Friday, April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Health Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 7, 2017  The news that Gorsuch will be confirmed after Reds voted in the nuclear option was overshadowed by two destroyers launching dozens upon dozens of cruise missiles at two Syrian air bases in response to the Syrian chemical weapons attack on its citizens (seems like only yesterday the serial liar Susan Rice was touting that diplomacy had removed all of Assad’s WMD—another lie but typical); the madman of North Korea must be clued to his TV knowing that he is probably next and that the Trump is pursuing 24/7 China’s cooperation over dinner at Trump’s mansion in Florida; no news on whether any Russian military were killed in the strikes and who many Syrian jets were destroyed on the ground (in a déjà vu moment like Hussein in Iraq,  if I were Assad I would be moving all my air assets to his other protector Iran); just before the missile strikes, HRC in an interview called for strikes on Syrian airfields and admitted her biggest mistake as Secretary of State was to not be more aggressive against Assad; as the outrage over Susan Rice grows with respect to her demands to unmask American citizens caught incidental surveillance of foreign nationals along with growing disbelief of her explanations and denials , watch for news that a grand jury has been impaneled to investigate with Farcas, Rice, Rhodes, Lynch and in what would be somewhat unprecedented even former President Obama being called (when our government starts surveilling its citizens for political purposes, we are in deep trouble); Twitter has filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security and the Border Patrol to prevent them from unmasking the identities of Twitter users behind  @ALT_USCIS   which is one of many “rogue” Twitter accounts set up by former or current government employees to combat Trump’s policies (another example that when in it comes to ends justify the means in politics, there are no saints on either side of the aisle); add another casualty to the London terrorist attack as the Romanian tourist who tried to save himself by jumping into the Thames has died; Betsy de Voss should take note of what’s happening in Arizona as its Republican governor despite opposition by teachers unions and Blues who live off of union contributions has signed a bill to expand vouchers to include all school children in the state; 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 5 increasing by 5 to 790 and the death toll rising by only 1 to 145 (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 Pink Floyd, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from the director of Rhys Ifan,  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 Health Daycelebrating since 1950 and created by the World Health Organization of the UN, the importance of global health more so than ever as people, animals and agricultural products can speedily move from one part of the world to another along with their communicable diseases. The theme this year is “Depression-Let’s Talk.”
2.  Empowered Women Entrepreneurs Day—commemorating the contributions of women entrepreneurs to our economy and culture. If you ever doubt the ability of women entrepreneurs, go to a NWABO meeting or conference  
3. 1980 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1980 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd.  Here is a recording of the group performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “resurrection man” who isa person who in past times would illegally exhume corpses from graves and then sell them to anatomists—creepy profession.
5. Lady Sings the Blues-—celebrating the birth on this day in 1915 of Eleanora Fagan better known to her fans as Billie Holiday, one of the iconic jazz and blues singers but dogged by alcohol and heroin addiction so bad she was arrested while in a hospital for heroin possession and died at age 44. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1906 Mt. Vesuvius erupted, devastating Naples, killing 100 people and causing the 1908 Olympics to be moved from Rome to London.
b. 1927 the first long distance broadcast of a television signal occurred by transmitting an image of the Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover from Washington, D.C. to New York City. 
c. 1933 Prohibition ended for wine and 3.2 beers some nine months before the ratification of the 21st Amendment ending Prohibition for all alcoholic beverages.
d. 1964 IBM announced the System/360 with its stacks of punch cards and reams of computer paper which was the computer the Alaskanpoet learned how to use as a student at Stanford.   
e. 1969 the internet’s official birth date occurred with the publication of RFC1 (which if my memory serves me correctly is devoid of any reference to or input from Al Gore).  
Reflections on ending Prohibition for 3.2 beer and the internet: I come from a culture where the pub is the centre of the community. The pub is the Internet. It's where information is gathered, collated and addressed.” Rhys Ifans, noted Welsh actor and musician. 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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