Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June 5, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Environment Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 5, 2018 Senator Mitch McConnell has cancelled the August Recess in order to overcome unprecedented Blue obstruction on critical issues of the budget (no budget no salaries for these obstructionist senators ); latest conspiracy theory floated by the MSM is that Trump has beaten FLOTUS following her recovery from surgery; on the over the top rhetoric front Samantha Bee will address her use of the C-word in describing Ivanka Trump on her show tonight; Harvey Weinstein entered a plea of not guilty in new York City today and is facing up to 54 years in prison if convicted on rape charges; Mueller has charged Paul Manafort with witness tampering charges and is expected to move a federal court to revoke his bail pending trial (in an attempt to pressure him to cooperate in the bogus obstruction of justice case against Trump?); the IG’s report on the FBI’s botched investigation of the private email server of HRC still has not been released and the FBI is still continuing to ignore subpoenas of Congress for documents relating to FISA court abuse by the FBI (what a complete mess meriting contempt of Congress charges against Rosenstein who although a witness to the Comey firing and the author of one FISA warrant refuses to recuse himself); after only 10 Eagles responded to go to the White House to meet with the president to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl LII victory, President Trump cancelled the meeting; in a another show of disrespect some students at Notre Dame’s commencement address walked out on Vice President Pence’s speech; Bill Clinton showed in a interview promoting his new book co-authored with James Patterson that he has learned nothing from his sexual predator escapades and reverted to playing the victim role for his behavior; in Chicago through June 4, 2018, 1100 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 177 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 George Michael, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not suffering from marasmus,  and  a relevant quote by from Steve Wozniak on the Apple II,  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. World Environment Day—created by the United Nations on June 5, 1974 to create awareness of environmental issues facing the planet with the theme this year being “Beat Plastic Pollution.”      
2. Apple II Day—commemorating the release on this day in 1977 of the Apple II personal computer.       
3. 1988 Number One Song— the number one song in 1988 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “One More Try” by George Michael.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG5N3GC-m20 A hard living partying co-founder of Wham and a very successful British artist, the music stopped for him at the age of 53.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “marasmus” which means an emaciation of the body due to malnutrition a malady prevalent in large parts of Africa but here dwarfed by obesity.
5.  Being Left Footed Is Never Sinister—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1931 of Christy Brown, noted Irish author and poet who was born with cerebral palsy that other than his left foot completely paralyzed most of his body. He persevered and went on to write a bestselling autobiography My Left Foot.
         On this day in: 
a. 1963 in a reptilian brain moment that knows no national borders, U.K. Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, a married man was forced to resigned due to his affair with 19 year old Christine Keeler, a model and topless dancer.   
b. 1975 the Suez Canal reopened for business for the first time since the start of the Six Day War.
c. 1981 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the existence of 5 cases of a rare form of pneumonia in Los Angeles found usually in patients with a weakened immune system, marking ground zero of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S.   
d. 1998 a strike commenced at the General Motors assembly plant in Flint, Michigan and quickly spread to 6 other GM plants to last for 6 weeks.
e. 2017 the Arab countries of Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over its support of terrorism in the region.    
         Reflections on the Apple II Computer by its developer: “Steve Jobs didn't really set the direction of my Apple I and Apple II designs but he did the more important part of turning them into a product that would change the world. I don't deny that.” Steve Wozniak 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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