Saturday, April 6, 2019

April 6, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not New Beer's Eve

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 6, 2019 AOC continues to be the Pied Piper of the extreme left on the podium of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention calling for reparations which for Blues could become the litmus test (has this idiot considered the cost involved when the model based on Japanese-American internment of around two years was $20,000 as opposed to a lifetime in slavery—of course not) but prior to her rants she has been castigated a financially illiterate for opposing the Amazon deal with NYC (smart money should be betting this former bartender is ready for a McCarthy flame out in the not to distant future; Kamala Harris must be feeling pangs of guilt as she has jumped on the reparations band wagon as her own father has alleged that the family’s ancestors  were slave owners in Jamaica; George Mason University students are demanding that ambushed Justice Kavanaugh be banned from teaching a course during summer school while the school rightfully backs him (just another example of collateral damage from Diane Feinstein’s despicable withholding of Professor Ford’s uncorroborated allegations of sexual misconduct); 6 term former Blue Senator of South Carolina has died at the age of 97; Nussain Hussain, the operator of Prestige Limousine, has been charged with 20 counts of negligent manslaughter arising out of a crash in New York that killed 20 people by the limo which was driven by a person lacking the proper license; on the climate change front, researchers are predicting that the 2019 hurricane season will be slightly below normal; Lyft is threatening litigation against Morgan Stanley for allegedly short selling Lyft stock for investors subject to lock-up agreements; as of April 5, 2019 459 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 84 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 the Bee Gees, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not palter; and  a relevant quote from Salvador Dali on DNA and God, 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. International Day of Sport for Development and Peace—created by the General Assembly on August 23, 2013 to promote sport as a means to promote economic development and peace (ala ping pong diplomacy of Red China in the 70’s and North Korea sending a sports delegation to the Winter Olympics in Seoul). 2. New Beer’s Eve Day— celebrating the eve of the effective date of the Cullen-Harrison Act which effective April 7, 1933 allowed the manufacture and sale of beer with 3.2 % alcohol by weight.
3. 1979 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1979 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Tragedy” by the Bee Gees. 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 “palter” which means to equivocate or prevaricate in action and speech which nails the behavior of most politicians to a tee.
5. Double Helix—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1928 of noted molecular biologist James Watson who with Francis Crick revealed the double helix nature of the DNA molecule which won him a Nobel Prize in biology but his views on the impact of race on genetics have relegated him at 90 to the PC doghouse.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1896 in Athens, Greece, the modern day Olympics are opened, 1,500 years after Roman Emperor Theodosius I had banned them.   
b. 1965 Early Bird, the first communications satellite in a geosynchronous orbit, was successfully launched.
c. 1973 the American League of Major League Baseball began using the “designated hitter.”
d. 1998 Travelers Group and Citicorp announced a $74 billion merger that was consummated on October 8, 1998 when Citibank was formed.
e. 2017 the supposed pawn of Putin ordered the launch of 50 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles at Syrian air base that launched planes with nerve gas that bombed Syrian rebels.  
        Reflections on DNA: “And now the announcement of Watson and Crick about DNA. This is for me the real proof of the existence of God.” Salvador Dali, noted surrealist artist.
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© April 6, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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