Monday, October 30, 2023

October 29, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


             On Pro-Palestinian outrage over the Hamas Israel War front in the city of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia after a flight from Tel-Aviv landed hundreds of pro-Palestinian supporters stormed the airport and flooded out into the tarmac looking for Jewish passengers, closing the airport. Not sure whether any Jewish passengers were killed, captured or beaten but this largely Muslim nation which has been significantly radicalized by Putin’s military actions in Chechnya has now 83,000 terrified Jewish residents.
            On the Hamas Israel War political front, Squad member Pramila Jayapal has warned President Biden that his support of Israel’s right to defend itself by trying to exterminate Hamas will cost him the Muslim vote in 2024. Across the nation Pro-Palestinian protests continue to occur, the largest being in NYC where some 7,000 marched to shut down the Brooklyn Bridge. De Santis is defending his efforts to ban pro-Hamas groups from Florida’s campuses  and Reds are in a full court press to force the Biden Administration to end the ability of pro-Hamas supporters to enter the U.S.  
             On the Hamas Israel War, Israel has entered its second stage of its ground invasion while conditions on the ground for Gazans deteriorate causing a mob of thousands to break into a UN distribution facility to take large quantities of “necessities of survival”. The number of confirmed hostages has risen to 239 and telephone and internet service is slowly being restored.
            On the Hamas Israel War humanitarian crisis front, the United Nation’s General Assembly has overwhelmingly voted for a ceasefire to enable humanitarian supplies, such as food, water, medicine, and fuel which the Israelis know will be used  to power the generators needed to make the tunnels livable but its failure to condemn Hamas for its brutal attack on Israeli citizens is generating a lot of condemnation and calls for the resignation of UN Secretary-General  António Guterres.
            On the weather front Hurricane Otis which was forecast to make landfall as a CAT1 hurricane duped the forecasters when it quickly became a CAT5 when it made landfall near Acapulco on October 25 causing devastation and 43 deaths confirmed today.
            There is a saying that “white men cannot jump” that has just been buttressed with an addendum the “middle aged white governors have no business trying to play basketball with kids” as Gavin Newsom on his “Why am I here trip to China” is caught on camera running over a small child on a court in a pickup game during his trip to China.
              October 29, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
              Noted Holidays: World Stroke Day created by the American Stroke Association on this day in 2006 and celebrated on that day since to enable the 1 in 25 persons who will have a stroke in their lifetime by promoting awareness of FAST of the onset of a stroke-F-face drooping A-arms weaking S-speech slurring T-time to call paramedics when any of the 3 signs appear.
              Word of the Day: The word of the day as we continue with words starting with “b” is  “beldam” which means a malicious and ugly woman, especially one who is old.
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1950 was “Good Night Irene” by the Weavers  on a  run of 11 weeks to share number 1 status with 11  other songs achieving number 1 ranking. Here is a recording with lyrics of  the Weavers performing “Good Night Irene”:
               October 29 Birthdays: “Beware What You Wish For” Observing the birthday on this day of the former Chancellor of Germany born on this day in 1879 in Werl, Prussia, German Empire who after being removed by Von Hindenburg despite his successful negotiation of the ending of reparations in 1934 but eager to return to the government convinced Von Hindenburg to appoint Hitler as Chancellor and him as Vice Chancellor in the mistaken belief he could control Hitler. He left the government after the Night of the Long Knives that proved he was wrong but managed to serve in the Foreign Office as Ambassador to Austria and then to Turkey. Acquitted for War Crimes in the Nuremburg Trials he was later convicted by Germany’s Denazification Court and sentenced to 8 years hard labor but released on appeal to die on May 2, 1969 at age 89.
                October 29 Historical Events in Rhyme
                1.      On this day in 2015 to the joy of parents who were crushed by the first child birth being female/China announced the end of its one child policy as fertility rates exceeding replacement rates had started to fail/The next segment of the population to enjoy the end of the one child policy/Were the millions of female fetuses whom would no longer an abortion as their fate see.
                2.      On this day in 2006 Hurricane Sandy which had devasted Cuba and the Caribbean and had lost status as a hurricane/To pivot left and reboot to CAT 2 making landfall in the U.S. with wind and massive rain/Making landfall at the New Jersey town of Brigantine/With a gale force wind diameter one of the largest ever seen/ 1,150 miles in diameter bringing massive flooding and property destruction in the amount of some 63 billion dollars/233 deaths taxing the services of the funeral homes’ casket haulers.
               3.      On this day in 2004/To motivate for revenge the SEAls even more/Al Jazeera broadcast an Osama bin Laden video clip claiming on the 9/11 attacks he was the mastermind/To become the number one terrorist the U.S. vowed to find/7 years was not long enough to end the bin Laden search quest/After tracking down his messengers his location their movements did suggest/On May 2, 2011 SEAL Team 6 landed in his Abbottabad compound/Quickly killed him with a head shot above left eye round.
              4.      On this day in 1998 after becoming the first American to orbit the Earth in space/77 year old Senator John Glenn was in another trip to in the record books place/On the Space Shuttle Discovery he became the oldest person to venture into space and then orbit multiple times our Blue planet/But records are made to be broken and Captain Kirk made us Glenn’s oldest traveler into space forget/On October 13, 2021 90 year old William Shatner with 3 others on Bezos’ Blue Horizon was for real back in space/And 11 minute suborbital flight into space that did not Glenn’s oldest orbiter record replace.
             5.      On this Tuesday in 1929 on the New York Stock Exchange was known as “Black Tuesday”/when a large part of the wealth in the stock market 20’s buying frenzy started to plummet away/After a wealth shrinking earlier “Black Thursday” and “Black Monday” events/ Attempts of wealthy investors buying stocks at falling prices did not the further panic to sell prevent/America after nearly 10 years of “Let the good times roll”/Would be soon entering the Great Depression that would try all souls/But the generation that survived the Great Depression to World War II win/Would claim to be the “Greatest Generation” that has ever been.
              Quotes on 1929 Stock Market Crash by John Kenneth Galbraith in his book 1929:The Great Crash: Moreover, regulatory bodies, like the people who comprise them, have a marked life cycle. In youth they are vigorous, aggressive, evangelistic, and even intolerant. Later they mellow, and in old age—after a matter of ten or fifteen years—they become, with some exceptions, either an arm of the industry they are regulating or senile.”

October 29,2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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