Friday, March 24, 2023

March 24, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not



Parents with school kids have been released from purgatory on this Friday as strike called by the Service Employees International Union (“SEIU)any progress has been concerning obtaining a contract whose members are employed by the 2nd largest school district in the nation has ended with no word that the SEIU and the LASUD are any closer to a collective bargaining agreement. The PAC-12’s Men’s March Madness on Thursday had one representative left UCLA which in its game against Gonzaga came out fast to lead at the end of the first half 46-33, but Gonzaga back in the second to lead by 10 only to lose it to UCLA  in the final 20 seconds then in the last 7 seconds regain it for good with and 3 pointer to win 79-76. The NIT Tournament has lost most of its luster to the NCAA March Madness but still delivers some drama as in the Sweet 16 on Thursday won by Bowling Green over Memphis State 73-60  in the handshake line after the game Memphis State Jamirah Shute sucker punched Bowling Green Elissa Brett knocking her to the floor and was charged with assault. The drama on whether Trump will be indicted continues with no indictments today but a troubling note of a package of suspicious white powder was delivered to Alvin Braggs office with an enclosed note “Alvin, I will kill you” but not with that powder as it was revealed to be harmless. I hope  you missed Ridley's Believe It Or Not these last few weeks and that you find Ridley's Believe It Or Not worth your time reading and if not please respond with an “Unsubscribe”.                                         

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 24, 2023
          Noted Holidays: World Tuberculosis Day:  
Created by the WHO and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease on this day in 1982, the hundredth anniversary of Doctor Robert Koch’s discovery of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis  to promote awareness of the disease that is treatable. Although some 1.5 million people worldwide die from the disease the numbers here in the U.S. are some 600 people. If you have a persistent fever, cough or night sweats that do not go away might be advisable to be tested to see if you are infected as treatment has a high rate of recovery.                     Word of the Day:  The word of the day is “algetic” which means causing or producing pain which describes to a tee the effects of inflation caused by federal soaring inflation on our lifestyle and retirement assets. 
          Number 1 Song: The number 1 song on this day in 1943 was “The Doggie in the Window” by Patti Page on a  run of 8 weeks to share with 8 other songs that achieved number 1 status. Here is Patti Page performing “The Doggie in the Window”:
          March 24 Famous Birthdays:  Alan Sugar, born of this day in 1947 in Hackney East London, was British business magnate, media personality, author, politician and political adviser along with being the owner and chairman of the soccer team Hotspur. He dropped out of school at age 16 and he in 1968,  started what would later become his largest business venture, consumer electronics company  Amstrad which in 2007 he sold his remaining interest in the company in a deal to BSkyB for £125M  He is also noted for his ownership of the BBC TV show The Apprentice where contestants come to work for his company with the winner not being fired.   
           March 24 Notable Events
           1.     1921—The 1921 Women’s Olympiad, the first international sporting event for women, was held at Monte Carlo.
           2.     1989—In Prince William Sound, after taking on at Valdez, Alaska oil produced from Prudhoe Bay the Exxon Valdez ran aground at Bligh Reef to end up discharging into prime fishing grounds teeming with seabirds and sea life some 240,000 barrels of oil.
           3.     1998— Dr. Rudiger Marmulla performed the first computer-assisted Bone Segment Navigation at the University of Regensburg, Germany.
           4.     2003— The Arab League voted 21-1 to require the end of the U.S. backed invasion of Iraq in search of nonexistent WMD to no effect.
           5.     2018—High school students across the nation staged a March for Life for gun control after the mass shooting at Stoneham Douglas High School where on  February 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz, in a matter of 4 minutes shot and killed 14 students and 3 teachers and wounded 17 others while David Israel, the sheriff was roundly chastised and ultimately removed from his office by Governor De Santis, had his officers in a perimeter not charging to the sound of gunfire. Cruz was captured at a fast food restaurant, ultimately pled guilty and was sentenced to life without possibility of parole.
            Carl Honoré, The Slow Fix: Solve Problems, Work Smarter, and Live Better In a World Addicted to Speed:After the epic Exxon Valdez oil spill off the coast of Alaska in 1989, the company set out to catch and investigate every screw-up, however small. It walked away from a large drilling project in the Gulf of Mexico because, unlike BP, it decided drilling there was too risky. Safety is now such a part of the corporate DNA that every buffet laid out for company events comes with signs warning not to consume the food after two hours. In its cafeterias, the kitchen staff monitor the temperature of their salad dressings. Every time an error occurs at an ExxonMobil facility, the first instinct of the company is to learn from it rather than punish those involved. Employees talk about the “gift” of the near miss. Glenn Murray, a staffer for nearly three decades, was part of the Valdez cleanup. Today, as head of safety at the company, he believes no blunder is too small to ignore. “Every near miss,” he says, “has something to teach us, if we just take the time to investigate it.” Like the RAF and Toyota, ExxonMobil encourages even the most junior employee to speak up when something goes wrong.”

© 3/24/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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