Monday, September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day of Peace


Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 21, 2020
         CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 283,801 new cases (a .91%  increase compared to a .82% increase yesterday) to bring the total  over 31 million to 31,405,983 cases, 7,448,218  of  which  are active, 23,957,765 of which have been closed with 22,990,260 recoveries (95.96% compared to  yesterday’s 95.93%) and 967,505 deaths (4.04% compared to yesterday’s 4.07%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

         CV USA Cases: New cases of 72,959 with total cases over 7 million at 7,019,847 (a 1.05% increase compared to yesterday’s .57% increase) with 2,543,389 active cases of which 14,077, on a downward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (14,034 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 4,476,458 closures, 204,259 of which have been deaths (4.56% compared to yesterday’s 4.59%) and 4,272,199 of which have been recoveries (95.44% compared to yesterday’s 95.41%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 616 ranks behind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 (948), Belgium (858), Spain (656), Bolivia (651), Brazil (646), Chile (642), 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 (569) which announced it has run out of death certificates due to surge in deaths. We have now conducted 98,909,775 tests (now at 298,423/M compared to Russia at 295,309/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 326,218/M).
       Non CV Case News: President Trump has met with Judge Amy Comey Barrett while Schumer showing his Constitutional illiteracy piously claims the president has no right to select a nominee (read the Constitution Chuck); fires in Southern California continue to rage out of control; Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee have authored a report which clearly concludes that if China had been more transparent in its reporting of the CV pandemic and WHO less complicit in adding China in that fact, the world would have been significantly spared the economic and health crisis it has had to endure (the only silver lining to this pandemic is maybe Americans will realize China is an existential threat to our way of living and economy and act with their votes and pocket books accordingly; to little surprise the DOJ has named New York City, Portland and Seattle as cities overrun with anarchy (in Portland it took the death of RBG to break the string of over 100 nights of riots); as we approach the first debate  and Biden’s gaffes continue unabated like his claim 200 million Americans have died from the CV pandemic, Trump campaign is trying to raise expectations for his performance so the reality of declining mental prowess will be highlighted; finally after enduring a social media Iron Curtain of bias and censorship conservatives have supposedly launched a web site but if one tries to open it one gets a 404 error cannot be found; Kimberly Klacik, a black woman running to take over the seat held forever by Cummings has unleashed a sequel to her first ad and is making waves in the right direction; hopefully in a sign that Main Street is tiring of Hollywood celebrities, the Emmy Awards with Kimmel and his anti-Trump digs sank to a historic low in terms of viewers.

        Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 19, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,082 of whom 526 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 286 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 “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes,  the fact that you are not a pilgarlick and  a quote by Maria Cristina Marerro on same sex marriage, 
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1. International Day of Peace—observed since 1981 to promote peace as the desired alternative to war and conflict and heralded at the UN Headquarters by the ringing of the Peace Bell cast from coins collected around the world from children.

        2. Escapology Day—celebrating the exploits of those performers who escape from restraints like the famous Harry Houdini who popularized the entertainment form and celebrated on this day as it is the anniversary of Houdini’s famous escape from the Water Torture Cell on this day in 1912 in Berlin.

         3. 1966 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1966 on a run of 2 weeks was “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes.  Here us a recording of the song: The Supremes were active from 1959-1977 and were Motown’s most successful singing group with the original 4 members all from a public housing project.

        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pilgarlick” which means a self-pitying person which in playing the victim card represents a favorite tactic of Blue politicians.

        5. Torpedoed at an Early Age-- celebrating the birth on this day in 1903 of noted engineer and entrepreneur Preston Tucker, who founded Tucker Motor Corporation after WWII to produce a car ahead of its time in terms of performance and features but who ran afoul of the SEC that accused him of bilking investors which although acquitted meant the end of the manufacture of the Tucker Torpedo and his heavy smoking brought about lung cancer to torpedo his life on December 26, 1956 at age 53.

            On this day in:

       a. 1976 Orlando Letelier who had been a member of Chilean Marxist Allende’s Government was assassinated in Washington D.C. by agents of Pinochet’s secret police with a car bomb.

         b. 1981 in a day when appointments to SCOTUS lacked the partisan furor we have today, Sandra Day O’Connor, the court’s first female justice, was unanimously approved by the Senate to SCOTUS.

          c. 1996 President Bill Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act which was ruled unconstitutional by SCOTUS in 2015.

         d. 2001 17 year old white British teenager Ross Parker was brutally attacked and murdered by a gang of Pakistani youths because he was white causing 3 of the killers to be sentenced to life imprison and revealing a proclivity of the British press to ignore minority attacks on whites but front page coverage of attacks on minorities by whites.

           e. 2003 after 14 years in space and 8 years in orbit around Jupiter the space probe Galileo was terminated by sending it at high speed to crash into Jupiter.
          Reflections on gay marriage: “The thing about gay marriage is simply that it's not gay. It's marriage. If you are uncomfortable with marriage, you cannot outlaw marriage. And, shocking, even if homosexuality makes someone uncomfortable, one cannot outlaw identifying as or practicing homosexuality. So seeing as both homosexuality and marriage are legal, their being combined should be no big deal.”― Maria Cristina Marrero, Editor in Chief of the magazine Siempre Mujer.
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