Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October 18, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Menopause Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 18, 2017 In another “I said no he said” moment President Trump is being slammed by Blue Congresswoman Frederica Wilson for remarks he allegedly said to the widow of a soldier recently killed in Niger fighting terrorists and the press is going ape over the controversy while completely ignoring the Uranium One deal bought and paid for with donations to the Clinton Foundation and a huge speaking fee for Bill to speak in Moscow (so typical of the MSM); fireworks of witness badgering and lecturing led by an ex-comedian Al Franken and Diane Feinstein against AG Sessions before the Senate Judiciary Committee; the Bobsey Twins, Mueller and Comey are back in the news as revelations are surfacing that the FBI knew of Russian attempts to bribe decision makers on the Uranium One deal but failed to act to prevent Hillary from signing off on the deal (Grassley asked about DOJ’s investigation of Russian involvement but Sessions would not comment on an ongoing investigation so there is hope that the DOJ is pursuing an active investigation which the Russian collusion delusion fiasco is designed to shift focus away from HRC’s activities); Chris Cuomo, an anchor on the Cack News Network’ is back on the insult trail again calling a Trump supporter a “lemming” showing his bias and better yet showing his ignorance in that contrary to popular belief lemmings do not engage in mass suicide by jumping off cliffs; Newsweek already plagued by sloppy editing and declining sales now may be facing several sexual discrimination lawsuits former female journalists Huff Post after a nine week study has reported;  the bull market led by hopes of a tax cut is still alive and well with the Dow closing above 23,000 for the first time in history but unlike yesterday no real bull was roaming the streets of Manhattan;  almost a stuck record or a gruesome  remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated with total shootings in 2017 through October 16 increasing to 3038 and the death toll increased to 528 and still nothing is being done to hinder or prevent the killings of minorities by minorities.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Bonnie Tyler, factoids of interest for this day in history, accepting the kuarosis that comes with aging,  a relevant quote from Sandra Tsing Loh on menopause, 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. Alaska Day—celebrated as a state holiday in Alaska to commemorate the formal transfer of Alaska to Russia on this day in 1867. 
2. World Menopause Day—created by the International Menopause Society in 1978 to promote research on aging in men and women and to disseminate the knowledge gained. 
3. 1983 Number One Song—the number one song in 1983 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “kraurosis” which is one of the unwanted aspects of aging, the shriveling of the skin.   
5. Like Grandfather Like Granddaughter—celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of noted playwright Wendy Wasserstein who followed the footsteps of her grandfather who was also a noted playwright but who sadly had her pen taken away on January 30, 2006 due to leukemia.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1648 Boston shoemakers formed the first labor organization in the colonies.
b. 1898 in a move that it probably regrets today given the bankruptcy of Puerto Rico and the billions it will cost to repair the damage from two back to back hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, the U.S. took possession of Puerto Rico from Spain.
c. 1929 the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council overruled Canada’s Supreme Court’s decision in Edwards v.Canada, ruling that women were “persons” under Canadian law.  
d. 1951 at Cologne, West Germany the Studio for Electronic Music was established making it the first modern  recording studio.   
e. 1954 Texas Instruments announced the TR-! the world’s first commercially successful transistor radio. 
Reflections on menopause: “Menopause is your return to where you were before, when your hormone levels are the same as a pre-adolescent girl's.” Sandra Tsing Loh, noted American writer, artist and former professor of art at UCI.  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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