Wednesday, August 5, 2020

August 5, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Oyster Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 5, 2020
      CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 254,711 new cases  (a 1.37%  increase compared to a 1.23% increase yesterday) to bring the total nearing 19  million to 18,842,817 cases, 6,107,570   of  which  are active, 12,734,295 of which have been closed with 12,027,578 recoveries (94.45% compared to  yesterday’s 94.39%) and 707,347  deaths (5.55% compared to yesterday’s 5.61%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
      CV USA: New cases of 205,343 with total cases nearing 5 million at 4,736,011 (a 4.34% increase compared to yesterday’s 3.37% increase) with 2,277,890 active cases of which 18,427 (18,713 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition but a significant decrease, and 2,663,464 closures, 160,989 of which have been deaths (6.04% compared to yesterday’s 6.09%) and 2,502,475 of which have been recoveries (93.96% compared to yesterday’s 93.91%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 62,315,326 tests (over 721,911 more than yesterday).
     Non CV News: Witless Whitmer is at it again claiming imagined omnipresent racism is a “public health hazard” and mandates bias training for state employees; Sally Yates was grilled today by a Senate Committee and admitted that Director went “rogue” in questioning Flynn, did not recall reviewing the FISA Warrant Application but assumed information was accurate (talk about being MIA in a supervisory role); Hidin’ Biden who will not attend the DNC Convention has been milking as much excitement possible out of his VP pick supposedly narrowed it down to 2, the lying it’s a video Susan Rice who should scare Reds as she is somewhat intelligent and the illegal alien supporter queen Kamala Harris who threw black drug dealers into prison in droves and slept her way into power with a married Willie Brown; the devastation caused by an explosion of 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate, the same material used by McVeigh and Nichols in the Oklahoma City bombing, in the port of Beirut has rendered 300,000 people homeless, killed 135, injured thousands and resulted in the house arrest of Beirut port officials; Chris Cuomo who in the past has not hesitated to use profanity on the air when attacking Trump was quick to castigate the two owners of the Atilis Gym, one of whom used an F-bomb during the show; De Blasio continues to solidify his standing as the worse mayor on the planet with his recent claim that the massive upsurge in shootings and crime in NYC is due to the lack of federal stimulus money (look at yourself Bill in the mirror); while the unemployed are desperate for a stimulus bill Nancy and Chuck seem to be digging in their heels against any attempt to compromise so they can get funds to illegals, pay more to incentivize not working and bailout deficit creating states and localities way before the CV appeared on our shores; a soon be  released survey of 258 police departments across the nation will show that almost half have had their budgets cut at a time when crime and shootings are going through the roof.
     Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 4, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 9 to 2,368, of whom 418  have died (must have gone to gun range as 1 more death--so much for the defund the police movement and  for the effectiveness of Chicago’s shut down orders 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 221 behind Chicago now at 197 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 would enjoying the season if there was less pellating,   and a failed prediction by columnist Dave Anderson on the Miracle on the Ice, 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. International Traffic Light Signal Day—celebrating the installation of the first traffic light signal which was installed in Cleveland, Ohio. From that first traffic light signal which had to be manually operated great strides have been made in the design and operation of traffic signal lights to maximize traffic flow and minimize time waiting for the light to change.
2. National Oyster Day—celebrating a really tasty mollusk even if its aphrodisiac qualities are misstated that has been eaten by humans since prehistoric times. 
3. 2004 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2004 on this day on a run of 2 weeks as 1 of his 4 top number 1 songs was “Confessions Part II by Usher. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pellate” which means to divide which describes the political strategy of the Blues to a tee.
5. Miracle on the Ice Not on the Road—celebrating the birth on this day in 1937 of noted hockey player and coach Herb Brooks who coached the American 1980 Olympics Hockey Team to an upset over the heavily favored Soviets at Lake Placid in the semi finals to go on to beat Finland in the finals for a gold medal, the second time the U.S. has clinched the medal. Sadly the Miracle did not extend to highways and August 11, 2003, he fell asleep and crashed, not wearing a seat belt that it is believed would have saved his life.
On this day in:   
 a. 1957 ABC acquired Bandstand, renamed it American Bandstand, but kept its young 26  year old host Dick Clark, and debuted the show for a very long run on TV, airing its final broadcast on September 5, 1987. 
 b. 1962 Nelson Mandela was sent to prison in South Africa to begin some 38 years in confinement for opposing apartheid.
 c. 1964 in what would evolve into Operation Thunder and numerous pilots finding their way to becoming “guests” at the Hanoi Hilton for many years, aircraft from the USS Ticonderoga and the USS Constellation attacked targets in North Vietnam in retaliation for “attacks” on the USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy. 
 d. 2010 a cave in occurred at the San José gold and copper mine near Copiapóo, Chile trapping 33 miners who in an amazing rescue effort that attracted the attention of the whole world were all rescued after 66 days.
 e. 2015 in a classic example of EPA incompetence, the EPA caused a spill of mine tailings and toxic water from the Gold King Mine into the Animas River in Colorado.
     Reflections on predictions one would want to take back: ” Unless the ice melts, or unless the United States team or another team performs a miracle, as did the American squad in the 1960 Winter Olympics, the Russians are expected to easily win the Olympic gold medal for the sixth time in the last seven tournaments." Dave Anderson, columnist for the New York Times, written on the day before the Miracle on the Ice.
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