Friday, August 21, 2020

August 21, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Poet's Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 21, 2020

     CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 319,015 new cases (a 1.41%  increase compared to a 1.07% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 23 million to 23,017,521 cases, 6,586,246  of  which  are active, 16,431,275 of which have been closed with 15,631,512 recoveries (95.13% compared to  yesterday’s 95.1%) and 799,673  deaths (4.87% compared to yesterday’s 4.90%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

   CV USA Cases: New cases of 55,719 with total cases nearing 6 million at 5,768,900 (a .98% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.31% increase) with 2,487,721 active cases of which 16,823, on a downward trend with slight blips from over 19,000 in the last 3 weeks (16,884 yesterday), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 3,281,179 closures, 177,831 of which have been deaths (5.42% compared to yesterday’s 5.45%) and 3,103,348 of which have been recoveries (94.58% compared to yesterday’s 94.55%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 537 ranks behind Belgium (860), Peru (818), Spain (617), UK (609), Italy (586), Sweden (575), and Chile (560) and only slightly worse than Brazil (530) and Mexico (458). We have now conducted   74,671,175 tests ( over 863,000 more tests than those done yesterday).
     Non CV Case News: In what has to be a triumph of a teleprompter over dementia, Joe Biden did not ape Weekend at Bernies and conforming to his image as a decent man gave a speech still attacking Trump and devoid of any meaningful positions or policies or attacks on the riots and lootings in our major cities; Pelosi has called the House back in session not to address the need for stimulus but to vote on a $25 billion goody bag for the USPS which if it passes in the Senate faces a veto; the Portland scumbag who kicked viciously a defenseless white truck driver in the head has turned himself in to face justice; Lori Laughlin and her husband Mossimo Gianulli were sentenced to 2 months and 5 months in their role in the college admissions scandal; a Kamala Harris phone call with 2 Russian pranksters posing as Greta Thornberg and her father was released as it shows Harris jumping for joy over getting dirt on Trump the 2 falsely claimed to have; Rose McCowan was in rare but incisive form as she attacked Biden and the DNC as monsters (will Tara Reade be on the RNC stage to slam this “decent” man); Biden must be breathing easier as Trump’s request for an extra debate was denied; Perez, the head of the DNC and who is the master of division with the race care, homophobic card, misogynist card and xenophobic card is predicting “chaos” at the RNC next week; tired of Mayor De Blassio’s attacks on the NYPD and his budget cutbacks, amidst soaring shootings and violent crime, NYPD officers are retiring and resigning in droves a trend that is being replicated across the nation; Minneapolis will fork over $4.8 million to rebuild the police building that was destroyed in the riots after George Floyd’s death; Starkist has the Charlie the Tuna and Kellogg’s has Tony the Tiger but it looks like Tostitotos has a non cartoon spokesperson, a brown bear who wandered into a Safeway in Lake Tahoe and left with a bag of Tostitos to happily munch on, captured on a shopper’s cell phone.

    Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 20, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 11 well aimed shootings to 2,606, of whom none died to raise the total at 445 (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 236 behind Chicago at 209 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 by 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 “And Then Some” by Wendy Mass, the fact that you perpend before difficult decisions, and a quote by Wendy Mass on solar eclipses, 
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. Natioanl Poet’s Day—created by C. Daniel Rhodes on this day in 2001 to celebrate a multifaceted art form that has been around since Summarian times and is thriving today and can be celebrated by going to or @Alaskanpoet.
National Men’s Grooming Day—created by American Crew on August 17, 2007 and celebrated on the third Friday in August since then to honor  those who cut or style our hair or trim or shave our faces and who are suffering due to CV shutdowns.
2020 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1935 on a run of 1 week was “And Then Some” by the Ozzie Nelson Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song:  This noted singer, band leader and actor is probably best remembered for his radio and TV show The Ozzie and Harriet Show. Ozzie Nelson died on June 3, 1975 at age 69 from liver cancer.
Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “perpend which means to consider carefully which all of us should be doing big time before voting in this election.
Time to Fold When Out of Aces—celebrating the birth on this day in 1938  of noted songwriter and singer Kenny Rogers who sold millions of records before retiring in 2017 to die under hospice care on March 20, 2020 at the age of 81.

      On this day in: 
      a. 1959 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executeive proclaimation making the Territory of Hawaii the 50th State.
      b.  1968 James Anderson, Jr. became the first African American Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor which was awarded posthumously for combat services rendered in South Vietnam in 1967.
       c.  1968 the day after Warsaw Pact armed forces invaded Czechoslovakia, Nicolae Ceaussescu, Romanian Prime Minister, condemned it and encouraged the populationto arm themselves agains Soviet Union retribution.  Sadly for Romanians his regime turned repressive and was rocked with economic collapse which led to riots and his attempt to flee the country in December, 1989 in a helicopter with his wife but they were caught and tried and executed by firing squad the same day on December 25, 1989.
    d. 2000 with his victory in the PGA Championship, Tiger Woods became the first golfer since Ben Hogan to win three majors in a calendar year. 
       e. 2017 a total solar eclipse came ashore in Oregon to traverse the United States.
    Reflections on solar eclipses: “Comparing what you see during an eclipse to the darkness at night is like comparing an ocean to a teardrop.” Wendy Mass, noted New York Times best selling author of 27 books for young readers.

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