Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 20, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 102,466 94,763 new cases (a 2.07% increase compared to a 1.95% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 5,045,467 cases, 2,718,271 of which are active, 2,327,196 of which have been closed with 1,999,734 recoveries (85.93% compared to yesterday’s 85.76%) and 327,462 deaths (14.07% compared to yesterday’s 14.26%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 22,215 24,830 have brought total cases to 1,579,985 (a 1.43% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.62% increase) with 1,120,057 active cases and 459,928 closures, 94,181 of which have been deaths (20.48% compared to yesterday’s 20.44%) and 365,747 of which have been recoveries (79.52% compared to yesterday’s 79.56%) while total testing has increased to 14,101,784 an increase of 1,477,250 increase from yesterday which should be in this partisan environment of TDS will not satisfy the claims by the MSM and Blues that we have no testing strategy; finally the medical profession is speaking out over the adverse health consequences of the shut downs imposed on this nation (Trump has been on the bandwagon over the adverse economic consequences only to be slammed by MSM for putting profits over people and condemning people to die if we reopen before a vaccine has been developed); one thing has remained constant during the pandemic is that the CDC has suffered from shifting revelations about the virus with its latest pronouncement that the virus does not spread easily on surfaces (bad news for the makers of disinfectants); Pelosi is degenerating into childish slinger of taunts claiming Trump and followers have “doggy doo on their shoes” but shows she has a staff member with IQ when she hurls the word “confabulator” at Trump but her bias detracted her from the rightful target, Hidin” Biden; when it comes to investing in the 156 Chinese firms listed on the US public exchanges it is “caveat emptor” in spades as the Senate passed a bipartisan bill to allay that danger that would delist any foreign company that denies access to its books for three years (a first step but why 3 bites at the apple before consequences?); on the COVID-19 front 102 nations have joined the demand for an independent investigation of inception and spread of the virus that led to the pandemic that has severed damaged the global economy (hope that Chinese Communist Party takes its earplugs out and decides to join the community of civilized nations); media fawning over AOC may be coming to an end due to the impact of her leading the effort to kill Amazon’s plan to build a second headquarters in NYC given the massive loss of jobs and tax revenues NYC is now facing; having thrown herself under the bus to protect HRC by appearing on the Sunday talk shows following the attack on Benghazi that killed the our Ambassador and 3 other Americans to spout a bogus claim that the attack was caused by a video, Rice’s CYA e-mail on January 20, 2017 may have been at attempt not to have to do that again and place the onus where it belonged on Comey and Obama; Nadler’s and Schiff’s attempt to get an impeachment Mulligan by getting grand jury transcripts of the Mueller “investigation” have been put on hold by SCOTUS (these two and the Blues are like the Eveready rabbit that keeps on going to get rid of Trump); small businesses trying to reopen unfortunately in many cities like L.A., San Francisco and Seattle, face another daunting just as burdensome as the CV—homeless encampments on sidewalks in front of or next to their businesses; in Chicago, as of May 18, 2020, 970 shootings of whom 174 have died but in a major miracle none in 3 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 still 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 DJ Khaled, the fact that you are blessed with oxyblepsia and if not can wear contacts and a quote from Patti Smith on the danger to bees, 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 Bee Day—created by the UN in 2017 and celebrated on this day which is the anniversary of the birth of Anton Janša, an early pioneer in apiculture, to promote awareness of bees’ vital contribution to our food supply in terms of pollination of crops and production of honey.
2. World Metrology Day—celebrating the anniversary of the first Metrology Convention in 1875 and the importance of metrology to our economy and daily life.
3. 2016 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2016 on this day on a run of 1 week the position was “I’m the One” by DJ Khaled featuring Quavo, Lil’ Wayne, Chance the Rapper and Justin Bieber. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=158plNHX4vw Khaled is doing well as a DJ, songwriter and producer and must be a smart man as he purchased a waterfront home in Miami in 2018 for $25 million dollars and thereby has escaped California’s excessive taxes.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “oxyblepsia” which means to have an extreme eyesight which is great trait for pilots, especially fighter pilots to possess.
5. The Cancer Sleeps Tonight But Not Forever--celebrating the birth on this day in 1944 of Joe Cocker perhaps one of the best rhythm and blues singers to come out of England but a 40 cigarettes a day smoker until he quit in 1991 only to have lung cancer wake up later and kill him on December 22, 2014 at the age of 70.
On this day in:
a. 1862 to the joy of pioneers Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Homestead Act which opened up 84 million acres of public land to settlement.
b. 1940 in a sad day for humanity, the first prisoners arrived at Auschwitz to become part of Hitler’s demented Final Solution.
c. 1983 Luc Montagnier in Science was first to publish the discovery that the HIV virus caused AIDS.
d. 1985 Radio Marti as part of the Voice of America began broadcasting to Castro’s Cuba and is still on the air today.
e. 1996 SCOTUS in the case of Romer v. Evans struck down a Colorado statute that prohibited any, city, town or county in Colorado from taking any legislative, executive or judicial action that would ban discrimination against gay and lesbians.
Reflections on bees: “I've said this over and over, but I'll say it a million more times - I'm concerned more about the death of a bee than I am about terrorism. Because we're losing hives and bees by the millions because of such strong pesticides.” Patti Smith, noted leftist singer songwriter also known as the “punk poet laureate.”
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