Friday, October 30, 2020

October 29, 2020 Ridley's Beleive It Or Not International Internet Day

 Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 29, 2020

          CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 780,007 new cases (a 1.75%  increase compared to a 1.20% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  45 million to 45,294,439, 11,166,285 of  which  are active, 34,128,454 of which have been closed with 32,949,919  recoveries (96.55% compared to  yesterday’s 96.52%) and 1,185,535 deaths (3.47% compared to yesterday’s 3.48%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
           CV USA Cases: New cases of 199,032 with total cases over 9 million at 9,203,425 (a 2.21% increase compared to yesterday’s  .68% increase) with 3,000,263 active cases of which 16,874 (.56% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (16,801 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 6,203,163 closures, 234,084 of which have been deaths (3.77% compared to yesterday’s 3.80%) and 5,969,079 of which have been recoveries (96.23% compared to yesterday’s 96.20%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 706 ranks behind Peru (1037), Belgium (962), Spain (762), Brazil (746), Bolivia (742),  Chile (736), and Ecuador (712),  and only slightly worse than Mexico (698), UK (676), Argentina (672) newly added to the list, Italy (631), and Sweden (586) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,474,814 more tests to bring total to 141,669,328   tests (now at 426,123/M compared to Russia at 406,181/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 486,496/M).

         Non CV Case News: Maybe the 50% or so of voters who are Trump supporters were turned off by a Rasputin like homeless like Jack Dorsey ranting about not censoring conservatives as daily users fell and the stock in after market trading fell 17.5%, Biden and Trump both campaigned in Tampa with a small group of cars in a drive in theater occasionally honking support when prompted to for Biden and a large, large cheering crowd who waited for hours to support Trump who touted the 33.1% annualized recovery in the 3rd quarter as being the V shape he predicted ( if Biden wins good chance the V will morph into a M, going down for a long time); CV cases are on the rise and Biden is blaming Trump for the deaths and touting his plan which other than national shutdowns and mandatory mask wearing has already been implemented especially in tests, in development of vaccines and therapeutics and manufacture of medical equipment needed; Joe and his family members are circling the wagons around the Hunter Biden email scandal and refusing to answer any questions because the allegations are “smears” and they are secure in their belief that the MSM will continue to bury the story to protect Biden; Rapper Lil’ Wayne had a successful meeting with Trump on Trump’s Platinum Plan to improve black neighborhoods to be slammed by social media (at least this rapper of small frame has more stature than 50 Cent who folded when ex girlfriend Chelsea Handler invoked a Lysistrata on him when he indicated he was voting for Trump); Celebs are up in arms against Gruesome Newsom for his announced restrictions on Thanksgiving and Christmas family gatherings which is great that they are turning on this failure but not blasting him for his total and abject failure to provide for a timely and needed response for unemployment checks for record number of jobless claimants; as CV cases rise off the charts, B of A announced it was ending its hazard pay supplemental payments to employees raising some questions whether it would still honor its pledge not to lay off any employees during the CV pandemic which is now spiking big time.
          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 28,  2020,   the number of shootings increased to 3,530 of whom 603 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 now 326 behind Chicago at 277 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 “Dilemma“ by Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland, the fact that you are not bombarded with polyphloisbic sounds and a quote from Scott Carpenter on the return of John Glenn to space, 
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       1.  International Internet Day—celebrated first on this day in 2005 to commemorate the first computer to computer transmission of data on ARPANET on this day in 1969 launching  the internet age  to quickly become off to the races but sadly for conservatives soon to be saddled with the baggage of social media censorship which quickly came to be added.
World Stroke Day—created by the World Stroke Association in 2006 to promote awareness of the dangers of strokes and the steps people should take to avoid them especially in view of the fact that our potential new president Biden with his history of aneurisms may be a prime candidate.        

         3. 2002 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2002 on a run of 10 weeks not continuous was “Dilemma”  by Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland  to join 6 other songs that made the number 1 list and joining 4 other songs that made the number 1 list for the first time. Here is a recording of the song: Nelly, a 46 year old rapper started his career in 2000 and had some minor brushes with the law and a tax lien of $2.6 million but is still performing today. Kelly Rowland rose to fame with the all female band Destiny’s Child and has been pursuing successfully a solo career.

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “polyphloisbic” which means roaring or noisy which probably describes to a tee most Trump rallies as opposed to Biden’s where one hears the tepid sounds of silence. 

          5. Only Final Riot Is Quiet--celebrating the birth on this day in 1955 of Kevin DuBrow the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Quiet Riot who died quietly alone of an overdose of cocaine, painkillers and alcohol on November 19,2007 at age 52.
    On this day in:

         a. 1960 after the Cal Poly Football Team boarded their chartered plane for a long depressing flight back to San Luis Obispo after losing to Bowling Green 50-6, the plane crashed shortly after takeoff killing 22 of the 48 aboard, cancelling the rest of Cal Poly’s season.

          b. 1998 Senator John Glenn returned to space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery to become the oldest person at age 77 to go into space and better yet return alive to talk about it.

          c. 2008 Delta Airlines merged with Northwest Airlines reducing the number of legacy U.S. airlines to 5 and most likely reducing legroom given the reduced competition.
         d. 2012 Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast causing some $70 billion in damages and killing 148 directly and 138 indirectly and leaving millions of people without power for weeks.

         e. 2015 China announced the end of the policy of one child which probably saved an unimaginable number of female first born babies.
  Sendoff to John Glenn’s historic at age 77 return to space on the Shuttle Discovery: “"Good luck, have a safe flight and ... once again, Godspeed, John Glenn." Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth repeating what he had wished John Glenn on his first flight.

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