Wednesday, April 29, 2020

April 29, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Dance Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 29 , 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 70,656 new cases (2.27% increase in new cases compared to 2.18% yesterday) to bring the total to 3,207,164 cases, 1,982,969 of which  are active, 1,224,195  of which have been closed with  996,826 recoveries ( 81.43% compared to over yesterday’s 81.41%) and 216,221 deaths (18.57% compared in yesterday’s 18.59%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 20,881 have brought total cases to 1,056,646 (a 2.03% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.61% increase)  with 850.146 active cases and  207,500 closures, 61,180 of which have been deaths (29.48% compared to  yesterday’s 29.37%) and 140,138 of which  have been recoveries (70.03%  compared to yesterday’s 70.63%), while total testing has increased to 6,096,763,  an increase of 272,956  (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); New Jersey Governor has bowed to protest and will open parks and beaches this weekend but Arizona is extending the stay at home order set to expire tomorrow to May 15;  Hidin’ Biden received and endorsement from Hillary while in his basement and looked like he was nodding off and appeared to not know where he was as he continues to remain silent on Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations; Hidin’ Biden has been letting the MSM carry his water to mount his Tara Reade defense but today the NYT rebuked the Biden campaign for misstating and recasting its report on the growing scandal (Biden should be listening to WAPO’s urging for him to address the issue); finally the good news on the CV front as Fauci announced promising results of patients using Gilead Science’ drug remdesivir which in one study significantly reduced the recovery time and Vermont announced no new coronavirus cases in 7 weeks; Representative Justin Amash who left the Reds to become a Blue has announced he has launched an exploratory group to consider running for president as a Libertarian; as the world wonders where the North Korean equivalent of Where’s Waldo  and what his health is; satellite images of luxury yachts at an exclusive resort near Wonsan suggest he may be there; in a never underestimate the ingenuity of American business, the Devil Lounge in Portland, Oregon is staying open by having a drive-thru strip performance which includes delivery to the car of any food ordered along with a complimentary roll of toilet paper; in Chicago, as of April 28, 2020, 759 shootings of whom 143 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 54 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 Puff Daddy featuring Mace, the fact that you enjou ornithoscopy and a quote by Jody David Armour on the 1992 L.A. Riots, 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. Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare—created by the UN on November 11, 2005 and first celebrated on this day in 2006 to honor the dead who have died or been wounded by exposure to chemical weapons. April 29 was chosen as it marked the anniversary of the effective date of Chemical Warfare Convention.
2. International Dance Day—created in 1982 to celebrate the contribution of dance to our culture and society.
3. 1997 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1997 on this day on a run of 6 weeks in the position was “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down.” By Puff Daddy featuring Maze. Here is a recording of the song: This rapper and record producer is estimated to have a net worth of $750 million.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ornithoscopy” which means bird watching with is a relaxing occupation to enjoy.
5. Sing a Song of Tax Reliefcelebrating the birth on this day in 1933 of a true music icon who started writing songs at 7 and started playing guitar for a local band at age 9 and went on to sell millions of records, write 3 books and to pay off millions to the IRS, released The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories with the profits going to his substantial IRS debt; a long time supporter of marijuana and user with numerous arrests to show for it, he has recently sworn off it because of respiratory problems but still performing now and then at 87.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1968 the controversial and long running musical Hair opened at the Biltmore Theater on Broadway.
 b. 1986 in a Fahrenheit 451 moment, a massive fire at the Los Angeles Central Library destroyed or damaged over 400,000 books and other items.
 c. 1992 the acquittal of LAPD officers beating Rodney King but unfortunately for them caught on camera prompted a riot in Los Angeles that in 5 days caused 63 deaths, 2,383 injured, some 12,000 arrests, hundreds of structures burned and damaged, widespread looting and over $1 billion in damages.
 d. 2011 Prince William married Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in a ceremony viewed by millions in the U.K. and around the world.
 e. 2015 in an omen of what baseball may be like under the coronavirus the Baltimore Orioles played the Chicago White Sox before zero fans due to the Baltimore Riots that were taking place.
Reflections on the 1992 L.A. Riots: “"When the verdict came out, it was a stunner for people coast to coast. My jaw dropped.There was ocular proof of what happened. It seemed compelling, and yet, we saw a verdict that told us we couldn't trust our lying eyes. That what we thought was open and shut was really 'a reasonable expression of police control' toward a black motorist."Jody David Armour, a criminal justice and law professor at the University of Southern California  
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