Saturday, April 7, 2018

April 7, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Health Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 7, 2018  On the potential terror front a van ploughed into a crowd outside a bar in Muenster, Germany killing 2 and injuring at least 20 before the cowardly driver shot and killed himself; Michelle Obama is giving HRC a run for her money in the race to see who can say the most inane things as this narcissist lectured us mere mortals that where as Obama was the good parent Trump is the bad parent (we adult voters need the Obamas telling us what we need to do like we need a hole in the head); Trump rightfully blasts the Blues for becoming the open border party totally opposed to law and order; Trump Tower in New York City had a three alarm fire break out this morning but was fortunately contained after killing one and injuring several fire fighters; when it comes to dealing with Congressional oversight the DOJ needs to be subpoenaed and hit with Contempt of Congress citations and deep staters like Rosenstein need to be removed from office; on the false bravado front 18 year old Lakeith Smith turned down a 25 year plea bargain for murder and theft and was sentenced to 65 years in the Alabama State Penitentiary; on the PC education front and why parents need to be involved in their kids’ education, students going home from Hunter Magnet School in Raleigh North Carolina surprised their parents with a pamphlet on “white privilege” designed to create shame in white students; in Chicago through April 3, 2018, 557 people have been shot, of whom 97 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Perry Como; factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your intellect is not subject to a strong case of macies and a relevant quote by Russell Crowe on art,  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. National Beer Day—celebrating the return of 3.2% beer on this day in 1933 since the Cullen-Harrison Act signed in March of 1933 defined 3.2% beer as “non-intoxicating” which led to 1.5 billion barrels of beer being sold on that day.
2. World Health Day—created by the World Health Organization and celebrated since 1950 by focusing each year on a major global health issue with this year being Universal Health Coverage.
3. 1954 Number One Song— the number one song in 1954 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “Wanted” by Perry Como.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “macies” which means to atrophy which what civility in the Swamp has definitely been suffering from.
5. Thumbs Down When In the Smoking Coliseum —celebrating the birth on this day in 1964 of Academy Award winning actor Russell Crowe who started smoking at the age of 10 and continued the habit for 36 years, smoking 60 cigarettes a day and tried to quit in 2010 when his 6 year old caught him but still struggles with being able to stay smoke free; in a addition to celebrating a birthday he is celebrating a divorce auction of memorabilia from his movies.
         On this day in: 
a. 1964 IBM announced the System/360 which this poet took his first computer class on at Stanford.
b. 1969 the world witnessed the official birthdate of the internet with the publication of RFC 1.
c. 1994 in a state day for humanity, in Kigali, Rwanda, the genocide of Tutsi began by the Hutus that left some 500,000-1,000,000 Tutsi dead.
d. 1999 after 5 years of litigation the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the United States in its dispute over trade policies of the European Union restricting the import of bananas (no wonder Trump is frustrated with China and the WTO).
e. 2009 former president of Peru, Alberto Fujimoro was sentenced to 25 years in prison for embezzlement big time and ordering the deaths of countless Peruvians by security forces; he was pardoned in December of last year at age 79 due to incurable health problems.
Reflections on art from a renaissance man whose birthday we celebrate today: “I am always described as 'Hollywood Hard Man.' It's just ridiculous. I know some hard men, mate, and I am not a hard man. I'm a guy who likes poetry, who writes songs. I put on make-up for a living. Give me a break.”—Russell Crowe Should add he is a strong supporter of rugby. 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.             
© April 7, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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