Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 15, 2020
CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 262,108 new cases (a 1.96% increase compared to a 1.63% increase yesterday) to bring the total to nearing 14 million at 13,603,5746 cases, 5,065,217 of which are active, 8,540,357 of which have been closed with 7,956,351 recoveries (93.16% compared to yesterday’s 93.09%) and 584,006 deaths (6.84% compared to yesterday’s 6.91%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA: New cases of 152,317 with total cases of 3,590,944 (a 4.43% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.01% increase) with 1,826,680 active cases of which 16,307 (15,949 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition, an increasing stat that is troublesome and 1,764,264 closures, 139,705 of which have been deaths (7.92% compared to yesterday’s 8.14%) and 1,624,559 of which have been recoveries (92.08% compared to yesterday’s 91.86%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 44,844,982 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: The CV pandemic has once again shown it ignores party as Red Governor of Oklahoma Stitt announced he has become the first governor with the corona virus with minor symptoms and will be self isolating (he attended Trump rally in Tulsa without a mask but experts believe he did not become infected); SCOTUS Justice Ginsburg trip to the hospital must have had the left in total fear but she once again proves she is like the Energizer Rabbit and keeps on beating the drum and is released from the hospital while proclaiming she is cancer free; shootings and physical attacks on police in NYC continue unabated as De Blasio becomes the new Nero playing a fiddle as the city is bathed in the flames of gunshot flashes; the New York State PBA has demanded that following De Blasio’s signing of legislation exposing them to criminal and civil liability if they put pressure on a person’s neck or chest while trying to make an arrest the 200 officers stationed there be withdrawn; Kareem Abdul Jabbar in attacking sports figures and celebrities for their anti-Semitic remarks hit the nail on the head with his observation “no one is free until everyone is free.” (excellent ideas more of us should be paying attention to instead of ad hominem attacks); in Chicago as of July 14, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 29 to 1992, of whom 361 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 186 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 Police, the fact that are rarely flustered by a paromoeon, and a quote on the coffee and Alzheimer’s disease by Doctor Mehmet Oz 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. Take Your Poet to Work Day—celebrating a day to take a book marker shaped like the head of a poet to work with a favorite book that you could read during breaks and lunch assuming you have not lost your job due to the CV pandemic.
2. Income Tax Pay Day—celebrating in one of the few silver linings of the CV pandemic cloud, the fact that today rather than April 15, 2020 is the day to file and pay your taxes.
3. 1983 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1983 on this day on a run of 8 weeks was “Every Breath You Take” by The Police in the group’s first number 1 song. Here is recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOGaugKpzs. This English band was formed in 1977, was popular in the early 80’s and after winning 6 Grammys disbanded for good after a final tour that ended in 2008.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “paromoeon” which means alliteration which is often used in tongue twisters.
5. Life Can Be Better with a Pitt—celebrating the birth on this day in 1931 of noted oceanographer, antique car collector and prolific author extolling the virtues and escapades of Dirk Pitt, Clive Cussler, whose pen was taken away from him for good on February 24, 2020 at the age of 88.
On this day in:
a. 1910 Emil Kraepelin in his book Clinical Psychiatry gave a name to a disease the elderly and their loved ones would learn to fear big time, Alzheimer’s disease after his colleague Lois Alzheimer who was the first person to publish a reference to presenile dementia.
b. 1959 in what can only be described as job security suicide for members of the United Steelworkers Union, the 116 day nationwide steel strike started which led to significant importation of foreign produced steel for the first time in this nation’s history.
c. 1979 President Carter gave what has come to be known as his “malaise speech” which in all likelihood along with the seizure of our Embassy in Tehran set the stage for Reagan to win the presidency.
d. 2002 the “American Taliban” pled guilty to possessing explosives and conspiracy to killing Americans and was sentenced to 20 years and was released on supervised parole for 3 years on May 23, 2019.
e. 2016 factions of the Turkish Armed Forces unsuccessfully attempted a coup against the regime of Turkish President Erdogan. .
Reflections on Alzheimer’s disease: “You get the health benefits of coffee up through about the first twenty-four ounces. It's the biggest source of antioxidants for Americans, and we think it helps prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's as well.” Doctor Mehmet Oz, noted surgeon and television personality. If he is right on this, time to spend more time at Starbucks when they reopen and start buying its stock.
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