Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 10, 2020
CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 203,283 new cases (a 1.65% increase compared to a 1.82% increase yesterday) to bring the total to over 12 million at 12,490,896 cases, 4,643,826 of which are active, 7,847,072 of which have been closed with 7,287,690 recoveries (92.87% compared to yesterday’s 92.8%) and 554,620 deaths (7.13% compared to yesterday’s 7.2%).
CV USA: New cases of 54,371 with total cases of 3,193,554 (a 1.7% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.99% increase) with 1,674,035 active cases of which 15,645 (15,432 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,573,890 closures, 136,128 of which have been deaths (8.65% compared to yesterday’s 8.77%) and 1,437,762 of which have been recoveries (91.35% compared to yesterday’s 91.23%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 40,971,321 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: Ignoring the expected howls of the DNC and MSM, President Trump did the right thing to commute Roger Stone’s conviction 3 days before he was scheduled to go to prison and end a prosecution that was politically motivated from the getgo, noted Chinese virologist Li-Meng Yan, who has fled from Hong Kong to avoid becoming one of the “disappeared”, is charging the President Xi new in advance of the spread of the COVID-19 virus and concealed that fact to the world (it would be exceedingly rare to find someone other than a Chinese Communist hack who does not believe that China lied and deceived the world over the virus); battle lines are being drawn over the issue of what opening K-12 will look like with the American Academy of Pediatricians reversing its earlier stand of calling for a reopening the schools (while teens in HS may have some exposure most virologists agree that there is almost zero chance of grade schoolers coming down with the disease and most educators believe children in grade school need the social environment of a school for development); the CEO of Goya Foods is doing what more CEOs need to do and show some spine and tell boycotters of the company for his meeting with the president at the White House on the White House Prosperity Initiative to stuff it; the “we are in this together” has come home to roost on rabid anti-Trumper Robert De Niro not being able to work and his business ventures losing money due to the CV pandemic (pity a man who has had to lower his ex wife’s American Express Card limit from $100,000 to $50,000); lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell are pushing to have her post a $5 million bond and be subject to house arrest due to the fears of the CV pandemic; in another example of the fraying of the social fabric due to the virus, a woman claiming to be a teacher with COVID-19 spit in a man’s face who was removing his mask as he exited a COSCO store in Illinois; in Chicago as of July 9, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 1893, of whom 342 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 171 behind Chicago now at 171 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 Andy Gibbs, the fact that your work enables you time to perform paregons, and a quote by Joseph Goebbels on sexual abuse by Catholic priests, 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. World Kabob Day—in another slow day for holidays and observances, not sure who created this day or when only that it celebrates that great, seasoned meat chunks grilled with vegetables that originated in the Middle East.
2. Don’t Step on a Bee Day—created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat Herbs to educate children of the need to not step on bees during the summer and promote awareness of the contribution to our flowering flora and food production.
3. 1978 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1978 on this day on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZxA3FVUwvk. This youngest brother of the Bee Gees had tremendous talent but battled addiction and depression and in the process of making a comeback died 5 days after his 30th birthday from a heart attack caused by the weakening of the heart due to cocaine abuse on March 10, 1988.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “parergon” which means work performed in addition to one’s primary employment.
5. Hard For Even the Fourth Generation to Outdrive Death--celebrating the birth on this day in 1980 of Adam Petty a 4th generation auto racer of the Petty family who while practicing on May 12, 2000 for the Busch 200 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway had his throttle stick open going into turn 3 and crashed into the wall killing him almost instantly with a basilar fracture of the skull.
On this day in:
a. 1962 Telstar the world’s first communications satellite was successful launched by the United States.
b. 1992 former Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug trafficking and racketeering where he died on May 29, 2017.
c. 1998 the Catholic Diocese of Dallas agreed to a $23.4 million settlement to 9 altar boys who had won a verdict of $130 million finding they had been sexually abused by former priest Rudolph Kos who was convicted of three counts of sexual abuse and sentenced to life in prison where .
d. 1999 at the Rose Bowl, the U.S. Women’s Team defeated China in a penalty-kick shoot out before over 90,000 fans to win the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
e. 2019 the last Volkswagen Beetle produced rolled off the assembly line in Puebla, Mexico.
Reflections on sexual abuse on the young by Catholic priests: “"Mundelein ... in the course of a public speech in which he insulted the Fuehrer . . . and referred to me as the crooked German Minister of Propaganda, said that these trials were staged only to harm the persecuted Catholic Church ... I speak in the name of thousands of German parents who think with fear and disgust that their own innocent children might some time be morally and physically corrupted in this way by unscrupulous seducers . . . This sex plague must and will be ruthlessly extirpated." Joseph Goebbels as reported in “Nazis: Catholic "Immorality" Distressed Propaganda Minister, Newsweek magazine, June 5, 1937. Sadly as Dallas showed the problem was not extirpated.
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