Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 4, 2020
CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 225,653 new cases (a 1.23% increase compared to a 1.21% increase yesterday) to bring the total nearing 19 million to 18,588,106 cases, 6,092,239 of which are active, 12,495,867 of which have been closed with 11,795,113 recoveries (94.39% compared to yesterday’s 94.33%) and 700,754 deaths (5.61% compared to yesterday’s 5.67%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA: New cases of 159,480 with total cases nearing 5 million at 4,736,011 (a 3.37% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.11% increase) with 2,273,176 active cases of which 18,713 (18,694 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition, and 2,622,315 closures, 159,773 of which have been deaths (6.09% compared to yesterday’s 6.22%) and 2,462,542 of which have been recoveries (93.91% compared to yesterday’s 93.78%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 61,593,415 tests (over 655,874 more than yesterday).
Non CV News: Senator Hirano showed herself to be hack without any class as she walked out of a hearing chaired by Senator Cruz on the terror attacks practiced by Antifa; the once Paris of the Middle East, Beirut, was rocked with a huge explosion that has killed at least 60 and injured some 2700 with some believing it was caused by explosive material previously confiscated from a ship; add Iran to the list of countries like Russia and North Korea where reporting of CV data is suspect as data leaked to the BBC shows the death rate triple of what has been reported and the case rate double; Hurricane Isaias now downgraded to a tropical storm has caused massive flooding, killed 4 and left over 2 million people without power as it moves slowly up the East Coast (if the Confederate Navy apes their past role in saving stranded flood victim, question of the day is whether the PC Counter Culture warriors allow them to fly Confederate flags); Facebook is back to its despicable trait of censorship, banning anti-Biden ads on Facebook and Twitter is using an executive Yoel Roth, who has a history of anti-Trump tweets and has mocked Trump supporters and called McConnell as “bag of farts, as its fact checker on Trump tweets (we have a new Iron Curtain that has descended on the 1st Amendment not from government but from the leftist headed social media companies that should be subject to a reissued “fairness doctrine” to prevent censorship); Condoleezza Rice who is a mental and integrity giant compared to the journalistic dwarfs on the MSM has rightfully blasted the left acting like plantation owners telling their black voter slaves how to think; the Minneapolis Police Department which has been shedding officers since the death of George Floyd and ensuing riots faster than a man with a bad case of dandruff has seen 10 percent of its force resign, be in the process of leaving, taking medical leave or being fired (when will the light bulbs go on in the City Council to come to the realization that there might not be any way to staff the police no matter how it is reimaged); the Mayor of Minneapolis has slammed the state’s Democratic Governor for his pathetic response to his calling for the National Guard; the Washington Post emboldened by Senator Di-Fi’s idiocy of China being a “respectable nation” has posted a glowing editorial about the Chi-Com Party created by its Beijing Bureau Chief that reads like a press release that Goebbels would have envied.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 3, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 14 to 2,359, of whom 417 have died ( miracle of bad shooting so no more deaths but with 417 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 221 behind Chicago now at 196 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 Beyonce feat. Jay-Z, the fact that you are not pelasgic, and a quote Rita Bender on the murders of her husband Michael Schwerner, James Cheney, and Andrew Goodman, 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. Coast Guard Day—celebrating the formation of the Coast Guard to enforce tariffs on this day in 1790 of a service that expanded that role to go to war and in times of peace to be known as our first line of defense against the marine smuggling of illegals both drugs and humans and where to go for maritime safety and rescues.
2. National Night Out—created by the National Association of Town Watch in 1984 and celebrated on the first Tuesday of the month to promote people to leave their porch lights on and to take back the streets and parks by gathering after dark. The observance has grown from 4 million celebrants in 1984 to 38 million in 2016 but maybe somewhat curtailed tonight due to the pandemic.
3. 2003 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2003 on this day on a run of 8 weeks was “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce feat Jay-Z in her first number 1 song as a lead singer. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViwtNLUqkMY . Beyonce and Jay-Z have become a very successful husband and wife duo selling millions of records but have the misfortune of having her sister attacking Jay-Z in an elevator and being shown to the world.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pelasgic” which means nomadic which sadly describes the growing number of homeless moving from city to city or from tent city to tent city with a city.
5. Wrap That Legacy As a Gift Joe—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political point of view the birth on this day in 1961 of former and first black president Barack Obama whose most wished for gift would be a win by Hidin’ Biden so his legacy can be preserved as opposed to being lowered in the grave for good.
On this day in:
a. 1889 the Great Spokane Fire started at 6:00 p.m. and burned 30 blocks of Spokane’s business and commercial district but caused the death of only 1 person. The cause of the fire was never determined.
b. 1964 Civil Rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman who were last seen on June 21 were found dead on this day 44 days later near Philadelphia, Mississippi.
c. 1964 in an erroneous account that would lead to the passage of the Tonkin Resolution and the disaster better known as the Vietnam War, the USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy reported that they were under attack by North Vietnamese PT boats. If ever in the Puget Sound area, the USS Turner Joy is a museum today.
d. 1977 President Jimmy Carter signed legislation creating the Department of Energy to respond to the crisis of imported oil and disruptions of supplies which it did not do a stellar job until Trump was sworn in.
e. 1987 in what would prove to be a disaster in the eyes of Conservatives being banned from social media, the FCC abolished the “Fairness Doctrine” which required a balanced presentation of controversial issues.
Reflections on the killing of Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney: “My husband, Michael Schwerner, did not die in vain. If he and Andrew Goodman had been Negroes, the world would have taken little notice of their deaths. After all, the slaying of a Negro in Mississippi is not news. It is only because my husband and Andrew Goodman were white that the national alarm has been sounded.” Rita Bender, Michael Schwerner. How prophetic and how troubling it is that blacks are killed daily in urban cities by blacks and that is not news, only when the shooter is a cop regardless of color is it news.
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