Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Wattle Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 1, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 255,374 new cases (a 1.0%  increase compared to a .76% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 25 million to 25,772,740 cases, 6,871,906  of  which  are active, 18,900.834 of which have been closed with 18,043,485 recoveries (95.46% compared to  yesterday’s 95.43%) and 857,349 deaths (4.54% compared to yesterday’s 4.57%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

      CV USA Cases: New cases of 34,579 with total cases over 6 million at 6,224,329 (a .56% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.93% increase) with 2,574,929 active cases of which 15,881, on a downward trend with slight blips from over 19,000 in the last 5 weeks  (15,991 yesterday and 16,885 on August 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 3,649,400 closures, 188,019 of which have been deaths (5.15% compared to yesterday’s 5.18%) and 3,461,381 of which have been recoveries (94.85% compared to yesterday’s 94.82%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 567 ranks behind Peru (876), Belgium (853) Spain (623), UK (611), Chile (591) Italy (587), and Sweden (575), now 5 behind Brazil (572) and only slightly worse than Mexico (499). We have now conducted     83,292,959  tests (more than (785,000 more tests than those done yesterday and now at 251,389/M compared to Russia at 252,835/M).
       Non CV Case News: The news out of Chicago keeps getting worse as not improvement in the black on black shooting curse as FBI warns of gangs’ pact to shoot Chicago cops on sight; L.A. is bracing itself as another black has been shot and killed by Sheriff’s Deputies in South Central Los Angeles who after being stopped for riding a bicycle illegally dropped a bundle of clothes which contained a handgun which prompted the pursuing officers to shoot him numerous times in the back (do not be surprised if the deceased Dijon Kizzee had drugs in his system or warrants for his arrest but shooting him in the back running away when the pistol he had was on the ground doesn’t seem justified); riots passing themselves off as protests have consequences as the mayor of Kenosha is seeking $30 million to rebuild the down town devastated by riots following the shooting of Jacob Blake as Trump visits there and promises federal rebuilding help and meets with police and thank them for their work in protecting the city along with a promise of $1 million in aid despite the objection of the mayor and governor; Biden finally exited from his bunker to deliver a teleprompter well written but occasionally delivery flawed wherein he accused Trump of fanning flames of riots even after Trump on the “Ingram Angle” specifically called for his supporters to not confront leftist agitators; Brian Skelter on his call in show at CNN did not have a good day as callers blasted CNN for its leftist slant and lack of truth (poor Brian like CV deaths to do in bed seek shelter and cry once more); Nancy Pelosi in her usual do as I say not as I do wins the Hypocrite of the Year Award for getting her hair styled and cut at a COVID-19 shutdown hair salon in Feces City caught on camera and on the internet for all to see.

      Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 31, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 2,813 of whom 476 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 258 behind Chicago at 218 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 “To Each His Own” by Freddy Martin and His Orchestra with vocals by Stuart Wade,  the fact that you do not suffer from phalacrosis, and a quote by Robert Jay Lipton on the Nazi euthanasia program, 
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1. Wattle Day—if in Australia you would be celebrating the official Australian first day of spring by wearing a sprig of the Acacia flower, the golden one of which is Australia’s national flower and called a wattle by Aussies.

       2. World Letter Writing Day Day—celebrating since September 1, 2014 what has probably in the era of texting, e-mails and computer generated mail become a lost art along with the penmanship associated with it but receiving a hand written letter is probably a cherished event worthy of placement in a scrap book for future reference.

       3. 1946 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1946 on a run of 2 weeks was “To Each His Own” by Freddy Martin and His Orchestra with vocals by Stuart Wade. Here us a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-FFia3-U6M. Freddy Martin was a tenor saxophonist who pioneered the “Tenor Bands” and  who managed to bridge the big band era and continued performing albeit somewhat retired after the early 80’s to finally pass his baton for good from a second stroke on September 30, 1986  at age 76.

       4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “phalacrosis” which means baldness and which describes one of the few classes of people who have not been inconvenienced by the CV shutdowns of salons and barbershops .

       5.  Pass the Pepper and Keep the H--celebrating the birth on this day in 1925 of Art Pepper, Jr. a saxophone player called by many as the best altoist in the world at the time of his death but whose career was hobbled by his heroin addiction in the 40’s and 4 stints in prison but managed after getting on a methadone rehab program making a comeback and released several albums but died from a stroke on June 15, 1982 at age 56.

        On this day in:

        a. 1939 to insure delusional purity of the Aryan Race, Hitler signed an order calling for the euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled persons.
         b. 1969 Colonel Muammar Gaddafi seized control of Libya in coup that resulted in his ruling the country as  a dictator until being killed by rebels on October 11, 2011.

         c. 1983 Korean Airlines Flight 007, a Boeing 747 which is certainly large enough to be recognized as not a spy plane, was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter when it supposedly entered Soviet airspace, sending all 269 people aboard to their deaths.
         d. 1985 a joint Franco-American expedition located the wreckage of the RMS Titanic.

         e. 2004 at least 32 Chechen separatists seized a school in Beslan, North Ossetia to take 1100 people, including 777 children, hostage. Russian security forces stormed the school on the third day which resulted in 333 deaths plus the deaths of all hostage takers, including 186 children and 10 Russian troops, including the 3 commanders, and the wounding of 783 persons.

        Reflections the Nazi Euthanasia program: “While Dr. F. admitted that one might wonder about a child, “Why is he sleeping so much?” he insisted (quite erroneously) that one could ignore that inner question because “the death rate of [those killed] wasn’t much above the regular death rate with such children.” He stressed the absence of either a direct command (“If I get the order to kill . . . [I think I] would refuse . . . but certainly there was no such order . . .”) or of manifest homicide (“I mean if you had directed a nurse to go from bed to bed shooting these children . . . that would not have worked”). As a result, “there was no killing, strictly speaking. . . . People felt this is not murder, it is a putting-to-sleep” Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lipton recounting what was told to him by a German doctor involved in the euthanasia program.

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