Believe It Or Not October 18, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 341,073 new cases (a .86% increase compared to a .94% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 40 million to 40,195,153, 9,036,334 of which are active, 31,156,817 of which have been closed with 30,039,696 recoveries (96.41% compared to yesterday’s 96.4%) and 1,117,121 deaths (3.59% compared to yesterday’s 3.6%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 256,330 with total cases over 8 million at 8,363,541 (a 3.16% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.63% increase) with 2,697,916 active cases of which 15,423, recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23 (15,302 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 5,665,625 closures, 224,472 of which have been deaths (3.96% compared to yesterday’s 3.98%) and 5,441,153 of which have been recoveries (96.04% compared to yesterday’s 96.02%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 677 ranks behind Peru (1018), Belgium (896),Spain (722), Bolivia (722), Brazil (722), Chile (711), and Ecuador (699), and only slightly worse than Mexico (665), UK (645), Italy (605), and Sweden (585) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 949,260 more tests to bring total to 125,683,881 tests (now at 377,699/M compared to Russia at 368,957/M so Trump is telling truth that we conduct more tests in number and on a per capital basis for nations (but excluding nations with small populations like Denmark, Israel and Singapore) but for the U.K. at 426,327/M).
Non CV Case News: Trump has come to the Blue Lions’ Den Red Oasis in Newport Beach for a fund raiser with the Beach Boys and was greeting by supporters lining the streets to Lido Island with Biden supporters few and far between and dozens of Armenian=Americans on the bridge to Balboa demanding an end to genocide against Christian Armenians, sanctions against Turkey and Azerbaijan and an end to U.S. funding of so-called war crimes; Dorsey lamely apologized for censorship of NY Post article on Hunter Biden, but acts speak louder than words and Twitter is back to its normal anti-Trump antics, blocking Dr. Atlas’s comments on the effectiveness of masks (Dorsey rightfully so should be raked over the coals by the Senate when he is subpoenaed to testify); alarmed by the fact that more blacks, Hispanics and native Americans receive Ds and Fs than whites, San Diego School District is going to change its grading standards to combat “racism” by eliminating nonacademic factors like behavior in class and late work for middle grade and high school students (so much for teaching the valuable work ethic of meeting deadlines and nondisruptive behavior students will encounter in the workplace); on the next and last debate, Americans are hoping that Kristin Welker who has deep roots in the Blues will ape the performance disgraced and suspended Scully probably would have done or whether there is a chance she will be impartial (how many of the millions who have already cast their votes will watch to obtain reinforcement or voters’ remorse?); France which has been inundated by thousands upon thousands of Muslim immigrants and refugees whose assimilation has been a very difficult task has expelled 231 radicalized nationals and arrested 10 in the beheading of a history teacher who displayed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in his class; on the Los Angeles sports front, the Dodgers win Game 7 and are off to the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Rams are beaten by the 49er’s.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of
October 17 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,437 of whom
586 have died (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 324 behind Chicago at 262
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 which occur much
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “End of the Road”" by Boyz II Men, the fact that you are not a pollyanna person, and a quote by Steve Wozniak on the transistor radio, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send 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. Please contact me for details.
1. Alaska Day—celebrating the consummation of one of the best real estate deals in our nation’s history—the purchase of the Territory of Alaska from Russia on this day in 1867 for the bargain basement sum of $7,200,000.
2. International Language Development Disorder Day—created on September 20, 2017 and celebrated since then on October 18 of each year to promote understanding of a problem that is believed to affect 7% of children worldwide that makes it very difficult to acquire necessary language skills.
3. 1992 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1992 on a run of 13 weeks was “End Of the Road” by Boyz II Men joining 7 other acts with their first number 1 song and 12 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDKO6XYXioc. This Philadelphia R&B quartet started performing in 1987, had great success with Motown Records and still enjoying great success after one of the group’s initial members Michael McCarey dropped out due to MS in 2033 with a cumulative 50 weeks in the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 ranked 4th in that position.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pollyanna” which means naively optimistic which defines anyone to a tee who believes that if elected Biden will not install most if not all of the socialistic policies of Sanders, AOC and their band of happy leftist followers.
5. Hostess With the Mostess--celebrating the birth on this day in 1902 of noted silver screen and small screen actress Miriam Hopkins who was a smoker and later in her career was famous for her parties whose guests were often from the intellectual and creative world but such invites did not save her from dying form a heart attack on October 9, 1072 at the age of 69.
On this day in:
a. 1898 the U.S. took possession of Puerto Rico from Spain.
b. 1954 Texas Instruments announced the introduction of the transistor radio, freeing people from being chained to the car, home or office to listen to music and news.
c. 1963 Félicette, 1 of 13 cats trained for space flight, became the first cat launched into space atop a French rocket to land 13 minutes later and did not use up any of her 9 lives.
d. 1979 the FCC allowed homeowners to install home satellite receiving dishes which freed cable from telephone lines and expanded the world of entertainment and news.
e. 2019 NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch completed the first all female space when they left the International Space Station to replace a damaged controller.
Reflections on transistor radios: “My first transistor radio was the heart of my gadget love today. It fit in my hand and brought me a world of music 24 / 7” Steve Wozniak, co founder of Apple with Steven Jobs
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