Sunday, October 11, 2020

October 11, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not General Pulakski Memorial Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 11, 2020
          CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 335,632 new cases (a .90%  increase compared to a 1.35% increase yesterday) to bring the total nearing  38 million to 37,648,183, 8,334,903  of  which  are active, 29,313,280 of which have been closed with 28,233,683 recoveries (96.32% compared to  yesterday’s 96.30%) and 1,079,597 deaths (3.68% compared to yesterday’s 3.70%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.            

      CV USA Cases: New cases of 58,243 with total cases nearing 8 million at 7,977,660 (a .74% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.24% increase) with 2,638,729 active cases of which 14,717, recently on an upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (14,781 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 5,338,831 closures, 219,600 of which have been deaths (4.11% compared to yesterday’s 4.14%) and 5,119,531 of which have been recoveries (95.89% compared to yesterday’s 95.86%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 662 ranks behind Peru (1004), Belgium (877), Bolivia (708), Brazil (706), Spain (704), Chile (695), and Ecuador (688),  and only slightly worse than Mexico (647), UK (630), Italy (598), and Sweden (583) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,143,009 to bring total to 118,116,069 tests (now at 356.413/M compared to Russia at 347,932/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 396,961/M).

         Non CV Case News: Biden is still sticking to his guns that voters do not deserve to know how he will vote on court packing but for what its worth in 1983 he called it a “bonehead idea”; Sen. Coons was on the airways spreading Orwellian inanity that the confirmation of Barrett would be court packing (Yale Law School must no longer have Con Law as a 1st Year requirement); the liberal long knives against Senator Lindsey are out in spades raising a record $57 million in campaign funds for his opponent Jaime Harrison, an African-American head of the South Carolina  Democratic Party; the NBA is learning the hard way that fans do not like to mix sports and politics of social justice the NBA Finals with the Lakers and Heat are drawing record low viewers on Game 5; to the joys of sports fans rabid anti Trumper Keith Olbermann has left ESPN to continue his over the top biased rhetoric on a Podcast (example of his derangement is that he wants Barrett prosecuted); Governor Whitmer perhaps emboldened by her escape from a kidnapping will not commit to a time frame when Michigan will declare a winner (does she want to keep finding ballots until she can declare Biden a winner?); Louisiana is engaged in clean up from Hurricane Delta and trying to have power restored to thousands has found one death, a 86 year old man with an auxiliary generator that caught fire while he was refueling it without allowing in to cool down; in news that PG&E does not need officials believe the Zogg Fire in Shasta County now 97% contained after destroying 100 homes and killing 4 people was started by PG&E equipment; Donald Neely who suffers from mental illness and was arrested by 2 mounted Rangers in Galveston, Texas for trespassing is suing the city for $1 million dollars after body cam video that went viral showing him being led by a rope clipped to his behind the back handcuffs (in these days of racial sensitivity not a good photo op);

          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 9,  2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,341 of whom 569 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 306 behind Chicago at 263 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 “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits,  the fact that you are pogoniasis free and  a quote by the Jeffrey Toobin on the Clarence Thomas confirmation, 
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1.  General Pulaski Memorial Day--created by Congressional Resolution in 1919 to honor the contributions during the Revolutionary War of Polish General Pulaski who is known as the father of American Cavalry, saved the life of George Washington at the Battle of Brandywine in the American Revolutionary War and was mortally wounded during the failed siege of Savannah, Georgia on October 9, 1779 to die on October 11, 1779 at the age of 34.

        2.  National Coming Out Day—created in 1988 by Robert Eichenberg, a psychologist and founder of a personal growth workshop, The Experience, and by Jean O'Leary, an activist who was head of the National Gay Rights Activists in Los Angeles to celebrate the members of the LBGT community coming out of the closet.

        3. 1985 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1985 on a run of 2 weeks was “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits in their first number 1 song joining 16 other acts  achieving their first number 1 song. Here is a recording of the song: This British band was active from 1977-1988, disbanded and then reformed from 1991-1996.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pogoniasis” which means an excessive growth of a beard which with barber shops closed down due to CV pandemic, many beard wearers are having to put up with.

        5. Like Father Life Son--celebrating the birth on this day in 1905 of note real estate and apartment builder, Fred Trump, the father of President Trump who died on June 25, 1999 at age 93 (explains why President seems to be so young and energetic at age 74).

         On this day in:

        a. 1906 San Francisco created a diplomatic storm with Japan by ordering that Japanese American students be placed in segregated schools.

        b. 1972 in a bad day for race relations, a race riot broke out on the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk of the coast of North Vietnam.

        c. 1984 in a bookend up moment Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space on a Challenger mission and in a bookend deep down moment June 7, 2020 she became the first woman to dive 35,810 feet into the Challenger Deep in  the Marianna Trench, the deepest ocean bottom on the planet in the submersible  Limiting Factor.

     d. 1987 the AIDS Memorial Quilt was displayed at the Second Annual March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights.

      e. 1991 in what Justice Clarence Thomas would call a judicial lynching Anita Hill’s testimony on her sexual harassment by him was televised.

         Reflections on the Clarence Thomas confirmation: ““The dilemma facing Bush  and the Republicans was clear. If Marshall left, they could not leave the Supreme Court an all-white institution; at the same time, they had to choose a nominee who would stay true to the conservative cause. The list of plausible candidates who fit both qualifications pretty  much began and ended with Clarence Thomas.
           …There was awkwardness about the selection from the start. "The fact that he is black and a minority has nothing to do with this," Bush said. "He is the best qualified at this time." The statement was self-evidently preposterous; Thomas had served as a judge for only a year and, before that, displayed few of the customary signs of professional distinction that are the rule for future justices. For example, he had never argued a single case in any federal appeals court, much less in the Supreme Court; he had never written a book, an article, or even a legal brief of any consequence. Worse, Bush's endorsement raised themes that would haunt not only Thomas's confirmation hearings but also his tenure as a justice. Like the contemporary Republican Party as a whole, Bush and Thomas opposed preferential treatment on account of race—and Bush had chosen Thomas in large part because of his race. The contradiction rankled.”
― Jeffrey Toobin, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.
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