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.
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
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digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive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).
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
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, 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.
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.
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.
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrJEFrth27Q. 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.
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 U-Boat.off 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.
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.
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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