Monday, October 29, 2018

October 29, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Internet Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 29, 2018 Sarah Sanders blasted the MSM for its attacks on Trump as being the reason for the pipe bomb mailings and the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue (ironic that the anti-Semite shooter Bowers was treated for his wounds by Jewish medical personnel); the season of hate continues as the Republican headquarters in South Daytona was hit by four bullets this weekend (time to tone the rhetoric down before someone is killed); the Pentagon announced it is increasing American military presence on the border to over 5,000 troops to put teeth in the message that the caravan of illegal aliens will not be allowed to enter this country; the left continues to act with no respect interrupting a campaign event by Red Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn during a moment of silence for the victims of the Tree of Life shooting; the flood of refugees from the Middle East has claimed another victim—Angela Merkel under fire for the admission of a million refugees who announced she was stepped down as chancellor; tech stocks tanked on the news that the UK would introduce in 2020 a digital services tax of 2% on online e-commerce and social media platforms earning more than £$500 million in revenues; to the concern of the dozens of Blue presidential wanna-bes, Clinton’s waffling on whether she would run in 2020 is throwing a monkey wrench in their plans; Mueller’s millions wasted collusion delusion probe is winding down with a report to be released soon after the midterms in the absence of any agreement of Trump to be interviewed by Mueller’s team; in a win one for the good guys a father was leaving a McDonald’s in Birmingham, Alabama after having a meal with his two sons as a masked gunman was entering and began firing at employees and customers only to be shot and killed by the father who along with his son was wounded but not life threatening; Cesar Saydoc may be in jail but the pipe bombs he mailed keep coming as the 14th on was intercepted at an Atlanta mail processing facility; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through October 28, 2018, 2554 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 421 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 Freddy Martin, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are free of nihilism  and a relevant quote from Alexis Ohanian on the internet revolution, 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. International Internet Day—created in 2005 to celebrate the first electronic transfer of a message from one computer to another on this day in 1969 and the rest is history.
2. World Stroke Day—created by the World Stroke Organization in 2006 to promote awareness of life style choices leading to strokes and promoting efforts to minimize the results of strokes.
3. 1941 Number One Song— the number one song in 1941 on a run of 9 weeks in that position was “Piano Concerto in B Flat” by Freddy Martin. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we moved from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n” is “nihilism” which means a denial of reality which is what politicians on both sides of the aisle are guilty of when it comes to solving the problems associated with runaway spending.
5. Jaws of Life—celebrating the birth on this day in 1947 of Richard Dreyfus noted American actor famous for his role in American Graffiti, Jaws, and The Goodbye Girl who struggled with alcohol and drugs early in his career.
    On this day in: 

a. 1863 at Geneva, 18 nations met to form the International Red Cross.
b. 1994 Francisco Martin Duran fired 29 shots from an assault rifle at the White House in an attempt to kill  President Clinton; he was tackled by three bystanders and held until the Secret Service arrived, tried, convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison and is expected to be paroled in 2029.
c.  1998 with the launch of Discovery’s 25th space shuttle mission ATSC HDTV service was inaugurated in the U.S. The mission was also notable for returning 77 year old John Glenn back into space as the oldest human to fly into space.
d. 2012 Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the U.S. killing 148 directly and 138 indirectly and causing $70 billion in damages.
e. 2015 China announced the end of its one child policy after 35 years.
    Reflections on the internet that is only 49 years old today: “To join in the industrial revolution, you needed to open a factory; in the Internet revolution, you need to open a laptop. Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.
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