Monday, May 11, 2020

May 11, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Women's Checkup Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 11, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 44,784 new cases  (a 1.1% increase compared to a 1.93% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 4,218,859  cases, 2,426,925  of  which  are active, 1,791,934  of which have been closed with 1,507,142  recoveries (84.11% compared to  yesterday’s 83.82%) and 284,792    deaths (15.89%  compared to yesterday’s 16.18%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 5,189  have brought total cases to 1,370,436  (a .38 % increase compared to yesterday’s 1.53% increase)  with 1,033,227 active cases and 337,209 closures, 80,863  of which have been deaths (23.98% compared to  yesterday’s 25.1%) and 256,346  of which  have been recoveries (76.02%  compared to yesterday’s 74.9%), while total testing has increased to 9,716,019,  an increase of 339,224  from yesterday (closing in on the 500,000 per day threshold); Hidin’ Biden still in his basement has lambasted Trump for his “childish” response to the pandemic and his inability to have larger numbers of people tested as the number of tests have increased to 9,716,019 (look for the handling or mishandling of the pandemic to be the number one issue in the campaign and perhaps Blues want the economy not fully opened up come November); Naples, Florida which opened its beaches last weekend has re-closed them after videos showed a complete lack of social distancing; in another reason why we need a secure border, news that Mexico is experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases and border cities in California are be hit with a wave of coronavirus cases; in another example that the Reptilian Brain crosses party lines, the State Bar of Indiana has suspended the law license of Curtis Hill, Indiana’s Attorney General, for groping 4 women in a public bar in 2018;  Moisés Escamilla May, a drug cartel leader in a maximum security prison in Mexico has just died from the coronavirus; the fear of being infected by the coronavirus resulted in Poland’s presidential elections having a 0 turnout; on the coronavirus front Russia has surged into 3rd place in terms of cases but is barely making the charts in terms of death with only 2,000 (maybe a case of massive testing not the result of an acceleration of the number of infections); one of the poster children for “fake news” Chuck Todd deceptively edited an AG Barr video which forced NBC to apologize and the “It’s a Video” Queen Susan Rice’s CYA email to herself written on Inauguration Day to the effect that Obama wanted everything done by the book in conjunction with Flynn is getting more scrutiny since transcripts released show Obama may well have been in the loop; Elon Musk claiming the stay at home order is unconstitutional has reopened its plant in Fremont, indicating that workers should not be arrested only him;  in Chicago, as of May 10, 2020, 881 shootings of whom 164 have died (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 now 59 behind Chicago with 105 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 Leona Lewis, the fact that you are not suffering from otalgia and a quote by Hannah Arendt  on Hamburger Hill, 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. National Women’s Checkup Day—created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2003 and celebrated on the second Monday in May to promote women to take an annual physical to catch diseases in their earliest stages.
2Hostess CupCake Day—celebrating the first sale of this tasty devil’s food cake dessert and lunch box item on this day in 1919.
3. 2008 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2008 on this day on a run of 4 weeks not continuosly in the position “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis for her first number one song. Here is a recording of the song: This British born singer, songwriter, model and activist has be a vegan since 2012 and was named PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian in 2008.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “otalgia” which means an earache which is something most people like to avoid.
5. No Glee Only Sadness with Heroincelebrating the birth on this day in 1982 of Canadian born actor and singer Cory Monteith who best known for his role as Finn Hudson on Fox Television’s series Glee but struggled with substance abuse and after 2 rehabs died from and overdose combination of heroin and alcohol on July 13, 2013 at the age of 31.
On this day in:               
 a. 1889 U.S. Army Paymaster Major George Wham and 11 African-American Buffalo Soldiers were robbed while transporting $28,000 of gold and silver coins by robbers who, after a gun fight which wounded 8 of the escort and forced their retreat, made off with the payroll which was never found; two of the Buffalo Soldiers received Medals of Honor for their actions and 8 individuals from the nearby Mormon community of Pima, Arizona were arrested, tried and found not guilty.
 b. 1960 Adolf Eichmann was captured by Mossad agents in Argentina and then smuggled out of the country in an El-Al jet to ultimately face trial on April 11, 1961 after which he was convicted, sentenced to death and executed just after midnight on June 1, 1962.
 c. 1987 after being discovered in and extradited after lengthy legal skirmishes, the “Butcher of Lyon” went on trial in France for war crimes and on July 4, 1987 he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison where he died from prostate cancer on September 25, 1991 at the age of 77.
 d. 1996 after takeoff from Miami on a flight to Atlanta, a fire broke out on Value Jet Flight 292 due to improperly stored oxygen generators causing the plane to crash in the Florida Everglades killing all 110 aboard.
 e. 1997 IBM’s Deep Blue, a chess playing supercomputer defeated Chess Master Garry Kasparov to become the first computer to prevail in a class chess match with a world champion.
 Reflections on Adolf Eichmann: “The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal. From the viewpoint of our legal institutions and of our moral standards of judgment, this normality was much more terrifying than all the atrocities put together.”
― Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil Her observation probably explains why Eichmann felt he was not guilty as he was merely following orders.
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