Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 16, 2020
CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 206,688 new cases (a 1.52% increase compared to a 1.96% increase yesterday) to bring the total to nearing 14 million at 13,810,262 cases, 5,003,966 of which are active, 8,806,296 of which have been closed with 8,217,073 recoveries (93.31% compared to yesterday’s 93.16%) and 589,223 deaths (6.69% compared to yesterday’s 6.84%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA: New cases of 58,105152,317 with total cases of 3,590,944 (a 1.62% increase compared to yesterday’s 4.43% increase) with 1,860,762 active cases of which 16,456 (16,307 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition, an increasing stat that is troublesome and 1,788,287 closures, 140,526 of which have been deaths (7.84% compared to yesterday’s 7.92%) and 1,647,761 of which have been recoveries (92.14% compared to yesterday’s 92.08%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 45,553,679 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 City of Roses has become the City of Riots for 47 straight days as a spineless mayor like his cohort to the north in Seattle is forgoing federal and state help to end the anarchy of burnings, looting and shootings https://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2020/07/portland-city-of-roses-becomes-riot-city.html; Gruesome Newsom’s banning of churches allowing singing during services has prompted his being sued by 3 churches for violating their 1st Amendment rights (yet another example of the double standard imposed by leftist hacks like Newsom allowing protests without masks and social distancing until the cows come home but drastically limiting religious activities of places of worship); while Biden probably wouldn’t what end of a shovel to use as he touted his infrastructure plans, Trump is pushing pedal to the metal to streamline the regulatory morass to allow construction projects to proceed at lower costs (simple question as we will try to climb out of the CV induced collapse—who will do a better job of recovery for the economy Trump or Biden?); on the War on Religion disguised as the War against CV Pastor Greg Farrington of the 3,500 member the Destiny Christian Church in Sacramento announced he will defy Newsom’s ban of services with singing and holding more than 100 people while protest marches in any number are allowed; Virginia, the birthplace of freedom of religion thanks to Thomas Jefferson, has come to its senses and dropped criminal charges against a pastor who held a Palm Sunday church service for 16 worshippers in a church that holds 300 people; and in Kendall, Florida the Good Shepherd Catholic Church had its statue of Jesus Christ beheaded; finally Tim Kaine, HRC’s hack running mate, has said something profound when he claimed that Obama did not do enough to punish Russia for its meddling in our 2016 elections (hopefully HRC will add Obama to her laundry list of reasons and excuses why she lost); in Chicago as of July 15, 2020, the number of shootings increased by only 8 to 2,000, of whom 364 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 still 186 behind Chicago now at 178 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 Prince, the fact that you will enjoy seeing Trump using paromologia against Biden, and a quote on the Trinity test of the first nuclear weapon at Alamogordo, New Mexico by J. Robert Oppenheimer, 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. National Personal Chef Day—celebrating those personal chefs who cater to those well off to afford them and take advantage of their menu planning and culinary skills needed today more so than ever given the number of restaurants either closed or on drastically reduced seatings due to the CV pandemic.
2. Get to Know Your Customers Day—celebrating on the third Thursday of January, April. July and October the simple fact that businesses do not survive without customers and it is is the business that prospers by knowing and then being able to respond to a customer’s likes, preferences, dislikes, goals and proclivities. Even though observed on 4 days of the year, it really should be a daily task.
3. 1984 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1984 on this day on a run of 5 weeks was “When Doves Cry” by Prince in his first number 1 song. Here is recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG3VcCAlUgE. This talented musician considered perhaps one of the greatest of his generation had the doves’ cries stop for good on April 21, 2016 when he died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “paromologia” which means a partial admission of a portion of an opponent’s argument to bolster one’s final position, a debate tactic that Trump will employ such that Biden will be clueless on what is about to hit him.
5. Moving to Playing on a Spiritual Court—celebrating the birth on this day in 1942 of noted successful professional woman’s tennis player Margaret Court who had the misfortune to accept a challenge from Bobby Riggs to play him in a televised match and was unlike Billie Jean King, soundly defeated by him; after retiring from tennis she move on to serve aces of the spiritual kind as a minister which she still is today.
On this day in:
a. 1945 on the same day the USS Indianapolis left San Francisco with the atomic bomb “Little Boy” on board which was destined to be dropped on Hiroshima, at Alamogordo, New Mexico the first nuclear bomb was successfully detonated under the code name “Trinity.”
b. 1950 30 wounded Americans and a chaplain were discovered by the North Koreans in a mountain near the village of Taman, South Korea and were then executed.
c. 1969 Apollo 11 successfully was launched from the Kennedy Space Center carry 3 astronauts to the Moon for a landing thereon.
d. 1999 John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife Carolyn and her sister Lauren Bissette were killed when a private plane Kennedy was piloting crashed off the waters of Martha’s Vineyard.
e. 2015 naturalized U.S. citizen Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez drove to a recruiting center and Naval Reserve facility and started shooting killing 5 and wounding 3 before police were able to send him on his one way ticket to Paradise. .
Reflections on on the Trinity A-Bomb at Alamogordo: “We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, ‘Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ I suppose we all felt that one way or another." J. Ropbert Oppenheimer, Jr. in 1965
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