Sunday, August 23, 2020

August 23, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Stalinism and Nazism

Ridley' Believe It Or Not August 23, 2020

     CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 238,785 new cases (a 1.03%  increase compared to a 1.11% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 23 million to 23,511,251 cases, 6,672,104  of  which  are active, 16,839,147 of which have been closed with 16,028,255 recoveries (95.18% compared to  yesterday’s 95.15%) and 805,901  deaths (4.82% compared to yesterday’s 4.85%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

   CV USA Cases: New cases of 88,061 with total cases nearing 6 million at 5,768,900 (a 1.53% increase compared to yesterday’s .9% increase) with 2,523,559 active cases of which 16,729, on a downward trend with slight blips from over 19,000 in the last 3 weeks (16,785 yesterday), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 3,333,402 closures, 180,390 of which have been deaths (5.41% compared to yesterday’s 5.42%) and 3,153,012 of which have been recoveries (94.59% compared to yesterday’s 94.58%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 545 ranks behind Belgium (861), Peru (831), Spain (617), UK (610), Italy (586), Sweden (575), and Chile (567) and only slightly worse than Brazil (538) and Mexico (467). We have now conducted    76,159,378 tests (more than 684,000 more tests than those done yesterday).
     Non CV Case News: News out of the Hermit Kingdom have to be accepted with a grain of salt but news today is that Kim Jong Un is in a coma and his sister is now in charges; in Kenosha, Wisconsin police responding to a domestic call ended up shooting a black when he exited from the passenger side and walked over to the driver’s side and shot 7 times in the back (brace yourself for another repeat of angry riots if he dies); newly declassified documents reveal the double standard was alive and well at the echelons of the FBI as it briefed Hillary on foreign interference  and then moved to obtain a FISA Warrant before “briefing” Trump (the Senate Homeland Security Committee has authorized subpoenas of to top Obama officials concerning the origins of the Russian probe—have to believe Obama and Biden were both in the loop on the investigation that they thought would be the downfall of the Trump candidacy); the nation is enduring a counter culture war by the left with attacks on statues of Jefferson, Washington, Columbus, Roosevelt and Grant and ex-NYT reporter Kurt Eichenwald attacks Melania Trump as a foreign piece of trash for restoring the Rose Garden to its Kennedy footprint (what a total scumbag); Andrew Pollack, the father of a student killed in the Parkland School shootings will be one of the speakers at the RNC; Houston is not one of the cities following the inane defund the police movement and is actively recruiting officers who have been let go from cities shrinking their police forces; Trump announced to the nation that the FDA had approved the use of plasma from recovered CV patients for treatment of those infected with the disease (if treatment is effective as many believe it will be bad news for Biden who needs economy to be daily devastated by the CV pandemic; bombshell from Kellyanne Conway that she is stepping down from her position as White House counselor and senior Trump advisor by the end of this month and her rabid anti-Trump husband is stepping down from his involvement with the Anti-Trump PAC Lincoln Project; Trump has declared a national emergency due to the massive California wildfires plaguing the entire state with more lightning strikes being forecasted.
    Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 21, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 26 poorly aimed shootings to 2,663, of whom 2 died to raise the total at 450 (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 239 behind Chicago at 211 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 “Sailboat in the Moonlight” by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, the fact that you are usually perspicacious, and a quote by Augustern Burroughs on the Stockholm Syndrome, 
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1. International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition--created by UNESCO in 1998 and celebrated on this day as it marks the anniversary of a slave revolt on the island of  Haiti from August 22-23,1791 that was instrumental pushing toward the movement for the abolition of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade.
European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Stalinism and Nazism—created by by the European Parliament on September 23, 2008 and observed today as it marks the execution of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact on this day in 1939 that led to the division of Poland, annexation of the Baltic Republics and portions of Romania and freed Hitler from the fears of a two front war so he could invade Poland.
1937 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1937 on a run of 3 non continuous weeks was “A Sailboat in the Moonlight” by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians.  Here is a recording of the song: This Canadian violinist and band leader was active in the business for 53 years right up to his death on November 5, 1977 of a heart attack and perhaps best remembered for his New Year’s Eve Musical Celebrations before Dick Clark claimed title to that unique gig.
Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “perspicacious” which means astute, clear headed, which are well desired traits.
Under the Boardwalk—celebrating the birth on this day in 1936 of rhythm and blues singer Rudy Lewis of the Drifters who was a closet homosexual, suffered from binge eating disorders and was addicted to heroin and who died from an overdose on  May 20, 1965, the night before the Drifters were to record “Under the Boardwalk” that would have featured his talents. Rudy became a member of the 27 Club, a collection of artists, actors and musicians like Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix and Jim Morrison who overdosed at age 27.

      On this day in: 
      a. 1927 Italian anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti after a lengthy and controversial trial with a large almost worldwide outcry over their guilty verdict and protests over their execution are executed in the electric chair.
       b. 1973 a career criminal Jan-Erik Olsson while on a work furlough attempted to rob a bank in Stockholm and failed but took 4 people inside as hostages who despite threats to kill them refused to testify after police with tear gas caused the hostage taker to surrender which led to the term “Stockholm Syndrome” in describing the hostages’ view of their captor.
       c. 1990 East and West Germany announced that they will reunite on October 3, 1990.
     d. 1991 the World Wide Web was opened to the public. 
       e. 1994 Eugene Bullard, the only African American pilot in World War I who flew for France was posthumously awarded the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.
   Reflections on the Stockholm Syndrome: “Maybe it was a Patty Hearst thing. Stockholm syndrome or whatever it's called when you're being held against your will but then you become sucked in and fall in love. Or if not exactly love, you fall into something you can't see out of. 'I can't shoot a machine gun' becomes 'Hey, this hardly has any kick-back!” Augusten Burroughs, noted American author.

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