Wednesday, August 26, 2020

August 26, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Women's Equality Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not August 26, 2020
     CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 344,903 new cases (a 1.44%  increase compared to a .77% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 24 million to 24,216,417 cases, 6,675,639  of  which  are active, 17,540,778 of which have been closed with 16,714,175 recoveries (95.29% compared to  yesterday’s 95.25%) and 826,603 deaths (4.71% compared to yesterday’s 4.75%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

    CV USA Cases: New cases of 81,532 with total cases nearing 6 million at 5,890,706 (a 1.38% increase compared to yesterday’s .47% increase) with 2,530,073 active cases of which 16,484, on a downward trend with slight blips from over 19,000 in the last 3 weeks (16,477 yesterday), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 3,442,165 closures, 182,988 of which have been deaths (5.32% compared to yesterday’s 5.33%) and 3,259,177 of which have been recoveries (94.68% compared to yesterday’s 94.67%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 552 ranks behind Belgium (862), Peru (847, Spain (620), UK (610), Italy (587), Sweden (575), and Chile (574) and only slightly worse than Brazil (550) and Mexico (476). We have now conducted    78,632,566 tests (more than 709,000 more tests than those done yesterday).
      Non CV Case News: New medical evidence filed by the defense lawyers of the police in Minneapolis charged with the death of George Floyd revealed that he had fatal levels of fentanyl in his system which is why he was claiming while in the police car he was having trouble breathing; Kenosha even with 125 National Guard troops deployed was hit with another night of rioting, looting and burning down businesses that provide employment to some of the city’s residents and last night turned deadly with 3 people shot, 2 of whom died, by a 17 year old suspect who has been arrested,  prompting Trump to announce he is sending in federal agents and Wisconsin to send in 500 National Guard to help control the violence (what happened to Jacob Blake if the video is a complete and accurate depiction of what led to his shooting is an absolute intolerable outrage but riots and business destruction is about as counterproductive as can be to advance the cause of social justice and improve race relations); in what has to be a major miracle Blake is still alive and in stable condition after surgery as his mother was pleading that the violence is not something her son would ever approve (sadly like the pleas of Rodney King on TV  during the L.A. Riots of “Why can’t we just get along?” that were ignored, don’t get your hopes up that the rioters will heed the plea); in a penny wise pound foolish move that is costing the city millions in riot damages and potential use of unlawful force damages, Kenosha failed to buy body cams for its officers back in 2017 and has pushed that purchase back before the Blake shooting to 2022; Laura is now a CAT4 Hurricane bearing down on Texas and Louisiana with the potential of great storm surge and wind damage as residents are fleeing inland; Melania Trump displayed in her speech from the newly restored Rose Garden what an incredible class act as she chose not to attack Biden as the time for divisiveness has passed while the left like Bette Midler ranted and demeaned her like a xenophobic idiot (the strength of diversity the Blue preach when trying to justify illegal aliens disappears in a New York City Second when the immigrant is legal and a Republican); BLM must have seen an old clip of Maxine Waters demanding people get in the face of Trump supporters and office holders as BLM protesters are shown descending on D.C. outdoor restaurants demanding the patrons raise their fists in support of the BLM.

   Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 25, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 11 poorly aimed shootings to 2,711 of whom none have  died in 2 straight days to keep 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 still 236 behind Chicago at 214 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 with significantly less frequency?).
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “I’ll Never Smile Again” by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, with Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers as vocals, the fact that you are not pervicacious and, and a quote by Simon Winchester on the eruption of Mt. Krakatoa, 
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1. Women’s Equality Day—created by Presidential Proclamation by President Nixon in 1972 to the commemorate the 19th Amendment and to promote the gaining by women and girls of equality.

    2. Congressional Start Up Day—created by former Rep. Darrell Issa and former Rep. and now Governor of Colorado Jared Polis in 2013 to promote start-ups which are the backbone of this country in terms of innovation to meet with their Congressional representatives while they are home in their districts during the Congressional Recess as startups are not blessed with vast dollars to hire lobbyists to beat down Congress’ doors to have them address their needs.

     3. 1940 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1939 on a run of 12 weeks was “I’ll Never Smile Again” by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers on the vocals. Here is a recording of the song: This talented band leader and trombone player had a successful TV series featuring his orchestra and guest musicians including in January, 1956 introducing a young Elvis Presley to the TV viewing world; sadly Tommy was often taking sleeping pills and after a heavy meal at his Greenwich, Connecticut home and sedated he choked himself to death in his sleep on November 26,1956.
    4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pervicacious” which means very obstinate which is often the sign of a small mind unwilling to consider new facts or ideas.

     5. No One to a Bullet Block—celebrating the birth on this day in 1987 of Juan Joseph, an American college football and Arena football player who had the misfortune to try to deescalate a confrontation between two groups of men outside the Allure Nightclub in Baton Rouge on November 16, 2014 and for his efforts was shot by Jamarcus Goodman twice in the chest and died. Goodman was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his deed.

      On this day in:

      a. 1883 the final eruption of Mt. Krakatoa which ended the next day and destroyed 70 percent of the island began.
      b. 1940 Chad became the first French colony to break from Vichy France and join the Allies under the administration of Félix Éboué, France's first black colonial governor.
      c. 1944 Charles de Gaul triumphantly reentered a liberated Paris.
      d. 2009 Kaycee Dugard who, had been kidnapped by  a convicted sex offender Philip Garrido, while walking to a school bus stop in 1991 was discovered alive with her two daughters that Garrido had sired with her while she was held in captivity. Garrido and his wife Nancy pled guilty to kidnapping and received long prison terms that will enable them to be eligible for parole hearings in 2034 and Kaycee received a $20 million settlement from the State of California for failure to have discovered her and her children during encounters with Garrido and his parole officers.

       e. 2015 Allison Parker and Adam Ward of CBS affiliate WDBJ of Roanoke, Virginia were interviewing live, Vicki Gardner, the head of the Moneta, Virginia Chamber of Commerce, when Vester Flanagan, who had been previously fired from the station for disruptive conduct, approached the 3 and shot them, killing Parker and Ward, fleeing the scene but not taking the video camera with him which was used to identify him and the car he had rented which was stopped and sped away to crash off the road and kill himself.
    Reflections of the eruption of Mt. Krakatoa: “The story of Krakatoa had a small beginning—seven newsworthy words, buried well down in the pages of a single London newspaper. As the summer of 1883 wore on, it was to become a very much greater story indeed. And when it was over, three months later, it was to have implications for society—for the laying of the foundations of McLuhan’s “global village”—that have reverberated in a far more important way, and for far, far longer, than anyone at the time could ever have supposed.”― Simon Winchester, Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 

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