Monday, October 12, 2020

October 12, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Columbus Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 12, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 241,384 new cases (a .64%  increase compared to a .90% increase yesterday) to bring the total nearing  38 million to 37,889,567, 8,360,168  of  which  are active, 29,539,411 of which have been closed with 28,456,250 recoveries (96.33% compared to  yesterday’s 96.32%) and 1,083,161 deaths (3.67% compared to yesterday’s 3.68%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.            

        CV USA Cases: New cases of 21,618 with total cases nearing 8 million at 7,999,278 (a .27% increase compared to yesterday’s .74% increase) with 2,641,113 active cases of which 14,748, recently on an upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (14,717 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 5,358,165 closures, 219,791 of which have been deaths (4.10% compared to yesterday’s 4.11%) and 5,138,374 of which have been recoveries (95.90% compared to yesterday’s 95.89%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 663 ranks behind Peru (1006), Belgium (878), Bolivia (709), Brazil (707), Spain (704), Chile (698), and Ecuador (688),  and only slightly worse than Mexico (648), UK (631), Italy (599), and Sweden (583) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,381,595 more  to bring total to 119,497,664 tests (now at 360,418/M compared to Russia at 350,740/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 409,368/M).

         Non CV Case News: In another example of the fallout from the Epstein scandal, post cards bearing the likeness of Prince Andrew have been replaced in the Gueen’s gift shop; on her first day of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee Amy Coney Barrett vowed to be independent as she was savaged by Blues in their opening statements; departed Ruth Bader Ginsburg from her grave believed that court packing was wrong and that the present number of 9 is the right number as Blues are in a mad rush to derail the nomination process; Senator Harris is making a complete fool of her biased self claiming the nomination of Barrett is “illegitimate”; the Cack News Network, probably terrified voters will have a favorable impression of Judge Barrett, cut away from her hearings today to put on political hacks to bash her and switch to coronavirus coverage (wonder why this Alaskanpoet has labeled CNN as Cack News Network); Senator Schumer is going to try to sabotage the confirmation hearings of the Senate Judiciary Committee by evidently boycotting the committee when it votes before sending the nomination to the Senate (hope McConnell has an answer to this pathic attempt by Schumer to block the nomination); Pelosi is trying to facilitate the removal by the 25th Amendment  by introducing a bill to allow “bipartisan” group of Congress to remove the president as being unable to fulfill his duties which will go nowhere in the Senate but will haunt the Blues if used to remove Biden and replace him with Harris which although Blues may not admit it should cause them great concern as to her fitness; the 9th Circuit has just delivered a setback to Trump’s desire to build a border wall striking down his attempt to divert $3.6 billion of Pentagon funding to wall construction; in news that should scare us all big time reports of fake ballot drop off boxes are appearing across the state of California; in yet another reminder that Biden has lost it as he claims he is running for Senate and can’t remember Mitt Romney’s name;

          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 11,  2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,357 of whom 571 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 308 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 “When I Think of You” by Janet Jackson,  the fact that you are stuck in a pogonip, and a quote by Richard M. Nixon on Vietnamization, 
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1.  Columbus Day—celebrating the “discovery” of North America on this day in 1492 almost 500 years after the continent was discovered Leif Erickson.

          2.  Freethought Day—celebrating the effective end of the Salem Witchcraft Trials due to Governor Phips of the Massachusetts Bay Colony letter to the Privy Council on this day in 1692.

          3. 1986 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1986 on a run of 2 weeks was “When I Think of You” by Janet Jackson in her first number 1 song joining 19 other acts  achieving their first number 1 song. Here is a recording of the song: Janet is the 10th and youngest sibling of the talented Jackson family with a 20th album scheduled for realease this year and is best known for her Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show with Justin Timberlake when he ripped off a portion of her top to expose her naked right breast to 140 million viewers.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pogonip” which means a dense fog of suspended ice crystals which in California we don’t face usually unless in mountain elevations

        5. Like Herding Cats--celebrating the birth on this day in 1947 of Chris Wallace, noted journalist on Fox News who repeated his role as moderator in the first chaotic and out of control presidential debate in 2016 between Trump and Clinton on September 29, 2020 and repeated the effort in the first and maybe the last debate between Biden and Trump.

         On this day in:

         a. 1945 Desmond Doss, a medic and conscientious objector and having won two Bronze Stars for his actions on Guam and in the Philippines, saved 75 soldiers during the battle of Okinawa in a story portrayed in Hacksaw Ridge to become the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor.

       b. 1970 President Nixon announced that his policy of Vietnamization of the Vietnam War would continue with 40,000 troops to be sent home before Christmas.

       c. 1984  the Provisional Irish Republican Army failed to successfully assassinate Margaret Thatcher and members of her Cabinet in a bomb attack at the Brighton Hotel which killed 5 and wounded 31 by Patrick Magee who was convicted and sentenced to 8 life terms but released after 14 years due to the Good Friday Agreement.

     d. 2017 after having frozen American contribution to UNESCO in 2011, the U.S. announced its withdrawal followed immediately by Israel but announced it would retain its observer status.

      e. 2019 the Hard Rock Hotel being built in the French Quarter of New Orleans, collapsed, killing 3 and injuring 18 and remains a huge eyesore today.
        Reflections on Vietnamization of the Vietnam War:  “Tonight I can report that Vietnamization has succeeded. Because of the increased strength of the South Vietnamese, because of the success of the Cambodian operation, because of the achievements of the South Vietnamese operation in Laos, I am announcing an increase in the rate of American withdrawals. Between May 1 and December 1 of this year, 100,000 more American troops will be brought home from South Vietnam.” – Richard M. Nixon in televised address to nation, April 7, 1971.
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