Believe It Or Not October 27, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 446,842 new cases (a .84% increase compared to a 1.03% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 44 million to 44,027,370, 10,619,049 of which are active, 33,512,980 of which have been closed with 32,343,484 recoveries (96.51% compared to yesterday’s 96.50%) and 1,169,496 deaths (3.49% compared to yesterday’s 3.50%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
Cases: New cases of 96,941 with total cases over 9 million at 9,004,393 (a
1.09% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.76% increase) with 2,919,035 active
cases of which 16,612 (.57% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward
trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23 (16,296
yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and may be continuing to
go up, and 6,085,357 closures, 231,671 of which have been deaths (3.81%
compared to yesterday’s 3.83%) and 5,853,686 of which have been
recoveries (96.19% compared to yesterday’s 96.17%) (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Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing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
699 ranks behind Peru (1031), Belgium (939), Spain (755), Brazil (739), Bolivia
(739), Chile (732), and Ecuador (710), and
only slightly worse than Mexico (689), UK (667), Argentina (646) newly added to
the list, d Italy (624), and Sweden (585) that never closed its economy down
like we did and we have now conducted 2,195,605 more tests to bring total to 135,424,933
tests (now at 406,799/M compared to Russia at
398,917/M so Trump is telling truth that we conduct more tests in number and on
a per capital basis for nations (other than those nations that contain small
populations like Bahrain, Denmark, Israel, Singapore and UAE) but
for the U.K. at 476,731/M).
Non CV Case News: Dodger beat the Rays in Game 6 to win the World Series; after the Senate “debate” which was more like a bunch of angry Blue anti-Trump sound bites, Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed and sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas; in Philadelphia 2 police officers responding to a black man with a knife call were forced after they backed and he kept advancing but refusing to drop the knife to shoot and kill him which prompted a riot that evening with 96 arrests and 30 officers injured including one intentionally run over by a pickup truck and the others by rocks, bricks and other projectiles thrown at them ( the victim had mental problems and the officers were not armed with tasers (in a racially charged environment we live in where even a shooting of an armed black suspect pointing or firing at police brings out a Black Lives Matter protest, hard to imagine why the officers were not armed with tasers); Progressives are already counting their presidential chickens and want Sanders and Warren in Biden’s cabinet; the Wisconsin Supreme Court has put a damper on the endless election by upholding a requirement that mail-in ballots must be received on election day in order to count; Keith Raniere, the former leader of the self help group NXIVM has been sentenced to 120 years for sex trafficking, a sentence that comes several weeks after heiress Clare Bronfman had been sentenced to 7 years in prison for her role in the federal conspiracy case; the Manchester Union may have endorsed Biden, but the Boston Herald further south has more sanity and has endorsed Trump; scientists from Washington State have successfully destroyed a nest of giant killer hornets and are on the hunt for more as the hornets pose a great threat to bees; Harley-Davidson which reported good third quarter earnings is in the electric motorcycle with its Livewire line able to go 0 to 60 in 3 seconds and up to a 100 miles on a single battery charge on the open highway ( starting at $29,799 which may be viewed as a bit expensive for a quiet ride);
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 26, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,515 of whom 601 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 328 behind Chicago at 273 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 “Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You) by Christina Aguilera” , the fact that you can be a polymath and a quote from USMC Sergeant Beres on gays in the military, 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 Day for Audiovisual Heritage—created by UNESCO to promote awareness of the need to preserve sound recordings and audiovisuals and the risks involved in preserving them.
2. Navy Day—created by the Navy League in 1922 to honor the U.S. Navy and which is to be celebrated on this day which is the anniversary of the birthday of President Theodore Roosevelt, the proponent of “The Great White Fleet. "
3. 2000 Number One Song— the
number 1 songs in 2000 on a run of 4
weeks was “Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You)” by Christina Aguilera to join 16 other songs
that made the number 1 list. Here is a
recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RQDIJ2CvbA&index=683&list=FL4EhUBxQPWsZZ_5yYQh-USw This 39 year old Mickey Mouse Club veteran has
been knocking them dead for years as a 4 octave singer.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “polymath” which means a person having
knowledge on many subjects,” a trait which most politicians sorely lack.
5. Confess and Sell--celebrating
the birth on this day in 1925 of Sylvia Plath, noted poet and founder of the
poetic genre confessional poet, but who struggled with depression and killed herself
at age 30 on February 23, 1963 by carbon monoxide poisoning by putting her head
in the oven and turning the gas on. Her last work was released posthumously and
she became the first poet to posthumously be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for
On this day in:
a. 1981 in a real oops moment, Soviet
submarine S-363 ran aground on the rocks in Sweden.
b. 1992 U.S. Navy seaman
Arthur R. Schindler, Jr., a gay, was stomped to death by his shipmate Robert
Helvey aboard the USS Belleau Wood in
a public restroom at Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan for being gay which prompted the
policy in dealing with gays of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and Helvey’s trial and
conviction for murder for which he is serving a life sentence.
the Boston Red Sox after 84 years finally overcame the hex of Babe Ruth and win
a World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
d. 2017 Robert Gregory Bowers attacked a synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 and wounding 6, 4 of whom were cops involved in a shootout with him and after being wounded surrendered. He was charged with multiple federal and state felonies and and is being held without bail pending trial and if convicted faces over 500 years imprisonment.
2019 the founder and leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detonated his suicide vest
to avoid capture by U.S. Special Forces in Operation Kayla Mueller in western Syria, killing himself and his 3
Reflections on gays in the military service: “When I joined the military it was illegal to be homosexual, then it became optional, and now it's legal. I'm getting out before the Democrats make it mandatory.”― Sgt. Harry Berres, USMC
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