Saturday, July 18, 2020

July 18, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International World Nelson Mandela Dayely

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 18, 2020
     CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues  to surge with 418,656 new cases  (a 2.99%  increase compared to a 1.4% increase yesterday) to bring the total past 14 million to 14,422,125 cases, 5,206,070   of  which  are active, 9,216,055 of which have been closed with 8,322,232 recoveries (93.44% compared to  yesterday’s 93.34%) and 604,819   deaths (6.56% compared to yesterday’s 6.66%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
     CV USA: New cases of 242,327 with total cases surging to near 4 million of 3,590,944 (a 6.75% increase compared to yesterday’s 3.02% increase) with 1,915,675 active cases of which 16,673 (16,452 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition, and 1,918,096  closures, 142,877 of which have been deaths (7.45% compared to yesterday’s 7.75%) and 1,775,219 of which  have been recoveries (92.55%  compared to yesterday’s 92.25%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 47,598,277 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: Flags will be flown at half mast in honor of the deceased John Lewis and even though funeral plans are not yet final Blue Representative Karen Bass has already politicized his death by demanding the Trump not comment on the man or his life in the Civil Rights Movement; Doctor Fauci has praised New York for “getting it right “ in its CV response as 28,000 died with a very large number from Cuomo’s order putting positive CV patients into nursing homes that were ill equipped to prevent the spread of the virus to patients (perverse definition of “getting it right”) ; in a moment justifying why we have a 2nd Amendment, a Good Samaritan was stopped at a traffic light when a shot fired by Joshua Hayes, who had just killed a cemetery worker and was shooting at another, missed and hit his car, wounding him but he was able to get out of the car with his permitted gun and shoot and kill him; in Chicago as of July 16, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 43 to 2,076, of whom 373 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 189 behind Chicago now at 184 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 Simply Red, the fact that with the Blues swing to the left we might have a chance however slim to avoid partocracy in California, and a quote from Nelson Mandela on hate versus love, 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. International Nelson Mandela Day—created by the UN on this day in 2010 to commemorate Nelson Mandela’ birthday on this day in 1918 and honor his years of fighting to end apartheid and bring social justice to the blacks of South Africa.      
2. World Listening Day—created by the World Listening project in 2010 to promote the study of our world, societies and cultures through the art of listening which in today’s divisive society is far outnumbered by the voices of ranting, bias and rhetoric which drowns out and stifles any true attempts to listen.
3. 1986 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1986 on this day on a run of 1 week was “Holding Back the Years” by Simply Red in its first number 1 song. Here is recording of the song:  This Manchester, England band was not named because the members were Communists but because their lead singer Mark Hucknell had red hair and supported Manchester Union whose team colors were red and was formed in 1985 and performed until 2010 when it disbanded only to reform in 2015 and still be performing today.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “partocracy” which means government by a single unopposed party which California with its Blue overwhelming majorities is on the road to becoming.
5. It Takes a Village—celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of Glenn Michael Hughes, the original “Leatherman” of the Village People from 1977-1996 who loved motorcycles and heavy smoking since a teen and died too early of lung cancer on March 4, 2001.
On this day in:               
 a. 1914 the U.S. Congress formed the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps to give official status to aircraft in the U.S. Army.   
 b. 1942 the first test flight of the ME 262 with jet engines took place and fortunately for the Allies it did not go into service until April of 1944.
 c. 1968 Intel Corporation was formed in Mountain View.
 d. 1992 a photo of Les Horribles Cernettes, a female pop parody band become the first photo to be published on the World Wide Web.
 e. 2013 the City of Detroit with up to $20 billion in debt filed for bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy to date in the United States. 
      Reflections on hate versus love: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela. Great words in these divisive times that it would behoove all of us regardless of party affiliation to live by.
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