Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 8, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues nearing the 4,000,000 mark in cases with 116,608 new cases (a 3% increase compared to a 1.85% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 3,997,920 cases, 2,347,270 of which are active, 1,650,650 of which have been closed with 1,375,527 recoveries ( 83.33% compared to yesterday’s 83.19%) and 275,123 deaths (16.67% compared to yesterday’s 16.81%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases`and the president’s valet testing positive with new cases of 38,291 have brought total cases to 1,315,897 (a 4.89% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.67% increase) with 1,015,879 active cases and 300,019 closures, 78,299 of which have been deaths (26.08% compared to yesterday’s 26.2%) and 221,720 of which have been recoveries (73.9% compared to yesterday’s 73.8%), while total testing has increased to 8,564,177, an increase of 432,641 from yesterday; on the bogus Russian collusion front released transcripts from interviews with former Obama official Evelyn Farkas show a severe case of Schiffitis as she touted that she knew that there was evidence of Trump collusion only to admit to House investigators that that was not the case; House Intel Committee reveal that touts to MSNBC and CNN to the contrary top Obama officials had no empirical evidence of Trump collusion with Russia; McCabe has admitted that the FBI was unable to prove the accuracy of the Steele Dossier that was the cornerstone of the FISA warrants obtained time and time again to spy on Carter Page; in a rebuke to Nadler, SCOTUS has blocked the release of grand jury transcripts on the Mueller probe; Nate Silver has attacked the MSM for its reporting on the increase in CV cases but not disclosing the increase may be due in large part to increased testing (since Trump’s re-election hopes will rise or fall based on public perception of his handling of the virus be alert to MSM’s attempts to cook the narrative to damage his re-election chances; in a hint to Michelle Obama that she should stick to her garden, critics have largely panned her “Becoming” release on Netflix; Harris and Sanders are now proposing a $2,000 a month payment retroactive to March for all residents, including to no one’s surprise illegal aliens, earning less than $120,000 a year until the pandemic ends and for three months later (kiss this nation’s fiscal future goodbye for good and get ready to buy wheelbarrows to carry the inflation devastate currency to pay bills); in potential good news for dairy farmers, some studies are indicating Vitamin D consumption lowers morbidity rates for CV patients; with 33,5 million Americans now jobless and seeking unemployment which continues to be a great struggle, protests are spreading especially in states with stay at home orders with no termination dates; Lori Loughlin and her husband lost their bid to have the charges dismissed by alleging prosecutorial misconduct; in Chicago, as of May 7, 2020, 855 shootings of whom 160 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 57 behind Chicago with 103 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 Lil Wayne featuring Static Major, the fact that you are not guilty of osmidrosis since gyms are closed down and a quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower on V-E Day, 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. Victory in Europe Day—celebrating the unconditional surrender by German forces to the Allies bringing an end to WWII in Europe which caused the death of millions of soldiers and civilians.
2. World Red Cross and Red Crescent Password Day—celebrating the creation of the Red Cross and Red Cross and the noble work they do during military conflicts and natural disasters.
3. 2005 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2005 on this day on a run of 1 week in the position “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne featuring Static Major. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IH8tNQAzSs This 5’7” rapper dynamo has sold over 120 million records but has had a recent past of dealing with epileptic seizures.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “osmidrosis” which means the emission of foul smelling sweat which is the collateral damage of a good workout.
5. Managing a Campaign Not Like Running a City—celebrating or bemoaning the birth on this day in 1961 of Bill de Blasio, failed Blue presidential candidate and Mayor of New York where his actions validate the Peter Principle and who has been castigated by the NYPD and ridiculed by others for his handling of the CV pandemic.
On this day in:
a. 1902 Mount Pelee on Martinique erupted, killing some 30,000 people.Quotes
b. 1945 thousands of sailors in Halifax given shore leave to celebrate the end of World War II in Halifax with nowhere to eat or drink or see a movie rioted and resulting in 3 men dead (2 from alcohol poisoning, and 1e a possible murder), 363 arrested, 654 businesses damaged and 207 establishments looted to some degree with some 65,000 quarts of liquor, 8,000 cases of beer and 1,500 cases of wine had been "liberated."
c. 1972 in a what took us so long moment, President Nixon announced his order to start placing naval mines in the harbors of North Vietnam to halt the flow of weapons being sent to that country.
d. 1980 the World Health Organization confirmed the eradication of small pox.
e. 2019 19 year old British patient Isabelle Holdaway after undergoing a lung transplant became the first patient to be treated with genetically modified phages to combat a drug resistant infection and better yet she survived.
Reflections on the triumph of V-E Day: "Humility must be the measure of a man whose success was bought with the blood of his subordinates, and paid for with the lives of his friends." Dwight D. Eisenhower
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