Monday, August 31, 2020

August 31, 2020 Ridley's Believe Or Not Eat Outside Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not August 31, 2020
      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 195,392 new cases (a .76%  increase compared to a .92% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 25 million to 25,517,366 cases, 6,855,139  of  which  are active, 18,661,927 of which have been closed with 17,809,650 recoveries (95.43% compared to  yesterday’s 95.41%) and 852,577 deaths (4.57% compared to yesterday’s 4.59%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

        CV USA Cases: New cases of 174,201 with total cases over 6 million at 6,189,570 (a 2.9% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.43% increase) with 2,572,058 active cases of which 15,991, on a downward trend with slight blips from over 19,000 in the last 5 weeks  (16,024 yesterday and 16,885 on August 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 3,617,512 closures, 187,431 of which have been deaths (5.18% compared to yesterday’s 5.19%) and 3,430,081 of which have been recoveries (94.82% compared to yesterday’s 94.81%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 566 ranks behind Peru (871), Belgium (853) Spain (620), UK (611), Chile (590) Italy (587), and Sweden (574),  now 2 behind Brazil (568) and only slightly worse than Mexico (497). We have now conducted     82,507,499 tests (more than (673,000 more tests than those done yesterday and now at 249,023/M compared to Russia at  251,440/M).
       Non CV Case News: Biden like the ground hog worried about polls showing a diminishing lead came out of his basement bunker to deliver a teleprompter speech that he had trouble reading finally condemning violence, claiming looting and burning are not protests but blaming Trump for fanning the flames of violence and causing the amount of deaths from the virus (what took him so long and why are members of his campaign staff reported to be donating to a bail and defense fund for rioters arrested?); leading Blues are having a hard time coming to the table to condemn rioting and looting as the leftist political hack Senator Chris Murphy deleted a tweet condemning rioting because of the impression that property damage was equivalent to murder (translation: if police shoot and kill it’s murder without trial or due process and therefore OK to burn a city to the ground  after first looting its shelves completely); Kenosha has become the new magnet for the supporters of the BLM movement with 102 of the 175 arrested for rioting having addresses outside the city (no wonder Rand Paul asked FBI to investigate where the mob that attacked him after Trump’s speech on Thursday is getting paid—paid rioter should not ever be allowed as an occupation even if Soros is writing the checks); what the left does not realize with their dog whistles of encouraging protest and remaining silent as cities are looted and burned is that we are spiraling closer and closer to deadly violence as a BLM counter protester at a BLM rally in Tallahassee, Florida filming it was attacked, knocked to the ground and to defend himself pulled out a gun—no shots were fired as police charged and the counter protester who was not arrested immediately dropped his weapon and was led away to safety by police

      Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 30, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 2,799 of whom 471 have died (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 255 behind Chicago at 216 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 “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santé Fe” by Johnny Mercer,  the fact that you do not suffer from phagophobia, and a quote by Prince Harry on his mother Princess Diana, 
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1. National Diatomaceous Earth Day—created by EP Minerals in 2016 to promote the use of diatomaceous earth which is produced when diatom algae, which produce 75 % of our oxygen, die and sink to the bottom or an ocean or lake and is used as an abrasive or filtration material across a wide range of industries including brewing.

       2. Eat Outside Day—celebrating in the last three weeks before the celestial end of summer the joy of eating outside whether enjoying a picnic or outdoor barbecue or an outdoor café which first started appearing in the early 20th Century in the U.S. and during the CV pandemic have been the only way for restaurants without a delivery or take out options to survive as they have been turning sidewalks and parking spaces into patios for outdoor dining.

       3. 1945 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1945 on a run of 7 weeks was “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santé Fe” by Johnny Mercer. Here us a recording of the song: This incredibly talented, songwriter, singer and lyricist for over 1500 songs was a co-founder of Capitol Records and sadly passed from a brain tumor on June 25, 1976. 

     4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “phagophobia” which means fear of eating which probably describes someone really obese and on an extreme diet to shed weight quickly for severe health reasons.

       5.  Age Often Comes With Rationality and Reason--celebrating the birth on this day in 1935 of Eldridge Cleaver, co-founder of the Black Panther Party and author of Soul on Ice, who split with the Black Panthers and became a member of the Peace and Freedom Party to evolve to becoming a conservative Republican in his later  years. This once radical, who should be a beacon to those burning and looting in the streets today, passed from undisclosed causes on May 1, 1998 at age 62.

        On this day in:

        a. 1935 in an attempt by the United States to steer clear of the warring tensions emanating from the Empire of Japan and Nazi Germany, it passed the first of its Neutrality Acts.
        b. 1939 Nazi Germany launched a false flag attack on a German radio station in Gleiwitz by Dachau concentration camp inmates dressed as Polish soldiers who then were shot in the head to render identification impossible and which attack fooled no one but was used as the pretext to justify German invasion of Poland the next day.

         c. 1943 the USS Harmon, a Buckley Class Destroyer was commissioned as the first naval ship ever named after an African-American who as a mess attendant was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his actions in coming to the bridge of the USS San Francisco to aid and shelter the wounded during the Battle of Guadalcanal.
         d. 1997 Princess Diana and her companion Dodi Fayed and their driver Henri Paul were killed in a one car accident in Paris, fleeing from hounding paparazzi.

        e. 2016 Brazil’s first female president Dilma Rouseff was impeached and removed from office for violating Brazil’s budgetary laws.

         Reflections the far too early death of a mother by one of her sons: “When she died there was such an outpour of emotion and love which was quite, which was shocking. It was beautiful at the same time, and it was amazing, now looking back at it, it was amazing that our mother had such a huge effect on so many people. When you’re that young and something like that happens to you I think it’s lodged in here, there, wherever – in your heart, in your head and it stays there for a very very long time. I think it’s never going to be easy for the two of us to talk about our mother, but 20 years on seems like a good time to remind people of the difference that she made not just to the Royal Family but also to the world." Prince Harry

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