Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Intellectual Property Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 26, 2017  San Francisco District Court Judge William Orick III who issued a TRO against the DOJ from banning funds to sanctuary cities is the latest example of a politicization of the judiciary when it was revealed he has bundled over $200,000 to Obama’s campaign (when do answer with a yes the basic question of do we as a nation have the right to bar illegal aliens?); bombshell report from a state auditor on the University of California and Napolitano who heads it that she has created a secret fund of close to $200 million while demanding more money from the state and raising tuition (so typical of a political hack from the Blue side of the aisle); another day in the Persian Gulf and another provocative encounter by Iranian fast attack boats (after 36 such encounters in 2016 isn’t it time to sink one of these vessels the next time to stop this nonsense?); Senate heads to the White House for a rare classified meeting on the rising tensions in North Korea as Trump again vows that the “nut job” ruling that country will not be allowed to possess an ICBM; on the sports front rumor has it that Trump will end the ban on sports gambling;  on the unfriendly skies front UA has been whacked again as Simon destined to become the world’s largest rabbit mysteriously died in the cargo section on a flight from England to the United States; almost like a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through April 24 increasing  to 1012 and the death toll increasing to 176 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight to find and shoot victims) and yet nothing, absolutely nothing, appears to be occurring to address this blight on blacks and minorities which is what racism from a black mayor really looks like who appears to care only about the rights of illegal aliens in his sanctuary city  (when will Chicago residents through the city council try to impeach this pathetic, inept mayor?). 
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Next, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Svetlana Alexievich, hoping that you don’t encounter a minacious person, 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 Intellectual Property Daycelebrating since 2000 the importance of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets in our daily lives (look only at the stock market with companies like Facebook, Apple and Google surging to new highs to appreciate IP’s importance).
2.  Hug a Friend Day—since hugs are beneficial to the receiver and the giver this is an observance that should be observed more than one day a year.   
3. 1998 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1998 on a run of 5 weeks in that position “Too Close” by Next. Here is a recording of Next performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “minacious” which means menacing or threatening which is what Trump may use in describing to the 100 Senators the North Korean dictator.
5. Camelot Déjà Vu—celebrating the birth on this day in 1970 of Melania Trump, the second FLOTUS born outside the United States and the first naturalized citizen to occupy the position. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1805 in the First Barbary War the U.S Marine Corps added a second line to their hymn by capturing Derna.
b. 1865 Union cavalry cornered and shot John Wilkes Booth dead.
c. 1937 in a terrifying preview of the destruction to be caused in World War II, during the Spanish Civil War the Condor Legion of the German Luftwaffe bombed continuously for three hours the town of Guernica in Spain, killing 1,654 civilians.  
d. 1986 at Chernobyl in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine) at the Chernobyl Power Plant a meltdown of the reactor core of Reactor 4 occurred spewing radioactive material over a large area extending to as far as Norway. It ranks as one of the worst nuclear power plant explosions of all time.
e. 2005 under international pressure, Syria, after 29 years of military domination, withdrew the last of its soldiers from Lebanon.    
Reflections on nuclear power “At that time my notions of nuclear power were utterly idyllic. At school and at the university we'd been taught that this was a magical factory that made "energy out of nothing," where people in white robes sat and pushed buttons. Chernobyl blew up when we weren't prepared.” Svetlana Alexievich , Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster. 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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