Monday, July 6, 2020

July 6, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Fried Chicken Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 6, 2020
     CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 202,889 new cases  (a 1.78%  increase compared to a .72% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 11,656,140 cases, 4,518,501   of  which  are active, 7,137,639 of which have been closed with 6,599,073 recoveries (92.45% compared to  yesterday’s 92.38%) and 538,566   deaths (7.55% compared to yesterday’s 7.62%).
     CV USA: New cases of 54,066   have brought us past the 3,000,000 mark with total cases of 3,007,367 (a 1.83% increase compared to yesterday’s .56% increase) with 1,572,893 active cases of which 15,990 (16,007 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,434,344 closures, 132,704 of which have been deaths (9.25% compared to  yesterday’s 9.5%) and 1,301,640  of which  have been recoveries (90.75%  compared to yesterday’s 90.5%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 38,114,943 tests (so much for Biden’s claim of lack of testing by Trump).
     Non CV News: In an act which the Governor of Illinois and the Governor of New York should have done a long time ago, the Republican Governor of Georgia has called out the National Guard following a weekend of violence that saw 31 people shot and 5 killed in Atlanta at the same time as the Mayor of Atlanta Bottoms has announced after pleading with residents to stop shooting each other that she has tested positive for the CV virus; Ghislaine Maxwell is now in a federal detention center awaiting a bail hearing on Friday and probably under greater security that Epstein received at Rikers Island as the smart money is betting she will sing like a canary, naming various high placed elites like Prince Andrew and possibly Bill Clinton who participated in Epstein’s abuse of minors (have to believe many computers’ and smart phones’ emails and text messages are being super scrubbed nervously by those potential suspects); after paring $1 billion from the NYPD budget and witnessing a 4th of July weekend with 8 killed out of 44 people shot delusionally blames the CV pandemic and not his anti-police stances (this inept idiot must go!); Kamala Harris’ Wikipedia has had 500 edits as she lusts for VP slot; WHO whose credibility and objectivity over the CV pandemic has just been hit with revelations that contrary to past statements it did not learn of the virus from China but from the internet (no wonder the Chinese Communists want to strictly control and monitor the internet);  in Chicago as of July 5, 2020, the number of shootings stands at 1836, of whom 330 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 163 behind Chicago stuck at 167 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 the Hues Corporation, the fact that you like to finish paravant in contests you enter, and a quote by Roger Kahn on Jackie Robinson,  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 Fried Chicken Day—not sure where this day came from or who instituted it but suspect a restaurant or a chain specializing in fried chicken had something to do with it but given the fact that Popeye's has its leg and thigh special on Tuesday, it should be celebrated tomorrow.
2. International Kissing Day—an informal observance that started in the U.K. and spread internationally in the early 2000’s but with the CV pandemic in full swing and social distancing trying to be the norm, may not enjoy a lot of celebrants today. 
3. 1974 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1974 on this day on a run of 1 week in that position was “Rock the Boat” by the Hues Corporation in the band’s first number one song in a year in which there were 35 different number one songs. Here is a recording of the song: The trio  was formed in Santa Monica in 1969 and disbanded in 1980 with the lead singer of their “Rock the Boat” hit dying from drug abuse on February 15, 1992 at age 49.   
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “paravant” which means in front which describes Hidin’ Biden in the polls right but hopefully for Trump supporters does not describe the outcome at the polls on Election Day.
5. Like Father Like Son--celebrating the birth on this day in 1946 of former President George W. Bush who like his father led this country into a war with Saddam Hussein but unlike his father was in Iraq fighting much longer than the 100 hours his father needed to best Hussein in Desert Storm.
On this day in:               
 a. 1919 the Atlantic Ocean became a much smaller place when the British dirigible R 34 became the first airship to complete a trip across it.
 b. 1944 Jackie Robinson on an Army bus failed to move to the back of the bus when ordered to do so by the bus driver was court marshaled but acquitted by an all white officers’ panel.
  c. 1986 Davis Phinney became the first American to win a stage of the Tour de France.
 d. 1988 the Piper Alpha drilling platform in the North Sea was destroyed by explosions and fires that killed 167 men including 2 crew members of a rescue ship; only 61 workers escaped the platform.
 e. 1990 the Electronic Frontier Foundation designed to promote internet civil liberties was founded.
       Reflections on Jackie Robinson: “Jackie Robinson made his country and you and me and all of us a shade more free.” Roger Kahn, author/sportswriter.
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