Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 16, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Innovation Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 16, 2017 Scary reports surfacing that intel is being withheld from the president made even scarier with reports that Russia has violated its INF treaty with us and NATO by installing nuclear armed cruise missiles; finally a sense of some respect for the rule of law as Phoenix decides not to become a sanctuary city; cities across the nation are observing a day without immigrants with some restaurants closing their doors (until we secure the border, deport the huge number of illegal alien criminals and make a rational determination of who and how many we should admit and/or put on a path to citizenship immigration reform will not happen but the idea of giving preference to extended family members as opposed to people with skills is ridiculous); take it with a grain of salt from Assad who has killed hundreds of thousands of his own people but he recently announced at a press conference what everyone but the mainstream and partisan Blues intent on destroying the Trump Presidency that Trump’s ban on travel from 7 countries originally designated as failed terrorist states is not a ban on Muslims; Aetna’s CEO has predicted that Obamacare is on a rapidly accelerating death spiral which like Humpty Dumpy on the wall all the Grubers and Emanuels will not be able to put back together; in a chilling reminder of how intolerant our “higher education” system has become an Orange Coast College student who filmed a professor at the school ranting about Trump’s election as an act of terrorism was suspended and is now appealing case (tone down the rhetoric professor!); in a continuing trend of unions becoming irrelevant except in the bloated public service sector 75% of Boeing’s workers in South Carolina voted against joining the Machinists’ Union; the number of  mostly blacks who  were shot by mostly blacks in Chicago in 2017 through February 15 now totals 432, 79 of whom including three small children have died but from Mayor Emanuel and the BLM nothing but the sounds of silence and the fact that of the shooting deaths in 2017  less than 3.5% of the homicide have cleared. 
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis,  factoids of interest for this day in history, a quote from Harold Geneen, hoping that if you approach challenges in a panurgic manner, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like, birthdays, graduations, 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. Kyoto Protocol Day—celebrating the Kyoto Protocol designed to fight climate change by reducing green house emissions which has been signed by 192 nations went into force on this day in 2005; doubt still remains over the question of what impact the Protocol will have on climate change especially when large emitters like China and India have no binding goals.
National Innovation Day—celebrating the creative genius of the American people to spot a problem and then innovate to solve it for the betterment of society.  
          3. Number One Song in 2013 —celebrating the number 1 song in 2013 on a run of 6 weeks in that position “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Here is a link to the group performing the song:
Word of the Day—the word of the day is “panurgic” which means ready and willing to anything which when it comes to compromise the Blues do not have a ounce of it on their side of the aisle.        
           5. Temper Tantrum with a Racket—celebrating the birth on this day in 1959 of tennis great John McEnroe who led Stanford to the NCAA Tennis Championship and then turned pro; he was famous or infamous as the case may be for berating officials at his matches when he thought they had made a bad call (no instant replay in tennis).
 On this day in:
 1. 1794 the silver dollar became legal tender in the United States and remained so until 2011 when the U.S. Mint stopped producing them.
 2. 1804 in the First Barbary War fought by the U.S. force the Barbary States on the southern Mediterranean to stop seizing American vessels and seamen as hostages Stephen Decatur led a force to board and burn the USS Philadelphia that had run aground in Tripoli the previous October 31.
 3. 1923 Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen.
 4. 1978 the first computer bulletin board system, CBBS in Chicago.  
 5. 2006 the last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) was decommissioned by the U.S. Army.  
Reflections on entrepreneurship and innovation: “The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication.” Harold S. Geneen, noted American business most famous for serving as president of ITT after migrating here legally with his parents as a small child.
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