Sunday, May 17, 2020

May 17, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Hypertension Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 17, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 74,267  new cases  (a 1.58%  increase compared to a 1.94% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 4,772,726    cases, 2,613,308  of  which  are active, 2,159,418 of which have been closed with 1,844,176  recoveries (85.44% compared to  yesterday’s 85.26%) and 315,242  deaths (14.6% compared to yesterday’s 14.74%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 14,015   have brought total cases to 1,516,004  (a .93%  increase compared to yesterday’s 1.46% increase)  with 1,084,878  active cases and 431,126  closures, 90,399  of which have been deaths ( 20.97% compared to  yesterday’s 20.96%) and 340,727 of which  have been recoveries (79.034%  compared to yesterday’s 79.04%) while total testing has increased to 12,100,888  a huge increase of 356,009 from yesterday; the coronavirus pandemic has been plagued with suspect data and models that may have had a huge detrimental effect on our response and our economy as Colorado has just reduced its CV death count from 1,150 to 878 as its state health department acknowledged it had include decedents who had the CV but died from other causes; on the battle to open up states, the governor of Washington facing huge backlash rescinded his order requiring restaurants to keep a log of customers and a judge in North Carolina blocked the governor’s rule limiting the size of indoor church services;  De Blasio who couldn’t find a way out of a wet paper bag is pleading for billions in federal aid or the NYC economy won’t come back and has just given us another example of his complete aloofness and ineptness in refusing to fire his heath commissioner who refused masks to NYPD since she couldn’t care “2 rats’ assess about their request (he is the poster child why voters must have the ability to recall inept leaders); the Hypocrisy Queen Pelosi who dawdled and dawdled as the PPP funds were used up and millions more Americans lost their jobs is hectoring the senate to act on her wish list “stimulus”; on the road to opening up, a NASCAR race at Darlington has started with no fans in the stands, first responders as honorary race marshals and a crash on the first lap; in Chicago, as of May 16, 2020, 956 shootings of whom 172 have died but no one yesterday (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 now is 64 behind Chicago with 108 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,  musical links to the John Legend, the fact that you are able to avoid being overracked in your dealings with life and a communiqué by the SLA on Patty Hearst, 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. World Hypertension Day—created by World Hypertension League on May 14, 2005 and celebrated since 2006 on this day promote awareness of the disease that is known as “the silent killer” and to urge those suffering monitor their blood pressure at home and take their blood pressure medicine.
2. World Information Society Daycreated by the UN General Assembly to promote the transfer of information via the internaet and reduce the digital divide throughout the globe.
3. 2014 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2014  on this day on a run of 3 weeks in the position was “All of Me” by John Legend in his first number 1 appearance. Here is a recording of the song: Changing his stage last name to “Legend” probably on point as he is only 1 of 15 performers to have garnered an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and  Tony as the second youngest and only black performer to so achieve.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “overrack” which means to overstrain which describes what many small businesses are suffering during the shutdown and lockdown orders due to the CV plague.
5. Dubious Distinctionrecelebrating the birth on this day in 1983 Chris Henry, a 5 year wide receiver with the Cincinnati Bengals whose career was marked with run ins with the law and suspensions by the NFL and who fell out of a truck driven by his fiancée during an altercation on December 16, 2009 and died on the next day. He is remembered in death as being the first active NFL football player to have his autopsy reveal the presence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy from multiple hits to his head during his football career.
On this day in:               
 a. 1975 following a botched shoplifting at Mel’s Sporting Goods in Los Angeles by members of the Symbionese Liberation Army and Patricia Hearst firing her automatic at the store, police tracked the group to a safe house which the members had already fled to a new hiding place without Patty Heartz, the location of which police received from a tip to surround on the 17th and engage in a massive shootout shown on TV before the dozens of tear gas grenades shot into the house caught on fire and killed the 6 SLA members there.
 b. 1977 to the bane of parents everywhere, Nolan Bushnell opened the first Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant whose arcade games had an insatiable demand for quarters in San Jose, California.
 c. 1983 the DOE declassified documents showing that over time 4.3 million pounds of mercury had been released into the watershed in Oakridge, Tennessee, prompting a court decree that the DOE comply with environmental regulation.
 d. 1990 the General Assembly of the World Health Organization eliminated homosexuality from its list of psychiatric diseases.
 e. 1995 Shawn Nelson stole a M60 tank from an armory in San Diego and went on a driving rampage before becoming immobilized on a concrete medium which enabled police to cut the turret hatch cover with bolt cutters and shoot him to death.
 Reflections on the kidnapping of Patty Hearst: “Subject: prisoner of war; Target: Patricia Campbell Hearst – Daughter of Randolph Hearst, corporate enemy of the people; Warrant Order: Arrest and protective custody; and if resistance, execution; Warrant Issued by: The Court of the People. Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the life of the people.” SLA communiqué announcing kidnapoping of Patty Heartz
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