Tuesday, November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not African Industrialization Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 20, 2018 On the wildfire front, the Camp Fire is now 703% contained as firefighters are slowly gaining ground and the death toll has risen to 79 with the number of people missing has dropped to 700 with heavy rains forecasted for Wednesday which should help firefighters but hinder the search for victims and result in mudslides; the Woolsey Fire is now 96% contained after burning almost 100,000 acres, destroying 1130 structures and the death toll still standing at 3; on the border security front, Trump’s executive order on asylum has blocked  by a leftist federal judge Jon Tigar, who must be in favor of declawing the Border Patrol and ICE  (the lame duck section needs to pass legislation requiring asylum seekers to apply at an American Embassy or consulate in their home country and if not or denied be subject to immediate deportation); Tijuana residents are not happy with caravan of migrants; on the voter fraud front that the left continues to dismiss, in Los Angeles, 9 people were arrested for collecting in exchange for money and cigarettes signatures from the homeless on petitions and registrations;  Dems are blowing the dog whistles of investigation on Ivanka Trump’s and her husband’s use of private emails in violation of federal laws requiring preservation of emails relating to federal business (Alan Dershowitz believes the issue is a nonissue but the optics are not good when Trump now faces an investigation mantra from the House next year); 43 members of the white supremacist gang Ghost Face Gangsters were indicted on drug trafficking and firearms charges; the Dow dropped 551 points ending the day with 2018 gains having been erased; salad lovers have been warned by the FDA to avoid eating Romaine lettuce due to a multi-state ecoli outbreak; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through November 19, 2018, 2688 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 450 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 the Kingston Trio, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are fortunate enough to not be in need of nostology and a relevant quote from Sandra M. Stewart on the Bell System breakup, 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. Transgender Day of Remembrance--created by Gwendolyn Smith in 1999 to commemorate the murder of a transgender woman Rita Hester in Alston, Massachusetts and to promote awareness of the violence including murder the transgender community has to deal with.
2. African Industrialization Day—created by UN General Assembly in 1989 to promote awareness of the need to industrialize Africa and the difficulties faced in so doing in the second most populated continent on Earth.
3. 1958 Number One Song— the number one song in 1958 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Tom Dooley” by the Kingston Trio. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jqO1fKqrWs
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 “nostology” which  means the study of senility which sadly as we age is becoming more in demand.
5. To Run Or Not To Run With Or Without the Gaffe--celebrating the birth on this day in 1942 of Joe Biden, former senator and vice president, who is considering a run for president in 2020 at almost the age of 78 which would make him the oldest candidate and oldest president if he won. Surprisingly he leads a very crowded early numerous field of candidates from the Blues.
    On this day in: 
a. 1974 the DOJ file its last anti-trust suit against AT&T which led to the breakup of AT&T and the Bell System.
b. 1977 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to formally visit Israel to meet with Menachem Begin and address the Knesset.
c. 1985 in a control alt delete moment Microsoft released Windows 1.0. 
d. 1993 the Senate Ethics Committee issued a stern censure for Alan Cranston for his dealings with Charles Keating.
e. 1998 the first module for the International Space Station was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
    Reflections on the breakup of the Bell System: “The Post stated in its editorial “The AT&T Breakup in Restrospect” [Sept. 4] that, after 20 months, the score is still not in on whether the breakup has actually served the national interest. I disagree. After 20 months the score reads: Business 2, Media 1, Public 0. “ Sandra M. Stewart, letter to the editor of the Washington Post, September 19, 1985
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