Monday, November 9, 2020

November 8, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Urbanism Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 8, 2020
       CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 296,199 new cases (a .59%  increase compared to a 1.66% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  50 million to 50,543,736, 12,594,797 of  which  are active, 36,948,939 of which have been closed with 35,689,223  recoveries (96.59% compared to  yesterday’s 96.57%) and 1,259,716 deaths (3.41% compared to yesterday’s 3.42%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
        CV USA Cases: New cases of 29,435 with total cases over 10 million at 10,212,412 (a .29% increase compared to yesterday’s 4.23%  increase) with 3,519,967 active cases of which 18,401 (.52% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (18,480 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 6,692,445 closures, 243,419 of which have been deaths (3.64% compared to yesterday’s 3.66%) and 6,449,026 of which have been recoveries (96.36% compared to yesterday’s 96.34%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 734 ranks behind Belgium (1112), Peru (1052),  Spain (830), Brazil (762), Chile (758), Bolivia (749), and Argentina (735)  and only slightly worse than (Mexico (733), Ecuador (723) UK (721), Italy (685), and Sweden (595) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 3,608,666 more tests to bring total to  156,765.269 tests (now at 472,625/M compared to Russia at 442,597/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 523,442/M).
       Non CV Case News: The lawsuits over voting irregularity and  potential fraud are continuing, but the real focus will be shifting to the runoff elections in the 2 Senate races in Georgia which should both set records in terms of campaign dollars as Reds need to win at least 1 to keep control of the  Senate (with a razor thin edge for the Blues in the House and likewise for the Reds in the Senate, we might see some movement to bipartisanship to get things done which would be a great thing before we have to repeat this election bloodbath 2 years hence with a Kamala Harris having most likely replaced Biden); lawsuits be dammed over who will prevail to become president, MLB has already invited Biden to throw out the first pitch for the start of the 2021 season; Portland celebrated a Biden win with illegal street racing and crowds outside of ICE chanting “Come out and fight” (Blues will have no one to blame but themselves when lawless becomes the “law” of the land); D.C. Mayor as expected tweeted congratulations to Biden and Harris and urged people who voted to get tested for CV but not a word on testing for those celebrating en mass his victory ( this hack must believe that being a Blue is better than a vaccine for CV infections); the great questioner Alek Trebek of Jeopardy has died after a battle with prostate cancer. 
         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 7,  2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,657 of whom 626 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 342 behind Chicago at 284 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 “Like A G6” by Far East Movement feat. The Cataracs and Devon, the fact that you are not porphyrogenitic and a quote from the Contract With America, 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 Urbanism Day—created in 1949 to promote urban planning to make cities, which are growing in population by ever increasing leaps and bounds, more livable places.             2.  National Papusa Day—created by the El Salvador Legislature in 2005 and celebrated on the second Sunday in November to promote the consumption of papusas which are corn tortillas rolled and stuffed with meats, fish and vegetables served along with curtido which is  lightly fermented cabbage like Kimchi.

     3. 2010 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2010 on a run of 3 weeks not continuous “Like a G6” by Far East Movement feat. The Cataracs and Devon in their first number 1 song to join 6 other acts that made the number 1 list for the first time and 16 other songs that made the top number 1 list. Here is a recording of the song: Far East Movement was formed in L.A. and is the first Asian-American band to make the Bill Board Top 100 with a number 1 song; The Cataracs are a hip hop band formed in Berkeley and Devon was born in England but raised in Canada.

        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “porphyrogenitic” which means of royal birth which too many long term office holders seem to think they have been blessed with.

     5. Transition from Entrepreneur to Corporate Player Hard to Do—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1970 of Tom Anderson, who co-founded MySpace in August of 2003 and sold it to New Corp in 2005 for $580 million and stayed on as president until being replaced in 2009.

          On this day in:

      a. 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation allowing the merger of  the National Football League with the American Football League.

         b. 1972 Home Box Office (HBO) was launched to the joy of TV watchers who wanted to view movies and not wanting to wait for long periods of time before they appeared on TV after their runs in the theaters.

          c. 1994 in an event we may ever see repeated, in the midterm elections, Republicans flipped the House by winning 54 seats and the Senate by winning 8 and ending 40 years of control of the House by Democrats.

         d. 1999 in the first online internet murder Bruce Miller was murdered by shotgun by Jerry Cassaday, the online internet lover of his wife Sharee Miller and mother of three children, who had convinced him to kill him. Cassaday later committed suicide and Sharee Miller was arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to life for conspiracy to commit murder and 54-81 years for second degree murder and is now rotting in a women’s penitentiary  in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

         e. 2002 the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution requiring Saddam Hussein to disarm his WMD (which after invading Iraq the world would find he never had) or face serious consequences.

     Reflections on the 1994 Republican Contract With America: “"In this era of official evasion and posturing, we offer instead a detailed agenda for national renewal, a written commitment with no fine print." Preamble in the Contract With America.

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