Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 18, 2018 Fear of a trade war with China is heating up as the Trump Administration is taking steps to levy an additional $200 billion in new tariffs against Chinese goods as the economy heats up and prompts the fed to increase its benchmark rate by 25 basis points with two more rate hikes indicated for the remainder of the year; the DOJ is appealing a federal court injunction which blocked the feds from withholding public safety grants to sanctuary cities; chaos at the border as asylum seekers who have entgered the county illegally not at a port of entry are having their children held separately in juvenile detention facilities; in Chicago, principal Mary Beth Cunat invited a radical anti-police activist to speak at a Career Day to sixth through eighth graders to the ire of parents and then abruptly retired; 20 year old rapper XXXTentacion was shot dead in South Florida while shopping for a motorcycle; Reds are demanding the names of the five unnamed biased FBI employees in the IG’s report while controversy is stirred over the IG’s conclusion that no bias occurred in the investigation; in Chicago throught June 17, 2018 1251 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 203 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?)
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to All-Four-One, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you may be blessed with mathesis, and a relevant quote from Tmple Grandin on autism, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, 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. Autistic Pride Day—created by Aspies for Freedom in 2005 to celebrate the neurodiversity of austistics throughout the autism spectrum.
2. International Go Picnic Day—celebrating a great way to enjoy the outdoors at a park or beach.
3. 1993 Number One Song— the number one song in 1994 on a run of 11 weeks in that position was “I Swear” by All 4 One. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25rL-ooWICU
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mathesis” which means mental discipline.
5. Some Like It Hot—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1915 note oil well firefighter Red Adair who successfully put out over 1,000 oil well fires.
On this day in:
a. 1815 British and Prussian forces defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.
b. 1979 the U.S. and the Soviet Union signed the SAALT II Treaty.
c. 1981 the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, the first plane designed around stealth technology made its first flight.
d. 1983 Astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman to orbit the Earth.
e. 2018 a 6.1 earthquake hit Osaka, Japan.
Reflections on autism: “What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done,” Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and autism spokesperson 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 www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com 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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