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to yesterday’s 95.89%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 663 ranks behind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, 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. 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.
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaleKN9GQ54
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.
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.
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.
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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