Monday, November 20, 2017

November 20, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Africa Industrialization Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 20, 2017 The world has one less scumbag to deal with as Charles Manson who has rotted in prison since his conviction for the Tate-La Bianca Murders died yesterday in prison; just when you thought the idiocy of NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem was over think again as Raider Lynch kneeled for the U.S. National Anthem but stood for the playing of Mexico's National Anthem (what about the thousands of innocent Mexicans slaughtered by the drug cartels and the rampant corruption in Mexico does this well paid athlete not understand); on the political front, Merkel’s attempts to form a coalition government have collapsed and Germany may be facing a snap election to remedy the problem (Merkel may be a smart woman but he decisions to open Germany’s borders to unvetted refugees from the Middle East is a major error); and Mugabe’s time has run out as his party throws the gauntlet to resign by Monday or be impeached (too much corruption even for a continent where corruption is the rule not the exception; our border with Mexico in addition to being porous is a dangerous place as a Border Patrol agent Rogolia Martinez was shot and killed and his partner seriously wounded in the Big Bend Park section of Texas (another reason why we need the Wall as the scumbag or scumbags committing the act were most likely cartel members smuggling drugs into the country); two perverts one in the Senate (Franken) and the other trying to become one (Moore) are telling the outraged American public and the Senate to in essence pound sand; we all know that texting or operating a cell phone while driving can be dangerous but for 18 year old Alexis Butler so is driving while taking a breath analyzer as she was killed in Arlington, Texas while backing out of her driveway by a non impaired driver doing just that; UCLA has chimed in on the arrest and subsequent release of three of its basketball players for shoplifting in China by suspending them from the team; almost a stuck record or a gruesome  remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated with total shootings by mostly minorities against mostly minorities in 2017 through November 18 increasing to 3271  of whom 571 (in what has to be a record no one on the 17th or the 18th died) have died while 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 Maroon 5, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping you encounter lamprophony if listening to a speech or lecture, a relevant quote from Judge Greene on the consent decree ultimately entered in the AT&T antitrust litigation, 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. Universal Children’s Daycreated by the United Kingdom in 1954 to promote better understanding among the children of the world and to promote programs and policies for the benefit of all children on this planet.
         2. Africa Industrialization Day—created by UN General Assembly to promote awareness of the need of Africa to industrialize and promote programs and policies that will promote effective industrialization. 
         3. 2012 Number One Song—the number one song in 2012 on a run of 9 weeks in that position was “One More Night” by Maroon 5. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lamprophony” which means to speak loudly in clear tones which baby boomers appreciate as they age and their hearing gets worse especially if they went to a lot of rock concerts in the 60’s.   
         5. Runner Up In Only a Few Years Not Bad—celebrating the birth on this day in 1946 of Duane Allman, noted singer and guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band and ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as number 2 in its list of top 100 guitarists, second only to Jimmy Hendrix who way too soon died on October 29, 1971 following the release of the band’s successful album At Filmore East.
On this day in:                                                                                   
           a. 1962 in a step back from the brink of nuclear war in response to the Soviet’s agreement to remove its nuclear missiles from Cuba, President Kennedy ended the quarantine of Cuba and secretly agreed to remove from Turkey medium range Jupiter missiles that had been installed in 1959.
           b. 1969 the Cleveland Plain Dealer published graphic photos of the men, women and children executed by the U.S. Army at Mai Lai which accelerated the growing protest of the civilian population to the Vietnam War.  
          c. 1974 in another lawyers full employment act (the defendants employed close to 3000 staff and spent close to $400 million in defense of the action), the Department of Justice filed its last antitrust suit against AT&T which led to the breakup of ATT&T and its Bell System.  
 d. 1985 Microsoft released Windows 1.0 and the PC revolution was off and running.
 e. 1991 the Senate Ethics Committee (the same one hopefully soon investigating Al Franken for sexual harassment) cited Democratic and four term Senator from California Alan Cranston for improper conduct in his dealings with the head of Lincoln Savings and Loan Charles Keating.       
        Reflections on the antitrust action against AT&T from the Judge whose rulings gaveled the defendants into a consent decree with the Department of Justice: “Antitrust decrees are not written unlike leases for apartments, on a month-to-month basis. They are written for a long, long, time, typically, particularly a big decree like this. And then to come along and say, a couple of years late, ‘Oops, we made a mistake; let’s forget it’, it’s obviously a change in policy…I’m hopeful that we’re back on an even keel now.” Judge Harold Greene 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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