Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 19, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 94,763 new cases (a 1.95% increase compared to a 1.58% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 4,943,001 cases, 2,684,392 of which are active, 2,258,209 of which have been closed with 1.936,611 recoveries (85.76% compared to yesterday’s 85.54%) and 321,998 deaths (14.26% compared to yesterday’s 14.46%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 24,830 have brought total cases to 1,557,770 (a 1.62% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.12% increase) with 1,105,234 active cases and 452,536 closures, 92,478 of which have been deaths (20.44% compared to yesterday’s 20.78%) and 360,058 of which have been recoveries (79.56% compared to yesterday’s 79.22%) while total testing has increased to 12,624,534 an increase of 324,437 from yesterday; Seattle which has a massive homeless problem among Americans had its City Council adopt a resolution demanding its governor create a $100 million relief fund for illegal aliens who will not be getting stimulus checks; Andrew Cuomo is being grilled over his disastrous nursing home policy that has killed thousands of New York’s most vulnerable as his troubles get worse as the death count from nursing homes is still incomplete (right now about 25% of New York’s COVID-19 deaths are in nursing homes primarily due to Cuomo’s policy, finally rescinded on May 10 of requiring nursing homes to accept positive COVID-19 patients); Pelosi in addition to being an ice cream critic has added an M.D. to her CV by claiming Trumps BMI constitutes obese morbidity which is totally false when the politician she should be criticizing is Stacey Abrams whose BMI is off the charts and singles a heart attack is on its way sooner than later (in her perverse mind she is silent because in a Biden 25th and Abrams keeling over in cardiac arrest before an new VP is named she could be president if Blues keep the House); the mayor of Ithaca, New York has warned of economic disaster if Cornell and Ithaca College, which together have 25,000 students, do not reopen in a town with 31,000 residents; Anne Glenn the 100 year old widow of John Glenn has died of COVID-19 in a nursing home in Minnesota; the struggle between ordinary Americans fearful of their economic future and security and mostly Blue Mayors and Governors like Newsom, Murphy, Pritzker and Witless Whitmer rages on with such leaders not wanting to fully open until a vaccine or effective therapeutic drugs are ready; Flynn’s lawyer has filed an emergency writ of mandamus to have the Alice in Wonderland Judge Sullivan to be removed as judge and his order for an amicus brief vacated (astute souls are predicting that Sullivan’s behavior is predicated on the judge’s intention to force Trump to pardon Flynn before the election to his possible detriment by keeping the case open); in Chicago, as of May 18, 2020, 970 shootings of whom 174 have died but in a major miracle none in 2 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 now is 65 behind Chicago with 109 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 Desiigner, the fact that you are blessed with oxyacaesthesia and a quote from Dave Barry on Hepatitis C, 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. Hepatitis Testing Day—created by the DHHS and first celebrated on May 19, 2012 to promote awareness of the need for people at risk for developing Hepatitis B or C to be tested as many of those infected will not have any symptoms of the disease until its later stages; testing is important as Hepatitis C kills over 18,000 people a year in the U.S. but is treatable.
2. Malcolm X Day—celebrating the birth of Malcolm X since 1979 in Berkeley and observed in several other jurisdictions of the country.
3. 2016 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2016 on this day on a run of 2 weeks the position was “Panda” by Desiigner. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5ONTXHS2mM. If they heard the lyrics of this rap song, real life pandas would be heading to the nearest grove of bamboo to cover their ears.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “oxyacaesthesia” which means to have an extreme sharpness of senses which often happens to the other senses when one loses one like sight.
5. The Abuse That Keeps on Giving—celebrating the birth on this day in 1964 of Peter Jackson, an Australian professional rugby player for 12 seasons who had the misfortune of being sexually abused by his coach at age 15, but the experience he kept to his self but used alcohol and drugs to combat the depression until after retirement from playing heroin scored a try and he died alone in a Sydney hotel room of a heroin overdose on November 5, 1997 at the age of 33.
On this day in:
a. 1921 the U.S. Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act limiting immigration into the United States.
b. 1959 in an omen that would portend the Vietnam War, North Vietnam formed Group 552 whose responsibility was to prepare a route ultimately known as “the Ho Chi Minh Trail” to bring military aid in the form of men and supplies to the South which defied the United States’ unrelenting efforts to destroy it and block the flow of men and material.
c. 1962 a birthday salute to President Kennedy at Madison Square Garden occurred with the highlight of Marilyn Monroe’s rendition of “Happy Birthday Mr. President.”
d. 2015 a 28 year old underground pipeline without an automatic shutoff valve ruptured near Refugio State Beach sending 3,400 barrels of oil onto 7 miles of coastline and surrounding ocean and was visible to passengers riding Amtrak’s Surfliner and Coast Starlight.
e. 2018 the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took place at St. George’s Chapel in a ceremony viewed by some 1.9 billion people worldwide.
Reflections on Hepatitis C: “I grew up in the Southwest Bronx. Father an accountant, mother a schoolteacher. Brother was six years older, which explains why I gobbled crystal meth at 12, smoked hashish at 13, and was shooting smack at 17, which explains how I got Hepatitis C, which was the basis of my first book, which was a humor book about dying.” Dave Barry, noted author and former syndicated humor columnist for the Miami Herald.
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