Saturday, October 17, 2020

October 17, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Black Poetry Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 17, 2020
          CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 369,981 new cases (a .94%  increase compared to a 2.4% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  39 million to 39,854,080, 8,939,586  of  which  are active, 30,914,494 of which have been closed with 29,801,851 recoveries (96.4% compared to  yesterday’s 96.39%) and 1,112,643 deaths (3.60% compared to yesterday’s 3.61%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.            

      CV USA Cases: New cases of 213,507 with total cases over 8 million at 8,107,211 (a 2.63% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.02% increase) with 2,689,349 active cases of which 15,302, recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (15,249 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 5,631,479 closures, 224,001 of which have been deaths (3.98% compared to yesterday’s 4.02%) and 5,407,478 of which have been recoveries (96.02% 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to yesterday’s 95.98%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 676 ranks behind Peru (1016), Belgium (890),Spain (722), Bolivia (720), Brazil (720), Chile (709), and Ecuador (697),  and only slightly worse than Mexico (663), UK (641), Italy (604), and Sweden (585) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 999,175 more tests to bring total to 124.734,621 tests (now at 374,378/M compared to Russia at 365,227/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: Jeff Bezo’s once independent Gray Lady with the slogan “All the News That’s Fit to Prin” in a Editorial Board Opinion has ranted that President Trump is the “biggest threat to our democracy since World War II” (I guess the Russian Hoax or the attempted anti Trump coup didn’t merit these leftist “journalists” list; it may be an attempt to energize his lifeless support but a Biden internal memo discounts his double digit lead in some polls and warns Trump could still win the election; almost like a Waiting for Godot moment Biden has indicated that he will wait until after the Senate votes to reveal his position on packing SCOTUS (must be hoping that enough people vote early so when he indicates his desire to pack the court, it will be too late to alter the election); a glimmer of sanity in the attempt to insure an election free from mail-in fraud, a Michigan appellate court has blocked a lower court’s ruling that would have extended the time to count mail-in ballots 14 days after the election if postmarked on Election Day; welcome collateral damage caused by the never ending protests/riots in Portland as Red challenger to long term Oregon House Blue Peter DeFasio, Alek Skarlatos, best known for his stopping a jihadist attack on a French train in 2015 and a veteran is out raising him in donations and who if he won would replace AOC as youngest member of Congress; thank God many criminals are stupid as rapper Nuke Bizzle released a music video where he bragged about an unemployment scam and found himself arrested by the FBI for fraudulently applying for $1.2 million in jobless benefits and was also dumb enough to have on his person 8 EDD debit cards, all but 1 of which bore the names of other people (with real unemployed people suffering if convicted this scumbag needs to be put away for a long, long period of time); McConnell will be pushing pedal to the metal to confirm Amy Coney Barrett before the election and Schumer will be using every trick in the playbook to delay the vote they know they will lose; in another hopeful sign that the election will be closer than the polls suggest Obama has indicated he will be campaigning for Biden in the last two weeks of the campaign (anything to keep Biden in his basement immune to questions on revelations of his quid pro quo for Hunter).

          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 15  2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,423 of whom 582 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 320 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 “Emotions”"  by Mariah Carey,  the fact that you are a pollent person, and a quote by Evel Knievel on his being a daredevil, 
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         1.  International Day for the Eradication of Poverty—created by the UN on this dday in 1992 to promote recognition by governments of the struggles faced by persons mired in poverty and to listen to and receive their input.

         2.  Black Poetry Day—celebrated since 1985 on this day which is the anniversary of the birth in 1711 on Long Island into slavery of the first published African-American poet Jupiter Hammond to honor the contributions of African-American Poets and observed in Oregon as a state holiday.

          3. 1991 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1991 on a run of 3 weeks  was “Emotions” by Mariah Carey joining 26 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of the song: This pop icon with a 5 octave range is the only singer to have her first 5 songs ending with “Emotions” to become number 1 songs.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pollent” which means strong which Biden as a campaigner in 2020 is most definitely not.

         5. Ramp It Up To Go Higher and further--celebrating the birth on this day in 1938 of noted daredevil Evel Knievel who during his career made 75 ramp top ramp jumps many of which were successful and many were bone breakers and who held the record for 35 years of successfully jumping over 50 stacked cars at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and lived to die at age 69 of pulmonary fibrosis and diabetes.

         On this day in:

         a. 1941 the destroyer USS Kearney had the dubious distinction of being the first US warship being torpedoed by a of Iceland after dropping depth charges on suspected U-Boats that had attacked a British convoy. The ship survived with 11 killed and 22 wounded, made it back to Iceland for temporary repairs then back to Boston for permanent repairs to return to the Atlantic for the rest of the war on convoy escort and naval bombardment duty.

        b. 1983 OPEC imposed an oil embargo on the United States and other countries accused of aiding Israel in the Yom Kippur War.

        c. 1989 minutes before the start of Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics, the 6.9 Loma Prieta Earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area, killing 63 people, severely damaging the Oakland Bay Bridge along with countless other structures and postponing the Series until October 27 which Oakland won along with the 4th game on the 28th sweep the Series.

          d. 1989 the East German Politburo removed Erich Honecker as General Secretary.

          e. 2018 the recreational use of cannabis was legalized in Canada.

        Reflections on being a daredevil from the mouth of the master: “You can't ask a guy like me why I performed. I really wanted to fly through the air. I was a daredevil, a performer. I loved the thrill, the money, the whole macho thing. All those things made me Evel Knievel. Sure, I was scared. You gotta be an ass not to be scared. But I beat the hell out of death. [...] You're in the air for four seconds, you're part of the machine, and then if you make a mistake midair, you say to yourself, "Oh, boy. I'm gonna crash," and there's nothing you can do to stop it, not at all.” Evel Knievel in an interview with Maxim magazine before he died.
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