Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 9, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 221,172 new cases (a .60% increase compared to a .84% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 36 million to 36,812,348, 8,046,451 of which are active, 28,763,897 of which have been closed with 27,698,287 recoveries (96.29% compared to yesterday’s 96.28%) and 1,067,610 deaths (3.71% compared to yesterday’s 3.72%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 90,163 with total cases over 7 million
at 7,745,705 (a
1.16% increase compared to yesterday’s .61% increase) with 2,591,804
active cases f which 14,653, recently on an upward trend with slight blips from
a high of 19,155 on July 23 (14,573 yesterday and 15,881 on
September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 5,244,064
closures, 217,785 of which have been deaths (4.15% compared to yesterday’s
4.16%) and 5,026,279 of which have been recoveries (95.85% compared
to yesterday’s 95.84%) (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finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending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 657 ranks behind Peru (1000), Belgium (873),
Bolivia (702), Brazil (700), Spain (699), Chile (687), and Ecuador (685), and
only slightly worse than Mexico (643), UK (627), Italy (597), and Sweden (582)
that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 115,347,779
tests (now at 347,924/M compared to Russia at 340,228/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 392,435/M).
Non CV Case News: Kamala Harris who is
so motivated to be vice president since she believes as many do that Biden will
not complete his first term caught chastised for lying through her teeth by of
all sources, WAPO, on her little history lesson on Abe Lincoln not filling a
vacancy before the election (she also flat out refused to answer a valid and
important question would Biden if elected pack SCOTUS); Pelosi seems to have
had a huge flare up of her TDS Stage 4 to coup proportions as she evidently is
proposing legislation to to form a commission to evaluate the president for purposes
removal under the 25th Amendment (Biden with his perceived dementia
problems should be quaking in his boots but thankful the focus is not yet him);
Senator Loeffler of Georgia is raising concerns that China is using nonprofits
to meddle in our 2020 election and is asking for an investigation; some 6 weeks
after being hit by Hurricane Laura, Louisiana is a bulls eye again for Hurricane
Delta to make landfall today and follow almost the identical path albeit
somewhat faster (residents in “Hurricane Alley” are waiting for Hurricane Omega
to signal the end of the season); Governor Whitmer in blaming Trump for the
plot to kidnap her and her family shows why manyu of us have applied the moniker
“Witless” to her; Justice Ginsburg must be rolling in her grave over the
politicization of SCOTUS as conservative and leftist groups are pouring
millions of dollars of ad money in support of or in opposition to the
nomination of Amy Coney Barrett (suspect she would be appalled over plans of
the Blues to politicize even more the High Court by packing it); pity Portland
having to endure weeks of endless riots and now has to chose for its mayor the
incumbent Wheeler who has been an abject failure in restoring safety to the
city and Sarah leading foe Sarah Innarone who if her fashion tastes indicates
her political view the city is in a world of hurt as she was seen wearing a
skirt with photos of Stalin, Mao and Che Guevara; Arizona has started early
voting and the ballots are pouring in in spades; Facebook is rightfully
castigated for its banning of conservative thought but ads for Walla Walla Sweet
Onion seeds being banned as too sexually suggestive?
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago
as of October 8, 2020, the number of
shootings increased to 3,300 of whom 565 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 306
behind Chicago at 259 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 “The Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler, the fact that you are podagra free and a quote by the Commission to Defend the Conspiracy on the Chicago 8 Trial, 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. Leif Erickson Day—celebrating the arrival in continental North America in what is now known as Newfoundland, Canada circa 1000; the day to celebrate was chosen to be this day as in represents the anniversary of the arrival of the Restauration from New York City on this day in 1825 from Stavanger, Norway packed with Norwegian immigrants.
National Nanotechnology Day—promoting nanotechnology and its benefits; the
accomplishments of industry, academia, and government in nanotechnology
R&D, commercialization, and education; and the future opportunities and
promise for nanotechnology. The observance was first celebrated on October
9, 2016 and the date of October 9 was chosen since a nanometer is 10-9 meters.
Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1983 on a run of 4
weeks was “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler in her first number 1 song with 8 other acts
achieving their first number 1 song. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcOxhH8N3Bo.
This 69 year old Welsh singer born Gaynor Hopkins has just released her 18 album
and is going strong.
of the Day—today’s word of the day is “podagra” which
means gout which is a painful condition one would want to wish on anyone.
Strikes—celebrating the birth on this day in 1944 on John Entwistle,
the original bass guitarist for the Who who had heart disease but smoked a pack
of cigarettes a day and used cocaine and died a bit too early in his sleep on
June 27, 2002 after spending the night in bed with a local stripper and groupie
Alycen Rowse from a heart attack induced by a cocaine overdose.
On this day in:
a. 1974 the Universal Postal Union was created by the Treaty of Bern, making
the world a smaller place for postal communications.
b. 1967 a day after his capture by Bolivian
troops, Ernesto “Che” Guevara was executed for trying to foment revolution in
c. 1969 after
demonstrations continued in Chicago, the Illinois National Guard was called out
to control violence erupting as a result of the trial of the Chicago 8.
d. 1986 The Phantom of the Opera, destined to
become the second longest musical in London’s history opened at Her Majesty’s
e. 1996 perpetrators who have never been caught
but believed to have acted in response to the federal attack on the Branch
Davidian complex near Waco, Texas sabotaged a section of rails for Amtrak’s
Sunset Limited near Palo Verde, Arizona, causing it to derail, killing a
sleeping car attendant and sending 25 passengers to the hospital, with 12 in
Reflections on the
federal anti-riot law used to prosecuted the Chicago 8: “The effect of this
‘anti-riot’ act is to subvert the first Amendment guarantee of free
assembly by equating organized political protest with organized violence. Potentially,
this law is the foundation for a police state in America.” Excerpt from 19
writers and thinkers calling themselves the Committee to Protect the Conspiracy
in a letter to the New York Times Review
of Books published 3 months before the trial began.
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