Sunday, August 2, 2020

August 2, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Family Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 2, 2020
      CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 240,877 new cases  (a 1.35%  increase compared to a 2.06% increase yesterday) to bring the total past 18  million to 18,143,385 cases, 6,040,886   of  which  are active, 12,102,499 of which have been closed with 11,411,596 recoveries (94.29% compared to  yesterday’s 94.26%) and 690,903  deaths (5.71% compared to yesterday’s 5.74%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
      CV USA: New cases of 54,868 with total cases nearing 5 million at 4,736,011 (a 1.16% increase compared to yesterday’s 7.68% increase) with 2,260,966 active cases of which 18,720 (18,685 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition ending a decreasing trend over the last week, and 2,529,913 closures, 158,180 of which have been deaths (6.25% compared to yesterday’s 6.30%) and 2,371,733 of which have been recoveries (93.75%  compared to yesterday’s 93.70%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 with 59,935,538 tests (over a million more than yesterday).
     Non CV News: Pelosi, who is clueless on the pandemic as she encouraged everyone to eat and mingle on Chinese New Year, is on a full on anti Dr. Birx rant over her handling the CV pandemic; Pelosi and the WH are far apart on coming up with another stimulus bill as the $600 a week extra unemployment benefits have expired with Pelosi not willing to contemplate any reduction or make any counter proposals while making noises to the effect that until virus is defeated the economy must continue to be shut down (the longer we wait the deeper the disaster will become and if Biden wins watch any concerns over the virus spread to disappear); Airbnb has removed 35 listings in New Jersey as police raided a 700 person mansion party in violation of the state’s anti-CV restrictions; SpaceX astronauts Hurley and Behnken splashed down successfully in the Gulf of Mexico after 2 months in the ISS; in Portland on Friday 150 rounds were fired at an occupied apartment building as the city incurred its 64th night of riots; 25 year old Vincent Sessler now an ex Chicago Dunkin Donut employee is now the new poster child for anti-sentiment after he was arrested for handing a large coffee bought by a police officer after he spit into it; on the world wide drug front, a private Cessna taking off from Papua New Guinea on a return flight to Australia was overburdened with over 1,000 pounds of cocaine and crashed shortly after takeoff; in 106 degree temperature the Apple Fire near Beaumont in Southern California, totally uncontained, has surged to 30 square miles and forced the evacuation of 8,000 persons, some 250,000 Hog riders will be soon descending on Sturgis amidst fears the gathering will lead to a spike off the charts of COVID-19 cases.
     Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 1, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 9 to 2,335, of whom 414  have died ( with 2 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 219 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 Usher, the fact that you are willing to try peirastic products,  and a quote from Elie Wiesel on the Holocaust, 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 CAD Day—celebrating introduction of computer aided design into the design of products which have given a larger variety of products at cheaper cost.
2. American Family Day--created by John Makkai in 1978 to promote the strengthening of the family unit which is under assault by the rising number of fatherless homes and unwed mothers as more and more studies reveal that the best way to avoid poverty, graduate and avoid jail is to grow up in a functional two parent family.  
3. 2001 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2001 on this day on a run of 4 weeks was “U Remind Me” by Usher in a year in which he had 2 number 1 songs. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “peirastic” which means experimental which by splashing down today in the Gulf Mexico, SpaceX proved its DragonX coming back from ISS is not.    
5. All In the Family—celebrating since today is National Family Day, the birth on this day in 1924 of noted TV and big screen actor Carroll O’Connor best remembered for his starring role as Archie Bunker in All in the Family and the death of his son Hugh from suicide caused by drug addiction made him a tireless advocate against drug addiction to the point of getting a law passed allowing loved ones of addiction victims to sue drug dealers which was also passed in 17 states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands but sadly he was a long time cigar smoker who died from a heart attack on June 21, 2001.
 On this day in:   
 a. 1839 Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard wrote a letter to President Roosevelt claiming an atomic bomb was possible and urged him to cause it to be constructed which letter plus the fear that the Germans would develop one first led to the Manhattan Project and the nuclear world we live in today. 
 b. 1943 700 Jews armed with a small amount of captured German weapons rioted in the death camp at Treblinka where some 900,000 Jews were executed; sadly most were killed in the assault on the main gate or captured and killed after they had escaped but 70 managed not to get caught and survived the war to tell of the atrocities committed by the Germans there.
 c. 1944 in a clear signal that the War in the Atlantic had been won by the Allies Convoy HX 300, the largest convoy of the war with 166 merchant ships and 32 escorts, arrived in the Western Approaches of Great Britain without a single casualty. 
 d. 1980 a terrorist bomb, believed to have been planted by a neo-fascist group, Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari, was detonated at the Bologna Central Train Station in Italy which killed 85 and injured some 200 others.
 e. 1990 Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait an act of aggression that would lead to the Gulf War and a decisive and quick victory over Iraqi forces.
     Reflections on the Holocaust: “How is one to explain that neither Hitler nor Himmler was ever excommunicated by the church? That Pius XII never thought it necessary, not to say indispensable, to condemn Auschwitz and Treblinka? That among the S.S. a large proportion were believers who remained faithful to their Christian ties to the end? That there were killers who went to confession between massacres? And that they all came from Christian families and had received a Christian education?” Elie Wiesel, A Jew Today
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