Saturday, August 20, 2016

August 20, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Mosquito Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 20, 2016 Only 80 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and 258 days since Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press?); in the photo op department, Trump has just crushed Hillary and Obama by in the aftermath of the flooding devastation flying to Louisiana and with Pence unloading needed food supplies while Obama is playing golf and Hillary is “resting”; while Trump in a very presidential tone and manner stayed on message the entire week, Hillary was not having a good week as doubts and concerns growing over her physical fitness to serve, the email scandal will not go away as a federal judge has ordered her to answer under oath questions in a Judicial Watch FOIRA suit and Powell flatly denies her allegation that he advised her to use a private server (whom should you believe?); Congress is still in recess and the Zika virus is spreading before the finger pointing escalates out of control the Blues blocked in the Senate a $1.1 billion anti Zika virus bill; federal immigration judges have blocked almost 100,000 deportations sought by ICE; Arizona District Court Judge Snow has referred Sheriff “Joe” of Maricopa County for criminal contempt of court charges for ignoring his order to stop racial profiling.
        On the sports front, Lochte has hired the public relations firm used by Justin Beiber for damage control of his reputation and endorsement deals; Bolt won his third gold medal; the U.S. Women’s Water Polo Team crushed Italy 12-5 for the gold medal and Simon Boles will carry the U.S. Flag during closing ceremonies.
    On the sports front, Lochte and his three teammates may be in the hot water portion of the pool as the supposed robbed at gunpoint may not be true (Lochte is fortunate enough to be back home while the other swimmers have been detained in Brazil but endorsement deals may have left his financial pool); and in a the fourth time is not a charm moment Walsh Jennings in her bid for a fourth gold medal in women’s beach volley was beaten in the semi finals to the Brazilian team. 
       Going to is a great way to start your day along of course with and reading Clinton Cash would be a great read to understand the quid pro quo mentality of the Clintons.
       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to The Emotions, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Anthony Fauci, while looking forward to enjoying several large glasses of ice cold lemonade, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events 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. World Mosquito Day— as the Zika virus cases in U.S. begin to spiral out of control ironic today we celebrate not the mosquito but rather the discovery by Sir Ronald Ross on this day in 1897 that malaria is transmitted to humans by female mosquitoes.    
2. Virtual Worlds Day—celebrating since 2008 the growth of virtual worlds in gaming, training and communicating with more and more people entering the virtual reality each and every day.           
3. 1977 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1977 on a run of five weeks in that position “Best of My Love” by The Emotions. Here is a link to The Emotions performing “Best of My Love.”  In HD no less.   
4. National Lemonade Day—celebrating another great way to cool down on a hot summer day.    
5. A Better Mann—celebrating not the birthday of Congressman James Mann whose name is affixed to the Mann Act of 1910 though aimed at slavery and prostitution brought the federal government into the bedrooms of consenting adults on a selective and often racist basis but rather the birthday of Floyd Mann born on this day in 1920 and who as the Alabama Director of Public Safety was instrumental in protecting the lives of “Freedom Riders” in the early 60’s in Alabama from attacks by the Klu Klux Klan.           
On this day in:
a. 1882 Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture premiered in Moscow.      
b. 1920 the first commercial radio station, 8MK (later renamed WWJ), opened in Detroit, Michigan.      
c. 1962 the NS Savannah, the world’s first and one of only four nuclear cargo ships built  began its maiden voyage and remained in service for ten years before its high operating costs forced its retirement.     
d. 1968 500,000 Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact troops invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring” with its capitalistic reforms and individual liberties that Alexander Dubček instituted in January of that year.      
e.   1993 after a month of secret negotiations involving Israel and the PLO the Oslo Accords were agreed to and publicly signed in Washington, D.C. a month later.       
As mosquitoes develop immunity to insecticides and as malaria may become more drug resistant reflections of new frontiers of the genetic sort: “For the first time, we have the genetic sequences of all three of the players in the global malaria debacle: the parasite, the anopheles mosquito and the human. It's a very important milestone. Anthony Fauci Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases  Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
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