Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not April Fools' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 1, 2020 the CV continues unabated with 917,913 cases worldwide, 193,333 who have recovered although the jury still on how long before they can still transmit CV and 45,602 deaths while in the U.S. which now ranks 1st in total number of cases, the number of cases has risen to 205,638, 8,762 recoveries and 4,528 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); while two large Holland-Amsterdam cruise ships slowly heading to Florida to try to unload passengers from ships infected, Florida has still refused permission to dock and has issued a stay-at-home order for 30 days starting at midnight Thursday; Cuomo has ordered all playgrounds in NYC to be closed and continues to bemoan that large numbers of young people are ignoring social distances while NYC is swamped with CV deaths and cases with the peak still yet to arrive (Trump laid it out clearly yesterday at his CV briefing that this nation is facing a very tough time in terms of deaths and cases and as might be expected the market tanked today); the left wing bastion of “journalism” the Boston Globe editorialized Trump is not fit and has blood on his hands when earlier he was reamed by it for saving countless lives when he banned travel from China and Europe (given the amount of deceit and lying by China or reality of human to human transmission and the scope of the infections to editorialize based on hindsight verges on criminality when we need all of us on the same page fighting this pandemic; just when you thought the politicization of the pandemic could not get worse, Biden has been freed from the cobwebs of potential dementia to indicate he is willing to met with Trump to discuss pandemic strategy and lying Adam Schiff is proposing a Warren type commission to investigate the response to the pandemic; too early to know whether it is a continuing trend but Trump’s ratings on the rise and MSM ratings sinking off the deep end; in another example of why we need a secure border and why social distancing is critical, of the 70 University of Texas students who chartered a spring break plane to Cabo San Lucas, 28 has tested positive for the CV and frighteningly 4 positive tests were on asymptomatic students; other that Bacardi 151 or Everclear, most alcoholic beverages do not contain the minimum 120 proof alcohol content to destroy the CV, but that fact has not slowed the growth of sales of alcohol which have soared off the charts as online sales have soared in triple digits and more jurisdictions are allowing delivery; in Chicago, as of March 31, 2020, 532 people have been shot of whom 89 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 20 behind Chicago with 69 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 Patti Labelle,  the fact you do not suffer from onychocryptosis, and a quote by Austin O’Malley on avoiding fools, 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. April Fools’ Day—celebrating a day of pranks and jokes on the unwary but today with the coronavirus ramping up a full speed in terms of cases and deaths, this unwanted joke is on us.
2. Fossil Fuels Day—celebrated by greens as a play on words and as a means to discourage the use of fossil fuels instead of renewable energy although whatever price advantages renewable fuels have obtained has largely been wiped out by the recent collapse of world petroleum prices.
3. 1975 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1975 on this day on a run of 1 week in the position was “Lady Marmalade” by Patti Labelle. Here is a recording of the song: The Grandmother of Soul is still going strong at 75.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “onychocryptosis” which means an ingrowing toenail, which is something most of us like to avoid.
5. Can’t Intercept a Bullet With Legscelebrating the birth on this day in 1983 of Sean Taylor who played safety for the Washington Redskins and was shot on November 26, 2007 in the leg during a robbery in his house and suffered a wound to his femoral artery and died the next day due to a loss of blood.
On this day in:               
      a. 1970 in one of the first steps in the war against smoking, President Nixon signed into law the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act requiring the Surgeon General to create warning labels and banning cigarette ads on television and radio effective January 1, 1971. Unfortunately not enough people have gotten the message as some 40 million people continue to put their health and the health of others around them at risk by smoking cigarettes.
    b. 1970 the first of over 670,000 Gremlins made by American Motors Company are released for sale in North America to compete with imported cars.
     c. 1976 Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne formed Apple in Cupertino but Wayne is probably best remembered for the worst deal on record when he sold his 10% share in Apple for $800 12 days later plus another $1500 12 months later to forfeit any claims he might have against the newly incorporated Apple.
 d. 1979 Nickelodeon was launched in the United States.
 e. 2004 Google announced Gmail to the public.
Since April Fools Day jokes on the coronavirus will bring you a world of hurt and scorn here’s a quote on fools in general: “If you would avoid all fools go into a dense forest and there refrain from gazing into still pools.” ~Austin O'Malley  Thoughts of a Recluse, 1898
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