Friday, June 26, 2020

June 26, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illegal Traffickingjune

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 26, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 112,470 new cases  (a 1.17 % increase compared to a 2.03% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 9,758,325 cases, 3,979,803    of  which  are active, 5,778,522 of which have been closed with 5,285,770 recoveries (91.47% compared to  yesterday’s 91.45%) and 492,752   deaths (8.53% compared to yesterday’s 8.55%); 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 18,255  have brought total cases to 2,507,376 (a .73% increase compared to yesterday’s 4.13% increase)  with 1,328,078  active cases of which 15,705 (15,662 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,179,298 closures, 126,846 of which have been deaths (10.69% compared to  yesterday’s 10.8%) and 1,052,452  of which  have been recoveries (89.24%  compared to yesterday’s 89.2%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 31,280,987 tests; the specter of loss of the 1st Amendment stalks the social media land as Facebook warning flags a RNC ad video displaying anti-police violence; the market tanked today and the economy is still trying to get off life support but Black Lives Matter is raking in millions in contributions (a combination of outrage over police brutality and perceived white guilt?); the Bobbsey Twins of PC hypocrisy De Blasio and Cuomo were hit with a District Court injunction for limiting attendance at worship services while condoning protests over police actions against blacks (finally churches and synagogues are pounding government with the 1st Amendment); Roger Johnson who has already advised BLM to form a political party as the Blues have taken them for granted has called for $14 trillion in reparations to blacks (good luck on the reparations idea with a national debt of $26 trillion and given the CV pandemic effects on the deficit still growing); Texas and New York are in a snit fit with Cuomo contemplating quarantining for 14 days visitors from Texas and raising alarm that Texas ICU capacity is about to be maxed out while Lt. Governor Patrick calls that claim preposterous and faults Cuomo for killing 6,000 seniors in nursing homes (people have been fleeing New York’s high taxes for years and are probably accelerating today); Portland which continues to spiral further to the left has given without question 1 week of bereavement leave to 295 workers due to the death of George Floyd and other blacks killed by the police (protestors assembled outside the apartment of Mayor Wheeler to protest only a $15 million cut in the police budget when they were demanding a $50 million cut); Tina Fey, who should stick to comedy, has blasted college educated white women who support Donald Trump (déjà vu from Madeline Albright on special places in Hell for women who did not support HRC?); the Minneapolis City Council has voted unanimously to eliminate the city charter’s mandate for a police department and replace it with “Department of Public Safety and Violence Prevention” to be headed up  by someone without law enforcement experience; Pelosi must be using more Botox as she again doubled down on her claim that the Reds are liable for George Floyd’s death (such hypocrisy as the Red’s police reform bill was stalled in the Senate from going to the debate and amendment process due to the Blues; in Chicago as of June 25, 2020, there were 1633 shootings of whom 287 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 127 behind Chicago with 160 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 Dixie Cups, the fact that you are not plagued with percusis, and a quote by Bill Hicks on drug and alcohol usage, 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 Refrigeration Day—created by the World Refrigeration Day Secretariat on June 26, 2019 to create awareness of the importance of refrigeration in our daily life.
2. International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking—created by the General Assembly on December 7, 1987 and first celebrated on this day in 1989 to promote efforts to halt drug abuse and the illicit trafficking of drugs which despite the best efforts in many countries continues to grow.
3. 1964 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1964 on this day on a run of 3 weeks was “Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Cups in their first number one hit: This black group is still performing but unlike the Dixie Chicks has not dropped “Dixie” from its name.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “paracusis” which means an impairment of hearing which describes to a tee what Blues and Reds seem to experience when they debate each other on almost any issue.
5. Semper Fi on the History Front--celebrating the birth on this day in 1923 of Edwin Cole Bearss, a WWII Marine veteran who was severely wounded in the Pacific and thanks to the GI Bill went to college and became a noted author and historian on the Civil War, Chief Historian for the National Park Service 1981-1994 and current Chief Historian Emeritus and still going strong at 97.
On this day in:               
 a. 1974 the Universal Product Code on a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum was scanned for the first time at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.
 b. 1997 SCOTUS in the case of Reno v. ACLU ruled unanimously that the anti-indecency provisions of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 violated the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.
 c. 2003 SCOTUS in the case of Lawrence v. Texas in a 6-3 decision struck down gender-based sodomy laws as violating the Constitution's right to privacy between consenting adults.
 d. 2013 SCOTUS in a 5-4 decision in the case of U.S. v. Windsor ruled in that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act prohibiting federal recognition of same sex marriages violated the due process clause of the 5th Amendment of the Constitution.
 e. 2015 SCOTUS in a 5-4 decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges ruled that the banning of same sex marriages violated the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.
        Reflections on drug use: “If you want to understand a society, take a good look at the drugs it uses. And what can this tell you about American culture? Well, look at the drugs we use. Except for pharmaceutical poison, there are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.”― Bill Hicks, noted comedian and satirist for whom the jokes stopped at age 32 from pancreatic cancer on February 26, 1994.   
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