Friday, July 3, 2020

Rise in CV Infections Due to Spread or Increase in Testing?

On the virus fight we are like a ship without radar in a fog so very dense
We cannot plot where we are, where the reefs are or the channel to mount a defense
Testing is rising at around a million each day
Infections rising but not in a lockstep way
Are more people getting infected because social distancing and masks we chose to toss?
Or are people already infected with no or little symptoms revealed an answer we are at a loss
If newly infected, the virus is gaining ground
Despite the pain we may have to again shut down
But if not stay open and stay the social distancing and masks course
Avoid the disasters the renewed rise of jobless claims would upon us force
© July 3, 2020 the Alaskanpoet

Half Full Half Empty Or Advocacy Shattered


For some people the glass is half empty while others view it as half full
It all depends on whether the forces of pessimism or optimism exert the stronger pull
In the studios of the MSM covering Trump, the glass is empty and shattered
Liquid flowing across the floor as advocacy not objectivity to them only matters
The June job report came out with 4.8 million jobs to add to the employment tally
Predictably on the news that should rejoice us all and give hope, the market shot up in a rally
The MSM to their credit actually reported the favorable news
But then followed with dire predictions in a optimism damping slew
“The numbers are a momentary flash in the pan
Just watch as surge in infections will force another wave of closures across the land”
Listening to the pundits is like listening to fanatics that hope someone they detest will fail
Praying 24/7 the virus will take the winds out of Trump’s recovery sails
Same for the Mt. Rushmore speech tonight
When a cast of pundits droned on about the fires the fireworks would light
When that didn’t happen the cameras were not on them
Too bad as we could see their anger and the lack of fire causing winds condemn
Each time the “journalists” of MSM let loose with another biased anti-Trump rip
When will the station executives wake up to ratings dropping and ad revenue slip?
 © July 3, 2020 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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July 3, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Independent Beer Run Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 3, 2020
     CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 235,295 new cases  (a 2.17%  increase compared to a 1.37% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 11,085,543 cases, 4,348,147   of  which  are active, 6,737,396 of which have been closed with 6,210,988 recoveries (92.19% compared to  yesterday’s 92.11%) and 519,977   deaths (7.81% compared to yesterday’s 7.89%).
     CV USA: New cases of 106,333   have brought total cases to 2,860,932 (a 3.86% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.01% increase)  with 1,529,885 active cases of which 15,907 (15,801 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,331,047 closures, 131,808 of which have been deaths (9.9% compared to  yesterday’s 10.09%) and 1,199,239  of which  have been recoveries (90.1%  compared to yesterday’s 89.9%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits
since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing homes to infect the residents and staff who then die and accounted for some 40% of our deaths with 36,297,195 tests (so much for Biden’s claim of lack of testing by Trump).
     Non CV News: protesters blocking access to Mt. Rushmore where Trump will be speaking were pepper sprayed and arrested ; with Ghislaine Maxwell behind bars and facing over 30 years in prison on conviction, speculation is that anyone who was a passenger on his Lolita Express like Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew must be sweating blood over what she might say to minimize her prison time (we hope that wherever she is held awaiting trial does a better job of insuring her safety than what occurred in the “suicide” of Epstein; on the CV front, a new study conducted by the Henry Ford Medical Institute of over 2500 COVID-19 patients who were treated with hydroxychloroquine early in their disease had a mortality reduction rate of some 50% with no cardiac issues (remember how Trump was castigated and ridiculed in his support of the drug and his taking it by MSM); Cack News Network Brooke Baldwin was caught with her hand in the bias jar when she stood mute as co-founder of Black Lives Matter Melina Abdullah who was ranting the Trump is the “terrorist in chief” (what a great way to stifle any intelligent discussion on race relations Abdullah); an emergency room doctor whose daughter is a reporter on Fox News has reported the City of Houston is very close to having all of its ICU beds occupied due to the pandemic and that 20% of the CV patients are asymptomatic; the thin skinned PC warriors are on the warpath demanding that the Redskins change their name because it is racist as the new Pocahontas Alyssa Milano claims name is racist which an overwhelming number of Native Americans feel it is not offending; in Chicago as of July 2, 2020, there were 1755 shootings of whom 313 have died (so much for the defund the police movement and  for the effectiveness of Chicago’s stay at home order and a complete dereliction of duty by Mayor Lightfoot other than swearing at people outraged over the killings); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is now 148 behind Chicago stuck at 165 murders (when will Chicago and Baltimore 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 and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than shootings by police or random mass shootings?).
