Thursday, October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Alaska Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 18, 2018 Trump indicated he is serious about illegal immigration by warning he would use the U.S. military to close the border with Mexico to block the caravan of Honduran refugees heading toward the U.S. (doubling down after warning Honduras he would cut off all aid if the caravan tried to enter the U.S.); a federal judge has accused the State Department of lying and signing false affidavits in conjunction with lawsuits filed concerning Clinton’s private e-mail server and the attacks on the Benghazi consulate (this end justifies the means woman corrupts everything she is close to); on the PC front run amok Kirsten Bell the voice in Disney’s Frozen is raising the issue that the kiss by the prince in Snow White should be condemned as no one should kiss someone because she is sleeping did not give her consent; on the sports front, Boston is one game away from a berth to the World Series because a Houston fan interfered with a ball that would have gone for a home run; Louis Farrakhan too often a hero to the left has called out Jews as termites (no wonder the  photo of him with Obama was buried until after the election but why does he still have a Twitter account to spew such hate); the voice of Big Bird after 50 years is retiring at age 84; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through October 17, 2018, 2442 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 404 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 Adele Mars, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not in need of a nepenthe and a relevant quote from James Foley on understanding the conflicts in the Middle East, 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. Alaska Day—celebrating one of the great real estate deals in history, the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States on this day in 1867 with the purchase price of $7.2 million being recouped in exponential fashion by the gold, fish and oil from Alaska.
2. National No Beard Day—not sure where this observance came from but hope it does not have anti-Muslim foundation but today is the day to please one’s girlfriend or spouse who despises beards.
3. 2011 Number One Song— the number one song in 2011 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Someone Like You” by Adele Here is a recording of the song:
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 “nepenthe” which means something, like a drink which makes one forget suffering which unfortunately after a bender is waiting for one’s return.
5. No Humanity With ISIS—celebrating the birth on this day in 1973 of James Foley a journalist who wanted to show the humanity in war and condemning the thugs of ISIS who beheaded him in 2014 and relishing in the fact that the perverted fanatic who beheaded him, Jihadi John, had his ticket punched by a drone strike.
    On this day in: 
a. 1922 the British Broadcast Company was formed to provide national broadcasting  via radio.
b. 1945 the Soviet Union received plans for the plutonium bomb developed by the United States in the Manhattan Project from Klaus Fuchs who was sentenced to 15 years for his treachery.
c. 1951 the Studio for Electronic Music was established at the West German Broadcasting facilities in Cologne, Germany as the first modern music studio in the world.
d. 1954 Texas Instruments announced the transistor radio.
e. 1979 the FCC decreed that civilians could install satellite dishes on their residences.
Reflections on the absence of understanding of the conflicts in the Middle East from someone who paid the ultimate sacrifice trying to understand: “It’s part of the problem with these conflicts. We’re not close enough to it. And if reporters, if we don’t try to get really close to what these guys—men, women, American [soldiers], now, with this Arab revolution, young Arab men, young Egyptians and Libyan—are experiencing, we don’t
understand the world.” James Foley
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