Monday, September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Suicide Prevention Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 10, 2018 On the hurricane front, Hurricane Florence has been upgraded to a Cat 4 and is heading directly to the Carolinas where mandatory evacuations of the beach areas have been ordered; new emails between Strzok and Page reveal a coordinated strategy of the FBI and DOJ to leak damaging information on Trump to discredit his campaign (Trump needs to get off the toilet and declassify all information pertaining to the FISA abuse and do it now to shine light on the conspiracy by the FBI and DOJ to derail the Trump presidency and pull the rug out beneath Obama’s unheard of campaign as a former president to criticize his successor); Congressman Meadows has asked the Justice Department to refer for investigation Bruce Ohr’s contacting with Christopher Steele (again Trump needs to order the unredacted release of all documents subpoenaed by the House so the American can see for itself the extent of corruption at the FBI and DOJ); Maxine Waters is back on the rant trail like a rabid impeachment dog threatening that she will get Trump with impeachment (she is in an all out race to outpace Pelosi as the lightning rod to energize Red voters to come out and vote); Joyce Behar, a 75 year old has been comedian on The View, is on the anti-Trump rants this time against Melania Trump (why anyone would watch the bile on that show boggles the mind); Ken Starr in his new memoir revealed he was seriously considering filing perjury charges against HRC (a shame as we would have been spared Uranium One and the Benghazi disaster had he done so); Sweden has joined the growing list of EU countries closing the door on unlimited immigration of Muslim refugees as a resurgent far right party scored surprising election results as the ruling center party had its worst showing; Jim Carry who used to be entertaining and funny is ranting that Democrats embrace socialism (move to Venezuela Jim and see what a distorted view of paradise really is);  in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 9, 2018, 2146 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 346 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).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are able to be mutative in facing new problems, and a relevant quote from Karl Menninger on how to avoid suicide, 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. World Suicide Prevention Day—observed since 2003 to implement strategies to reduce the risk of suicide which the WHO estimates kills 1 million per year.
2. National TV Dinner Day—celebrating the introduction by Swanson of the frozen TV dinners in 1953 which grew in popularity to the extent that the original TV dinner tray was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute in 1986.
3. 1981 Number One Song— the number one song in 1981 on a run of 9 weeks in that position was “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mutative” which means to indicate a change of place or state which describes what is happening to the Democrats as they heed a call for socialism.
5. Do As I Say Not As I Do--celebrating the birth on this day in 1949 of noted author and TV journalist Bill O’Reilly who hosted his show The Bill O’Reilly Show but who fell victim to the reptilian brain syndrome and was terminated by Fox due to sexual harassment settlements.
On this day in: 
a. 1967 the residents of Gibraltar voted to remain a British Dependency rather that becoming part of Spain.
b. 1977 Hamida Dejandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, gained the dubious distinction of being the last person executed by the guillotine in France.
c. 2002 Switzerland a notable neutral country became a member of the United Nations.
d. 2008 the large Hadron Collider at CERN was powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.
e. 2017 after massive devastation in the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida to ultimately kill 134 people and cause $64.76 billion in property damage.
   Reflections on how to avoid avoid suicide:” Hope is a necessity for normal life and the major weapon against the suicide impulse.” Karl A. Menninger, noted American 20th Century psychiatrist.
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