Saturday, October 31, 2020

October 31, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Halloween


Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 30, 2020
      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 577,056 new cases (a 1.26%  increase compared to a .95% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  46 million to 45,,401,864, 11,673,297 of  which  are active, 34,628,567 of which have been closed with 33,429,883  recoveries (96.54% compared to  yesterday’s 96.55%) and 1,198,684 deaths (3.46% compared to yesterday’s 3.47%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages. 
        CV USA Cases: New cases of 180,314 with total cases over 9 million at 9,383,739 (a 1.96% increase compared to yesterday’s  .63% increase) with 3,091,929 active cases of which 17,163 (.56% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (16,931 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 6,291,810 closures, 235,897 of which have been deaths (3.75% compared to yesterday’s 3.77%) and 6,055,913 of which have been recoveries (96.25% compared to yesterday’s 96.23%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 711 ranks behind Peru (1039), Belgium (987), Spain (767), Brazil (749), Bolivia (743),  Chile (741), and Ecuador (715),  and only slightly worse than Mexico (706), UK (685), Argentina (679) newly added to the list, Italy (639), and Sweden (587) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,235,921 more tests to bring total to 144,186,274 tests (now at 434,750/M compared to Russia at 413,825/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. which remains off the testing charts at 492,168/M).
       Non CV Case News: The UK which leads the world of large nations in terms of per capita testing has in recent weeks had its CV cases increasing and death rate increasing such that Boris Johnson, who had recovered from CV and who must be listening to Joe Biden’s rants on Trump failings on the pandemic, is shutting down the U.K. for a month; Trump has scheduled 4 large rallies in Pennsylvania with the first one in front of a mostly masked crowd outside of thousands of cheering supporters who were also treated to a big screen projection of Biden flip flops and gaffes; Biden listening to the shrinking poll leads has emerged from his bunker probably pulled from it by his former boss Obama to hold 2 very small “gatherings” in Michigan; while Biden was urging caution and restraint against the attack that killed Osama bin Laden, Trump authorized Navy Seal Team 6 to successively mount a rescue operation to free Philip Walton an American citizen living in Niger who was kidnapped recently and taken back to Nigeria, killing several of his captors in the process (Trump’s actions on keep America safe are more than the words we would get from  Biden); parts of Beverly Hills look like cities expecting a hurricane as shop windows are boarded up in expectation of violence on Election Day (Beverly Hills police declared an unlawful assembly last night as anti-Trump and pro-Trump supporters clashed); Portland City Council has postponed its vote to cut $18 million from its police budget until after the elections for mayor and city council; Sean Connery who seemed to become more distinguished as he aged has died in his sleep at his home in the Bahamas at  age 90;On the donations race Ivanka Trump raised $4.5 billion to break Obama’s 1 day record.
        Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 30,  2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,558 of whom 607 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 330 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 “My Boo“ by Usher feat. Alicia Kayes, the fact that you do not have a polypragmatist living next door, and a quote from Confucius on over population, 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.  Halloween—celebrated this year with very few trick or treaters and probably even fewer adult Halloween costume parties as the COVID-19 Goblin from China claims another holiday with the soon upcoming Veterans Day and Thanksgiving in its sights.
          2.  Girl Scouts Founders Day—celebrating the birth of Juliette Gordon Low on this day in 1860 who founded the Girls Guide, the precursor to the Girl Scouts, in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912 with 18 girls and which grew to membership in the millions but which has been savaged ruthlessly by social media for having the audacity to congratulate the confirmation of the 5th woman to SCOTUS, Amy Coney Barrett.        

        3. 2004 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2004 on a run of 6 weeks was “My Boo”  by Usher feat. Alicia Keys  to join 10 other songs that made the number 1 list with this song being Usher’s 4th number 1 in 2004 in a year in which “presidential candidate” Kanye West had his first number 1 song. Here is a recording of the song:
        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “polypragmatist” which means busybody and describes to a tee the type of neighbor most people do not want to have. 

          5. Music Is No Defense--celebrating the birth on this day in 1967 of Adam Schlesinger, noted Emmy winning singer, musician and songwriter who unfortunately was not saved by his musical skills and died from complications of having been infected by COVID-19 after a week of being on a ventilator on April 1, 2020 at the age 52.
    On this day in:

        a. 1941 after 14 years of work, the statues of 4 former presidents was completed at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota.

          b. 1984 India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the first female Indian Prime Minister and daughter of the first prime minister Jawaharial Nehru, was assassinated by her 2 Sikh bodyguards, leading to massive riots and the massacre of some 3,000 Sikhs.

         c. 2000 Soviet Soyuz TM-31 arrived at the International Space Station with the first resident crew resulting in the space station being continuously crewed since that day.

         d. 2002 a federal grand jury indicted Andrew Fastow, the Chief Financial Officer of Enron on 78 counts wife fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice arising out of activities that led to the collapse of Enron.

         e. 2011 In a the Earth became a more crowded moment as its population reached 7 billion and has continued to grow to reach some 8.8 billon this October.
  Reflections on a problem we have been aware of for centuries: Excessive (population) growth may reduce output per worker, repress levels of living for the masses and engender strife.” Confucius.

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