Thursday, April 26, 2018

April 26, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Intellectual Property Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 26, 2018  Californians, fed up with Sanctuary Cities, Moonbeam’s inanities like the billions over budget Bullet Train, high taxes and onerous business regulations are fleeing California like a man with terminal dandruff shedding dandruff to low cost tax states like Nevada, Texas, and Arizona (explains why the Blues are so bent out of shape on the Census Bureau wanting to know how many aliens a state has which will also lead to a loss of more Blue seats in the House); Trump blasted liar and leaker Comey and signaled he will not stay away from the DOJ to urge prosecution of him; Ronny Jackson became the latest victim of the Deep State as he withdrew his name from consideration to head of the VA which remains a complete mess and poster child for government inefficiency and abuse (I would close all its medical facilities and have vets be allowed to go to any private physicians and hospitals); teachers’ strikes in Arizona are closing down schools by the hundreds (real problem as we get more and more news of teachers in elementary, middle school and high school not educating but acting more like propaganda mouthpieces for the left and complete failures in noncharter urban city schools); on the polarizing front, a man wearing a MAGA hat was refused service at a misguided bar in NYC misnamed The Happiest Hour Bar; in Chicago through April 25, 2018, 696 people have been shot, of whom 118 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Bobby Goldsboro, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your leather boots have been made with ample malacissation and a relevant quote by Svetlana Alexievich on the Chernobyl Disaster,  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 Intellectual Property Day—created by the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2000 to promote awareness of the contributions of patents, copyrights, trademarks, designs and trade secrets to our society, business and culture (should also call out how destructive China is in its 24/7 theft of intellectual property).   
2. Poem In Your Pocket Day—one of the eight disease prevention days of the World Health Organization promoting efforts to created by the Office of the Mayor of New York City in 2002 in conjunction with the NYC’s Departments of Education and Culture and celebrated by putting a favorite poem in your pocket to share at work, school, or events or on social media at #pocketpoem.   
3. 1968 Number One Song— the number one song in 1968 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Honey” by Bobby Goldsboro.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “malacissation” which is the art of making something soft and supple. 
5. First In Class And Grace—celebrating the birth on this day in 1970 of noted model, born Melanija Knavs but better known today a Melania Trump, the first naturalized citizen to become FLOTUS and by exponential factors far better than Bill Clinton wandering the halls of the White House after becoming FMOTUS. Nothing like having an astute businesswoman of a non-condescending sort in the White House with appropriate ideas on assimilation like this: “My opinion is that more languages you speak, better it is, but when you come to America, you speak English.”
         On this day in: 
a. 1775 16 year old Sibyl Ludington road 40 miles (twice the distance covered by Paul Revere) at night to warn militia forces in Putnam County, New York and Danbury, Connecticut of the approach of British forces.
b. 1956 the SS Ideal X, the world’s first successful container ship left Port Newark, New Jersey bound for Houston, Texas.
c. 1970 the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization came into force.
d. 1981 at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center Doctor Michael Harrison performed the world’s first fetal open surgery.
e. 1986 a nuclear meltdown occurred at the four nuclear reactor Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, Ukraine which was the world’s most disastrous nuclear accident destroying one reactor and causing the other three to be shut down and creating a nuclear contaminated area that will not be completely clean up until 2065.  
Reflections on the Chernobyl Disaster: “At that time my notions of nuclear power were utterly idyllic. At school and at the university we'd been taught that this was a magical factory that made "energy out of nothing," where people in white robes sat and pushed buttons. Chernobyl blew up when we weren't prepared.”
― Svetlana Alexievich Voices from Chernobyl:The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster 
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