Friday, July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Mutt Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not July 31, 2020
     CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 190,557 new cases  (a 1.10%  increase compared to a 1.75% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 17  million to 17,541,624 cases, 5,871,720   of  which  are active, 11,669,904 of which have been closed with 10,991,964 recoveries (94.19% compared to  yesterday’s 94.15%) and 677,940  deaths (5.81% compared to yesterday’s 5.85%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
     CV USA: New cases of 237,702 with total cases surging to over 4 million of 4,398,184 (a 5.40% increase compared to yesterday’s 4.88% increase) with 2,194,279 active cases of which 18,783 (18,853 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition continuing a decreasing trend, and 2,441,607 closures, 155,330 of which have been deaths (6.36% compared to yesterday’s 6.41%) and 2,286,277 of which  have been recoveries (93.64%  compared to yesterday’s 93.59%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 58,579,205  tests (with more than 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: Fauci has testified to what Trump has been saying since day one of the pandemic, that Trump’s early actions in the pandemic saved lives. our CV testing czar has indicated we should start seeing the number of deaths decreasing soon which I have already seen in a daily reduction in the percentages of deaths of closed cases and a corresponding increase in the percentages of recoveries; a federal appellate court has vacated the death penalty of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon Bomber due to the failure of the trial judge to properly vet jurors on the issue of pretrial publicity (prosecutors can appeal en banc, retry the penalty phase or elect not to pursue the death penalty); Meghan McCain, the only voice of sanity on an otherwise clueless The View slammed Dr. Fauci for his view that protests can spread the virus but refused to opine whether limits should be placed on the amount of protesters; the reptilian brain seems to be alive and well in the entertainment world as 4 women have come forward to accuse actor and comedian Bryan Callen of sexual assault and misconduct; when it rains it pours as Alaska battling the COVID-19 virus is facing a surge in syphilis cases; Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. slammed Obama for his politicization of Lewis’s funeral; good news for Pelosi, the Botox Queen, as a new study shows that Botox use may deter depression which she must feel every time she sees or listens to Trump; Bill Clinton has been named in court documents as a person who flew on Epstein’s plane and stayed on Epstein’s Island (do not be surprised if it comes out that Clinton had several trysts with minors while there).
     Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of July 30, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 18 to 2,307, of whom 405 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 212 behind Chicago now at 193 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 Christina Aquilera, the fact that when approaching a problem you can act pedetentous,  and a quote from James Nesbitt on Northern Ireland,  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 Systems Administrator Appreciation Day—celebrated by Ted Kekatos in 2000 and celebrated on the last Friday in July to honor the work of systems administrators who install and keep functioning computer systems that are the life blood of many businesses and organizations.
2. National Mutt Day—created by Colleen Paige, an animal rights activist, to promote awareness that mixed breeds, especially mixed breeds in shelters looking to be adopted, make just as good of a pet without the high cost of a purebred.
3. 1999 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1999 on this day on a run of 5 weeks was “Genie in a Bottle” by Christina Aquilera. Here is a recording of the song which was her first number 1 song: successful singer, songwriter, actress and television personality has garnered 5 Grammys and was a voice coach on The Voice for a season.   
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pedetentous which means proceeding slowly which describes to a tee unfortunately how our elected leaders work to solve our problems.
5. If You Drink Like a Fish Swim Don’t Drive--celebrating the birth on this day in 1992 of noted Rookie of the Year MLB pitcher for the Miami Marlins José Delfín Fernández Gómez who had a promising career before him cut short on September 25, 2016 as he crashed his 32 foot speed boat into the Government Cut rock jetty off Miami Beach at 56.48 knots legally drunk and with cocaine in his system, killing himself and 2 passengers.
 On this day in:   
 a. 1945 Pierre Laval, the fugitive former ruler of Vichy France, surrendered to Allied forces in Austria and found himself being tried and executed for treason on October 15, 1945. 
 b. 1970 in what would be called by British Tars “Black Tot Day,” the practice of serving a daily rum ration aboard British ships of the Royal Navy was ended.
 c. 1971 Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin became the first human beings to use a Lunar Rover to explore a small section of the Moon’s surface.  
 d. 2007 Operation Banner, the deployment of British troops in Northern Ireland to keep the peace between Protestants and Catholics which began on August 14, 1969 and cost the British Army almost 1500 deaths finally came to an end of the longest military deployment in the British Army’s history.
 e. 2012 Michael Phelps broke the Olympic record for most medals by an athlete, 18, held by a Russian gymnast Larisa Semyonovna Latynina (his record stands at 28).
     Reflections on the Troubles in Northern Ireland: “Funnily enough, Northern Ireland is a great example of where politics can win over conflict. The decision to down arms and follow a political path would have been unthinkable once. It shows just what is possible.” James Nesbitt, noted actor and television presenter from Northern Ireland.
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