Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 30, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 78,218 new cases (a 2.44% increase in new cases compared to 2..27% yesterday) to bring the total to 3,296,401 cases, 2,027,463 of which are active, 1,268,938 of which have been closed with 1,035,494 recoveries (81.6% compared to over yesterday’s 81.43%) and 233,444 deaths (18.4% compared in yesterday’s 18.57%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 24,742 have brought total cases to 1,088,936 (a 2.34% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.03% increase) with 873,879 active cases and 215,057 closures, 63,568 of which have been deaths ( 29.56% compared to yesterday’s 29.48%) and 151,489 of which have been recoveries (70.44% compared to yesterday’s 70.03% ), while total testing has increased to 6,293,312, an increase of 196,549 (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); Whitless Whitman ignoring protesters in and outside the Capitol and after slamming Red lawmakers extended her arbitrary lock-down orders for another month; while Pelosi has the House out until May 5 being paid and 30 million Americans are out of work, she comes out in support of Hidin’ Biden despite Tara Reade’s allegations, supports the MeToo Movement but rants about the need for due process (which she and her fellow Blues flushed down the toilet during the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings (what a pathetic partisan hypocrite); Biden in 2012 donated all his Senate records to the University of Delaware with the understanding that they would be open to the public on January 20, 2020 but the Board of Trustees in April of 2019 hours before Biden announced his run changed that to the later of December 31, 2019 or two years after he retires from public office and now rising calls given the Tara Reade allegations form even MSM outlets like WAPO that the University release the files (given that some trustees have had close ties with Biden who was known as Senator MBNA don’t hold your breath although reports are that Dem operatives have been given access); Pelosi is being slammed for another impeachment Mulligan event by stacking her COVID-19 response investigating House committee with strong impeachment advocates; on the CV front SCOTUS Justice Alioto has ordered Pennsylvania to respond to a group of businesses that have alleged that governor’s stay at home order is unconstitutional (the longer we are in lock down mode and the economy tanks look for more recourse to the courts to set aside what many believe are a loss of Constitutionally protect civil liberties); documents finally released after efforts akin to pulling teeth suggest the FBI was trying to set Flynn up to be accused of lying and that lovebird Strzok put an end to attempts to halt the FBI’s investigation of Flynn because no evidence of criminal activity had be found; Brittany Cooper a tenured Associate Professor at Rutgers University and poster child for a degree that leads to no jobs, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, was touting back after profane F* rants blaming Trump and his supporters for the deaths of African-Americans from COVID-19 that she can’t be fired because of tenure; Mayor DeBlasio remains a total buffoon singling out Hasidic Jews for prosecution for attending a funeral and standing by while the NYC Subways have been taken over by the homeless making it near impossible for first responders who use them to get to work to ride them; in Chicago, as of April 29, 2020, 763 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 Next, the fact that you enjoy an orthobiosis life and a quote by Naveen Jain on naming innovators, 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. Honesty Day—created by a former Press Secretary for the State of Maryland in the early 90’s as the perfect bookend in April which begins with a day of falsehoods, April Fools Day, and ends on the anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration as president in 1989.
2. Camarón Day—celebrated in France and by members of the French Foreign Legion commemorating a heroic stand by 62 members of the French Foreign Legion in Hacienda Camarón, Mexico in a battle lasting 10 hours against 3,000 Mexicans in which 43 Legionnaires were killed and 19 captured of whom 17 were wounded and many of these died from their wounds but inflicted 190 deaths and over 300 wounds against the Mexicans before being forced to surrender.
3. 1998 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1998 on this day on a run of 4 weeks in the position was “Too Close” By Next. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwEZRPkAAu8 This R&B African-American trio popular in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s is still performing today.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “orthobiosis” which means correct or moral way of living which is a good place to be.
5. No Longer To Be Lost—celebrating to the relief of drivers everywhere, the birth on this day in 1921 of Roger Easton, the principal inventor of the GPS whose device closed down for good on May 8, 2014.
On this day in:
a. 1939 NBC inaugurated its television broadcasting service with a broadcast of President Roosevelt’s opening ceremonies of the New York World’s Fair.
b. 1975 the Vietnam War formally ended with the unconditional surrender of South Vietnamese President Duong Van Minh who had assumed office two days earlier to the North Vietnamese entering the suburbs and who was allowed to retire unharmed to his villa in South Vietnam and emigrate 8 years later to France.
c. 1993 to the joy of all future users of the internet, CERN announced that all World Wide Web protocolswould be free.
d. 2008 Russian scientists found the skeletal remains near Yekaterinburg, Russia that were later confirmed to be those of Alexei and Anastasia two children of Tsar Nicholas who with his family was executed by Communists.
e. 2009 Chrysler filed for Chapter XI Bankruptcy.
Reflections on GPSs: “Today, people idolize athletes and celebrities - and yes, highly successful and visionary business people like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, but not the innovators who perhaps have not seen such high-flying levels of success. Can anyone name the inventors of GPS, which has such a huge impact on our lives today?” Naveen Jain, noted serial entrepreneur. If you followed Ridley’s Believe It Or Not, you would know the answer to the question as it notes his birthday today.
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