Saturday, July 25, 2020

July 25, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Hire a Veteran Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not July 25, 2020   
       CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 289,826 new cases  (a 1.84%  increase compared to a .87% increase yesterday) to bring the total exceeding 16  million to 16,077,287 cases, 5,609,079   of  which  are active, 10,468,208 of which have been closed with 9,822,971 recoveries (93.84% compared to  yesterday’s 93.77%) and 645,237  deaths (6.16% compared to yesterday’s 6.23%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
      CV USA: New cases of 82,026 with total cases surging to over 4 million of 4,282,777 (a 1.95% increase compared to yesterday’s .74% increase) with 2,064,117 active cases of which 19,069 (19,171 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition a welcome drop rise, and 2,186,655  closures, 148,988 of which have been deaths (6.81% compared to yesterday’s 6.91%) and 2,037,677 of which  have been recoveries (93.19%  compared to yesterday’s 93.09%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 52,919,650 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: Regis Philbin noted TV personality and host of Live and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire has died of natural causes at 88; the first day of a 6 day celebration opf life took place in his home town of Troy. Alabama with another service to be held this evening (Trump ignored Rep Bass’ admonition that he not say anything as he tweeted today that Lewis was a “Civil Rights hero.”; a locksmith pried open the doors of the Chinese consulate in Houston ordered closed due to espionage and IP theft; Trump has sent 100’s of federal agents to Chicago to protect federal property and assist the CPD fight the wave of black on black shootings and killings and some fruit as 3 have been arrested for federal firearms violations; a federal judge has wisely blocked the Seattle Council’s attempt to ban the use of riot gear by the SPD (otherwise cops are left with only batons and firearms to protect themselves from rioters’ dangerous or deadly force); in Louisville,  a “protest” by a black militia group “Not F---ing Around” resulted in one of the “protesters” accidentally shooting 3 of his fellow protesters (when you are packing heat peaceful protest my ass that sounds like getting ready to riot); another rock legend Peter Green, the co-founder of Fleetwood Mac has died in his sleep at age 73; Eric Swalwell the most consistent liar in the House thought the disclosures of the FBI investigating Trump were perfectly justified because Trump’s “hope the Russians have Hillary’s deleted emails” proves he was asking for their help (not only a liar but totally delusional); still reeling from the Chinese love note of the CV pandemic, residents in Virginia and Utah have received unsolicited seed packages evidently from China which the Department of Agriculture has advised not to plant until the nature of the seed is identified (invasion of the invasive plants?); in a chilling reminder of how divisive we have degenerated into a noted black Trump and BLM supporter in Milwaukee Bernell Trammell was shot and killed in front of his store; Hurricane Hanna is expected to make landfall in Texas bringing massive amounts of rain and potential flooding (wonder if the boats of Confederate Navy will be welcome flying their Stars and Bars in rescuing flooded victims?).
     Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of July 24, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 20 to 2,197, of whom 393 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 207 behind Chicago now at 186 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 UB40, the fact that if you are to own a boat you would not have Bligh like tendencies as a patroon,  and a quote from Richard Nixon on Vietnamization, 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 Hire a Veteran Day—created by Hire Our Heroes on June 5, 2017 and first celebrated on this day in 2017 to promote the hiring of veterans who bring unique managerial talent and skill sets to the private sector and employers should feel very good about themselves and given the amount of homelessness present among our vets a job is exactly the lifeline they need and could use.  
2. Perthes Disease Awareness Day—celebrated on the last Saturday in July to create awareness of a rare disease that affects 1 out of 1200 children and  causes a blockage of the blood vessels to the bone cells in the hip causing bone lose and requiring in many cases surgery preferably sooner than later as the disease progresses.
3. 1993 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1993 on this day on a run of 7 weeks was “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Here is recording of the song: .  This British pop and reggae band was formed in 1978 and is still active and was named after the form one needs to fill out to seek unemployment benefits in the U.K.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “patroon” which means captain of the ship and when the ship is the ship of state, grave concerns over whether Biden is up to the task.
5. Tough Kid but Not Tough Enough--celebrating the birth on this day in 1982 of Brad Renfro who was living with his grandmother in a trailer park when he with no acting experience but exhibiting the nature of a “tough kid” the director wanted landed a starring role in The Client and went on to have roles in 21 feature films but struggled with drugs, alcohol and the law and overdosed on heroin and morphine on January 15, 2008 at the age of 25.
On this day in:               
 a. 1837 in London William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone made the first commercial demonstration of the telegraph and the world became yet another smaller place. 
 b. 1965 Bob Dylan switched to an electric guitar commencing a major shift in pop and rock music.
 c. 1969 President Nixon declared the Nixon Doctrine requiring the citizens of Asian countries to be the first line of defense against Communists intrusion which led to the Vietnamization of the Vietnam War creating the beginning of the withdrawal of American forces.
 d. 1994 in a better late than never moment, Jordan and Israel signed the Washington Declaration which ended the formal state of war that existed between the 2 countries since 1948.
 e. 2010 WikiLeaks published classified documents, some of which were leaked by Chelsea Manning, about the U.S. military’s role in Afghanistan in one of the largest leaks of classified military information ever.  
     Reflections on Vietnamization: “Tonight I can report that Vietnamization has succeeded. Because of the increased strength of the South Vietnamese, because of the success of the Cambodian operation, because of the achievements of the South Vietnamese operation in Laos, I am announcing an increase in the rate of American withdrawals. Between May 1 and December 1 of this year, 100,000 more American troops will be brought home from South Vietnam.” Richard Nixon– Televised address to nation, April 7, 1971 Sadly not a realistic statement as after signing of the Paris Peace Accords on January 27, 1973, in a little over 2 years South Vietnam fell to the North on April 15, 1975 with a resigned Richard Nixon no longer president to see the failure of Vietnamization.
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