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history,  a musical link to Carole King, the fact that you are not prone to parathria, and a quote by William Faulkner on Pickett’s Charge on antitrust in America,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, 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. National Independent Beer Run Day—created on June 26, 2019 by the Brewers Association to promote appreciation for and increase the consumption of craft beers instead of the bland national breweries and first celebrated on this day in 2020. Good time to visit a brew pub if open given the CV pandemic and if it is but offering only takeout, buy a growler or two of your favorite suds.
2. American Redneck Day—not sure who and when this date was created but given the wave of concern about racism whether real or imagined, I have to expect that the holiday may be on borrowed time.  
3. 1971 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1971 on this day on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King in her first number one hit. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6913KnbMpHM . This incredibly successful songwriter and singer is still going strong at age 76 and recently grace the Segerstrom in Orange County several years ago.    
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “parathria” which means incoherence which describes a lot of what we hear coming from our politicians and rioters these days.
5. When the Bars Close the Leaks Will Stop--celebrating or bemoaning depending on your point of view the birth on this day in 1971 of Australian journalist and activist Julian Assange who founded WikiLeaks in 2006 and became infamous for leaking a series of classified documents obtained by Bradley Manning (now Chelsea Manning) and who after jumping bail in the UK hung out in asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy before being expelled by Ecuador and jailed by the UK for bail breach and  now in a UK prison in trial to be extradited to the U.S. for trial for his role in publishing classified material.
On this day in:               
 a. 1775 George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 b. 1863 in what would prove to be the high water mark of the Confederacy General George Pickett led a charge up Cemetery Ridge to be thrown back by the Union Army defenders to bring the 3 day Battle of Gettysburg to a close and a defeat for General Lee and the Confederacy who lost a third of their army to casualties.
 c. 1913 veterans from the Confederate Army reenacted the 50th anniversary of  Pickett’s Charge on Cemetery Ridge and were met by Union Army veterans with outstretched hands of welcome instead of bayonets.
 d. 1938 President Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Peace Memorial and lit the Eternal Flame at the Gettysburg Battlefield.
 e. 1979 President Jimmy Carter signed the first secret directive authorizing aid to Afghans opposing the pro Soviet regime in Afghanistan.
     Reflections on Pickett’s Charge: “For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s still not yet two o’clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand probably and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it’s all in the balance, it hasn’t happened yet, it hasn’t even begun yet, it not only hasn’t begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances which made more men than Garnett and Kemper and Armistead and Wilcox look grave yet it’s going to begin, we all know that, we have come too far with too much at stake and that moment doesn’t need even a fourteen-year-old boy to think This time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose and all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the golden dome of Washington itself to crown with desperate and unbelievable victory the desperate gamble, the cast made two years ago….” William Faulkner, The Intruder in the Dust
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Milano Claims Redskins Use Is Racist


The PC Warriors must think they are lobsters or crabs that to grow must shed their shell
Without protection the slightest bothersome word makes them want to send you to PC Hell
In a PC world of the thinnest of skins to them every word can be a slight
Knowing especially when their charge is racist most Americans shy from a fight
In the case of the furor over the use of the Redskins name
When the charge of racism is tacked on to the users shame
Images of the Indian Bureau oppressing the Indians under their heel
They and they alone knowing what’s best for the Indians and how they feel
Alyssa Milano is once again in a full on rage
As she hurls racist insults at the Redskins from her leftist stage
In her biased and elitist mind
How can the Redskins to the use of the name be so blind?
