Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 21, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 101,168 new cases (a 1.14 % increase compared to a 2.21% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 8,995,879 cases, 3,742,826 of which are active, 5,253,053 of which have been closed with 4,784,532 recoveries (91.08% compared to yesterday’s 91.02%) and 468,251 deaths (8.91% compared to yesterday’s 8.98%); 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 19,120 have brought total cases to 2,345,371 (a .82% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.62% increase) with 1,248,192 active cases of which 16,506 (16,540 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,097,179 closures, 122,130 of which have been deaths (11.13% compared to yesterday’s 11.2%) and 975,049 of which have been recoveries (88.87% compared to yesterday’s 88.8%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 28,311,038 tests; Trump’s rally in Tulsa had a goodly number of empty seats in the upper tiers which caused the MSM to gleefully pounce while leftists like AOC were doing victory laps claiming on line sabotage (more likely attendance was impacted by fears of protests and hysteria over being infected but Hidin’ Biden in his basement bunker probably could not get a crowd of more than a thousand if his life depended on it); AG Barr has weighed in on the progress of the Durham investigation of the Russian collusion probe indicating there could be significant developments this summer, stated he doubts there is systematic racism in the justice system, warned that elimination of qualified immunity would severely damage the ability of police to recruit and expressed concern of censorship efforts of social media companies; Lying Schiff has indicated that Bolton may testify before Congress and that a Mulligan for impeachment proceedings is not out of the question (wonder how Lying Schiff will respond to Bolton’s charge of impeachment malpractice on Schiff’s and Nadler’s part; the town of Florence, Oregon scene of the ridiculed attempt to dispose of a dead sperm whale carcass on its beach by blowing it up 50 years ago has renamed the beach “Exploding Whale Memorial Park;” in Chicago (the Blue run poster city of why we need more police not less and certainly not defunded), as of June 20, 2020, 1527 shootings of whom 272 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 120 behind Chicago with 152 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 Johnny Horton, the fact that you are not a pantopragmatic in your dealings with people, and a quote by Aanil Palkhivala on yoga, 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 of Yoga—created by the General Assembly in 2014 and first celebrated on this day in 2015 to promote the practice of yoga and a means of physical, mental and spiritual exercise.
2. Go Skateboarding Day—created by the International Association of Skateboarding Companies in 2002 to promote skateboarding.
3. 1959 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1959 on this day on a run of 6 weeks was “The Battle of New Orleans” by Johnny Horton. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CnPv_1SV Horton, whose record “North to Alaska” is one of the Alaskanpoet’s favorites had the misfortune of having a truck driven by a DUI hit his car head on ending a career that was taking off on November 5, 1960.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pantopragmatic” which means meddling in everyone’s business a trait that describes too many Blue officials in the Swamp.
5. Always a Fox--celebrating the birth on this day in 1966 of Gretchen Carlson who disproved the myth that attractive and talented women do not graduate from Stanford by winning the Miss America Title in 1989 and went on to a successful career in television at CBS and Fox New until running afoul of Roger Ailes’ reptilian brain proclivities resulting in her suing him and the network and settling for $20 million.
On this day in:
a. 1977 Penn Central filed for bankruptcy under Section 77 of the Bankruptcy Act in the largest bankruptcy filing to date.
b. 1973 SCOTUS in the case of Miller v. California delineated the tests to determine what was to be obscene and not protected by the 1st Amendment.
c. 1982 John Hinckley, Jr. was found not guilty of the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan by virtue of insanity. After serving a long sentence institutionalized for psychiatric care, he was released on September 10, 2016 to the care of his mother, subject to many restrictions on his activities and travels.
d. 1989 SCOTUS ruled in the case of Texas v. Johnson that burning the America n flag was a form of expression protected by the 1st Amendment, a fact that Trump must have forgotten when he called for a 1 year prison sentence for anyone burning the flag.
e. 2001 a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia indicted 13 Saudis and 1 Lebanese for a 1966 truck bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 Americans; Saudis refused extradition and indicated they would be tried in Saudi courts but record of the trials taking place or the disposition of their cases (flies in the face of what to expect from an “ally.”
Reflections on yoga: ”True yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the person you are becoming. Yoga is designed for a vast and profound purpose, and for it to be truly called yoga, its essence must be embodied.” Aadil Palkhivala, noted Certified Yoga Therapist and co-found of the Puma Yoga College.
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