Wednesday, April 22, 2020

April 22, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Earth Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 22, 2020 On the CV front although the number of new cases in the U.S. dropped 34% from yesterday a day of wins does not a war win as bowing to pressure Tyson shut down a hog processing plant in Iowa that produces 4% of the nation’s pork and will be testing all of its 2200 employees; so;aclosds As the U.S. starts creeping toward a reopening of its economy with growing protests across the nation over lock downs, the CV pandemic across the planet continues with some evidence it is slowing down with   59,043 new cases (6.41% decrease in new cases)  increasing the total to 2,614,803 cases, 1,718,017 of which  are active, 896,786 of which have been closed with 714,319 recoveries (79.65% .1% increase in recoveries) and 182,467 deaths (20.35%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world, new cases of 12,342 (34% decrease in new cases) have brought total cases to 831,086  with 701,375  active cases and 129,711 closures, 46,249 of which have been deaths (35.66% up from yesterday’s (35.13%) and 83,462  of which  have been recoveries (64.34% down from yesterdays 64.87%),  while total testing has ramped up to 4,275,802,  an increase of 142,904  over yesterday; the House is moving toward voting on the massive new stimulus bill approved by the Senate and McConnell is suggesting a pause on federal aid and an amendment to the Bankruptcy Code to let states declare bankruptcy to possible looming deficits (suggestion to Newsom why not start cutting back spending by terminating aid to illegal aliens and doing deals like the $1 billion Maskgate, the contract for which with the Chinese company you refuse to divulge to the public?); Trump has issued an executive order freezing legal immigration for 60 days to prevent companies from hiring legal immigrants for jobs that out of work Americans could do (like the Pavlovian dog, she is Pelosi immediately slammed the order as a “distraction;” Witless Whitmer having been previous caught awarding a CV related CV tracking program to a data collection arm considered by many to be a front for Blues and having had to rescind it as finally done something smart—taking a 10% cut in her $159,000 salary and urging her staff to take a 5% cut (small step in right direction but if Blues hound that we are all in this pandemic together, much greater pay cuts to politicians especially since many recently unemployed have crashed state unemployment offices and have yet to receive any unemployment compensation); Chris Cuomo who broadcast his supposed emergence from quarantine in his basement may have aped Brian Williams’ infamous under fire lie in Iraq moment when we find on Easter in violation of his quarantine he had a public altercation with a bicyclist far from his home; in Chicago, as of April 21, 2020, 718 shootings of whom 136 have died (so much for the effectiveness of Chicago’s stay at home order); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths remains at 52 behind Chicago with 84 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 Sinnead O’Connor, the fact that you appreciate orchidaceous people, and a quote by Kevin Tillman on the dedication of Pat Tillman’s statute at Sun Devil Stadium, 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. Earth Day—created by UNESCO in 1970 and first celebrated on this day in 1970 to promote and support environmental protection for the planet and now celebrated in most nations of the world.
2. Admin Day—celebrating and honoring the work and contributions of secretaries, receptionists, administrative assistants, and other administrative support professionals even as voice mail and voice recognition software and the computer reduce the ranks of receptionists and secretaries.
3. 1990 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1990 on this day on a run of 4 weeks in the position was “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinnead O’Connor. Here is a recording of the song: This Irish singing Coleen has been married four times to males and has 4 children but admits to be being a lesbian and converted to Islam in 2018 and changed her name to Shuhada' Sadaqat and still performs.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day which is a quasi big word in honor of the observance is “orchidaceous” which means exceptionally beautiful which even though Vanity Fair believes she does not merit its cover describes Melania Trump to a tee.
5. Wealth Creates Chance to Die Out of Bedcelebrating the birth on this day in 1944 of Steven Fausset who made millions in the securities business renting space on Wall Street and clearing transactions but is better known for his records and adventures in balloons, sailboats, gliders, and powered aircraft. He was an aviator of exceptional breadth of experience and became the first person to achieve a solo balloon flight around the world (finally succeeding on his sixth attempt and in 2002, became the first person to complete an uninterrupted and unrefueled solo circumnavigation of the world in any kind of aircraft. His luck ran out doing what he loved to do-in a light aircraft on September 3, 2007 and not returning; his death was confirmed when a hiker on September 28, 2008 discovered his identification card which led to a discovery of the plane’s wreckage and his bone fragments.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1977 the world got smaller and more connected when optical fiber was first used to transmit live telephone messages.
 b. 1983 the German magazine Stern claimed that the “Hitler Diaries” had been discovered in East Germany, a claim that was subsequently proven to be a hozax.
 c. 2004 Pat Tillman, a player for the Arizona Cardinals who had turned down a new contract for $3.6 million over 3 years and enlisted to become a U.S. Army Ranger in 2002, was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan. for a fitting poetic tribute to a very brave American.
 d. 2008 the Air Force retired the last F-117, the first stealth aircraft, in service.
 e. 2016 the Paris Agreement relating to climate change mediation goals was signed; in June 2017 President Trump indicated the U.S. intended to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and will be able to do so on November 4, 2020, 1 day after the election.
Reflections on Pat Tillman: “Pat spent his whole life trying to be him the best possible person he can possibly be. He didn’t focus on money, he didn’t focus on fame, he didn’t focus on a pretty statue. It was ‘How do I make myself the best person’ in all these different facets of his life, and ASU gave him that opportunity to do that.” Kevin Tillman on the dedication of the Pat Tillman statute at Sun Devil Stadium at ASU.
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