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October 16, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Food Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 16, 2020
          CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 615,136 new cases (a 2.4%  increase compared to a 1.59% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  39 million to 39,484,109, 8,829,194  of  which  are active, 30,654,915 of which have been closed with 29,547,798 recoveries (96.39% compared to  yesterday’s 96.38%) and 1,107,117 deaths (3.61% compared to yesterday’s 3.62%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.            

      CV USA Cases: New cases of 163,486 with total cases over 8 million at 8,107,211 (a 2.02% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.33% increase) with 2,700,980 active cases of which 15,249, recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (15,270 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 5,569,717 closures, 223,449 of which have been deaths (4.02 compared to yesterday’s 4.02%) and 5,345,268 of which have been recoveries (95.98% compared to yesterday’s 95.98%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 674 ranks behind Peru (1014), Belgium (890),Spain (722), Bolivia (717), Brazil (717), Chile (706), and Ecuador (697),  and only slightly worse than Mexico (659), UK (639), Italy (603), and Sweden (585) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,040,098 more tests to bring total to 123,735,446 tests (now at 373,179/M compared to Russia at 361,638/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 426,333/M).

         Non CV Case News: Battleground state Pennsylvania Chaos Ballot Central as 370,000 mail in ballots have been rejected mostly for being duplicates, 2 postal workers in Pittsburgh are facing federal charges ro destruction of mail after “heaps” of mail including 2 absentee ballot requests were discovered in the trash, tens of thousands of Pennsylvania will be receiving new mail in ballots after being sent the wrong ones (one prays that stories like these are not just the tip of the iceberg in terms of fraud and discarded ballots); the RNC has sued Twitter claiming its censorship of the New York Post Hunter Biden articles was in kind political contribution to the Biden campaign; the heads of Google, Facebook and Twitter have been called to testify before a Senate Committee on the censorship of the Hunter Biden articles even as Twitter has suspended the Trump Campaign’s official account for calling Biden a “liar” and sharing a video about Hunter Biden’s business dealings (perhaps we should not blame the father for the adult son’s transgressions unless his office as vice president was the catalyst for such transgressions); ABC better famous for being Always Biased Cack was up to its typical behavior by having 2 former Obama WH officials being passed off as “undecided voters” at the Town Hall yesterday; at NBC’s town hall Savannah Guthrie was in full on debate mode with Trump not moderating but the Cack News Network ignored her announcement that there were Biden and Trump supporters in the audience and blasted NBC because of the woman in the red mask who kept nodding in approval to his responses; not sure whether it was a blatant lie that a Boilermaker Union was supporting him or whether mentally he is not up to know the difference but Biden called out for calling support when the union has endorsed Trump; Biden is hoping that the MSM will have his back as 2 days have passed without any questions over Hunter’s business dealings assisted by VP Biden’s official status and when a CBS reporter finally asked Biden had no comment and went after reporter for “smearing” him.

          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 15  2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,411 of whom 577 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 315 behind Chicago at 262 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 “Praying for Time"  by George Michael,  the fact that you do not suffer from poliosis,, and a quote by Tommie Smith on his and John Carlos Black Power Salute during the Mexico City Summer Olympics
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         1.  World Anaesthesia Day—celebrated since 1903 to celebrate the first surgery performed with ether on this day in 1846 administered by Dentist William T.G. Morton with John Collins Warren as the surgeon on Edward Gilbert Abbott at Massachusetts General Hospital.

         2.  World Food Day—created on this day since 1945 to commemorate the founding of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Association formed to promte the growth of sustainable and expanding food production.

          3. 1990 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1990 on a run of 1 week  was “Praying for Time” by George Michael joining 25 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of the song: . Unfortunately this talented performer struggled with substance abuse and died in his sleep from heart problems on December 25, 2016.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “poliosis” which means a premature graying of the hair which given the stress of the job, it is a condition that affects many presidents.

          5. Keep Blowing the Horn--celebrating the birth on this day in 1969 of noted Emmy winning jazz trumpet player Roy Hargrove who was active in the music business but struggled with kidney problems and continued to play while undergoing dialysis for 14 years prior to  his death on November 2, 2018 from cardiac arrest resulting from his kidney problems at age 49.

         On this day in:

         a. 1995 the Million Man March attended by some 500,000 to 837,000 African American men took place in Washington D.C. to promote progress on economic issues confronting the black community due to a lack of prenatal care, poor schools and a lack of working parents which government welfare programs had exacerbated the problems.

          b. 1991 George Hennard drove his pickup truck in a Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas crowded with people during Bosses Day and shot and killed 23 patrons and workers and wounded 27 before engaging in a gunfight with police and then killing himself.

          c. 1978 Pope John Paul II from Poland became the first non-Italian Pope since 1523.

          d. 1868 sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos are ejected from the Mexico Summer Olympics for giving the Black Power salute during the awards ceremony.

          e. 1946  10 Nazi war criminals,  Hans FrankWilhelm FrickAlfred JodlErnst KaltenbrunnerWilhelm KeitelJoachim von RibbentropAlfred RosenbergFritz SauckelArthur Seyss-Inquart, and Julius Streicher having been found guilty by the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal were hanged. Herman Goring who was scheduled to die with them cheated death by hanging by swallowing a smuggled in potassium cyanide pill.

         Reflections on the 1968 Black Power Salute during Mexico City Summer Olympics: “I knew it would have an impact but I didn’t know how far it would go.  It was a calling for me to do it... A lot of people had died for the sake of equality. That was my chance. I had a platform.”Tommie Smith in a interview with Reuters on the 50th Anniversary of the Black Power Salute by Smith and Carlos.

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