Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 19, 2020
CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues to with 107,007 new cases (a .74% increase compared to a 2.99% increase yesterday) to bring the total past 14 million to 14,529,122 cases, 5,252,240 of which are active, 9,276,892 of which have been closed with 8,670,144 recoveries (93.46% compared to yesterday’s 93.44%) and 606,748 deaths (6.54% compared to yesterday’s 6.56%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA: New cases of 268,646 with total cases surging to near 4 million of 3,859,590 (a 7.48% increase compared to yesterday’s 6.75% increase) with 1,940,085 active cases of which 16,663 (16,673 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition, and 1,919,505 closures, 143,042 of which have been deaths (7.45% compared to yesterday’s 7..45%) and 1,776,463 of which have been recoveries (92.55% compared to yesterday’s 92.55%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 48,324,182 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: Trump’s niece Mary Trump’s scathing Trump attack book has sold almost a million copies and Trump in his interview with Chris Wallace, claimed her allegations were false, she was not liked much by the family and was hurt by her attacks on his father and mother (total distraction when we face major economic, pandemic, international and political problems); Trump has indicated the administration is working with Congress to craft a 4th stimulus bill but also indicated he would veto it if it did not include a payroll tax cut; Durham’s investigation on FBI misconduct is proceeding amid predictions from Reds that indictments will come soon and must be before the election; Biden’s strategy of hiding in his basement tethered to a teleprompter seems to working at least in the polls with a 8% lead (given valid and serious concerns over his mental abilities or lack thereof, the Presidential debates are becoming more and more critical); Ivan Robles Navejas, a suspected DUI crossed over the dividing line of Highway 16 in Texas and ran headfirst into a group Thin Blue Line Motorcycle Club riders, killing 3 and putting 9 into critical care; in a chilling look into the CV future, the wife of a Kentucky couple tested posted after taking a test as she want to go out of state to visit her mother which resulted in being required to wear ankle bracelets that went off when they moved 200 feet from their home because they refused to sign quarantine agreements; in Chicago as of July 18, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 2,078, of whom 372 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 188 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 Keith Godchaux, the fact that you are not parvisient, and a quote from Ted Kennedy on the accident at Chappaquiddick, 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 Ice Cream Day—created by the US Senate on July 15, 1984 and signed into law on July 2, 1984 by President Reagan and since the 15th was the third Sunday of July, the day has been celebrated on the third Sunday thereafter and Pelosi must be in ice cream OD mode today.
2. National Stick Out Your Tongue Day—clueless to who created this day and when but do know that sticking out a tongue other than during a doctor’s examination is considered rude save in Tibet where it is considered a greeting.
3. 1987 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1987 on this day on a run of 3 weeks was “Alone” by Heart, a band formed in Seattle in 1970. Here is recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cw1ng75KP0. The after a hiatus and breakup is back together and still performing.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “parviscient” which means having little knowledge which describes the members of the Squad to a tee.
5. Not Grateful to Be Dead—celebrating the birth on this day in 1948 of Keith Godchaux best known for his being a pianist for the Grateful Dead from 1971-1979 before leaving in February of 1979 due in large part to difficulties with drugs. He was recuperating from his drug usage and working on a tour of his newly formed band Heart of Gold when on his birthday being driven home by Courtenay Pollock from a birthday party was involved in an automobile accident, suffering massive head injuries to die 4 days later at age 32.
On this day in:
a. 1848 on the march to voting rights and equalities a 2 day Women’s Rights Convention was held at Seneca Falls, New York.
b. 1969 U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy while leaving a campaign function with one of his campaign staffers Marie Jo Kopechne crashed through a bridge in Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts managing to swim free of the car but leaving her in it to drown and leaving the scene.
c. 1979 the oil tanker SS Atlantic Empress collided with the oil tanker SS Aegean Tanker in the Caribbean 18 miles off the island of Tobago and after a week of uncontrollable fires sank, resulting in the release of 275,000 tons of crude oil.
d. 1980 the Summer Olympics Games opened in Moscow and were boycotted by the U.S. and 65 countries due to the Soviet’s invasion of Afghanistan.
e. 1982 in one of Hezbollah’s early terrorist attacks and not its last the president of American University of Beirut was kidnapped and transferred to Iran where with Syria’s assistance he was released a year later.
Reflections on Chappaquiddick: “It has been seven years since my first election to the Senate. You and I share many memories -- some of them have been glorious, some have been very sad. The opportunity to work with you and serve Massachusetts has made my life worthwhile.
And so I ask you tonight, the people of Massachusetts, to think this through with me. In facing this decision, I seek your advice and opinion. In making it, I seek your prayers -- for this is a decision that I will have finally to make on my own.” Ted Kennedy, on TV addressing Mary Jo Kopechne’s death in a speech like the “Checkers Speech” for Nixon saved his political career.
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