Thursday, October 1, 2020

October 1, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day of the Elderly


Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 1, 2020
       CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 169,972 new cases (a .50%  increase compared to a 1.12% increase yesterday) to bring the total  over 34 million to 34,092,616, 7,746,927  of  which  are active, 26,515,661 of which have been closed with 25,495,239 recoveries (96.15% compared to  yesterday’s 96.14%) and 1,020,422 deaths (3.85% compared to yesterday’s 3.86%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.        

         CV USA Cases: New cases of 32,750 with total cases over 7 million at 7,460,960 (a .44% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.82% increase) with 2,536,701 active cases of which 14,193, on a downward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (14,205 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 4,924,259 closures, 212,048 of which have been deaths (4.31% compared to yesterday’s 4.33%) and 4,712,211 of which have been recoveries (95.69% compared to yesterday’s 95.67%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 639 ranks behind Peru (981), Belgium (862), Spain (680), Bolivia (677), Brazil (676), Chile (665), and Ecuador (641),  and only slightly worse than UK (620), Mexico (597, Italy (594), and Sweden (584) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 107,536,225 tests (now at 324,403/M compared to Russia at 315,176/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 Israel and Singapore) but for the U.K. at 360,527/M).

       Non CV Case News: Newsom, whose unemployment insurance division is in total shambles unable to help the unemployed, has signed a bill requiring some 660 public companies to have at least one director from a minority community (sound like a quota?); the stimulus bill proposed by Pelosi includes stimulus checks for illegal aliens and protections against deportation which is probably the main stumbling block to a deal (whatever happened to idea our representatives represent citizens first and foremost?); White House briefing today looked like a repeat of the first debate with correspondents interrupting and talking over McEnany as she reaffirmed again and again that Trump condemns White Supremacists; Feinstein who should be thoroughly castigated for her anti-Catholic rants during Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing for the 7th Circuit and not slowed down by her mask less hypocrisy in an airport going to a private jet is demanding Senator Lindsey Graham postpone the October 12 hearing on Barrett (she should be told to pound sand and the betting should be how many Blues boycott the hearing); Blues have been caught with their hypocrisy pants down as 22 Republican AGs used letters from Blue AGs asserting that a president has the right to fill a SCOTUS vacancy in an election 2 bolster the case for Judge Barrett and put in a plug for her as an exceptional choice; white reporter at News 12 Connecticut Fred Gerteiny must be ruing that Twitter does not block the use of “Uncle Tom” in describing blacks who support Reds as using it to describe Senator Tim Scott put him out of a job; PC Police are sadly alive and well also in the bike racing world as Simmons was suspended by Trek-Segafredo for tweeting “Bye” to columnist who tweeted those who support “racist Trump” shouldn’t follow her.

           Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 30, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,210 of whom 551 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 302 behind Chicago at 249 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 “I’m Sorry” by John Denver,  the fact that you do not use platitude and  a quote by Aaron Rouse on the Mandalay Bay Massacre, 
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1. International Day of Older Persons—created by the UN General Assembly on December 14, 1990 and first celebrated on October 1, 1991 to create awareness of the issues faced by the elderly like senescence and elder abuse and the contributions made by the elderly to our society (day more important this year due to the susceptibility of the elderly to the CV pandemic).

       2. World Vegetarian Day—created by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 to promote the benefits both nutritionally, health wise and ethically of  a vegetarian lifestyle.

        3. 1975 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1975 on a run of 1 week was “I’m Sorry” by John Denver in his second number 1 song of the year. Here is a recording of the song: This successful singer/songwriter who was named the poet laureate of Colorado recorded some 300 songs, 200 of which he had composed but died too early doing what he loved, flying when he crashed an experimental plane into Monterey Bay.   

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “platitude” which means a trite remark made as if it were important which describes what we usually hear out of the mouth of elected officials especially during election time.

        5. One Problem Solved Another Not—celebrating the birth on this day on October 1, 1928 of noted actor George Rohrer, Jr., better known to his fans as George Peppard remembered for Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The A-Team who overcame alcoholism in 1978 but not his three pack a day smoking habit which resulted in a lung cancer diagnosis and removal of a lung in 1992 and his death while battling it on May 8,1994 at age 65.

         On this day in:

         a. 1971 the first CT scanner was introduced for patient care.

         b. 1982 Disney opened Epcot at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

        c. 1982 to the joy of music lovers, Sony and Phillips, in Japan, introduced the compact disc and Sony released the CDP-101, the first compact disc player introduced to the world.

          d. 1989 Denmark introduced the world’s first legal same sex partnerships.

          e. 2017 at a music festival held at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas after it had ended 58 people were shot and killed and some 800 injured as they were leaving by Stephen Paddock who killed himself; lawsuits against the Mandalay Resort for wrongful death and injuries were settled in a court approved settlement on September 30, 2020 for $800 million.

        Reflections on the Mandalay Massacre: “"It wasn't about MGM, Mandalay Bay or a specific casino or venue. It was all about doing the maximum amount of damage and him obtaining some form of infamy." Aaron Rouse FBI special agent in charge of the FBI’s Las Vegas office.  
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