Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 1, 2020
CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 360,884 new cases (a 2.06% increase compared to a 1.10% increase yesterday) to bring the total nearing over 18 million to 17,902,508 cases, 5,952,417 of which are active, 11,950,091 of which have been closed with 11,264,292 recoveries (94.26% compared to yesterday’s 94.19%) and 685,790 deaths (5.74% compared to yesterday’s 5.81%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA: New cases of 337,827 with total cases surging to near 5 million at 4,736,011 (a 7.68% increase compared to yesterday’s 5.40% increase) with 2,240,121 active cases of which 18,685 (18,783 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition continuing a decreasing trend over the last week, and 2,495,790 closures, 157,278 of which have been deaths (6.30% compared to yesterday’s 6.36%) and 2,338,612 of which have been recoveries (93.70% compared to yesterday’s 93.64%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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). Total test have increased to 58,909,717.
Non CV News: Governor Murphy of New Jersey is waging a holy war against the Atilis Gym but appears to be ready to sign a bill passed by the Open Borders Blue dominated legislature that would allow illegal aliens the right to get professional license (totally insane to add more entrants to fight with citizens for good paying jobs; one of the leading contenders for Biden’s VP slot, Karen Bass who demanded that Trump remain silent on the death of John Lewis, is taking flack for her speaking a Scientology building dedication and her praising Fidel Castro as a great leader for the Cuban people; as cyber security experts raise the alarm that there is nothing to prevent China from accessing personal data on Tik-Tok, Trump appears ready to ban it in the U.S. very soon; in New Jersey the clash between “Shutdown Murphy” and the Atilis Gym continues as the owner cheered on by onlookers tore down the boards the state had covered the entrance with (doubt there is any data supporting a finding that the gym is a CV spreading hotspot); Witless Whitmer must be fuming as federal agents as part of Operation Legend are coming to Detroit, but the police chief of Detroit is jumping for joy (note that Detroit has been largely spared of the rioting and looting following George Floyd’s death because the DPD has not backed down or stood clear if that activity looked like it was to occur); Blue Representative from Arizona Raúl Grijalva has just joined the select group of 12 U.S. Representatives that have tested positive for COVID-19; Hurricane Isiasis at only CAT 1 is bearing down on Florida then to run up the East Coast, bringing lots of rain and potential for flooding.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of July 31, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 19 to 2,326, of whom 412 have died ( with 7 more deaths 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 217 behind Chicago now at 195 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 NSYNC, the fact that your life is not pediculous, and a quote from Bill Helmer on Charles Whitman being shot back at, 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. World Scout Day—celebrating the week long opening on this day in 1907 of the first Scout Camp on Brownsea Island.
2. Mead Day—created by the American Homebrewers’ Association in 2002 and celebrated on the first Saturday in August to promote the brewing of mead, an alcoholic beverage that has been around for millenniums and whose main base to be fermented is honey.
3. 2000 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2000 on this day on a run of 2 weeks was “It’s Gonna Be Me” by NSYNC in their first number 1 song. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQMlWwIXg3M. This 5 person boy band started in 1995 and played until 2002 when its members including Justin Timberlake pursued solo careers. The name was picked as Justin Timberlake’s mother thought their voices were in sync and the name is created from the letter of the first name of each member.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pediculous” which means lousy which probably describes Biden’s candidacy and the amount of enthusiasm for him to a tee.
5. Not Grateful to Be Dead--celebrating the birth on this day in 1942 of noted guitar player and singer and founder of the Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia, who smoked heavily, used drugs heavily and suffered from diabetes and after checking into to a rehab facility following his release from Betty Ford died from a heart attack on August 9, 1995.
On this day in:
a. 1883 to the joy of breakfast lovers everywhere, Henry Perky patented shredded wheat.
b. 1966 Charles Whitman after stabbing his wife and mother to death went to the Texas Tower at the University of Texas, killing 3 in the tower and then going to the observation deck, barricading himself in and in the next 96 minutes shot and killed 11 and wounded 31, before being shot and killed by an Austin policeman as police and civilians were firing from the ground to distract Whitman.
c. 1981 MTV began broadcasting.
d. 1993 the Great Mississippi and Missouri Rivers Flood of 1993 peaked after flooding some 30,000 square miles, killing some 32 people and causing some $15 billion in property damage.
e. 2007 the 8 lane I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River at Minneapolis, one of 75,000 bridges in the nation that had been rated “structurally deficient” collapsed during rush hour, killing 13 and injuring 145 others.
Reflections on the Texas Tower Shootings and the civilians’ response: “These guys were pretty good shots. There was a lot of lead flying up there at him.” Bill Helmer, a graduate student was there witnessing the shootings.
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