Ridley’s Believe It Or Not July 26, 2020
CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 252,714 new cases (a 1.57% increase compared to a 1.84% increase yesterday) to bring the total exceeding 16 million to 16,329,461 cases, 5,691,787 of which are active, 10,637,694 of which have been closed with 9,987,260 recoveries (93.89% compared to yesterday’s 93.84%) and 650,434 deaths (6.11% compared to yesterday’s 6.16%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA: New cases of 62,603 with total cases surging to over 4 million of 4,345,380 (a 1.46% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.95% increase) with 2,123,243 active cases of which 18,984 (19,069 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition a welcome drop, and 2,222,037 closures, 149,605 of which have been deaths (6.73% compared to yesterday’s 6.81%) and 2,072,532 of which have been recoveries (93.27% compared to yesterday’s 93.19%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 53,694,636 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: John Lewis’ casket atop a wagon was towed across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to Montgomery where it now lies in state at the State Capitol; Joe Biden merits his nickname “Hidin’ Biden” as he refuses to come out of his basement physically or on line to do an interview with Chris Wallace (more likely than not he is terrified of revealing his fading mental capabilities); every time Pelosi opens her Botox infused mouth she cannot refrain from divisive over the top rhetoric--this time nick naming Trump “Mr. Make It Worse” (when will this divisive hack realize that continuing ad hominem attacks are totally anti-productive and demean the role of the Speaker of the House); Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving star of Gone With the Wind has died at the age of 104 in Paris; in yet another example of how the CV pandemic has frayed our civility, a woman is captured on video spraying with pepper spray a man walking a dog for not wearing a mask, an act which pales by comparison to what happened at a Dallas sports bar called the Knockout where a men refused entrance because the place was at capacity returned to his car and came back with an assault rifle wounding 3 patrons inside but when he went to the back of the building he was met by armed patrons who started shooting at him and he fled; in Louisville 2 armed militia groups the white The Three Percenters faced off with the black Not F---ing Around Coalition but with police helicopters and armed police monitoring carefully, the protest was peaceful albeit scary to see such heavily armed militia in public:
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of July 24, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 27 to 2,224, of whom 394 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 208 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 All-4-One, the fact that if you can be pauciloquent and still get your point across, and a quote from Leo Tolstoy on Esperanto, 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. Esperanto Day—celebrating the creation of the auxiliary international language Esperanto by L.L. Zamenhof in Poland in 1887 believed today to be used by some 2,000,000 speakers.
2. Reek Sunday—commemorating on the last Sunday in July an annual day of pilgrimage in Ireland by climbing Ireland’ highest mountain Croagh Patrick where St. Patrick fasted for 40 days.
3. 1994 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1994 on this day on a run of 11 weeks was “I Swear” by All-4-One in their first number 1 song. Here is recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25rL-ooWICU . This Antelope Valley band now in their late 40’s was formed in 1993 and still going strong today.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pauciloquent” which means speaking few words which is a great skill to get one’s point across in this hectic 24/7 world.
5. Gaffe Mentor for Biden--celebrating the birth on this day in 1903 of Senator Estes Kefauver who longed to be president but could not win the Democratic nomination; he was a lousy speaker and gaffer but personable and connected to his constituents. Sadly, he was a heavy smoker and drinker who could not quit either habit and died of a heart attack on August 10, 1963 at the age of 60.
On this day in:
a. 1948 President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981 desegregating the military which unfortunately did not extend to the towns surrounding US Military Bases in the Jim Crow South.
b. 1956 in a you won’t play ball with me I will take my river and go home, Egyptian President Nasser after the World Bank refused to fund construction of the Aswan Dam, nationalized the Suez Canal provoking international condemnation.
c. 1977 the National Assembly of Quebec made French the official language of the province.
d. 1990 to the joy of handicapped people in the U.S., George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
e. 2016 Solar Impulse 2 became the first airplane powered by solar power to circumnavigate the world after making 12 stops and having to occasionally wait for better weather.
Reflections on Esperanto: “Six years ago I received an Esperanto grammar, vocabulary, and articles written in the language. After not more than two hours’ study I was able, if not to write the language, at any rate to read it freely…. I have often noted how men are brought into unfriendly relations merely through material hindrance to mutual comprehension. The learning and spreading of Esperanto is therefore undoubtedly a Christian movement, helping to create the Kingdom of God, which is the chief and only aim of human life.” Leo Tolstoy
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