Thursday, November 5, 2020

November 5, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not American Football Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 5, 2020
       CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 802,155 new cases (a 1.68%  increase compared to a .81% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  48 million to 48,405,087, 12,522,658 of  which  are active, 35,889,429 of which have been closed with 34,659,328  recoveries (96.57% compared to  yesterday’s 96.56%) and 1,230,101 deaths (3.43% compared to yesterday’s 3.43%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages. 
        CV USA Cases: New cases of 273,710 with total cases over 9 million at 9,525,519 (a 2.87% increase compared to yesterday’s .61%  increase) with 3,273,632 active cases of which 18,072 (.55% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (17,595 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 6,526,597 closures, 239,820 of which have been deaths (3.67% compared to yesterday’s 3.70%) and 6,285,777 of which have been recoveries (96.31% compared to yesterday’s 96.30%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 725 ranks behind Belgium (1062), Peru (1047),  Spain (823), Brazil (757), Chile (751) and Bolivia (747),  and only slightly worse than Argentina (717), Ecuador (716), (Mexico (720), UK (702), Italy (658), and Sweden (593) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,608,666 more tests to bring total to 153,597,532  tests (now at 463,090/M compared to Russia at 431,636/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 at 518,178/M).
       Non CV Case News: The blizzard of law suits is hitting the states where the election is still to close to call and votes are still being counted and in Philadelphia which is notorious for election irregularities, Red poll watchers have been banned for any meaningful distance in order to be able to monitor  the counting process; Biden emerged from his bunker to call for calm while Trump is raising the issue of fraud (Biden may win but he will be saddled with a weakened majority in the House and most likely a Republican Senate with credible charges of a fraudulent election); The View host Sunny now Cloudy Hostin at least did not ape Joyless Behar’s idiocy of calling Trump supporters racist and dialed back to call them “selfish”; AOC finally said something that makes sense “Why do we listen to people who lost elections” referring to MSNBC contributor Claire McCaskill (McCaskill’s anti pro leftist rants merit only a channel click); Blues are demanding that Trump’s Twitter account be suspended until the votes have all been counted (nothing like a wave of censorship to bolster one’s case of having won the election by nonfraudulent means); if one had any doubt that Keith Olbermann has lost it look to his tweet demanding Trump be arrested and removed and castigating the over 68 million who voted for him as morons.
        Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 4,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 3,620 of whom 618 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 337 behind Chicago at 281 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 “Whatever You Like” by T.I., the fact that you are rarely guilty of portlocking and a quote from Spc. Meagan Martinez on the Fort Hood shootings by Nidal Hasan, 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.  International Stout Day—celebrated since 2011 and now celebrated on the 1st Thursday of November but who created this observance is unknown to this poet only how to celebrate by having a pint of a stout like Guinness who probably had something to do with the holiday.
          2.  National American Football Day—celebrating a unique American sport on the grade school Pop Warner League level, high school, college and professional level which has its root is soccer and rugby and at the college and professional level is playing again despite the CV pandemic on a reduced schedule with extensive safety precautions against the pandemic.

      3. 2008 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2008 on a run of 9 weeks not continuous was “Whatever You Like” by T.I. in his first of 2 number 1 songs to join 6 other acts that made the number 1 list for the first time and 13 other songs that made the top number 1 list. Here is a recording of the song: rapper who has released 10 albums has a checkered history from dealing in drugs to being arrested for and serving time for weapons charges while also picking up a federal tax liens of $4.5 million and a SEC complaint for fraud involving issuances of initial coins.     
Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “portlocking” which means an irksome habit of interrupting or intruding which describes people to a tee that one would want to avoid.

          5. Too High In the High Desert—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1946 of Ingram Cecil Connor III better known to his fans as Pram Parsons, noted singer and guitarist who partied hearty with drugs and alcohol and went over the line with 6 double tequilas followed by an injection of morphine at the Joshua Tree Inn in Yucca Valley on September 18, 1973 to overdose and despite being rushed to the hospital was declared dead at the hospital at 12;15 in the morning of September 1973.
    On this day in:

         a. 1986 the USS Rentz, the USS Reeves, and the USS Oldendorf visited the Chinese port of Qingdao (Tsing Tao) for the first visit by the U.S. Navy since 1948.
         b. 2006 Saddam Hussein and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar were sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for their roles in a 1982 massacre of 148 Iraqi Shi’a Muslims. Hussein was hanged on December 30, 2006, Ibrahim and Hamed were both hanged on January 15, 2007.
     c. 2007 Google unveiled to the public its Android Operating System.
         d. 2009 Army Major Nidal Hasan, a psychiatrist, ranting “Allahu Akhbar” shot and killed 13 and wounded 32 at Fort Hood before being paralyzed from wounds suffered and is now in custody in a Military Disciplinary Barracks awaiting execution after his conviction in August, 2013.
         e. 2017 Devin Patrick Kelley, a former member of the Air Force discharged with a dishonorable discharge and prohibited from purchasing firearms managed to do so and entered a Sutherland Springs Baptist Church and proceeded to fire some 700 rounds, killing 26 and wounding 20 and would have killed more but for the acts of a NRA firearms instructor who fired back, wounding him and chasing him as he drove away at high speeds to lose control and crash and end up fatally shooting himself.
     Reflections on the Hasan shootings at Fort Hood: “I got down on the ground, just laid there and watched him shoot very consistently and it didn’t even sound like he was reloading and just calculated motion and I laid there and I watched him. I didn’t see his name but I saw his face as I watched him and it was just a cold, calculated hard stare as he just shot everything that moved.” –Spc. Meagan Martinez, one of the 12 witnesses that identified Hasan as the shooter at his court martial.

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