Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 5, 2020 the CV continues unabated with 1,268,636 cases worldwide, 261,134 who have recovered although the jury still on how long before they can still transmit CV and 69,381 deaths while in the U.S. which now ranks 1st in total number of cases, the number of cases has risen to 334,232, 17,177 recoveries and 9,557 deaths (chilling numbers but what is worse for the U.S. are models coming out that show deaths in the 100,000-200,000 range and hospitals being totally swamped by a surge in cases, loss of medical personnel due to their being infected and a bottleneck in terms of testing and assembling results of such testing); this may be in the future Britain’s finest hour but a Boris Johnson has just been hospitalized after testing positive 10 days earlier, after closing down all non essential businesses perhaps a too little, too late moment; as hospitals are being overwhelmed and running out of critical supplies, look for scams and price gouging as new breaking of a deal for 6 million N95 masks went south after serious questions over whether had ownership of the masks and 3M is in hot water being exposed by Florida shipping masks and ventilators to foreign countries as opposed to filling orders here in the U.S.; China whose lying enabled the virus to spread to its pandemic form is playing the propaganda we are the good guys on this as news that the New England Patriots have sent a plane to China to pick up 1.2 million N95 masks; with economic activity grinding to near halts around the world, seismologists have recorded that the Earth has dramatically reduced its shaking, enabling researchers to gather more data on smaller earthquakes and lava flow; President Bush warned the nation of a pandemic and built up the national stockpile of medical supplies which Obama drew down but never replaced which explains the difficulty New York is facing, forced to use veterinary ventilators in some cases (but in a ray of hope the increase in deaths in New York declined); in concrete terms setting forth the effect of Chinese complicity, a new report revealed that 430,000 Chinese, thousands of whom were from Wuhan, entered the U.S. on direct flights before Trump’s travel (unfortunately we do not have data on how many of these were already infected but a great chance that the number was significant); in another shocking example of the folly of youth, first responders to a coronavirus party in rural Pennsylvania arrived to find over 100 minor drunken party goers totally ignoring social distancing; in another chilling reminder that the CV pandemic does not respect fame or success in overcoming adversity, Tom Dempsey, a kicker for the New Orleans Saints who was born without any toes in his right foot and missing fingers in his right hand but went on to set the record for distance of a field goal at 63 yards, died yesterday at 73 from the coronavirus; in Chicago, as of April 4, 2020, 562 people have been shot of whom 94 have died; 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 21 behind Chicago with 73 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 Daryl Hall and John Oates, the fact you do not suffer from onychotillomania, and a quote by Margaret Sanger on controlling immigration, 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. Palm Sunday—celebrating the arrival of Christ into Jerusalem on the Sunday before he was crucified.
2. National Flash Drive Day—created by USB Direct in 2018 to promote awareness of the contribution of flash drives to how we store and move data we use in our daily lives.
3. 1977 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1977 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “Rich Girl” by Daryl Hall and John Oates. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ2itQvyBY8. This prolific duo that has been performing for some 50 years wrote most the songs they performed and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “onychotillomania” which means compulsive picking at nails which is not a good idea as the coronavirus can hang out there.
5. Ultimate Sacrifice—celebrating the birth on this day in 1981 of Michael Monsoor, a U.S. Seal who won the Congressional Medal of Honor in a firefight on September 29, 2006 with insurgents in Iraq when he threw his body on top of a grenade to protect two fellow soldiers and died shortly thereafter.
On this day in:
a. 1922 the American Birth Control League, the forerunner to Planned Parenthood, was incorporated.
b. 1951 Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were sentenced to death for espionage in favor of the Soviet Union.
c. 1976 massive demonstrations to honor the death of Chou–En-Lai in Tienanmen Square led to the police forcibly clearing the square and removing all flowers, wreaths and banners in praise of him.
d. 1996 a bomb believed to have been set by Libyan intelligence agents detonated at the La Belle Discotheque in West Berlin, killing 3, 2 of whom were Americans and wounding 229, 79 of whom were Americans which prompted retaliatory airstrikes in an attempt to kill Khadafy.
e. 1999 2 Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland with a bomb planted on board were handed over to trial by the World Court and 1, Abdelbasert al-Megrahi, was convicted and sentenced to life in Mat, 2001 but released on compassionate grounds in August, 2009 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer with a diagnosis of 3 months left to live to die of the disease in May 2012.
Wondering why the left is so enamored by the views of Margaret Sanger: “…..keep the doors of immigration closed to the entrance of certain aliens whose condition is known to be detrimental to the stamina of the race, such as feebleminded, idiots, morons, Insane, syphilitic, epileptic, criminal, professional prostitutes, and others in this class barred by the immigration laws of 1924.” —“A Plan for Peace” Birth Control Review, April 1932, pages 107-108
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