Monday, June 8, 2020

June 8, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Ocean Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 8, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 209,290   new cases  (a 3.02 % increase compared to a 2.39% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 7,159,466 cases, 3,254,678    of  which  are active,  3,904,788 of which have been closed with 3,401,055 recoveries (89.55% compared to  yesterday’s 89.46%) and 407,857  deaths (10.45% 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 38,099 have brought total cases to 2,019,924  (a 1.92% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.27% increase)  with 1,139,892   active cases of which 16,897 (17,011 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 880,032 closures, 112,888 of which have been deaths (12.83% compared to  yesterday’s 13.04%) and  767,144 of which  have been recoveries (87.17%  compared to yesterday’s 86.96%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 21,574,457 tests; George Floyd protests were by and large peaceful across the nation including Washington, D.C. as the call to “defund the police” seems to be gaining momentum (at least until the first citizen is killed waiting for police which in their defunded state are not available) and posing major headaches for top Blues like Biden who from his basement bunker has come out against it and Pelosi and Schumer who have dodged and punted on the issue, saying it is a local issue; the presumed top candidate for Biden’s running mate Kamala  Harris also dodged the question of defunding which may prove to be the albatross on Blues’ necks as we move into the election (trust not a politician who refuses to answer a question so vital to the nation’s security and for those who are not elites living behind gated, patrolled communities); while Biden remains holed up in his basement bunker, he slams Trump for being in one also which he is clearly not as his campaign gears up to start holding rallies again; while the Conceal News Network refuses to report on the nursing home deaths caused by Andrew Cuomo’s policies of sending infected seniors into nursing homes to free up hospital beds, his quarantined brother was caught nude in the background of his wife’s online yoga session-- ; bail of $1.25 million was set for Officer Chauvin (doubt if Kamala Harris who rails about bail for prisoners of color will weigh in on this one); Kayleigh McEnany rightfully castigate the Bobsey Twins of Bias and anti-Trumpsters, CNN’s Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo for advocating violence by protesters last weekend; in Chicago (the poster city of why we need more police not less and certainly not defunded), as of June 7, 2020, 1308 shootings of whom 238 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  98 behind Chicago with 140 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 Nat King Cole,  the fact that you look forward to palzogany, and a quote by Justice Byron White on use of deadly force, 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 Brain Tumor Day--—created by the German Brain Tumor Association in 2000 to promote awareness of brain tumors and to promote research to find the cure for this debilitating condition that is often fatal.
2. World Ocean Day—created by the United Nations in 2000 to promote sustainable development of our marine resources and responsible stewardship of our oceans.
3. 1948 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1948 on this day on a run of 7 weeks in the position was “Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole. Here is a recording of the song: A heavy smoker, Nat King Cole was diagnosed with lung cancer and died way too early at the age of 45 on February 15, 1965.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “palzogony” which means foreplay which is always advised to create more intimate moments.
5. Last of the Breed--celebrating the birth on this day in 1917 of Byron White, noted runner up to the Heisman Trophy and leader in rushing yardage his rookie year with the NFL and only member of SCOTUS to play professional football and the last surviving member of the Warren Court who died on April 15, 2002 of pneumonia.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1953 SCOTUS ruled in the case of District of Columbia v. John R. Thompson Co. that restaurants cannot refuse to serve black patrons.
 b. 1967 during the Six Day War, the USS Liberty, an electronic eavesdropping vessel was attacked by Israeli warplanes, killing 34, and wounding 171.
 c. 1984 homosexuality was declared legal in New South Wales, Australia.
 d. 2001 Mamoru Takuma, a janitor, killed 8 and wounded 15 in a mass stabbing attack at the Ikeda Elementary School in Osaka and showing no remorse for his acts after trial and conviction, was hung after conviction on September 14, 2004.
 e. 2009 Laura Ling and Euna Lee, 2 cable news network journalists who had entered North Korea without a visa were found guilty and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor but were pardoned by North Korean President Kim-Jong-il on August 5, 2009 the day after former President Bill Clinton had departed after an undisclosed prior visit.
         Reflections on the use of deadly force which Officer Chauvin totally ignored: “Where the suspect poses no immediate threat to the officer and no threat to others, the harm resulting from the failing to apprehend him does not justify the use of deadly force to do so.” Justice Byron White.
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