Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 29, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 429,430 new cases (a .69% increase compared to a 1.35% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 62 million to 62,963,201, 17,024,741 of which are active, 44,938,460 of which have been closed with 43,474,632 recoveries (96.74% compared to yesterday’s 96.73%) and 1,463,828 deaths (3.26% compared to yesterday’s 3.27%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 662,509 with total cases over 13 million at 13,039,271 (a 4.30% increase compared to yesterday’s 4.30%) with 5,343,784 active cases of which 24,642 (.46% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23 (24,501 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 8,357,996 closures, 272,828 of which have been deaths (3.26% compared to yesterday’s 3.28%) and 8,085,168 of which have been recoveries (96.74% compared to yesterday’s 96.72%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months is finally .01% below the world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 822 ranks behind Belgium (1418), Peru (1082), Spain (955), Italy (909), and UK (856 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and Argentina (845) and has 5 days ago passed Brazil (810) and only slightly worse than Mexico (814), recently added to the list France (801) Chile (800) that we recently passed, Bolivia (762), Ecuador (756) and Sweden (660) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,245,044 more tests to bring total to 192,278,268 (now at 579,468/M compared to Russia at 520,004/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 626,246/M).
Non CV Case News: Forked tongue Harris tweeted praise for looters and riots who devastated small businesses this summer and now tongue in cheek calls on us to support them (what a pathetic hypocrite one stroke away from the Oval Office); BLM protestors outside Garcetti’s house objecting to his consideration of a Cabinet post by Biden calling the worst mayor in the country (given De Blasio’s standing in that regard that is quite a charge); probably waiting to see how the Georgia Senate races turn out, Biden is refusing to take a stand on the BLM Breathe Act; the UK which has seen its CV cases soar even as it leads the world in testing may be the first country to get 2 million vaccine doses this week; on the CV school closure front Mayor De Blasio has caved and will be reopening the schools while in Atlanta while parents don’t know when they can send their kids back to high school, Marvel on payment of $50,000 will be able to film on Spiderman to the outrage of parents; not sure who many people shopped in small businesses on Small Business Saturday but for many the day came too little and too late as for example a study in New York and New Jersey revealed a third of small businesses had closed.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 28, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,895 of whom 664 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 363 behind Chicago at 301 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 “You Always Hurt the One You Love” by the Mills Brothers, the fact that people do not prescind your views on issues and an anonymous quote from an aide to Hal Boggs who was on the Warren Commission, 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. Small Brewer Sunday—created by Brewers Association on November 19, 2019 and celebrated on the Sunday after Thanksgiving to promote the appreciation and consumption of beer and ale produced by craft brewers whose number keeps growing every year as consolidation of major brewers has been sweeping the industry.
2. National Throw Out Your Leftovers Day—celebrating the time to say good bye to any leftovers from your Thanksgiving feast that food bacteria are rapidly reclaiming to avoid getting ill eating any of them.
3. 1944 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1944 on this day on a run of 2 weeks was “You Always Hurt the One You Love” by the Mills Brothers to join 11 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS9U75YC-jA The Mills Brothers were an African-American quartet and the first to have their own radio show and number one song and were active from 1928 to 1982.
5. The Big C Trumps a Black Panther—celebrating the birth on this day in 1976 of noted actor Chad Bozeman who in addition to playing black historical like Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall was a star in 4 Marvel Cinematic Universe Black Panther movies but sadly died way too early from colon cancer at the age 43 on August 28, 2020.
On this day in:
a. 1961 Chimpanzee Enos after hours of training was launched into orbit in a Mercury 7 Capsule and after 2 successful orbits splashed down successfully with its live passenger aboard near Puerto Rico.
b. 1963 President Lyndon Johnson announced the formation of the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.
c. 1967 Robert McNamara one of the Whiz Kids who became Secretary of Defense and presided over the Vietnam War resigned.
d. 1972 Atari released its first very primitive video game Pong which was a huge commercial success.
e. 1987 North Korean agents planted a bomb on South Korean Flight 858 after leaving Baghdad and disembarking at Abu Dhabi; the bomb exploded en route to the next stop Bangkok, killing all 115 aboard; the perpetrators were subsequently identified but took cyanide to avoid capture.
Reflections on the conclusions of the Warren Commission: "Hoover lied his eyes out to the Commission - on Oswald, on Ruby, on their friends, the bullets, the guns, you name it..." unnamed aide to Hal Boggs Majority Leader and Warren Commissioner member.
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