Totally ignores surveys of Native Americans who by majorities near 90 percent
Are not offended by its use by the team and to the trash can do not urge the name to sent
Only in America can one by memorizing a script and then skillfully the character emote
Can cause us to believe because of the character she is smart and we must heed on issues how she votes
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Leash Laws on Beach a Good Thing

In South Carolina another good reason to have your dog on a leash when on the beach
A lesson to pet owners walking dogs an Osprey did teach
Soaring low and looking for a fresh meal
An Osprey swooped down into the waves with zeal
In a flash with talons a Spanish mackerel from the shallow waters to snare
Then exiting from the waters and gaining altitude into the air
A good sized fish probably the weight of a small canine
Soon to be the main course when the Osprey lands to dine.
© the Alaskanpoet July 3, 2020
https://www.foxnews.com/great-outdoors/massive-bird-of-prey-snags-shark-like-fish-in-wild-video

As We Foolishly Tear down Statues of Our Past How To Replace?


As the movement to erase our past continues across the land
Toppling and defacing statues with protests getting out of hand
Easy to remove statues honoring men who for whatever was their reason
Stayed loyal to their states and against the nation took up arms which is treason
Much less defensible when in a time past when many Americans owned slaves
To deface or tear down statues of men who valiant service to the nation gave
Where would we be if Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Grant, and Roosevelt had not answered the call?
More likely than not as nation far far younger without a Constitution and prosperity to have been stalled
The past is not the realm of men and women exclusively in their lives only saints
In hindsight today acts like owning slaves or war against Indians to their standing today taints
But to airbrush them out of history or physical evidence of their existence erase
We forfeit the chance to learn mistakes and the means to issues that plague us like racism to erase
If we are not to have empty pedestals or holes in the ground what statues should we use to replace?
Given the overwhelming black children born out of wedlock and raised in single parent homes
Condemning such children to end up more likely in the poverty or criminal zone
My choice would be outside of any urban park entrance
A black father and mother holding hands with child or children as to the park they advance
A great tragedy that Black Lives Matter and the left totally ignores
Is that for children born out of wedlock and/or a with the father MIA, poverty and crime through the roof soars
© July 3, 2020 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Thursday, July 2, 2020

LA Mayor Garcetti Eats Crow Riots Spread COVID-19


Freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to assemble are essential to a democracy preserve
No wonder these rights are the first in the Bill of Rights for the protection they deserve
In recent years on college campuses the freedom of speech has taken a major beating
As once liberals to defend that right seem to be always retreating
Opposing views to the leftist PC are viewed as not being worthy of being heard
Something about rational debate to their core makes them afeard
Freedom of speech is permitted only as long as with the crowd you agree
But you are an untermensch if you in the slightest way disagree
The right to assemble is a protected goal
But to the left only if it is in a supporting leftist role
And when assembles become riots protesting racism it becomes a case of no harm no foul
Just protestors exercising first amendment rights  the Blues and MSM howls
Even if a pandemic is spreading through the land to infect and kill
To daily after struggles with ventilators be added to the butchers’ bill
To the left protesters massed together do not spread the virus is the cry
Yet worship in a church with reduced capacity social distance and masks they deny
Finally L.A. that has been racked with violent looting and burning by maskless thugs
Is faced with a dose of deadly reality they can no longer sweep under the rug
Mayor Garcetti who from virus spreading act the rioters did not see fit to condemn
Now eating crow, hat in hand forced to acknowledge riots spread and did not stem
A landscape of burned buildings and looted stores
To be followed with more infections and death we cannot ignore
Blues in power on this virus can to the looting forces no longer pander
Social distance and masks for goose of churches is just as good as for the rioting ganders
© July 2, 2020 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Jul;y 2, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Made In The USA DayI1


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 2, 2020
     CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 146,247 new cases  (a 1.37%  increase compared to a 2.37% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 10,850,245 cases, 4,262,566   of  which  are active, 6,587,679 of which have been closed with 6,067,700 recoveries (92.11% compared to  yesterday’s 91.9%) and 519,977   deaths (7.89% compared to yesterday’s 8.12%).
