Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 5, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 322,480 new cases (a 1.21% increase compared to a 1.09% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 26 million to 26,967,200 cases, 7,037,078 of which are active, 19,930,122 of which have been closed with 19,048,497 recoveries (95.58% compared to yesterday’s 95.54%) and 881,625 deaths (4.42% compared to yesterday’s 4.46%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 105,554 with total cases over 6 million at 6,310,196 (a 1.69% increase compared to yesterday’s .66% increase) with 2,579,635 active cases of which 15,069, on a downward trend with slight blips from over 19,000 in the last 5 weeks (15,042 yesterday and 16,885 on August 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 3,837,117 closures, 192,522 of which have been deaths (5.02% compared to yesterday’s 5.07%) and 3,644,595 of which have been recoveries (94.98% compared to yesterday’s 94.93%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 581 ranks behind Peru (894), Belgium (854), Spain (629), UK (611), Chile (603), Brazil (590), and Italy (588), and Sweden (577), and only slightly worse than Sweden (577) that never closed its economy down like we did and Mexico (518). We have now conducted 86,759,202 tests ( 952,246 more tests than those done yesterday and now at 261,830/M compared to Russia at 261,055/M so Trump can now truthfully claim we conduct more tests on an absolute basis and on a per capital basis).
Non CV Case News: In what may be a bit of Don Quixote hope, Red Minnesota Senate candidate Jason Lewis is claiming not only will he beat the Blue incumbent senator but Trump will do something no other Red has done since 1972 win the state due to concerns over public safety (at the same time the CEO of T-Mobile, no Trump supporter, is warning the Blue movement to defund the police will insure a Trump victory); at a time when we need unity and a toning down of rhetoric, a leftist group Refuse Fascism is calling for nationwide protests in 23 cities against the fascists Trump and Pence (by implication they must also mean the millions and millions of every day law-abiding citizens); in a sign of return to some semblance of normalcy the 146th Kentucky Derby was run and won by Authentic who edged out Tiz the Law in front of empty stands at Churchill Downs; numerous boat parades in support of Trump, police and vets are taking place across the nation but hopefully the one in Lake Travis in Texas is not an omen for the campaign as multiple distress calls of boats sinking were sent out; the Feces City Mayor trying to get people to move on from SalonGate has called Trump a “terrorist” (nothing like pouring gasoline on a divisive situation mayor); in a sign that although the trends on the CV pandemic are promising, the pandemic is still with us as the University of Wisconsin has just asked 38 members of 9 fraternities and sororities to self quarantine for 14 days and asked all live-in fraternities and sororities to test for the virus; wild fires in California are raging throughout the state as residents facing a massive heat wave are worrying about another surge of rolling blackouts as demand for power exceeds output; the leftist city council of Austin has approved a budget which cuts the police budget by one third, prompting the governor and the AG to consider legislation allowing the state police to take over the police department (maybe in Texas where gun ownership is off the charts, people will still feel safe with less police but I doubt it).
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 4, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 2,870 of whom 488 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 267 behind Chicago at 221 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 “Goodnight Irene” by Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra and the Weavers, the fact that your communications are not philippic and a quote by Professor Shaul Ladany on the Munich Massacre, 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. You need only contact me for details.
1. International Day of Charity—created by the UN in 2012 to create awareness of the benefits of and need for charities and to create a common platform to encourage donations and charitable activities.
2. National Tailgating Day—created by Luke Lorick in 2016 and celebrated on the first Saturday in September which is probably the day most college football games are in full swing but sadly very few conferences are scheduling football games this year to enable a group of friends to celebrate the observance by wining and dining before the game.
3. 1950 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1950 on a run of 13 weeks was “Good Night Irene” by Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra with vocals by the Weavers. Here us a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHQgI7I9EUM Jenkins was a very popular band leader in the 40’s and 50’s who recorded with many of the top singers of the day but his career was reduced with the rise of rock and roll and Lou Gehrig’s Disease took away his baton for good on May 1, 1984 at the age of 83. The Weavers were a very popular quartet of folk singers/political activists, Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hayes, Pete Seeger and Fred Hellerman, all whom are now dead but who sold a massive amount of records during the late 40’s and 50’s and 60’s.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “philippic” which means speech or writing containing bitter condemnations which sadly describes our political discourse to a tee.
5. Go the Extra Mile--celebrating the birth on this day in 1947 of noted rock drummer, vocalist and producer Buddy Miles who was a member of Jimi Hendricks Band of Gypsies, overcame struggles with drugs and prison sentences to become the singing voice for California Raisins but his smoking may have caught up with him as he lost his drumsticks for good on February 26, 2008 from congestive heart failure.
On this day in:
a. 1905 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire President successfully mediated the Treaty of Portsmouth, the provisions of which the victorious Japanese felt cheated by, which ended the Russo-Japanese War and resulted in President Roosevelt, being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the first Nobel Prize to be won by an American.
b. 1945 Iva Toguri D’ Aquino a Japanese American better know to GIs in the Pacific as Tokyo Rose was arrested in Yokohama. She was ultimately charged in 1949 with 8 counts of treason, convicted on 1 and spent 6 years of a 10 year sentence, but after investigations by the Chicago Tribune revealed that she had been indicted and convicted on perjured testimony, President Ford granted her an unconditional pardon on January 19, 1976.
c. 1960 Muhammad Ali then Cassius Clay won the Gold Medal in the Rome Olympics.
d. 1972 8 members of the Palestinian terror group “Black September” invaded the Munich Olympics Athlete Quarters to take hostage 11 Israeli athletes 2 of whom are killed in the attack and the remaining 9 were killed by the terrorists during a botched rescue attempt by West German police who killed 5 of the terrorists and captured the remaining 3 who were later released after a Lufthansa Airliner had been hijacked, 2 of whom were subsequently killed by Israeli agents and the 3rd of whom is in hiding fearful rightfully so of his life.
e. 1975 Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme in Sacramento attempted to assassinate President Ford but was restrained by Secret Service before she could get a shot off. She was tried, convicted, sentenced to life and paroled in 2009 and now lives in New York with her boyfriend who has been convicted of manslaughter.
Reflections on the response of the IOC to the Muncih Massacre: “After Munich the IOC does not want to commemorate the 11 Israelis. They don't regard them as victims of the Olympic movement but as 11 Israeli victims. They fear that Muslim and Arab nations will somehow boycott the Olympics Games. I hope the public will stand for a minute in silence instead. They cannot stop people doing that and it will honor the martyrs of the Olympic movement." Professor Shaul Ladany, a Israeli walker who survived as he was in an adjacent room not entered by the hijackers.
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