Sunday, August 9, 2020

August 9, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International VEEP Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 9, 2020

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 185,569 new cases  (a .99%  increase compared to a 1.56% increase yesterday) to bring the total  nearing 20  million to 19,898,735 cases, 6,392,217   of  which  are active, 13,506,518 of which have been closed with 12,775,371 recoveries (94.59% compared to  yesterday’s 94.56%) and 727,031  deaths (5.41% compared to yesterday’s 5.44%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
      CV USA Cases: New cases of 43,251 with total cases exceeding 5 million at 5,120,970 (a .84% increase compared to yesterday’s 8.11% increase) with 2,359,059 active cases of which 18,015 on a downward trend from over 19,000 in the last 2 weeks (18,038 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 2,805,162 closures, 165,235 of which have been deaths (5.89% compared to yesterday’s 5.91%) and 2,639,927 of which have been recoveries (94.11% compared to yesterday’s 94.09%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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  64,610,547 65,453,221 tests (almost 843,000 more than yesterday).
     Non CV Case News: Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown who was involved in an extramarital affair with Kamala Harris to propel her career to D.A. of San Francisco and California AG has urged her to decline the VP slot and seek the AG’s office if Biden wins; Sen. Graham has pointed out that the FBI misled (lied to?) the Senate in 2018 when they assured the Senate that there was no basis not to believe the allegations in the Steele were truthful which it is clear today they were in spades not (amazing we are still awaiting for justice to be levied against the likes of Comey, Strzok, McCabe et al); Pelosi predictably this Sunday was on a full on rant against Trump’s executive orders prompted by the failed negotiations to come up with a stimulus bill as the unemployment enhancement checks of $600 a week have expired  (Pelosi is arguing that Reds come half way and accept their $2 trillion reduction bill so applying same logic accept $400 a week which is in the middle between $600 and $200, eliminate the stimulus checks to illegals, accept Red proposed aid to schools, issue $1200 checks to Americans and deal with funding for the states after the election although to give economy chance to recover really should provide for litigation protection to employers who open up and follow approved anti-COVID-19 protection guidelines protection against being sued for employees coming down with COVID-19; in riot ravaged Portland, Ken Feucht held a “Let Us Worship” rally for thousands of Christians in a park not far from the Portland Police Association Buidling which later that evening was the scene of another riot and attempt to burn down the building (Wheeler finally said something intelligent when he castigated rioters that they were not protesting but rather creating a B-Movie to be used to re-elect Trump.
     Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 8, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 14 poorly aimed shots to 2,427, of whom 1 more has died to raised the total to 426 (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 still at 223 behind Chicago now at 203 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 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 Katy Perry, the fact that you do not have pentheraphobia,   and a quote by Peter T. King on the shooting of Michael Brown, 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 Day of the World’s Indigenous People—created by the UN General Assembly in December, 1994 to promote awareness of the needs of indigenous people and to promote their protection and create awareness of their contributions to society and protection of the environment.
     2. National VEEP Day—celebrating not the office of the vice president which FDR’s Vice President Garner said was not worth a “bucket of warm spit” but rather the mechanism in the Constitution’s and the 25th Amendment’s provisions providing how a vice president will assume the office which given concerns over the mental health of Biden, the office may be worth much more to the holder thereof.
     3. 2008 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2008 on this day on a run of 7 weeks was “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry in her first number 1 song. Here is a recording of the song: . The song has rocketed her to a very successful career which on a personal note will be capped with the birth of a baby girl later this summer.
      4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pentheraphobia” which means a fear or hatred of one’s mother-in-law which usually does not bode well for a successful marriage.
      5. Don’t Call Me Fredo—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your point of view the birth on this day in 1970 of Chris Cuomo, a “journalist” on CNN who has been mocked for his glowing interviews of his brother Andrew, the governor of New York, caught breaking quarantine in NYC and profanely threatening to throw a man down a stairwell in a bar in Shelter Island, New York for calling him Fredo; let’s hope as a birthday gift he receives a huge dose of how to be objective on the air.
        On this day in:
 a. 1892 Tomas Edison received a patent for a two way telegraph. 
     b.  1945 a B-29 Bockscar dropped “Fat Boy,” a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki, Japan 3 days after the first nuclear weapon was dropped on Hiroshima, immediately killing some 35,000 people.
     c. Singapore was expelled from Malaysia to become the only nation to date to obtain independence unwillingly. 
     d. 1969 followers of Charles Manson intent on creating “Helter Skelter” murdered actress Sharon Tate and her unborn baby and heiress Abigail Folger and 3 others.
    e. 2014 in a scuffle in which Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson claimed he was attacked by a much larger Michael Brown, and ended up shooting and killing him, the false narrative of “hands up don’t shoot” gave birth to the Black Lives Matter Movement which is quick to protest shooting of blacks by police officers but sadly is totally silent with the black on black shootings and killings which are way, way more prevalent.
      Reflections on the shooting of Michael Brown: “Michael Brown was a criminal who had robbed a convenience store and then attempted to kill Police Officer Darren Wilson. Michael Brown never raised his hands above his head and never tried to surrender. He was killed in self-defense by Officer Wilson after Brown first attempted to take the officer's weapon away and then charged at him.” Peter T. King, Republican Congressman from New York. Michael Brown was certainly not the perfect poster child for the BLM Movement but there are probably many more victims who died earlier in the hands of police or several like George Floyd later that would do just fine as the BLM Movement was a movement that has been ripe for many years to sprout into being.
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