Sunday, June 28, 2020

June 27, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National PTSD Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 27, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 306,932 new cases  (a 3.15 % increase compared to a 1.17% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 10,065,257 cases, 4,113,690    of  which  are active, 5,951,564 of which have been closed with 5,451,033 recoveries (91.59% compared to  yesterday’s 91.47%) and 500,534   deaths (8.41% compared to yesterday’s 8.53%); 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 86,236  have brought total cases to 2,593,612 (a 3.44% increase compared to yesterday’s .73% increase)  with 1,386,820  active cases of which 15,775 (15,705 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,206,792 closures, 128,132 of which have been deaths (10.62% compared to  yesterday’s 10.69%) and 1,052,452  of which  have been recoveries (89.38%  compared to yesterday’s 89.24%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 32,000,928 tests; Minneapolis City Council which has voted to defund the the city’s police has been quick to spend 63,000 in the last 3 weeks for its own safety, billing the taxpayers and is now paying out $4,500 a day for City Council members who have received death threats (will residents left high and dry from lack of police protection get tax credits or subsidies to pay for private security?); protesters in the City of Portland, Oregon have torn down the statue of Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President and due to his efforts as president, the further importation of slaves was banned (is the Jefferson Memorial next in the mind of these idiots that owning slaves trumps and destroys any positive acts or contributions you may have done?);  people were peacefully protesting the no knock warrant shooting and killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville Police when shots from an unknown gunman killing 1 and wounding 1; with the wave of anti-police protests and moves to defund or at least reduce police budgets the consequences of that movement should frighten us all- black, white, brown, or yellow as police departments will start losing experienced cops in droves and vacancies in police academies will soar as in NYC the number of NYPD officers filing for retirement has increased 49%; in Red Bluff, no defund the police rallies as police responded there to a shooting at a Walmart Distribution Center that left 4 wounded and 2 dead on of whom may have been the shooter within 15 minutes of the first shot; in Chicago as of June 26, 2020, there were 1661 shootings of whom 295 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 135 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 Four Tops, the fact that mostly your state of life is paradisiacal, and a quote by Danielle Bernock 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. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Day—created by the Senate by resolution in 2010 to create awareness of the issues faced by the some 6.8% of adults who will experience PTSD during their lifetime with women and combat veterans much more susceptible to the disorder.
2. National HIV Testing Day—first observed on this day in 1995 to encourage those who may be at risk to get tested in order to prevent the spread to one’s sex partners and unborn; fortunately, as Magic Johnson shows, the disease is no long a death sentence only a ticking transmission bomb for those who fail to get tested.
3. 1965 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1965 on this day on a run of 1 week was “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” by the Four Tops in their first number 1 hit:  This black group is still performing as some of the original members have died and have been replaced.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “paradisiacal” which means suggestive of a state or place of perfect bliss which describes to a tee in our state of highly charged political division how Trumpers will feel if he wins and how anti-Trumpers will feel if he loses.
5. No Saint and Out of Hope--celebrating the birth on this day in 1923 of St. Elmo Sylvester Hope, a noted African-American Jazz pianist and composer who survived being shot by a NYC policeman in his youth but battled heroin addiction and drug arrests during most of his career which drove him from the public performance stage and shortly thereafter into a hospital to die of pneumonia on May 19, 1967.
On this day in:               
 a. 1950 the United States elected to send troops to stop the invasion of South Korea by North Korea.
 b. 1971 after only 3 years in business, rock promoter Bill Graham shut down Filmore East in New York City, “The Church of Rock and Roll.”
 c. 1976 Air France Flight 139 was hijacked by PLO terrorists after leaving its Athens to Paris leg after originating in Tel Aviv and ultimately diverted to Entebbe Airport, Uganda where Israeli commandos in a daring raid later rescued 102 out of 104 hostages, losing 1 commando.
 d. The Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shiniryko founded by Shako Asahara released Sarin nerve gas in a Tokyo subway, killing 7 and injuring some 600 others. The founder and 12 of his followers were executed for the crime on July 6 and 26, 2018.
 e. 2017 Russia was heavily suspected in a worldwide malware attack using the Petlya virus that started with infections in computers in Ukraine and quickly spread beyond its borders to infect thousands of computers in Europe; sadly no hackers believed to be Russians were ever charged.
        Reflections on PTSD: “Trauma is personal. It does not disappear if it is not validated. When it is ignored or invalidated the silent screams continue internally heard only by the one held captive. When someone enters the pain and hears the screams healing can begin.”― Danielle Bernock, Emerging With Wings: A True Story of Lies, Pain, And The LOVE that Heal.   Never had the misfortune of having PTSD but this book sounds spot on.
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