Thursday, March 22, 2018

March 22, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Water Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 22, 2018 On the Chinese intellectual property theft front Trump said enough is enough and announced $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods (we have been scammed with unfair trade practices and theft of intellectual property by the Chinese for decades and this move is long overdue although it rattled the markets); shakeup in the Mueller witch-hunt as Trump’s lead counsel resigned as Blues are lining up to demand obstruction of justice charges be filed (Trump should tell Mueller that he will tell him to take a hike on any request to be interviewed by him as that is a perjury trap); thank God the police were able to find the Austin serial bomber and cause him to kill himself as we learn that he had a list of future bombing targets; the House Reds threw the idea of limited government and fiscal responsibility out the window and passed a $1.3 trillion budget to send to the Senate which does not provide funding for a wall and increased ICE agents, does not defund sanctuary cities, does not defund Planned Parenthood and contains outrageous pork like a new tunnel under the Hudson linking New York City to New Jersey (total disaster for future generations); in a sign that universities are waking up to the reality that they are turning out graduates burdened with debt and no job skills, the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point has proposed dropping as majors American studies, art, English, French, geography, geoscience, German, history, music literature, philosophy, political science, sociology and Spanish; in Chicago through March 21, 2018, 466 people have been shot, of whom 88 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Artie Shaw; factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are avoiding lupanarian places and a relevant quote by Swami Sivanada on the comparison of life to drops of water,  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 Water Day—created by the United Nations in 1993 to promote awareness of the importance of fresh water and the need to protect its sources.
2. National Sing Out Day—clueless where this came from but good guess would be from manufactures of Karokee devices.
3. 1941 Number One Song— the number one song in 1941 on a run of 13 weeks in that position was “Frensi” by Artie Shaw.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lupanarian” which means pertaining to a brothel which is one place even reptilian brains should avoid.
5. Sports And Politics Should Not Mix—celebrating the birth on this day in 1952 of Bob Costas, noted sportscaster for NBC and the host of 12 Olympic Games but recently has developed the trait of injecting his political views into his sports broadcasting which should be no surprise given the political nature of NBC.                                                 
          On this day in:                                                               
a. 1960 Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes received a patent for the first laser.
b. 1972 Congress sent to the states the Equal Rights Amendment for ratification which failed by only receiving approval of 35 of the necessary 38 states needed.
c. 1972 SCOTUS in the case of Eisenstadt v. Baird ruled that unmarried persons were entitled to purchase contraceptives.
d. 2016 three suicide bombers killed 32 innocents and injured 316 at the Brussels airport and the Maalbeek/Maelbeek train station.      
e. 2017 52 year old Khalid Masood used a car on the Westminster Bridge near Parliament in London to kill 5 people and injure 50 before crashing and stabbing to death a policeman; fortunately his one way ticket to Paradise was punched and he was shot and killed.
Reflections from a swami on life: “A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.” Swami Sivananda. Noted 20th Century Hindu spiritual teacher 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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