Thursday, August 6, 2020

August 6, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National IPA Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 6, 2020

        CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 262,552 new cases  (a 1.39%  increase compared to a 1.37% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 19  million to 19,105,369 cases, 6,134,245   of  which  are active, 12,971,124 of which have been closed with 12,257,363 recoveries (94.50% compared to  yesterday’s 94.45%) and 713,761  deaths (5.50% compared to yesterday’s 5.55%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
      CV USA: New cases of 255,911 with total cases nearing 5 million at 4,736,011 (a 5.4% increase compared to yesterday’s 4.34% increase) with 2,287,024 active cases of which 18,442 (18,427 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition, and 2,704,898 closures, 161,937 of which have been deaths (5.99% compared to yesterday’s 6.04%) and 2,542,961 of which have been recoveries (94.01% compared to yesterday’s 93.96%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 63, 139,605 tests (824,279 more than yesterday).
     Non CV News: In what has to be an attempt to illegal influence the election Facebook has banned a Trump super PAC from advertising (talk about a Silicon Valley Iron Curtain) and Trump has signed an executive order that unless someone like Microsoft buys its U.S. operations Tik-Tok will be banned from the U.S. in 45 days; as riots and defund the police  demands have swept across the nation, prompting huge increases in gun sales to first time buyers, the NY AG has filed suit against the NRA for being a culture of self dealing corruption prompting a counter suit by the NRA (with preservation of the 2nd Amendment one of the issues of this campaign definitely a lightning rod for conservative voters); Biden’s mental incompetence was on display when he asserted that unlike the black community, Latinos have diverse views (unsaid was the view that monolithic blacks need to vote as instructed by the Blues); in a glaring example of why Trump is so concerned over blanket mail-in voting, in the June 23 New York Primary some 84,000 ballots, 1 out of 4 of total ballots, were tossed because of not arriving on time, lacking a post mark or signature or other defect (Blues seem to be aping Stalin’s motto of “I don’t care who votes if I get to count the ballots”); another example of rampant MSM anti-Trump bias this time with blatant omission by not mentioning Yates’ castigating Comey for going rogue on the Flynn “investigation”; in another example of why the CV is apolitical, Governor DeWine of Ohio who was the first governor to close schools to attempt to stop the spread of the CV has tested positive prior to his scheduled meeting with President Trump and has gone into 14 day quarantine; in a really sick moment of how frayed we have become, a woman was so outraged over a delay in her $31 order of food at a Burger King in Orlando, Florida drive-thru that, even though her money was refunded, she had her husband, a convicted felon, come to the restaurant and shoot and kill Desmond Joshua, a 22 year old black Burger King employee (fortunately both husband and wife are now in jail but since the shooter was not a cop, not a peep out of the BLM).
    Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 5, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 16 poorly aimed shots to 2,384, of whom 418  have died (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 198 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 Mariah Carey, the fact that you do not have pellicle,  and Fidel Castro euphemism justifying the nationalization of U.S. property, 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. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Day—commemorating in Hiroshima, Japan the dropping of the first nuclear weapon on this day on August 6, 1945 to promote efforts to insure that other than on Nagasaki 3 days later, it will never happen again.
     2. National IPA Day—co-founded to by Ashley Routson and Ryan Ross, 2 micro beer evangelists in 2011 and celebrated on the first Thursday in August to promote the consumption of IPA which had its origin as an ale with its high hop content as a preservative so it could be shipped to thirsty officers and employees of the East Indies Company in India where the heat made it difficult to brew beer.
     3. 2005 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2005 on this day on a run of 14 non-consecutive weeks as her first of 2 of her top number 1 songs that year and the longest running hit in 2005 was “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey. Here is a recording of the song: This incredibly successful performer has the distinction of having her first 5 songs be number 1 hits.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pellicle” which means thin skin which describes the PC warriors to a tee.
     5. You Don’t Have to Dine on Soup to Appreciate It—celebrating the birth on this day in 1928 of noted avant-garde artist Andy Warhol who painted among other things Campbell Soup Cans, and survived being shot in an attempted murder only to many years later die on February 22, 1987 at age 59 in his sleep from a heart attack recovering from gall bladder surgery.
     On this day in:
a. 1926 American swimmer Gertrude Ederle after 5 men before her had successfully swam the English Channel become the first woman to do so beating the fastest man’s time by 1 hour and 59 minutes as it took her 14 hours and 31 minutes to swim across.
   b. 1960 Fidel Castro’s Cuba nationalized all properties owned by the U.S. and foreign nations on the island.
    c. 1991 Tim Berniers-Lee released his files for his idea to create a World Wide Web. WWW opened as a publicly available service on the internet.
     d. 1996 the Ramones, the first true punk rock group formed in 1974 played their farewell concert in the Palace in Los Angeles.
    e. 2011 in the deadliest single event in the War in Afghanistan a U.S. Chinook helicopter was shot down, killing 25 Navy Seals, 6 Air Force and Air National Guard personnel, 1  working military dog, 7 Afghan soldiers and 1 Afghan civilian.
     Reflections on justifying the nationalization by Cuba of U.S. properties: We were not 100 per cent communist yet (LAUGHS). We were just becoming slightly pink. We did not confiscate land; we simply proposed to pay for it in twenty years, and in the only way in which we could pay for it: in bonds, which would mature in twenty years at 4 1/2 per cent, or amortized yearly.” Fidel Castro speech to the General Assembly September, 1960.
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