Monday, October 19, 2020

Octobeer 19,2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Gin and Tonic Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 19, 2020
          CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 326,365 new cases (a .81%  increase compared to a .86% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  40 million to 40,521,518, 9,159,865  of  which  are active, 31,361,653 of which have been closed with 30,240,402 recoveries (96.42% compared to  yesterday’s 96.41%) and 1,121,251 deaths (3.58% compared to yesterday’s 3.59%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages. 
          CV USA Cases: New cases of 36,782 with total cases over 8 million at 8,400,323 (a .44% increase compared to yesterday’s 3.16% increase) with 2,710,135 active cases of which 15,384, recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (15,423 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 5,689,188 closures, 224,900 of which have been deaths (3.95% compared to yesterday’s 3.96%) and 5,441,153 of which have been recoveries (96.06% compared to yesterday’s 96.04%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 678 ranks behind Peru (1020), Belgium (8976),Spain (727), Bolivia (724), Brazil (723), Chile (714), and Ecuador (699),  and only slightly worse than Mexico (666), UK (643), Italy (606), and Sweden (585) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,373,236 more tests to bring total to  127,057.107 tests (now at 380,041/M compared to Russia at 372,038/M so Trump is telling truth that we conduct more tests in number and on a per capital basis for nations (but excluding nations with small populations like Denmark,  Israel and Singapore) but for the U.K. at 440,077/M).

         Non CV Case News: Hidin’ Biden in addition to hiding in his basement bunker is hiding from any questions concerning Hunter Biden’s suspicious activities in Ukraine, China and Russia (Biden is aping a turtle retracting into his refusing to answer any questions on Hunter and lashing back even MSM reporters who have the audacity to question him); Biden must be ruing the day he sired Hunter as his business dealings and Joe’s quid pro quo involvement in them may be a nail in Biden’s presidential run; Whitmer needs to do some explaining after prominently displaying “8645” during her appearance bashing Trump on Meet the Press (86 means in addition to eject from a bar not likely here as Trump the 45th president does not drink but disturbingly also kill a person); this poet supports the 1st but grits his teeth when he hears the Cack News Network views but has to applaud CNN for suspending Jeffrey Tobin for displaying his penis on Zoom; Russ Limbaugh the conservative radio announcer liberals love to hate announced that his lung cancer is showing signs of progressing (we all wish for his recovery but if that is not the case this poet hope he apes Yul Brynner and sends the message the smoking kills you and prior to prior denials kills nonsmokers around you); the Blues running Los Angeles who came up with the idea of ballot drop boxes unguarded and unsecured should have their heads examined as a ballot drop box was torched in Baldwin Hills, prompting an arson investigation (mail in voting and drop off ballots has the potential to turn every city into a Mayor Daly’s Chicago in terms of voter fraud); Mayor London Breed of Feces City has done something useful—criticizing the school district for spending its time considering what schools to rename like Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt as opposed to reopening (once again the PC warriors in public education have lost their minds); in encouraging news that Blues should no longer take the black vote for granted, noted rapper 50 Cent miffed with the Biden tax plan announced he is voting for Trump.

          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 18  2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,447 of whom 589 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 still 324 behind Chicago at 265 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 “Dreamlover”"  by Mariah Carey,  the fact that you are not any means a poltroon, and a quote by
Yoani Sánchez on the Cuban Trade Embargo, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send 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.  World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day—celebrated on the third Monday in October since 2012 to promote good skeletal development and health habits.

         2.  International Gin and Tonic Day—created on the friends of Mary Edith Keyburn who loved her gin and tonics and who smuggled a gin and tonic into her hospital room to enjoy in a tea cup before she passed on October 19, 2010 after an enjoyable and fulfilling life of 95 years.

         3. 1993 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1993 on a run of 8 weeks was “Dreamlover” by Mariah Carey as her first of 2 number 1 songs for the year and joining 10 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of the song:

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “poltroon” which means an utter coward which probably describes most Antifa not protected by a mob to a tee.

        5. Winds of Freedom Blow Music--celebrating the birth on this day in 1934 of David Guard who while at Stanford starting playing with Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds who formed the Kingston Trio after Guard’s graduation from Stanford in 1957; after disagreements over the bands artistic direction Guard left the band in 1961 after they had asked John Stewart to replace him. The Kingston Trio disbanded in 1967 but Guard fell on hard times after a solo career and died penniless from lymphoma at the age of 56 on March 22, 1991.

         On this day in:

       a. 1943 streptomycin the first antibiotic for the treatment of tuberculosis was isolated at Rutgers University.

          b. 1960 the U.S. in response to Cuban’s nationalization of American held companies doing business in Cuba, imposed a near total trade embargo with the island nation.

          c. 1987 after falling 108.35(4.6%) on Friday,  on the following Monday on  what became known as “Black Monday” the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 508 points (22.6%), one of the largest drops in the average since it was first created.

          d. 2003 Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II.

        e. 2005 Saddam Hussein after being captured by U.S. Forces went on trial for crimes against humanity enroute to his conviction and hanging.

        Reflections on the trade embargo of Cuba:”We live turned away from the sea because it does not connect us, it encloses us. There is no movement on it. People are not allowed to buy boats because if they had boats, they would go to Florida. We are left as one of our poets put it, with the unhappy circumstance of water at every turn.” Yoani Sánchez, a Cuban dissident writer, in a 2008 interview with NYT columnist Roger Cohen after he asked her why the Cubans he saw sitting on Havana's seawall never seemed to look outward to the ocean.

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