Thursday, June 11, 2020

June 10, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Alcoholics Anonymous Founders Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 10, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 76,090    new cases  (a 1.05 % increase compared to a 1.06% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 7,311,524 cases, 3,299,794    of  which  are active, 4,011,730  of which have been closed with 3,598,758 recoveries (89.71% compared to  yesterday’s 89.69%) and 412,972  deaths (10.29% compared to yesterday’s 10.31%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 25,625 have brought total cases to 2,045,549  (a 1.27% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.92% increase)  with 1,142,539  active cases of which 16,952 (16,907 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and  903,010 closures, 114,148 of which have been deaths (12.64% compared to  yesterday’s 12.76%) and  788,862  of which  have been recoveries (87.36%  compared to yesterday’s 87.24%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 and hopefully the number of cases will not spike given the days of massive protests and riots over George Floyd’s death) with 22,627,387 tests; let in by a leftist City Council member, protesters have seized Seattle’s City Hall and declared the 6 block area around it to be a police free zone (just what the struggling businesses in the area having been hit with weeks of shutdown and followed by riots is an area surrounded by no police); 2 vicarious victims to police conduct and the riots created testified before the House Judiciary Committee, one the brother of George Floyd and the other the sister of the federal officer in Oakland protecting the courthouse who was shot and killed (the brother called for reform and justice and the sister slammed the idea of defunding the police, a cry that most Blue members of the Committee took in one ear and out the other); Witless Whitmer who can only take a stand when it involves inane shutdown orders comes out in favor of defund the copes in spirit; as many police in the U.S. probably because the acts of a very small rotten few feel they have bulls eyes on their backs in addition to not being appreciated, the NYPD police union has announced they will sue anyone attacking police officer (nothing like a threat of a judgment to render someone bankrupt to curb the violence); the left bemoans the militarization of the police while the DOJ reveals attacks by lasers by rioters on police helicopters trying to blind pilots and cause the choppers to crash; UCLA has taken the idea of academic freedom and surrendered it to the demands of Political Correctness by suspending  for three weeks Professor Gordon Klein who has taught accounting at the Anderson School of Management for 39 years because he refused to delay final exams due to the death of George Floyd; at my alma mater the “Winds of Freedom Blow Free” or rather did until a Dean of Students Monica Hicks quoted from Assata Shakur, a  FBI Most Wanted Terrorist explaining to students a university shutdown: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” (a convicted murderer of a police office who escaped from prison while serving a life sentence and now living in Cuba); Wichita State has just joined the ranks of universities bowing to the PC group-think by cancelling Ivanka Trump as a commencement speaker; in Chicago (the poster city of why we need more police not less and certainly not defunded), as of June 8, 2020, 1329 shootings of whom 242 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 but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is now  102 behind Chicago with 140 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 Anton Karas,  the fact that you do not have plans to attend an event that will cause your pandiculation, and a quote by President Roosevelt on Italy’s declaration of war on France, 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. Alcoholics Anonymous Founders Day--—celebrating this day in 1935 when with Bill Wilson’s help Dr. Bob became sober and the two of them founded Alcoholics Anonymous. 
2. Ball Point Pen Day—commemorating this day in 1943 when the  2 Bíró brothers, László and György,  filed a patent application for the ubiquitous writing instrument, the ball point pen.
3. 1950 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1950 on this day on a run of 11 weeks in the position was “The Third Man Theme” by Anton Karas. Here is a recording of the song:. This unknown zither player was discovered by Carol Reed the director of The Third Man while visiting a Vienna wine bar and was so enthralled with the instrument that Reed convinced Anton to come to London to write the sound track for the movie.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pandiculation” which means the act of stretching and yawning which is what a boring lecture often results in.
5. Name Not Good For Your Health--celebrating the birth on this day in 1967 rapper Dwayne Robinson better known to his fans as Big Buff and member of the rap group Fat Boys which unfortunately he was at 450 pounds and died from a heart attack on December 10, 1995 at the age of 28.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1940 in what should have been an omen to Hitler of the folly of having Italy as a military ally, Italy declared war on France in what President Roosevelt call a “stab in the back” and in 2 weeks managed to move several kilometers into France before an armistice was signed coinciding with France’s armistice with Germany.
 b. 1963 the Equal Pay Act of 1963 which aimed to eliminate wage disparity based on sex was signed into law by President Kennedy, which given the complaints today of Blues has not achieved its goals.
 c. 1991 11 year old Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped by Philip Garrido, a convicted sex offender, while walking to a school bus and held captive by him and his wife, giving birth to 2 daughters while in captivity, until August 26, 2009 when she accompanied Garrido and his wife to his parole officer. Garrido and his wife pled guilty and he was sentenced to 450 years to life and she to 36 years to life. Jaycee sued the State of California for the negligence of its parole officers in failing to ascertain the parents of the two children encountered on parole visits and settled for $20 million.
 d. 2002 the first direct electronic communication test between the nervous systems of two individuals was carried out by Kevin Warwick in the UK.
 e. 2009 in a you are never too old to not commit a crime moment, white supremacist James Wenneker Von Brunn opened fire in the U.S. National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and killed one security guard before being wounded. Apprehended, he was ordered undergo competency testing to see if he was fit to stand trial in September 2009 but died in a hospital near his prison on January 6, 2010.
        Reflections on Italy’s Declaration of War against France: “On this tenth day of June, nineteen hundred and forty, the hand that held the dagger has struck it into the back of its neighbor. On this tenth day of June, nineteen hundred and forty, in this University founded by the first great American teacher of democracy, we send forth our prayers and our hopes to those beyond the seas who are maintaining with magnificent valor their battle for freedom. In our American unity, we will pursue two obvious and simultaneous courses; we will extend to the opponents of force the material resources of this nation; and, at the same time, we will harness and speed up the use of those resources in order that we ourselves in the Americas may have equipment and training equal to the task of any emergency and every defense.” President Roosevelt, June 10, 1940
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