Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 24, 2020 On the CV front validating that a one day rise of 122.47% does not a war lose, the number of new cases in the U.S. decreased 27.98% from yesterday as Georgia, with 264 new cases increased its total cases to 22,147 CV cases, opened bowling alleys, hair salons, barbershops, tattoo and massage parlors under criticism by many like Stacey Abrams that it was irresponsible (more and more states are inching forward to open certain businesses and even Gavin Newsom who always want to look good has reopened salons and barbershops in California); the CV pandemic across the planet continues with 81,390 new cases (3.94% increase in new cases) to bring the total to 2,804,559 cases,1,832,578 of which are active, 971,981 of which have been closed with 776,387 recoveries (79.88% a .24 % improvement over 79.64%) and 195,594 deaths (20.12 %, a .25% improvement); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world, new cases of 19,774 have brought total cases to 906,216 (a 2.26% increase with 764,739 741,513 active cases and 141,477 closures, 51,139 of which have been deaths (36.15% down from yesterday’s 36.87%) and 90,338 of which have been recoveries (63.85% up from yesterdays 63.13%), while total testing has ramped up to, 4,951,578 an increase of 443,718 over yesterday; the House agreed to the massive stimulus bill which Trump has signed but already governors are crying for more aid (Newsome finally did something useful for Californians not just illegals by signing an executive order prohibiting debt collectors from garnishing the stimulus checks from the federal government while thousands upon thousands of California jobless are being disqualified from receiving benefits with no explanation of why and faced with the impossibility of getting through to the California’s EDD); AOC once again displayed her inane lack of reality by being the only Blue to vote against the $484 billion stimulus bill because “it is too small”; under the guise of the CV pandemic Congress has its pedal to the metal to increase spending without any attempt to rein in any spending including salaries for itself and our national debt is projected to exceed our GNP by year end (watch out for the wolves of inflation!); Hidin’ Biden may have lost it mentally still remembers how to rake in donations as despite his pledge to the contrary which may have slipped his mind is still taking in money from oil and gas interests; the Black Knight of China that brought us the COVID-19 Pandemic is trying to become the White Knight by contributing $30 million to W.H.O.’s budget; Witless Whitman already in a snit with the legislature trying to curb her executive orders has indicated she will not respond to any FOIA requests until June; in Chicago, as of April 23, 2020, 725 shootings of whom 137 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 is now 52 behind Chicago with 85 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 link to Kriss Kross, the fact that you are not needing a orchidometer, and a quote by Mustafa Ariz on the Armenian Genocide, 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. Armenian Genocide Rembrance Day—commemorating the genocide of Armenians by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire that stared on April 24, 1915 with the roundup and eventual murder of some 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders and continued with the death of up to 1.5 million Armenians through 1924 by execution and forced exile during harsh conditions that killed many of the participants.
2. Fashion Revolution Day—started in 2014 to commemorate the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh when an 8 story garment factory collapsed, killing over 1,1000 workers, and to promote worker safety and transparency in third world countries engaged in producing clothing.
3. 1992 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1992 on this day on a run of 8 weeks in the position was “Jump” by Kriss Kross. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPB84Plv8tc. African American hip hop duo of Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith was noted for its outlandish clothes which they often wore backwards. The duo ceased performing when Chris Kelly stopped jumping with a fatal drug overdose on May 1, 2013.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “orchidometer” which is not a device to measure any property of orchids but rather the size of testicles.
5. Winter Can Be the New Summer—celebrating the birth on this day in 1952 of producer Ralph Winter who has produced such notable films as the Startrek series, I, Robot and Planet of the Apes.
On this day in:
a. 1967 Cosmonaut Vladimir Kormarov has the dubious distinction of being the first human to die in a space mission when his parachute on Soyuz I failed to deploy on relanding.
b. 1980 in an incident that help sink Jimmy Carter’s reelection, 8 U.S. soldiers died in the Iranian desert during Operation Claw, an operation which was designed to rescue the hostages held by the Iranians at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
c. 1990 the universe became much clearer and closer when Space Shuttle Discovery launched the Hubble Telescope.
d. 2004 the United States lifted economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years ago as a reward for terminating its nuclear weapons program.
e. 2011 to the embarrassment of the Pentagon, WikiLeaks started publishing the Guantanamo Bay files leak, detailing the abusive treatment of terrorist detainees being held there.
Reflections on the Armenian Genocide: ”Surely a few Armenians aided and abetted our enemy, and a few Armenian Deputies committed crimes against the Turkish nation... it is incumbent upon a government to pursue the guilty ones. Unfortunately, our wartime leaders, imbued with a spirit of brigandage, carried out the law of deportation in a manner that could surpass the proclivities of the most bloodthirsty bandits. They decided to exterminate the Armenians, and they did exterminate them.” Mustafa Arif, Ottaman Minister of Interior, December 13, 1918.
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