Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 6, 2020 the CV pandemic continues unabated with 1,337,715 cases worldwide, 277,757 of whom have recovered although the jury still on how long before they can still transmit CV and 74,223 deaths while in the U.S. which now ranks 1st in total number of cases, the number of cases has risen to 362,573, 19,313 recoveries and 10,720 as we have been warned the U.S. is facing its Pearl Harbor in terms of new cases and deaths; for 2 days in NYC, the increase in the number of new cases has dropped and the number of deaths have plateaued sparking a huge market rally of the Dow of over 1600 points (also helped by hopes relating to the stimulus program checks for which a starting to roll out); as Senator Scott is demanding and investigation of CV coverup of the pandemic and WHO complicity, WHO is eating crow with its January pronouncements that no human to human transmission was occurring; Boris Johnson who was hospitalized yesterday has now been moved into an ICU to fight his CV infection; in a sign of desperation or a sign that the FDA is pedal to metal in moving therapies and vaccine research forward, 4,000 CV victims in NYC are being treated with the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine (keep your fingers crossed that this drug in use combating malaria for years is the silver bullet to slow this disease in its tracks); another study has come out indicating that half of CV victims have no symptoms which supports the call for a national requirement that people wear masks in public which will not protector from getting the virus but will prevent the wearer from spreading it (Trump is missing the bully pulpit big win by not wearing one in public along with Pence and their wives); Blues are considering making their convention virtual and making a full court press for mandating mail in voting (mail in voting is a recipe for massive fraud in an election where small numbers of votes illegally cast could win swing states probably in favor of Blues); in an unexpected silver lining, auto insurers are implementing some refunds due to decreased driving due to expanded work at home increases and stay at home orders; Morning Joe continues to astound on how low they can go, implying Trump supports hydroxychloroquine because of a financial stake; Rep Tavia Galonski has managed to top Mika’s inanity with a demand that because he supports the use of hydroxychloroquine he is guilty of a crime against humanity (sad, very sad); in Chicago, as of April 5, 2020, 570 people have been shot of whom 99 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 now 26 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 the Bee Gees, the fact that you do not suffer from an onnyxis, and a quote by Paul Kagame on genocide, 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 Day of Sport for Development and Peace—created by the UN General Assembly on August 23, 2013 and supported by the International Olympic Association since this day in 2014 to promote the role of sport in development and peace which today the observance, as sporting events are being cancelled or postponed all over the world due to the CV pandemic, is having little impact.
2. New Beer’s Eve—celebrating the execution by President Roosevelt of the Cullen-Harrison on March 22, 1933 which allowed the production and sale of 3.2% beer starting on April 7, 1933.
3. 1978 Number One Song— the number one song in 1978 on this day on a run of 8 weeks in the position was “Night Fever” by Bee Gees. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AnKoumqcTg. This prolific group of brothers wrote their own songs and sold over 220 million records and today only Barry Gibbs is still alive.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “onyxis” which means an ingrown nail which can be a real pain in the hand.
5. Pen Always Beats the Bad Guy—celebrating the birth on this day in 1966 of noted author Vincent Flynn who started out with Kraft, was discharged from OCS of the Marine Corps Aviation program due to dyslexia, turned to writing and reading to overcome it and self published his first novel while working as a bartender and went on to write 9 novels involving the exploits of counter terrorism expert Mitch Rapp; sadly Mitch could not protect him on the personal health front and he died of prostate cancer on June 19, 2013 at age 47.
On this day in:
a. 1947 the first Tony Awards were presented for theatrical achievement.
b. 1994 a jet carrying Rwanda’s President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burandi’s President Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down killing all aboard and igniting the Rwandan Genocide, which started the next day with Huti Rwandan government forces massacring Tutsis and ended on July 15, 1994 with 500,000 to over a million dead.
c. 1998 in a the world has become a more dangerous place, Pakistan successfully tested a missile capable of delivering warheads to India leading to two arch enemies on the subcontinent both armed with deliverable nuclear weapons.
d. 1999 Travelers Group announced a $78 billion merger between it and Citicorp which was consummated on October 5, 1999 with the formation of Citibank.
e. 2917 after Syrian villages were bombed by Assad’s Air Force with nerve gas, in a there’s a new sheriff in town and yes Virginia there is a red line in the sand, Trump ordered the strike by 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base from whence the planes were launched adding a chill to U.S. Soviet relations.
Reflections on the Rwanda Genocide 20 years after if started: “All genocides begin with an ideology — a system of ideas that says: This group of people here, they are less than human and they deserve to be exterminated.” Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda at the 20th Commemoration of the Rwanda Genocide. Wise words to heed to keep genocide from happening ever again.
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