Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 8, 2018 Due to impending monsoon rains that will further flood the cave in Thailand, the rescue attempt which will take 11 hours for each boy has started with the first two boys already having exited from the cave (cannot imagine anything more terrifying to a boy who does not swim or scuba dive to have to undertake even with two experienced divers at his side); it boggles the mind but increasing speculation that the Marvin K. Moody of Blue politics HRC will run again for the nomination of president in 2020; violence in Haiti erupted on Friday due to increased gas prices and the ensuing roadblocks have prevent several American church group of students from reaching the airport to be able to return to the U.S.; on the opioid front, in Indianapolis a customer using the drive-thru lane at Burger King overdosed, was revived by police and then arrested for driving under the influence; in a sign that racism still lurks close to the surface, a worker at a Subway in Norman, Georgia called police on a black family with four children who stopped to eat at the restaurant; Thailand is still in the news as a tour boat cruising off Phuket Island capsized and sank killing 41 with another 15 still missing; the dog whistles of violence and hatred against Trump were evident at a campaign office in Long Island for Red member of the House where 75 year old Martin Astrof threatened to kill Trump supporters and then almost ran over Zeldin campaign worker (for that outburst unbecoming a 75 year old Astrof was arrested); in California reeling under triple digit temperatures, crews are battling 12 separate wildfires that run the gamut of the state from the Oregon border to San Diego County; China’s largest wind turbine company Sinovel was caught in the trade secret theft cookie jar and ordered by a federal court judge to pay American Superconductor Corporation $59 million for stealing its source code to power wind turbines; in a reaffirmation of why we need a Second Amendment an irate customer at a George Webb restaurant in Milwaukie came across the counter and punched his server in the face but stopped and fled after a co-worker who had a conceal carry permit pulled her gun out and pointed it at him; in Chicago which witnessed a march protesting gun violence in neighborhoods of color on Saturday, through July 6, 2018, 1440 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 223 have died (when will Chicago 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?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Pit Bull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you use mentation before speaking out on issues; a relevant quote from Major Jesse Marcel on the Roswell Incident, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. Be a Kid Again Day—celebrating a whimsical day for adults burdened with the stress of jobs and family concerns to let go and go with the flow and relive those carefree summer days of being a child and fortunately for job and family only celebrated on one day of the year.
2. Math 2.0 Day—celebrating an unofficial observance created in 2009 to promote the need for math literacy and education at the school and college level.
3. 2011 Number One Song— the number one song in 2011 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Give Me Everything” by Pit Bull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPo5wWmKEaI&bpctr=1531052813
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mentation” which means thought or cognition which many politicians lack before they spout off on their sound bites.
5. A Hail, Hail, the Gang Is All Here—celebrating the birth on this day in 1949 of noted restaurateur, chef and television personality, Wolfgang Puck, best known for his Spago restaurants and Chinois.
On this day in:
a. 1709 Czar Peter the Great ended Sweden’s role as a major European power by decisively defeating Charles XII at the Battle of Poltavia.
b. 1889 the first issue of The Wall Street Journal was published.
c. 1932 the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its lowest level of 41.22 during the Great Depression.
d. 1947 a report that a UFO had crashed at Roswell, New Mexico was published and later debunked by the Air Force that it was not a UFO but a nuclear test surveillance balloon but conspiracy theories die hard especially among ufologists.
e. 2011 Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched on the final mission of the Space Shuttle program.
Reflections on the Roswell Incident: “I was amazed at what I saw. The amount of debris that was scattered over such an area... The more I saw of the fragments, the more I realized it wasn't anything I was acquainted with. In fact, as it turned out, nobody else was aquainted with it.....There was a coverup some place about this whole matter." -Major Jesse Marcel, U.S. Army Intelligence Officer in a videotaped interview. Among the first to arrive at the crash site in Roswell, Marcel was well acquainted with all the weather balloons launched by the 509th Bomb Group, presumably including the Mogul balloons, one of which the U.S. Government now claims accounts for the Roswell wreckage. Are we alone or are we surrounded by much older planets in far off galaxies whose technology has far advanced ours?
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