Sunday, July 5, 2020

July 5, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Workaholics Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 5, 2020
     CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 81,247 new cases  (a .72%  increase compared to a 2.58% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 11,453,251 cases, 4,436,133   of  which  are active, 7,017,118 of which have been closed with 6,482,256 recoveries (92.38% compared to  yesterday’s 92.35%) and 534,862   deaths (7.62% compared to yesterday’s 7.65%).
     CV USA: New cases of 16,401   have brought total cases to 2,953,171 (a .56% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.62% increase)  with 1,559,054 active cases of which 16,007 (16,017 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,393,117 closures, 132,378 of which have been deaths (9.5% compared to  yesterday’s 9.5%) and 1,260,739  of which  have been recoveries (90.5%  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since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 37,557,476 tests (so much for Biden’s claim of lack of testing by Trump).
     Non CV News: Portland, the City of Roses, is turning into the City of Perpetual Unrest as for the 38th consecutive day police report civil unrest and the CBP as its agents arrive to protect CBP stations slams leaders of Portland for being MIA in combating the riots; chilling video from a surveillance camera in NYC that shows De Blasio with his NYPD budget cutting is putting citizens at risk as a man is shot dead in the head and a woman wounded in broad daylight (this fool needs to be recalled); as the controversy of the name of Redskins continues, its quarterback has recommended the name “Red Tails” in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew P-51 fighters with red tails (what about the thousands of white airmen who fought and died over the skies of the Pacific, Africa, Asia and Europe like the Flying Tigers, Black Sheep or Doolittle’s Raiders?); Bolton has turned into a 24/7 huckster trying to sell his book by criticizing Trump at every opportunity implying that he spends more time watching TV than listening to his advisers or reading brief materials; Duckworth is being mentioned as a possible VP pick for Biden and is proving adept in the dodge and switch skill as when asked about removing statues of George Washington she immediately shifted top the issue of the CV fight (so typical and why we should rarely trust politicians even decorated ones who are rookies); Florida which has enough to worry about with a rise in CV cases has now to cope with  a deadly water borne brain eating amoeba the Naegieria fowleri with 32 confirmed cases since 1962; in Chicago as of July 4, 2020, there is no Independence Day from gun shots as the number soared by 46 to 1824 shootings of whom 328 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 161 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 George Harrison, the fact that you do not paravail in terms of your person qualities, and a quote by Christopher Hitchens on the evil of the Taliban,  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 Workaholics Day—not sure where this day came from or who instituted it but has to be difficult to celebrate given the number of workplaces shut down due to CV pandemic or perversely easier as more people are working home so the workaholic does not have to waste time commuting.
2. Mechanical Pencil Day—celebrating that useful writing tool that saves trees and never needs sharpening. 
3. 1973 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1973 on this day on a run of 1 week in that position was “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)” by George Harrison. Here is a recording of the song: This former lead guitarist for the Beatles went on to have a successful solo career but sadly had smoke one too many cigarettes and succumbed to lung cancer on November 29, 2001 at the age of 58.   
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “paravail” which means lowest a measurement when it comes to integrity and honesty which describes to a tee too many of our long term politicians.
5. Smoked Too Much, Lived in L.A. Too Much--celebrating the birth on this day in 1928 of noted actor Warren Oates best known for his roles in movies directed by Sam Peckinpah and who burned the candles at both ends to die far too early of a heart attack at the age of 53 on April 3, 1982.
On this day in:               
 a. 1937 to the joy of Filipinos and the bane of future American GIs, Hormel Corporation introduced Spam to the American palate.
 b. 1971 President Nixon certified that the 26th Amendment lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 had been ratified.
 c. 1975 Arthur Ashe became the first black player to win a Wimbledon Men’s Singles title.
 d. 1980 Bjorn Borg became the first person to win 5 Wimbledon Men’s Singles titles in a row.
 e. 1999 President Bill Clinton imposed trade and economic sanctions on the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
       Reflections on the Taliban: “[I]f you think that American imperialism and its globalised, capitalist form is the most dangerous thing in the world, that means you don't think the Islamic Republic of Iran or North Korea or the Taliban is as bad.”― Christopher Hitchens, noted English-Ameerican essayist and social commentator who authored 30 books but was a heavy smoker and drinker and died of pneumonia on December 15, 2011 at the age of 62.
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