Saturday, November 21, 2020

November 21, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 21, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 579,124 new cases (a 1.0%  increase compared to a 1.44% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  58 million to 58,418,995, 16,621,489 of  which  are active, 41,797,506 of which have been closed with 40,412,444  recoveries (96.69% compared to  yesterday’s 96.68%) and 1,385,062 deaths (3.31% compared to yesterday’s 3.32%) to continue the trend of increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.
           CV USA Cases: New cases of 126,367 with total cases over 12 million at 12,415,120 (a 1.03% increase) with 4,762,090 active cases of which 22,782 (.48% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (22,498 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 7,653,029 closures, 261,626 of which have been deaths (3.42% compared to yesterday’s 3.44%) and 7,391,404 of which have been recoveries (96.58% compared to yesterday’s 96.55%). Our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months are only .11% above world rate and on a deaths per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 789 ranks behind Belgium (1322), Peru (1070),  Spain (911), Italy (815), Argentina (811), UK (803) which has now passed us despite leading world in testing),  and Brazil (793)  and only slightly worse than  Chile (784) that we just passed, (Mexico (779), Bolivia (758), Ecuador (740),  newly added to the list France (743) and Sweden (633) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,891,240 more tests to bring total to 179,039,707 (now at 539,659/M compared to Russia at 492,181/M so Trump was 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 591,923/M).
       Non CV Case News: As Pfizer is expecting FDA approval of its vaccine on December 19, Toronto, the second largest city in Canada has just announced a lockdown that will last at least 28 day with nonessential stores open for curbside pick up only and essential ones like supermarkets and liquor stores open at 50% capacity; the drawdown of 5.000 troops now in Afghanistan and Iraq will take place by January 15 but a miffed Biden is complaining probably because Trump has denied him the spike of claiming Biden was responsible; Trump announced he was sending B-52’s to the Middle East to deter aggression; in the most powerful force to put electric vehicles on the road, In-N-Out Burgers opened its first outlet in Colorado it Aurora to massive lines of cars idling and spewing carbon into the air to order burgers; HUD Secretary Carson announced that he “is out woods” on his CV infection: in a thank God for Body cam moment, the body cam of one of the officers shows Devon Gregory reaching under his seat and the sound of a self inflicted gunshot followed by the officers firing 12 times in rapid succession; the Recall the Hypocrite In Chief Governor Newsom forces received some good news as they have received an extension until March 17, 2021 to gather the requisite number of recall signatures—go to
         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 20,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 3,816 of whom  648 have died, ending a minor miracle of no one shot dying that day (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 298 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 “Vieni, Vieni” by Rudy Vallee, the fact that you like to preconcert as many issues as possible before going into negotiations and a quote from suicide survivor Kristen Svinth on grief following a suicide, 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 Television Day—created by the UN General Assembly on December 17, 1996 and first celebrated on November 21, 1997 to honor the medium as one of the most effective means of communication and information sharing.                        2.  International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day--created by the United States Senate on October 24, 2000 on the motion of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who survived his father’s suicide as a day observed on the Saturday before Thanksgiving for survivors of suicide victims to deal with their grief and loss due to suicide of a loved one.
         31937 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1937 on this day on a run of 1 week, joining 15 other number 1 songs, was “Vieni, Vieni” by Rudy Vallee.  Here is a recording of the song:  Vallee was one of the first pop stars with thousands of rabid flappers and when on vacation persuaded the network to hire Louis Armstrong to fill in for him. He sang his last note on July 3, 1986 at age 84.

        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “preconcert” which means to settle beforehand which in selecting candidates for political office usually occurs well before.

        5. Sock It to Me All the Way to the Bank--celebrating the birth on this day in 1945 of noted actress, singer and producer Goldie Hawn who got her chance of stardom on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in 1968-1970 and has not looked back as one of Hollywood’s premier stars.

         On this day in:

         a. 1916 the British Hospital Ship HMHS Britannic, the largest ship of the Allies to be lost in World War I, struck a German mine near Greece and sunk with the loss of 30 lives while 1035 were rescued.

          b. 1980 a fire broke out at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada (now rebuilt as Bally’s Las Vegas) that killed 85 people and injured 650 others and prompted many revisions to safety codes relating to hotels.

          c. 1985 U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollock was arrested by  the FBI for selling classified intelligence to Israel and ultimately sentenced to life in prison but was released on November 20, 2015 on a 5 year parole with restrictions which parole expired on November 20, 2020 and he is free to go as he pleases.

       d. 2004 the Paris Club agreed to write off 80% of Iraq’s foreign debt amounting to $100 billion.

         e. 2019 Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted on charges of bribery and fraud and was scheduled to go on trial on trial in March, 2020 but has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic with him being elected to a 5th term as Prime Minister in May and now facing a  preliminary hearing  scheduled for December 6, 2020.  

        Advice from suicide survivors: “It's hard. It really sucks. Is been almost 6 years since my best friend from childhood committed suicide, and it took me 4 years before I could really open up about it. The hardest thing was that I felt it was my fault. If I had been a better friend, if I would have called her more maybe she would not have done it. I dreamt every night of how I might save her, and night after night I failed. It was never my choice, nothing i could have done would have stopped her. It's hard to let go of that idea that you had any control over what happened, but that's the start of recovery.”— Kristin Svinth, a suicide survivor.
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