Friday, June 12, 2020

June 12, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day Against Child Labora

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 12, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 135,273      new cases  (a 1.79 % increase compared to a 3.23% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 7,683,049  cases, 3,367,129    of  which  are active, 4,315,920   of which have been closed with 3,889,551  recoveries (90.12% compared to  yesterday’s 90.1%) and 426,369   deaths (9.88% compared to yesterday’s 9.93%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 26,016 37,081 have brought total cases to 2,082,630  (a 1.251% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.81% increase)  with 1,170,947   active cases of which 16,700 (16,792 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and  937,699 closures, 116,631 of which have been deaths (12.44% compared to  yesterday’s 12.49%) and 821,068  of which  have been recoveries (87.56%  compared to yesterday’s 87.51%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 23,792,191 tests; Trayvon Martin’s mother may have puncture the defund the police movement as she came out for more police not less but better trained and with better y Chris Cuomo is a journalistic fraud as he uses charts ending in 2016 to prove his assertion that Trump economy is systematically racist (when will the embarrassment of this idiot turn the light bulbs on at CNN and terminate him?); refreshing to see BLM members turn on the anarchists involved in the seizure of 6 blocks of Seattle on Capitol to declare CHAS (alarming to learn but hardly a surprise that 911 calls to that neighborhood have triple the response time); the mayor of Washington D.C. is being sued for renaming a plaza, “Black Lives Matter Plaza” and having a street opposite the White House painted with a large “Black Lives Matter Sign”; Hidin Biden who can barely form 2 sentences in discussing an issue at least using what little memory he has left to keep his list for VP candidates short but to surprise of many the “it’s a video lying queen” Susan Rice is on the list; the riots have had 2 predictable results—an exponential number of guns being sold many to first time buyers and scores of gun stores being  looted; in Chicago (the poster city of why we need more police not less and certainly not defunded), as of June 11, 2020, 1348 shootings of whom 245 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 100 behind Chicago with 145 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 Leroy Anderson,  the fact that if you need a panegyric, you know where to find one, and a quote by Grace Abbott on child labor and poverty, 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 Day Against Child Labor--—created by the International Labor Organization and first observed in 2002 commemorates the need to eliminate child labor and to promote awareness of the need to improve safety and working conditions where child labor may still be unfortunately utilized. 
2. Loving Day—celebrating the decision of SCOTUS in the case of Loving v. Virginia decided on this day in 1967 which struck down the anti-miscegenation laws that remained in force in 16 states.
3. 1952 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1952 on this day on a run of 59 weeks not continuous in the position was “Blue Tango”  by Leroy Anderson. Here is a recording of the song: Anderson has been called the best composer of light orchestra music and his “Blue Tango” was the first instrumental to sell a million records.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “panegyric” which means an elaborate and poetic compliment, something the Alaskanpoet is very good at.
5. Loneliness Is Deadly--celebrating the birth on this day in 19351 of Brad Delp noted rock singer and songwriter who in his later had a tribute band to the Beatles called Beatle Juice but sadly after leaving 4 envelopes addressed to his 2 children, former wife, fiancée and a couple not disclosed on March 9, 2007 committed suicide in his home by carbon monoxide poisoning with a note pinned to his chest “J'ai une âme solitaire (I have a lonely soul).
 On this day in:               
 a. 1963 Medgar Evers, Secretary of the NAACP was shot down and killed in front of his house by KKK member Byron De La Beckwith who was tried for the murder which resulted in two hung juries but Beckwith was not able to keep his lips sealed and bragged about the shooting over the years and Mississippi reopened the investigation which led to a 3rd trial where he was found guilty in January, 1994, sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole and died after being sent to a hospital from the prison on January 21, 2001.
 b. 1987 at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, President Reagan challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down that wall!”
 c. 1998 Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered in front of her home in Bel-Air. OJ Simpson would be tried for their murder in the “Trial of the Century” and true to Johnny Cochrane’s pronouncement “if the glove doesn’t fit you have to acquit,” OJ was acquitted.
 d. 2017 Otto Warmbier returned home from North Korea in a coma after spending 17 months in a prison.
 e. 2018 President Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong-un met for the first time in Singapore which sadly did not produce the desired result of North Korea ending its nuclear weapons program.
        Reflections on child labor: “Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.” Grace Abbott, noted social worker in the 19th and early 20th Century who was a moving force in legislation limiting child labor.
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