Saturday, August 11, 2018

August 11, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Annual Medical Checkup Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 11, 2018 In a shades of Malaysia Flight 370 déjà vu, a suicidal employee of Horizon Airlines took off in an unauthorized take off from Sea Tac in a Horizon Airlines passenger plane and crashed it into Kelton Island in Puget Sound fortunately with no passengers aboard other than the pilot; the Eskimo on the tail of Alaska Airlines must be crying in shame for moving a gay couple so a straight couple could sit together on a JFK to LA flight; Unite the Right supporters planning to march on Washington may find it difficult to get there as Uber and Lyft have advised drivers of their rights to withhold service, Twitter is blocking accounts and restaurants are planning to withhold service; Andrew McCabe who is suing the DOJ for wrongful termination and defamation (good luck on that perversion of justice) has incurred the twitter wrath of Trump who is threatening to get involved in Judicial Watch’s law suit to obtain McCabe emails relating to contributions to his wife’s failed state senate bid; Kylie Jenner’s 21st birthday party was shut down by the police as Australian super model Tammy Hebrow was wheeled out on a stretcher; Judicial Watch has sued the DOJ to turn over communications among Steele, Ohr and Fusion GPS to shed light on how the false anti-Trump dossier paid for by the DNC and HRC provided the basis for the witch-hunt that has cursed this presidency; on the fire front in California the number of wild fires has risen to 20 and the Mendocino Complex fire has risen to over 500 square miles but is now 70 percent contained; in Chicago while Rahm Emanuel continues to  imitate Nero playing the fiddle through August 10, 2018 1868 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 305 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color and when will Emanuel who has been MIA resign or be voted out of office?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Bobby Lewis,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not in a morient mode today, and a relevant quote from Steve Wozniak on the Apple I and Apple II, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. Annual Medical Checkup Day—promoting the use of annual medical checkups to detect diseases in their infancy to boost one’s chance of survival.
2.  National Bowling Day—created in 1956 to promote the sport of bowling which given the heat being inside an air conditioned bowling alley is the place to be.
3. 1961 Number One Song— the number one song in 1961 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Tossin’ and Turnin’” by Bobby Lewis. Here is a recording of the song by a singer who is still tossin’ and turnin’ at 93:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “morient” which means dying which describes the state of civility in our political discourse to a tee.
5. The Apple of His Eye—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1950 of Steve Wozniak the co-founder of Apple who probably is a very happy man that Apple now has a trillion dollar market cap.  
 On this day in: 
a. 1942 actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil received a patent for a frequency spread spectrum hopping communications system which later became the basis of modern technologies in cell phones and Wi-Fi (and you thought Ms. Lamarr was just another pretty face but unskilled in picking and divorcing 6 husbands).
b. 1965 race riots began in Los Angeles (the Watts Riots) and would not end until 5 days later after 34 deaths, $40 million in property damage, 1032 injured and 3,438 arrests.
c. 1972 the last U.S. ground combat unit departed from South Vietnam after losing over 58,000 soldiers.
d. 1984  President Ronald Reagan joked into an open mike while preparing for his weekly radio address “We begin bombing in five minutes,” to the dismay of the Soviet Union.
e. 2003 NATO took over peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan, its first operation outside of Europe in its 54 year history.
    Reflections on designing Apple I and Apple II:” 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
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