Sunday, June 7, 2020

June 7, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Cancer Survivors Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 7, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 140,417 new cases  (a 2.02 % increase compared to a 2.39% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 7,061,593 cases, 3,222,883  of  which  are active,  3,858,710 of which have been closed with 3,453,636 recoveries (89.50% compared to  yesterday’s 89.46%) and 400,845    deaths (10.50% compared to yesterday’s 10.54%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 25,407    have brought total cases to 2,007,232  (a 1.28% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.27% increase)  with 1,136,251    active cases of which 16,915  (17,011 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 870,981  closures, 112,469 111,944 of which have been deaths (12.91% compared to  yesterday’s 13.04%) and  758,512 746,512 of which  have been recoveries (87.09%  compared to yesterday’s 86.96%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 hopefully the number of cases will not spike given the days of massive protests and riots over George Floyd’s death) with 21,185,550 tests; in a paraphrase slogan of live by the squad die by the squad, Trump supporters are donating thousands of dollars to AOC’s primary opponent to defeat her; in Minneapolis, ground zero of the Floyd protests is witnessing its leftist City Council move forward with a dismantling of its police department claiming they have a veto proof majority to do so (God help the poor citizens who find themselves assaulted by felons with no one to call for protection and with the Blues’ all out war on the 2nd Amendment with no ability to buy a firearm); De Blasio which by any measure during the riots has proven himself to be inept has announced that he will be moving millions from the NYPD to other areas of the budget; Ilhan Omar is to be expected in joining the anti-police movement but many of us hoped Romney might have more sense but he has joined the police bashing crowd; Witless Whitmer after being ridiculed for an Antoinette moment of telling residents to Goggle to see how to cut their hair had her inane shutdown orders slammed by the Michigan Supreme Court for her trying to shutdown a barber who reopened his shop to cut customers’ hair; in a almost Trojan Horse moment of why the Chinese should not be trusted, the CDC has just issued guidelines indicating coronavirus masks made in China should not be sanitized for reuse; in Chicago, as of June 6, 2020, 1294 shootings of whom 237 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  101 behind Chicago with 136 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 Arthur Lund,  the fact that even though you may live in the city, you merit not the term paltripolitan, and a tribute by Jimmy Carter to Elvis Preslwey on his death, 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. VCR-Day--—celebrating that great home playback recording device that came into being in the 70’s that witnessed the marketing struggle between the VHS and Betamax which VHS prevailed only to fall victim to the DVD.
2. National Cancer Survivors Day—created by the National Cancers Survivors Day Foundation in 1988 and celebrated on the first Sunday in June to promote the idea that with early detection, exercise and diet that getting cancer is not a death sentence and to raise move for research and treatment of this multifaceted disease.
3. 1947 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1947 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “Mam’selle” by Arthur Lund. Here is a recording of the song: This noted baritone singer and Broadway performer passed away on May 31, 1990 at the age of 75.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “paltripolitan” which is a term of scorn applied to city dwellers which if they are Blues is probably rightfully deserved.
5. In the Shadows But Still a Great Guy--celebrating the birth on this day in 1959 of former Governor of Indiana and current Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1899 American temperance advocate Carrie Nation began her crusade against alcoholic beverages by destroying the inventory of a saloon in Kiowa, Kansas.
 b. 1942 in a failed feint attempt to distract the American Navy from the Battle of Midway which had already ended in a smashing victory for the United States Navy, Japanese forces began landing on the islands of Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian Islands.
 c. 1965 SCOTUS in the case of Griswold v. Connecticut overturned a Connecticut statute banning the sale of contraceptives to married couples.
 d. 1971 SCOTUS in the case of Paul Cohen v. California overturned the conviction for disturbing the peace of Paul Cohen for wearing jacket that said “Fuck the Draft.”
 e. 1982 Priscilla Presley opened up Graceland to the public other than the bathroom where 5 years earlier Elvis Presley had died.
         Reflections on the man who called Graceland his home: “Elvis Presley’s death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique, irreplaceable. More than twenty years ago, he burst upon the scene with an impact that was unprecedented and will probably never be equaled. His music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense. And he was a symbol to people the world over of the vitality, rebelliousness and good humor of this country.”Jimmy Carter, his official statement following Elvis' death in 1977.
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