Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 2, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 77,516 new cases (a 1.22% increase compared to a 1.23% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 6,405,681 cases, 3,094,078 of which are active, 3,311,603 of which have been closed with 2,933,422 recoveries (88.58% compared to yesterday’s 88.47%) and 378,181 deaths (11.42% compared to yesterday’s 11.53%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 15,601 have brought total cases to 1,845,873 (a .85% increase compared to yesterday’s .96% increase) with 1,138,830 active cases of which 16,940 (16,985 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 722,644 closures, 106,990 of which have been deaths (14.81% compared to yesterday’s 14.92%) and 615,654 of which have been recoveries (85.19% compared to yesterday’s 85.08%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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) with 18,162,929 tests; the peaceful protest over Floyd’s murder is now but a distant memory with rioters are engaging in looting on a massive scale, attacking police not with just rocks, bottles and bricks but in St. Louis shooting 4 officers, in Las Vegas shooting 1 and in Buffalo ramming into police with a SUV; Cuomo may be inept beyond belief when it comes to his handling of the CV pandemic and the Floyd riots but is Johnny on the spot when it comes to pointing a finger of blame at someone other than himself as he castigates the NYPD and de Blasio for their handling of the NYC Floyd riots; with police and national guard clearly unable to protect some neighborhoods, residents are being forced to take matters in their own hands to arm themselves with bats and weapons and in a déjà vu of Korean shopkeepers in the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles shoot looters, in South Philadelphia a group of armed looters tried to break into the Firing line, one of the city’s oldest gun stores and one was killed and another wounded by the owner spending the night to protect it; the economy already ravaged by the pandemic and just in the process of taking tentative baby steps to reopen across the country is now being hammered by the national riots and destruction of businesses by fire and by looting (do not be surprised to see new jobless claims which had been dropping to rise again and sadly with a loss of social distancing during the riots an increase in CV cases); in Chicago, as of June 1, 2020, 1184 shootings (11 in one day increase) of whom 222 (only 3 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 93 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, like yesterday a musical link to Jimmy Dorsey and Orchestra, the fact that you are blessed with a Palladian mind, and a quote Bridgette Gabriel on the Palestinian Liberation Organization 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. American Indian Citizenship Day—commemorating the day when all American Indians born here were granted citizenship not just those women who had married American citizens or those who had fought for the country in World War I.
2. International Sex Workers Day—commemorating the day in 1975 when more than 100 sex workers in Lyon, France occupied the Eglise Saint-Nizier to protest their inhumane working conditions.
3. 1942 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1942 on this day on a run of 10 weeks in the position was “Tangerine” by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdistoUW4CQ with vocals by Dorsey’s favorite duo Helen O'Connell and Bob Eberly.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “palladian” which means of, like or pertaining to knowledge, wisdom or learning, traits which most of our leaders never have been blessed with or have forgotten in their long terms of office away from the private sector.
5. Rally Around the Flag--celebrating the birth on this day in 1951 of Gilbert Baker, noted LBGT advocate who designed the Rainbow Flag which has become the symbol of the LBGTQ Movement which flag was lowered to half mast when he passed on March 31, 2017.
On this day in:
a. 1953 Queen Elizabeth II, in the first case of a televised international event, was crowned as the Queen of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and her other Territories and Realms and the Head of the Commonwealth.
b. 1964 to the joy of Palestinians and the bane of the Israelis the Palestinian Liberation Organization was founded.
c. 1966 on the march by the U.S. to put a man on the Moon, Surveyor I became the first U.S. spacecraft to soft land outside the Earth.
d. 1967 Louis Monge, a mass murderer, had the dubious distinction of being the last person executed in the United States before Furman v. Georgia decided on June 22, 1972 resulted in a national stay of executions which ended almost 10 years of Monge’s death with the execution of Gary Gilmore on January 17, 1977 by the firing squad by the State of Utah.
e. 2012 former Egyptian President Hosani Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of protesters to his rule but only spent 3 years in confinement due to appeals and ultimate reversal of his conviction and release on March 24, 2017 to die this year on February 25, 2020.
Reflections on the PLO: ““The PLO was founded three years before the Israelis ever occupied Gaza and the West Bank, and that the PLO wanted Israel wiped off the map. But in a ninety-second story, who has time to remind viewers that when the PLO was founded, Gaza was illegally occupied by Egypt, and the West Bank by Jordan, but Yasser Arafat did not mind those occupations? Where were the voices of the Palestinians then for their independent state?”― Brigitte Gabriel, Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America.
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