Friday, December 18, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For December 18, 2015 International Migrant Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—December 18, 2015, 399 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Trust your Friday is off to a great start and your weekend plans are set; as always, I hope you enjoy Friday’s  holidays and observances,  a music link to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Teresa May, looking forward to enjoying a plate of roast suckling pig, 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 Migrants Day—observed since 2000 to create awareness of the plight of migrants more poignant today given the flood of migrants trying to escape the violence in Syria and trying to pour into Europe.                             
         2. Free Shipping Day—observed by over 1100 retailers to squeeze the last drop of spending from a shopper’s wallet—free shipping for purchases made online today.
         3. 1970 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1970 on a run of two weeks in that position Tears Of A Clown by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Here is a link to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles performing Tears Of A Clown:
         4. National Roast Suckling Pig Day—celebrating what has to be one of the more time consuming meal for the holidays taking up to two days to prepare and since it involves eating a piglet that has not been weaned from its mother a sense of disquiet.
         5. Man Of Steel—celebrating not the birthday of Superman but rather bemoaning the birthday on this day in 1878 of Joseph Stalin whose orders killed and imprisoned more people than any man in history, making Adolf Hitler look like a choir boy by comparison, whose spirit apparently still lives in Putin.
On this day in:  
        a. 1912 the Piltdown Man which ultimately proved to be a hoax was announce by Charles Dawson. 
         b. 1932 the Chicago Bears defeated the Portsmouth Spartans (now known as the Detroit Lions) in the first NFL Championship Game.
         c. 1958 DARPA successfully launched the world’s first communications satellite.                                                          
         d. 1987 Larry Wall released the first version of the Perl Programming language.  
         e. 1997 HTML 4.0 was released by the World Wide Web Consortium.                    Reflections on migration from a British perspective which would be applicable here: “The U.K. needs a system for family migration underpinned by three simple principles. One: that those who come here should do so on the basis of a genuine relationship. Two: that migrants should be able to pay their way. And three: that they are able to integrate into British society.” Theresa May, British M.P. and Home Secretary Ridley corollary would be to also add with respect non family migrants “and whose services and skills are needed by this nation since they are in short supply.”
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