Friday, September 4, 2020

September 4, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Food Bank Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 4, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 288,063 new cases (a 1.09%  increase compared to a 1.07% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 26 million to 26,644,720 cases, 6,988,790  of  which  are active, 19,655,930 of which have been closed with 18,779,896 recoveries (95.54% compared to  yesterday’s 95.52%) and 876,032 deaths (4.46% compared to yesterday’s 4.48%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

      CV USA Cases: New cases of 41,886 with total cases over 6 million at 6,310,196 (a .66% increase compared to yesterday’s .54% increase) with 2,577,465 active cases of which 15,042, on a downward trend with slight blips from over 19,000 in the last 5 weeks  (15,092 yesterday and 16,885 on August 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 3,774,617 closures, 191,412 of which have been deaths (5.07% compared to yesterday’s 5.08%) and 3,583,205 of which have been recoveries (94.93% compared to yesterday’s 94.92%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 578 ranks behind Peru (890), Belgium (853) Spain (629), UK (611), Chile (600) Italy (588), Brazil (587) and Sweden (577),  and only slightly worse than Mexico (514). We have now conducted  85,806,956  tests (almost more than (1,034,935) more tests than those done yesterday and now at 258,960/M compared to Russia at 259,000/M).
       Non CV Case News:  In an effort to trump the outrage over Pelosi’s SalonGate,  The Atlantic citing anonymous sources claimed Trump’s claim that the weather prevented his helicoptering in to U.S. Military Cemeteries on a France visit was false and that he didn’t want rain to muss up hair and pay respects to “losers and suckers” a claim which the White House has vehemently denied and surprisingly so has Bolton, hardly a Trump ally, in his recent book who validated concern over flying POTUS in foul weather; the Summer of Love Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan facing recall has filed papers with the Washington State Supreme Court asking the recall be dismissed as news that a security firm hired to protect a Seattle park while a field house damaged during the Seattle riots has resigned due to hostile threats and abuse of protesters; Biden’s gaffe generator is still working full time, claiming that if he continued with his details of his tax plan “they’ll shoot me” and made the outlandish claim that Thomas Edison was not the inventor of the light bulb but a black man Lewis Howard Latimer was (Edison’s patent for the light bulb was issued in 1979 and Latimer was issued a patent for in improved light bulb in 1981 (has a Gore like ring to it that Gore invented the internet); Harley Rouda in a close race with Michelle Steel is stooping to new campaign lows comparing Trump to Hitler (pity a Blue who can’t use the race, xenophobic, or misogynist card against a legal immigrant whose parents fled from North Korea which it makes it so much harder to conceal his puppet strings to Pelosi and his leftist ideas; some sanity not present on college campuses these days as George Washington University has announced that professor of black studies who claims to be black but is white and Jewish will not be teaching this fall.

      Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 3, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 2,851 of whom 485 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 266 behind Chicago at 219 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 with significantly less frequency?).
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “You’re Breaking My Heart”  by Vic Damone,  the fact that you are s philethist, and a quote by Marc Stiegler searching the internet and the need for filters, 
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1. National Wear Teal Day—celebrated on the first Friday of September by wearing teal in order to promote awareness of ovarian cancer which affects 1 in 79 women and kills over 14,000 each year.

       2. National Food Bank Day—created in 2017 and celebrated on the first Friday in September to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance by John ven Hengel which was the nation’s first food bank. Easiest way to observe this day given the importance of food banks during the pandemic and the economic disruption it has caused is to donate money or food to your local food bank and/or volunteer to work at one.

       3. 1949 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1949 on a run of 4 weeks was “You’re Breaking My Heart” by Vic Damone. Here us a recording of the song: Damone had a long career including that of a Las Vegas casino performer and managed to recover from bankruptcy in the 70’s and a stroke in 2002 but the heart was broken for good on February 11, 2018 at the age of 89.

       4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “philethist” which means a lover of the truth, a description that excludes almost all politicians.

       5. Wins Near Age a Good Thing--celebrating the birth on this day in 1949 of noted golfing Stanford alum Tom Watson who turned pro after graduating in 1971 and has 70 professional tour victories to go with his 71st birthday and is still teeing them up on the professional circuit.

        On this day in:

        a. 1939 in the first raid by the RAF on Germany, officer pilot William J. Murphy piloting a Blenheim Bomber had the dubious distinction of being the first British pilot shot down and killed in WWII.
         b. 1951 the first live transcontinental TV broadcast emanated from San Francisco broadcasting proceedings at the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference.

         c. 1957 Orval Faubus, the Governor of Arkansas under the guise of protecting the peace ordered the Arkansas National Guard to Little Rock who were tasked with preventing 9 blacks from enrolling in Little Rock Central High School which led to President Eisenhower nationalizing the Guard on September 23 to enable the enrollment and to protect the students.
         d. 1998 Google was founded by 2 Stanford students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

         e. 2002 the Oakland Athletics won their 20th consecutive MLB game which stands as an American League record still today but behind the 1916 NY Giants streak of 26.

         Reflections on how to search for information in the information age:

“In the Information Age, the first step to sanity is FILTERING. Filter the information: extract for knowledge.
Filter first for substance. Filter second for significance. These filters protect against advertising.
Filter third for reliability. This filter protects against politicians.
Filter fourth for completeness. This filter protects against the media.”― Marc Stiegler, David’s Sling 

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