     CV USA: New cases of 27,957   have brought total cases to 2,754,599 (a 1.01% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.62% increase)  with 1,486,494 active cases of which 15,801 (15,864 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,296,062 closures, 130,856 of which have been deaths (10.09% compared to  yesterday’s 10.21%) and 1,165,206  of which  have been recoveries (89.9%  compared to yesterday’s 89.79%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing homes to infect the residents and staff who then die and accounted for over 40% of our deaths and hopefully the number of cases will not spike given the days of massive protests and riots over George Floyd’s and Rayshard Brooks’ deaths) with 35,538,123 tests (so much for Biden’s claim of lack of testing by Trump).
     Non CV News: Mayor Garcetti is eating crow after admitting the recent protests in L.A. have been spreading the CV virus; Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend and pimp, has been arrested for multiple sex trafficking counts of minor for Epstein’s abuse and faces over 30 years in prison if convicted (not sure if there will be bail or if there is she fails to post it but if she remains in jail pending trial let’s hope her jailers do a better job of protecting her than they did in Epstein’s case; in a recent poll over 70% of Democrats thought it was important that Weak Joe Biden pick a black female candidate as VP with Kamala Harris in the lead both as being favorable and least favorable (Lying Adam Schiff, who would love to be senator is rooting 24/7 that she be picked); the growth of the BLM movement continues to grow like wildfire as yet another victim is caught up in its wrath as Dean Leslie Neal-Boylan of the U Mass-Lowell school of nursing alleged she has be fired for an email condemning racism and violence and claiming “BLACK LIVES MATTER but also EVERYONE’S LIFE” (when will the BLM movement be castigated for its apparent hypocrisy that Black Lives Matter only if they have been shot and killed by the police?); Black Life Matters cares only for blacks killed by cops as it is totally silent for the young black killed in Chop (father of dead son complained no one cared save Trump with his empathy to share); in Chicago as of July 30, 2020, there were 1747 shootings of whom 310 have died (so much for the defund the police movement and  for the effectiveness of Chicago’s stay at home order and a complete dereliction of duty by Mayor Lightfoot other than swearing at people outraged over the killings); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is now 146 behind Chicago stuck at 164 murders (when will Chicago and Baltimore 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 and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than shootings by police or random mass shootings?).
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history,  a musical link to The Jackson Five, the fact that you are not prone to parapraxis, and a quote by Robert LeFevre on antitrust in America,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, 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. Made in the USA Day—created in 1989 by the Made In USA Foundation to promote the purchase of goods made in the USA as opposed to imports something that  is far easier now that Trump is in office always trying to get manufacturers to move their factories to the U.S. or move them back.
 2. World Sports Journalists Day—created by the International Sports Press Association on this day in 1994 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the  founding of its foundation and to honor and promote the work of sports journalists who sadly have been facing due to the CV pandemic a dearth of sporting events to cover since the virus spread out of its confines in Wuhan, China.
3. 1970 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1970 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “The Love You Save” with a very young Michael Jackson.. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6pLV9xZczM.    
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “parapraxis” which means a mistake or blunder which describes Weak Joe Biden’s speech and thought processes to a tee.
5. In the Ursula Trap--celebrating the birth on this day in 1916 of Hans-Ulrich Rudel, the Luftwaffe’s most decorated pilot, who in 2530 missions on the Eastern Front destroyed 519 tanks, as well as one battleship, one cruiser, 70 landing craft, 150 artillery emplacements, 11 planes in aerial combat and more than 800 fighting vehicles of all types. He was married three times all to women with a first name of Ursula, resettled in Argentina and died after several strokes a nonrepentant Neo-Nazi on December 18, 1982.
