Friday, October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National iPod Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 23, 2020
          CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 406631 new cases (a .97%  increase compared to a .89% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  42 million to 42,141,526, 9,739,826 of  which  are active, 32,401,700 of which have been closed with 31,256,999  recoveries (96.46% compared to  yesterday’s 96.476%) and 1,144,701 deaths (3.53% compared to yesterday’s 3.54%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

          CV USA Cases: New cases of 188,462 with total cases over 8 million at 8,668,572 (a 2.22% increase compared to yesterday’s  1.51% increase) with 2,783,371 active cases of which 15,906 (.57% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (15,678 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 5,885,201 closures, 228,466 of which have been deaths (3.88% compared to yesterday’s 3.90%) and 5,656,735 of which have been recoveries (96.12% 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to yesterday’s 96.10%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 689 ranks behind Peru (1026), Belgium (912), Spain (738), Bolivia (732), Brazil (732), Chile (722), and Ecuador (705),  and only slightly worse than Mexico (680), UK (652), Italy (612), Argentina (617 newly added to list) and Sweden (586) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,251,745 more tests to bring total to 131,056,713  tests (now at 391,569/M compared to Russia at 385,262/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 453,097/M).
         Non CV Case News: The last debate has come and gone but with almost 50 million people having already voted regardless of who won or lost, given the low number of undecided voters left, doubtful it will influence the election (since Biden denied he has taken any money from a foreign country, Reds are probably burning the midnight oil to find checks paid to Hunter by Burisma and other foreign entities that a portion of which went to Joe;  the FBI may be set to interview Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden’s former business associate who has claimed that Joe Biden has lied when he denies having any conversations with Hunter on his business dealings (given Wray’s performance to date, Reds should not hold their breath that something may come of the interview); prosecutors have indicated they will retry Scott Peterson seeking the death penalty for the murder of his 8 month old pregnant wife and her unborn son; “Joyless” Joy Behar of The View is ranting that over his immigration policy Trump should be charged with “crimes against humanity”; there may not be enough undecided voters left to move the needle on the election but there may be plenty of donors left as Trump raked in $26 million after last night’s debate; as the CV pandemic is surging with new cases, a hopeful study has shown the hospitalized CV patients taking aspirin as part of a cardio vascular treatment have better outcomes and great success in not having to go into the ICU or be ventilated; in another sign his mind is shot and he can’t remember his positions, Biden during the debate lied that he had ever advocated banning fracking or that people would lose their private health insurance under his medical plan (or maybe with his failing mental faculties can’t remember where he stood in the past); Waukegan, Illinois with a black mayor has to be bracing itself as an unarmed black couple were shot, one fatally after the car they were in allegedly started rolling toward the officer who had exited his patrol  vehicle; in another example of the racial divide sweeping this nation, the founder of the Sacramento chapter of Black Lives Matter Tanya Faison is raising money to send blacks out for firearm training so they can arm themselves to protect themselves from the police and the white supremacists she claims Trump supports and are killing blacks; Bill Maher who acts like he is a super Blue is slamming California for its high taxes.
         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 22  2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,474 of whom 592 have died as the minor miracle of 2 days with no deaths ended with 3 deaths (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 326 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 “Candle in the Wind”/ “Something About the Way You Look Tonight”  by Elton John,  the fact that you do not suffer from polyhidrosis, and a quote by  George Paloczi-Horvath  on the Hungary Revolution, 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.  National Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day—celebrating the departure of swallows who have been hanging out at the mission since St. Joseph’s Day and are now departing for their 6,000 mile 30 day  return trip to Goya, Corrientes, Argentina.

          2.  National iPod Day—celebrating the release on this day by Apple the light weight music device that could store 1000 CD quality songs with a 10 hour battery playing life.        

          3. 1997 Number One Song— the number 1 songs in 1997 on a run of 14 weeks (12 in 97 and 2 in 98) were “Candle in the Wind 1997”/’Something About the Way You Look Tonight” by Elton John to join 9 other songs that made the number 1 list. Here is a recording of Candle in the Wind 1997, which Sir Elton sang at Princess Diana’s funeral This song sold more than 33 million copies which is a record.

        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “polyhidrosis” which means excessive perspiration which for the sake of socializing one suffering from the trait hopefully has access to copious amounts of deodorant.

        5. Good Genes Rule and Fool--celebrating the birth on this day in 1925 of iconic late night television show host Johnny Carson who ruled the late night airways on The Tonight Show for 30 years and despite being a really heavy smoker had genes that warded off lung cancer to die of complications from emphysema on March 36, 2005 at age 79.

         On this day in:

       a. 1955 the residents of the Saar in a referendum voted 2 to 1 to unite with West Germany as opposed to France.

      b. 1956 secret police shot and killed several protesters prompting the Hungarian Revolution which was crushed by Soviet tanks and armed forces by November 10, 1956.

          c. 1983 the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon was hit by a suicide truck bomber that killed 241 military personnel and a French Army barracks met the same fate with 58 fatalities.

        d. 1995 Yolanda Saldivar, the president of the Selena Fan Club, was found guilty of first degree murder in the shooting and killing the up and coming and very popular singer Selena on March 31, 1995 and sentenced to life in prison but will be eligible for parole on March 30, 2025.

        e. 2002 some 40-50 Chechen terrorists stormed the House of Culture Theater in Moscow during a performance to take some 850 hostages. After a 4 day standoff Russian Special Forces using gas stormed the building killing all the terrorists but in the process some 200 hostages were killed and many more injured.
     Reflections on Soviet Response to the Hungary Revolution: “The situation was the same everywhere. Soviet tanks rolled in and started to shoot at every centre of resistance which had defied them during our first battle for freedom. This time, the Russians shot the buildings to smithereens. Freedom fighters were trapped in the various barracks, public buildings and blocks of flats. The Russians were going to kill them off to the last man. And they knew it. They fought on till death claimed them.” Hungarian journalist George Paloczi-Horvath’s report  filed  with the London Daily Herald.

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