Friday, April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Workers' Memorial Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 28, 2017  A new “Cold War” in the Arctic as Russia displays its new military base in the Arctic; maybe with Trump’s latest executive order opening up our Arctic lands and waters to drilling will accelerate the need to expand our military assets in the region; Trump in an interview indicated he is very disappointed with Congressional Republicans as is probably most of the nation; rhetoric continues to escalate on North Korea with Tillerson calling for more international sanctions against this rogue nation; in a classic example of ignorance of students on college campuses Campus Reform interviewed college students at George Mason College in Virginia about Trump’s first 100 days but used examples of what Obama did which since the acts were attributed to Trump the students objected to them worth reading; Congress with its back up agains the shutdown wall due to Blue intransience on funding the wall and defunding Planned Parenthood kicked the can down a one week road by passing a stopgap funding measure (what a way to run a railroad); California has signed a contract for $278 million to repair the Oroville Dam spillway which is $100 million more than was estimated (talk about needing a builder in the governor’s chair); the HIC (hypocrite in chief) has evidently nailed his second $400 thousand speech; Trump speaking to the NRA Convention informed a cheering crowd that the eight year war on guns is over; 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 27 increasing  to 1028 and the death toll increasing to 178 (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 Santana, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Walter Dill Scott, always willing to be an opsimath, 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. Workers’ Memorial Dayhonoring the workers who have died, been injured or have become ill as a result of their work and campaigning to increase safety in the workplace..
2.  Great Poetry Reading Day—commemorating another great observance during Poery Month and since today is also Kiss Your Mate Day a good day to kill two birds with one stone by reading him or her as the case may be a romantic poem preceded or followed by a kiss; always some great poetry on
3. 2000 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2000 on a run of 10 weeks in that position “Maria Maria” by Santana. Here is a recording of Santana performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “opismath which means someone who learns or studies later in life, always a great way to keep the mind sound especially in retirement.
5. Flushed Down the Drain—celebrating the birth on this day in 1930 of Carolyn Jones noted actress who appeared in 30 films but is probably best remembered for playing Morticia in The Addams Family; but sadly had her career cut way too soon at age 53 by colon cancer.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1253 a Buddhist monk Nicheren founded Nicheren Buddhism by promulgating the Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō.
b.  1789 mutineers on HMS Bounty put their captain William Bligh and 18 loyal shipmates into an open launch and cast them adrift. In an amazing feat of seamanship, Bligh sailed the craft to civilization on Timor over 4,100 miles away.
c.  1923 Wembley Stadium the cathedral, capital and heart of football (soccer) to players and fans of the game opened as Empire Stadium in Wembley, England.
d. 1944 nine German E-Boats, the German equivalent of our PT Boats, attacked Operation Tiger, a training exercise for D-Day, killing 976 soldiers and seamen.
e. 1988 in something out of A Thousand Ways to Die episode, fight attendant Clarabelle    “C.B.” Landis on Aloha Airlines Flight 243 was blown to her death when a large chunk of the 737’s fuselage fell off the plane (another good reason to always have your seat belt fastened).    
Reflections on workplace safety: “The greates asset of America today is not its fertile fields, its rich ores, its completely equipped factories or its millions in currency. The greastest asset in America is the American people. The greatest possible field for ecoomy is not in saving materials but in promoting the safety of our people. The future of the safety movement is not so much dependent upon the invention of safety devices as on the improvement of methods of educationg people to the ideal of caution and safety.” Walter Dill Scott, noted 20th Century applied psychologist in a letter to the National Safety Council,1921. 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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