Saturday, January 11, 2020

January 10, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Lower Your Energy Costs Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 10, 2020 Even the House Resolution passed on party lines has not legal effect, the mullahs in Iran are dancing in the mosques thinking it does and that Trump has been hobbled and barred from any military activity and probably wondering how with the likes of the Squad they can get another resolution removing the sanctions that are destroying their economy;  Omar while pushing big time the BDS movement against Israel is up in arms after Bertrami County in Minnesota became the first in that state and second in the country to thanks to a Trump Executive Order allowing counties to do so banned the resettlement by the federal government of refugees; in a classic example of ineptness by Mayor Garcetti, the $1.6 billion bond issue to build homeless structures has opened its first completed project for a whooping 46 units (most likely over budget and way past over scheduled completion) but at least the city is moving forward in clearing out homeless encampments in the Sepulveda Basin, including a three story tree house; AOC has topped the charts in terms of fund raising but is increasingly in the Blue doghouse for not contributing a dime to Blue House Campaign Reelection Organizations (wonder if this darling of the left is going to incur the wrath of Pelosi for not ponying up); Trump at another massive campaign rally revealed why he did not consult with the Blues before ordering the strike that killed Soleimani because his fears based on experience that the Blues would leak the news of the impending strike; Vermont has had a bill introduced to ban cell phones for people under 21 (talk about nanny state in the extreme); a contingent of US firefighters sent to assist in the wildfires has landed in Australia to cheers of the airport crowd; Steyer is flooding the airways with his own money and it is paying dividends as he is moving up in the Blue primary polls; Pompeo announced new sanctions against Iran which will further add to the crushing of its economy which would really be flattened if NATO members would join big time in imposing as Trump has requested; in Chicago, as of January 9, 2020, 48 people have been shot of whom 8 have died; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths has suffered 6 murders by shootings (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 Paul Whiteman,  the fact if you take precautions when camping or around your house if in forests to avoid pyrophobia, a relevant quote on the Treaty of Versaille by Captain Hank Bracker, 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. Save the Eagles Day—celebrating an animal comeback success story of the bald eagle once on the endangered species list from 1967 to 1997 when it was moved to threatened to 2007 when it was removed from the list all together (one of the great reasons to visit Alaska is that these remarkable birds are in great abundance, nesting in the trees and soaring over the landscape and waterways in search of fish.
2. National Cut Your Energy Costs Day—celebrating a great idea on how to help the planet in terms of climate change and your pocket book by cutting back your energy costs by such simple steps as turning off the tv, computer and lights when not in use, wrapping your water heater in a thermal blanket, weather stripping doors and windows, and lowering your thermostat and as an incentive use the savings to splurge on a great meal or purchase of a gift to yourself or family member.
3. 1930 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1930 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “Great Day” by Paul Whiteman. Here is a recording of the song: His great day ended with a fatal heart attack on December 29, 1967.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pyrophobia” which means the fear of fires and is a healthy fear to have during the wildfire season if you live in or near forested areas.
5. To Tell Stories--celebrating the birth on this day in 1938 of Stephen Ambrose, noted author and military historian, perhaps best know for Band of Brothers, who was a heavy smoker who died on December 13, 2002 some 7 months after being diagnosed with the disease.
On this day in:               
      a. 1920 the Treaty of Versailles went into effect, ending World War I but planting the seeds for the beginning of World War II that would begin in less than 20 years.    
      b. 1927 Fritz Lang’s futuristic film of the future Metropolis was released in Germany.
      c.1946 the first meeting of the General Assembly of the newly formed United Nations met in London, England.                         
 d. 1985 Sandinista Daniel Ortega was elected a president of Nicarauga and vowed to continue its path toward socialism and support of Castro’s Cuba.
 e. 1990 Time Warner was formed in a merger of Time, Inc. and Warner Communications. 
 Reflections on the Treaty of Versailles that went into effect on this day in 1920: “World War I that ended almost one hundred years ago, following the Armistice on November 11, 1918. The Paris Peace Conference was held to determine the terms under which this devastating war was concluded. A war that was fought for insane reasons and brought devastation to so many families only ended when The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. It had been a war that was brought on by inept bureaucrats and it was “The Treaty of Versailles” that concluded the war between Germany and the Allied Powers. This treaty required Germany to disarm, make extensive territorial concessions, and pay reparations to the Allies. The fact that Germany was required to pay unrealistic reparations during difficult times was the primary reason that the Second World War was fought a little over twenty years later by bringing Adolf Hitler onto the world stage!”― Captain Hank Bracker, "Seawater One"
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