Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 22, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 368,430 new cases (a 89% increase compared to a 1.1% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 41 million to 41,734,895, 9,535,676 of which are active, 32,199,229 of which have been closed with 31,059,582 recoveries (96.46% compared to yesterday’s 96.45%) and 1,139,647 deaths (3.54% compared to yesterday’s 3.55%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 127,675 with total cases over 8 million at 8,480,110 (a 1.51% increase compared to yesterday’s .91% increase) with 2,766,240 active cases of which 15,678 (.57% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23 (15,740 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 5,841,545 closures, 227,696 of which have been deaths (3.90% compared to yesterday’s 3.92%) and 5,613,849 of which have been recoveries (96.08% compared to yesterday’s 96.10%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 687 ranks behind Peru (1025), Belgium (908), Spain (735), Bolivia (730), Brazil (730), Chile (716), and Ecuador (705), and only slightly worse than Mexico (676), UK (652), Italy (612), Argentina (607 newly added to list) and Sweden (586) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,154,039 more tests to bring total to 129,804,968 tests (now at 388,844/M compared to Russia at 381,587/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 453,193/M).
Non CV Case News: The Joe Biden quid pro quo scandal gets worse as Hunter Biden’s ex partner, a veteran, Tony Bobulinski, has confirmed that the emails from Hunter on the China quid pro quo are genuine, that Hunter sought his father’s advice and the 10% of the China Deal refers to Joe Biden (no wonder Biden has been hiding from what looks like his being on the Chinese take); the latest revelations not only dwarf Clinton quid pro quo but excoriate MSM and Social Media for their attempts to cover up this scandal of epic proportions); in a refreshing gust of objectivity that should blow away the leftist fog hiding the Joe/Hunter China scandal, Progressive journalist Jordan Chariton slammed corporate media on Thursday for ignoring the ongoing scandal involving Hunter Biden’s laptop in a scathing Twitter thread that blasted MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times and Washington Post for selective censorship; after weeks of telling voters they didn’t deserve to know his position on court packing, Biden dodges the ball and says he will appoint an “independent” commission to review the issue of court reform of a judicial system he apparently views as broken and report back to him (acted like the true politician he has been for almost 50 years); if the debate does not include the growing revelations that Biden would be on the take with China’s dealings with Hunter as the “Big Guy” to the tune of 10% this will be a travesty and a bias that will be off the charts—exactly the sort of quid pro quo of millions to the Clinton Foundation and hundreds of thousands of speaking fees to Bill Clinton that along with her arrogant and pathetic campaigning doomed her campaign despite all the attempts by the MSM to protect her; NPR which is taxpayer funded has been forced to admit that it made a top down decision not to cover the Hunter Biden email revelations (the censorship with our tax dollars to aid Biden is outrageous—slash big time their budget); Pelosi joins the cone of silence over the growing Hunter Biden scandal and Joe’s potentially being on a Chinese 10% Hunter reserved cut for the “Big Guy” and refused to answer a reporter from the Washington Examiner’s question on the scandal pushing the façade she is working on a stimulus bill; Elmer Rolando Manzano-Martinez, the illegal alien from El Salvador who shot and killed 41 year Houston veteran police officer and wounded his own son and another police officer, has a criminal record that goes back to 1994 (why was this scum bag still in this country and why was he not arrested for spousal abuse on the two calls made prior by the estranged wife days prior to this incident?); De Blasio’s defunding the police and his anti-police administration policies are coming home to roost as shootings in NYC total 1515 compared to 762 this time last year.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 20 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,463 of whom 589 have died which in aminor miracle in 2 days no one shot has 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 323 behind Chicago at 266 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 “Macarena” by Los del Rio, the fact that you enjoy those engaged in polygraphy, and a quote by Ray Luc Lavasseur on Supermax prisons, 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. International Stuttering Awareness Day—created by the International Stuttering Association and celebrated on this day since 1998 to promote awareness of the condition which affects some 3 million Americans most of whom like Wilt Chamberlain, James Earl Jones or Joe Biden grow out of it (not sure if his lapses are a vestige or signs of something much worse like dementia).
2. Domestic Violence Awareness Day—first celebrated as a “Day Of Unity” on this day in 1981 to promote awareness of domestic violence that affects over 2 million men and women today and now celebrated on the Thursday of the first third full week in October. If you see someone wearing purple today there’s a good chance that person is celebrating the day.
3. 1996 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1996 on a run of 14 weeks was “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix” by Los del Rio to join 7 other songs in their first number 1 song and 8 other songs that made the number 1 list. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoUmyY6CQRo The band was formed in Dos Hermanas, Spain and hit it big with the Macarena and is still performing in their early 70’s.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “polygraphy” which means copious or productive writing which describes to a tee the output of authors like Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, or John Grisham.
5. Armed With a Camera Doing What You love--celebrating the birth on this day in 1913 of Endre Ernő Friedmann better known to us as photographer Robert Capa who was considered as one of the best combat photographers of all time and whose camera covered 5 wars—Spanish Civil War, World War II in Europe, Arab-Israeli War, Korean War and the First Indochina War where in the closing days of that war, doing what he loved to do, died on May 25, 1954 at age 40 by stepping on a land mine in Thai Binh Province in Vietnam.
On this day in:
a. 1964 Jean Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature only to become the first winner of the award to turn it down..
b. 1976 the FDA banned the use of Red Dye Number 4 after studies showed it caused cancer in the bladders of dogs.
c. 1981 the U.S. Federal Labor Relations Authority voted to decertify the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization for an illegal strike the prior autumn..
d. 1983 2 correctional officers were killed by inmates in a federal penitentiary in Marion, Illinois which in a never again moment prompted the construction of Supermax prisons.
e. 2006 in a signal to the world that Panama could manage the Panama Canal the voters in referendum on whether to expand the Canal in an expansion project estimated to cost over $5 billion the voters by over 75% voted to proceed with construction which was completed on June 16, 2016 which doubled the capacity of the Canal.
Reflections on life in a Supermax from one who has been there: "It doesn't always stop with damage... it doesn't always have to stop with the mind. It can move on into degrading your soul, your spirit. And a prisoner who's been damaged like this - from point of view of the prison wardens - that prisoner is more controllable, more manageable." Ray Luc Levasseur, a former inmate at ADX Florence, Colorado in an interview with a Today programmer.
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