Saturday, October 3, 2020

October 3, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Virus Appreciation Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 3, 2020
       CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 502,535 new cases (a 1.45%  increase compared to a 1.33% increase yesterday) to bring the total  over 34 million to 35,047,474, 7,953,895  of  which  are active, 27,093,579 of which have been closed with 26,057,447 recoveries (96.18% compared to  yesterday’s 96.15%) and 1,036,132 deaths (3.82% compared to yesterday’s 3.85%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.        

         CV USA Cases: New cases of 87,041 with total cases over 7 million at 7,499,991 (a 1.16% increase compared to yesterday’s .52% increase) with 2,565,328 active cases of which 14,117, on a downward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (14,190 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 5,021,704 closures, 214,022 of which have been deaths (4.26% compared to yesterday’s 4.30%) and 4,807,682 of which have been recoveries (95.74% compared to yesterday’s 95.70%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 646 ranks behind Peru (986), Belgium (865), Spain (686), Bolivia (687), Brazil (684), Chile (669), and Ecuador (649),  and only slightly worse than UK (622), Mexico (607, Italy (595), and Sweden (583) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 110,276,563 tests (now at 332,569/M compared to Russia at 323,721/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 Israel and Singapore) but for the U.K. at 368,162/M).

       Non CV Case News: The good news is that after being moved to Walter Reed  in an abundance of caution, President Trump is doing well, fever free for the last 24 hours and on a Redesivir regime; in what had to be a you need to be sitting down moment, rabid anti-Trump harsh critic Stephen Colbert expressed concern and support and wishes for a speedy recovery as we should separate feelings for the man from the office (sadly too many of his celeb cohorts like Michael Moore who tweets he is rooting for the virus haven’t heard the message); in a sign that Trump being at Walter Reed is going to do nothing to calm anti-Trump rhetoric, Ilhan Omar is slamming Joe Biden for suspending his negative ads against Trump; convicted felon Michael Cohen having lost his J.D. is picking up an “M.D.” as he blasts Trump for getting infected as it was “preventable”( first shot over the bow on Trump getting some sympathy when it was caused by his “ignorance and arrogance’); Cam Newton of the Patriots has tested positive and will miss this Sunday’s game against the Chiefs; while De Blasio continues to defund the police and BLM is completely MIA on protesting black on black shootings  and murders through September, 2020 are up from September, 2019  127 % and 40% respectively; SCOTUS will review an appellate court’s ruling that Arizona’s law designed to prevent fraud by allowing only family members to harvest absentee ballots is unconstitutional;

Congress has been holding hearings and transacting business virally for months but Chuck Schumer desperate to keep a vote on Amy Coney Barrett from reaching the Senate where he may and hopefully will lose is ranting that CV makes hearings on her too dangerous (what a pathetic hypocrite); Outdoor Media has wimped out when it refused to sell billboard space slamming China with Lebron James with a China flag over his mouth. 

           Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 30, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,232 of whom 555 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 304 behind Chicago at 251 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 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 “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” by Meco,  the fact that you are not viewed as plebeian and  a quote by O.J. Simpson on his trial, 
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1. Virus Appreciation Day—not sure who created this or when and hope it is to cause us to appreciate the dangers viruses impose as opposed to anti-Trumpers who are expressing surface empathy and concern but deep down probably happy as happy can be that President Trump and Melania have been infected along with members of the White House staff and his campaign.

       2. Mean Girls Day—celebrating the response of Cady (played by Lindsay Lohan) in the cult movie Mean Girls to Samuels' question “What day is it?” “It’s October 3rd!” (as you can see a scrapping the bottom of the barrel day for holidays and observances).

        3. 1977 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1977 on a run of 2 weeks was “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” by Meco in its first number one song to join 17 other acts with their first number one song. Here is a recording of the song:  Meco is best known for Meconizing movie soundtracks by turning them in to disco dancing music and is still alive today at 80.   

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “plebeian” which means of the common people or vulgar class which elected Blues seem to view us as less common and more vulgar.

        5. Horse Kicks Worse Than a Mule—celebrating the birth on this day in 1955 of Douglas Woody noted guitarist of the Allman Brothers Band for 8 years before joining the Gov’t Mule but found out heroin kicks far worse than a mule and died of an heroin overdose on August 26, 2000 at age 44.

         On this day in:

         a. 1789 President Washington proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving, a holiday that was intermittently observed until Lincoln’s proclamation in 1863.

          b. 1863 President Abraham Lincoln, spurred by the victory at the Battle of Gettysburg and prodded by his Secretary of State William Seward, declared the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

         c. 1957 the California Supreme Court ruled that poet Allan Ginsburg’s  Howl and Other Poems was not obscene.

          d. 1995 heeding “If the gloves don’t fit, you must  acquit” the jury in the OJ Simpson trial returned a verdict of not guilty thereby freeing OJ to find his wife’s killer which since he did not look in the mirror, he never did .

        e. 2008 President Bush faced with an economic meltdown signed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.

        Chutzpah Reflections on the O.J. Simpson Trial:   "I thought the media let the American public, as well as myself, down, as well as Nicole and Ron down in trying to find the true perpetrators." O.J. Simpson with a straight face and holding ihis guilty head up high.

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