Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 11, 2017 In the war of words North Korea has threatened to turn the U.S. into jelly while Trump has indicated the U.S. military is locked and loaded and ready to fight (for sanctions to work we must cut off the flow of any funds into or out of this rogue nation which means all countries employing North Koreans must expel them, China must close its border to the import and export of any goods from North Korea, all banks must close their services to North Korea and we should start seizing any North Korean ships regardless of cargo); hope that the fat lunatic believes China when it says that if North Korea strikes and the U.S. retaliates, it will remain neutral (one hopes that there are some sane and brave North Korean generals that to preserve the country assassinate this lunatic and dismantle the country’s nuclear program); Susan Rice the it was a video and the unmasking queen was in the news urging Trump to tolerate a nuclear armed N. Korea (every time Ms. Rice opens her mouth with such inanities I feel the value of my Stanford degree being lessened); Debbie Wasserman Schultz another lightening rod to rally Reds to oppose Blues is now taking heat from fellow DNC members wishing she would just fade away (stay in the spotlight Debbie as you will help Reds raise money); on the PC frontlines Columbia University faces a potential $250,000 fine in a suit brought by a Muslim ex-employee who was taking five prayer breaks daily during Ramadan; on the PC front, the L.A. City Council is moving ahead with plans to require any contractor with business dealing with L.A. to disclose whether it has had or tried to have any business dealings involving the wall Trump wants to build; the New School a university in NYC has put out its booklet on microaggressions that students and faculty should avoid (open the link; the pc idiocy of the remarks set forth therin should make you you want to vomit http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/08/11/microaggression-guide-says-normal-size-school-chairs-are-discriminatory; through August 10, 2017, 2286 people have been shot in Chicago 395 of whom have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Sean Kingston, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by President Lyndon B. Johnson on the Watts Riots, pleased that you do not suffer from itai-itai, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. Annual Health Checkup Day—commemorating the need to have a medical exam once a year to nip health problems in their infancy to live a longer and more productive life (better idea would be to schedule one’s annual on one’s birthday).
2. Ingersoll Day—celebrating the birth on this day of Robert Ingersoll in 1833; he was one of the great orators of the 19th Century and a well known and admired free thinker.
3. 2007 Number One Song—the number one song in 2007 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston. Here is his performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrTz5xjmso4
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “itai-itai” which means a disease caused by exposure to cadmium and its resulting back and joint pain.
5. An Apple and HP’s Loss—celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of Steve Wozniak the co-founder of Apple Computer and the inventor of the Apple I and II computers who left Hewlett Packard to form Apple with Steve Jobs.
On this day in:
a. 1934 the first prisoners arrived at the federal penitentiary on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay.
b. 1962 the Soviets launched Vostok 3 into orbit and the cosmonaut on board became the first human to float in zero gravity during his 4 days of orbiting in space.
c. 1965 the first of six days of rioting, looting, and destruction of property began in the Watts area of Los Angeles after a black motorist was arrested for a DUI and when the riots ended, 34 people had died, over 1000 had been injured, over 3400 had been arrested and over $40 million of property damage had occurred.
d. 1972 in a what took you so long moment, the last American ground combat units withdrew from South Vietnam.
e. 1982 a bomb placed under a seat cushion detonated on Pan Am Flight 830 enroute from Japan to Los Angeles when the plane was some 200 kilometers from Hawaii, killing 1 person and wounding 15 other passengers. Fortunately for all on board, the pilot was able to make an emergency landing in Honolulu.