Thursday, August 27, 2020

August 27, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Petroleum Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not August 27, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 261,432 new cases (a 1.08%  increase compared to a 1.44% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 24 million to 24,477,849 cases, 6,669,246  of  which  are active, 17,808,603 of which have been closed with 16,976,141 recoveries (95.33% compared to  yesterday’s 95.29%) and 826,603 deaths (4.67% compared to yesterday’s 4.71%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

        CV USA Cases: New cases of 124,643 with total cases over 6 million at 6,015,369 (a 2.12% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.38% increase) with 2,515,014 active cases of which 16,392, on a downward trend with slight blips from over 19,000 in the last 3 weeks (16,484 yesterday), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 3,500,355 closures, 183,961 of which have been deaths (5.26% compared to yesterday’s 5.32%) and 3,316,394 of which have been recoveries (94.74% compared to yesterday’s 94.68%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 555 ranks behind Belgium (852), Peru (851), Spain (620), UK (610), Italy (587), Sweden (575), and Chile (578), now tied with Brazil (550) and only slightly worse than and Mexico (476). We have now conducted    78,632,566 79,338,780 tests (more than 706,000 more tests than those done yesterday).
       Non CV Case News: Just when you thought Biden come not be more out of it, he had the inanity to falsely claim there were no race riots during the Obama-Biden years (what about burning and looting during  the Ferguson riots could he not rember?); Hurricane Laura is cutting a huge swath of flooding and destruction and loss of power but fortunately only 1 death as it moves inland through Texas and Louisiana; you may disagree with Pelosi but you have to hand it to her for political astuteness as she sees the writing on the wall and urges Biden to stay in his bunker and not debate Trump as she knows Trump will destroy him and Biden’s lack of fitness for the office will be revealed for all America to see; almost like a day late and a dollar short Biden ensconced in his bunker has belatedly condemned the violence in Kenosha as “needless violence” which Trump condemned from day 1 and is sending in 200 federal agents to help the city; after a black murder suspect shot himself to avoid going to prison as opposed to protesting the death of George Floyd  as police approached him and given the BLM 24/7 anti-police rhetoric, Minneapolis residents started burning and looting, the Minnesota National Guard has been called up to head into the city; Kristi Noem, Governor of South Dakota unleashed a scathing attack on Blue run cities like Seattle and Portland as places with the violence no mother would want to raise a child in which was too much for Rachel Maddow who cut in and got Seattle Mayor on the line to try to refute Noem’s claims even as Seattle  has already equaled the number of murders for all of 2019 (another example of extreme MSM bias.

       Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 26, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 18 better aimed shootings to 2,729 of whom 5 have  died to bring the total 2 455 (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 241 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 “Daddy” by Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra,  the fact that your ideas are usually not pessimal, and a quote by Julie Bunck and Michael Fowler on the Kellogg-Briand Pact, 
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1. National Petroleum Day—commemorating the discovery of oil by Edwin drake 70 feet beneath the ground on this day in 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania but most likely not celebrated by the backers of AOC’s Green New Deal but still a very crucial part of our economy that is threatened by the anti- fracking, anti-pipeline and anti-drilling stands of the Blues.

       2. National Tarzan Day—celebrating that fictional character who was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1912 and raised by apes and best know n on the cinema screen being portrayed by Johnny Weissmuller, a noted former Olympic swimmer in the first of 12 Tarzan movies, Tarzan the Ape Man, which came out in 1932—if you have a tree with vines, today would be a good day to swing through the air with a curdling Tarzan like yell to startle your neighbors.

       3. 1941 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1941 on a run of 7 weeks was “Daddy” by Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: This big band leader was known as “Sway with Sammy Kaye” and finally left us at age 77 on June 2, 1987.

       4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pessimal” which means least favorable which in terms of mental acuity describes Biden to a tee.

      5.  Chancellors Don’t Fly—celebrating the birth on this day in 1959 of Denise Denton, noted professor and dean of engineering and who at 45 became the youngest Chancellor in the UC System at UC Santa Cruz. Openly a lesbian, she jumped to her death on June 24, 2006 from The Paramount, a 33 story building in which she shared an apartment with her partner of 10 years the day after being discharged for treatment for depression.

        On this day in:

        a. 1896 the Anglo-Zanzibar war commenced at (9:00 a.m. with a bombardment by British naval vessels on the Sultan’s Palace and ended some 38 minutes later with 500 Zanzibar casualties and the Sultan seeking asylum in the German Embassy and independent Zanzibar Sultanate ceasing to exist.
        b. 1918 Mexican and American forces skirmished against each other at the towns of Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Arizona for one day.
        c. 1928 the Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war as a means to resolve internationals differences was signed by 15 nations as the number of signatories would grow to 61 before war in China with Japan in 1937 and war in Poland with Germany in 1939 rendered it meaningless.
        d. 1991 the European Community recognized the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from Russia.

         e. 2003 China, Japan, Russia, North Korea, South Korea and the U.S. met to try to achieve a peaceful end to the North’s nuclear weapons program which failed.
      Reflections on the Kellogg-Briand Pact: “…an important early venture in multilateralism. It formed a significant part of the legal basis for the post-World War II prosecutions of German and Japanese leaders for having waged aggressive war It helped to bring about new attitudes toward intervention by third parties in others' disputes. Most law evolved to circumscribe the use of armed force with legal restrictions. The forcible acquisition of territory by conquest became illegitimate and individual criminal liability might attach to those who pursued it. In criminalizing war Kellogg-Briand played a role in the development of a new norm of behavior in international relations, a norm that continues to play a role in our current international order.” Political Scientists Julie Bunck  and Michael Fowler 

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