Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November 8, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Urbanism Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 8, 2017 The Blues are dancing in the streets after their candidates won in the races for governor in New Jersey and Virginia (not surprising in New Jersey or Virginia which is breeding new Blues like rabbits due to the growth of Swamp creatures moving into Northern Virginia from the Swamp; Trump has landed in China and receiving the royal red carpet treatment from his host as he faces the weighty issues of getting China on board re trade imbalance and North Korea’s nuclear program;  in a great display of trying to bring this country together, the latest delusional Grinch Al Green announced he will bring a vote on impeachment of President Trump by Christmas (good luck on that); John Koskinen’s parting F* You to the business community was his announcement that the IRS will enforce the Obamacare mandate for employers with more than 50 employees (why Trump did not fire this arrogant bastard is a complete mystery and he should rectify that mistake with a tweet today telling him to pack his bags and leave immediately, escorted out by the Capitol police); Rep. Shiff unleashed a twitter storm on the president as the worst president in history as the market soared to record highs (with the huge increase in the market Shiff might check the value of the State’s pension fund assets to see how many billions of dollars of unfunded liability have been reduced); on the crime front that will make you laugh a UPS driver hearing a person calling “Help Me” phoned Clackamas County deputies who went to the house to find it was a parrot who was making the plea; unless CNN is sold the DOJ will nix the proposed Time Warner AT&T merger; as a goodwill gesture, China is making it possible for Trump to tweet while he is there on his state visit; almost like a stuck record or a gruesome  remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated with total shootings in 2017 through November 7 increasing to 3206 and the death toll increasing to 559 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 relevant quote from Socrates on urban planning, a music link to Mary J. Blige, factoids of interest for this day in history, while hoping you can laetificate someone having a bad day secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthday, 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 Radiography Day—celebrating since 2007 the benefits of radiography in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and traumas and observed on the anniversary of the discovery of X-rays in 1895.
2. World Urbanism Day—observed since 1949 to promote urban planning to improve vehicular and pedestrian traffic flow, balance the need for housing with parks and recreation and allocate land uses more efficiently.
3. 2001 Number One Song—the number one song in 2001 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “Family Affair” by Mary J. Blige. Here is a recording of the song to enjoy:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “laetificate” which means to cheer up which the Trump Rally has definitely done for investors since his election.   
5. Hard to Take On the Government—celebrating the birth on this day in 1983 of Aaron Schwartz a computer whiz kid who dropped out of Stanford after one year and went on to be a co-founder of Reddit and a staunch supporter of the idea that information on any subject should not be hoarded by any one group which led to his being pursued for computer fraud and his suicide on January 13, 2013. He was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in June of 2013. What a waste, what a waste!
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1923 Adolph Hitler led the Munich Beer Hall Putsch in an unsuccessful attempt to seize Munich’s city hall; one of the marchers in whose arm Hitler had locked into was one of the 16 Nazis killed (if only the bullet had hit Hitler how difference the world would be).                                                                                                                                  b. 1933 in a real shovel ready moment FDR created the Civil Works Administration to provide jobs for 4 million workers that were unemployed by the Great Depression.
c. 1966 President Johnson signed into law legislation that allowed the National Football League and the American Football League to merge.
d. 1972 HBO started broadcasting with its first movie Sometime a Great Notion with Paul Newman and Henry Fonda as stars.
e. 1999 Bruce Miller became the world’s first internet victim of murder when he was killed by his wife’s online lover Jerry Cassaday who had been induced to kill him by Sharee Miller and who later committed suicide; fortunately Sharee Miller, the wife, was caught and convicted of second degree murder.
Reflections on the question of urban planning just as true now as it was before Christ: “By far the greatest and most admirable form of wisdom is that needed to plan and beautify cities and human communities.” Socrates. Amazing looking at our urban sprawl that after two millenniums of trying to create better planning the goal still eludes us. 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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