Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 7, 2020 the CV pandemic continues unabated with 1,397,338 cases worldwide, 298,513 of whom have recovered (21.36%) although the jury still on how long before they can still transmit CV and 80,993 (5.8%) deaths while in the U.S. which now ranks 1st in total number of cases, the number of cases has risen to 386,011, 21,316 recoveries (5.5% and 12,230 deaths (3.2%) as we have been warned the U.S. is facing its Pearl Harbor in terms of new cases and deaths; in New York, the epicenter for the CV in the U.S., Cuomo announced that the three day average for hospitalizations has trended down while the daily death rate continues to increase which in his mind portends a plateauing of the virus; poor De Blasio, who has been castigated for ineptness, was hit with a new report indicating that the Bloomberg Administration after a warning of the effects of a pandemic on ventilator needs, purchased 500 additional ventilators only to have them auctioned off after De Blasio become mayor (no comment yet from the Mayor’s Office); Dems are pushing for extra hazard pay for first responders in any proposed additional stimulus as the Trump Administration is reviewing plans on how to roll out opening up the economy on a piece meal basis; MLB has come up with an idea to play baseball—play the games initially in Arizona which is a hub for spring training with 12 Major League quality stadiums before empty stadiums and quarantine the players and umpires so they do not contaminate anyone; Joy Behar continues to totally disgrace herself—this time calling on press reporters at White House briefings to call Trump a liar and walk out; the Wisconsin primary was held today after its delay sought by the Democratic Governor was blocked by the State Supreme Court but videos show voters standing in lines observing social distance and wearing masks as Blues will be engaging in a full court press to allow mail in voting despite the likely opportunity for voter fraud in the fall; on the politician CV front, Rand Paul has been retested negative after quarantine and volunteering his skills as a doctor at a hospital and Boris Johnson is in ICU on oxygen but not on a ventilator; as more an more Reds are demanding that the president of WHO resign for his pro China bias despite its deception and concealment, President Trump is considering whether the U.S. which is the top funder of WHO should reduce its contribution; House Reds are demanding an explanation of why after the Kennedy Center received a $25 million goody in the stimulus bill, it then fired many of its workers; in Chicago, as of April 6, 2020, 579 people have been shot of whom 100 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 still 26 behind Chicago with 74 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 Gloria Gaynor, the fact that you do not suffer from breathing oose, and a quote by Dr Robert Beaglehole on the progress not being made on certain epidemics, 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 Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda—created by the UN to condemn genocide and promote efforts to insure it never occurs again.
2. World Health Day—created by the General Assembly effective 1950 to observe the creation of the World Health Organization which is rightfully under severe criticism for its failure to admonish China for its deception as to the dangers of the COVID-19 virus and the evidence of and ease of human to human transmission.
3. 1979 Number One Song— the number one song in 1979 on this day on a run of 4 weeks though not continuous in the position was “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARt9HV9T0w8 The song was her first number one song and after several albums in the 80’s and 90’s she returned to the recording studio in 2002 and is still performing today.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “oose” which means the furry dust that gathers under beds.
5. Makeup and Visual Effects Rule—celebrating the birth on this day in 1946 of Oscar winning and nominated for makeup and/or visual effects of Stanley Winston who died too early at 62 on June 15, 2008.
On this day in:
a. 1964 IBM announced the System/360 with its punch cards and reams of computer paper.
b. 1969 the symbolic birth of the internet with the Publication of RFC 1 to which Al Gore was not a contributor.
c. 1971 to the joy of an American population turning more and more against the Vietnam War, President Nixon announced an increase in the pace of Vietnamization of the war.
d. 2003 U.S. forces captured Baghdad, leading to the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime two days later but not combat against U.S. forces which continued until the withdrawal years later of combat forces.
e. 2009 former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison for having his security forces kill civilians and after serving time he was pardoned on December 24, 2017 only to have his pardon reversed by the Peruvian Supreme Court of October 3, 2018 and ordered back to prison where he was rushed to a hospital and returned to prison and after returning to prison he was rushed to a hospital and returned to prison on January 23, 2019.
Reflections on progress not being made on chronic endemics:” The real tragedy is that more hasn't been done to avoid this epidemic, as overweight and obesity, and their related chronic diseases, are largely preventable. Approximately 80% of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, and 40% of cancer could be avoided through healthy diet, regular physical activity and avoidance of tobacco use. "Low-cost, simple approaches are the key to saving 36 million lives by 2015."“Dr Robert Beaglehole,Director, Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion, World Health Organization.
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