Wednesday, May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Gray Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 27, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 123,232  new cases  (a 2.19%  increase compared to a .97% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 5,740,328  cases, 2,916,635   of  which  are active, 2,823,693  of which have been closed with 2,468,975  recoveries (87.44% compared to  yesterday’s 87.28%) and 354,718     deaths (12.56% compared to yesterday’s 12.72%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 27,058 have brought total cases to 1,735,323 (a 1.58% increase compared to yesterday’s .45% increase)  with 1,151,975  active cases and 583,347  closures, 101,359  of which have been deaths (17.38% compared to  yesterday’s 17.69%) and 481,988  of which  have been recoveries (82.62%  compared to yesterday’s 82.31%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 15,677,011; the Orange County Sheriff has announced his department will not enforce Orange County’s mandatory mask wearing requirement; Astronauts Hurley and Behken have climbed aboard the Crew Dragon capsule on top of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket only to have the mission scrubbed and rescheduled for Saturday’s American return to orbit space before rendezvousing the ISIS carried by a commercial American rocket launched from American soil; De Blasio is warning of a multi-billion dollar deficit due to the CV pandemic and pleading for federal aid (big problem is that he is inept and incompetent and NYC is the only part of the state still in massive shutdown mode); Cuomo is finally being blasted for his nursing home death sentences that may have caused upwards of 10,000 deaths after signing legislation to protect nursing homes and hospitals from civil and criminal liability due to CV deaths (wonder how persuasive the $1,000,000 campaign contribution by a hospital association to his 2018 campaign influenced his support for the legislation?); Hidin’ Biden still reeling from his “you ain’t black” comment was quick to praise the mayor of Minneapolis for firing the 4 officers involved in the death of George Floyd but demanded a FBI investigation of their deaths; Anderson Cooper is reeking cack again aping Pelosi’s fat shaming of Trump (such a little man when it comes to “journalism”); Governor Northam of Virginia is so typical of the “do as I say not as I do Blue politicians” after being forced to apologize for going to a beach while not wearing a mask last weekend but signing an executive order effective this Friday to mandate the wearing of masks while in public indoor settings;  in Chicago, as of May 26, 2020, 1064 shootings of whom 192 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 72 behind Chicago with 120 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 Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, the fact that you not a patrone and a quote from Deisaku Gattai on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 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. Sunscreen Protection Day—now that summer has unofficially started and beaches and public outdoor areas formerly closed due to the CV pandemic are now reopening, this is a day to remember to apply sunscreen to protect you from UV radiation that damages the skin and can cause skin cancer and to continue the habit each and every day when outside for any prolonged period of time.
2. National Gray Day—created by Voices Against Brain Cancer and celebrated since 2014 to promote awareness of brain cancer that has claimed such people as John McCain and to raise funds to find a cure for this devastating and deadly disease.
3. 1935 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1935 on this day on a run of 1 week in the position was “You)” by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: Dorsey was known as the “Sentimental Gentleman of Swing” and a hit in the Big Band Era but after a big meal and taking sleeping pills choked during his sleep and died on November 26, 1956.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “padrone” which means an innkeeper a profession that has been hard hit by the pandemic as people are not traveling much these days for recreation and doing more and more business by teleconference.
5. Drugs Intercept Lives--celebrating the birth on this day in 1988 of Tyler Sash who played safety for the Iowa Hawkeyes football team, played for the New York Giants for two seasons, was released on August 31, 2013 and died September 8, 2015 from an overdose of drugs. Like too many football players, an autopsy revealed he was suffering from Stage 2 encephalopathy, a degenerative brain condition caused by too many head traumas.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1937 the Golden State Bridge linking San Francisco to Marin County was opened to pedestrian traffic.
 b. 1941 the German battleship Bismarck was sunk in the Atlantic trying to run to the coast of France by British warships.
 c. 1967 the aircraft carrier the USS John F. Kennedy was launched by Jacqueline Kennedy and her daughter Caroline.
 d. 1984 the Danube-Black Sea Canal started in 1950 with forced labor by enemies of the state from Romanian prison camps was opened to traffic.
 e. 2016 President Barack Obama became the first U.S. President to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and meet with survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bomb attacks.
 Reflections on the atomic bombings of Japan: “Japan learned from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that the tragedy wrought by nuclear weapons must never be repeated and that humanity and nuclear weapons cannot coexist.” Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese Buddhist philosopher, anti nuclear disarmament advocate and honorary president of Soka Gattaii, Japan’s largest new religious movement.
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