Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December 5, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Soil Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 5, 2018 President George H.W. Bush’s funeral was held at the Washington National Cathedral today  with a moving and often humorous speech by his son George W. Bush—a moving tribute to “a great and noble man” (in a lack of civility moment President Trump in the front row pew did not shake hands with Hillary or Bill Clinton); Monica Lewinsky spoke before The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 in Entertainment   in Los Angeles urging everyone to learn from their mistakes which no matter how bad are survivable and admitting her affair with Clinton was a big mistake; Bill Priestap the FBI’s Assistant Director of Counterintelligence announced his retirement which means the top management of the FBI who politicized the FBI in favoring Clinton over Trump is now or will be soon gone; finally Mueller has done something useful by referring to the U.S. Attorneys’ Office in New York City potential wrongdoing by the Podesta firm and former White House Counsel Graig by acting as a representative of a foreign entity and not registering; on the climate change front, carbon dioxide emissions have increased 2.7%; Senator Hirono is back in the spot light claiming the deplorables have less intellect than the Blues and to reach them Blues must learn to communicate more from the heart and less from the brain; satellite images show what many of us suspect that North Korea is expanding its missile base near the border with China; Canadian authorities have arrested the CFO of Chinese Huawei Technologies for violating sanctions on Iran (another case of the Chinese not playing by the rules); Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 4, 2018, 2780 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 473 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 the Monkees, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you enjoyed a nummet and a relevant quote from Florence Sabin on living a fast life, 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. World Soil Day—created by the UN General Assembly in 2013 to promote awareness of the need to protect soil from erosion due to its importance in agriculture, food security and elimination of poverty.
2. International Volunteer Day—created by the UN General Assembly in 1985 to promote volunteer effort to achieve desirable social goals like reduction of poverty, illiteracy, disease and the achievement of Sustainable Growth Targets.
 3. 1967 Number One Song— the number one song in 1967 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Daydream Believer” by the Monkees. Here is a recording of the song: One of original four members Davy Jone suffered a heart attack while riding one of his favorite horses and died after being rushed to the hospital on February 29. 2012.
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 “nummet” which means a light meal or lunch which is the perfect way to lose weight.
5. Not Little in Height nor in Success--celebrating the birth on this day in 1932 of noted rock and roll singer Richard Wayne Penniman better known to his fans as Little Richard though he was six feet tall and is still performing today albeit not actively as he did in the past with such hits as “Tutti Fruiti,” “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “Long Tall Sally”.
    On this day in: 
a. 1933 the Twenty-First Amendment repealing Prohibition was ratified to the joy of party goers who had previously been violating the law in speakeasies and with bootleg spirits.
b. 1952 a cold fog descended on London which combined with air pollution killed at least 12,000 Londoners in the weeks and months that followed.
c. 1955 E.D. Nixon and Rosa Parks led the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
d. 1964 for heroism earlier that year Captain Roger Donlon was awarded the first Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War.
e. 2017 the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics for doping in the 2014 Olympics.
    Reflections on the evils of prohibition justifying the 21st Amendment: “The prohibition law, written for weaklings and derelicts, has divided the nation, like Gaul, into three parts…wets, drys, and hypocrites.”-Florence Sabin, noted American doctor and first woman admitted to the faculty of John Hopkins Medical School.
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© December 4, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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