Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 19, 2019 Tensions continue to mount in the Persian Gulf with Iran seizing the second U.K. flagged tanker in international waters (a flagrant act of piracy by a rogue nation feeling the bite of sanctions raising the question of what if any military response the U.S. and its European allies will unleash but at least a convoy system to blow Iranian speed boats out of the water and possibly destroying the ports and bases these pirates sailed from); ESPN’s Don Le Batard comes across as a mixing politics with sports retard and is rightfully chastised by ESPN (sure way to insure a drop in ratings and ad revenue that funds the salaries of the these overpaid commentators is to rant against Trump while covering a sporting event or during a sports show); in a real sloppy billing moment a Chicago hospital that issued a bill of $300,000 to the family of the mother who was killed by killers fortunately charged and in jail awaiting trial, for cutting open her stomach to remove her fetus who later died after life support was removed; Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger are back on the screen together in Terminator: Dark Fate with a new humanoid on the hunt for Sarah Connor; Amy Wax a Penn professor is in hot water for expressing what many in this country believe, namely that we would be a better place if we have more white citizens that adhere to our values than nonwhite which do not (she expressed the argument not in terms of race but in terms of values than are not shared by many nonwhite cultures overseas); sadly when it comes to crime we are a nation of copycats who aren’t smart enough to no surveillance cameras are in most stores as a teen in Arizona caught on camera spitting into a bottle of iced tea and replacing it on the shelf has been charged with a felony; report just out detailing the sad state of affairs of public pension underfunding which will get worse in high tax states like Connecticut and New Jersey as populations leave, reducing the number of public employees https://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/pensions-states-funding-deficits; Green’s Quixote quest to impeach Trump went down to a table defeat; what does it take for Blues to come to their senses and end this impeachment fable; Sanders who had the courage to admit Medicare for all would raise the taxes on the middle class has been caught in the hypocrisy cookie jar with reports that he is paying his interns $12 an hour not the $15 he is campaigning for as a minimum wage; in Chicago through July 18, 2019, 1435 people have been shot mostly of color by mostly people of color, 254 of whom have died, a fraction of those dead from murders in Cape Town, South Africa (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 people of color by people of color?)
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Starland Vocal Band, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact your flowers are planted in a way they can be photogyric and a relevant quote from Geoffrey Wawro on the effect of wine drinking by the French Army during the Franco-Prussian War, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, 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. Flight Attendant Safety Professional Day—created on this day in 1990 to honor the contributions to passenger safety by flight attendants who have evolved far beyond the image of “Coffee, Tea or Me.”.
2. National Flitch Day—created in the 13th or 14th Century in England when a couple received a flitch of bacon (a side or half side of pork) for being true and devoted to each other (given the divorce rate and infidelity rate in California, the pigs are probably breathing easier today).
3. 1976 Number One Song— the number one song in 1976 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Afternoon Delight” by Starland Vocal Band. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu1UXCdyNo0. The band which was a husband and wife team broke up in 1981 and the husband and wife divorced to pursue separate recording careers.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “photogyric” which turning towards the light which flowers and plants do.
5. A Taste of Italy—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1953 of Howard Schultz a salesman at Xerox who went to work at Starbucks when it was a fledging startup and bought the company from its founders for $3.8 million when they ignored his idea of also offering espresso and making the coffee shops more like the meeting places coffee shops are like in Italy to concentrate of Peet’s Coffee. Schulz was considering a run for the presidency in 2019 but has delayed that foray to Trump’s joy due to health concerns.
On this day in:
a. 1870 in a move that would be regretted and result in defeat and the loss of Alsace and Lorraine, France declared war on Prussia.
b. 1964 in a delusional moment over the qualities of South Vietnam’s military forces, Prime Minister Nguyen Khanh called for expanding the war into North Vietnam.
c. 1977 the world became a more precise place when the first GPS signal was transmitted from Navigation Technology Satellite 2 and received at Rockwell Collins at 2:47 p.m. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
d. 1980 the Summer Olympics at Moscow opened without the participation of the United States which boycotted the games due to the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union for which the Soviet Union reciprocated in the Summer Olympics in L.A. in 1984.
e. 1983 the first portrayal of a human head in a 3-D CT was published.
Reflections on how to lose a war and gain a headache: ““French soldiers literally drank the entire day, beginning with wine (un pauvre larme – “a little teardrop”), progressing to spirits (le café le pousse-café), climaxing with a gut-searing brandy (le tord-boyaux – “the gut-wringer”), and ending with la consolation, a sweet liqueur that the French soldier sipped as he lay in his bunk contemplating the next day’s exertions. Far from imbuing the army with an ésprit”
― Geoffrey Wawro,The Franco-Prussian War
― Geoffrey Wawro,The Franco-Prussian War
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