Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 17, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 375,063 new cases (a 1.25% increase compared to a 1.08% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 30 million to 30,234,843 cases, 7,346,260 of which are active, 22,888,583 of which have been closed with 21,940,263 recoveries (95.86% compared to yesterday’s 95.84%) and 948,320 deaths (4.14% compared to yesterday’s 4.16%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 172,214 with total cases over 6 million at 6,844,174 (a
2.58% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.15% increase) with 2,509,016
active cases of which 14,151, on a downward trend with slight blips from a high
of 19,155 on July 23 (14,124 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1),
are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 4,335,158 closures,
201,738 of which have been deaths (4.65% compared to yesterday’s 4.68%)
and 4,133,422 of which have been recoveries (95.35% compared to
yesterday’s 95.32%) (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finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending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 609 ranks behind Peru (939), Belgium (856),
Spain (650), Bolivia (639) Chile (634), Brazil (631), Ecuador (623), and
UK (614) and only slightly worse than Italy (590) and Sweden (580) that
never closed its economy down like we did and Mexico (557) which announced it
has run out of death certificates due to surge in deaths. We have now conducted
95,235,022 tests (now at 287,354/M compared to Russia at 286,053/M so Trump is
telling truth that we conduct more tests in number and on a per capital basis but
for the U.K. at 301,948/M).
Non CV Case News: Twitter has shown once again its anti-Trump anti-conservative bias as the head of Twitter’s public policy helped host a fund raiser for Biden and then left to join his transition team as Copper Anderson was thoroughly mocked for a Biden “town hall” with T-Ball not even softball questions that looked like they came from Biden’s staff; the head of the FBI Christopher Wray has testified before the House Homeland Security Committee that Antifa is a threat to this country and the threat is real (Nadler instead of looking for the next impeachment Mulligan should take his head out of the sand of calling Antifa a “fantasy” and hold hearings on the threat and more importantly where it is getting its money to send rioters across state lines); news that the Minnesota Freedom Fund which Biden staffers have contributed to and Harris has encouraged her supporters to contribute to ostensibly to post bail for people arrested for “protesting” George Floyd’s death has spent only $210,000 for bail for protestors of the total bail money of $3,475,000 spent; on the federal tax front Biden vows to roll back the Trump Tax cuts and on the state front Murphy’s Law will be tested as Governor Murphy will be signing legislation increasing the tax rate to 10.75% on those earning more than $1,000,000 (the expected additional $390 million in tax revenue may well disappear as high earning residents accelerate their departure from the state—Murphy’s Law); we know the MSM is so blatantly biased to the left but now we find it extends to even footwear as media fawns all over Harris for wearing on her trip to the California fires Timberland boots, the same footwear the fashion police of MSM mocked when Melania visited the troops in 2018 (Shoegate?); Herschel Walker has sounded the wakeup call on the BLM as two of its co-founders, Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza are calling themselves “trained Marxists” and blasted owners and players supporting the movement along with Americans who must be pretending they have no idea they are supporting a bunch of Marxists (maybe it’s a good sign there are cutouts for NFL games as real people may want to flee the game in droves once the pandemic is over).
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 16,
2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,029 of whom 516 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 277 behind Chicago at 239 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 much
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Sherry” by The Four Seasons, the fact that your behavior is not characterized by piddle and a quote by President Jimmy Carter on the Camp David Accords, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. Please contact me for details.
1. National Table Shuffleboard Day—created by Charlie Ziegler in 2017 and celebrating since 2018 on this day a game that has been around since the 15th Century and is a mainstay of many neighborhood bars many of which are slowly reopening given the CV pandemic so aficionados can once again slide disks slowly down the table to knock off their opponents at the other end while still remaining of the table.
2. World Patient Safety Day--created by the World Health Organization in May of 2019 and first celebrated on this day in 2019 to promote practices which improve patient safety and freedom from infectious diseases while in health care facilities.
3. 1962 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1962 on a run of 5 weeks was “Sherry” by The Four Seasons Highwaymen as their first number 1 song which was followed by their second number 1 song later in the year. Here us a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uybtn6ebG0I With Frankie Valli and his falsetto voice this group was one of the few bands to succeed before, during and after the British Invasion. The band was memorialized in the movie Jersey Boys and Frankie Valli is still going.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “piddle” which means nonsense which describes to a tee what we hear from the MSM in their coverage of Trump and many Reds.
5. Flame Burnt Too Quickly--celebrating the birth on this day in 1923 of noted and prolific country western singer Hiram Williams better known to his fans as Hank Williams who released 35 singles (5 posthumously) but struggled with alcoholism and prescription drugs for back pain and died while enroute to a concert due to heart failure on January 1, 1953.
On this day in:
a. 1978 after 12 days of secret negotiations at Camp David, the Camp David Accords were signed by Egypt and Israel which laid the framework for a peace treaty to be signed by Egypt and Israel six months later.
b. 1980 in a move that signaling the beginning of the end of the Iron Curtain, after weeks of strikes in Gdansk, Poland the trade union Solidarity was established.
c. 1983 Vanessa Williams was crowned as the first African-American Miss
America but unfortunately news of Penthouse’s intent to publish nude photos of her shortly after the
end of her reign forced her to surrender her crown.
d. 2001 the New York Stock Exchange reopened for trading after being closed by the attacks of 9/11, ending the longest closure since the Great Depression.
the Occupy Wall Street Movement began in Zuccotti Park, New York City. Reflections
on the Camp David Accords: “On balance, my life has been a constant stream of
blessings rather than disappointments and failures and tragedies. I wish I had
been re-elected. I think I could have kept our country at peace. I think I
could have consolidated what we achieved at Camp David with a treaty between
Israel and the Palestinians.” Jimmy Carter who must be happy that President
Trump has taken up the torch and by getting Arab nations to normalize relations
with Israel isolate the Palestinians to the point that they will come to the
peace table and end the decades upon decades of wars, strife and terrorist attacks
followed by military response in the Middle East.
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