Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 20, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 272,992 new cases (a .88% increase compared to a 1.02% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 31 million to 31,122,182 cases, 7,439,022 of which are active, 23,683,160 of which have been closed with 22,719,797 recoveries (95.93% compared to yesterday’s 95.91%) and 963,363 deaths (4.07% compared to yesterday’s 4.09%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 39,868 with total cases nearing 7 million at 6,946,888 (a
.57% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.50% increase) with 2,546,029
active cases of which 14,077, on a downward trend with slight blips from a high
of 19,155 on July 23 (14,077 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1),
are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 4,440,727 closures,
204,006 of which have been deaths (4.59% compared to yesterday’s 4.62%)
and 4,236,721 of which have been recoveries (95.41% compared to
yesterday’s 95.38%) (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finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending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 616 ranks behind Peru (949), Belgium (857),
Spain (652), Bolivia (648), Brazil (642), Chile (641), Ecuador (627), and UK
(615) and only slightly worse than Italy (591) and Sweden (580) that
never closed its economy down like we did and Mexico (567) which announced it
has run out of death certificates due to surge in deaths. We have now conducted
97,745,789 tests (now at 294,920/M compared to Russia at 293,404/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 314,402/M).
Non CV Case News: Every time Biden opens his mouth, his handlers cringe over another gaffe they know it will bring—latest is his solemn condemnation of Trump whose has caused 200 million CV deaths (how demented can this man be after spending hours attacking Trump on the CV pandemic—as the number is a little over 200,000 which he can’t seem to remember; Trump who was elected for 4 years with full presidential powers that do not end because the election is only 44 days away has the Blues is an absolute froth over Trump’s potential plans to nominate a Justice to fill the vacancy created by RBG’s death with Pelosi ranting that impeachment is an option; boasting she will use all arrows in her quiver, Pelosi on the talk shows was ranting about Trump not going to accept the results of the election, implying he could be impeached for anticipatory crimes (this woman’s despise of the president has no bounds); Red Governors of Vermont and Massachusetts have urged Trump to defer moving a nomination to replace RBG until after the election while McConnell has indicated that Trump’s nominee will be voted on by the Senate (the dog whistles of division were blowing as 100 protesters gathered outside the Kentucky home of McConnell to protest any vote on Trump’s SCOTUS nominee and fortunately demonstration was peaceful with only one protester arrested; AOC after RBG’s is really going over the top of the rhetoric chart calling for end of brunches for progressives and mobilizing to reform and recast our democracy which is on “life-support”; Lebron James who should stick to basketball after his comments on blacks being hunted is back in the limelight slamming Lori Laughlin being granted her request to serve her 2 months at Victorville federal prison which is close to Los Angeles; some 200 Portland rioters took a hiatus on Saturday to march and hold a candlelight vigil honoring RBG before some started to commit acts of vandalism and smash windows; Professor Jennifer Mosher of Marshall University was suspended after a student recorded her rant that she wished all Trump supporters would get corona virus and die (sad commentary on the state of academic freedom and lack of rational discourse); in a move that will cause wedding guests wish that restrictions on social gatherings implemented during the CV pandemic be reinstated, news of a couple sending out wedding invites linking the value of the wedding gifts to the meal choices the guests would have.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 19,
2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,071 of whom 522 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 282 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
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Help” by The Beatles, the fact that you do not tolerate pigwash and a quote by President Bush on the war on terror, 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 Gibberish Day—cnot sure who created this or when first celebrated but speaking in a way that most people are clueless to understand seems a perfect way to describe political speech on the campaign trail today.
2. National Neighborhoods Day—celebrated on the third Sunday in September to promote stronger neighborhoods where neighbors know each other and look out for each other and their children.
3. 1965 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1965 on a run of 3 weeks was “Help” by the Beatles as the 4th of 5 number 1 songs in 1965. Here us a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q_ZzBGPdqE.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pigwash” which means rubbish, nonsense which describes to a tee too often what one hears from the MSM..
5. Misnamed Stage Name-- celebrating the birth on this day in 1927 of noted French Canadian singer Collete Chailler better known to her fans as Collete Bonheur who in a supposed lack of happiness died from an overdose of barbiturates administered over two days, a death for which her husband was charged and acquitted of manslaughter.
On this day in:
a. 1982 the NFL Players Association began a strike which would last for 57 days and result in a very truncated season but climaxed by a Suprer Bowl won by Washington.
b. 2001 in a joint session of Congress, President George W. Bush declared a “war on terror” which soon led to our military involvement in Afghanistan which Trump is finally getting us out of.
c. 2007 in Jena, Louisiana 15,000 to 20,000 protesters marched in protest to the excessive charges levied against the 6 black high school students known as the Jena for their attack on a white student.
d. 2011 the U.S. Military ended its “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, allowing opening gays and lesbians to serve.
e. 2017 Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a CAT4, killing almost 3,000 people and causing $90 billion in damages and creating a humanitarian crisis that the island is struggling to recover completely from.
Reflections on the war on terrorism: “The war we fight today is more than a military conflict; it is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century. On one side are those who believe in the values of freedom and moderation – the right of all people to speak, and worship, and live in liberty. And on the other side are those driven by the values of tyranny and extremism; the right of a self-appointed few to impose their fanatical views on all the rest. As veterans, you have seen this kind of enemy before. They're successors to Fascists, to Nazis, to Communists, and other totalitarians of the 20th century. And history shows what the outcome will be: This war will be difficult; this war will be long; and this war will end in the defeat of the terrorists and totalitarians, and a victory for the cause of freedom and liberty.” George W. Bush at the American Legion National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah August 31, 2006
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