Friday, October 5, 2018

October 5, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Teachers' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 4, 2018 The Senate has voted 51-49 in favor of cloture with key voter Murkowski voting no (she has forgotten how to spell ANWR or has forgotten the potential benefits to Alaska that opening up the region to drilling will bring thanks to President Trump); Susan Collins has announced that she will vote for Kavanaugh and Joe Manchin bowing to the overwhelming support for Kavanaugh from his constituents has also announced he will vote in favor of Kavanaugh which means that he should be confirmed and the spectlacle of the resistance movement by the Blues that has disgraced the Senate will come to and end; the Center for Popular Democracy in the forefront of opposing the Kavenaugh nomination and harassing in public Senators is using the confirmation process to raise funds while receiving millions from wealthy donors like George Soros (the demonstrators hounding Senators are paid protestors not outraged citizens); the Chairman of the Senate Judicial Committee Senator Grassley is demanding that Ford’s legal team release communications made by it to Democratic Senators and other alleged victims of the sexual assaults but he is getting stonewalled by her team; Jackson Costco a former intern for Blue Representative Sheila Lee who has been arrested for doxxing Republican Senators had a secret Twitter account used to attack Republicans and Judge Kavanaugh; Jason Van Dyke the Chicago police officer who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times in 30 seconds has been found guilty of second degree murder (Chicago should breathe a sigh of relief as a not guilty verdict could have easily spawned major riots); Trump was on the offensive at a rally in Minnesota, branding the Democrats as the party favoring crime while touting his economic record; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through October 4, 2018, 2346 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 382 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 Alicia Keys, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you have a ready supply of Dramamine to ward off naupathia and a relevant quote from Bill Moyers on PBS, 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 Day of No Prostitution—celebrated since 2002 to create awareness of the dangers resulting from prostitution to the prostitutes to their clients.
2. World Teachers’ Day—created in 1996 by UNESCO to focus on appreciating, assessing and improving educators in the classroom.
3. 2001 Number One Song— the number one song in 2001 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Fallin’” by Alicia Keys. 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 “naupathia” which means sea sickness which is a reason to appreciate Dramamine.
5. Unsinkable—celebrating the birth on this day in 1975 of British born actress Kate Winslet best known for her role in the movie Titanic.
    On this day in: 
a. 1921 The World Series was broadcast on radio for the first time.
b. 1947 President Truman made the first televised address from the Oval Office to the American people.
c. 1970 the Public Broadcasting Service was founded.
d. 1982 Tylenol bottles were recalled from shelves in Chicago after seven people died from taking Tylenol that had been laced with cyanide.  Sadly the suspect who had tampered with the bottles was never caught or prosecuted.
e. 1986 Mordechai Vanunu’s story in The Sunday Times revealed the existence of Israel’s secret nuclear weapons.
   Reflections on the state of Public Broadcasting System: “This is the first time in my 32 years in public broadcasting that PBS has ordered up programs for ideological instead of journalistic reasons.” Bill Moyers noted television journalist and commentator.
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