Saturday, April 25, 2020

April 25, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Malaria Dayoid[ril

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 25, 2020 While Cuomo has been sending released COVID-19 patients to nursing homes to infect residents, California is sending its National Guard to nursing homes to help stop the spread; the CV pandemic across the planet continues with 82,092 new cases (.8% increase in new cases) to bring the total to  2,910,918 cases, 1,875,503 of which  are active, 1,035,415  of which have been closed with  832,550 recoveries (80.41% a .53%  improvement over 79.88%) and breaking the 200,000 mark with 202,865 deaths (19.59 %, a .53% improvement); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world, new cases of 29,128  have brought total cases to 954,360 (a 3.21% increase from yesterday’s 2.26% increase)  with 784,296 active cases and 170,064 closures, 54,049 of which have been deaths ( 31.78% down from yesterday’s 36.15%) and 90,338  of which  have been recoveries (68.22% up from yesterdays 63.85%),  while total testing has ramped up to, 5,256,908  an increase of 305,330  over yesterday (spike in increased cases could be coming from increased testing and hopefully the the tentative baby steps to reopen the economy); the liberal MSM that has protected “Groper In Chief” Joe Biden with a cone of not airing a word over Tara Reade’s allegations may be opening the flood gates by airing her mother’s phone call to the Larry King  Show years ago (when does Biden emerge from his basement and how long with the MSM hide his dwindling mental faculties?); MSM may be taking down its cone of Biden protection but only silence on behalf of the DNC which has outraged Sanders supporters; before his brother broke quarantine and almost assaulted a bicyclist in a moment of rage for being caught, brother Andrew was belittling the adverse effects on health by having to stay home news out of NYC that murders this week at 10 have doubled last year’s number of 5; sad news out of Long Island, Phil Kahn, a 100 year old decorated WWII veteran who had symptoms of COVID-19 but was not tested until the day he died had lost his twin brother to the Spanish Flu (talk about history repeats itself); in Chicago, as of April 24, 2020, 732 shootings of whom 139 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 54 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 Snows, the fact that the ordalian effects of the COVID-19 cannot last forever, and a quote by Anthony Fauci on malaria, 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. Parent Alienation Awareness Day—calling attention to the fact that the most severely affected victims in a divorce are usually the children arising out of custody fights and the despicable proclivity practiced by far too many custodial parents to do whatever they can to alienate the child from the noncustodial parent.
2. World Malaria Day—created by W.H.O. in 2007 to promote awareness of a disease that claims some 700,000 lives a year, mostly African children and the need to fund mosquito eradication and disease prevention efforts.
3. 1993 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1993 on this day on a run of 7 weeks in the position was “Informer” by Snow. Here is a recording of the song: This 59 year old Canadian born Darrin O’Brian has broken easily the color barrier for doing reggae music and is still going strong.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ordalian” which means of, like or pertaining to an ordeal which describes to a tee what COVID-19 is putting us through.
5. Be Careful Who You Work Forcelebrating the birth on this day in 1963 of Joy Covey, the first CFO of Amazon who was killed while bicycling by a OneTrac van which Amazon had contracted with to carry Amazon packages.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1944 the United Negro College Fund was incorporated. With its motto of “A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste” its endowment has risen to over $100 million dollars.
 b. 1954 laying the foundation for a future Green Deal, Bell Labs demonstrated the first practical solar cell.
 c. 1961 Robert Noyce was granted a patent for an integrated circuit and the Electronic Age accelerates.
 d. 1983 ten year old school girl Samantha Smith was invited to visit with Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov after she wrote him a letter expressing her fears over nuclear weapons; she accepted and flew to the Soviet Union but could only speak with him by phone as he had been hospitalized. Sadly she was killed in an airplane crash on August 25, 1985 returning from a film shoot as a child actress.
 e. 2007 Boris Yeltsin’s funeral was the first to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church since the funeral of Tsar Alexander III in 1894.
Reflections on malaria from one knee deep in alligators dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic: “It is now widely recognized that any attempt at malaria eradication must be a long-term commitment that involves multiple interventions, disciplines, strategies and organizations.” Anthony Fauci. Let’s hope he is not diverted from  his work on COVID-19 back to malaria.
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