Thursday, December 3, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For December 3, 2015 International Day Of Persons With Disability

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—December 3, 2015, 414 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic term. Trust your Thursday is off to a great start; as always, I hope you enjoy  Thursday’s  holidays and observances, a link to Guy Mitchell singing Singing The Blues, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Philip Zimbardo, looking forward to enjoying a plate of fritters, 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 Persons With Disability—observed since 1992 by the UN to promote awareness of the needs of persons with disabilities and the benefits to society of the integration persons with disabilities into all aspects of society.                                    
         2. Happy National Having A Roof Over Your Head Day—celebrating the satisfaction of one of the most basic needs—a roof over one’s head by both a sense of gratitude but also a contribution to a homeless shelter especially now that winter is upon us along with colder temperatures which makes life miserable for the homeless living in the open on the sidewalks and parks.
         3. 1957 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1957 on a run of two weeks in that position You Send Me by Sam Cooke. Here is a link to Sam Cooke’s recording of You Send Me:
         4. National Apple Pie Day—celebrating another really great way to enjoy apples especially with a scope of ice cream or a slice of cheddar cheese.  
         5. Who Needs Swim Fins When You Have A Tail—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1960 Daryl Hannah, noted actress and the best looking mermaid to appear on the silver screen.
On this day in:  
         a. 1910 to the future joy of residents of Las Vegas, George Claude demonstrated neon lighting at the Paris Motor Show.
         b. 1964 police arrested 800 students who had taken over the administration building at the UC Berkeley campus in protest over the UC Board of Regents’ decision to ban protests on UC property.
         c. 1982 a soil sample from Times Beach, Missouri revealed the presence of the pesticide dioxin 300 times the legal limit which resulted in the permanent complete evacuation of the entire town.
         d. 1984 in Bhopal, India a Union Carbide pesticide plant released a cloud of methyl isocyanate killing almost 4,000 people and injuring 150,000-600,000, 6,000 of which died later. It was one of the worst industrial accidents in history.        
         e. 1992 an engineer from the Sema Group sent the world’s first text message from his personal computer on the Vodaphone network to a colleague’s phone.                                 
Reflections on advice for persons with disabilities: “My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you doing well, and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit as well as physically.” Stephen Hawking, noted English theoretical physicist who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s Disease and despite his progressive disease continued to fight it and advance his career.
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