On this day in:               
 a. 1890 Congress passed the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
 b. 1921 President Harding signed the Knox-Porter Resolution ending the war with Germany.
 c. 1964 after a long but unsuccessful filibuster by Southern Democratic Senators, Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting discrimination in public places.
 d. 1990 some 1400 Muslims pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia in a Mecca tunnel are trampled and suffocated to death.
 e. 2005 some 1000 musicians performed in the G-8 Countries and South Africa to raise money to fight poverty prior to the G-8 Conference several days later which resulted in pledges of aid of $50 billion, half of which was to go to Africa.
       Reflections on anti-trust laws: “The overall effect of the antitrust laws, then, is to maintain the status quo within the market—to not let anyone get ahead of his competition through normal competitive practices. In fact, the breadth of the antitrust laws is so extensive that it is now technically illegal to even be engaged in business in the United States!” The Fundamentals of Liberty by Robert LeFevre, Santa Ana: CA, Rampart Institute, 1988,
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July 1, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Canada Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 1, 2020
     CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 247,836 new cases  (a 2.37%  increase compared to a 1.19% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 10,704,083 cases, 4,327,249   of  which  are active, 6,376,834 of which have been closed with 5,860,299 recoveries (91.9% compared to  yesterday’s 91.8%) and 516,535   deaths (8.1% compared to yesterday’s 8.19%).
     CV USA: New cases of 70,343   have brought total cases to 2,754,599 (a 2.62% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.16% increase)  with 1,477,402 active cases of which 15,801 (15,864 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,277,197 closures, 130,412 of which have been deaths (10.21% compared to  yesterday’s 10.3%) and 1,146,785  of which  have been recoveries (89.79%  compared to yesterday’s 89.7%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing homes to infect the residents and staff who then die and accounted for over 40% of our deaths and hopefully the number of cases will not spike given the days of massive protests and riots over George Floyd’s and Rayshard Brooks’ deaths) with 34,855,642 tests (so much for Biden’s claim of lack of testing by Trump).
     Non CV New: the Cack New Network is being mocked big time for its listing of big companies still advertising on Facebook as activists are demanding that companies terminate their advertising relationship with Facebook, The Bobbsey Twins of leftist incompetence Cuomo and De Blasio are turning on each other as Cuomo rightfully, as violent crime in NYC is spiking, ridicules
De Blasio for cutting a $ billion out of the NYPD budget as graffiti in Manhattan complaining the cuts are not enough (New York should not worry that the Cuomo imposed 14 day quarantine will deter visitors from states like California from visiting NYC as a visitor, given the unchecked rise in violent crime, would have to have his or her head examined to want to spend any time there); finally after 20 some days of being MIA in her “Summer of Love” delusion, Mayor Jenny Durkan after 5 shootings and 2 deaths had a long due epiphany and ordered police to retake CHOP in Seattle which they did, arresting some 31 in the process; the spike in CV cases has caused several states to do a version of the Texas two step, one opening and two closings back as we enter the 4th with an expanding number of states closing beaches and bars (some good news however as growing possibility that Pfizer will have a vaccine on the market by year end; in Chicago as of June 30, 2020, there were 1725 shootings of whom 307 have died (so much for the defund the police movement and  for the effectiveness of Chicago’s stay at home order and a complete abdication of Mayor Lightfoot other than swearing at people outraged over the killings); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is now 143 behind Chicago with 164 murders (when will Chicago and Baltimore 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 and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than shootings by police or random mass shootings?).
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history,  a musical link to Henri Mancini, the fact that you do not need to use paranyms, and a quote by Russ Limbaugh on Canada,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, 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. Canada Day—celebrating the joining of Canada (Ontario and Quebec), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick on this day in 1867 and celebrated much like our pre COVID-19 4th of July with parades, fireworks and family get togethers.
