Saturday, September 19, 2020

September 19, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Free Software Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 19, 2020
         CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 311,787 new cases (a 1.02%  increase compared to a 1.00% increase yesterday) to bring the total  nearing 31 million to 30,849,190 cases, 7,424,834  of  which  are active, 23,424,356 of which have been closed with 22,465,612 recoveries (95.91% compared to  yesterday’s 95.88%) and 958,744 deaths (4.09% compared to yesterday’s 4.12%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

         CV USA Cases: New cases of 102,714 with total cases nearing 7 million at 6,946,888 (a 1.50% increase compared to yesterday’s .73% increase) with 2,542,194 active cases of which 14,156, on a downward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (14,226 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 4,404,694 closures, 203,483 of which have been deaths (4.62% compared to yesterday’s 4.63%) and 4,201,211 of which have been recoveries (95.38% compared to yesterday’s 95.37%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 614 ranks behind Peru (946), Belgium (857), Spain (652), Bolivia (645) Chile (640),  Brazil (639), Ecuador (624), and UK (614)  and only slightly worse than Italy (591) and Sweden (580) that never closed its economy down like we did and Mexico (563) which announced it has run out of death certificates due to surge in deaths. We have now conducted 97,192,835 tests (now at 293,076/M compared to Russia at 290,514/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 314,407/M).
       Non CV Case News: Not sure if this is in response to the furor on the left over the death of RBG and the possibility that Trump may nominate a replacement but the WH announced it had intercepted a letter containing the deadly nerve agent riacin; the flags on the federal buildings have barely reached half mast and already the battle lines are being drawn over her replacement with Trump urging the Senate to move forward to confirm any nominee he might send to the Senate and the Blues and Biden howling that any nomination must come after the election which they believe the will win along with a Senate majority (Marshal must be rolling in his grave over how politicized SCOTUS against its wishes is becoming); already online threats to burn the Senate down from the likes of Reza Aslan an author and producer who has yo-yoed from Islam to Christianity and now back to Islam (do we detect a sprouting of jihadism in burn down the Senate threats?); celebrities who are mostly leftist and who delusionally believe we care what they think or assume because they sing, dance or act a role playing someone astute that they should be listened to are weighing in demanding Trump not name a replacement for RBG; parents already concerned over the pervasive revisionist history and racism slant of Project 1619 infecting our public schools should be concerned that 160 private schools across the nation have shut down due to the CV pandemic and the inability to reopen doors (private schools are the beacon of educational light and economic ladders in our devastated money pit public schools in urban areas).

        Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 18, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,051 of whom 519 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 279 behind Chicago at 240 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 less.
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this  day in history, a musical link to “The House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals,  the fact that when outdoors you know how to pight and a quote by DOJ Attorney Steven O’Rourke on fines for BP due to Deepwater Horizon spill, 
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1. Free Software Day—created by the Digital Freedom Foundation and celebrated since 2006 on the third Saturday of September to promote the awareness and use of Free Software (software which the end user can modify, alter and exploit economically without restriction).

       2. National Gymnastics Day--created in 1998 and celebrated on the third Saturday in September to promote the sport that originated in ancient Greece that combines grace, agility and strength.

        3. 1964 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1964 on a run of 3 weeks was “The House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals  as their first number 1 song.  Here us a recording of the song: The band  is still playing albeit with numerous personnel changes and none of the original band members.

       4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pight” which means pitch not a baseball or a sales attempt but to set up a tent.

         5. Act How You Teach-- celebrating the birth on this day in 1928 of noted actor  and teacher of actors at the HB Studios William Hickey but who sadly smoked heavily which explained his gravelly voice and who died from emphysema and bronchitis on June 29, 1997 at age 69.

            On this day in:

         a. 1982 Scott Fahlman posted the first emoticons :-( and :-) on the Carnegie Mellon Bulletin Board.

         b. 1985 Tipper Gore and other political wives formed the Parents Music Resource Center to promote parents’ ability to police sexual and violent music after Frank Zappa and other musicians testified before Congress.

          c. 1995 The Washington Post and The New York Times in order for him to stop his terrorist bombings published his Unabomber’s manifesto written by Ted Kaczynski which led to his brother identifying him which resulted in his arrest and guilty plea to escape the death penalty to spend the rest of his life rotting in prison.

           d. 2010 the oil spill leak from an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon which occurred on April 20 and resulted in the largest maritime oil spill in history at 4.9 million barrels finally was sealed.

         e. 2016 Afghan-American naturalized citizen radicalized after visiting Pakistan, Ahmad Rahimi, captured after a shoot out with police after setting off 3 bombs which injured 31 people in the New York Metropolitan Area and planting 3 others that failed to explode starting on September 16 was convicted and sentenced to life without possibility of parole and is now rotting in prison.

        Reflections on the penalties to be paid by BP for the Deepwater Horizon spill: “The penalty 'has to be high enough that companies of this size won't let a spill like this ever happen again. But, again, not so high as to be ruinous to their operation.” - Steve O'Rourke, Justice Department attorney BP and the DOJ agreed on $4.5 billion in fines and other penalties well below the $4,000 per barrel sought.

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