Saturday, November 14, 2020

November 14, 2020 Ridley's Beleive It Or Not World Diabetes Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 14, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 516,035 new cases (a 1.96%  increase compared to a 1.31% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  54 million to 54,118,242, 15,088,322 of  which  are active, 39,030,010 of which have been closed with 37,715,209  recoveries (96.63% compared to  yesterday’s 96.63%) and 1,314,801 deaths (3.37% compared to yesterday’s 3.37%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and the trend of increased recovery percentages.
           CV USA Cases: New cases of 505,488 with total cases over 11 million at 11,139,203 (a 4.75% increase compared to yesterday’s 3.50%  increase) with 4,084,398 active cases of which 32,288 (7.91% of active cases which must be a reporting error), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (18,718 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 7,054,805 closures, 250,644 of which have been deaths (3.55% compared to yesterday’s 3.56%) and 6,804,161 of which have been recoveries (96.45% compared to yesterday’s 96.44%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 756 ranks behind Belgium (1215), Peru (1059),  Spain (872), Brazil (774), Chile (769), Argentina (773), UK (761 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing) and  Bolivia (753),  and only slightly worse than (Mexico (754), Ecuador (731). Italy (739), newly added to the list France (672) and Sweden (609) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,603,659 more tests to bring total to  166,750,395 (now at 502,673/M compared to Russia at 465,539/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 with tests at 557,467/M).
       Non CV Case News: Big Fredo who has politicized the CV pandemic and ranting he is going to listen to the science has rightfully been slammed by a MD for his plans to delay receiving the vaccine; huge march of thousands of Trump supporters showing support for a president many of whom feel the election has been taken from him by voter fraud; in a ruling issued after the election cows have left the barn, a judge ruled that Governor Newsom  did not have the authority to mail out absentee ballots  to all registered voters but this attempt to right an inducement to fraud will not affect the 2020 election; Virginia’s Governor is aping Big Fredo with new orders reducing gatherings to 25 people and requiring that the sale of alcohol end by 10 p.m.; Oregon and New Mexico are ordering near lockdown and shutdown orders starting next week (how many businesses will fail, how many OD’s, alcoholic induced DUI’s, spousal abuse and suicide will occur as a result of these orders?); not sure how reliable this is but Obama is supposedly pushing the it’s a video queen Susan Rice for Secretary of State; New Jersey which joined the green revolution not the AOC kind but the recreational marijuana kind is gearing up to begin sales of recreational marijuana as soon as possible; Tiger’s chance for another Green Jacket faded on the third day and he is 20th, with the leader Justin Davis at 16 under par going into the final round at the Masters tomorrow. 
         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 13,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 3,716 of whom 642 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 350 behind Chicago at 292 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 “Closer” by Chainsmoker feat. Halsey, the fact that you are not prone to potter and a quote from Paul Polman on the financial crisis of 2008/2009, 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.  World Diabetes Day—created by the World Diabetes Foundation and the World Health Organization in 1991 in response the increasing number of Type 2 diabetes patients to promote awareness of the disease and how to control it include diet and exercise.
     2.  National Seat Belt Day—created by the Governors Highway Safety Association, Uber and Volvo to promote the use of seat belts at all times even for trips of the shortest duration to help drivers and passengers survive an automobile accident and celebrated on this day since 2019.
           32016 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2016 on a run of 12 weeks was “Closer” by Chainsmoker feat. Halsey to join 10 other acts that made the top number 1 list and 7 other acts that made it for the first time. Here is a recording of the song

       4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “potter” which means to concentrate on trifling tasks which is not a good trait to have if one is working on completing important tasks.

          5. Short Stature Short Life--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1945 of model, actress and April, 1965 Playmate Susan Hamilton better known as Sue Williams and known for being at 4’11” one of the shortest Playmates ever chosen and the first to use breast implants but who must have had unresolved issues as she died on September 3, 1969 of a self inflicted gunshot to her chest at age 23.

          On this day in:

       a. 1851 to the bane of future high school students, Herman Melville published Moby Dick.

        b. 1886 to the joy of office workers trying to store files Friedrich Soennecken invented the hole puncher.

           c. 1979 President Jimmy Carter in response to the seizure of the American Embassy in Tehran and the taking of American hostages issued Executive Order 12170 freezing all Iranian assets in the United States.

        d. 2001 Afghan Northern Alliance fights take over Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, from fleeing Taliban forces.

          e. 2008 amid a worsening financial crisis the first G20 Summit was held in Washington, D.C. to address it and prevent future occurrences.

.        Reflections on the Financial Crisis of 2008: “I believe that the financial crisis of 2008/9 exposed more a lack of ethics and morality - especially by the financial sector - rather than a problem of regulation or criminality. There were, of course, regulatory lessons to be learned, but at heart, there was a collective loss of our moral compass.” Paul Polman, former CEO of Proctor and Gamble, Nestle and Unilever and now head of Imagine, an organization desiring to combat poverty and global change.

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