Thursday, May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Hamburger Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 28, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 124,177 123,232  new cases  (a 2.16%  increase compared to a 2.19% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 5,864,505  cases, 2,936,020  of  which  are active, 2,928,485   of which have been closed with 2,568,160  recoveries (87.7% compared to  yesterday’s 87.44%) and 360,325     deaths (12.3% compared to yesterday’s 12.56%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 26,598 have brought total cases to 1,761,921 (a 1.53% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.58% increase)  with 1,163,155  active cases and 598,766  closures, 103,117  of which have been deaths (17.22% compared to  yesterday’s 17.38%) and 495,649 of which  have been recoveries (82.78%  compared to yesterday’s 82.62%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 16,231,514; Nevada Blue Senator Cortez-Masto who does not want to be tagged with being a running mate of someone looking more and more like a mental corpse has withdrawn her name from any consideration of being on the Biden ticket; protests in Minneapolis yesterday turned into a mini-riot as evidence surfaces that Derek Chauvin a police officer with 19 years on the force shown with his knee on a subdued and handcuffed Floyd’s neck that led to his death has a record of 10 conduct complaints and 3 shootings for which he has never been reprimanded and Tou Thao with 10 years on the force and  the other police officer shown on the video has had 2 complaints and a police brutality law suit which was settled (to defuse this situation the D.A. needs to pedal to the metal and determine whether facts merit arresting Chauvin and the other 3 officers before riots get out of hand); the chaos in Minneapolis is likely to get worse as complaints are pouring in over the death of Floyd as Colin Kaepernick weighs in by pronouncing “that when civility leads to death, revolting is the only answer”); Trump who has long castigated social media for bias against conservatives and censoring has just signed an executive order seeking to remove the liability protection against social media under Section 230 of the Communications Decency and an end to censorship (social media platforms have become like utilities and unless someone advocates violence and crime tweets and postings should not be banned); Twitter is in hot water for its “fact checking” of Trump’s tweets when its fact checker Yoel Roth has a history of rabid bias against him and his supporters who he claims are “actual Nazis’; Pompeo  after the attempt by the Chinese to stifle dissent in Hong Kong has stated that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China and put an end to waivers in 60 days of sanctions against countries continuing to work with Iran’s nuclear program; Julian  Castro, a failed Blue presidential candidate, has announced the formation of a progressive PAC but still has refused to endorse Hidin’ Biden;  in Chicago, as of May 27, 2020, 1071 shootings of whom 193 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 73 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 Billie Holiday with the Teddy Wilson  Orchestra, the fact that during the pandemic you will not be sitting on a pais and a quote from Julia Child on hamburgers, 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. International Hamburger Day—celebrating that great American meal, the hamburger which some people believe was created by Louis Lassen at Louis Lunch at New Haven. Connecticut on July 28, 1900 but its popularity soared during the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. Easiest way to celebrate is to go to one of the many restaurants that serve them and given the CV pandemic shutdowns find one that offers take out.
2. Amnesty International Day—created Peter Benenson on this day in 1961 to promote the freeing of political prisoners and the ending of the death penalty.
3. 1937 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1937 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “Carelessly” by Billie Holiday with the Teddy Wilson Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: “Ladie Day” was a very popular jazz singer who battled drug and alcohol problems and died of complications from cirrhosis and died on July 17, 1959 at age 44 with $.70 in the bank. Teddy was one of the few black musicians to play with white and his Orchestra was formed for a short period of time in the 30’s. He died on July 31, 1986 at the age of 73.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pais” which means a panel from which a jury is chosen and while the pandemic is upon us is not being used because of the need for social distancing.
5. Seized Way Too Soon--celebrating the birth on this day in 1999 of noted up and coming young actor Cameroon Bryce who died as his acting career was taking off from an epileptic seizure in his sleep on July 6, 2019 at the age of 20.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1892 John Muir founded the Sierra Club in San Francisco.
 b. 1937 Volkswagen was established in Germany.
 c. 1996 President Bill Clinton’s former business partners Jim and Susan McDougal and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker were convicted of fraud in the Whitewater Scandal.
 d. 1999 after 20 years of restoration work, Leonardo’s masterpiece The Last Supper  was put back on public display.
 e. 2002 the last steel girder from the World Trade Center was removed from its site, marking the end of cleanup activities at the destroyed World Trade Center which collapsed on September 11, 2011.
 Reflections on the hamburger on the day we celebrate it: “It is the Americans who have managed to crown minced beef as hamburger, and to send it round the world so that even the fussy French have taken to le boeuf hache, le hambourgaire.” Julia Child, noted cooking teacher, author and television personality.
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