Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 1, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 54,236 new cases (a 1.65% increase in total cases compared to 2.44% yesterday) to bring the total to 3,358,157 cases, 2,053,363 of which are active, 1,304,794 of which have been closed with 1,067,703 recoveries (81.83% compared to yesterday’s 81.6%) and 237,091 deaths (18.17% compared to yesterday’s 18.4%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 24,742 have brought total cases to 1,105,808 (a .99%% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.34% increase) with 884,727 active cases and 221,081 closures, 64,562 of which have been deaths (29.2% compared to yesterday’s 29.56%) and 156,519 of which have been recoveries (70.8% compared to yesterday’s 70.44%), while total testing has increased to 6,498,830, an increase of 205,518 (improvement from several weeks ago but still far short of the 300,000-500,000 tests needed; the FDA has just announced approval for the use of Gilead’s remdeservir in treating CV patients after a study showed it reduced the treatment time form 14 days to 11; Hidin’ Biden, looking like in the words of Geraldo Rivera “looking like a deer caught in the headlights” came out of his basement to appear on Morning Joe, about as anti-Trump as MSM can be to strongly and categorically deny the allegations of Tara Reade, urging the press to investigate the allegations and refusing to allow the release of his papers at the University of Delaware (even though reports were that Dem operatives had access); in a where’s Waldo moment speculation remains rampant as to the whereabouts and status of Kim Jong Un; documents released on the Flynn case reveal grave misconduct by the FBI officials like Strzok and Paige with the FBI not trying to determine the truth but rather to get Flynn to lie so he could be prosecuted or at least filed and threatening to go after his son if he did not plead guilty (if the FBI can do this to a prominent official any mere normal citizen should really be concerned); while Gruesome Newsom is threatening to criminalize Orange County beach goers the County has released 7 high risk sex offenders for fear they will be infected with corona virus in Orange County Jails (Blues like Kamala Harris safe with police protection are pushing big time to have federal and state prisoners released to avoid contracting coronavirus which has a familiar ring to it like Cuomo ordering nursing homes in New York to admit admittees from hospitals and hospices who have tested positive and then infect residents who then die like flies); Governor Cuomo who was the fair haired super hero on detailing the progress of the coronavirus is now being slammed for New York’s mismanagement, waste and nursing home deaths; Newsom is now in the same boat as Witless Whitman as Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach City Councils voted to sue him for closing the beaches; in Chicago, as of April 30, 2020, 774 shootings of whom 143 have died but none in the last two days (so much for the effectiveness of Chicago’s stay at home order); 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 54 behind Chicago with 89 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 TLC, the fact that you are competent in orthoepy and quotes by Donald Rumsfield and Laurence Silberman on the Iraq War, 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 Workers Day—created by the Second International in 1891 to commemorate the Haymarket Riot in the U.S. on this day in 1886 and to promote the cause and goals of labor.
2. Law Day—first proclaimed by President Eisenhower on February 5, 1958 and first observed on May 1, 1958 to promote adherence to the rule of law and established as a counter weight to May Day.
3. 1999 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1999 on this day on a run of 4 weeks in the position was “Scrubs” By TLC. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6Q4m1IJPu8&list=RDj6Q4m1IJPu8&start_radio=1&t=24 This African-American female trio is one of the most successful female groups in history behind only the Supremes and is still performing today although without one of its original members Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes who was killed in 2002 in a traffic accident in Honduras..
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “orthoepy” which means the study of correct pronunciation.
5. An Ear For the Elevator Pitch—celebrating the birth on this day of Richard Riordan, the last Republican Mayor of Los Angeles and note corporate lawyer and successful venture capitalist and private equity investor.
On this day in:
a. 1931 the Empire State Building was opened in New York City.
b. 1956 a vaccine for polio was released by Jonas Salk.
c. 1971 AMTRAK took over the service of passenger rail service in the United States to begin its long history continuing to this day of losing billions of dollars.
d. 1999 in a better late than never moment, the body of climber George Mallory who disappeared in June of 1924 trying to climb Mt. Everest was discovered on the mountain.
e. 2003 in what became known as his “Mission Accomplished” speech but later should have been known as “A Jumping of the Gun” speech, President George W. Bush declared on the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California that combat operations in Iraq were over.
Before and after reflections on WMD in Iraq: “January 20, 2003 - “His regime has large, unaccounted for stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, including VX, sarin, mustard gas, anthrax, botulism and possibly smallpox. And he has an active program to acquire and develop nuclear weapons.” –Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, January 20, 2003.
March 31, 2005 - “The intelligence community was absolutely uniform and uniformly wrong about the existence of weapons of mass destruction (in Iraq).” - Laurence Silberman, co-chairman, Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States regarding weapons of mass destruction on March 31, 2005. Talk about a trillions of dollars mistake on our part, not to mention the lives lost and bodies wounded physically and emotionally.
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