Sunday, September 4, 2016

September 4, 2016 Ridley's Belive It Or Not National Wildlife Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 4, 2016 Only 65 waning days to go for Trump to pivot before we elect a new president and in an era where politicians really need to be transparent 274 days since hiding Hillary has held a formal press conference (where is the outrage of the press as she refuses to answer any questions from the press although in a condescending way she will allow some reporters to travel with her as she leaves the fund raising trough of her wealthy Hollywood and Wall Street friends to return to campaigning among staff predictions of a landslide); FB1 did a Friday data drop of its notes  on its questioning of Hillary (which more and more commentators are claiming to be a whitewash with no transcript and no Miranda warnings); we know Hillary used a BleachBit to destroy her “personal” emails but she must have found a BleachBit pill for her memory as she answered 39 questions with a “I don’t recall” or claimed ignorance of classification and procedure for handling classified material; Trump was at a Detroit black church reaching out to the parishioners for which the media editorialized as opposed to reporting; after 90 murders in Chicago the month of August, in the first days of September total murders exceeded to date all the murders in 2015 (where is the outrage of the BLM as most of these were black on black?); Syracuse caved to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) by disinviting an Israeli director from presenting his film on West Bank settlements at a  film festival in March of 2017; the president of the EU announced that Europe’s ability to take in Syrian refugees has reached its “breaking point” (until ISIS is destroyed and Assad replaced the refugees will continue to pour across the borders bringing with them intermingled jihadists and a growing pool of unassimilated, easy to be radicalized Muslims); Hermine grew back up to hurricane status and will pound the Northeast for several days; finally of the sports front Stanford opened with a win, but Arizona, UClA (tough overtime loss), and USC (slaughter) lost their opening games.
        As Trump is trying to become more presidential, 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 Boyz II Men,  factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from James Surowiecki, while looking forward to enjoying a bowl of macadamia nuts,  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. National Wildlife Day—celebrated since 2005 in honor of the memory of conservationist Steve Irwin to promote awareness of the need to protect our wildlife and promote the efforts of zoos to preserve endangered species. Good day to contribute to the zoos or at minimum take the family for a visit to one close to you.                                                    
2. National Newspaper Carrier Day—honoring a part of Americana which is fading as newspapers lose circulation, vending machines to sell newspapers are common and in large metropolitan areas carriers use their autos on subscription routes to deliver the news as opposed to the paperboys on bicycles and commemorating Barney Flaherty, the nation’s first paperboy hired on this day in 1831 by the New York Sun.                
3. 1992 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1992 on a long run of thirteen weeks in that position “End Of The Road” by Boyz II Men. Here is a link to Boyz II Men performing the song.
4. National Macadamia Nut Day—celebrating the filet mignon equivalent of beef in the nut world, the macadamia nut which contrary to popular belief originated in Australia and was named after John Macadam but Hawaii is the place that produces most of the these tasty buttery flavored nuts.
5. The Father Of Modern Architecture—celebrating the birth on this day in 1856 of Charles Sullivan, often dubbed the father of modern architecture and the architect for many steel skyscrapers while also a mentor for Frank Lloyd Wright.
On this day in:
a. 1882 on a day in which many consider to be the beginning of the Electric Age, Thomas Edison flips the switch on the world’s first electric power plant bringing electric power to a one mile square area of lower Manhattan.              
b. 1886 in an end of an era moment, Apache Chief Geronimo, after 30 years of fighting, surrendered to General Miles in Arizona.
c. 1951 the world’s first live transcontinental television broadcast took place from San Francisco reporting on and covering the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference. 
d. 1957 Democrat Governor Faubus of Arkansas called out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent 9 black students from enrolling in Little Rock’s Central High School in defiance of Brown v. Board of Education.  Republican President Eisenhower sent in units of the 101st Airborne (without any of its black members) to escort the students to school and nationalize the Arkansas National Guard to remove it from Faubus’ control.  A bit of history with only two percent of blacks supporting Trump seems to have forgotten as Blue leaders fight tooth and nail to curtail charter schools which beat the pants off public schools especially those in the inner cities.  
e. 1998 Stanford students Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google; today both have a net worth of around $35 billion each.
Reflections on a the internet and lost opportunities and the lure of “if I had only”: “The history of the Internet is, in part, a series of opportunities missed: the major record labels let Apple take over the digital-music business; Blockbuster refused to buy Netflix for a mere fifty million dollars; Excite turned down the chance to acquire Google for less than a million dollars. James Surowiecki, financial writer for the New Yorker
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