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Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 29, 2023


            On the shutdown of the government front, McCarthy is bringing another last minute attempt to pass a spending bill to keep the government open but the minority Freedom Caucus does not look like it will budge and the Blues want nothing to do with the Reds’ plan to cut spending and increase border security so if McCarthy does not pull a rabbit out of the hat, by midnight Saturday, its partial shutdown time.
              On the strike front, Biden’s walking the UAW picket line produced nothing but ridicule, as the UAW is looking to expand the walkouts to put more pressure on the Big Three to come to an agreement which whatever the terms will be a bonus to nonunion plants in the U.S., especially if the Big Three cave in to the UAW’s demand for a 4 day work week with 5 days of pay.
            On weather front New York City and the Northeast are facing massive amounts of rain coupled with extensive flooding.
              On the Ukraine War front with Reds increasing choosing to ignore the lessons of 1938 Munich appeasement on the Sudetenland and leaning to reduce or end military aid to Ukraine, Russia has announced a 74% increase in its military budget, complaining that U.S. and NATO countries with their military aide is at war with Russia. Ukraine is making overtures to ordinary Russians to return the 20,000 Ukrainian children it claims have be removed to Russia and Russian speaking areas of Ukraine Russia has annexed. 
             On the peace in the Middle East front, the Israeli Minister of Tourism is visiting Saudi Arabia which marks the first time an Israeli minister has visited the Saudi Kingdom which may single expanded economic ties between the 2 nations.
             On the outrage over killing a Canadian Sikh front, protestors are marching in front of the Indian Embassy demanding an expulsion of the Indian Ambassador after Prime Minister Trudeau claimed Prime Minister Modi’s Administration orchestrated the killing of a Sikh leader in Canada.
             On the Newsom veto front, in what looked like a Newsom move to the center, he vetoed a bill providing for benefits to striking workers when the California Unemployment Compensation fund is already in a deficit and a bill that would have given nannies and housekeepers workplace protection.
              September 29, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
              Noted Holidays:  World Heart Day created in 1991 by Antonio Bayés de Luna, World Health Organization and the World Heart Federation to create awareness of cardiovascular diseases and lifestyle changes to prevent them.
              Word of the Day: The word of the day is “azuline” which means the color Blue which if you are frustrated with a Blue supporter, use the world to describe him and see if he is educated enough to know what you mean.
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1977 was “Best of My Love” by The Emotions  on a run  of 5 weeks noncontinuous to share number 1 status with 29 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 18 acts, including The Emotions, achieved number one status for the first time.  Here is a recording  of The Emotions  performing “Best of My Love”:
             September 29 Birthdays: “Pursuing Power as a Way to Cut to the Quick in History”—Richard J. Evans, noted historian and author with an emphasis on Germany:,   born on this day in 1946 in Woodford, London to become an author of 18 books and a bitter foe of British historian, Holocaust denier and author David Irving whom he considers to be charlatan as a historian.
              September 29  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.      On this day in 2007 the cooling towers of the Calder Hall, the world’s first nuclear power plant on the grid/ Used controlled explosions to its cooling towers rid/Had produced power since 1956 but decommissioning started in 2005/A reminder that if we are ever to become zero carbon emissions our nuclear power electricity generating plants we will have to revive.
              2.      On this day in 2004 Burt Rutan’s Space Ship One reached a 64 mile height/One more trip to reach similar distances above the Earth and eligible for the Ansari X prize for space flight/Backed by Microsoft founder Paul Allen $30 million to build the ship was spent/But on the second flight of 70 miles on October 4, 2004 only $10 million into Rutan’s pockets was sent/But knowledge gained/ Would mean that commercial space travel for long could not be restrained.
              3.      On this day in 2004 the Asteroid /Toutatis from Earth was less than 4 lunar units near/Enough to give us due to a collision some justified fear/With a diameter of 2.45 km and weighing 1.9×1013 kg a collision would cause massive and deadly devastation/Misnamed as the Celtic god of tribal protection/Don’t lose sleep as it will not approach again until 2069/To develop a defense of anti-asteroids nuke busting or deflecting missiles we have plenty of time.
              4.      On this day in 1988 with nerves on edge and fingers crossed/NASA launched mission STS 26, the first Space Shuttle Mission since the January 28, 1986 Challenger loss/Discovery launched flawlessly on the “Return to Mission Flight”/Its landing 4 days later safe and sound was a most welcome sight.
              5.      On this day in 1923 at Weequahic Park in Newark in the Garden State/To compete in a national track and field championship women no longer had to wait/11 events from the 50 and 100 yard dash, 60 yad hurdles and  4X110 relay race/To the high and long jump, discus and shotput toss and basketball and softball throw through the airspace/For women’s sports a historic moment and promotion/First steps to women’s long desire to compete in sports put in motion.
              Quote on preparation for a large asteroid striking Earth by Michio Kaku, noted American theoretical physicist and popular science writer:
              “Sooner or later, we will face a catastrophic threat from space. Of all the possible threats, only a gigantic asteroid hit can destroy the entire planet. If we prepare now, we better our odds of survival. The dinosaurs never knew what hit them.

© September 29, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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