Thursday, August 20, 2020

August 20, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Mosquito Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 20, 2020

     CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 241,141 new cases (a 1.07%  increase compared to a 1.15% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 22 million to 22,698,506 cases, 6,506,850  of  which  are active, 16,191,656 of which have been closed with 15,398,365 recoveries (95.1% compared to  yesterday’s 95.07%) and 793,291  deaths (4.90% compared to yesterday’s 4.93%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

   CV USA Cases: New cases of 73,655 with total cases nearing 6 million at 5,713,181 (a 1.31% increase compared to yesterday’s .61% increase) with 2,472,303 active cases of which 16,884, on a downward trend with slight blips from over 19,000 in the last 2 weeks (16,980 yesterday), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 3,240,868 closures, 176,665 of which have been deaths (5.45% compared to yesterday’s 5.48%) and 3,064,213 of which have been recoveries (94.55% compared to yesterday’s 94.52%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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   73,808,058 tests ( over 726,000 more tests than those done yesterday).
     Non CV Case News: In what may be omen for mail in voting as opposed to absentee voting, a judge has ruled for a reelection in city council races in Patterson, New Jersey following mail fraud allegations; Biden will be speaking tonight at the DNC as the allegations of Tara Reade are again surfacing as she indicated that if invited she would be more than happy to speak at the RNC later this month (double standard as Hollywood celebrities could not condemn Brett Kavanaugh fast enough but on her allegations much more recent than Ford’s over a 3 decades ago only the sounds of silence); in another “I don’t pick them well” curse by association for Trump, former adviser Steve Bannon has been arrested for defrauding donors who contributed to his private border wall project (never loath to hurl a cheap shot at the president, Biden with his quid pro involvement with son Hunter in Ukraine and China and apparent memory lapse given his declining state called Trump’s Administration the most corrupt in history); another night a another night of riots in Portland and another night the kicking scum bag Maquise Love is still on the loose; further north business owners in Seattle are voicing their outrage over Mayor Durkan’s folding to what they perceive as a Marxist Seattle City Council; Dr. Fauci has had outpatient surgery to remove a polyp on his vocal cords and will be resting his voice for a few days; Kim Jong Un is giving his younger sister more government responsibilities in dealing with the U.S. and South Korea.

    Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 19, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 28 really poorly aimed shootings to 2,595, of whom none died to keep the total at 442 (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 233 behind Chicago at 209 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?).
     As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles, the fact that you rarely perorate, and a quote by Alexander Dubcek on freeing the economy from Stalinistic controls, 
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1. World Mosquito Day—celebrating the discovery by British doctor Sir Bernard Ross on this day in 1897 that the female mosquito with its bite transfers malaria to the victim.
International Day of Medical Transporters—created by the British Army Royal Medical Corps during World War I to honor the bravery of those ambulances that braved shot and shell to pick up wounded and then transport them to field aid stations or hospitals and whose exploits are performed by today byambulances and paramedics who transfer injured and diseased to hospitals.
2020 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2020 on this day on a run of 1 week was “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles on his first number 1 record. Here is a recording of the song: This young British born singer is just embarking on a singing, acting (Dunkirk) and modeling career.
Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “perorate” which means to speak grandiosely which is a disgusting trait most politicians are often stuck with.
Into the Valley of D—celebrating the birth on this day in 1916 of not very successful actress but a best selling author whose first 3 books, the first of which was Valley of the Dolls, were on the New York Times Best Seller List but who chain smoked like mad and contracted lung cancer that killed her on September 21, 1974.

      On this day in: 
      a. 1938 in the year before Lou Gehrig’s disease forced his retirement, Lou Gehrig hit his 23rd grand slam home run, a record that would endure for 75 years until broken by Alex Rodriquez who after breaking it hit one more to end up with 25.
      b. 1968 over 500,000 troops from the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the Prague Spring initiated by Prime Minister Alex Dubcek to lessen the iron hand of the Soviets with very minimal participation by East Germany and none by Romania and Albania; Dubcek was forced to resign and was not executed but lived out his life until killed in a traffic accident in Prague at the age of 70 on November 7, 1992.
    c. 1986 after being reprimanded by 2 supervisors the day before, Patrick Sherrill, a relief letter carrier, arrived at the Post Office in Edmund, Oklahoma at the start of the work day, shot and killed one of the supervisors who had reprimanded him and since he could not find the other, who fortunately for him had overslept, killed 13 co-workers and wounded 6 others in 15 minutes before shooting himself dead.
  d. 1991 Estonia reasserted its independence under the continuity rule following the illegal occupation of the Soviet Union interrupted only by the illegal German occupation during World War II. 
    e. 1998 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Quebec could not secede from Canada without federal government approval.
   Reflections on the need to deStalinize the Czech economy: In the economic sphere, the program demanded thorough decentralization and managerial independence of enterprises, as well as legalization of small-scale private enterprise, especially in the service sector.” Alexander Dubcek.

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