Monday, July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Bagpipe Appreciation Dayi

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not July 27, 2020   
       CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 207,401 new cases  (a 1.27%  increase compared to a 1.57% increase yesterday) to bring the total exceeding 16  million to 16,536,862 cases, 5,755,001   of  which  are active, 10,781,861 of which have been closed with 10,127,772 recoveries (93.93% compared to  yesterday’s 93.89%) and 654,089  deaths (6.06% compared to yesterday’s 6.11%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
      CV USA: New cases of 52,804 with total cases surging to over 4 million of 4,398,184 (a 1.22% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.46% increase) with 2,146,824 active cases of which 18,997 (18,984 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition a small increase, and 2,251,360 closures, 150,053 of which have been deaths (6.66% compared to yesterday’s 6.73%) and 2,101,307 of which  have been recoveries (93.34%  compared to yesterday’s 93.27%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 54,905,485 tests ( with a 1,210,849 more tests from yesterday 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 arrived in a hearse at the Capitol and was carried up the steps by all black members of the military into the Rotunda to lie in state (symbolically in Montgomery the casket was transported in a wagon pulled by mules to be carried up the steps of the Capitol by mostly white Alabama State Troopers); hundreds of Sanders delegates sign petition they will vote against any Blue platform that does not contain  “Medicare for All”; in Seattle, with Mayor Durkan immobilized by her loss of the “Summer of Love” at CHAZ/CHOP, another day of riots with police attacked by rioters throwing rocks, wood, bottles and explosives at the police injuring 59 (when will the spineless leftist governor finally say enough is enough and send in his National Guard before more people and officers start getting killed); Michigan under Witless Whitmer is in the unfavorable news with the Michigan Supreme Court slamming the treasurer of Oakland County for seizing a 74 year old’s home for unpaid taxes of $8.41 and then selling it and trying to keep the  $24,500 in proceeds from the sale (sadly Michigan is not alone in its rapacious laws as more than a dozen states); Austin police released the suspect driving his car that was attacked by BLM protesters and who in response to Garret Foster pointing an AK-47 like rifle at him shot and killed him and sped away as his car was being shot at (King and soon to be Lewis must be rolling in their graves over the hijacking of nonviolence by BLM protesters that advanced the cause of Civil Rights); the WH and Senate Republicans are proposing to cut the $600 a week extra unemployment benefits to $200 a week (watch for the outrage of the Blues but candidly $600 a week bonus for not working is a great incentive while it lasts to not go back to work); noncitizens are not allowed to vote or receive federal benefits and one would think that the Census should not count aliens for purposes of assigning House seats but the left continues to think otherwise; riots like cancers if not suppressed metastasize as the nightly riots in Portland have spread to Eugene with rioters pointing guns at drivers, launching fireworks at a brewery and attacking businesses (no federal agents there so Oregon Governor cannot use the spineless Wheeler excuse that riots are caused by presence of federal agents protecting federal property).           
     Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of July 26, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 17 to 2,241, of whom 395 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 206 behind Chicago now at 189 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 TLC, the fact that if you are not a pavid person,  and a quote from Wilhelm Keitel on WWII and the Geneva Convention, 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. Gary Gygax Day—created by his fans after his death on March 4, 2008 to honor the noted game creator and author and co-creator of the immensely popular Dungeons and Dragons. Given the stay at home orders we have had to endure, having access to games like Dungeons and Dragon has to be a great way to keep one’s sanity. 
2. Bagpipe Appreciation Day—celebrating a musical instrument that has been played since Mesopotamian times and has been and is used in war (imagine the fear arising if you were a soldier peering into the fog and hearing that eerie sound approaching knowing it was accompanied by large numbers of soldiers), funerals (hard to find someone who can hold back tears at a funeral when “Amazing Grace” is being played), during parades or in bars and taverns during St. Patrick’s Day.
3. 1995 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1995 on this day on a run of 7 weeks was “Waterfalls” by TLC in their first number 1 song.  Here is recording of the song: .  This 3 all female group was founded in Atlanta in 1991 and had great success in the 90’s but went into a hiatus after one of its members Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was killed in Honduras in a traffic accident but surviving two members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas continued as a duet and are still performing today.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pavid” which means timid which describes our politicians when facing issues surrounding entitlement programs like Social Security or Medicare.
5. Asylum for the Soul Not the Body--celebrating the birth on this day in 1963 of Karl Mueller, noted bass guitarist and founding member of the Minneapolis alternative rock band Soul Asylum who as a long time smoker was diagnosed with throat cancer in May, 2004 and died from cancer on June 17, 2005 at age 42.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1929 to the relief of all combatants present or in the future who might be captured or wounded during wartime 53 nations signed the Geneva Convention of 1929 that went into effect on June 17, 1931. 
 b. 1964 in our slow walk to the disaster of what would be known as the Vietnam War another 5,000 military advisers were to be sent to South Vietnam, bringing the total of our forces to 21,000 by year end.
 c. 1974 the House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 with 6 Republicans joining all 21 Democrats in favor of the 1st Article of Impeachment, obstruction of justice, casting a clear signal that the end of the Nixon Presidency would soon most likely be coming to an end and whose vote should have been a lesson to the totally partisan impeachment of Trump without a single Republican vote.
 d. 1995 the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated to those who fought in the “Forgotten War.”
 e. 1996 a pipe bomb planted by Eric Rudolph at the Atlanta Summer Olympics exploded in Centennial Olympic Park, killing 1 and injuring 111 others. Rudolph was later caught and to avoid the death penalty pled guilty and was sentenced to 4 consecutive life sentences as is now rotting away in a Federal Supermax Prison. 
     Reflections on the Geneva Convention: “This war no longer has anything to do with knightly conduct or with the agreements of the Geneva Convention.” Wilhelm Keitel, Oberkommando der Wehrmacht and convicted of war crimes at Nuremberg and executed by hanging on October 16, 1946
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