Thursday, October 8, 2020

October 8, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Ombuds Day

 Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 8, 2020

          CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 304,341 new cases (a .84%  increase compared to a .97% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 36 million to 36,591,174, 7,979,203  of  which  are active, 28,611,971 of which have been closed with 27,548,442 recoveries (96.28% compared to  yesterday’s 96.27%) and 1,063,529 deaths (3.72% compared to yesterday’s 3.73%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.            

           CV USA Cases: New cases of 47,600 with total cases over 7 million at 7,745,705 (a .61% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.74% increase) with 2,577,627 active cases of which 14,573, recently on slight upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (14,524 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 5,215,678 closures, 217,163 of which have been deaths (4.16% compared to yesterday’s 4.18%) and 4,998,515 of which have been recoveries (95.84% compared to yesterday’s 95.82%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 655 ranks behind Peru (997), Belgium (871), Bolivia (699), Brazil (697), Spain (696), Chile (687), and Ecuador (663),  and only slightly worse than Mexico (640), UK (627), (633, Italy (597), and Sweden (582) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 114,368,568 tests (now at 344,978/M compared to Russia at 336,749/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 392,441/M).

         Non CV Case News: For Blues the coup goes on as Pelosi seeks to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump an attempt that will merit total outrage and hopefully derail Biden’s chances even though it would be a dry run for the move early on in his presidency; debate last night was largely civil with a testy Harris snapping not to lecture her on criminal procedure with both candidates like typical debating politicians refusing to answer tough questions (Harris’ silence on Biden packing the court if he wins and Barrett is confirmed should really raise alarms over the fate of an independent judicial third branch of government); the chances of a stimulus bill seem to be crucified on the cross of Blues wanting to provide funds for illegal aliens; while Pelosi seems bent on using the 25th in an attempt to remove Trump (what derangement from the Speaker as the doctors treating Trump say he is cleared to resume full duties this weekend); the FBI has arrested 6 members of the Wolverine Watchmen for conspiring to kidnap Governor Whitmer of Michigan to remove her as governor (on another legal front the Michigan Supreme Court struck down her extension of her emergency CV lockdown order past April 30 since she failed to obtained legislature approval prompting her outrage and a call to voters to replace 2 justices up for reelection); any doubt that China is an authoritarian nation should have been put to rest during the Harris Pence debate when Chinese censors censored the debate when Pence  was talking about China’s guilt in the CV pandemic; in an example of voter fraud Zul Mohamed  running for Carrollton, Texas Mayor has been arrested for having 84 absentee ballots mailing to a P.O. Box supposedly owned by a nursing home and faces 20 years if convicted (how dumb can one be to seek a mayor’s office by voter fraud?); Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania must have a big ego as he plans to pressure retiring Senator Toomey to vote against confirmation of Judge Barrett.

               Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of October 7,  2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,289 of whom 564 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 307 behind Chicago at 257 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 “Jack and Diane” by John Cougar,  the fact that any wine you serve to guests is poculent and  a quote by Richard Preston on Ebola, 
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1.  Ombuds Day—created by the American Bar Association in 2018 and celebrated on the second Thursday of October to promote awareness of the work of confidential, impartial and independent conflict management specialists used in government, education, healthcare and other facilities at a much cheaper costs that mediation, arbitration or kiss of death litigation.

            2.  World Sight  Day—created by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness in 1998 and celebrated on the 2nd Thursday of October to promote proper eye care.

            3. 1982 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1982 on a run of 4 weeks was “Jack and Diane” by John Cougar in his  first number 1 song with 9 other acts achieving their first number 1 song. Here is a recording of the song: Cougar as one of the founders of Farm Aid is still going strong supporting liberal causes and politicians.

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “poculent” which means fit for drinking which describes almost all California wines to a tee even “2 buck Chuck” at Trader Joes.

           5. Ace in Space—celebrating the birth on this day in 1956 of astronaut Janice Voss who was a mission specialist on 5 Space Shuttle missions but died too early from breast cancer at age 55 on February 6, 2012.

         On this day in:

         a. 1962 Der Spiegel published an article on the sad state of preparedness of the  Bundeswehr and was accused of treason.

          b. 1974 Franklin National Bank collapsed in at that time the largest bank failure in U.S. history due to fraud and mismanagement.

         c. 1982 after its London premiere the play Cats opened on Broadway for a run of almost 18 years finally closing on September 10, 2000.

        d. 1982 in a too little too late moment Poland banned Solidarity and other trade unions.

         e.  2014 Thomas Eric Duncan, who was the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola on September 30 several days after arriving in the U.S. from his home in Liberia, died but not before infecting two of the nurses treating him in intensive care who fortunately survived.  
           Reflections on Ebola: “The Ebola war wasn't won with modern medicine. It was a medieval war, and it went down as a brutal engagement between ordinary people and a life form that was trying to use the human body as a means of survival through deep time. In order to win this war against an inhuman enemy, people had to make themselves inhuman. They had to suppress their deepest feelings and instincts, tear down the bonds of love and feeling, isolate themselves from or isolate those they loved the most. Human beings had to become like monsters, in order to save their human selves.”― Richard Preston, Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come Sadly sounds like the description of the many seniors who died in nursing homes on ventilators separated from friends and family, isolated and alone.

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