Wednesday, May 6, 2020

May 6, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Nurses Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 6, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 123,753 new cases  (a 3.36% increase compared to 2.5% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 3,810,714 cases, 2,259,040  which  are active, 1,551,674 of which have been closed with 1,220,468 recoveries (82.98% compared to  yesterday’s 82.71%) and  255,096 deaths (17.02% compared to yesterday’s 17.29%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 38,167  have brought total cases to  1,256,639 (a 3.13% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.08%)  increase)  with 977,250 active cases and 279,389  closures, 74,121 of which have been deaths (26.53%  compared to  yesterday’s 27.26%) and 205,268  of which  have been recoveries (73.47%  compared to yesterday’s 72.74%), while total testing has increased to  7,962,343, an increase of  427,308 from yesterday; Cuomo has taken his head out of the sand over his nursing home order that condemned 100’s of elderly patients residing there to their deaths to assert the volunteer medical personnel that answered to his call for help will be subject to New York’s rapacious income tax rates; instead of uniting the social fabric seems to be coming apart as in Texas a rouge judge with no power to shut down business has jailed a Texas salon owner who opened her business to be able to feed her family, prompting the Texas AG to vow to pay her fine and demand her release and two Texas representatives to get illegal haircuts in protest as the nation’s worst mayor Di Blasio and his Police Commissioner have ruled no 1st Amendment rights to public protests with a straight face of hypocrisy as Di Blasio is photographed with his wife in a closed public park; Harley Rouda in a close race with Michelle Steel was caught with his hypocrisy pants down after being seen at a Orange County private beach after slamming residents who violated Gruesome Newsom’s closed beach order; in a moment akin to a 4 year old temper tantrum rant Number 2 Blue Hoyer says Blues will return to the Swamp when CV Relief Bill is ready (aka funds for museums, states and cities and a host of pork that has nothing to do with economic recovery or fighting CV); Lying Schiff who has been blocking release of Russian probe documents has received a letter from our head of Intel indicating documents can be released and implying if Schiff won’t he will; in Chicago, as of May 5, 2020, 839 shootings of whom 154 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 55 behind Chicago with 99 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 50 Cent, the fact that if needed you are blessed with a good ostiary and a quote by Erin Pettengill on nursing, 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 No Diet Day—celebrated in the United Kingdom in 1992 to promote acceptance of one’s own body size instead of always going on diets that after weight loss result in most of the weight coming back promoted by those observing the observance by wearing a pale blue ribbon.
2National Nurses Daycelebrated first in the United States in 1954 to recognize the contributions of nurses to our public health and well being, truly angels of the ward and bedside and the thin line between the patient and doctors’ handwriting and those with lacking bedside manners.
3. 2003 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2003 on this day on a run of 9 weeks in the position was “In da Club” by 50 Cent in his first number one song. Here is a recording of the song: This talented rapper started out selling crack cocaine when he was 12 but managed to move on to a successful music career, overcoming some serious run ins with the law.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ostiary” which means a doorman which is much needed requirement for upscale co-ops or apartments in New York City.
5. Hard to Make the Transitiontcelebrating the birth on this day in 1939 of noted child actor Chet Allen who sadly failed to make the transition to adult roles and after several bouts in psychiatric hospitals committed suicide on June 17, 1984 by taking 5 times the prescribed dose for his anti-depressant medications.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1935 in an attempt to help this nation to climb out of the Great Depression, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 7034 to create the Works Progress Administration.
 b. 1945 Mildred Elizabeth Gillars, better known to GIs as Axis Sally, ended her last broadcast for the Nazis; she was uncovered in Berlin on March 15, 1946, was tried for treason and became the first woman to be convicted of treason against the United States in March 1949 and sentenced to 10 to 30 years and was released June 10, 1961.
 c. 1949 EDSAC the first practical electronic digital-stored program computer ran its first operation.
 d. 1994 Queen Elizabeth II and French Prime Minister Francois Mitterrand officiated at the official opening of the Channel Tunnel connecting France and the United Kingdom.
 e. 2010 in a hold on to your hat moment, the DOW fell some 1,000 points in 36 minutes to recover almost all of the loss before the closing bell some 52 minutes later.
Reflections on what it means to be a nurse: “We often think of nursing as giving meds on time, checking an Xray to see if the doctor needs to be called, or taking an admission at 200 a.m. with a smile on our faces. Too often, we forget all the other things that make our job what it truly is caring and having a desire to make a difference.” By Erin Pettengill, noted nurse in a children’s hospital and missionary.
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