Friday, October 18, 2019

October 18, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Alaska Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 18, 2019 Warren is now in the Blue lead in three polls but in terms of her disconnect with the voters she has a slight problem with her message that the economy is working for the rich but not ordinary people which ordinary people by large majorities seem to disagree; Justice Sotomayor broke SCOTUS’ rule of not starting to ask question until at least 2 minutes has passed in an attorney’s opening argument before the court not once but twice (should talk to Justice Thomas who rarely if ever asks questions); many of us suspected that Hillary’s ability to process reality has been damaged by Trump Derangement Syndrome when she vowed she could beat Trump again but news now indicates the effects are perhaps much worse as she is touting a theory that Tulsi Gabbard, one of the few Blue candidates to have a grasp of reality is a Russian agent being groomed and will run as a third party to insure Trump’s win (shades of a Manchurian Candidate déjà vu); Morning Joe ignores a basic rule of thumb to get discourse and debate to solve issue don’t call the other side dumb; Pelosi is not a hero for pointing her finger accusingly at Trump rather she’s more like a spoiled 2 year old in adult clothing upset at not getting her way just like Brewer was not a racist for pointing her finger at President Obama, merely an example of a journalistic double standard; Hanoi Jane was arrested again for protest inactivity on climate change in D.C. and is making noise about moving there so she can protest once a week (such a hypocrite with her proclivity to fly in private jets and ownership of a huge house in California so at least she won’t be taking a private jet to get arrested protesting climate change); Hunter Biden whose activities with the Ukrainians and the Chinese have cast a huge quid pro quo shadow over his father’s candidacy admitted he had regrets over the events but not on marrying his current wife after 6 days of meeting her (impetuous behavior is one of the hallmarks of an addict so should not be surprising); on the quid pro quo front a State Department Official testified he raised concern over Hunter’s Ukrainian dealings in 2915 but was told to drop the matter; on the tech front, Mark Hurd, the co CEO of Oracle, has died; Boeing is in hot water over claims that safety concerns over the 737 Max were concealed or downplayed and the stock today dropped almost 7%; as of  October 17, 2019, 2236 have been shot, of whom, 388 and the one day hiatus of killings has ended; in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 275 have been murdered in Baltimore (when will Chicago and Baltimore 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 and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to the Beatles,  the fact that you are not held back because of being a presbyte and a relevant quote on transistor radios by Langdon Winner, 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. Alaska Daycelebrating one of the most one sided purchases in our history and delivered to us on this day in 1867 of the Territory of Alaska from Russia  for $7.2 million ( $122,034,000 in today’s dollars or less than 2 ½ days of oil flowing through the Trans Alaskan Pipeline).         
2. Developmental Language Disorder Day—created in 2017 to address the problems faced by some segments of our society on learning the language.         
3. 1965  Number One Song— the number one song in 1965 on this day on a run of 4 weeks in the position was “Yesterday” by the Beatles. Here is a recording of the song
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “presbyte” which means an old man which if you are one chronologically hopefully you retain your youthful attitude.
5. Father of Rock and Roll—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1926 of noted rock and roll singer Chuck Berry who thrilled us with such classics as “Mabelline,” “Johnnie Be Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven.” He performed on tour nearly to the end of his life on March 18, 2917.
On this day in: 
      a. 1922 the British Broadcasting Company was established to provide a national system in the United Kingdom for radio broadcasters.
      b. 1945 the Soviet nuclear program received plans for the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki stolen by spies under its control and bidding.
      c. 1954 Texas Instruments announced the first transistor radio.  
 d. 1963 Felicette, a stray Persian, became the first cat to be launched into space and recovered alive successfully 14 minutes later with electrodes attached to her monitoring vital organs.
 e. 1979 the Federal Communications Commission authorizes private citizens to purchase home satellite dishes.
 Reflections on the transistor radio: “he closest Western Civilization has come to unity since the Congress of Vienna in 1815 was the week the Sgt. Pepper album was released.. . . . At the time I happened to be driving across country on Interstate 80. In each city where I stopped for gas or food — Laramie, Ogallala, Moline, South Bend — the melodies wafted in from some far-off transistor radio or portable hi-fi. It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard. For a brief while the irreparable fragmented consciousness of the West was unified, at least in the minds of the young.” Langdon Winner, noted Thomas Phelan Chair of Science and Humanities at Renssalear Polytechnic Institute
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© October 18, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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