Saturday, August 29, 2020

August 29, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day Against Nuclear Testing



Ridley's Believe It Or Not August 29, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 293,709 new cases (a 1.18%  increase compared to a 1.31% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 25 million to 25,091,068 cases, 6,815,479  of  which  are active, 18,275,583 of which have been closed with 17,430,936 recoveries (95.38% compared to  yesterday’s 95.36%) and 844,653 deaths (4.62% compared to yesterday’s 4.65%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

        CV USA Cases: New cases of 112,514 with total cases over 6 million at 6,015,369 (a 1.87% increase compared to yesterday’s .94% increase) with 2,552,058 active cases of which 16,190, on a downward trend with slight blips from over 19,000 in the last 3 weeks (16,232 yesterday), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 3,575,825 closures, 186,684 of which have been deaths (5.22% compared to yesterday’s 5.24%) and 3,389,141 of which have been recoveries (94.78% compared to yesterday’s 94.76%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 563 ranks behind Belgium (852), Peru (866), Spain (620), UK (611), Italy (587), Chile (584) and Sweden (576),  now 1 behind Brazil (564) and only slightly worse than Mexico (489). We have now conducted     81,098,215 tests (more than (798,000 more tests than those done yesterday and now at 244,302/M compared to Russia at 246,669/M).
       Non CV Case News: Watching MLB is sometimes like watching grass grow but today fans in a losing effort witnessed probably a never before seen double play with a runner on first and third and a ground ball hit to the first baseman who threw to the catcher who  raced down and tagged out the running racing back to third then faked a throw to first base and instead threw it to the center fielder who tagged out the runner from first who had rounded second and was trying to return to no avail; the city of Kenosha must be bemoaning the budgetary constraints that prevented the purchase of body cams authorized in 2017 which has resulted in the only video recording of 20 seconds not showing a struggle, not showing a knife that was recovered on the car’s floor board, not showing the attempt to tase Blake or the head lock police have claimed Blake used or the commands to drop the knife he was using (given the state of black/police relations any testimony by the officers will not be accepted by BLM and its supporters and prosecution for murder that does not result in a verdict of guilty will probably result in the torching to the ground of Kenosha or any city which the trial might be moved to give the officer a chance at a fair trial); Scott Carpenter, the manager of his family owned furniture store in Kenosha that was burned to the grown slammed the rioters for destroying the cause  of social justice and the governor for not calling in the National Guard sooner (a Go Fund Me Account has been started and it will be revealing to see how many dollars will come BLM supporters or the Hollywood Elite who are so quick to shed their “White Guilt” by donating funds to bail out “protester” aka rioters and looters); Trump on Thursday knocked it out of the park visions of light while Biden cowered in his basement future so dark but from the MSM only rants on spreading the virus by the attendees and the fireworks noise was too loud; don’t hold but the corpse will be exiting from his isolated basement tomb to campaign in several battleground states after Labor Day (do not be surprised if he looks like a pro quarterback with the plays on his wrist to help him answer questions and avoid mental lapses); shades of the Wright Brothers and Star Wars, a Japanese company SkyDrive successfully tested a model of its car that hovered several feet off the ground for 4 minutes; in a sign of being prepared is a better plan as when it comes to riots Blue Governors maybe seem a bit to slow to react, the moderate Republican Governor of Massachusetts has just signed an ordered activating up to 1,000 National Guard for use in potential riots if requested by local communities affected.

      Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 27, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 16 well aimed shootings to 2,754 of whom 5 have  died to bring the total to 465 (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 251 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 “In the Blue of Evening” by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Frank Sinatra,  the fact that if a lawyer you are not a pettifogger and if you have need for such services  you would never hire one, and a quote by AnnaLynne McCord on Katrina, 
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1. International Day Against Nuclear Testing—created by unanimous resolution of the General Assembly on December 2, 2009 to commemorate the closing of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Testing Site on this day in 1991 and to promote the end of nuclear testing as a necessary step to achieving a nuclear weapons free world.

       2. National Swiss Winegrowers Day—celebrating what seems to be an oxymoron given the fact that Switzerland although surrounded by three prolific wine producing countries-France, Italy and Germany, given the amount of mountains in the country, produces very little wine but if the glaciers in the Swiss Alps continue to shrink due to climate change that may change.

       3. 1943 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1943 on a run of 3 weeks was “In the Blue of Evening” by Tommy Dorsey and  His Orchestra with Frank Sinatra. Here us a recording of the song: 

       4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pettifogger” which means a lawyer given to using underhanded tactics which for the interests of our besieged rule of law hopefully defines very, very few members of the bar.

       5.  Propofol Pops the King of Pop—celebrating the birth on this day in 1958 of one of the most successful record artists of all time, Michael Jackson,  known to his millions of fans as the King of Pops whose personal physician, Conrad Murray in his  later years had him on huge dosages of drugs which caused a fatal cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009 which resulted in a arrest of the good doctor for involuntary manslaughter and his conviction and sentencing for 4 years to be released on parole for good behavior and prison overcrowding on October 28, 2013.

        On this day in:

        a. 1949 thanks to espionage by Soviet spies and Americans recruited by the Soviets, the Soviet Union leapfrogged into the nuclear club and detonated their first atomic bomb known as First Lightning or Joe 1 at the now closed Semipalatinsk Testing Site in Kazakhstan.
        b. 1966 the Beatles played their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park.

        c. 1991 to Putin’s eternal resentment, the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union suspended all activities of the Communist Party.
         d. 1997 Netflix was launched as an internet DVD rental service.

         e. 2005 CAT5 Hurricane Katrina downgraded to a CAT3 as it made landfall in Louisiana as  deadliest hurricane to strike the United States killing at least 1835 people with 135 missing, causing dikes around New Orleans to fail causing massive flooding and  $125 billion in 2005 dollars of damage.

        Reflections on the damages caused by Katrina: “A good two years after Hurricane Katrina I remember feeling so devastated and so ignorant that there was so much damage still left. I felt like here I was an American and this is an American city and the government hasn't done enough and people haven't given back enough. Everyone forgot and the city was lying in waste.”AnnaLynne McCord, noted actress who among her many charitable causes is the support of the St. Bernard Project an organization formed to assist the victim of Hurricane Katrina.

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