Wednesday, June 3, 2020

June 3, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Clubfoot Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 3, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 125,691 new cases  (a 1.96%  increase compared to a 1.22% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 6,531,372 cases, 3,035,727  of  which  are active,  3,495,645 of which have been closed with 3,110,270 recoveries (88.98% compared to  yesterday’s 88.58%) and 385,375    deaths (11.02% compared to yesterday’s 11.42%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 52,082  have brought total cases to 1,897,985 (a 2.82% increase compared to yesterday’s .85% increase)  with 1,137,319   active cases of which 16,921 (16,940 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 760,636  closures, 108,974 of which have been deaths (14.33% compared to  yesterday’s 14.92%) and 651,562 of which  have been recoveries (85.56%  compared to yesterday’s 85.19%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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) with 19,001,528 tests; in a wheel of justice moves slowly but moves moment, Chauvin’s charges have been upgraded to 2nd degree murder and the other 3 officers have been charged with aiding and abetting 2nd degree murder and 2nd degree manslaughter and abetting the murder (if convicted and not shivved while in prison may die of natural causes and not be released); enhanced police on the streets and national guardsmen meant that riots, looting and arson were rarely seen yesterday and last night but for many small business already hammered by the virus damage already caused by the riots may well mean that they are closed for good and will not reopen (the Blues and the elite are so quick to contribute to bailing out the rioters but where are the contributions to rebuild the small businesses that are the foundation of economic well being in our communities—MIA); when will the citizens of Baltimore demand integrity and ethics in their mayor as expected winner in the Blue primary for mayor, Sheila Jackson, a former mayor convicted of embezzlement is leading in the election to replace former mayor Pugh was sentenced to 3 years for fraud and had to resign; when will MSNBC come to the realization that Rachel Maddow misleads viewers and her bias turns potential views off as her ratings continue to slide; the FBI rats are turning on each other as the Andrew McCabe is slamming Rod Rosenstein for lying to Congress on the Trump Russian probe; the new complement to the left’s support of “Black Lives Matter” as celebs sign up to defund the police must be that “property rights don’t matter” and police following Raleigh police chief Deck-Brown’s edict to be put in harm’s way to prevent looting; in Chicago, as of June 2, 2020, 1228 shootings ( 44 in one day increase) of whom 225 (only 3 in one day increase) 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 is still 93 behind Chicago with 132 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 Glenn Miller and Orchestra, the fact that you do not earn your living as a palingman, and a quote by Professor Michael Roberto on Joe Coulumbe’s business philosphy, 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 Bicycle Day—created by the UN General Assembly to promote the use of bicycles as a cheap, dependable and environmentally sound method of transportation.
2. World Clubfoot Day—created by the Ponseti International Association to commemorate the birth of Ignacio Ponseti on this day in 1914 who developed the nonoperative method aptly called the Ponseti Method to cure club feet which severely impact the ability to walk.
3. 1943 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1943 on this day on a run of 1 week in the position was “That Old Black Magic” by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song:  with vocals by Skip Nelson and the Modernaires. Skip tenure with Glenn Miller was brief as Miller joined the Army and after singing for numerous big bands Skip ultimately moved to Florida doing some singing and selling used cars to die on March 31, 1974 at 53.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “palingman” which means a seller of fish or eels brings with it a whole sense of aromas and slimes.
5. Form A Chain Pronto--celebrating the birth on this day in 1930 of Joe Coulumbe, noted Stanford grad who ran Pronto which was Rexall Drug’s answer to 7-11 and when Rexall wanted to sell the chain, Coulumbe bought it, renamed it Trader Joe’s, expanded it without its weighing scales at the cash register and sold in Theo Albrecht, co-founder of Aldi Markets and continued to run it as CEO until retirement in 1988. He died this year on February 28, 2020.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1781 in a time to get out of Dodge moment Jack Jouette began his 40 mile midnight ride to to Richmond to warn Governor Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia Legislature of an impending raid by Banastre Tarleton, infamous for atrocities against civilians and Continental soldiers.
 b. 1980 an explosive device was set off the base of the Statue of Liberty by unknown perpetrators but suspected by the FBI to be Croatian nationalists.
 c. 1992 aboriginal land rights were granted to Australia’s aborigines by Australia’s Supreme Court in the case of Mabo v. Queensland (no2).
 d. 2013 the trial of Bradley Manning (now known as Chelsea Manning) for leaking classified material of the U.S. Army began; Manning was ultimately convicted and ordered to serve 35 years which Obama 3 days before leaving office commuted to 7 years starting from Mannings’ initial date of confinement so Manning was released on May 17, 2017.
 e. 2017 3 Islamic terrorists drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then exited the vehicle and began stabbing people before being shot dead by police; killing 8 and wounding 48, including 4 unarmed police officers.
 Reflections on Joe Coulumbe’s business philosophy: “Unfortunately, many business leaders follow the crowd and end up copying them. He was a risk taker willing to try (things) a different way and not just follow the herd. What stands out is the emphasis he made by getting the culture right. (Such a) culture is hard to build. He stands out by being able to do that." Michael Roberto, Professor of Management at Bryant University
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