Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 24, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 77,909 new cases (a 1.45% increase compared to a 2.37% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 5,464,588 cases, 2,831,638 of which are active, 2,632,950 of which have been closed with 2,287,414 recoveries (86.88% compared to yesterday’s 86.68%) and 345,536 deaths (13.12% compared to yesterday’s 13.32%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 12,938 30,893 have brought total cases to 1,676,460 1,683,522 (a .78% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.89% increase) with 1,126,271 active cases and 550,189 closures, 99,013 of which have been deaths (18% compared to yesterday’s 18.14%) and 451,176 of which have been recoveries (82% compared to yesterday’s 81.87%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing homes to infect the residents and staff who then die) while total testing has increased to 14,720,239; The New York Times needs to change its logo from “All the News Fit to Print” to “All the Fake News Fit to Scorn” as it publishes an editorial on this Memorial Day Weekend that alleges the U.S. Military supports “White Supremacy; on the CV front Cuomo is doing what the left does best and always blame Trump for the 4,300 deaths in nursing homes due to his misguided inane order transferring positive CV patients from hospitals to nursing homes to make room for CV patients while our hospital ship and the hospital beds created at the Javits Center remained almost empty; from the time the CV appeared on our shores the alarms have been raised that people over 65 are vulnerable and as our deaths approach 100,000 the sobering fact for which many of our governors should share responsibility is that about a third of all deaths have occurred in nursing homes including the 100 year old widow of John Glenn and the 88 year old former head of the FDA and Stanford University; Biden is taking increasing flack over his “you ain’t black enough if you vote for Trump from influential blacks outraged that Biden is in essence telling them who they must vote for; Bozo O’Dork with a net worth of 10-15 million dollars and obviously not impacted by stay at home orders, mocked Texas Governor Abbot’s description of his planned reopening of Texas as “Safe, Smart and Strong” by calling it “Dangerous, Dumb and Weak” (when will this rich idiot masquerading as a man of the common people fade away into obscurity on the political scene?); we know that the Greatest Generation of World War II vets are almost gone with their number most likely reduced by being place in nursing homes but a reptilian one an alligator rumored to have been owned by Adolf Hitler has just died in the Moscow Zoo at 84; as we approach Memorial Day, please enjoy this video tribute made by a 17 year old Texas high school student Eddie Fisher on Major Eugene Beresik who died in Vietnam after being downed by North Vietnamese AAA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtUSUOrzsI4; in Chicago, as of May 23, 2020, 1011 shootings of whom 186 have died (so much for the effectiveness of Chicago’s stay at home order as 7 died yesterday); 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 72 behind Chicago with 114 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 Lil Nas X featuring Billie Ray Cyrus, the fact that you own a favorite pair of pabouche and a quote from Beth Anderson about California living and its wines, 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. Aviation Maintenance Technician Day—created by a resolution of the House on April 30, 2008 to honor the contribution of aircraft maintenance technicians to aviation and celebrated on this day since 2009, which day is the anniversary of the birth of Charles Edward Taylor, the mechanic who built the engine for the Wright Brothers plane.
2. National Asparagus Day—celebrating this tasty vegetable that has been a favorite since Greek and Roman times and is first mentioned in print as growing here in 1740 in New Jersey and California in 1850 which still produces about 70% of the asparagus grown in the United States.
3. 2019 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2018 on this day on a run of 19 weeks in the position was “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X featuring Billie Ray Cyrus. Here is a recording of the song whose time as number one at 19 weeks is a Billboard record https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2Ov5jzm3j8 This young multifaceted rapper is the first artist to come out as gay while having a number one song on the charts.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words starting with “o” to those starting with “p” is “pabouche” which means a slipper a pair of which are nice to have with the weather gets colder.
5. Road Rage Kills--celebrating the birth on this day in 1973 of noted Argentine cuarteto singer Rodrigo Bueno whose upbeat music ended on June 24, 2000 when outraged at a car that had blocked his entrance to a toll booth then raced after it intending to get in front of it and stop only to sideswipe it and crash into a divider to be ejected as he was not wearing seat belts and die instantly.
On this day in:
a. 1844 Samuel Morse sent a telegraph “What hath God wrought?” from a committee room in the Capitol to his assistant Alfred Vail in Baltimore to institute commercial telegraph service in the United States.
b. 1958 United Press International was formed in a merger of United Press and International News Service.
c. 1967 foolishly moving toward the 1967 6 Day War with Israel in which it was decisively defeated Egypt announced a blockade of the Red Sea coast of Israel.
d. 1976 to the joy of California vintners in the Judgment of Paris a blind test of chardonnays and red wines ruled a California wine best in all categories which solidified California’s role as a leader of fine wines..
e. 2019 following protest and widespread condemnation of her handling of Brexit, Theresa May resigns as head of the Conservative Party effective June 7, 2019 which led to Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister who fortunately for the UK survived being subsequently infected by the CV.
Reflections on one thing best about California other that weather: “Everything is just better in California - the wine, the food, fruits and vegetables, the comforts of living. Even the instrumentalists are generous and curious. Everything is wonderful.” Beth Anderson, noted composer who sadly in this quote about life in California is right about the wine but wrong totally on the comfort of the comfort of living in what should now be called the Iron Pyrite State.
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