Tuesday, April 28, 2020

April 28, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Workers Memorial Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 28, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 56,356  new cases (2.18% increase in new cases) to bring the total to 3,118,871 cases, 1,955,460 of which  are active, 1,163,411 of which have been closed with 947,190 recoveries (81.41% compared to over yesterday’s 81.33%) and 216,221 deaths (18.59% compared in yesterday’s 18.67%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of  16,668 have brought total cases to 1,027,024 (a 2.61% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.4% increase)  with 828,605 active cases and 198,419 closures, 58,281 of which have been deaths (29.37% compared to  yesterday’s 29.1%) and 140,138 of which  have been recoveries (70.63% compared to yesterday’s 70.9% ),  while total testing has increased to 5,823,807,  an increase of 184,264 (governors starting to open their states must be on pins and needles that a spike in new cases not attributed to increased testing is manifested); Sunny Hostin of The View is just as clueless as Behar as she attacks Doctor Birx for enabling Trump to spread “misinformation” was slammed by Amy Klobochar, who really wants to be VP candidate for Biden; Hidin’ Biden held a virtual town hall with Hillary Clinton to pick up her endorsement but to no one’s surprise not a single question was asked about Reade’s sexual abuse allegations (is there not a single member of the MSM free of TDS who will confront Biden on Reade’s allegations?); in a news conference today President Trump raised the possibility of more aid to mostly run Blue cities in a conjunction with an end to sanctuary city status (talk about a needed silver lining in the midst of a crisis); Florida’s Governor DeSantis has defended his partial opening of Florida while the Governor of Massachusetts is going to extend his lock down until May 18; in the propaganda war China is blasting the U.S. for lying through its teeth as YouTube censors any video critical of the W.H.O.; first it was toilet paper, paper towels and sanitizers and now potentially meat as various meat processing plants have been hit with coronavirus surges (Trump announced he was invoking the Defense Production Act to keep meat processing plants open as supplies are reaching critical levels in markets); another industry commercial fishing is taking it in the shorts due to the large number of restaurants not buying their products; Kamala Harris who never met an open border she didn’t like has lost her voice and remains mute on Reade’s allegations against Biden (she must want that VP slot very, very bad); Pfizer has announced that a COVID-19 vaccine may be ready for emergency use this fall (don’t bet the farm but definitely good news); in Chicago, as of April 27, 2020, 751 shootings of whom 141 have died but none yesterday (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 89 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 Celine Dion, the fact that you do not suffer from ornithophobia and a quote by Mick Jaggar after learning of the death of L’Wren Scott, 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. International Workers Memorial Day—created by created by the AFL-CIO in 1989 and celebrated on this day as the anniversary of the enactment of OSHA in 1970 as a day of remembrance for workers killed, disabled, injured of otherwise made unwell in the course of their work.
2. Great Poetry Reading Day—not sure by whom or when this day to enjoy poetry was created but it is easy to celebrate by reading some poetry and if you have no ideas let me suggest @Alaskanpoet.com on Twitter or www.Alaskanpoet.blogspot.com.
3. 1996 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1996 on this day on a run of 6 weeks in the position was “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDcuRgk-JEI This incredibly successful Canadian with a great voice is still going strong and bringing great enjoyment to her millions of fans.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ornithophobia” which means a fear of birds which you might develop after seeing Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.
5. Designing Clothes But Not LIfecelebrating the birth on this day in 1964 of Laura “Luann” Bambrough better known as L’Wren Scott, a noted model, stylist and fashion designer and who was in a long term relationship with Mick Jaggar from 2001 until her death on St. Patrick’s Day 2014 when she killed herself by hanging.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1944 6 German E-Baots attacked a convoy of LSTs practicing an amphibious landing for D-Day at Slapton Sands, England sinking several ships and killing 746 sailors and soldiers and wounding some 200, an attack which was not repeated with any major success on D-Daydegre.
 b. 1945 Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were shot dead by Italian partisans and then hung up in public in Milan before angry crowds.
 c. 1973 Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon rose to Number 1 on the Billboard 100 Chart to begin a record 741 week run on the charts.
 d. 1994 former CIA counterintelligence agent Aldrich Ames pled guilty to committing espionage for the Soviet Union and later Russia; has was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole and is currently rotting in a federal prison at Terra Haute, Indiana.
 e. 2004 in a black for the U.S. Army, CBS News released video showing rape and abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib detention facility.
Reflections that suicide always has more than one victim: “I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves. She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me. I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received. I will never forget her.” Mick Jaggar on his web site after learning of her death.
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