Ridley's Believe It Or Not August 13, 2020
World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 260,941
1.26% increase compared to a 1.6% increase yesterday) to bring the
total nearing 21 million to 20,960,953 cases, 6,402,097
of which are active, 14,558,856 of which have
been closed with 13,808,668 recoveries (94.85% compared
to yesterday’s 94.77%) and 750,188 deaths (5.15% compared
to yesterday’s 5.23%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages
and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 37,821 with total cases exceeding 5 million at 5,348,436 (a .71% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.58% increase) with 2,399,301 active cases of which 17,342, on a downward trend from over 19,000 in the last 2 weeks (17,335 yesterday), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 2,986,956 closures, 169,683 of which have been deaths (5.68% compared to yesterday’s 5.71%) and 2,817,273 of which have been recoveries (94.32% compared to yesterday’s 94.29%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 68,524,602 tests (over 973,000 more than yesterday).
Non CV Case News: As murders are soaring in urban cities, another city Austin has jumped on the defund the police bandwagon by voting to cut $150 million from its police forced budget (at least in Austin there is a good chance that many more law abiding citizens are packing to protect themselves; the MSM is making a fool of themselves on a major Obama like love fest for Kamala Harris in a 24/7 attempt to paint her as anything but the progressive leftist she is to the point that the NYT is claiming she is a “pragmatic moderate” which like claiming was a pragmatic moderate because he used famine to kill 10 million Ukrainians as opposed to Hitler who shot Jews by the thousands and built concentration camps to kill them by the millions; Biden and Harris who could not create a sustainable private sector job if their life dependent are slamming Trump’s job record and promising to create millions of new jobs (Biden may be excused because in his mental state he probably is clueless over the disaster of the CV pandemic but Harris whose senate legislative efforts have been meager at best should know better); when Biden can barely finish a sentence Harris was blasting Trump for not multitasking during the impeachment inquiry was taking place); Trump announced a historic peace deal between Israel and the U.A.E. which Biden praised but took credit for the Obama-Biden Administration creating the foundation for the agreement (another example of memory loss as U.S. Israeli relations under Obama-Biden were the lowest and most contentious they have every been); Martha McSally in a tough reelection fight has introduced legislation requiring China to pay $1.6 trillion on defaulted Chinese bonds created before the Chinese Communists took over (great idea but the chances of collecting is nil and may have the adverse side effect of the Chinese refusing to buy our debt; a judge has ruled that the recall move against Durkan can proceed.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 12, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 5 poorly aimed shots to 2,461, of whom none died to keep the total at 429 (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 206 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 Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, the fact that you support perregal opportunities for all, and a quote by Swiss writer Otto Frei on East Berlin before the closure of the borders with West Berlin and the subsequent construction and manning of the Berlin Wall, 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. Black Women Equal Pay Day—celebrating on the day of the current year the day on which black women had been paid the same wages that non Hispanic white males received during the prior year. Since 2015 the earliest the day has been celebrated was July 28 and the latest was August 22. No one doing the same job should be paid less or more because of gender or color.
3. 2013 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2013 on this day on a run of 12 weeks was “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell in his first number 1 song. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU This Canadian American singer whose infidelity and drug use ruined his first marriage seems to have settled down but had the misfortune of losing his home in Malibu to the Woolsey Fire. 4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “perregal” which means fully equal which in terms of opportunities as opposed to outcomes this country must continue to pursue. 5. Patience of Job—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1982 of Sarah Huckabee Sanders who was Trump’s Press Secretary for 2 years succeeding Sean Spicer and who deserves the Patience of Job for putting up with grand standers like Jim Acosta during briefings at the White House and is now a Fox News Consultant.
On this day in:
b. 1937 the Battle of Shanghai between China and Japan commenced in what was known as the Stalingrad on the Yangtze in terms of the ferocity and casualties and ended with a Japanese victory on November 26, 1937.
c. 1961 East Germany banned the exodus of its citizens from East Berlin to West Berlin to escape the abysmal economic conditions and repression found there and began construction of the Berlin Wall.
d. 1964 Peter Allen and Gwynne Evans had the dubious distinction of being the last people executed in the United Kingdom when they were hanged for the murder of John West on April 7, 1964.
e. 1969 the Apollo XII Astronauts enjoyed a ticker tape parade in New York City followed by a state dinner in Los Angeles where they were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Nixon.
Reflections on the closing of the border between East and West Berlin: ““Up to August 13th 1961, the East Berliners were half free. They had, of course, to work during the day… and were subject to an arbitrary legal system. But in the evening at the close of work, they came over to West Berlin to meet relatives and acquaintances, go to the movies or the theatre, stroll up the Kurfiirstendamm [shopping boulevard], read Western newspapers… Some 200,000 Germans from East Berlin and the Soviet zone visited West Berlin every day. Berlin, despite political division, was still a special area.”Otto Frei, Swiss writer, on Berlin before the Berlin Wall, 1963
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