 2. International Reggae Day—created by Angela David on July 1, 1994 to promote and celebrate that unique form of music reggae.
3. 1969 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1969 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet”. Here is a recording of the song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaA2WiyqO1E.  His composing skills ended far too soon when he died from pancreatic cancer on June 15, 1994 at the age of 70. 
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “paranym” which means a euphemism which describes the words used to speak to us by politicians to a tee..
5. Judge a Man by the Women He Divorces--celebrating the birth on this day in 1961 of Diane Frances Spencer, know to her fans as Princess Diane who married Prince Charles, had 2 sons William and Harry, won the world over with her outgoing grace, personality and charity work, divorced Prince Charles and then died in an automobile wreck trying to escape paparazzi in Paris on August 31, 1997.
On this day in:               
 a. 1968 the CIA formed the Phoenix Program, created to assassinate Viet Cong leaders and sympathizers and people opposed to the government of South Vietnam.
 b. 1979 SONY introduced the Walkman.
 c. 1997 radio station WFAN in NYC launched the first all sports radio network and was probably doing quite well until the COVID-19 virus hit this country.
 d. 2002 the International Criminal Court was established in the Hague to prosecute individuals for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression.
 e. 2007 smoking was banned in all indoor public spaces in England.
       Reflections on Canada: Canada has an immigration policy you might want to emulate. They want more skilled and educated immigrants. In fact, that's all they take. But, see, since nobody's watching them, and they're not a superpower, nobody really cares. So they are allowed to act in their best interests.” Rush Limbaugh
        Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to  Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.             
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Social Media Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 30, 2020
     CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 123,038  new cases  (a 1.19%  increase compared to a .89% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 10,456,247 cases, 4,238,143   of  which  are active, 6,217,170 of which have been closed with 5,707,889 recoveries (91.8% compared to  yesterday’s 91.72%) and 509,215   deaths (8.19% compared to yesterday’s 8.28%).
     CV USA: New cases of 30,727   have brought total cases to 2,684,256 (a 1.16% increase compared to yesterday’s .62% increase)  with 1,432,754  active cases of which 15,864 (15,791 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,251,512 closures, 128,568 of which have been deaths (10.30% compared to  yesterday’s 10.47%) and 1,122,655  of which  have been recoveries (89.70%  compared to yesterday’s 89.53%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing homes to infect the residents and staff who then die and accounted for over 40% of our deaths and hopefully the number of cases will not spike given the days of massive protests and riots over George Floyd’s and Rayshard Brooks’ deaths) with 34,154,473 tests (so much for Biden’s claim of lack of testing by Trump).
     The couple in a St. Louis gated community who brandished guns on their front porch after a mob of protesters heading toward the mayor’s office allegedly broke down the gate to get in is being castigated by a George Soros funded D.A. Karen Gardner as she is investigating what happened (from her statements looks like she should recuse herself as she has already make up her mind); Chief Justice Roberts may have slowed his leaning to Earl Warren in a 5-4 SCOTUS ruling that struck down a Montana statute prohibiting a tax credit to donations to organizations providing scholarships to students going to religious schools (Montana is not cursed with the failing urban schools like New York or California but this ruling should be a lifeline to parents that want a better education for their kids); the only interests around Joe Biden’s basement bunker campaign is what gaffe or mental lapse will be exposed and who he will pick as VP as a good bet is that he will not survive his term and increasingly it looks like he may chose the illegal alien queen Kamala Harris which means California is he wins will be hit with the one two punch of Lying Adam Schiff being appointed to replace her in the Senate; Biden came out of his basement bunker to give a speech and hold a truncated press conference in which he said that Confederate statues and memorials belonged in public museums not public places and National Monuments like Washington and Jefferson should be protected (not sure if that will be acceptable to the BLM movement calling for their destruction due to slave ownership); in addition to being inept, De Blasio is also deaf as he is ignoring the voices of 57% of New Yorkers in a recent poll who do not want to cut funding of the NYPD as shootings are rising in the Big Apple (earlier this year 80% favored the ban of choke holds, probably because of the risk of death or permanent injury); Fauci in testimony has raised a dire warning that the failure to socially distance and not wearing masks could result in 100,000 new cases a day and that there is no guarantee that a vaccine will be available before the end of the year; while De Blasio is spiking the ball over his plan  to cut $1 billion from the NYPD budget which has been approved by the NYC City Council, AOC has tweeted in that that is not enough and that defund the police means just that (cry for the residents of NYC who will be even more exposed to criminal elements that team in that city).
