Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 29, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 87,534 179,418 new cases (a .85% increase compared to a 1.78% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 10,332,209 cases, 4,216,903 of which are active, 6,115,306 of which have been closed with 5,609,215 recoveries (91.72% compared to yesterday’s 91.67%) and 506,091 deaths (8.28% compared to yesterday’s 8.33%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases and being hit with the of reopening its economy, massive protests over the death of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks and a massive Trump rally in Tulsa creating concern of a spike in new cases with new cases of 43,465 have brought total cases to 2,653,539 (a .62% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.68% increase) with 1,425,674 active cases of which 15,791 (15,825 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,227,865 closures, 128,568 of which have been deaths (10.47% compared to yesterday’s 10.51%) and 1,099,297 of which have been recoveries (89.53% compared to yesterday’s 89.49%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 over 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 32,761,549 tests; the rise in violent crime in our cities is going up while the cries to defund or reduce police budgets is going up across the land with America’s most incompetent mayor De Blasio leading the charge with a proposed $1 billion cut in the NYPD’s budget (watch the number of experienced police leave their respective forces soar and the number of police academy recruits plummet); Los Angeles is proposing to reduce its LAPD budget by almost $150 million by eliminating its Special Victims Unit (rape, child abuse and molestation, trafficking) and Safe Streets Enforcement (gang enforcement); the assault on our treasured 1st Amendment continues not by government but by social media as Amazon’s Twitch has “temporarily” banned Trump for his “hate” speech (given the near monopoly power Amazon has, Bezos seems to be skating on ice that is getting thinner and thinner); the Washington Post, now a skeleton of objective reporting replaced by anti-Trump advocacy is being ridiculed for its erroneous fact checking of Trump’s claim that crime is highest in the top 20 cities run by Blue which is confirmed by FBI violent crime statistics on a per capital basis; Chief Justice Roberts continues on his transformation into an Earl Warren as he joins the 4 liberal justices to strike down Louisiana’s law limiting abortion as Clarence Thomas in his dissent slams Roe v. Wade as having no Constitutional basis; Jenny Durkan’s “Summer of Love” in CHOP remains a deadly summer as 2 young blacks were shot and taken by private car to the hospital where 1 died and the other is in critical condition and police arriving at a crime scene that has been compromised; in Chicago as of June 28, 2020, there were 1699 shootings of whom 305 have died (so much for the defund the police movement and for the effectiveness of Chicago’s stay at home order and a complete abdication of Mayor Lightfoot other than swearing at people outraged over the killings); 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 142 behind Chicago with 163 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 shootings by police or 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 the Young Rascals, the fact that mostly avoid paralogise, and a quote by Abhibjit Naskar on smart phones on PTSD, 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 Scelerodermo Awareness Day—observed since 2010 to create awareness of this rare autoimmune system disease that affects some 300,000 Americans most of whom are women and to raise money to find a cure.
2. National Camera Day—not sure who or when this observance was created only to suggest an invention so important to the preservation of history and recording of events deserves a special day; to celebrate if you do not own a camera, take a picture with your smart phone and email it to someone.
3. 1967 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1967 on this day on a run of 2 weeks was “Groovin’” by the Young Rascals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=falI0baGhBQ
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “paralogise” which means to reason falsely which describes Hidin’ Biden thought process to a tee.
5. I Will Play the Fourth--celebrating the birth on this day in 1919 of noted actor and rodeo star Louis Burton Lindley, Jr., better known to his fans as Slim Pickens, best known for his roles in Blazing Saddles and in Dr. Strangelove, for the role he replaced Peter Sellers in due to Sellers’ ankle injury--Captain T.J. “King” Kong, the pilot of the B-52 from which he jumped to the Soviet Union straddling a nuclear weapon. He ran out of rodeo rope on on December 9, 1983 dying after surgery for removal of a brain tumor.
On this day in:
a. 1956 President Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 creating the Interstate Highway System and model to our divided Congress if they could ever come together on an infrastructure improvement program.
b. 1972 SCOTUS ruled in the case of Furman v. Georgia that inconsistent and arbitrary application of the death penalty is in violation of the 8th and 14th Amendments of the U. S. Constitution.
c. 1987 Vincent Van Gogh’s painting Le Pont de Trinquetaille was sold at an auction for $20 trillion.
d. 2006 SCOTUS in the case of Hamden v. Rumsfeld ruled that trying the Guantanamo detainees before military tribunals was in violation of U.S. and international law.
e. 2007 Apple released its first smart phone 1987 and its race to become the first public company with a $1 trillion market cap was on, a goal it reached on August 2, 2018.
Reflections on smart phones which no one can bear to be without for any length of time: “Phones are neither good nor bad, they are just lifeless machines that were invented to serve humankind, yet humankind, with their everlasting stupidity have turned this communication marvel into psychological suicide.”
― Abhijit Naskar, The Gospel of Technology'
― Abhijit Naskar, The Gospel of Technology'
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