Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 13, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 316,714 new cases (a .84% increase compared to a .64% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 38 million to 38,206,281, 8,423,492 of which are active, 29,782,879 of which have been closed with 28,695,285 recoveries (96.33% compared to yesterday’s 96.35%) and 1,087,594 deaths (3.65% compared to yesterday’s 3.67%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 50,576 with total cases over 8 million at 7,999,278 (a .64% increase compared to yesterday’s .27% increase) with 2,632,448 active cases of which 14,922, 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 5,417,406 closures, 220,281 of which have been deaths (4.07% compared to yesterday’s 4.10%) and 5,197,125 of which have been recoveries (95.93% compared to yesterday’s 95.90%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 664 ranks behind Peru (1008), Belgium (888), Bolivia (711), Brazil (708), Spain (710), Chile (699), and Ecuador (690), and only slightly worse than Mexico (649), UK (633), Italy (600), and Sweden (583) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,049,591 more tests to bring total to 119,618,471 tests (now at 360,783/M compared to Russia at 351,915/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 412,665/M).
Non CV Case News: Judge Barrett armed with only her memory and a blank notebook is making Blues look like idiots as they desperately try to create a reason why she should be confirmed with Hirono blasting her for her statement about sexual preference; Blues pulled out their “smoking gun” a letter signed by 88 members of the Notre Dame University faculty but none from the Notre Dame Law School asking her to withdraw (more like blank toy gun that is incapable of firing a shot); Pelosi had a snit fit melt down with one of her MSM supporters Wolf Blitzer who attacked her failure to negotiate with the Reds on their CV stimulus bill (clip made you wonder if Biden is not alone in the mentally not all their category; coronavirus infections are on the rise in the U.S with death rates dropping and Johnson and Johnson has paused its Phase III Vaccine tests due to one participant coming down with an unforeseen illness; former White House Doctor to Presidents Obama and Trump and now running for a House seat in Texas has publicly questioned Biden’s mental fitness to handle the job of being president (safe bet is that view will never see the light of the MSM day); in an example of the world turned upside down, China, Cuba and Russia none of which are human rights icons were named to the UN’s Human Rights Council (at least Saudi Arabia whose record is less than stellar was not also named); in I hope Biden is listening moment Jamie Diamon of J.P. Morgan has warned that another year of CV shutdowns will be a disaster to a fragile economy;
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence:
In Chicago as of October 11, 2020, the
number of shootings increased to 3,370 of whom 573 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 310 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 “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake, the fact that you enjoy a good poivrade, and a quote by Richard T. Hinctins on cellular phones, 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. National Metastic Breast Cancer Awareness Day—celebrating since 2009 the need for early detection of breast cancer before it spreads to other parts of the body with fatal effects.
2. Headspace Day (Australia)—celebrating on the second Tuesday of the month to promote mental health among the young and to recognize symptoms of youthful mental illness.
3. 1987 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1987 on a run of 1 week was “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake in the band’s first number 1 song joining 15 other acts achieving their first number 1 song. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSlSaGcc0QM This hard metal rock English band is still going strong today.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “poivrade” which means a pepper sauce which is always good to have or make to garnish steaks.
5. Strangers on a Train--celebrating the birth on this day in 1918 of noted actor Robert Walker, best known for his starring role in Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train whose depression over 2 divorces before age 30 exacerbated his difficulties with alcohol usage and mental issues and who after a night of drinking and in an upset state of affairs was administered by his psychiatrist ambobarbital for sedation which rendered him unconscious to die on August 28, 1951 at age 32.
On this day in:
a. 1972 Uruguayan Flight 571 crashed into the Andes Mountains carrying a rugby team, supporters and family who were stranded on the mountain for 72 days before rescued and survived by cannibalism of the 29 who died on crash or thereafter in the freezing temperatures; the ordeal was memorialized in the movie Alive.
b. 1976 the first electron micrograph picture of the deadly Ebola virus was taken at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta by Dr. F.A. Murphy.
c. 1977 Lufthansa Flight 181 was hijacked by 4 members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine over Marseilles while en route to Frankfurt and after landing in several nations landed in Mogadishu where German commandos successfully attacked the airplane, killing 3 of the hijackers and capturing the other and rescuing all passengers and crew members.
d. 1983 Ameritech Mobile Communications launched the world’s first cellular network in Chicago.
2019 Kenyan Brigid Kosgei set a new woman’s record for the marathon at the
Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:14:04.
Reflections on cell phones that have expanded exponentially beyond our most far fetched imagination from the first network in Chicago: “WE have all become addicted to mobile phones. They have become our family, our friend, our confidant and to even some they have become our lovers. But at what cost have they taken over our lives?
We now have less real conversations with real people, face to face. We ignore friends and family members because we are playing games or using apps. We neglect work, studies and learning to do the self same.
Medically, mobiles emit radiation and microwaves which can distort memory and/or brain processes if they are used close enough and for prolonged period of times. We are losing our society and ourselves all for the sake of a metal and plastic box. True, phones can help, but along with money they may have also unwittingly become one of the main causes for the downfall of society as a whole.”― Anthony T. Hincks, noted author Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
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