Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 2, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 452,323 new cases (a 1.33% increase compared to a .50% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 34 million to 34,544,939, 7,810,408 of which are active, 26,734,531 of which have been closed with 25,705,903 recoveries (96.15% compared to yesterday’s 96.15%) and 1,028,628 deaths (3.85% compared to yesterday’s 3.85%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 39,031 with total cases over 7 million at 7,499,991 (a .52% increase compared to yesterday’s .44% increase) with 2,549,891 active cases of which 14,190, on a downward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23 (14,193 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 4,950,099 closures, 212,726 of which have been deaths (4.30% compared to yesterday’s 4.31%) and 4,737,374 of which have been recoveries (95.70% compared to yesterday’s 95.69%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 642 ranks behind Peru (983), Belgium (864), Spain (684), Bolivia (683), Brazil (680), Chile (669), and Ecuador (646), and only slightly worse than UK (621), Mexico (604, Italy (594), and Sweden (583) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 108,435,913 tests (now at 327,112/M compared to Russia at 320,820/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 364,416/M).
Non CV Case
News: After news that senior political adviser to President
Trump, Hope Hicks, had tested positive to CV, both President and Melania Trump have tested positive but the White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas advised that here is “0 reason to panic” while the Dow which saw Dow Future drop over 350 points after the news was released yesterday after the market closed was only down 112 in early market trading; maybe it is for show only and deep they are happy as happy can be but many of Trump’s harshest critics are wishing him a speedy recovery while Biden must be relieved that the chances of a second debate are probably slim and none (hard to comprehend what will happen to the Reds if he does not quickly recover with no significant after effects); the economy added 661,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.9%); The New York Times has been rightfully slammed for speculating (or perhaps rooting for) whether Trump should be off the ballot given his infection for CV; the host of the vice presidential debates, the University of Utah, is still planning to hold them as scheduled on October 7, 2020, though masks will be the order of the day; City Pages, an alternative newspaper that Minneapolis and St. Paul is making fun of Trump’s positive results on CV while mocking liberals sending prayers and warm wishes even though they disagree vehemently with his policies; in a disturbing poll of 20,000 college students 17-18% felt it was acceptable to use physical means to prevent speakers they disagreed with from speaking (God help us and God help those killed or wounded to prevent them from speaking); Kellyanne Conway has just joined the list of the latest CV positive tests.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 30, 2020, the
number of shootings increased to 3,223 of whom 554 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 250 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 “Play That Funky Music” by Cherry Pit, the fact that your works are often subject of plauditory and a quote by Champ Ferguson on the Saltville Massacre, secure in the knowledge that if you want to ind 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. International Day of Nonviolence—created by the UN General Assembly on June 7, 2007 to promote nonviolence and first celebrated on this day in 2008, the anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.
2. World No Alcohol Day—proposed to the World Health Organization in 2008 to be celebrated on Gandhi’s birthday and supported by many Southeastern Asian nations to promote the reduction in the consumption of alcohol.
3. 1976 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1976 on a run of 3 weeks was “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry in its first number one song to join 14 other acts with their first number one song. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pHT9yYFdZg This band was formed in Mingo, Ohio in 1970 and disbanded in 1979 with the song being its only top hit.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “plauditory” which means being met by applause and approval which describes to a tee the crowd reaction at a Trump rally.
5. Proof Too High—celebrating the birth on this day on in 1973 of noted rapper DeShaun Dupree Holton better known to his fans as Proof who was involved in a pool room altercation on August 11, 2006 with a BAC of .32, 4 times the legal limit, and ended up shooting one of the players mortally and in turn was shot dead.
On this day in:
a. 1864 Confederate troops defeated Union troops at the Battle of Saltville in Virginia but then went on to massacre black and white wounded Union soldiers.
b. 1919 President Woodrow Wilson suffered a massive stroke and was incapacitated for several weeks.
c. 1967 Thurgood Marshall became the first African-American to be sworn in as a Justice of SCOTUS.
d. 1980 Michael Meyer, a Democratic House Member, became the first member of the House to be expelled since 1861 for his role in the Abscam Scandal.
e. 2002 John Muhammad and Lee Malvo began their Beltway Sniper attacks in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area which killed 10 and wounded 3 and terrorized the city before they were apprehended on October 24, 2002. Muhammad was executed for his crimes on November 10, 2009 and Malvo is rotting in prison under 6 life sentences without possibility of parole.
Reflections on the Saltville
Massacre by the only Confederate charged for the killings of wounded white but
mostly black Union soldier: “I am yet and will die a Rebel ... I killed a good
many men, of course, but I never killed a man who I did not know was seeking my
life. ... I had always heard that the Federals would not take me prisoner, but
would shoot me down wherever they found me. That is what made me kill more than
I otherwise would have done. I repeat that I die a Rebel out and out, and my
last request is that my body be removed to White County, Tennessee, and be
buried in good Rebel soil." Champ Ferguson at his sentencing on October
10, 1865 before being hung on October 20,1865.
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