Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 22, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 228,620 new cases (a .73% increase compared to a .91% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 31 million to 31,634,603 cases, 7,434,895 of which are active, 24,199,708 of which have been closed with 23,227,808 recoveries (95.98% compared to yesterday’s 95.96%) and 971,900 deaths (4.02% compared to yesterday’s 4.04%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 39,841 with total cases over 7 million at 7,019,847 (a
.57% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.05% increase) with 2,541,787
active cases of which 14,071, 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 4,517,901 closures,
204,913 of which have been deaths (4.54% compared to yesterday’s 4.56%)
and 4,272,199 of which have been recoveries (95.46% compared to
yesterday’s 95.44%) (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finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending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 619 ranks behind Peru (952), Belgium (858),
Spain (661), Bolivia (654), Brazil (646), Chile (643), Ecuador (628), and UK
(615) and only slightly worse than Italy (591) and Sweden (580) that
never closed its economy down like we did and Mexico (570) which announced it
has run out of death certificates due to surge in deaths. We have now conducted
99,642,818 tests (now at 300,630/M compared to Russia at 296,679/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 329,422/M).
Non CV Case News: On the wimpy PC front Costco has pulled from its shelves pimento cheese made by the Cheese Company as part of its “normal product rotation” or perhaps because the owner of the company called Antifa and Black Lives Matter “terrorist organizations”; on the election front, for the first debate to be held on September 29, 2020 the moderator Chris Wallace has selected his questions ranging from violence in the cities to the SCOTUS nomination in what could be the most watched and important presidential debate in history; whereas Trump has already issued his list of nominees Biden is refusing to list his potential nominees (great chance that Trump will have announced his nominee most likely Amy Coney Barrett who many remember drew the wrath of Senator Feinstein who seemed to want to impose a religious litmus test which she failed because she is Catholic—just like Biden); the DOJ announced the arrest of 179 traffickers on the Dark Net and the seizure of more than $6.5 million which in terms of drug seizures seems like pocket change; Cardi B who should stick to music is back in the news as she, her sister and her sister’s friend are being sued by a group of individuals in her posted video as being “racist” Trump supporters (would be a great step in solving racial issues if the “racist” charge was banned just because you disagreed with a person); Bloomberg is on a tear to use his wealth to influence elections in this case by paying some $16 million of restitution unpaid by felons to allow them to vote (a lot more than a carton of cigarettes and some booze to send off to the polls the homeless); Ian Halperin who has claimed to have interviewed numerous ex-lovers of Prince Andrew, who has been embroiled in the Epstein sex scandal, is releasing a book this week claiming the prince has a “sex addiction”; another White House briefing and another day of Jim Acosta making speeches using Trump quotes out of context and otherwise making a fool out of himself and destroyed by Kayleigh McEnany.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 21,
2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,096 of whom 529 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 288 behind Chicago at 241 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 “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, 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. Autumnal Equinox—celebrated the day when the Sun crosses the Earth’s Equator.
2. American Business Women’s Day—commemorating the founding of the American Business Women’s Association on this day in 1949 and honoring the contributions to our economy and society of the 7.7 million businesses owned by women and the more than 68 million women in the workplace.
3. 1967 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1967 on a run of 4 weeks was “Ode to Billie Joe” by Bobby Gentry in her first number one song. Here us a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNB8AKMdqiQ Gentry was one of the first female performers to compose and perform her own songs and after tiring of performing retired in 1981 and disappeared from the public eye.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “piscicapturist” which means
a fisherman which is a summer occupation I was blessed with in high school and college.
5. At the Base of the Great Divide—celebrating or bemoaning the birth of this day of Norma McCovery better known to history as Jane Roe in the famous case of Roe v.Wade which still results in divisive passions today which will rise again in spades when Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy created by Justice Ginsburg’s death appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
On this day in:
a. 1914 Otto Weddingen commanding the German U-Boat U-9, off the coast of the Netherlands torpedoed and sank in 70 minutes 3 British cruisers, killing almost 1500 sailors. Sadly for him later in the war on March 18, 1915 while in command of U-29 his submarine was cut in half and sunk by ramming by the HMS Dreadnought, killing all aboard.
b. 1948 Gail Halverson, one of the pilots participating in the Berlin Airlift, began parachuting candy to children near the approach path after he was impressed by the fact while watching the planes land handed out his last two sticks of gum to a group of children who broke them into tiny pieces to share; more pilots when they hear joined in and parachuted over 3 tons of candy during the Berlin Airlift.
c. 1957 Francois Duvalier (“Papa Doc”) was elected President of Haiti and quickly turned it into a totalitarian state with him at its head and a secret police at his beck and call to terminate any dissenters until he died on April 21,1971 from a heart attack and diabetes to be succeeded by his 19 year old son who continued the reign of terror of his deceased father until he was overthrown by an uprising.
d. 1975 after 17 days after surviving an assassination attempt by Squeaky Fromme in California, Ford was back and barely survived another attempt by Sarah Jane Moore whose first shot barely missed and the second was interrupted by a diving retired Marine next to her. Sentenced to life Moore was paroled in 2007 after serving 32 years and is still alive today at age 90.
e. 1993 a barge struck the Big Bayou Canot
Bridge near Mobile, Alabama 8 minutes before Amtrak’s Sunset Limited was to cross, displacing a span and causing a
derailment into the water, killing 47 and injuring 103 and terminating to this day
Sunset Limited which originates in
Los Angeles terminating service past New Orleans to Orlando which had been the
prior termination of the route.
Reflections on the 2 Ford assassination attempts: “After the first attempt on his life by Squeaky Fromme, every time he left the White House, I used to go on the balcony and pray that somehow he would come back and avoid anything like that again. But, of course, there was another one which made me even more apprehensive.” Betty Ford on the Larry King Show in 2004.
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