Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 20, 2020
World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 385,741
new cases (a .98% increase compared to a .81% increase yesterday) to
bring the total over 40 million to 40,917,259, 9,291,432 of which are
active, 31,625,675 of which have been closed with 30,498,798 recoveries (96.44%
compared to yesterday’s 96.42%) and 1,126,877 deaths (3.56%
compared to yesterday’s 3.58%) to continue the trend of increased recovery
percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 79,787 with total cases over 8 million at 8,480,110 (a .98% increase compared to yesterday’s .44% increase) with 2,735,971 active cases of which 15,487 (.57% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23 (15,384 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical
condition as trend continues to go down, and 5,744,139 closures,
225,646 of which have been deaths (3.93% compared to yesterday’s 3.95%)
and 5,518,493 of which have been recoveries (96.07% compared to
yesterday’s 96.06%) (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finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending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 680 ranks behind Peru (1021), Belgium (900),Spain
(732), Bolivia (725), Brazil (724), Chile (715), and Ecuador (700), and
only slightly worse than Mexico (668), UK (647), Italy (607), and Sweden (585)
that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted
777,769 more tests to bring total to 127,834,876 tests (now at 384,116/M compared to Russia at
374,606/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 443,979/M).
Non CV Case News: Hidin’ Biden’s Bunker Campaign has released a ad in Michigan featuring Joe Malcom holding himself out as a co-owner of the Blind Pig, a bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan that has been closed due to CV blasting Trump when he is wealthy venture capitalist who has supported Whitmer’s shutdown orders and donated to Biden’s Bunker Campaign; for the debate this week the “moderator” will shut off the mic of one candidate when the other is making his 2 minute opening statement; Mark Zuckerberg recognizing the rising ire of social media censorship in an after the barn door has been left open moment indicated Facebook would be censoring less content after the election (worst censorship by all too powerful social media giants that make Stalin’s Iron Curtin look like an open highway for discussion of ideas and policies); if you want to understand the real reason behind social media’s censorship of the New York Post’s damning revelations on Hunter Biden which may well implicate Joe follow the money to see that Brian Moskovitz, a Facebook co-founder, has contributed $22 million of the $66 million wealthy Silicon Valley donors probably contributed to the Biden Super Pac Future Forward for last minute television ad blitzes; in a legal litigation AT&T and Microsoft déjà vu, the DOJ has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Google for its alleged monopolization and anti-trust practices, a move applauded by even Blues as long overdue (this lawsuit assuming it is not dismissed by a Biden DOJ will be the mother lode of legal fees to the legion of lawyers who will be hired to defend the tech giant; not sure how long it will last until the ACLU finds a leftist leaning District Court Judge to block it but the Trump Administration enacted a rule barring immigrants convicted of a felony, as well as those convicted of offenses related to drunk driving, street gang activity, false identification (including receiving public benefits) and illegal re-entry, from being able to seek asylum; in Houston a 41 year veteran black police officer, Harold Preston has been shot and killed and his 3 year veteran fellow black police officer Courtney Waller has been wounded and fortunately the suspect, an illegal alien from El Salvador, Elmer Rolando Manzano-Martinez age 51 has been arrested.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 19 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,453 of whom 589 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 still 324 behind Chicago at 265 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 “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men, the fact that you have a plethora on good things on your platter, and a quote by Thomas Jefferson on the Louisiana Purchase, 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. World Statistics Day—created by the UN’s Statistical Commission to to promote the use of statistics and first celebrated on this day in 2010 and on every 5 years thereafter.
2. World Osteoporosis Day—created on this day in 1996 by the United Kingdom’s National Osteoporosis Society to promote awareness of the loss of bone caused by osteoporosis and other metabolic bone disease.
3. 1994 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1994 on a run of 14 weeks was “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men who became the first since the Beatles in 1964 to have 2 or more consecutive number 1 songs, joining 9 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62eW7EbP1Qc.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “plethora” which means something in large or excessive amounts which describes to a tee the extent of problems we face as a nation.
5. Slowing Down the Commerce Comet--celebrating the birth on this day in 1931 of noted switch hitting slugger for the New York Yankees, Mickey Mantle, the only batter to have hit 150 or more homers from each side of the plate, but who struggled with alcoholism and damaged his liver to the point of having a liver transplant after rehab only to learn it was cancerous and had metastasized to parts of his body to result in his death on August 13, 1995 at age 63.
On this day in:
a. 1803 in another great real estate purchase, the U.S. Senate ratified the purchase of the Louisiana Territory for $15 million.
b. 1944 General Douglas MacArthur kept his promise albeit somewhat later than he had hoped when he fulfilled his promise “I shall return” by coming ashore at Leyte in the Philippines.
c. 1973 with the walls of potential impeachment closing in, President Nixon in what became known as the “Saturday Night Massacre” caused U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to resign after they refused to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox who was then fired by Solicitor General Robert Bork.
d. 1973 the Sydney Opera House, one of the iconic venues in the world, was opened by Queen Elizabeth II after 14 years of construction.
e. 2011 Libyan rebel forces captured Libyan Dictator Muammar Qaddafi in his home town of Sirte, Libya and executed him shortly thereafter.
Reflections on the Louisiana Purchase: “It is the case of a guardian, investing the money of his ward in purchasing an important adjacent territory; and saying to him when of age, I did this for your own good." President Thomas Jefferson rationalizing the Louisiana Purchase.
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