Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 7, 2020
CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 123,81663,816 new cases (a 1.06% increase compared to a 1.78% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 11,779,956 cases, 4,462,733 of which are active, 7,317,205 of which have been closed with 6,775,470 recoveries (92.60% compared to yesterday’s 92.45%) and 541,753 deaths (7..4% compared to yesterday’s 7.55%).
CV USA: New cases of 34,583 with total cases of 3,007,367 (a 1.15% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.83% increase) with 1,583,289 active cases of which 15,198 (15,990 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,458,661 closures, 133,041 of which have been deaths (9.12% compared to yesterday’s 9.25%) and 1,325,620 of which have been recoveries (90.88% compared to yesterday’s 90.75%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 38,750,645 tests (so much for Biden’s claim of lack of testing by Trump).
Non CV News: A Gallup poll just came out to confirm what we all must suspect—this nation is more divided than ever as 91% of Republicans support Trump and just 2% of Democrats support him; CNN “journalist” Don Lemon got into a fiery exchange with black actor Terry Crews who has been demanding unity as opposed to divide telling him that Black Lives Matter was formed to deal only with brutality and killings by police not the black on black shootings that plague our inner cities (all shootings and killings of unarmed citizens are tragic but police shootings of unarmed blacks are a drop in the bucket compared to the total number of black on black shootings); in another reason why we should reexamine the extent of our contributions to the UN, the UN Human Rights Council which regularly castigates Israel and has members on it from countries whose human rights practices are less than stellar, appears to be inclined to
Charge Trump with violations of international law for ordering a drone strike that killed Iranian General Soleimani; President Bolsonaro of Brazil, the second country the hardest hit by the CV virus after the U.S. after flouting the social distancing and mask rules, has gone to the well one too many times and has tested positive after exhibiting a high fever; Dunkin Donuts has announced the closure of 450 outlets by the end of 2020 although not collateral damage due to the defund the police movement trying eliminate or at least the number of police but rather its termination of its partnership with Hess that had a shop in is Speedway service stations; China is back in the news as unfavorably as ever as FBI Director Christopher Wray testified that half of its counterfeit case load is coming out of China; fed up with WHO’s deception and lack of independence from China on the CV pandemic, Trump has notified WHO of its intent to withdraw from the organization; while an increasing number of residents want to escape the high taxes and high urban areas of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, the Blue Governors there imposed a 14 day quarantine on anyone coming from the states of AL, AR, AZ, CA, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, KS, LA, MS, NC, NV, OK, SC, TN, TX, and UTs; Trump and Melania are holding a meeting at the White House on how best to reopen schools this fall, which should be watched by millions of parents who have been at wit’s end to school closures (why schools with the least vulnerable population have been closed while the most vulnerable in nursing homes have died like flies is a great mystery); in Chicago as of July 6, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 1858, of whom 335 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 166 behind Chicago now at 169 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 Captain and Tennille, the fact that you can avoid the need to parbreak by not listening to most of the MSM, and a quote by Will Rogers on the Hoover Dam, 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. Black Out Tuesday—not sure where this day created in 2015 to encourage supporters of the Black Lives Matter to refrain from spending any money on this day to generate support for the Black Lives Matter movement (given the fact that due to riots and the CV small businesses more likely than not are suffering and the observance could be better celebrated by shopping at black owned businesses).
2. World Chocolate Day—celebrated on this day in 2009 and one of the easier observances to celebrate—just head off to your favorite confectioner and buy a choice serving of chocolate.
3. 1975 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1975 on this day on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain and Tennille in their first number 1 song which was also the longest running that year which saw a record 35 different number 1 songs. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QNEf9oGw8o . Love held this dynamic husband and wife duo together for 39 years of marriage until Tennille filed for divorce on January 16, 2014 but remained friends and she was with him at his bedside when his life ship went down on January 2, 2019 from kidney failure.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “parbreak” which means to vomit which is a natural response after hearing a rant from any member of the Squad or its honorary member Maxine Waters.
5. Best Replacement--celebrating the birth on this day in 1940 of Richard Starkey now Sir and better known to his numerous fans and Ringo Starr who replaced Pete Best as the drummer for the Beatles, enjoyed a remarkable solo career after their break up, overcame struggles with alcohol, married actress Barbara Bach and is enjoying the good life at 80 as 1 of 2 surviving Beatles.
On this day in:
a. 1930 Industrialist Henry Kaiser began construction of the Boulder Dam (later renamed the Hoover Dam).
b. 1983 11 year old elementary school girl Samantha Smith was invited by Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov to visit him in Moscow after she wrote him concerning her fears of nuclear war; Andropov was ill when Smith arrived so she only was able to talk to him by phone. Sadly, this young peace activist was killed in a plane crash on August 25, 1985.
c. 1992 to the joy of men living in New York, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that women have the same right as men to go topless in public.
d. 2007 the first Live Earth concerts to raise awareness over the need to fight climate change were held in 11 global locations with some 150 musicians and broadcast and streamed throughout the globe.
e. 2016 Army Reservist veteran Micah Xavier Johnson, angered over killings of blacks by white policemen, ambushed Dallas police officers and in the ensuing shoot out killed 5 and wounded 9 others plus 2 civilians until the police for the first time in police history in the U.S. used a robot carrying bomb and detonated it near the room where he was holding out, killing him.
Reflections on the Hoover Dam: “The Democrats are going to change the name of the Hoover Dam. That is the silliest thing I ever heard of in politics . . . Lord if they feel that way about it, I don't see why they don't just reverse the two words.” Will Rogers too bad we don’t have him alive today given the political divide that could really use some bridging the gap humor.
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