Saturday, June 20, 2020

June 20, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Summer Solstice

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 20, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 191,996  new cases  (a 2.21 % increase compared to a 1.82% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 8,894,711 cases, 3,704,140    of  which  are active, 5,190,568 of which have been closed with 4,724,627 recoveries (91.02% compared to  yesterday’s 90.88%) and 465,944   deaths (8.98% compared to yesterday’s 9.12%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases and being hit with the bookends of reopening its economy and massive protests over the death of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks  with new cases of 37,180  have brought total cases to 2,326,251  (a 1.62% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.45% increase)  with 1,238,301  active cases of which 16,540 (16,444 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,087,950 closures, 121,290 of which have been deaths (11.2% compared to  yesterday’s 11.47%) and 966,050  of which  have been recoveries (88.8%  compared to yesterday’s 88.44%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 accounted for some 40% of our deaths  and hopefully the number of cases will not spike given the days of massive protests and riots over George Floyd’s and Rayshard Brooks’ deaths) with 27,874,417 tests; Trump was in rare form at his rally in Tulsa, attacking the anarchists in Seattle, Biden and the wave  of destruction of statues and reiterating his claim to be the “law and order” candidate; in the cop free zone of CHOP in Seattle, police responding to a report of shots fired were hindered in their efforts to reach 2 victims, 1 of whom died at the scene and the other was finally transferred to the hospital with life threatening injuries; the arsonist who torched the Wendy’s in Atlanta following the shooting of Brooks, has been identified as 29 year old Natalie White who now is the subject of an arrest warrant for felony arson; Hidin’ Biden must be getting cocky in the rarefied air of his basement bunker as he has announced members of his transition team; Minnesota’s Governor Walz admitted he was frustrated that the senate had not approved a police reform bill which included defunding of police, granting felons the right to vote and calling for the AG of the state to prosecute police homicide cases; in the feces city, 3 statues that failed the new PC test, Junipero Serra, Francis Scott Key and Ulysses S. Grant were toppled over in Golden Gate Park during demonstrations on Juneteenth (total insanity by idiots trying to erase our heritage); Trump is expected to sign an executive order further limiting guest workers to make such jobs available to Americans; in Chicago (the Blue run poster city of why we need more police not less and certainly not defunded), as of June 19, 2020, 1501 shootings of whom 268 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 117 behind Chicago with 151 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 Sheb Wooley, the fact that you are not suffering from pantophobia, and a quote by Khaled Hosseini on refugees, 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. Summer Solstice—celebrating the celestial beginning of summer and the longest daylight of the year.
2. World Refugee Day—created by the UN on December 4, 2000 to be celebrated on June 20th of each year starting in 2001 to create awareness of the plight of refugees created by persecution, war, economic calamity and civil unrest.
3. 1958 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1958 on this day on a run of 6 weeks was “The Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley. Here is a recording of the song: Wooley was also an actor who was married 5 times and performed until a leukemia diagnosis in 1996 forced him to retire in 1999; his struggle ended at age 82 on September 16, 2003.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pantophobia” which means fear of everything which is not a good phobia to be hobbled with.
5. No Mission Impossible If You Have Talent--celebrating the birth on this day in 1928 of noted cinema and television actor Martin Landau best known for his work on Mission Impossible and his Oscar for his portrayal of Bella Lugosi in the movie Ed Wood. He was still active in the business right up to his death on July 15, 2017 at the age of 89..
On this day in:               
 a. 1787 Oliver Ellsworth moved at the Federal Convention to have the nation called the “United States.”
 b. 1943 tensions in Detroit between blacks and whites increased due to the influx of some 400,000 people to the city many blacks and whites from the South attracted by jobs created by the war effort which exploded in a riot that stared on this day and lasted for 3 days resulting in 6,000 federal troops being ordered into the city to restore peace with a total of 34 people killed, 25 of them black and most at the hands of the white police force and 433 were wounded, 75 percent of them black.
 c. 1975 in a movie that caused many to have second thoughts about swimming in the ocean after the Sun went down Jaws was released to become the largest grossing movie to date, creating a new genre of films, the summer blockbuster.
 d. 1979 ABC reporter Bill Stewart was shot and killed live by a Nicaraguan soldier  under the regime of dictator Anastasio Somoza Dabayle which prompted widespread criticism of the regime which led to his fleeing the  country as the Sandinistas were about to seize the capital along with millions of dollars on July 17, 1979. Denied entry into the United States by President Carter he settled in Paraguay where a Sandinista assassination squad killed him on September 17, 1980 with a RPG that struck his Mercedes.
 e. 2003 Jimmy Wales founded the Wikimedia Foundation in St. Petersburg, Florida.
        Reflections on the refugees:” Refugees are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, with the same hopes and ambitions as us—except that a twist of fate has bound their lives to a global refugee crisis on an unprecedented scale.”
— Khaled Hosseini, noted physician and author of best sellers like The Kite Runner who was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and moved here in 1980.
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