Tuesday, July 14, 2020

July 14, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Bastille Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 14, 2020
     CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues  with 213,675 new cases  (a 1.63%  increase compared to a 1.4% increase yesterday) to bring the total to over 13 million at 13,341,466 cases, 4,975,293   of  which  are active, 8,366,173 of which have been closed with 7,788,210 recoveries (93.09% compared to  yesterday’s 93.02%) and 577,963   deaths (6.91% compared to yesterday’s 6.98%).
     CV USA: New cases of 69,005 with total cases of 3,438,627 (a 2.01% increase compared to yesterday’s 7.67% increase) with 1,803,381 active cases of which 15,949 (15,813 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition, an increasing stat that is troublesome and 1,704,251 closures, 138,700 of which have been deaths (8.14% compared to yesterday’s 8.32%) and 1,565,551 of which  have been recoveries (91.86%  compared to yesterday’s 91.68%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 with 44,030,877 tests (so much for Biden’s claim of lack of testing by Trump and implications Trump is slowing testing to hide CV increases).
     Non CV News: Hillary continues to be the unwanted guest that refuses to leave, blasting Trump for the CV pandemic response and his attack on voter fraud and implying on sycophant Noah Webster’s show that he won’t go “quietly” if he loses (she still cannot get over the fact that she lost in 2016 and probably will take that delusion to her grave); senior columnist Bari Weiss at “All the News Fit to Print (as long as it favors left and DNC) NYT has resigned with a scathing resignation blasting the left’s hostile workplace being bullied and slammed as a Nazi; Jody Rosen, an op ed writer for the L.A. Times has suggested that the “Star Spangled Banner” be replaced as our national anthem with songs like “Lean on Me” or “This Land Is Your Land”; a $40 bottle of beer that was supposed to denounce racism has been pulled from a Connecticut bar after a patron complained it supported the KKK: 

Newsom alarmed by the increase in CV cases has pulled the plug on California’s economy while the LA and San Diego School Districts will reopen only with online classes this fall, but Orange County which believes the data that there is almost 0 risk of spreading the disease among or by the young will open schools with classroom teaching and without mask wearing requirements; Ghislaine Maxwell has entered a plea of not guilty but was denied bail and to prevent a repetition of Epstein’s suicide will be wearing paper jail clothes and subject to 24/7 supervision; Jackie Speier, a California rabid anti-Trumper, is praising China for its CV response (must have had amnesia over their lying and deception which allowed CV to become a pandemic); Representative Pramala Paypal the Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus whose district included the former CHOP has skirted the issue of whether CHOP helped or hindered her cause as the police chief of the SPD is warning that the proposed 50 % reduction in the budge of the department will result in the massive layoff of police officers most of whom will be black; Portland continues to remain the U.S. riot capital with six weeks of continuous rioting, looting and burning with some 100 injuries and over $23 million in property damage; while De Blasio is pedal to the metal in cutting the police budget, violent crime including murders and shootings are soaring (when will Cuomo remove this pathetic inept idiot of a mayor?); in Chicago as of July 13, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 15 to 1963, of whom 360 have died (so much for the defund the police movement and  for the effectiveness of Chicago’s stay at home order and a complete dereliction of duty by Mayor Lightfoot other than swearing at people outraged over the killings); 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 185 behind Chicago now at 175 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 Human League, the fact that you like the Alaskanpoet enjoy works of a Parnassian nature, and a quote on the spirit of Bastille Day by J. Michael Straczynski  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. Bastille Day—celebrating the storming of the Bastille by angry Parisian mobs on this day in 1789 which led to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror suffered by the French aristocracy who were guillotined in large numbers.      
2. National Tape Measure Day—celebrating a tool that makes any carpenter’s, builder’s or homeowner’s life much easier and the patent for which was issued to Alvin Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut on this day in 1868.
3. 1982 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1982 on this day on a run of 3 weeks was “You Don’t Want Me” by The Human League in the group’s first number 1 song. Here is recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPudE8nDog0.  This English band was formed in 1977 and is still performing today and was one of the leading bands in the 2nd British Invasion of the 80’s.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “Parnassian” which means poetic and also refers to a style of French poetry in the 18th Century and since it is Bastille Day chosen for the Word of the Day.
5. Some Secrets Best Not Revealed to One’s Spouse—celebrating or bemoaning the birth on this day in 1922 of Elfriede Rinkel who worked as a dog handler at the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp in WWII but was able to conceal her past and immigrate to the United States on or about September 21, 1959 where she met and married in 1962 Fred Rinkel, German Jew whose family was killed in the Holocaust but managed to kept her past secret. After he died in 2004 her whereabouts were discovered by federal authorities who deported her to Germany where she never faced trial and died in a nursing home at the age of 96 in 2018.
On this day in:               
 a. 1943 in Diamond, Missouri, the George Washington Carver National Monument was dedicated, the first such monument to an African-American.  
 b. 1960 Jane Goodhall arrived at the Gombe Stream Reserve in Tanzania to begin her renown study of chimpanzees in the wild.
 c. 1969 the Federal Reserve began removing the $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills from circulation.
 d. 2002 President Jacques Chirac of France during a Bastille Day Celebration survived an assassination attempt by a lone gunman with a rifle in a guitar case who fired one shot at his motorcade before being overpowered by bystanders.
 e. 2016 Jihadist Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a large rented truck along a pedestrian walkway in Nice, France, killing 86 and wounding some 400 before the scumbag was shot and killed by police.
      Reflections on the spirit of Bastille Day: “No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand.” – J. Michael Straczynski, noted author, screenwriter and comic book writer.     
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