Wednesday, November 18, 2020

November 18, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Geographic Information Systems Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 18, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 1,208,252 new cases (a 2.19%  increase compared to a .94% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  55 million to 56,466,516, 15,858,731 of  which  are active, 40,607,785 of which have been closed with 39,255,079  recoveries (96.67% compared to  yesterday’s 96.67%) and 1,352,706 deaths (3.34% compared to yesterday’s 3.33%) to continue the trend of increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.
           CV USA Cases: New cases of 329,825 with total cases over 11 million at 11,495,835 (a 2.87% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.29%  increase) with 4,427,784 active cases of which 21,930 (.50% of active casesr), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (21,243 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 7,397,876 closures, 255,712 of which have been deaths (3.46% compared to yesterday’s 3.47%) and 7,142,164 of which have been recoveries (96.54% compared to yesterday’s 96.53%). Our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months are only .12% above world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement at 771 ranks behind Belgium (1278), Peru (1066),  Spain (899), Argentina (796), Brazil (786), UK (783) which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), Italy (781), and Chile (777 and only slightly worse than (Mexico (765), Bolivia (756), Ecuador (736).  newly added to the list France (715) and Sweden (624) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,448,194 more tests to bring total to 172,608,841 (now at 520,308/M compared to Russia at 479,588/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 580,400/M).
       Non CV Case News: Mayor De Blasio reclaims his place as the most despised mayor in the country as he shuts down NYC’s school system due to positive test results in the general population in excess of 3% for a week (many including Big Fredo are complaining the threshold is too low and the disaster of trying to teach young elementary school children on line); it looks like De Blasio and Big Fredo are not on the same page as Big Fredo announced at a press conference that the schools in NYC were open moments before De Blasio tweeted they would be closed starting Thursday; while most government officials’ salaries in New York are remaining stagnant due to the CV pandemic, Big Fredo, who refuses to accept blame for his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes to kill thousands, is receiving an 11% pay increase of $25,000 to $250,000 yearly starting on January 1, 2021 (that’s a salary hike given his performance that should be immediately rescinded by the state’s legislature); flags at the RNC may not yet be flying at half mast as its famous lightning rod is hinting the upcoming term as Speaker would be her last; in another example of money talks and principles walk, Blue Senate candidate Jon Ossoff has received thousands from Al Jeerza and from a Chinese owned media company whose chairman opposes the pro democracy movement in Hong Kong; in another example of the Golden State becoming the Iron Pyrite State, high tech wizard and former executive at Square and Pay-Pal Keith Rabois has had it with mismanagement in Feces City and is moving to South Florida (hope he sheds his most like Blue Silicon Valley bias).
         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 16,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 3,766 of whom in a minor miracle no one shot has died in 3 days so only 643 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 295 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 “Mood” by 24kGoldn feat. Iann Dior, the fact that you pleased with your praxis and a quote on the promise and reality of NAFTA by Barry Gardiner, 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. National Education Support Professionals Day—created by the National Education Association in 1987 to celebrate the accomplishments of the 40% of school staff that are not teachers that do such tasks and clean and maintain the schools, drive the buses and work in the school cafeterias and with many schools not open for in class learning are probably financially in a world of hurt.
       2. National Geographic Information Systems Day—created in 1998 by National Geographic and celebrated on the Wednesday of National Geographic Week to honor the role of GIS in location information services in commerce, logistics and map creation.
        32020 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2020 on this day on a run of 3 weeks noncontinuous, joining 19 other songs, was “Mood”  by 24kGoldn feat. Iann Dior to join 12 other artists 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 “praxis” which means customary conduct or practice which describes the tendency of the left to morph protests into riots and looting.

       5. A Future Lost by a Nose--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1963 of Len Bias, an All Star with the University of Maryland basketball team who was drafted by the Boston Celtics as the 2nd pick of the 1986 NBA draft on June 17 but returned to the University of Maryland to celebrate his good fortune only to overdose and die on cocaine on June 19 2 days later.

         On this day in:

         a. 1963 the first push button telephone went into service.

      b. 1978 Jim Jones of the People’s Temple in Jonestown, Guyana led his followers to commit a murder suicide that killed 918 people, 908 of whom, including 270 children, committed suicide by drinking Kool-Aid laced with cyanide.

        c. 1988 President Reagan signed a bill allowing for the death penalty for drug traffickers but of the 14 drug traffickers currently on death row all are guilty of committing murder in conjunction with their drug trade and no one has been sentenced to death for only engaging in drug trafficking.

        d. 1993 the job killing North America Free Trade Act was passed by the House.

         e. 2003 the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Council in the case of Longridge v. Department of Public Health ruled 4-3 that banning same sex marriages was unconstitutional and gave the state legislature 180 days to establish procedures for same sex marriages that would make it the first state to allow such marriages.

         Reflections on NAFTA: “Like so many free trade deals before and since, Nafta was sold as a massive opportunity for working people and their prospects. Forecasts spoke of hundreds of thousands of new jobs in all three countries. The reality could not have been more different.” Barry Gardiner, a member of Parliament for the Labour Party since 1997 and very astute in his observation.

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