Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October 3, 2108 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Random Acts of Poetry Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 3, 2018 Amazon has dropped a bombshell in the retail world by announcing that it is raising its minimum wage to $15 while phasing out restricted stock grants and incentive bonuses for outlets that meet production goals; the sordid theater of the Blues opposition to Judge Kavanaugh may finally be coming to an end with expectations that the FBI will release its report today (sad day in America when the presumption of innocence the Blues were eager to slay); an ex boyfriend of Ford is claiming that one of her friends who has denied the allegation helped her in how to prepare for the inadequate polygraph she took (enough time to vote on the record of a man who with many years of judicial service has shown consistently a record of judicial temperament and lack of bias in his decisions); the lawyer whom Trump has properly labeled a sleezeball after his client Selnick’s accusations have collapsed is back on scene with a new client claiming Kavanaugh was spiking punch at high school parties (when will this disgrace be relegated to the trash heap of history?); Spartacus Cory Booker revealed the depravity of the Blues’ position on Kavanaugh by hypocritically intoning that whether he is guilty or not it is time to move on and have his nomination withdrawn (God help the Blues if he is the best they can offer to the country in 2020); Cack News Network Skelter was rightfully seeking condemnation shelter when Ted Koppel blasted him that CNN would be in the toilet without Trump; in a collateral damage moment of Starbucks opening its bathrooms to non customers, baristas are complaining that the job of picking up used syringes has been added to their chores and are demanding Starbucks install lock proof syringe disposal boxes to protect them; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through October 2, 2018, 2336 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 381 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 Mariah Carey, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are free of acts that would cause people to naucify you and a relevant quote from Paul Polman on the cause of the financial crisis of 2008/2009, 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.Virus Appreciation Day—celebrating the advances made by modern medicine to discover and treat viruses that bring us harm or are really deadly.
2. Random Acts of Poetry Day—have no idea where this day came from but it is designed to promote the spread of poetry which is in the mind of the Alaskanpoet a good thing.
3. 1999 Number One Song— the number one song in 1999 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Heartbreaker” by Mariah Carey. 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 “naucify” which means to despise or hold in low esteem which describes to a tee the feelings of many Americans toward the MSM and members of Congress.
5. Not Sharp Only Thin—celebrating or bemoaning depending on one’s point of view the birth on this day in 1954 of Al Sharpton, a controversial racial protestor and a MSNBC political commentator who once weighed over 300 pounds but now tips the scale at 129 and remains a person conservatives want to naucify.
    On this day in: 
a. 1863 the last Thursday in November was proclaimed by President Lincoln to be Thanksgiving Day.
b. 1949 WERD the first black owner radio station began broadcasting in Atlanta, Georgia.
c. 1952 the United Kingdom successfully tested a nuclear weapon to become the third country with nuclear weapons capability.
d. 1957 the California Supreme Court ruled that Howl and Other Poems was not obsecene.
e. 2008 The Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 designed to bail out our financial institutions was signed into law by President George Bush.
   Reflections on the financial crisis of 2008/2009: I believe that the financial crisis of 2008/9 exposed more a lack of ethics and morality - especially by the financial sector - rather than a problem of regulation or criminality. There were, of course, regulatory lessons to be learned, but at heart, there was a collective loss of our moral compass. Paul Polman, long time executive with Proctor and Gamble and now CEO of Unilvever. Greed is the iron that renders most compasses useless.
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