     In Chicago as of June 29, 2020, there were 1708 shootings of whom 306 have died (so much for the defund the police movement and  for the effectiveness of Chicago’s stay at home order and a complete abdication of Mayor Lightfoot other than swearing at people outraged over the killings); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is still 142 behind Chicago with 164 murders (when will Chicago and Baltimore 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 and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than shootings by police or random mass shootings?).
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history,  a musical link to Herb Albert, the fact that you are free of paramnesia, and a quote by Neil Gaiman on social media,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, 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. Social Media Day—celebrated or bemoaned on this day since 2010 involving communications over the internet which from a communications standpoint has made the world smaller and cheaper to communicate but has devastated the art of face to face communication or oral communication via video conferencing and given social media companies huge powers over what and how ideas are communicated over the internet.
 2. International Asteroid Day—created by the UN General Assembly in December, 2016 to commemorate the anniversary of the impact of an asteroid that impacted Tunguska, Siberia, Russia on this day in 2008 and to create awareness of the hazard to Earth of near Earth objects which at some time in the future may strike the Earth with potential disaster like consequences.
3. 1968 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1968 on this day on a run of 4 weeks in that position and his first number 1 song was “This Guy’s in Love with You” by Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8ByJ1C0iR4.  Albert, the only artist to have a number 1 record as a vocalist and instrumentalist, is still going strong at 85. 
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “paramnesia” which means a condition or phenomenon involving distorted memory or confusions of fact and fantasy which on most days describes Weak Joe Biden to a tee.
5. I Want to Live--celebrating the birth on this day in 1917 of noted actress and model Edythe Marrenner, better known to her fans as Susan Hayward who after 4 Academy Award nominations finally won an Oscar for best actress for I Want to Live. Sadly she was a two pack a day smoker of Chesterfields and also had the misfortune of appearing in The Conqueror filmed in St. George, Utah where of the 220 people involved in the film, 91 developed cancer and 46 died, including Hayward who was diagnosed with lung cancer that metastasized to her brain causing a seizure which killed her on  March 14, 1975.
On this day in:               
 a. 1986 SCOTUS in a 5-4 decision in the case of Bowers v. Hardwick ruled that Georgia could outlaw homosexual activities between consenting adults, precedence that had a short life of 17 years before being overturned by Lawrence v. Texas.
 b. 1990 West Germany and East Germany merged their two economies.
 c. 1997 to the subsequent bane of the people of Hong Kong, Great Britain transferred sovereignty of Hong Kong over to China.
 d. 2007 2 jihadists drove a Jeep Cherokee loaded with propane tanks trying to crash into a terminal at Glasgow International Airport but failed, burning the driver fatally and badly burning the passenger, a British born doctor of Iraqi descent who was sentenced to 32 years and is presently rotting in prison.
 e. 2015 19 firefighters fighting a wildfire started by a lightning strike near Yarnell, Arizona were killed when the wind shifted and they could not escape the flames converging upon them at a high rate of speed.
        Reflections on social media: “I tweet, therefore my entire life has shrunk to 140-character chunks of instant event & predigested gnomic wisdom & swearing.” Neil Gaiman, author Limit is now 280 which for the Alaskanpoet I can often expand to 6 lines instead of 4 rhythmically attacking an absurd leftist tweet or praising someone’s astute tweeted ideas.
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