Sunday, August 16, 2020

August 16, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Airborne Forces Day

 Ridley's Believe It Or Not August 16, 2020

     CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 239,793 new cases (a 1.12%  increase compared to a 1.73% increase yesterday) to bring the total past 21 million to 21,734,752 cases, 6,493,419   of  which  are active, 15,241,333 of which have been closed with 14,470,270 recoveries (94.94% compared to  yesterday’s 94.90%) and 771,063  deaths (5.06% compared to yesterday’s 5.1%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
    CV USA Cases: New cases of 45,316 with total cases exceeding 5 million at 5,545,575 (a .82% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.84% increase) with 2,464,274 active cases of which 17,198, on a downward trend from over 19,000 in the last 2 weeks (17,218 yesterday), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 3,081,501 closures, 172,870 of which have been deaths (5.61% compared to yesterday’s 5.64%) and 2,908,631 of which have been recoveries (94.396% compared to yesterday’s 94.36%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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. We have now conducted   70,960,630  tests (over 803,000 more tests than those done yesterday).
     Non CV Case News: President Trump’s brother Robert passed soon after Trump visited him in the hospital and in an example of how polarized and demonizing we have shamelessly become some were tweeting the wrong Trump had died (to his credit Biden and Ruthless Rouda offered condolences; finally in a sense of sanity and movement to the center, recall petitions have been filed with signatures to recall the mayor and one city council member in Norman, Oklahoma for voting to cut the police budget by 3.67%; aping Maxine Waters vitriol demanding people get in the face of Trump supporters and office holders, is euphemistically calling for people to take to the streets to protest Trump’s policies (how close to being a dog whistle for burning and looting and attacking police which sounds like treason); while Pelosi has pulled the puppet strings and left town with her minions leaving millions of Americans stranded without stimulus checks, PPPs unemployment, insurance bonus checks and without any liability protection for workplace CV illness that will be coming, the Trump Administration is still trying to get Blues to compromise and meet Blues on USPS funding (time for Blues to come to the table and compromise not inanely obstruct and resist); last night again the City of Roses became the City of Rocks and rioters battled police throwing rocks while over 60 ordinary families seeking help and assistance could not get their calls responded to because police had their hands full dealing with rioters (defund the police in Portland? How crazy are you?);   Red run South Dakota basking in the tourist dollars from its annual Sturgis Rally and having recovered 80% of the jobs lost in the pandemic has turned down the $300 a week unemployment assistance from the feds; in a rejection of the Seattle City Council’s kill the Golden Goose activities, Amazon is contemplating moving more of its employees out Seattle; on the inanity of defund the police, shootings are skyrocketing out of control with places like Cincinnati having 19 people shot in 1 hour and NYC having 40 shot in the weekend not yet ended (from BLM silence as the only black lives that matter are those civilians shot by police not civilian black shooters or even black police officers shot in the line of duty by black civilians.
    Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 15, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 18 poorly aimed shootings to 2,511, of whom 2 died to raise the total 2  437 (total travesty of BLM when blacks are shot and killed by blacks in droves and only sounds of silence and complete absence of any protests in front of City Hall demanding action to curb the killings and shootings); 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 230 behind Chicago now at 207 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 way  more  deadly and  way  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 Sia feat. Sean Paul, the fact that you are not perflicated,   and a quote by an anonymous German officers on paratroopers, 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. Airborne Forces Day—created President George Bush on this day in 2002 to commemorate the first Army parachute jump on this day in 1940. These elite forces now more likely than not will arrive by helicopters unless inserted stealthily in high altitude drops to escape radar detection.
   2. National Roller Coaster Day—created on this day in 1986 by the American Coasters Enthusiasts to commemorate the introduction of the first roller coaster  in the United States in  Rocky Point, Rhode Island patented by J.G. Taylor and  whose 400 foot ride was created by a push with gravity engaged to do the rest in June, 1872.
  2016 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2016 on this day on a run of 4 weeks was “Cheap Thrills” by Sia- feat Sean Pual in her first number 1 song. Here is a recording of the song: This Australian born singer has overcome depression and substance abuse to continue to be performing.
   4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “periclitate” which means to threaten which describes to a tee what the defund the police movement is doing to our urban safety.
   5. Economies of Scale on the Birthday Front—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1930 of noted all star for USC and the New York Giants football player Frank Gifford who after retirement became a star in the TV booth and and to have the good fortune of marrying his third wife, 22 years his junior, Kathy Lee Gifford who was born on the same day  and after living a good life dying 6 days prior to his 85th birthday on August 9, 2015 of natural causes. The family in November donated his brain to be studied for chronic encephalopathy trauma to aid studies being conducting on how to prevent or ameliorate this debilitating condition.     On this day in: 
   a. 1920 Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians was hit in the head by a fastball thrown by Carl Hays of the New York Yankees to become the 2nd MLB player to die from being hit with a baseball.
    b. 1944 the first flight of the swept wing forward Junkers 287 jet bomber occurred, fortunately for the allies too late for this bomber to go into production.
    c. 1954 the first issue of Sports Illustrated was published.
   d. 2008 the Trump International Hotel and Tower and Hotel topping off at 1389 feet became the then tallest residence above ground before being surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
    e. 2017 90 days after the 50th nation had signed it, the Minimata Convention an agreement to curtail the release of mercury into the environment became effective.                Reflections on the paratroopers: “ American parachutists...devils in baggy pants...are less than a hundred meters from my outpost line. I can't sleep at night; they pop up from nowhere and we never know when or how they will strike next. Seems like the black-hearted devils are everywhere..." German officer in World War II, probably during the fight during D-Day.
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