Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 7, 2020
CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 288,015 new cases (a 2.44% increase compared to a 1.08% increase yesterday) to bring the total to over 12 million at 12,067,971 cases, 4,455,603 of which are active, 7,542,368 of which have been closed with 6,993,216 recoveries (92.72% compared to yesterday’s 92.60%) and 549,152 deaths (7.28% compared to yesterday’s 7.4%).
CV USA: New cases of 123,780 with total cases of 3,131,147 (a 4.12% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.15% increase) with 1,622,816 active cases of which 15,387 (15,198 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,508,331 closures, 134,041 of which have been deaths (8.91% compared to yesterday’s 9.12%) and 1,373,885 of which have been recoveries (90.09% compared to yesterday’s 90.88%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 39,468, 195 tests (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: It is common knowledge that Blues drop the race card regardless of the facts and the drop of the hat but Johnathan Lopez an aspiring Oregon commissioner wannabe has sunk to new lows by writing a anti-Mexican hate to himself and depositing it in his mail box and reporting it only do have later pangs of conscience and admit to his act; in a case of the race card gone amok in the leftist city of Seattle, the city held segregated training sessions for its white employees, encouraging them to give up their whiteness by giving up expectations of security, job promotions and all activities that the diversity trainers believe are racist (“Black Lives Matter-White Lives not Wanted in Seattle); the Seattle driver who hit and killed one protester and injured another on a blocked off section of the 5 in Seattle is a black naturalized citizen from Eritrea who in his bail hearing said in tears “it was a horrible accident” has had his bail set at $1.25 million though not yet charged with any criminal act while the crash is being investigated (far different than the rioters burning down buildings and looting who are released OR); Weak Joe Biden who is making a great pretense of chomping at the bit to debate Trump while probably wetting his pants at the prospect of his fading mental capabilities being exposed to the American people has received a predictable response from a NYT leftist hack urging him not to debate unless Trump releases his 2018 tax returns and a “independent team of fact checkers” are present to present their findings in the last 10 minutes of the debate (safe bet is that Biden who has come out agreeing that even as blacks are dropping like flies from black on black shootings funds should be reallocated from police budgets to other nonpolice agencies will find a way to avoid debating Trump); SCOTUS ruled in favor of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s 7 year fight against Obamacare’s requirement that it provide contraceptives to its employees but the concurring opinions may mean the case against them is not fully dead and buried; in a outrageous case of “Don’t Worry He’s My Brother” CNN with Chris Cuomo probably leading the charge completely ignored a damning report on Governor Cuomo’s handling of CV cases and nursing homes that led to the deaths of thousands of the elderly in them; in a spiking the ball moment President Trump and Mexican President Obrador held a joint signing declaration on the USMCA in the Rose Garden to the howls of Blues; in Chicago as of July 6, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 1866, of whom 336 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 167 behind Chicago now at 169 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 Wings, the fact that you can be when needed to be exercise parciloquy, and a quote by John Dickinson on folly of seeking independence from Great Britain, 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. Math 2.0 Day—created in 2009 to celebrate the intersection of math and technology in our lives and to promote the study of mathematics, achievements in which are lacking somewhat in our public schools.
2. Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day—celebrating a great way to sate the chocoholic in you free of guilt as you are also consuming needed protein with the almonds.
3. 1976 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1976 on this day on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Silly Love Songs” by Wings. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dbYxAr697w. the band was formed after McCartney’s departure from the Beatles and went through numerous personnel changes but the trio of Paul and his wife Linda and former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine were always present until the band disbanded for good in 1981.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “parciloquy” which means laconic which is the exact opposite of the type of speeches we have to endure from too many politicians.
5. Should Have Gone Pro Early--celebrating the birth on this day in 1997 of Bryce Love, noted Stanford running back who finished second in the Heisman like his fellow teammate Christian McCaffrey, but who unlike him stayed at Stanford for his senior year and was hobbled by injuries to his ankle and was drafted in the 4th Round by the Washington Redskins but due to preseason injuries and the CV pandemic has yet to take a professional snap.
On this day in:
a. 1775 the Continental Congress in a last ditch effort to avoid war with Great Britain signed the Olive Branch Petition condemning the acts of King George III’s ministers but pledging loyalty and urging King George III not to take military action against the colonies. To no one’s surprise, King George III in a snit fit refused to even read it and Parliament declared the 13 Colonies to be guilty of treason in August.
b. 1932 to the sounds of people leaping out of Wall Street windows during the Great Depression, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its lowest level ever at 41.22.
c. 1947 reports were broadcast that a UFO had crashed near Roswell, New Mexico which led to the Roswell Incident and the belief that not only are we not alone but that we have been visited.
d. 1960 Francis Gary Powers, having been earlier shot down in his U-2 over the Soviet Union, was charged with espionage.
e. 1970 President Nixon delivered a message to Congress urging that self-determination be the official policy toward Native Americans which led to the ultimate passage of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975.
Reflections on why some of the colonists did not want war only a change in policy of ministers advising King George III: “There are many persons who, for their own ends, extol the advantages of a republic over monarchy. I will not undertake to examine which of these two forms of government merits the preference. I know, however, that the English nation, after having tried them both, has never found repose except in monarchy… the English constitution seems to be the fruit of the experience of all anterior time… when the counterpoise of monarchy shall no longer exist, the democratic power may carry all before it and involve the whole state in confusion and ruin.” John Dickinson, drafter of the Olive Branch Petition.
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