Saturday, May 12, 2018

May 12, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Nurses Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 12, 2018 A 16th fissure has been reported on Hawaii, this one east of the Puna Geo Thermal Plant as the island prepares for mass evacuations; as calls are being heard to forego the August recess, Trump informed Congress he wants a budget funding deal before August; another terrorist attack in Paris as a knife wielding assailant attacked pedestrians, killing one and wounding several others  before being shot dead by police after they were unsuccessful in tasing him; on the Haspel confirmation wars, Joe Donnelly facing a tough reelection fight announced he would join Senator Manchin to support the confirmation; Rep. Kelly of Pennsylvania and Maxine Waters engaged in a House floor snit fit after he called her out for being incredibly divisive (just another day in the theater of personal attacks and drama); New Jersey is trying to overtake California headed by Moonbeam as the most leftist state in the nation by considering a bill that would allow illegals to apply for and obtain financial aid (might make sense if they had to apply in person and were shown the door to an awaiting ICE van and deported); in another reminder of the unchecked power of social media giants like Facebook and Google, both have announced a banning of ads pro or con on the referendum to repeal Ireland’s Constitutional Amendment that bans abortion; on the NRA front, Republican Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed a gun carry law that was passed by veto proof numbers of those voting; in Chicago through May 11, 2018, 864 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 142 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Slyvers, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not doing anything that is maliferous to yourself or others and a relevant quote by Carla Hall on attitude,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Mothers’ Day, 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. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day—celebrated on the birthday of Florence Nightengale to create awareness of the disease and to promote research in its cause and treatment.      
2. International Nurses Day—celebrating the contributions of nurses to our society since 1965; where would patients be without nurses to protect them from the arrogance of doctors and their miserable handwriting.       
3. 1976 Number One Song— the number one song in 1976 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Boogie Fever” by Slyvers.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “maliferous” which means harmful or unhealthy which describes what runaway spending is to this nation.
5. What’s Cooking Good Lookin—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1964 of Carla Hall, former bean counter with Price Waterhouse and former model who was a contestant on Top Chef and later co-host of The Chew. 
         On this day in: 
a. 1933 in a move to increase agricultural prices by restricting production and paying farmers not to produce, the Agricultural Adjustment Act was signed into law.
b. 1981 Francis Hughes of the Provisional IRA died in Maze Prison after a hunger strike of 59 days.
c. 2002 former President Jimmy Carter visited Fidel Castro in Cuba, becoming the first American president to visit the island since Castro’s revolution that overthrew Batista in 1959. 
d. 2008 ICE in the largest raid ever of a workplace raided a kosher slaughterhouse and meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa arresting 400 illegals for deportation.
e. 2017 a massive ransomware attack infected 400,000 computers worldwide, targeting the National Health Service of the U.K. and Telefonica, S.A.   
Reflections on attitude and cooking:” If you’re not in a good mood, the only thing you should make is a reservation.”Carla Hall, noted chef and television personality having a birthday today.  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.             
© May 12, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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