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.
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finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending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).
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.
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
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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.
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
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.
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
1973 the Sydney Opera House, one of the iconic venues in the world, was opened
by Queen Elizabeth II after 14 years of construction.
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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