Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Water Monitoring Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 18, 2018 The flood waters from Florence are lingering in the Carolinas and the death toll has risen to 32 as authorities warn residents not to return to their flooded homes; the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on Monday with Kavanaugh and Ford (if she does not Grassley will cancel the hearing) testifying under oath on the alleged sexual abuse 36 years ago while so typically Kamala Harris is beating the drums for the FBI to reopen the background check and for additional witnesses to be called (even if the incident did occur which is doubtful is it grounds for rejecting his nomination or to put it another way does the incident determine his character—the answer should be no in both cases); Matthew Dowd of the Always Biased Cack Network is rightfully being slammed for tweeting that Justice Thomas is a sexual predator and inferring that Judge Kavanugh is one also;  Professor Cheny-Lippold of the University of Michigan is being slammed for his refusal to write a letter of recommendation for a student seeking to study in Israel because it would run counter to his department’s position of Israeli occupation of Palestine (another example of anti-Semitism running wild on our college campuses); not to be outdone on the anti-Semitism front tenured professor Hamid Dabashi as Columbia has tweeted that every dirty problem in the world is the fault of Israel (with tenure you can’t get rid of idiots like this one); on the culinary front the Lobster Pound in Charlotte, Maine is getting its lobster high on marijuana smoke before steaming them to death         http://video.foxnews.com/v/5836485027001/?#sp=show-clips; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 17, 2018, 2208 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a teenage leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 358 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 Milli Vanilli, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your face is covered with sunscreen to avoid being naevous, and a relevant quote from Angelina Jolie on landmines, 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 Water Monitoring Day—created by the American Clean Water Foundation in 2003 as an educational outreach program to promote the monitoring of water quality of our water resources.
2. International Read an E-book Day—created in 2014 to promote the reading of e-books which take up little or no extra space in a briefcase or suitcase but allow the reader to take a small library with him or her.
3. 1989 Number One Song— the number one song in 1989 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You” by Milli Vanilli. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbUENJ5FjBk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n”  is “naevous” which means spotted or freckled which one can become being out in the Sun with pale skin and no sunscreen on.
5. Enhance for a Chance—celebrating the birth on this day in 1971 of noted cyclist Lance Armstrong who won the Tour de France 7 times but was stripped of his wins after it was discovered he was using banned performance enhancing drugs.
On this day in: 
a. 1793 the first cornerstone for the U.S. Capitol was laid by President George Washington.
b. 1984 Joe Kittinger completed the first solo crossing of the Atlantic in a gas balloon named Balloon of Peace.
c. 1997 media magnate Ted Turner donated $1 billion to the United Nations.
d. 1997 the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention was adopted by 33 countries but not the U.S., Russia, China and India.
e. 2001 the anthrax attacks began with the mailing of letters containing anthrax spores to two senators and various news media outlets; the mailings continued until October 9, 2001 and killed 5 people and injured 17 others. The prime suspect a Doctor Bruce Ivins committed suicide before being brought to justice.
   Reflections on anti-personnel landmines: “The most upsetting thing is that the US is a leader in the world, and if they don't sign, then how do you expect to convince Russian and China and Iran, Pakistan, all these other countries, to sign? They simply won't. (The US government) feels it's against their constitutional right to bear arms, or they've said that it's needed in North and South Korea, on the border. I don't think any of these are good enough excuses for the damage.” Angelina Jolie
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