Saturday, September 16, 2017

September 16, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day to Preserve the Ozone Layer

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 16, 2017 In London British police are holding a 19 year old suspected of planting the bomb on a London subway (Trump in hot water for his reactionary tweet claiming attack was terror related even before actions of London police); Kim’s latest missile test resulted in a 2300 mile flight; on the bad news economic front the U.S. National Debt now exceeds $20 trillion with the gutless and spineless denizens of the Swamp unwilling to address the problem; the teacher in Farmington, Michigan  who pulled 11 year old black Stone Chaney out of his chair to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance has been put on administrative leave; former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted in the killing of a black motorist which predictably produced a protest and mini riot with protestors throwing bricks and rocks at  the police and the police responding with tear gas and arrests; John Jay College adjunct professor and Antifa leader Michael Issacson is being lambasted for tweeting that it is a privilege to teach future dead cop (time to plug the academic plug on that hate group thug); College Park, Maryland came to its senses and rescinded a resolution that would have made it the 12th city in Maryland to allow non citizens to vote in local elections;  the death toll from Irma in the U.S. stands at 39 as 1.5 million Floridians are without power in appalling heat and humidity; 11 year old Frank Giaccio got his wish granted and was mowing the White House Lawn and met with President Trump (great photo op that shows Trump in a great human light); through September 15, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2700, and the death toll again on the rise to 465 while the city seems to not be doing anything to prevent the killing and maiming of its minority residents—a real definition of racism which is deadly.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Domenico Modugno, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote on ozone by Princess Charlene, with the ability to top your kasha with some fresh fruits or berries  but secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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.
1International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer—created by the UN to commemorate the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer on September 16,1987; 30 years after signing the hole in the ozone layer was closed due to the reduction in gas emissions that cause ozone depletion which increases the risk of skin cancers.
2. International Coastal Clean-up Day—observed on the third Saturday of September to promote the need for beach goers to pick up their trash instead of dumping in on the sand and best observed by going to the beach to join other volunteers to pick up trash left or which has been brought in on the incoming tides.  
3. 1958 Number One Song— the number one song in 1958 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Volare” by Domenico Modugno. Here is a performance of the song by him:  Sadly most photos of him show a cigarette in his mouth and he sang his last note at age 66 from a heart attack.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “kasha” which means a porridge high in fiber made from crushed buckwheat and an excellent way to start your day as a filling breakfast.      
5.  Eye Only—celebrating the birth on this day in 1927 of noted actor Peter Falk who lost right eye to cancer at the age of three but went  on to a long career on the big and little screens most notably the series Columbo and even without a depth perception was an accomplished artist. A victim of
Alzheimer’s Disease, he solved his last case on June 23, 2011 dying from Alzheimer’s.
On this day in:                       
a. 1863 Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist, founded in Instanbul the first American college outside of the United States Robert College.
b. 1893 settlers make a dash for prime land in the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma. 
c. 1959 Xerox introduced from New York City on live television the first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914 and the English language added a new verb Xerox.
d. 1982 in a chilling reminder that Christians are capable of murdering innocent men, women and children, at the Shabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon the right wing Christian Phalange group were ordered by the IDF to clear the camps which they did but in the process killed upwards of 3500 people while the  IDF stood idly by. 
e. 2013 Aaron Alexis entered the Washington Naval Yard and killed 12 people before being shot to death by police.  
Reflections on why the Montreal Protocol was signed: “What's happening to our world? Imagine the year 2000 and our ozone layer has vanished... Our planet has a fever and she is burning up - what will you do?” Princess Charlene of Monaco. 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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