Wednesday, October 14, 2020

October 14, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Stop Bullying Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 14, 2020
          CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 354,049 new cases (a 1.26%  increase compared to a .84% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  38 million to 38,560,330, 8,506,532  of  which  are active, 30,053,798 of which have been closed with 28,960,264 recoveries (96.36% compared to  yesterday’s 96.35%) and 1,093,534 deaths (3.64% compared to yesterday’s 3.65%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.            

      CV USA Cases: New cases of 107,933 with total cases over 8 million at 8,107,211 (a 1.35% increase compared to yesterday’s .64% increase) with 2,647,477 active cases of which 15,090, recently on an upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (14,922 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 5,459,734 closures, 221,169 of which have been deaths (4.05% compared to yesterday’s 4.07%) and 5,238,565 of which have been recoveries (95.95% compared to yesterday’s 95.93%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 667 ranks behind Peru (1010), Belgium (883),Spain (715), Bolivia (713), Brazil (710), Chile (700), and Ecuador (691),  and only slightly worse than Mexico (653), UK (635), Italy (600), and Sweden (584) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,749,971 more tests to bring total to 121,368,442 tests (now at 363,682/M compared to Russia at 354,910/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: If true Biden Campaign thanks to son Hunter may have been hit with its adverse October Surprise as the Senate Homeland Security Committee is investigating emails which if true reveal contrary to Biden’s assurances that he never discussed Hunter’s business dealings, that Hunter in April, 2015 arranged an introduction with a top Burisma Oil executive Vadym Pozharskyi in Washington, D.C.   (is Facebook already trying to censor the revelations to protect Biden?); Judge Barrett having performed admirably during yesterday’s confirmation and Blue witch-hunt attempts theater is on a role today while Senators like Klobuchar sputter hopelessly; in another gaffe that shows Biden may be losing it, he falsely claimed that locomotive manufacturer Wabtec in Pennsylvania was shutting down to justify his push for high speed rail; Jussie Smollett trying to take a break from his false police report of a bogus lynching attack he paid for has landed a new director gig for a movie B-Boy Blues; we do not need another problem facing us but we do, an explosion of feral pigs, some 9 million of them that consume domestic crops and with the CV lockdown keeping hunters home having their population grow since a feral sow can produce 50+ pigs a year; while NYC plunges into more chaos under the CV threat, De Blasion and Cuomo are in a not speaking to each other snit fit of blame while NYC already devastated by lock downs and school closures faces more of the same (pity the poor residents of NYC hobbled by the Bobbsey twins of incompetence); in the CV war against the exercise of religion, 5 Jewish institutions were fined $15,000 for violating NYC’s limit of no more than 10 people in attendance; in a let me open the door for you, Tommy Lee rants he will move back to Greece if Trump wins.

          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 13,  2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,381 of whom 574 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 311 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 “Love Bites” by Del Leppard,  the fact that you free from pokerish fears, and a quote by Cat Cora on bullying, 
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1.  National Stop Bullying Day—celebrated on the 2nd Wednesday to promote the cessation of bullying by any means, physical, verbal or perhaps even more dangerous and destructive cyber.

         2.  Emergency Nurses Day—celebrating on the second Wednesday of October since 1989 the valuable life saving services of nurses in ERs who are on the front lines of saving lives.

           3. 1988 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1988 on a run of 1 week was “Love Bites” by Del Leppard’s first number 1 song joining 16 other acts achieving their first number 1 song in a year in 32 different songs achieved number 1 status. Here is a recording of the song:  This British punk rock band was originally called “Deaf Leopard” but quickly changed its name to sound more like a punk rock band. The band is still going strong today.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pokerish” which means something that provokes a vague fear or dread which given the increasing division in this country is when it comes to violence is becoming less vague each day.

          5. Real Ghosts With Needles Can Be Deadly--celebrating the birth on this day in 1952 of noted Puerto Rican actor and stand up comedian Richard Aviles perhaps best known for his portrayal of the killer of Patrick Swayze in the movie Ghosts but who used heroin and died from AIDS contracted from infected needles on March 17, 1995 at age 42.

         On this day in:

           a. 1962 the Cuban Missile Crisis which brought the world the closest to nuclear war it has ever been began when an American spy plane photographed Soviet ballistic missiles able to reach some 1500 miles into the U.S. being installed in Cuba.

       b. 1968 the first live TV broadcast of astronauts in orbit occurred with cameras beaming back images of the astronauts on board Apollo 7.

        c. 1982 President Ronald Reagan declared a war he was doomed to lose, the War against Drugs.

          d. 1998 Eric Rudolph was named as a suspect of the Atlanta Centennial  Olympic Park Bombing on July 27,1996 and 3 other bombings after the FBI had previously targeted Richard Jewell a security guard who had found the bomb and called police but Rudolph remained on the loose until his arrest on May 31,2003. He pled guilty to avoid the death penalty and was sentenced to multiple life sentences without possibility of parole and is now rotting in a SuperMax federal prison at age 54 looking forward to another 30+ years of incarceration.

         e. 2012 Felix Baumgartner jumped from a helium balloon 24 miles above the Earth and became the first person to break the sound barrier without being assisted by an engine with a top speed of 843.6 mph and lived to tell the tale.
         Reflections on bullying: Bullying is killing our kids. Being different is killing our kids and the kids who are bullying are dying inside. We have to save our kids whether they are bullied or they are bullying. They are all in pain.” Cat Cora, first gay female Iron Chef.
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