Friday, November 30, 2018

November 30, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Meth Awareness Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 30, 2018 A 1964 Good Friday déjà vu as Anchorage, Alaska his by a 7.0 earthquake (fortunately no reports of tsunamis being formed like the one that hit Crescent City, California after the Good Friday earthquake); Secretary of the Interior Zinke has blasted Representative Grijalva as a drunken hostile Democrat for whom the taxpayers paid a former staffer almost $50,000 to dismiss a harassment suit after he wrote an OpEd calling for Zinke to resign (so much for a plea of civility and compromise when the person who should resign is Grijalva for his drunken and abusive behavior); at the G-20 Putin and the Saudi Crown Prince are high fiving it and Macron is caught on a hot mike lamenting to the Crown Prince that “You never listen to me.” In regards to Yemen; the welcome mat in Tijuana for the illegals is being yanked as the mayor demands that the organizers of the caravan be arrested while more illegals continue to head north; lady justice is nowhere blind as Clapper and Comey have lied to Congress with no adverse consequences but Cohen is prosecuted and has to plead guilty (when will this biased witch-hunt of Mueller in search of a crime end?); the Asian long horned tick first discovered in New Jersey has spread to 9 Eastern states and is raising concerns of the CDC since the insect is a voracious biter and can lay up to 2,000 eggs on its host without mating; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through November 29, 2018, 2740 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 461 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 Lorne Greene, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you have no need to dwell on nugacious issues and a relevant quote from an addict on the dangers of using meth, 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. Meth Awareness Day—created by President Bush on this day to promote awareness of the dangers of using meth, a drug that destroys large areas of the brain.
2. Computer Security Day—celebrating since 1988 the need for awareness of the need to have strong spyware systems and passwords that are unique to each device and website and updated frequently even more so than ever on a day in which the Marriott announced that a data breach had occurred with respect to 500 million users.
3. 1964 Number One Song— the number one song in 1964 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Ringo” by Lorne Greene. 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 “nugacious” which means unimportant which far too many of us dwell on nugacious things.
5. Ten Thousand Angels Can Be Trumped by the Depression and Substance Abuse Devil--celebrating the birth on this day in 1975 of noted country singer Mindy McCready best known for her first album Ten Thousand Angels but who struggled with depression and substance abuse and shot herself to death at the age of 37.
    On this day in: 
a. 1972 Press Secretary Ron Ziegler announced that since troop levels in South Vietnam had fallen to 27,000, there would be no more public announcements of further troop reductions there..
b. 1982 Michael Jackson released his sixth record album Thriller which went on to become the most purchased album in history until surpassed by the Eagles—Greatest Hits-1971-1975 in August of this year.
c. 1995 Operation Desert Storm officially came to an end with a crushing defeat by Coalition forces of the Iraqis. 
d. 1998 Exxon and Mobil signed a $73.7 merger agreement to create ExxonMobil the largest company in the world.
e. 1999 some 40,000 anti-globalization protestors violently rioted against a meeting of the World Trade Organization catching the police by surprise and forcing cancelation of opening ceremonies.
    Reflections on the dangers of meth from a meth addict: “Welfare money was not enough to pay for our ‘meth’ habit and support our son, so we turned our rented home into a meth lab. We stored the toxic chemicals in our refrigerator, not knowing that the toxins would permeate into the other food stored in the icebox. “When I gave my three-year-old son some cheese to eat, I did not know that I was giving him poisoned food. I was too stoned on meth to notice it until twelve hours later, that my son was deathly ill. But then I was so stoned it took me two hours to figure out how to get him to the hospital five miles away. By the time I got to the emergency room my boy was pronounced dead of a lethal dose of ammonia hydroxide, one of the chemicals used to make meth.” —Melanie
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© November 30, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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