Sunday, November 15, 2020

November 15, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Philanthropy Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 15, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 548,550 new cases (a 1.01%  increase compared to a .96% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  54 million to 54,666,792, 15,283,690 of  which  are active, 39,383,102 of which have been closed with 38,062,212  recoveries (96.65% compared to  yesterday’s 96.63%) and 1,322,890 deaths (3.36% 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 136,615 with total cases over 11 million at 11,139,203 (a 1.23% increase compared to yesterday’s 4.75%  increase) with 4,124,679 active cases of which 20,434 (.50% 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  (20,413 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 7,151,139 closures, 251,515 of which have been deaths (3.52% compared to yesterday’s 3.55%) and 6,899,624 of which have been recoveries (96.48% compared to yesterday’s 96.45%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 758 ranks behind Belgium (1232), Peru (1061),  Spain (872),Argentina (779) Brazil (777), Chile (773), UK (764 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing) and  Bolivia (754),  and only slightly worse than (Mexico (754), Ecuador (733). Italy (739), newly added to the list France (677) and Sweden (609) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,405,795 more tests to bring total to 168,156,190  (now at 506,903/M compared to Russia at 469,840/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 557,459/M).
       Non CV Case News: With millions from the left already starting to pour into Georgia to flip the Senate, liberal Blue Warnock castigated Schumer for calling on voters to take the Senate and change America when Warnock thinks they should be voting for what’s best for the people in Georgia; Biden’s message of it’s time to heal the nation is falling on deaf Antifa and BLM ears as MAGA march supporters were attacked by those groups after their peaceful march; Bernie Sanders is claiming most Americans want socialism (his mind and eyes are totally blinded by the suffering of the Maduro’s Socialist regime); Tapper in addition to being the number 1 anti-Trumper is now vying for the title of Grinch claiming that Christmas may not be possible this year in terms of gatherings even amount family members; Blue leaders are urging Blues in Congress not to join the Biden Administration for fear of losing their majority (so much for serving one’s country as opposed to Pelosi’s or Schumer’s ego); SpaceX successfully launched a its Falcon Dragon rocket carrying a replacement rotation crew of 4 astronauts, 3 Americans and 1 Japanese, to the International Space Station, a historic launch that Elon Musk missed because of a mild case of COVID-19.
         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 14,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 3,731 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 still 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 “Rockstar” by Post Malone feat.21 Savage, the fact that you leave a pourboire and a quote from Jeffrey Skoll on philanthropy 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.  American Enterprise Day—created by the President Jimmy Carter on August 8, 1980 to commemorate the incredible contribution to our society and welfare by the free enterprise system.
        2.  National Philanthropy Day--created by the National Association of Philanthropy to commemorate and honor philanthropy which is such a powerful force in bettering society.
              32017 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2017 on this day on a run of 8 weeks was “Rockstar” by Post Malone feat. 21 Savage to join 11 other songs that made the top number 1 list and 10 other acts 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 “pourboire” which means tip or gratuity which with the CV shutdowns is something servers need more than ever as they hand you your takeout meal.

            5. Old Not the Right Moniker--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1968 of rapper Russell Tyrone Jones better known to his fans as Ol’ Dirty  Bastard who during his career had a long rap sheet with some violent entries and died of a drug overdose on  November 13, 2004 2 days shy of his 36th birthday.

          On this day in:

          a. 1971 Intel released the first single chip microprocessor the 4004.

          b. 1884 Baby Fae who was born with a defective heart  received the heart of a baboon on October 14, 1984 but only survived until this day in 1984.

         c. 1988 the unmanned Soviet Shuttle Buran successfully launched into Earth orbit and after orbiting the planet twice successfully landed on Earth within 3 meters of its landing point. The breakup of the Soviet Union meant an end to the program in 1993 and the Buran after being transported by plane to the 1989 Paris Air Show was sent to a hangar at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan where it would remain until its hangar collapsed due to poor maintenance on May, 12, 2002 and destroyed it.

         d. 1988 the first Fairtrade label Havelaar was launched in the Netherlands

         e. 2005 Al Jazeera English was launched worldwide.

     Reflections on Philanthropy: “Young entrepreneurs, in general, feel they’re too busy running their companies, which I think is a mistake. But once they’re older, you see much more of a propensity to be involved in philanthropy.” Jeffrey Skoll, the first employee and president of E-Bay is a noted philanthropist who has given $1 billion of E-Bay stock to his Skoll Foundation which is one of if the largest foundation promoting social entrepreneurship. 

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