Sunday, May 31, 2020

May 31, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World No Tobacco Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 31, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 75,665 new cases  (a 1.23%  increase compared to a 2.65% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 6,224,516 cases, 3,073,654   of  which  are active, 3,150,862 of which have been closed with 2,778,361  recoveries (88.18 % compared to  yesterday’s 88.04%) and 372,501   deaths (11.82% compared to yesterday’s 11.96%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 12,544 have brought total cases to 1,828,308  (a .69% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.67% increase)  with 1,183,803   active cases and 644,505 closures, 105,918 of which have been deaths (16.43% compared to  yesterday’s 16.59%) and 530,477 of which  have been recoveries ( 83.57%  compared to yesterday’s 83.39%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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); the Crew Dragon capsule has been renamed Endeavor by its two astronauts in honor of the fact their first flight into space was on Space Shuttle Endeavor as Endeavor has successfully docked to the International Space Station; peaceful in orbit but the nation below is in riots and flames across it with 5,000 National Guard deployed, large numbers of cities in curfew, widespread looting and fires, total disregard of curfews imposed by Blue city run mayors, shootings and killings, 60 Secret Service officers injured while protecting the White House and to be expected on both sides massive blame finger pointing (Mayor Bottoms perhaps said it best that looting and rioting is destroying the memory of George Floyd); Trump has moved to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization; De Blasio is clearly inept with now no supporters on left or right as he defended NYPD officers for driving through a protesters’ barrier igniting social media trends to have him resign; the Minnesota Freedom Fund a group which seeks contributions to bail out people who have been arrested but cannot post bail had raised less than %$75,000 before George Floyd’s death has raised $20 million in 4 days following his death, and included in that group of donors, 13 staffers of Biden’s campaign (Biden opposes cash bail calling it debtors’ prison and has now blamed Charlemagne Tha God for baiting him which prompted his “you ain’t black” remark ( if he was baited  his handlers should be shuddering over what Trump will do to him in the debates if they cannot somehow prevent them from occurring); the it’s a video lying queen Susan Rice is back in the news claiming Russians are behind the violent protests over the death of George Floyd while still hanging on to her delusions that the Russians were conspiring with Trump to win the election; Jack Dorsey the CEO of Twitter believes in “Twitter fact checks thee but as CEO and founder of Twitter not me” as he retweets a blatantly false tweet from the Mayor of St. Paul claiming all of the agitators were from out of state when in fact 38 of the 45 people arrested lived in Minnesota; Trey Gowdy and the family lawyer for George Floyd’s family see eye to eye with both claiming Officer Chauvin should be charged with 1st degree murder; in Chicago, as of May 30, 2020, 1123 shootings of whom 206 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 79 behind Chicago with 127 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 Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, the fact that the weather allows you to store your palatot  and a quote from Tom Steyer not on politics but smoking, 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 No Tobacco Day—created by the World Health Organization in 1987 to promote awareness of the adverse health effects of the use of tobacco including second hand smoke which leads to 8 million painful ways to die and sadly includes 1.2 million nonsmokers exposed to this filthy and disgusting habit.
2. National Necrotizing Fasciitis Day—first declared by Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan to promote awareness of this bacterial caused disease that eats flesh, muscle and organs and if not treated quickly can lead to loss of life.
3. 1940 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1940 on this day on a run of 7 weeks in the position was “The Woodpecker Song” by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: Sadly, for music lovers this member of the Army Air Force Band on December 15, 1944 disappeared at the age of 40 over the English Channel in foul weather en route to France to entertain the troops.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “palatot” which means a loose overcoat which with our warmer weather can be stored in the closet until the late fall.
5. Bang the Drums Quickly--celebrating the birth on this day in 1948 of John Bonham a self taught drummer starting at age 5 who became the drummer for Led Zepplin and with due regards to Ringo Starr was ranked by Rolling Stone as the number one drummer of all time but battled successfully heroin addiction only to consume 40 shots of vodka in 24 hours during and after a rehearsal before starting a North American tour and die in his sleep from asphyxiating on his own vomit on September 25, 1980.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1889 a private dam acquired by the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club to create a private lake, Lake Cavanaugh, experienced a catastrophic collapse, sending a 60 foot high wall of water into Johnstown, Pennsylvania, killing some 2,200 people.
 b. 1977 to the joy of an oil hungry, foreign oil import dependent U.S. the Trans Alaska Pipeline was completed.
 c. 2005 Vanity Fair revealed that FBI agent Mark Felt was the “Deep Throat” in the Watergate Scandal that forced Nixon to resign rather than be impeached and then convicted.
 d. 2017 President Trump tweeted “Despite the constant negative press covfefe” and then stopped with the use of the word “covfefe” going viral and even though deleted 6 hours later became an internet meme.
 e. 2019 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, 40 year old DeWayne Craddock, a disgruntled city engineer who had tendered his resignation hours earlier, entered the city’s Municipal Building Complex armed with legally purchased weapons and shot and killed 11 city employees and one outside contractor and wounding 4 others before being shot and killed by police in a shootout on the premises.
 Reflections on smoking on World No Tobacco Day: “My mother, Marnie Fahr Steyer, was a lifelong smoker - up to three packs of unfiltered cigarettes a day. I like to think that, if Mom were still with us today, she'd be happy with the strides we've made to protect our children from the ongoing health crisis of tobacco addiction.” — Tom Steyer, venture capitalist and failed Blue presidential candidate, who like Bloomberg, tried to buy his way into the nomination.
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