Friday, April 26, 2019

April 26, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Intellectual Property Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 26, 2019 Brennan is outraged that allegations are swirling that the CIA was instrumental in using the Anti-Trump Steele Dossier to obtain FISA warrants, calling Trump sociopathic (of the great derelictions of duty by Mueller and his band of Blue hacks was his failure to probe in the creation and dissemination of the dossier);  Cook County Judge Marc Martin has castigated Kimberly Foxx for a double standard of justice by prosecuting a woman for filing a false police report but dropping charges against Smollett as her ethics head has resigned (wonder if the fact that Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff’s contacting her had anything to do with the decision?); the gaffer in chief Joe Biden has opened his campaign with a softball appearance on the clueless The View while one of his top campaign advisers Simone Sanders has been caught on tape in November of 2016 after the November 2016 election that the Democratic Party should not be led by white men (time for Biden to start appearing in black face?); on the issue of immigration finally the rays of sanity are being revealed in the Sunshine State as a bill banning sanctuary cities is moving toward being voted on; Newton, Massachusetts District Court Judge Shelley Joseph and her court officer Wesley MacGregor have been indicted for obstruction of justice by aiding an illegal to escape from ICE out the back door of her court room; on the anti-Trump 24/7 front the Washington Post has slammed Sarah Sanders for holding a mock press conference for children of the press corp and staffers on Bring Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day; Illegal alien from Honduras Carlos Zuniga Aviles, who has been charged with murdering a 4 month old infant after paternity tests proved he was not his son, had been previously deported 5 times through our porous open border; an illegal alien has been arrested in the brutal murder of San Jose resident Bambi Larson in February and in a brilliant sting operation at a bogus University of Farmington in Michigan over 600 illegal aliens from India have been arrested or are voluntarily leaving after signing up for computer classes (when will the Blues come on board with border security so we can create more opportunities for merit based immigration to fill the jobs that are open?); on the public health front, hundreds of students have been quarantined at UCLA and Cal State L.A. due to measles (painful reminder what can happen when the vaccination rate falls); through April 25, 2019 639 people  have been shot in Chicago of whom 125 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 Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are free of any paragnosia of why socialism is doomed to fail, and  a relevant quote from Svetlana Alexievich on the Chernobyl disaster, 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 Intellectual Property Day—created by the World Intellectual Property Organization in 2000 to promote awareness of how patents, copyrights, trademarks and designs impact our daily life and to celebrate creativity  and the contributions of creators and innovators to society.
2. National Arbor Day—celebrated on the last Friday in April and started in 1872 Julius and Caroline Morton who proposed that the state of Nebraska create a day dedicated to the planting of trees which was a great success such that it became a state holiday on April 22, 1875 the day of Morton’s birthday.
3. 1996 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1996 on a run of 16 weeks in that position was “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men. 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 “paragnosia” which means a misunderstanding which is what the left will gravely suffer if they believe socialists can win the presidency of this nation.
5. King of Queens--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1965 of noted comedian Kevin Knipfing better known to his fans as Kevin James and best known for his starring role on King of Queens. He is still making people laugh on the silver screen and on TV.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1956 the SS Ideal X, the world’s first container ship set sail from New Jersey bound for Houston, Texas.
b. 1981 Doctor Michael Harrison at the University of California Medical Center performed the first open fetal surgery on a fetus still in the womb.
c. 1986 Reactor Number 4 at Chernobyl in the Ukraine experienced a core nuclear meltdown and spewed radio active material into the atmosphere making it one of the worst nuclear power plant disasters of all time.
d. 2005 under international pressure Syria withdrew the last of its 14,000 troops from occupation duty in Lebanon, ending 29 years of military domination of that ravaged country.
e. 2018 at Bill Cosby’s retrial following a mistrial, Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of sexual abuse and later sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison which sentence and guilty verdict is under appeal. 
        Reflections on the disaster at Chernobyl providing a hint of the effects of socialism and communism:  “It's certainly true that Chernobyl, while an accident in the sense that no one intentionally set it off, was also the deliberate product of a culture of cronyism, laziness, and a deep-seated indifference toward the general population. The literature on the subject is pretty unanimous in its opinion that the Soviet system had taken a poorly designed reactor and then staffed it with a group of incompetents. It then proceeded, as the interviews in this book attest, to lie about the disaster in the most criminal way. In the crucial first ten days, when the reactor core was burning and releasing a steady stream of highly radioactive material into the surrounding areas, the authorities repeatedly claimed that the situation was under control. . . In the week after the accident, while refusing to admit to the world that anything really serious had gone wrong, the Soviets poured thousands of men into the breach. . . The machines they brought broke down because of the radiation. The humans wouldn't break down until weeks or months later, at which point they'd die horribly.”
― Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
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© April 26, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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