Wednesday, November 25, 2020

November 24, 2020 Ridley's Beleive It Or Not D.B. Cooper Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 24, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 675,349 new cases (a 1.14%  increase compared to a .66% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  60 million to 60,050,731, 17,164,304 of  which  are active, 42,886,427 of which have been closed with 41,472,014  recoveries (96.70% compared to  yesterday’s 96.70%) and 1,413,413 deaths (3.30% compared to yesterday’s 3.30%) to continue the trend of increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.
       CV USA Cases: New cases of 230,372 with total cases nearing 13 million at 12,928,199 (a 1.81% increase compared to yesterday’s .87%) with 5,051,139 active cases of which 23,711 (.47% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (23,116 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 7,876,790 closures, 265,643 of which have been deaths (3.37% compared to yesterday’s 3.39%) and 7,611,147 of which have been recoveries (96.63% compared to yesterday’s 96.61%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months is only .07% above world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement at 801 ranks behind Belgium (1357), Peru (1076),  Spain (934), Italy (849), Argentina (825), and UK (821) which has now passed us despite leading world in testing),  and today passed Brazil (798)  and only slightly worse than  Chile (789) that we just passed, (Mexico (787), newly added to the list France (769) Bolivia (760), Ecuador (747) and Sweden (642) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,731,084 more tests to bring total to 184,361,379 (now at 555,673/M compared to Russia at 504,934/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 610,529/M).
       Non CV Case News: Buoyed by news that Pfizer will be heading to people for injection by mid week in December, the stock market surge as the Dow ended up 30,000 for the first time in its history as Trump announced that fact, praised the American people and then left without answering questions, prompting a CSPAN reporter to be caught on a hot mic saying “Weird as s**t”; Pelosi’s projected Blue Wave fizzled and although Blues will retain the House they will have the smallest majority since the majority controlled by Republicans in the 72nd Congress 1931-33 at 1; the dollars and party big wigs from both sides are pouring into the Georgia for the special election on January 6 which will determine who controls the Senate; Vermont’s Governor was to have children questioned to see if parents violated only people from same household can be in house celebrating Thanksgiving (shades of the Stasi getting kids to inform on their parents); L.A. nears almost total lock down as starting tomorrow outdoor dining will be banned (how many CV cases spread by outdoor dining? Next to impossible to get an answer but probably a low, low number); Cuomo or Big Fredo being raked over the coals for his planned T-Day visit to his 89 year old mother has seen the light and canceled the visit (when leaders flaunt their own rules with lying “We are in this together” slogans, the voters ignore them); the only reason Trump has not pardoned Flynn is probably that he thought it would hurt him in the election which he has now lost so expect this miscarriage of justify to be rectified by a presidential pardon very soon.
         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 23,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 3,854 of whom  655 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 355 behind Chicago at 300 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 “Only You” by Bing Crosby, the fact that you not premoved easily and a quote from Jack Ruby on the Kennedy Assassination, 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. Evolution Day—previously known as Darwin Day and celebrated since November 24, 1859 the date of publication of The Origin of the Species.
         2. D.B. Cooper Day—celebrating the hijacking of a Northwest Orient 727 flight from Portland to Seattle on this day in 1971. Dan Cooper as he identified himself instructed the plane to land, bring on board $200.000 in $20 bills and 4 parachutes or he would blow up the plane. Crew complied, he released all the passengers and two flight attendants, had the plane take off and ordered 4 crew on board to stay in cockpit and fly at no more than 10,000 feet and no more that 200 m.p.h. He later lower the rear ramp and exited the plane with his money by parachute and was never found again.
        3. 1940 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1940 on this day on a run of 9   weeks was “Only Forever” by Bing Crosby. Here is a recording of the song:

        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “premove” which means to incite which Reds and Blues are doing in spades to get their voters to the polls to vote in the Georgia special election on January 7, 2021.

       5. Love on Pennies a Day--celebrating the birth on this day of Penny Jones, a noted, prolific English writer of 200 romance novels who sadly learned that cancer does not love and she died of the disease on December 31, 2011 of the disease. Do not know what kind of cancer it was but since her first and only husband was a heavy smoker who died some 10 years before, doubt if it was lung cancer.

          On this day in:

          a. 1917 a bomb discovered in a church was removed to a Milwaukie Police Station to be defused when it exploded, killing 9 police officers  in the deadliest attack on police officers until 9/11 when 72 police officers were killed. The perpetrators were never found or brought to justice.

          b. 1962 the British satirical show That Was the Week That Was debuted on TV.

         c. 1963 in a case of really sloppy and slack police work Jack Ruby was able to enter the basement of the Dallas Police Department Headquarter and shoot and kill Lee Harvey Oswald while he was being transported to the county jail on national TV, depriving us of any chance to see who if any were behind Kennedy’s assassination.

          d.  1973 Germany as a result of the OPEC Oil Embargo imposed a short lived  4 month long speed limit on the heretofore no limit Autobahn.

         e. 1974 Donald Johanson and Tom Gray unearthed a 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed “Lucy” from  The Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression.

         Reflections on the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald: “Everything pertaining to what's happening has never come to the surface. The world will never know the true facts of what occurred, my motives. The people who had so much to gain, and had such an ulterior motive for putting me in the position I'm in, will never let the true facts come above board to the world.” Jack Ruby

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