Wednesday, October 21, 2020

October 21, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Check Your Meds Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 21, 2020

        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 449,216 new cases (a 1.1%  increase compared to a .98% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  41 million to 41,366,475, 9,433,599 of  which  are active, 31,932,876 of which have been closed with 30,799,320 recoveries (96.45% compared to  yesterday’s 96.44%) and 1,133,556 deaths (3.55% compared to yesterday’s 3.56%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
          CV USA Cases: New cases of 77,576 with total cases over 8 million at 8,480,110 (a .91% increase compared to yesterday’s .98% increase) with 2,768,540 active cases of which 15,740 (.57% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (15,487 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 5,789,146 closures, 226,779 of which have been deaths (3.92% compared to yesterday’s 3.93%) and 5,562,367 of which have been recoveries (96.08% compared to yesterday’s 96.07%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 684 ranks behind Peru (1023), Belgium (904), Spain (735), Bolivia (727), Brazil (727), Chile (716), and Ecuador (700),  and only slightly worse than Mexico (672), UK (649), Italy (609), and Sweden (586) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 816,053 more tests to bring total to 128,650,929  tests (now at 387,021/M compared to Russia at 378,009/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 443,973/M).
         Non CV Case News: Brian Stelter wants to commit Helter-Skelter on conservatives by ranting Twitter and Facebook are not doing enough to curb conservative thought and speeches (this pseudo Cack News Network “journalist” is out of his mind); Hidin’ Biden may be still mumm on court packing but it is clear he will roll back Trump’s immigration measures that have put a damper on the surge of illegals into this country and for sure end any further discussion of security measures that work; Jill Biden made a safe appearance on The View free from any questions on Hunter Biden’s ongoing quid pro quo scandal with China and Ukraine but able to tout Biden is being “smeared”; Trump is in a snit fit with Leslie Stahl and her 60 Minutes which pulls him off message that he’s a win for the economy for all Americans and Biden is not and has not (knowing the reception he would get makes one wonder why he ever appeared); another Senate Stimulus Bill on the cross of aid to illegal aliens and bailout of Blue State unvested pension liabilities is crucified; a COVID vaccine volunteer has died but not clear whether the volunteer was in the placebo group or receiving the vaccine but the AstraZeneca/Oxford trials are continuing; thank God for Chuck the third time was still out of luck in his motion to deny voting on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett; not sure if this is the endorsement Trump would like to hear but Putin is saying what many Reds and a few rare moderate Blues feel that the Democratic Party is closer to the ideals that created Communism.
          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 20  2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,456 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 far 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 “Fantasy”  by Mariah Carey,  the fact that you do not suffer from polydipsia, and a quote by Senator Benjamin Tillman trying to justify lynching, 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.  Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day—celebrated on the third Wednesday of October each year to commemorate the work done by local chambers of commerce to promote and advance the cause of local businesses in the community.

       2. Check Your Meds Day—created on this day in 2017 by Consumer Reports to encourage Americans who take prescription drugs especially those on a a long term basis to review with their doctor or pharmacist the medications they take.        

      3. 1995 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1995 on a run of 8 weeks was “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey to join 11 other number 1 songs of which 1 was her second 1. Here is a recording of the song:

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “polydipsia” which means an abnormal thirst which is definitely something not to have during times of drought.

       5. A Dark Empire Strikes Back--celebrating the birth on this day in 1956 of noted actress Carrie Fisher who appeared in numerous films but perhaps best remembered for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars but who struggled with addiction and bipolar issues and on December 23, 2016 experienced a medical emergency 15 minutes from landing at  LAX from a flight from London to be rushed to the ICU at UCLA Medical Center where she died on December 27,2016 of cardiac arrest with traces of cocaine, heroin and ecstasy in her system.

         On this day in:

         a. 1805 the British fleet under the command of Admiral Nelson who in prior wars had already lost 1 eye and 1 arm lost his life in defeating at Trafalgar the combined fleet of Spain and France in one of Britain’s biggest victories.

          b. 1921 President Harding delivered the first speech condemning lynching in the Deep South which unfortunately did not end the practice which did not disappear until March 21, 1981 in Alabama where Michael Donald had the dubious distinction of being the last black lynched in the United States and unlike many lynchings that occurred in the past, one perpetrator was executed in the first execution of a white on black murder since 1913 and the other sentenced to life in prison.

          c. 1967 in a sign that support for the Vietnam War was fading and opposition growing, the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam after a rally and Phil Ochs concert at the Lincoln Memorial attended by 70,000, some 50,000 marched to the Pentagon to protest the War in Vietnam peacefully with some 650, including Norman Mailer arrested for civil disobedience.

         d. 1973 defensive end Fred Dryer, noted for his quickness became the first NFL player to score 2 safeties in a game in 2 back to back possessions in a game won by the Los Angeles Rams 24-7 against the Green Bay Packers.

       e. 1994 North Korea and the United States signed the Agreed Framework which required North Korea to cease its nuclear weapons program and submit to inspections which it sadly did not do and is closer to nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them than it ever has been.

        Reflections on the crime of lynching: “We of the South have never recognized the right of the negro to govern white men, and we never will. We have never believed him to be the equal of the white man, and we will not submit to his gratifying his lust on our wives and daughters without lynching him.” Benjamin R. Tillman in his "Congressional Speech on Segregation" This Governor and Senator from South Carolina who supported domination of blacks and lynching epitomized what the word so tossed about by Blues at the drop of the hat really means.

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