Ridley’s Believe It Or Not July 21, 2020
CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues to with 134,889 new cases (a .91% increase compared to a 1.69% increase yesterday) to bring the total approaching 15 million to 14,909,279 cases, 5,338,797 of which are active, 9,570,482 of which have been closed with 8,956,011 recoveries (93.68% compared to yesterday’s 93.62%) and 614,471 deaths (6.42% compared to yesterday’s 6.48%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA: New cases of 23,320 with total cases surging to near 4 million of 3,964,361 (a .59% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.11% increase) with 1,969,285 active cases of which 16,616 (16,571 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition, and 1,995,076 closures, 143,919 of which have been deaths (7.21% compared to yesterday’s 7.28%) and 1,851,157 of which have been recoveries (92.79% compared to yesterday’s 92.72%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 49,913,553 tests (so much for Biden’s claim of lack of testing by Trump and implications Trump is slowing testing to hide CV increases).
Non CV News: While high tax high anti-business states like New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are fleeing in droves the troika of the leftist states have not expanded their 14 day quarantine to travelers form 31 states, creating a death blow to tourist attractions in those states and adding another reason why people would probably not wish to live there; the “All Hands on Deck” Klaxons are sounding in the halls of the ACLU as Trump has just signed an executive order prohibiting voter districts to be redrawn to count illegal aliens in the numbers used to redraw (since only citizens can vote it is the height of folly to draw voting districts based on the number of illegals therein); Trump held a press conference starting with a review of where we were at which the Cack News Network also known now as the Conceal News Network refused to broadcast; although warning that vaccine tests are making good progress he warned that the pandemic will get worse before it gets better; Spineless Mayor of Portland after 52 straight nights of rioting will not curb it nor ask for help and worse blames federal officers inciting the violence that included such “peaceful expression” as breaking into and burning the Portland Police Association building; Biden who has been the subject of many all hands on females photo ops has been hit with a new problem a history of sexist tweets by his head of Strategic Communications Kamau Marshall who has deleted them but not before Fox copied screen shots (hide some more in the basement bunker Joe from your outraged suburban females you want to peel from Trump); the PC Warriors continue to wage war on any expression they disagree with as Justin Kusera, an 8th Grade Social Studies teacher and coach was fired for tweeting Trump is our president and retweeting Trump’s tweet that schools must reopen;
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of July 20, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 31 to 2,1276, of whom 381 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 197 behind Chicago now at 184 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 Simply Red, the fact that you have pastances to enjoy, and a quote from Christopher Ferguson on the end of the Shuttle Program with Atlantis, 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 Lamington Day—celebrating a tasty Australian sponge or butter cake topped with chocolate than covered with desiccated coconut with cream or jam inside and named after the 8th Governor of Queensland, Lord Lamington.
2. National Minimum Drinking Age Day—celebrating or bemoaning, if less than 21 and going into the armed forces old enough to be shot at or or shoot at but not able to belly up to the bar, the passage of the National Minimum Age Drinking Act of 1984 signed into law on this day by Ronald Reagan.
3. 1989 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1989 on this day on a run of 1 week was “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Simply Red, a band formed in Seattle in 1970. Here is recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTcu7MCtuTs . This British band from Manchester, England was named after the hair color of its lead singer.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pastance” which means pastime which is something we all should all have is a favorite.
5. Bad Way to Prevent a Marriage--celebrating the birth on this day in 1933 of noted author and university professor of fiction John Champlin Gardner who overcame colon cancer but struggled with alcohol and smoking and 4 days before what would have been his 3rd wedding on September 14, 1982 crashed his Harley into a guard rail with a BAT of .075 and was killed.
On this day in:
a. 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee high school biology teacher was found guilty of teaching evolution and fined $100 in a trial that was memorialized in a movie Inherit the Wind starring Spencer Tracy, who won Best Actor for his role of Clarence Darrow.
b. 1944 Claus von Stauffenberg and 4 fellow conspirators would be the first many to be executed for the July 20, 1944 failed attempt to assassinate him.
c. 1949 the U.S. Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty creating NATO and a strong deterrent to Soviet expansion in Europe.
d. 1979 in a better late than never moment for diversity Mohawk Indian Jay Silverheels became the first Native American to have a star planted in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
e. 2011 in a sad day for American space exploration, the Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at the Kennedy Space Launch Facility, turning our astronauts into hitchhikers to the International Space Station on Russian rockets until May 31 of this year when a Space X Falcon 9 docked with two astronauts at the International Space Station.
Reflections on the end of the Space Shuttle Program: “Let’s light this fire one more time, Mike and witness this great nation at its best.” Christopher Ferguson, Atlantis STS-135 commander to launch director Mike Leinbach right before before launch July 8, 2011.
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