Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 5, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 129,900 new cases (a 1.95 % increase compared to a 1.8% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 6,779,025 cases, 3,078,755 of which are active, 3,700,270 of which have been closed with 3,304,555 recoveries (89.31% compared to yesterday’s 88.15%) and 395,715 deaths (10.69% compared to yesterday’s 10.85%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 24,379 have brought total cases to 1,937,805 (a 1.28% increase compared to yesterday’s .81% increase) with 1,111,552 active cases of which 16,977 (16,977 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 826,253 closures, 110,742 of which have been deaths (13.40% compared to yesterday’s 13.66%) and 715,511 of which have been recoveries (86.6% compared to yesterday’s 86.34%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 20,376,355 tests; good to see that MSNBC remains true to form as it hires another anti-Trump hack, Lisa Page as a legal analyst; Mayor Bowser of Washington, D.C is in a snit fit with the Utah National Guard soldiers called by Trump to the city for protection, refusing to pay for their hotel rooms and insures that the issue of Black Lives Matter will not go away by renaming a plaza near the Capitol “Black Lives Matter Plaza;” not sure how they managed to get into Martha’s Vineyard, but Caleb Murray, the son of Bill Murray, was arrested for 2 counts on assault and battery on a police officer at the protests held there; on the pandemic job lost front, 2,500,000 new jobs were added in May lowering the unemployment rate which had been predicted to rise to 20% to 13.3% from last month’s 14.4% rate (unfortunately not good enough for anti-Trump hater, Yamiche Alcindor, who vies with Jim Acosta for being the most detestable “journalist” rudely interrupted Trump’s signing of a bill to remedy some of the deficiencies in the Payment Protection Plan demanding answers on how he would fix systemic racism and why an increase of black unemployment by .1% could be viewed as a victory; unfortunately our government does not publish statistics on losses from looting but the Anderson Consulting Group has estimated that costs of looting in 20 of our largest metropolitan areas in 5 days from property damage, lost inventory, cleanup and reconstruction costs, and closure-related lost wages totaled $400,000,000; on the rioting front, all 57 members of Buffalo's emergency response unit of its police force resigned after 2 of its members were suspended without pay following a 75 year old man being pushed and over or pushed back and tripping; WAPO is being rightfully slammed for its reporting glorifying Antifa and its involvement in the protests over George Floyd’s death; in Chicago, as of June 4, 2020, 1260 shootings of whom 231 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 now 96 behind Chicago with 135 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 Les Brown and His Band of Renown, the fact that you can be palmarian in your efforts, and a quote by Chris Crutcher on the AIDS virus, 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 Environment Day--—created by the UN in 1972 to promote awareness of issues affecting the environment like global warming, human overpopulation, marine pollution and first celebrated on this day in 1974.
2. National Gun Violence Awareness Day—spawned by the senseless killing of 15 year old Hadiya Pendleton on January 29, 2015 9 days after she had participated in Obama’s reelection parade and first celebrated on the this day in 2017 which would have been her 18th birthday; celebrated to remind people of the dangers posed to society by gun violence by people celebrating by wearing orange.
3. 1945 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1945 on this day on a run of 7 weeks in the position was “My Dreams Are Getting Better Each Day” by Les Brown and His Band of Renown with Doris Day as vocals. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZVyPsveAoU. This leader of the band’s career spanned 7 decades, finally ending on January 4, 2001 at age 88 but his baton was passed on to Les Brown, Jr. Doris Day’s long career as an actress and singer finally ran out of days when she died on May 13, 2019.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “palmarian” which means pre-eminent and describes Obama’s oratorical skills which Biden will need big time promoting his candidacy big time to help him beat Trump.
5. There’s Gold in Them Thar Cents--celebrating the birth on this day in 1932 of noted businessman David Gold who founded the 99 Cents Only Stores chain of markets in 1982 which grew nationally and was acquired on January 13, 2012 but David’s expiration date expired shortly thereafter on April 22, 2013 of a heart attack at age 80.
On this day in:
a. 1968 after winning the California Primary and delivering a victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, Robert Kennedy was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan minutes after leaving the stage. Sirhan Sirhan remains in prison having been denied parole 15 times and will face another parole hearing in early 2021.
b. 1981 the CDC’s “Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report” reported on the cases of 5 individuals who had a rare form of pneumonia usually found only in individuals with suppressed immune systems which proved to be the first public notice of the AIDS virus.
c. 1989 an unknown protestor stood in front of a column of tanks entering Tiananmen Square for a half an hour before they were able to maneuver around him; his fate is unknown but knowing the Chinese, a good bet would be that he was executed.
d. 1998 a general strike commenced at GM’s assembly plant in Flint, Michigan and quickly spread to 5 other facilities and lasted 7 weeks.
e. 2017 7 Arab nations, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar accusing it of destabilizing the region.
Reflections on the AIDS virus: “Viruses have no morality, no sense of good and evil, the deserving or the undeserving.... AIDS is not the swift sword with which the Lord punishes the evil practitioners of male homosexuality and intravenous drug use. It is simply an opportunistic virus that does what it has to do to stay alive.”Chris Crutcher, King of the Mild Frontier
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