Sunday, February 10, 2019

February 10, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Autism Sunday

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 10, 2019 60 % of African-Americans in a recent poll in Virginia want Governor Northam to remain despite his yearbook blackface photo (his views on infanticide merit his resignation); embattled Lt. Governor Justin Sinclair how has two accusers claiming sexual abuse by him and it is doubtful he will be able to remain in office as both accusers have announced they would testify at any impeachment proceedings (another victim of the reptilian brain); AOCs green deal which end commercial air travel, put the energy sector out of business, require trillions to retrofit homes and businesses will prove a godsend to Red candidates as the Blues continue on their leftward shift to potential oblivion in 2020; Lindsey Vonn in the alpine skiing World Championship in Sweden captured the Bronze Medal in the downhill in her last race of a storied career; in a where is the beef moment, a pregnant lady, after being informed that the Back Home Restaurant in the Bronx was out of beef patties, returned to the restaurant with a baseball bat to smash windows and the front (police are looking for her); in Nicaragua since April, President Ortega has jailed thousands and his forces have killed 325 protestors leading to fears of another hotbed for caravans of illegals,
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat Wanz, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you do not have to oppignorate today to make ends meet and a relevant quote from Bill Wong on how autistics can succeed,  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.  National Plimsoll Daycommemorating the efforts of Samuel Plimsoll, a 19th Century English M.P, to obtain passage of the Unseaworthy Ships Bill which required the painting of the Plimsoll Line on a ships hull to mark the maximum amount of cargo to be carried.
2.  Autism Sunday—created in the United Kingdom in 2002 by Ivan and Charika Corea, parents and caregivers of an autistic child to create awareness of the difficulties encountered by autistic children and their parents
3. 2013 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 2013 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz. 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 “n” to words beginning with “o” is “oppignorate” which means to pawn which hopefully you will not have to do today.
5. The Great White Shark—celebrating the birth on this day in 1955 of noted Australian golfer Greg Norman who has amassed 91 victories and has branched out into a golf course design company, clothing company and vinyard.
      On this day in:                                        
a. 1954 President Dwight Eisenhower warned the nation against military involvement in South Vietnam, a warning which LBJ and JFK did not heed.
b.  1962 U-2 pilot Gary Powers shot down over the skies of the Soviet Union was exchanged for a captured Soviet spy Rudolph Abel.
c. 1989 African-American Ron Brown was elected as chairman of the Democratic Party to become the first African-American to lead a major American political party; later he become Secretary of Commerce under Bill Clinton was killed in 1996 while attempting to on a trade mission to Croatia.
d. 2007 Freshman Blue Senator from Illinois Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president.
e. 2009 in space is becoming a crowded place moment communications satellites Kosmos 2251 and Irridium 33 collided, destroying both satellites.
       Reflections on how to succeed with autism: “ For autistic individuals to succeed in this world, they need to find their strengths and the people that will help them get to their hopes and dreams. In order to do so, ability to make and keep friends is a must. Amongst those friends, there must be mentors to show them the way. A supportive environment where they can learn from their mistakes is what we as a society needs to create for them,” Bill Wong, Autistic Occupational Therapist who received a diagnosis when of autism when he was 25.
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© February 10, 2019,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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