Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 1, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 103,669 new cases (a 1.67% 1.23% increase compared to a 1.23% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 6,328,165 cases, 3,068,878 of which are active, 3,259,307 of which have been closed with 2,883,363 recoveries (88.47 % compared to yesterday’s 88.18%) and 375,944 deaths (11.53% compared to yesterday’s 11.82%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 17,565 have brought total cases to 1,845,873 (a .96% increase compared to yesterday’s .69% increase) with 1,132,246 active cases of which 16,985 are in serious or critical condition and 713,627 closures, 106,492 of which have been deaths (14.92% compared to yesterday’s 16.43%) and 607,135 of which have been recoveries ( 85.08% compared to yesterday’s 83.57%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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); rioting continued across the country which faces another potential night of fires and looting, the coroner hired by the Floyd family released his autopsy which clearly conflicts with the county’s autopsy and found that death was caused by prolonged asphyxiation caused by the compression on Floyd’s neck and being restrained which may well mean that Officer Chauvin is facing a 1st degree murder charge (something the Floyd family has called for on day one); Terrence Floyd, George’s brother has blasted violent demonstrators for tearing the town while calling for justice; Floyd may not have died in vain as two police were arresting a fleeing looter in Seattle with one with his knee on this neck while bystanders were yelling for him to remove it, prompting his partner who was cuffing the suspect to move the officer’s knee from the suspect’s neck to his back; Trump who will be facing the punch of failure in dealing with the pandemic is expected to be hit with the punch of being responsible for the racial tension as a RINO’s ad was just released accusing him of pouring gasoline on the problem (at his conference call with governors he accused them of being weak in responding to the riots which probably is true but not perceived as helpful in defusing the situation); NYC was hit with massive looting again last night and its inept mayor along with a similar governor are now just considering a curfew; on the pandemic front one can only hope the rioting induced demise of social distancing does not lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the cities hit with riots and looting (who knows, maybe exposure to tear gas and pepper spray which is not good for humans has a worse effect on the virus); Witless Whitmer reading the tea leaves on reaction to her draconian stay and home orders has loosened up restrictions but theaters, gyms and hair salons remain closed while she slammed Trump’s call as disturbing; in a tale of where staffs’ heads are at, 13 Biden staffers contributed to the Minnesota Freedom Fund to bail out protesters (aka rioters as protesters were not being arrested while 2 dozen Trump campaign workers donated to a Go Fund Account to enable a Minneapolis fireman to rebuild his bar destroyed by rioters); in Chicago, as of May 31, 2020, 1172 shootings (49 in one day increase) of whom 219 (13 in one day increase) 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 90 behind Chicago with 129 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 Jimmy Dorsey and Orchestra, the fact that you need not practice palinola in your tasks, and a quote by Bono on the separate role of entertainers and politicians, 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 Milk Day—created by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization to promote the importance of milk and other dairy products in our nutrition as Americans due to the decreased demand for milk due to schools with their lunch programs being closed due to the pandemic.
2. Global Day of Parents—created by the UN to honor the role of parents in rearing their children and the sacrifices they make for the well being of children and efforts to continue the relationship through their lives.
3. 1941 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1941 on this day on a run of 10 weeks in the position was “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy” by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM2wUpzPCL4 with vocals by Helen 0’Connely and Bob Eberly. Although the Big Band Era was fading Dorsey was still performing until his smoking caught up with him and died of throat cancer on July 12, 1957 just as his song “So Rare” was at number two on the charts. Helen O’Connell, the quintessential singer of the Big Band Era of the 40’s died of cancer at the age of 73 on September 9, 1993 and Bob Eberly struggled with lung cancer and had one lung removed in 1980 but managed to continue to sing only to die of a heart attack on November 17, 1981 at 65.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “palinola” which means compulsive repetition of and act until it is perfect which might describe someone whom people would refer to a anal retentive.
5. A Time For Roses--celebrating the birth on this day in 1926 of Norma Jean Mortenson better known to her fans as Marilyn Monroe who was the first nude to appear in Playboy and was the premier sex symbol on the 50’s and 60’s till her death on August 4, 1962 by possible suicide by barbiturates. She made her former husband Joe DiMaggio promise that if she predeceased him he would send flowers to her grave which he did for 20 years sending a half dozen roses to her crypt 3 times a week.
On this day in:
a. 1980 Cable News Network began broadcasting as the first cable network to provide 24 news programming although Trump and his supporters believe CNN now only broadcasts “fake news.”
b. 2004 in an overkill moment, co-conspirator Terry Nichols of Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing infamy was sentenced to 161 consecutive life sentences without possibility of parole, a Guinness Book of Records record.
c. 2008 in a disaster for history of music and film, a fire on the back lot of Universal Studios which destroyed the King Kong Attraction also destroyed a massive archive of master recordings of films and music the full extent of such devastation would not be known untile 2019.
d. 2009 General Motors filed for Chapter XI Bankruptcy.
e. 2011 Space Shuttle Endeavor, last Space Shuttle built to replace the destroyed Columbia, made its last landing and the penultimate flight of the Space Shuttle program ending our ability to put Americans into orbit until May 30, 2020 when a SpaceX Falcon 9 sent a Crew Dragon capsule with 2 Americans aboard into orbit to later dock with the International Space Station.
Reflections on the role of entertainers such elite should take to heart: “I'm a singer, not a politician, and I think you don't want the two to get confused. It's not OK to be on CNN talking about people starving and then tell the interviewer that your new album is coming out in six months.” Bono wiser words were never spoken by others by this lead singer to the band U2.
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