Friday, April 12, 2019

April 11, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Parkinson's Disease Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 11, 2019 Assange has just been arrested in London, removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy and now faces possible extradition to the U.S.; the MSM which has had its heads in the sand over the crisis at the border for months, piously claiming there is no crisis finally faced with the overwhelming evidence that on the border we are at the breaking point has come around and acknowledging that there is a crisis (unfortunately their co-perpetrators of this fraud, the Blues, have not yet accepted reality of the crisis); when it rains it pours as Avenatti has been just hit with 36 new indictments for fraud, racketeering and tax evasion (after 254 appearances on cable TV to hype his client Stormy Daniels  and bash Trump, the wind is definitely out of his sails); tempers were flaring on The View over the arrest of Assange with leftist Sunny Hostin blasting the arrest and Meghan McCain praising it (Assange in concert with Chelsea Manning was responsible for the largest leak of classified material in U.S. history and none of his/her superiors have been held accountable); Rep IIhan Omar continues to bite the hand that rescued her from appalling refugee camp status by issuing what looks like a call for jihad by Muslim Americans against the U.S. (what were the non Muslim majority in here district thinking when they made the mistake of electing her); AOC made a fool of herself when she raised concerns over the arrest of Assange and advocated that the IRS prepare your tax returns;  as of April 10, 2019 520 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 95 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Kenny Loggins, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you after pendiculation you are ready to meet the day head on and energized; and  a relevant quote from Stephen Hawking on stem cell research for Parkinson’s Disease and other neural disorders, 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 Parkinson’s Disease Day—created by the EPDA and the World Health Organization on April 11, 1997, the birthday of Dr. James Parkinson an English physician who was the first to describe in 1817 the symptoms of the disease that would be named after him, to promote awareness of and promote funding to seek a cure for the disease.
2. National Alcohol Screening Day— National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) is an outreach, education, and screening initiative that raises awareness about harmful and dependent drinking behaviors and connects individuals who are at risk with treatment options held annually on the Thursday of the first full week in April since 1999.
3. 1984 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1984 on a run of3 weeks in that position was “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins. 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 “o” to words beginning with “p” is “pandiculation” which means the act of yawning and stretching which usually greets most people on rising from bed.
5. Stone Sessions—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1987 of Joscelyn Eve Stoker of noted British singer, songwriter and music producer better known to her fans as Josh Stone who was introduced to the music world with her first album The Soul Sessions.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1876 the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks was founded in New York City.    
b. 1951 General Douglas MacArthur was relieved of command by President Harry S. Truman.
c. 1963 Pope John XXIII issued his Pacem in terris, the first Papal encyclical addressed to all Christians instead of only to Catholics.
d. 1968 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which banned discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of housing.
e. 1976 the Apple 1 was created.   
        Reflections on Parkinson’s Disease:  Stem cell research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson's and motor neuron disease from which I and many others suffer. The fact that the cells may come from embryos is not an objection, because the embryos are going to die anyway.” Stephen Hawking, noted and extremely brilliant British theoretical physicist who lived with Lou Gehrig’s disease for 55 years when most victims die within 3 years of contracting the disease.
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© April 11, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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