Monday, October 5, 2020

October 5, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Teacher's Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 5, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 341,626 new cases (a .97%  increase compared to a .55% increase yesterday) to bring the total  over 34 million to 35,582,640, 7,810,267  of  which  are active, 27,772,373 of which have been closed with 26,728,561 recoveries (96.24% compared to  yesterday’s 96.19%) and 1,043,812 deaths (3.76% compared to yesterday’s 3.81%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.        

         CV USA Cases: New cases of 39,634 with total cases over 7 million at 7,613,291 (a .52% increase compared to yesterday’s .35% increase) with 2,573,365 active cases of which 14,176, on a downward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (14,185 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 5,079,570 closures, 214,752 of which have been deaths (4.23% compared to yesterday’s 4.25%) and 4,864,808 of which have been recoveries (95.77% compared to yesterday’s 95.75%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 648 ranks behind Peru (989), Belgium (867), Bolivia (692), Spain (689), Brazil (688), Chile (680), and Ecuador (659),  and only slightly worse than UK (623), Mexico (612, Italy (596), and Sweden (583) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 111,843,331 tests (now at 337,375/M compared to Russia at 328,168/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 380,495/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 and should be released from the hospital tonight; he felt well enough to mask up and get in a SUV Beast and drive by waving at supporters wishing him well outside the hospital, provoking the wrath of the MSM that he had endangered the Secret Service; Kayleigh the Press Secretary that regularly chews up “reporters” like Acosta and spits them out announced she had tested positive while Melania indicates she is feeling fine and resting; hold on to your seats but CNN anchor John King is attacking Hunter Biden as a Swamp Creature for making money with foreign countries due to his father’s connections; Kelly, the former astronaut running against Senator McSally, is under fire for his balloon surveillance company, Tencent, selling an interest to China as it pushes pedal to the metal in its assaults on human rights of Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists and Hong Kong; Pat Toomey, Republican Senator from Pennsylvania, has announced his retirement from politics at the end of 2022; in another we need this like a hole in the head moment, a black Good Samaritan at a gas station in Wolfe City, Texas trying to prevent a man from beating on a woman was shot and killed by a policeman (with 1500 residents one might wonder what kind of training the officer received); Jennifer Rubin the WAPO former “conservative” tweeter has moved into the stratosphere of TDS ranting that the medical team at Walter Reed should lose their medical licenses and that Walter Reed should be defunded for their treatment of Trump and his release today (she is probably the first person to have advanced to TDS Stage 5).         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 4,  2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,255 of whom 558 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 305 behind Chicago at 253 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 “My Sharona” by The Knack,  the fact that you do not use pleonasm and  a quote by Doug McKinnon on the funding of PBS, 
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1.  International Day of No Prostitution--created to oppose the world’s oldest profession which is dangerous both to the workers and the consumers and first observed on this day in 2002.

       2. World Teachers Day—created by UNESCO in 1964 to promote standards for teachers, continuing education, and better working conditions but unfortunately, given Project 1619 and increasing leftist ideology of teachers here in the U.S., does not address the politicization of teachers.

         3. 1979 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1979 on a run of 4 weeks was “My Sharona” by The Knack in their first single release which became a number 1 song joining 9 other acts with their first song. Here is a recording of the song  Doug Fieger who founded the band and wrote the song to honor his then girlfriend Sharona Alperin and who had not smoked since 1984 was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004 which had spread and after a long battle during which he often continued playing died on February 14, 2010 which caused the final dissolution of the band.   

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pleonasm” which means using more words than necessary which describes bureaucrats’ writing and speaking styles to a tee.

        5. Mountain High to Die—celebrating the birth on this day in 1926 of noted educator and mountain climber Will Unsoeld who was a member of the first American team to climb Mt. Everest and who lost his daughter from a blood clot while both were climbing her namesake and second largest mountain in India, Nanda Devi. He died fortunately doing what he loved, leading a group of students on a mountain climb of Mr. Rainier and was killed by an avalanche on March 4, 1979 at the age of 52.

         On this day in:

        a. 1914 a French biplane piloted by Joseph Frantz with his machine gunner Louis Quénault shot down a German Aviatik biplane after the bombardier on board had shot at him with a rifle; this was the first case of a plane shooting down another which would be repeated thousands of times during WWI.

          b. 1943 in an atrocity so typical of Japanese forces, 98 Marine POWs captured on Wake Island were executed by the Japanese.

         c. 1947 President Harry S. Truman made the first televised address from the Oval Office.

           d. 1970 to the future joy of Big Bird the Public Broadcasting System was created.

         e. 1982 Tylenol bottles laced with potassium pills were distributed in Chicago causing the death of 7 people and a city wide recall of the pills; sadly no suspect was ever charged or convicted.

         Reflection on PBS: ” Consumers can choose from hundreds of channels today, including dozens for kids. At a time of dwindling resources, we don't need to be subsidizing PBS. It's time for Big Bird the mooch to compete with 'Dora the Explorer' and 'Bob the Builder.'” Mark McKinnon, noted political adviser and producer and though he sounds like Oscar the Grouch he’s probably right on funding PBS.  

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