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October 31, 2017 Ridley's Believe Or Not Halloween

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 31, 2017 Happy Halloween and drive carefully coming home after work as the streets will be filled with ghosts and goblins; shades of Rachel Maddow’s rabid fixation with Chris Christie’s Bridgegate, the MSM is going into a lathered frenzy over the two indictments and Papadopoulos’ guilty plea and speculation that he was wearing a wire after his arrest by the FBI in July of 2016 while completely ignoring the real Russian collusion on the Uranium One deal and the Clintons quid pro quo (check out CNN website for news and not a peep which explains why only the most rabid HJC supporters have any faith in the MSM); North Korea now has 200 fewer workers on its nuclear weapons program since the mountain where they have been conducting their nuclear tests as predicted has collapsed on them in a tunnel being constructed into the mountain); Papadopoulos will prove to be a liar not limited to his statements to the FBI as the professor who Papadopoulos claims notified him that the Russians had dirt on HJC and offered to introduce him to offered to introduce him to a high ranking Russian female are ludicrous; on the sexual predator front, Jeremy Piven who looks like a slimmer Harvey Weinstein is the latest celeb to be accused of sexual assault this time by Ariana Bellemar; another man with an enlarged reptilian brain Mark Halperin, an anchor with the Mostly Slanted “News” Broadcasting Network, has been terminated by NBC after 5 women had come forward claiming sexual abuse; on the education front another example of why parents should be outraged over idiocy being taught by the left on colleges, Jessie Daniels, sociology professor at Hunter College in New York claims that the white nuclear family is promoting racism especially when the parents die and leave the family house to their children (what a crock); 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 30 increasing to 3141 and the death toll stuck at 544 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 John Keats on poetry, a music link to Meatloaf, factoids of interest for this day in history, while hoping that any lachrymogenic events you face are those of joy and not sadness, but 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. World Savings Day—promoting saving a portion of your income to be able to retire in comfort and to be able purchase needed big ticket items like homes, autos, boats or college education.
2. World Cities Day—created by the United Nations in December of 2013 to promote awareness of the need to improve the quality of life as the planet becomes more and more urbanized and crowded with more people.
3. 1993 Number One Song—the number one song in 1993 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “I’d Do Anything for Love but I Won’t Do That” by Meatloaf. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lachrymogenic” which means a causing tears or weeping which the election of Trump caused for many HJC supporters.   
5. A Classic A Legend—celebrating the birth on this day in 1795 of John Keats an English Romantic poet who sadly died from tuberculosis at the age of 26, far too soon.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1984 Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh body guards, leading to riots in New Delhi and the massacre of some 3,000 Sikhs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    b. 1998 in a move that would ultimately lead to the Second Gulf War with a price tag of at least $1.6 trillion and $3-$6 trillion when veteran’s medical costs and other benefits are factored in, Iraq informed the world that it would no longer permit UN inspection of its reactors, even though Iraq had no nuclear weapons and was not pursuing their development.
c. 2000 Soyuz TM-31 was launched and carried a crew to man the International Space Station for the first time; it has been manned continuously since the first crew’s arrival, a remarkable feat of nationalities being able to work together peacefully (if only we could clone that cooperation on Earth).
d. 2002 a federal grand jury indicted Andrew Fastow the CFO of Enron on 78 counts for wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, and fraud due to the collapse of Enron into bankruptcy. He was sentenced to six years in prison and is now a profession speaker on the subject of ethics in the business and accounting world.    
e. 2011 the population of the Earth reached 7 billion people making our blue speck in space more crowded which will get only worse with the population expected to exceed 8 billion people by 2025.  
Reflections on poetry by the birthday boy who died way too early: “ If poetry does not come naturally as leaves to a tree, it better not come at all” John Keats He is definitely right on this one.
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