrated on 11/23. Have no idea what if any practical application this sequence would ever have.
         3. 1948 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1948 on a long run of ten weeks in that position Buttons And Bows by Dinah Shore. Here is a link to a Dinah Shore recording of Buttons And Bows:
         4. Eat A Cranberry Day—celebrating that delicious tart fruit from a dwarf shrub that is the perfect complement to a Thanksgiving serving of turkey.
         5. Ladies Code Should Be Don’t Speed On The Road—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1992 of EunB one of the founders of the South Korean female band Ladies Code who was tragically killed in an automobile accident while speeding back from a concert performance.
On this day in:  
         a. 1876 the head of the corrupt Tammany Hall Boss Tweed was returned to New York City after being captured in Spain.                                 
         b. 1914 the last American forces withdrew from Veracruz which was occupied 7 months earlier to protect American lives and property that were being threatened.
         c. 1976 Apneist Jacques Mayol became the first person to reach the depth of 100 meters below the surface without breathing equipment.
         d. 1981 President Reagan signed a top secret directive authorizing the CIA to recruit Contras to battle the Sandinista government in Nicaragua.                                  
         e. 1992 IBM introduced the world’s first smart phone, the Simon, at COMDEX in Las Vegas—Bell South started sell the phone at $899 with a two year contract and managed to sell 50,000 units before the product was discontinued after 6 months.
Reflections on cell phones: “The greatest polluting element in the earth’s environment is the proliferation of electromagnetic fields. I consider that to be a far greater threat on a global scale than warming or the increase of chemical elements in the environment.” Dr. Robert Becker, two-time Nobel Prize nominee. 
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