Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 23, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 102,748 new cases (a 1.13 % increase compared to a 1.48% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 9,229,425 cases, 3,783,083 of which are active, 5,446,342 of which have been closed with 4,971,184 recoveries (91.28% compared to yesterday’s 91.19%) and 477,158 deaths (8.76% compared to yesterday’s 8.81%); 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 15,477 have brought total cases to 2,390,268 (a .65% increase compared to yesterday’s .82% increase) with 1,264,265 active cases of which 16,510 (16,472 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,126,003 closures, 122,681 of which have been deaths (10.9% compared to yesterday’s 11.07%) and 1,003,322 of which have been recoveries (89.10% compared to yesterday’s 88.93%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 29,552,690 tests; the number of states that do not have a hate crime statue has gone from 4 to 3 as the Georgia Legislature has just passed a hate crime statue and sent it to Governor Kemp for his signature; Rhode Island’s governor has succumbed to the PC and BLM warriors and issued an executive order dropping “Providence Plantations” from all state official documents and correspondence due to complaints the word plantation has horrible connotations of slavery (although Rhode Island was involved in the triangular trade with the Caribbean importing refined sugar from, distilling it to rum and then shipping rum back to Africa to buy more slaves to be sold to the Caribbean, it was a “free state” and passed legislation in 1784 to gradually emancipate its population of slaves); on the remove the statues front, police removed protesters trying to topple a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square and removed “Black Lives Matter graffiti near the White House as South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem warned in no uncertain terms that the statues at Mt. Rushmore will not be targeted (tearing down or defacing statues is not going to advance the goals of equality of justice of the BLM but it will create a firestorm of backlash); After Trump ripped the MSM for his slow walk down a steep ramp at West Point, Mike Pence got hit with doddering optics slipping and falling climbing the ramp to board Air Force 2 but immediately gave a thumbs up that he was okay (can hardly wait to see a doddering Joe Biden doing the same thing while climbing or descending on a ramp to his plane, assuming he ever leaves his basement bunker); the war against the police continues unabated with the most recent case in Tampa where police in two squad cars responding to a false “shots fired” called were surrounded by a crowd of protesters blocking all exits from the intersection and injuring two cops; that darling of the left Jimmy Kimmel is in the PC doghouse eating crow as tapes surface of him performing in blackface liberally using the N* word; the Rev Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at Rashard Brooks funeral in Atlanta calling for an end to the virus of racism and for reparations; Fauci, Redfield and Hahn testified before the House investigating the CV pandemic and confirmed that no one from the White House was demanding testing be decreased (a fake AOC tweet which urged that businesses be under restrictions until after the election to hinder the Trump reelection effort was deleted); the Evergreen State for Smead Investment in Seattle is now the Everleave State as it announced that it is relocating to Phoenix with its $1.58 billion of assets under management; Joyless Behar of The View announced that she and her husband are a 2 person vigilante team driving around looking for nonmask wearers but since she must not have heard Fauci testify that no one from the Trump
Administration was trying to hinder or reduce testing she still faulted Trump for being criminally negligent in terms of testing; as of June 22, 2020, 1586 shootings of whom 280 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 126 behind Chicago with 154 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 Pat Boone, the fact that you can use parabola effectively in your arguments, and a quote by Priti Patel on the benefits of Brexit, 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. UN Public Service Day--created by the General Assembly to promote and honor the contributions made by public servants to our well being.
2. International Widows Day—created by the Loomba Foundation in 2005 to address the discrimination and poverty faced by the millions upon millions of widows and their dependents worldwide.
3. 1961 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1961 on this day on a run of 1 week was “Moody River” by Pat Boone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwlhCf1KjOo
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “parabola” which means the rhetorical use of simile or metaphor, a skill which poets are usually very good at.
5. Being an Ace Will Be the End of You--celebrating the birth on this day in 1927 of noted actor, director and choreographer Bob Fosse, the only person to win an Oscar, Tony and Prime Time Emmy in the same year (1973); but unfortunately he was a workaholic and smoked 5 packs of cigarettes a day and died of a heart attack on September 23, 1987 before being diagnosed with lung cancer that surely would have killed him in the not too distant future with that amount of chain smoking.
On this day in:
a. 1972 in what would later become the smoking gun that doomed the Nixon Presidency that he would win in a landslide, President Nixon and his Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman were on tape in the Oval Office discussing the use of the CIA to obstruct the FBI’s investigation of the Watergate breakin.
b. 1972 in a boom to women’s sports, Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was amended to prohibit sexual discrimination by any educational institution receiving federal funds.
c. 1996 the Nintendo 64 video game console was released in Japan for sale, and ultimately sold 32.93 million units worldwide.
d. 2013 Nik Wallenda became the first person to cross over the Grand Canyon on a tightrope.
e. 2016 voters in the United Kingdom voted in a referendum 52% to 48% to leave the European Union which finally after long negotiations and delays became effective on January 31, 2020 at 11:00 p.m.
Reflections on the similarity between Brexit and the 2016 election of Trump: “With a post Brexit economic policy that sets our economy and country on the right track, with new freedoms, the U.K. will exercise greater fiscal flexibility and regulatory reform to transform our country into a dynamic engine of prosperity, job creation and growth.” Priti Patel, Secretary of State for the Home Department in the U.K.since July 24, 2019.
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