Wednesday, November 18, 2020

November 17, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Entrepreneurs Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 17, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 518,129 new cases (a .94%  increase compared to a 1.08% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  55 million to 55,258,264, 15,586,987 of  which  are active, 40,189,406 of which have been closed with 38,849,686  recoveries (96.67% compared to  yesterday’s 96.65%) and 1,339,720 deaths (3.33% compared to yesterday’s 3.36%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and the trend of increased recovery percentages.
        CV USA Cases: New cases of 148,009 with total cases over 11 million at 11,495,835 (a 1.29% increase compared to yesterday’s 3.20%  increase) with 4,330,364 active cases of which 21,243 (.49% of active casesr), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (20,817 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 7,313,480 closures, 253,760 of which have been deaths (3.47% compared to yesterday’s 3.49%) and 7,059,720 of which have been recoveries (96.53% compared to yesterday’s 96.51%). Our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months are only .11% above world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement at 765 ranks behind Belgium (1259), Peru (1064),  Spain (891), Argentina (788) Brazil (779), Chile (776), UK (775) which has now passed us despite leading world in testing) and Italy (769),  and only slightly worse than (Mexico (764), Bolivia (755), Ecuador (734).  newly added to the list France (690) and Sweden (615) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,717,885 more tests to bring total to 171,160,647 (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: The troika of censorship of free speech and conservative ideas, Facebook, Google and Twitter sent their CEO’s to be grilled by Graham’s Senate Committee over their banning of accounts and censoring of nonliberal thoughts in the background of revelations by a whistle blower that employees of Facebook conspire with Twitter and Google employees to monitor and ban content (when will Congress do the right thing and legislate these tech giants as public utilities to prevent any censorship and expose them to private law suits if they ban accounts or messages except in clearly limited and defined cases like urging violence or leaking classified information?); the CV pandemic is surging and more and more states are going into curtailment and lockdown mode with Pennsylvania mandating masks being worn at home if non household members are present and allowing entry into the state only for those who have had a negative showing test in the prior 72 hours and if not or if not commuting from neighboring states to work self quarantining for 14 days (the silver lining in this surge is that the death rate except for the elderly is still very, very low and more Americans are indicating they will take the vaccine when it is available); 87 year old Senator Feinstein was photographed on the Hill not wearing a mask and not social distancing (news flash senator, being elderly but being Blue does not give you immunity for CV); The Squad is hot to trot to get Biden to forgive $1.6 trillion of student debt even as 59 members of Congress owe  at least $2.3 million (27th Amendment hurdle?).         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 16,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 3,757 of whom in a minor miracle no one shot has died in 2 days so only 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 348 behind Chicago at 294 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 “Someone Who Loved You” by Lewis Capaldi, the fact that you rarely prate and a helpful quote on avoiding the CV-19 by Collin Carlson, 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 Prematurity Day—celebrated since 2009 to promote awareness of the occurrence of preterm births that affect 1 in 10 births worldwide and to seek means to reduce the number of premature births.
        2.  National Entrepreneurs Day—created in 2010 by David Hauser and Siamak Taghaddos, co-founders of Grasshopper and Amir Tehrani, Los Angeles entrepreneur in residence and co-founder of the Legacy Foundation to promote awareness of the need for entrepreneurs and the benefits to our economy and society due to their effort.
         32019 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2019 on this day on a run of 3 weeks noncontinuous, joining 15 other songs, was “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi to join 9 other songs that made the top number 1 list for their first number 1 song. Here is a recording of the song.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prate” which means to talk foolishly which it seem what we get when we watch too much MSM.

          5. Like Father Like Son--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1928 of Rance Howard, noted film and TV actor who passed in 2017 was the father of actor and film director Ron Howard and his younger brother Clifford who is also an actor.

          On this day in:

      a. 1947 American scientists John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain observed the principles of the transistor, one of key building blocks for the Electronic Revolution of the Twentieth Century.

           b. 1973 President Richard Nixon in Orlando, Florida told a gathering of 400 Associated Press managing editors that “I am not a crook.”

          c. 1993 the House passed a resolution to establish the North American Free Trade Agreement that we have finally got out of and replaced it the United States Mexico Canada Agreement.

       d. 1997 6 Islamists in Luxor, Egypt, attacked the noted tourist site, the Mortuary Temple of Hatsheput, killing 58 foreign tourists and 4 Egyptians and fled into the surrounding hills where their bodies were found in caves where they must have committed suicide together.

        e. 2019 the first case of COVID-19 was traced to a 55 year old man from Hubei Province who had been in Wuhan, China.

         Reflections on how to avoid infection from the COVID-19: “By now, you probably know the drill: limit your contacts when you can, get tested if you’re at risk, wash your hands, wear a mask, and be considerate of others. We’re also particularly worried that flu and COVID could create a ‘syndemic,’ where the two supercharge each other and lead to more cases and worse symptoms. So if you can, get a flu shot. But the best thing we can do is act as a collective to protect each other, and that means that governors and mayors need to move rapidly to intervene before the pandemic becomes even more uncontrolled.”  Colin J. Carlson, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Center for Global Health Science & Security, Georgetown University.

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