Friday, May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Hepatitis Testing Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 19, 2017   The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has managed to dodge the rape allegations bullets from Sweden as the Swedes have now indicated they are no longer pursuing the charges (when does the U.S. get serious and apply pressure on Ecuador to push this guy out of their London Embassy into the U.S. to face potential criminal charges for hacking into the U.S. elections?); our potential “ally” Russia in violation of UN resolutions to isolate the rogue nation of North Korea is opening up ferry service to Vladivostok; as we now have a special prosecutor, Trump blasts Comey on the issue of collusion with the Russians and his “obstruction of justice” while the Trump agenda of tax cuts, repatriation, border security, and infrastructure to the delight of Schumer and his obstructionist lackeys will be put on hold; President Trump will be going on his first foreign nation tour which will be so very different from Obama’s pathetic apology tour of American influence in the world; in the conservation front two scum bags have been charged with illegally smuggling $17 million dollars of sea cucumbers into the U.S. for sale to, you guessed it, the Chinese; almost a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated in May  with total shootings in 2017 through May 18 increasing by 16 to 1227 and the death toll increasing by 2 to 211, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Jimmy Dorsey, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping you are not blinded by iceblink, a relevant quote from Doctor Kini as you celebrate her birthday, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Fathers’ Day, 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. Hepatitis Testing Day—created to encourage the estimated 4 million Americans who are infected with the hepatitis virus and have no symptoms to get tested.    
2. Malcom X Day—commemorating the civil rights leader but celebrated officially only in Berkeley, California.     
3. 1941 Number One Song—as we slowly drifted into World War II, the number one song in 1941 on run of 10 weeks in that position was “Amapola” by Jimmy Dorsey and his band. Here is a recording of them performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “iceblink” which means the glare in the sky caused by sunlight reflected off the ice.       
5. Raisin In the Sun—celebrating the birth on this day in 1930 of Lorraine Hansberry, a noted Afro-American playwright who although gifted was a heavy smoker and died of cancer at a way too early age of 33.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1535 Ann Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII was beheaded for treason, incest and adultery.   
b. 1921 Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act placing limits on immigration. 
c. 1950 Egypt announced that the Suez Canal was closed to all Israeli shipping.     
d. 1959 North Vietnam, anticipating a war to unite the country, created a planning group to establish what became known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail which despite massive bombing attacks, the U.S. was never really able to sever.     
e. 1962 a birthday salute to President Kennedy highlighted by Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday” to him was held at Madison Square Garden.   
Reflections on why someone should test today for hepatitis: “HBV is 100 times more infectious than HIV. Both HBV and HCV can remain in the patient’s blood for years without any symptoms, and by the time the disease is detected, the patient would already have a severe form of liver disease. But both viruses are treatable, and results of the treatment, lasting from about 28 to 48 weeks and including anti-viral tablets with sometimes weekly interferon injections, are very good.”  Dr Dinesh Kini 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.                                                                                        © May 19, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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