Friday, July 3, 2020

July 3, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Independent Beer Run Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 3, 2020
     CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 235,295 new cases  (a 2.17%  increase compared to a 1.37% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 11,085,543 cases, 4,348,147   of  which  are active, 6,737,396 of which have been closed with 6,210,988 recoveries (92.19% compared to  yesterday’s 92.11%) and 519,977   deaths (7.81% compared to yesterday’s 7.89%).
     CV USA: New cases of 106,333   have brought total cases to 2,860,932 (a 3.86% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.01% increase)  with 1,529,885 active cases of which 15,907 (15,801 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,331,047 closures, 131,808 of which have been deaths (9.9% compared to  yesterday’s 10.09%) and 1,199,239  of which  have been recoveries (90.1%  compared to yesterday’s 89.9%) (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since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 36,297,195 tests (so much for Biden’s claim of lack of testing by Trump).
     Non CV News: protesters blocking access to Mt. Rushmore where Trump will be speaking were pepper sprayed and arrested ; with Ghislaine Maxwell behind bars and facing over 30 years in prison on conviction, speculation is that anyone who was a passenger on his Lolita Express like Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew must be sweating blood over what she might say to minimize her prison time (we hope that wherever she is held awaiting trial does a better job of insuring her safety than what occurred in the “suicide” of Epstein; on the CV front, a new study conducted by the Henry Ford Medical Institute of over 2500 COVID-19 patients who were treated with hydroxychloroquine early in their disease had a mortality reduction rate of some 50% with no cardiac issues (remember how Trump was castigated and ridiculed in his support of the drug and his taking it by MSM); Cack News Network Brooke Baldwin was caught with her hand in the bias jar when she stood mute as co-founder of Black Lives Matter Melina Abdullah who was ranting the Trump is the “terrorist in chief” (what a great way to stifle any intelligent discussion on race relations Abdullah); an emergency room doctor whose daughter is a reporter on Fox News has reported the City of Houston is very close to having all of its ICU beds occupied due to the pandemic and that 20% of the CV patients are asymptomatic; the thin skinned PC warriors are on the warpath demanding that the Redskins change their name because it is racist as the new Pocahontas Alyssa Milano claims name is racist which an overwhelming number of Native Americans feel it is not offending; in Chicago as of July 2, 2020, there were 1755 shootings of whom 313 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 148 behind Chicago stuck at 165 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 Carole King, the fact that you are not prone to parathria, and a quote by William Faulkner on Pickett’s Charge on antitrust in America,  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 Independent Beer Run Day—created on June 26, 2019 by the Brewers Association to promote appreciation for and increase the consumption of craft beers instead of the bland national breweries and first celebrated on this day in 2020. Good time to visit a brew pub if open given the CV pandemic and if it is but offering only takeout, buy a growler or two of your favorite suds.
2. American Redneck Day—not sure who and when this date was created but given the wave of concern about racism whether real or imagined, I have to expect that the holiday may be on borrowed time.  
3. 1971 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1971 on this day on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King in her first number one hit. Here is a recording of the song: . This incredibly successful songwriter and singer is still going strong at age 76 and recently grace the Segerstrom in Orange County several years ago.    
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “parathria” which means incoherence which describes a lot of what we hear coming from our politicians and rioters these days.
5. When the Bars Close the Leaks Will Stop--celebrating or bemoaning depending on your point of view the birth on this day in 1971 of Australian journalist and activist Julian Assange who founded WikiLeaks in 2006 and became infamous for leaking a series of classified documents obtained by Bradley Manning (now Chelsea Manning) and who after jumping bail in the UK hung out in asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy before being expelled by Ecuador and jailed by the UK for bail breach and  now in a UK prison in trial to be extradited to the U.S. for trial for his role in publishing classified material.
On this day in:               
 a. 1775 George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 b. 1863 in what would prove to be the high water mark of the Confederacy General George Pickett led a charge up Cemetery Ridge to be thrown back by the Union Army defenders to bring the 3 day Battle of Gettysburg to a close and a defeat for General Lee and the Confederacy who lost a third of their army to casualties.
 c. 1913 veterans from the Confederate Army reenacted the 50th anniversary of  Pickett’s Charge on Cemetery Ridge and were met by Union Army veterans with outstretched hands of welcome instead of bayonets.
 d. 1938 President Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Peace Memorial and lit the Eternal Flame at the Gettysburg Battlefield.
 e. 1979 President Jimmy Carter signed the first secret directive authorizing aid to Afghans opposing the pro Soviet regime in Afghanistan.
     Reflections on Pickett’s Charge: “For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s still not yet two o’clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand probably and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it’s all in the balance, it hasn’t happened yet, it hasn’t even begun yet, it not only hasn’t begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances which made more men than Garnett and Kemper and Armistead and Wilcox look grave yet it’s going to begin, we all know that, we have come too far with too much at stake and that moment doesn’t need even a fourteen-year-old boy to think This time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose and all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the golden dome of Washington itself to crown with desperate and unbelievable victory the desperate gamble, the cast made two years ago….” William Faulkner, The Intruder in the Dust
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