Saturday, May 30, 2020

May 30, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World MS Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 29, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 158,753 new cases  (a 2.65%  increase compared to a 2.14% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 6,148,851 cases, 3,050,059 2,992,616  of  which  are active, 3,098,312  of which have been closed with 2,727,833 2,632,351 recoveries (88.04% compared to  yesterday’s 87.82) and 370,479    deaths (11.96% compared to yesterday’s 12.18%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 29,881 have brought total cases to 1,815,764 (a 1.67% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.36% increase)  with 1,179,751  active cases and 636,113  closures, 105,536 of which have been deaths (16.59% compared to  yesterday’s 17.17%) and 530,477 of which  have been recoveries (83.39%  compared to yesterday’s 82.83%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 17,992,192; violent protests continue across the nation as rioters ignore the pleas of leaders like Mayor Bottoms of Atlanta who intoned that rioters burning buildings and looting stores are destroying the memory of George Floyd  and destroying the very places that many residents will be looking to find work as the nation reopens; Mayor Frey is hiding in the sand and pointing blame at “white supremacists and out of state agitators” and demonstrating total ineptness while of  the meager arrests of 36, 86% were from Minnesota; AG Barr has weighed in to remind potential rioters that crossing state lines to engage in such conduct is in violation of federal law and they will be arrested and prosecuted by the DOJ; Floyd’s death was tragic and he and his fellow officers will be accountable but not amount of riots, burning and looting will bring him back but for the small businesses with their goods, services and jobs destroyed in the riots may never come back; the official autopsy on Floyd found that Floyd’s death was not caused by strangulation but the cause of death was contributed by being restrained, potential intoxicants in his system, and underlying health conditions which prompted Floyd’s family to engage Doctor Baden of independent autopsy fame of Jeffrey Epstein to perform an independent autopsy; private enterprise for the first time has launched 2 human beings into orbit in Crew Dragon on top of a Falcon 9 for docking with the International Space Station 19 hours later; SCOTUS in a 5-4 majority with Chief Justice Roberts siding with the liberal minority  has ruled against a church seeking emergency relief against Newsom’s order limiting church services to 100 worshipers; Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the CV pandemic in New York is rapidly fading given his ineptness creating thousands of nursing home deaths and his brother’s ratings are sinking faster than a hot rock following his return to the Cack News Network; in Chicago, as of May 29, 2020, 1101 shootings of whom 201 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 76 behind Chicago with 125 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 Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, the fact that you rarely palaver  and a quote from Carmen Ambrosio issues like MS that people learn to cope with, 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 MS Day—created by the International Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in 2009 to create awareness of the disease and the issues faced by people suffering from the disease and to promote the raising of funds to find a cure for it.
2. National Creativity Day--created in 2018 by Hal Croasman and ScreenwriterU to promote creativity regardless of whether you can make a living doing so and perhaps appropriate as we celebrate the creativity that launched Crew Dragon today into orgit for docking with the International Space Station, 19 hours after launch.
3. 1939 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1939 on this day on a run of 4 weeks in the position was “And the Angels Sing” by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra with Martha Titon on the vocals. Here is a recording of the song: The King of Swing dominated the big band airways for decades until the Swing finally stopped and came to and end at the age of 77 on June 13, 1986. Martha Tilton had a long career until the Angels called her to join their choir at the age of 91 on December 8, 2006.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “palaver” which means to talk profusely or idly which is unfortunately a trait far too many politicians are cursed with.
5. Hard to Block a Train--celebrating the birth on this day in 1982 of Eddie Griffin who basketball for Seton Hall and was drafted after his freshman year to play 6 years in the NBA but sadly died while trying to beat a train across a crossing on August 17, 2007 with a blood alcohol limit of .26%
 On this day in:               
 a. 1937 striking steel workers marched on the Republic Steel Plant in Chicago to be met by police who opened fire on the demonstrators, shooting 50, 10 of whom died and clubbed brutally dozens in what would be termed a police riot for which no one was ever prosecuted on the Chicago Police Department.
 b. 1963 in what should have been a wake-up call that backing Catholic Diem as president was a bad idea in a predominantly Buddhist country, the first anti pro-Catholic demonstration was held in front of South Vietnam’s National Assembly..
 c. 1974 to the dismay of Boeing the Airbus 300 entered service.
 d. 1998 Pakistan conducted an underground plutonium bomb with a strength of 20 kilotons in the Kharan Desert of Pakistan.
 e. 2008 the Convention on Cluster Bombs  banning their production, ownership and use was signed to become effective on August 1, 2010, 6 months after 30 nations had signed and although the number of signatories has increased to 108, many nations like the U.S., China, India, Russia, North and South Korea have not.
 Reflections on MS: “I was inspired to write (Life Continues) to tell people dealing with MS or any other illness that if opening your eyes, or getting out of bed, or holding a spoon, or combing your hair is the daunting Mount Everest you climb today, that is okay.” Carmen Ambrosio, Life Continues: Facing the Challenges of MS, Menopause & Midlife with Hope, Courage and Humor
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