Thursday, July 23, 2020

July 23, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Sjögren’s Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not July 23, 2020
     CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 405,944 new cases  (a 2.26%  increase compared to a 2.26% increase yesterday) to bring the total nearing 16  million to 15,651,898 cases, 5,480,096   of  which  are active, 10,171,802 of which have been closed with 9,535,332 recoveries (93.74% compared to  yesterday’s 93.67%) and 636,470  deaths (6.26% compared to yesterday’s 6.33%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
      CV USA: New cases of 97,482 with total cases surging to over 4 million of 4,169,991 (a 2.39% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.73% increase) with 2,043,041 active cases of which 19,155 (16,729 yesterday and an alarming 14.5% increase) are in serious or critical condition, and 2,126,950  closures, 147,333 of which have been deaths (6.93% compared to yesterday’s 7.09%) and 1,979,617 of which  have been recoveries (92.07%  compared to yesterday’s 92.91%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 51,552,175 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: Black radio host tells Biden to ”shut the eff up” over his claim that Trump is the first racist president (critics whose minds still work as opposed to Biden’s pointed out that 12 presidents had owned slaves and that Wilson and FDR might well be paragons of racism); hope Fauci is better plotting on how to fight the CV than he is on “shot putting” a baseball to open the truncated MLB season; after failing to quell 53 days of riots in Portland, pressure by Portland officials has resulted in the IG Michael Horowitz in conjunction with the IG of the DHS to open up an investigation of the federal agents deployed to Portland: AOC slams an apologetic Rep Yoho for calling her a "f---ing b---h," but lips are silent on Pelosi’s storm trooper and Clyburn’s Gestapo rants (hypocrisy always dilutes credibility of one’s outrage AOC); the surge in CV has also prompted a surge in online swinging with almost 725,000 swingers according to the App #Fun (wonder if each member of the threesome has negative test results card of recent vintage); Southwest Airlines and American Airlines will require all passengers over the age of 2 to wear a face mask as they imitate sardines in their crowded seats; Michael Cohen who violated the terms of his home arrest by dining at a pricey Manhattan restaurant and was then sent back to prison has convinced a federal judge that ordering him back was in retaliation for his wanting to write a book and ordered him to be returned back to his house on Friday (having money and the anti-Trump MSM on your side is a plus when dealing with the criminal justice system); another retailer is the victim of the CV pandemic, Acsena Retail Group which owns Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant and Loft, has filed for Chapter XI Bankruptcy; John Lewis will become the second civilian to lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda.
     Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of July 22, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 11 to 2,161, of whom 387 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 202 behind Chicago now at 185 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 EMF, the fact that you are not pathic,  and a quote from Roger Craig on hitting against pitchers like Don Drysdale, 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. World’s Sjögren’s Day—commemorating since 2010 the work of Henrik Sjögren, a Swedish ophthalmologist  who identified the autoimmune system disease best known for dry eyes and mouth and joint pain that bears his name and is suffered by some 4 million Americans.      
2. National Yada, Yada, Yada Day—inspired by the 153rd episode of Seinfeld which aired on April 24, 1997 and created by Michael W. Casby who on April 15, 2015 noted there was a Blah, Blah, Blah day and tweeted to Checkiday to name on July 23 Yada, Yada, Yada Day.
3. 1991 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1991 on this day on a run of 1 week was “Unbelievable”  a first number 1 song by EMF, an alternative British rock band formed in 1989, disbanded in 1997 to reform 3 times and is still active today. Here is recording of the song: .  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pathic” which means passive which describes to a tee how Blue urban politicians view their black constituents when it comes time to vote.
5. Shutout King--celebrating the birth on this day in 1936 of noted Dodger pitcher and sportscaster Don Drysdale who was not afraid to hit a batter and often did, was good hitter for a pitcher (1965 he was the Dodgers only 300 hitter). He set the scoreless inning record at 58 2/3rd the night Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in L.A. and his record of 6 consecutive complete game shutouts still stands. Sadly this talented pitcher and this poet’s hero when he was pitching in little league died from a heart attack on July 3rd, 1993.
On this day in:               
 a.  1903  Ford Motor sold its first automobile.   
 b.  1962  Jackie Robinson became the first black player to be inducted to MLB Hall of Fame.
 c. 1983 Air Canada Flight 143 from Montreal to Edmonton in a Boeing 767 after being incorrectly loaded with the proper amount of fuel, ran out of fuel at 41,000 feet midway into the flight but was fortunate enough to glide itself to a safe landing at Gimbli, Canada on an abandoned air force base converted to a race track.
 d. 1999 Space Shuttle Columbia was launched on the 93rd space shuttle mission with Eileen Collins being the first female commander.
 e. 2018, in Attica, Greece wildfires killed 108 people, making it the deadliest fire in Greece history and the 2nd deadliest after wildfires that killed 180 in Australia.  
     Reflections on facing pitchers like Don Drysdale: ““I personally think it’s too bad if a batter gets hit crowding the plate. I know that Don Drysdale, Larry Sherry and Stan Williams felt the same way when they pitched for the Dodgers in the late 1950s and early ’60s. That was the formula I was raised on. Come to think of it, I’ve never seen a batter apologize for smashing a line drive off some part of a pitcher’s torso”
— Roger Craig, Inside Pitch
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