Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Science Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 28, 2018 75 year old has been Striesand is ranting that voting machines were tampered with to steal the election from HRC and is blaming Trump for the Parkland massacre (no evidence which should be a wake up call for her to speed more time in the recording studio keeping her singing skills current);Trump was meeting with Reds and Blues discussing how to make schools safe and how to move legislation that would increase background checks, ban bumpstocks and put more concealed permits in schools; on the reptilian brain front six democrats in office or running for office have returned contributions given to them by Ed Buck a mega donor to Blues due to the meth induced fatal overdose of a young male escort at Buck’s home (HRC and Obama recipients of Buck’s past political largess have not responded to calls on their plans); on the political corruption front Blue Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti convicted of 11 felony counts of fraud and bribery and facing up to 20 years in  prison is refusing to resign (why this felon has not been removed is a real mystery and justifies the low regard we mere mortals have of politicians); Cagle running for governor in Georgia announced he will kill any legislation benefiting Delta unless it drops its plans to eliminate discounts to NRA members (Delta will be out $40 million for joining the throng of corporate lemmings distancing themselves from any ties to the NRA); the All Biased Cack network has received at least 30,000 calls protesting Joy Behar’s rants against Christianity (more effective use of time would be to contact the sponsors dumb enough to keep the clueless, biased women on the air and indicate the caller’s boycott of their products due to their sponsorship of The View); on the pedophile front a 26 year old science teacher Stephanie Peterson has been arrested for having sex with a 14 year old eighth grader; in Chicago through February 27, 2018 355 people have been shot of whom 67 have died and in February through the same date 141 people have been shot of whom 31 have died (do not be surprised if at the end of February, Chicago is averaging two Parklands per month in terms of number of dead and the left and Blue leaders are silent while mostly minority shooters with handguns kill mostly minorities—a true definition of racism).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to 50 Cent feat. Oliva; factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your garden is not lacking in loess and a relevant quote by George Kerr on the 228 Incident in Taiwan, 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. Rare Diseases Day—created in 2008 by the National Organization of Rare Disorders to promote awareness of rare diseases that affect limited numbers of victims and to provide support for the victims and their families.
2. National Science Day—celebrating and promoting the teaching of science since 1986; in the area of STEM this nation is not turning out enough scientists and engineers to fill the high paying jobs at such companies as Google or Oracle.
3. 2005 Number One Song— the number one song in 2005 on a run of 9 weeks in that position “Candy Shop” by 50 Cent feat. Olivia. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “loess” which means a deposit of rich and fertile soil.
5. Don’t Swim If You Drink Like A Fish—celebrating the birth on this day in 1942 of Brian Jones one of the co-founders of the Rolling Stones who struggled with drugs and alcohol to the point he was asked by the band to leave and drowned in his pool one month later on July 3, 1969.  .
          On this day in:                                                               
a. 1983 the last episode of M*A*S*H aired watched by 106 million viewers the largest number of viewers to watch a final episode of a series.
b. 1993 federal ATF Agents tried to serve an arrest warrant on Branch Davidian leader David Koresh resulting in a shoot out in which 4 agents and 6 Branch Davidians were killed leading to a 51 day standoff that ended with the storming of the complex on April 19, 1993 and the its burning to the ground killing 76 members of the sect.
c. 1998 the first flight of the unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned drone allowed to file flight plans and operate in commercial airspace.
d. 2004 over a million Taiwanese formed a 500 kilometer long human chain to commemorate the brutal suppression of anti-government protests on this day in 1947 in which some 10,000 citizens were believed to have been killed by Chiang Kai-shek’s troops.
e. 2013 Pope Benedict XVI resigned as the pope of the Catholic Church, the first to do so since Pope Gregory XII in 1415.
Reflections on the 228 Incident in Taiwan: “Each man was trussed up and the lot were bound together, neck-to-neck, by heavy cords. They were headed toward the river on the outskirts of town and there could be no doubt that they would be tortured or dead within the hour.”  George Kerr, American diplomat in Taiwan and the author of Formosa Betrayed. 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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