Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 15, 2020 the CV pandemic continues unabated with 71,420 new cases increasing the total to 2,069,280 cases, 1,427,092 of which are active, 642,188 have been closed with 508,826 recoveries (79.23%) and 133,362 deaths (20.77); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world, new cases of 23,317 have brought total cases to 637,203 with 561,394 active cases and 75,809 closures, 23,317 (30.76%) have been deaths and 47.942 (63.24%) have been recoveries but that improvement did not prevent market from tanking as plans for reopening the economy are nowhere near completion and in Michigan you have massive protests over Michigan Governor’s vague, confusing and many say draconian stay at home order banning the sale of such things as paint or American flags; while it is beginning to look clearer and clearer that the CV pandemic arose because the virology lab in Wuhan allowed its escape to infect a lab worker and then for that worker to infect people in the Wuhan wet market, Blue Senator Murphy is making the inane and idiotic charge that Trump is the cause of this; Pelosi, who with her Blue puppets are enjoying a nice paid recess while the rest of us struggle with clogged unemployment office lines and impossible telephone wait times, surfaced from her Coast mansion to rail against Trump for cutting funding to W.H.O. and vows to block it (better would be for her to call House back in session to fund a simple no leftist goody bag Christmas Tree supplement to stimulus before SBA loan package runs out of money); although cumulative CV tests have risen to 3 million, many on the front line are complaining that is not sufficient and worse the antibody test which could be key to opening up economy has not yet rolled out in significant numbers and under the CDC’s guidelines people who may be infected but are not symptomatic are not tested though they may exist in large numbers and can infect others (chaos over testing may prove to be Trump’s Achilles heel); although for now most people are trying hard to observe social distancing and stay at home orders, such is not the case as police in Lakewood, New Jersey were called to a Toys R U store to break up a gathering of 50 shoppers most of whom were not observing social distancing or wearing face masks as 7 out of 10 store employees were not wearing masks either; (the longer stay at home orders exist and economic collapse continues the greater chance we will have for social unrest); in what may be a sign of the future Emirates Airline has started using a 10 minute CV blood test on passengers wishing to fly it; while millions of Americans are out of work with more being adding to the list each day, California, the sanctuary state Mecca for illegal aliens and the leader in the homeless population has just created a $125 million fund for illegal aliens who will not be getting stimulus checks (what an unbelievable miscarriage of taxpayer dollars); in Chicago, as of April 14, 2020, 651 shootings of whom 122 have died; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths now stands at 41 behind Chicago with 81 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 random mass shootings?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical video link to USA for Africa, the fact that hopefully you are not an opprobium, and a quote by Judith Clarke on the Boston Marathon Bomber Trial, 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 Art Day—created by the International Association of Art and celebrated since 2012 to promote the contribution of art to our culture and society.
2. Universal Day of Culture—created by a collection of NGOs in December 2008 to promote the appreciation of all national and universal treasures of culture.
3. 1985 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1985 on this day on a run of 4 weeks in the position was “We Are The World” by USA for Africa. Here is the official video recording of the song performed an incredible ad hoc group of artists some of whom are no longer with us and all of whom look so much younger: https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-adk-adk_sbnt&hsimp=yhs-adk_sbnt&hspart=adk&p=usa+for+aftrica+we+are+the+world#id=1&vid=306b86503bb37f55f2c30d3e3b88b8f7&action=view , o.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “opprobium” which means disgrace which describes to a tee how our political parties in this polarized partisan world feel about each other.
5. Ab Initio Keys—celebrating or bemoaning the birth on this day in 1942, a businessman who became the CEO of Enron and presided over its bankruptcy in 2001 at that time one of the largest bankruptcies in U.S. history and following that was indicted on conspiracy and securities fraud and convicted. While waiting for sentencing with his conviction on appeal, he died on July 5, 2006 of a heart attack. Since his case was on appeal, his death vacated his conviction ab initio but not his reputation of being the third worst CEO in American history.
On this day in:
a. 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in MLB, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
b. 1952 the first flight of the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress which is still in service today.
c. 1960 at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ella Baker led a conference that led to the formation of one of the principal Civil Rights Groups in the 60’s The National Students Nonviolence Coordinating Committee.
d. 2013 2 pressure cooker bombs were detonated by brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerian Tsarnaev near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killed 3 and wounding 264. They were identified 3 days later by the FBI and after stealing a car killed a MIT policeman and engaged in a shoot out with police, wounding 2 including 1 who died later and Tamerian was shot several times then run over by his brother Dzhokhar trying to escape who was caught, tried, and convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Sadly one of the jurors tweets reflected bias and he may escape the death penalty on his appeal.
e.2019 the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was severely damaged by a fire the damages from which will not start reconstruction work in 2021 with a planned completion date of 2024.
Reflections on the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: “So you might say, why a trial?-- We think the question of why is important -- and this is where we disagree. It was Tamerlan Tsarnaev who self-radicalized. It was Dzhokhar who followed him. Dzhokhar was drawn into his brother's passion and plan and that led him to Boylston Street.The evidence will not establish and we will not argue that Tamerlan put a gun to Dzhokhar's head or that he forced him to join in the plan,but you will hear evidence about the kind of influence that this older brother had." Defense Attorney Judith Clarke.
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