Thursday, June 25, 2020

June 25, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Vitiligo Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 25, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 192,184 new cases  (a 2.03 % increase compared to a 2.43% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 9,645,855 cases, 3,917,681    of  which  are active, 5,728,174 of which have been closed with 5,238,667 recoveries (91.45% compared to  yesterday’s 91.38%) and 489,507   deaths (8.55% compared to yesterday’s 8.62%); 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 98,853  have brought total cases to 2,489,121 (a 4.13% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.55% increase)  with 1,318,650  active cases of which 15,662 (16,483 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,170,471 closures, 126,423 of which have been deaths (10.8% compared to  yesterday’s 10.75%) and 1,044,048  of which  have been recoveries (89.2%  compared to yesterday’s 89.25%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 30,732,552 tests;  in a New York Primary for the House, 2nd place finisher Michael Blake who is black is claiming voter suppression of black voters and  is refusing to concede to the 1st place finisher, Ritchie Torres who is also black; the neighbors near Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis in ignorance of Sutton’s Law have vowed to not call police fearful that if called a black suspect will be killed by them are now confronting a park taken over by homeless, drug dealing, prostitution and robberies (when will the victims of white guilt end up being killed ?); Roger Johnson, the first black billionaire founder of BET Entertainment, has blasted Biden and the Blues for being arrogant and taking the black vote for granted and has attacked the wave of statue devastation as counterproductive and suggested that BLM form a political party to advance the interests of blacks (Trump should be on the phone with him to try to  get him on board given what prior to the CV pandemic his economic programs had done for blacks); Judge Sullivan after having been castigated by the Appellate Court has cancelled a July 16 hearing on the DOJ’s motion to dismiss the case (will he dismiss or will he prolong the agony of Flynn and seek an en banc hearing at the Appellate Court  to review the 2-1 decision?); Joe Biden ventured out of his basement bunker to go to Pennsylvania before some 8 people just long enough to convince anyone watching that he has lost it mentally by  claiming 120 million people have died from the CV pandemic (slight improvement over his claim that 150 million died in the U.S. from gun violence but still very troubling); in Chicago as of June 23, 2020, there were 1623 shootings of whom 286 have died (so much for the defund the police movement and  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 128 behind Chicago with 158 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 Kyu Sakamoto, the fact that we are not yet in paracme, and a quote by Gilbert Baker on the rainbow flag, 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 Vitiligo Day—created by the World Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation on June 25, 2011 to create awareness of vitiligo which is a disease that results in a loss of pigmentation and was suffered by Michael Jackson who died on this day in 2009.
2. National Catfish Day—created by proclamation of President Ronald Reagan on this day in 1987 to recognize the importance of farm raised catfish to our economy and food supply.
3. 1963 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1963 on this day on a run of 3 weeks was “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto in his first number one hit and the first Asian to have a number 1 hit in the U.S.:  Unfortunately he was a passenger on JAL Flight 123 which had a decompreshon on August 12, 1985 shortly after take off from Japan, killing all aboard.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “paracme” which means decline which describes what we are in for if Hidin’ Biden is elected in November.
5. Smoking Hinders Seeing the Title--celebrating the birth on this day in 1903 of Eric Arthur Blair, better known to his fans and public as George Orwell, noted essayist and author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four who was a heavy smoker and unfortunately contracted tuberculosis and died before seeing 1984 on January 21, 1950.
On this day in:               
 a. 1910 the U.S. Congress passed the Mann Act which prohibited the transportation of women and girls across state lines for “immoral purposes.” Since “immoral purposes” is somewhat broad the act was amended to prohibit prostitution and othe illegal acts.
 b. 1950 North Korea invaded South Korea in the start of the Korean War.
 c. 1978 the rainbow freedom flag representing gay pride was displayed for the first time in San Francisco during the Gay Pride Parade.
 d. 1998 SCOTUS ruled in the case of Clinton v. The City of New York that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 was unconstitutional.
 e. 2017 the World Health Organization estimated that Yemen had over 200,000 cases of cholera.
        Reflections on the rainbow flag: “In 1978, when I thought of creating a flag for the gay movement, there was no other international symbol for us than the pink triangle, which the Nazis used to identify homosexuals in concentration camps. Even though the pink triangle was and still is a powerful symbol, it was very much forced upon us.” Gilbert Baker the creator of the rainbow flag.  
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