Wednesday, July 29, 2020

July 29, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Chicken Wings Day

CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 362,843 new cases  (a 2.17% increase compared to a .93% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 17  million to 17,053,161 cases, 5,817,998   of  which  are active, 11,235,163 of which have been closed with 10,568,710 recoveries (93.99% compared to  yesterday’s 94.07%) and 666,453  deaths (5.93% compared to yesterday’s 6.01%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
      CV USA: New cases of 141,000 with total cases surging to over 4 million of 4,398,184 (a 3.21% increase compared to yesterday’s .86% increase) with 2,168,068 active cases of which 19,015 (19,100 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition a small decrease, and 2,371,116 closures, 153,153 of which have been deaths (6.46% compared to yesterday’s 6.58%) and 2,217,963 of which  have been recoveries (93.54%  compared to yesterday’s 93.42%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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   56,684,379 tests (with almost a million 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: Justice Ginsburg was back in the hospital again for a non surgical procedure but is expected to be back by the end of this week; after Barr was grilled yesterday, today it was the CEO’s turn from Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google to take the blistering heat from the Blues as being too large and anti-competitive and the Reds were blasting away for  conservatives being censored and support of the Chinese (in the backdrop of Donald Trump, Jr. being suspended by Twitter for tweeting a video of doctors relating their positive experience with hydroxychloroquine); Social Media companies better start reading the tea leaves of anger as a recent poll reveals that 82% of Republicans and 62% of Democrats feel that social media has become too powerful (hate to see government trying to regulate speech but maybe time to reinstitute the “Fairness Doctrine” or mandate access to any speech that does not advocate physical violence); the Oakland City Council, despite Oakland being a very dangerous place in terms of violent crimes and shootings, has unanimously passed a resolution banning federal officers and creating a commission to reduce the police budget by 50 percent (indication of the anti-police views of Oakland revealed by the city of Fremont not responding to mutual aid pact during this weekend’s protests like so many across the country turned into a riot; Mayor Durkan of Seattle has fanned the flames of chaos by ranting that sending federal agents to Trump is a trial run for martial law, a claim for which she was blasted by the head of the Seattle Police Union who said refusing help is unconscionable.      
     Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of July 28, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 13 to 2,279, of whom 404 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 213 behind Chicago now at 191 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 Puff Daddy and Faith Evans feat 112, the fact that if you would never commit and act of peculation,  and a quote from John Edward Douglas on the arrest of David Berkowitz,  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 Lipstick Day—celebrated since 2017 but used initially by women of royalty class since Mesopotamian times with many more colors than ever before  imagined and used also by some men. 
2. National Chicken Wing Day—proclaimed by Buffalo Mayor Stan Makowski in 1977 to honor the creation of this very popular snack by Teressa Bellissimo the co-owner of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo when she deep fried some chicken wings that were normally used to create chicken stock, put some sauce and cayenne pepper on them and fed them to her son and his friends visiting from college. Americans devour some 30 million wings each day but this poet’s full wings that are either the size of a chicken on steroids or a dwarf turkey at Mutt Lynch’s in Newport Beach near the pier.
3. 1997 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1997 on this day on a run of 1 week was “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans feat. 112 in their first number 1 song. Here is a recording of the song which was their first number 1 song: Puff Daddy has six children and recently seems to be under Louis Farrakhan. Faith Evans is still performing strong but is perhaps best known for her 1994 marriage to the Notorious B.I.G.  who was gunned down on March 9, 1997 drive by shooting that remains unsolved.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “peculation” which means embezzlement which is a breaching crime of trust that often goes on too long before being discovered.
5. Lying in Wait--celebrating the birth on this day in 1938 of Canadian born Peter Jennings who with Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather were the troika of big three MSM news anchors but he also smoked heavily until he quit in his 40’s but made the mistake of lighting up again following 9/11. He announced on his show that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and did his last show for ABC Evening News on April 1, 2005, notified viewers in a video broadcast on April 5, 2005 that he had be diagnosed with lung cancer and in almost record time in the era of chemotherapy and other treatments died on August 7, 2005.
 On this day in: 
a. 1858 the Harris Treaty was signed on the deck of the USS Powhatan, a side wheeler warship, in Endo Bay (Tokyo Bay) that required Japan to open up 5 ports to U.S. ships for trading, granted extra territoriality to foreigners and other trading stipulations. 
 b. 1976 David Berkowitz aka the Son of Sam killed and seriously wounded his first victims in a serious of shootings that would end on July 31, 1977 and result in a total of 6 murders and 7 woundings and a total reign of terror in NYC which was put to an end on August 10, 1977 with the icing on the cake of his guilty pleas to all shootings and a sentence 6 life terms and is now at age 67 rotting away at the Shawangunk Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison.
 c. 1981 an estimated 700 million TV viewers watched the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
 d. 1996 the child protection provisions of the Communications Decency Act were struck down by an Appellate Court for being too broad.
 e. 2019 a prison riot broke out at the Altamira Prison in Brazil between members of two rival gangs and when it ended 5 hours later, 16 prisoners had been beheaded and 46 others had died of smoke inhalation. 
     Reflections on the the Son of Sam murders: “This is often the way crimes get solved- through a side door. The clue that led to New York’s “son of Sam” killings was a parking ticket David Berkowitz was issued for parking his Ford Galaxie too close to a fire hydrant near the site of his final murder”― John Edward Douglas, The Killer Across the Table:Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI's Original Mindhunter  Thank God he had a car instead of taking the subway or the NYPD may never have caught him in the days when surveillance cameras were not all pervasive.
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