Wednesday, April 8, 2020

April 8, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Romani Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 8, 2020 Linda Tripp who blew the whistle on the Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal has just died; the President of WHO, who is under attack for WHO’s pro-China views on the pandemic, fired back that countries must not politicize the pandemic or suffer a flood of body bags (China unleashed the perfect one two punch for COVID-19 by first lying and deceiving the world as to it and its ease of human to human transmission allowing it to become a pandemic and then as medical systems around the world were swamped and being overwhelmed tried to be the white knight by delivering vast quantities of medical supplies which recipients are now finding out were in many cases defective); Trump rightfully is considering a defunding of WHO by the U.S. which typically in a globalist world is the organization’s largest contributor (bare minimum the president of WHO needs to go and be replaced by someone who places health above politics and has a spotless integrity record); the CV pandemic  continues unabated with 1,499,637 cases worldwide, 319,212 of whom have recovered (21.31%) although the jury still on how long before they can still transmit CV and 87,825 (5.86) deaths while in the U.S. which now ranks 1st in total number of cases, the number of cases has risen to 422,510, 22,187 recoveries (5.25%) and 12,230 deaths (2.89%); New York which is the epicenter of the virus in the U.S. has 140,386 cases with 5,489 deaths (3.9%) and NYC has suffered more deaths than in 9/11; the markets responded by soaring to a one two punch of good news—Russia agreed to cut back on its oil production and Sanders announced he was suspended his campaign for president; if one can suspend disbelief the news from China is that no new corona virus cases have surfaced in Wuhan and the lock down of Wuhan has ended but the wet markets still exist which most health experts indicate should be shut down to prevent another pandemic repeat; Suifenhe, China, a city of 100,000 near the Russian border has reported 26 coronavirus cases and has been shut down; in Riverside, California, the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility with 90 beds was forced to close and move its residents after only 1 of 13 nursing assistants showed up for work and 34 residents and 5 staff members have tested positive for the virus; Kamala Harris who is capable of only slamming Trump and his policies mocked Trump for not being able to have multi-tasked the impeachment farce and the coronavirus outbreak (cringe is Biden picks her as his VP running mate and with his mental and physical issues wins and then dies or becomes incapacitated, putting her in the Oval Office and Adam Schiff in the Senate to replace her; the Wisconsin primary has been completed but due to coronavirus we may not see results until April 13, 2020 (will be interesting to see if the state Supreme Court Justice supported by Trump prevails); in Chicago, as of April 7, 2020, in a deadly day the total of shootings jumped to 598 of whom 107 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 has fallen to 32 behind Chicago with 75 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 Pink Floyd, the fact that you do not suffer from an ophidian character, and a quote by Hans Caldaras on gypsies, 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 Romani Day—created by the 4th International Romani Conference in 1990 to promote awareness of the Romani culture and accomplishments and the discrimination faced by Romanis.
2. International Feng Shui Awareness Day—celebrating a Chinese philosophy created over 3,000 years ago relating to the positioning of buildings and the placement of objects within them.
3. 1980 Number  One Song— the number 1 song in 1980 on this day on a run of 4 weeks though not continuous in the position was “Another Brick in The Wall Part II” by Pink Floyd. Here is a recording of the song: This band, formed in 1965 was one of the first British psychedelia groups and unlike many 60’s musicians did not see its members overdose on drugs but the deaths of two of its original founders in their 60’s marked the end of the band.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ophidian” which means of or like a snake which describes Jerry Nadler in the political arena to a tee.
5. If You Swim Don’t Do Drugs and Swim Alonecelebrating the birth on this day in 1963 of noted investment manager and commentator Seth Tobias who began his career by processing trades for then unknown trader Jim Cramer and sadly drowned in his pool under the influence of cocaine, alcohol and Ambien on September 4, 2007.
On this day in:               
     a. 1952 President Truman, in order to prevent the nationwide steel strike scheduled to begin on April 9, 1952 while the Korean War was still raging, announced plans to seize all steel mills which he did only to subsequently have his actions set aside by SCOTUS..
    b. 1959 a team of computer manufacturers, users and university academicians led by Grace Hopper met to discuss a new computer programming language that was to be known as COBOL.
    c. 1974 at Fulton Stadium in Atlanta, Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run to break Babe Ruth’s 39 year old record for most home runs in a career.
    d. 1992 retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announced he had AIDS acquired from blood transfusions needed in one of his two heart surgeries and sadly since at that time AIDS was a death sentence died less than a year later on February 6, 1993 at the age of 49.
e. 2008 the construction of the first skyscraper to integrate wind turbines to produce electricity for it was completed in Bahrain.
Reflections on judging gypsies:”"I would not in any way excuse or defend the Roma who are criminal; they must atone for their crimes, of course. But to condemn an entire people as thieves and bandits, is in itself a criminal act and is a violation of the Geneva Convention and the current EU rules regarding Europe's citizens; namely, that every human being has the right to be treated fairly and judged as an inividul on their own merits.” Hans Caldaras, noted artist and activist.
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