Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 12, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 105,872 new cases (a 2.51% increase compared to a 1.1% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 4,324,731 cases, 2,461,941 of which are active, 1,862,790 of which have been closed with 1,571,066 recoveries (84.34% compared to yesterday’s 84.11%) and 291,724 deaths (15.66 % compared to yesterday’s 15.89%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 31,839 have brought total cases to 1,402,276 (a 2.32 % increase compared to yesterday’s .38% increase) with 1,042,979 active cases and 359,296 closures, 83,121 of which have been deaths (23.13% compared to yesterday’s 23.98%) and 276,175 of which have been recoveries (76.87% compared to yesterday’s 76.02%), while total testing has increased to 9,935,720, an increase of 219,701 from yesterday; with no input from the president, the senate or House Republicans, Pelosi rolled out the Blues’ $3 trillion stimulus bill which gives $1 trillion to state and local governments already struggling with massive unfunded pension liabilities and salaries to public employees often in excess of thos paid to the private sector, continues the $600 a week additional unemployment checks which most experts agree is a massive disincentive to work, another round of stimulus checks to all including most likely illegal aliens and $175 billion in rent and mortgage assistance (devil will be in the details and ferreting out liberal and progressive hot buttons for funding to their special causes); stuck in his basement Hidin’ Biden surfaced again to attack Trump’s attempts to re-open the economy as “childish”(safe bet that Biden ignored Kayleigh McEnany’s press conference where she detailed the sobering collateral damage this lock down in terms of suicide, substance abuse, and postponed elective surgeries and medical screening and care); the DOJ now has a lengthy list of unmasked names o Obama Administration officials involved in the unmasking of Flynn and Reds are betting that if released will provide further complicity in Obama being part of the attempted coup by Comey to take down a duly elect president( in an example of two standards of justice the Judge in the Flynn case who denied amicus curiae briefs on the sentencing of Flynn is allowing briefs on the issue of dismissing his case requested by both parties therein); in another example of why one should never get downwind of CNN, it took a survey response that 68% affirmative response that CV vaccine would be very important to return to normal life to a headline that 68% stated a vaccine is needed to return to normal life (CNN must realize it stinks so bad that it finally ceased being AWOL on the Larry King tape of Tara Reade’s mother calling in on her daughter’s problems with “a prominent senator;” Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, took a breather from his censorship of conservative views to contribute $15 million to a coronavirus relief fund for need residents of San Francisco, including illegal aliens (private charity should always be applauded but not using tax dollars that could be spent on needy Americans as opposed to illegals); in Chicago, as of May 11, 2020, 885 shootings of whom 165 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 60 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 The Black Eyed Pies, the fact that you despise ostiose people and a quote by Florence Nightingale on nursing, 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 Nurses Day—created by the International Council of Nurses and celebrated on this day, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, in 1965 to commemorate the contribution of nurses to our society.
2. National Limerick Day—celebrating since 1987 that often 5 line ribald poem celebrated on the anniversary of the birth of Richard Lear in 1812, who popularized the art form:
“There once was a politician named Biden
Who because of Tara Reade had to go into hidin’
Her charges against him she would not relent
So he hung out making gaffe videos in his basement
Charges against him will the gap to Oval Office widen.”
3. 2009 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2009 on this day on a run of 12 weeks in the position “Boom Boom Pow” by The Black Eyed Peas who dominated 2009 with two songs back to back at number 1 for 26 weeks. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m48GqaOz90 This band which wallowed in relative security since being formed in 1995 broke loose in 2003 and has been on a roll, selling some 80 million records.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “otiose” which means superfluous or useless which describes our bloated federal government to a tee.
5. Youth Over Experience—celebrating the birth on this day in 1939 of Ron Ziegler who at age 29 became the youngest presidential press secretary but unlike others who have succeeded or preceded him he remained in the office from the date of his appointment to the end of the Nixon Presidency.
On this day in:
a. 1949 the Soviet Union ended the Berlin Blockade which had been totally broken by the U.S. Air Force with the Berlin Airlift.
b. 1981 Francis Hubbard, a member of the Provisional IRA, serving a 83 year sentence for killing a British soldier died after a 59 day hunger strike.
c. 2002 former president Jimmy Carter became the first president former or current to visit Cuba in a visit lasting 5 days since the accession to power of Fidel Castro.
d. 2008 ICE raided a meat processing plant owned by Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa by a group of Hasidic Jews, nabbing some 400 illegal aliens who worked there which caused the company to file bankruptcy shortly thereafter but the facility was purchased out of bankruptcy.
e. 2017 the computer ransom ware virus WannaCry was launched and for 4 days spread worldwide impacting some 400,000 computers and causing great damages; although the U.S. and other countries have identified the virus as originating in North Korea no recourse against that rogue nation has occurred.
Reflections on the practice of being a nurse: Nursing is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said he finest of Fine Arts. – Florence Nightingale
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