Monday, January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 18, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 95 million at 95,623,389 with 389,181 new cases (a .41% increase and .48% yesterday) 25,256,955 of which are active, 70,366,434 closed with 68,323,790 recoveries (97.10% and 97.09% yesterday) and 2,042,644, deaths (2.90% and 2.91% yesterday) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus.

      CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 24 million at 24,454,500 with 38,991 new cases (a .16% increase and .61% yesterday) with 9,654,618 active cases of which 28, 744 (.30% of active cases and a decrease now of 527 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition 14,838,873 closures,  407,346 of which have been deaths (2.75% and 2.75% yesterday) and 14,431,527 of which have been recoveries (97.25% and 97.25% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .15% lower than the world rate and .08% lower than Canada which has the socialized type medicine Biden may well want to implement here  and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1227 ranks behind Belgium (1759), Italy (1366), and UK (1320) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (1226), Hungary (1184), Peru (1170) Spain (1140), Mexico (1085), France (1075), Sweden (1019) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, (1000), Switzerland (1004), Argentina (1000), Brazil (984), Chile (914) that we recently passed, Bolivia (819) and  Ecuador (805) and we have now conducted  285,751,376 tests (now at 860,525/M compared to Russia at 664,525/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, Malta, Singapore and UAE) but for the U.K. which remains off the testing charts with tests at 949,994/M.

      Non CV Case News: Pelosi’s rush to impeach because Trump was a clear and present danger has been revealed as a farce as she is sitting on the Articles of Impeachment and not sending them to the Senate which reveals the real reason for impeachment—prevent Trump from ever seeking office again—what an outrage by a kangaroo court like impeachment process—no evidence and no witnesses to link Trump to the storming of the Capitol by inciting protesters to commit that act; in another example of our criminal justice system gone amok, the suspect of the killing of a Temple University graduate while walking his dog, Davis L. Josephus, over prosecutors objections had his bail reduced from $200,000 to $12,000 and released to commit further mayhem; words have consequences and Biden’s ill advised open border ideas coupled with path to citizenship, has ignited the caravan of thousands of illegals crossing the Guatemala border, clashing with police and heading north (if more Latinos voted Red, the Blues would be on the front line demanding a secure border); Trump is expected to commute or pardon some 50-100 criminals, including Lil Wayne; shades of brainwashing perfected by the Communists during the Korean War and passed on to the North Vietnamese and the Chinese and now being aped by Big Tech and the MSM to deprogram and deplatform Trump supporters to complement the firing or not hiring of conservatives in entertainment, academia, and business; Twitter behind its algorithms thinks of itself as an adjunct of the DNC has just unblocked another conservative Congresswoman Rep. Greene of Georgia initially blocked for criticizing Georgia election officials (Trump’s ban should be a wakeup call that the stifling of conservative thought to promote the DNC is the real clear and present danger); the fawning and gushing by MSM by people like Jane Pauley who clearly has lost sight of what it means to be a journalist in her Sunday interview with Harris and her husband is ramping up on all cylinders; the leftist celebs that populate Hollywood and who delusionally think since they can memorize scripts portraying intelligent, heroic or persons with great integrity and believe Main Street care about their thoughts have started a petition to have Cruz removed from the Senate as a traitor; the recall Gavin Newsom continues to gather signatures over a million moving forward to the required goal of 1,500,000 https://recallgavin2020.com/petition/

          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In the new-year gun violence is unchecked primarily with shooters of color shooting and killing victims of color but it looks like my data site Hey Jackass.com has now been blocked from giving out daily data.

As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick and Friends, the  fact that you are not plagued by allergies that trigger ptarmic reactions and a quote on coffee by Flash Rosenberg, 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 the details on the pricing.

         1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—designated by President Reagan as a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr, and to honor his contributions and accomplishments in the Civil Rights Movement achieved not through rioting, burning and looting but through peaceful nonviolence.

          2. National Gourmet Coffee Day—celebrating that morning brew that most of us cannot start our day without and many need an afternoon booster to complete the day. Thanks to Starbucks, Peets, and Kean and other coffee shops that specialize in better beans, we have been freed of the relatively cheap supermarket coffee which too often is highly acidic and lacking taste.

          3.  1986 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1986 on this day with a run of 4 weeks in that position was “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne and Friends, joining 29 other number one songs. Here is a recording of Dionne and Friends singing “That’s What Friends Are For”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyTpu6BmE88. With friends like Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight almost impossible to not have a number 1 record, At 80 this talented singer is still active.

4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ptarmic” which means a substance that causes sneezing like ground pepper, wasabi, or foods the eater is allergic to.

          5. Too Much Temptation for a Singing Temptation—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1941 of David Ruffin, one of the lead singers for the Temptations but struggled with drug addiction and died from an overdose of cocaine on June 1, 1991 in a Philadelphia crack cocaine house.

On this day in:

a. 1895 an X-ray machine was demonstrated by Davidson Professor of Physics Henry Louis Smith.

          b. 1967 Albert DeSalvo “The Boston Strangler” was convicted of several murders and sentenced to life in prison and then escaped, turned himself back in and was moved to a maximum security prison where he was murdered by a fellow inmate.

c. 1981 Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachuted off a Houston skyscraper to become the first two parachutists to complete a BASE jump from buildings, antennae, spans (bridge) and earth (cliff).

d. 1990 Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Berry was arrested for cocaine possession in a FBI sting operation, was convicted and served 6 months and engineered a political comeback and won a 4th  term as mayor.

e. 2005 the Airbus 380, the world’s largest commercial airliner was unveiled.

          Reflections on the coffee:  “I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.”Flash Rosenberg, noted Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts and obviously a coffee   connoisseur.
        Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter   account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History,  poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to  Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.

© January 18, 2021 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Over Using Racist and Nazis Card Left on Hawley Invents Traitor and Tosses the Card

 

First leftist charges of “racist” and “Nazis” for Trump and supporters to semantic satiation
New charge is “traitor” being used against Hawley that deserves nothing but condemnation
The senator had the temerity to question the votes in battleground states
Because laws governing elections, officials chose to abate
The left is painting them as traitors with a dangerous broad brush
Some demanding their rights to be senators be crushed
Hawley has had a fund raiser venue cancelled by Lowe’s
Add that to a cancelled book deal shows how far the left to crush disagreement will go
This poet has never supported boycotts because of owners perceived beliefs
Boycott are two edged swords that bring usually nothing but grief
Lowe’s should not be surprised that when hotels have too many empty rooms to spare
That hopefully many of the 74 million will decide Hawley’s not a traitor and will not stay there
© January 17, 2021 The Alaskanpoet

Parler Fighting In Court Amazon's Iron Curtain of Censorship

 

12 million Parler users whose ability to express views on the site has been muted
As without any notice Amazon from the internet had them booted
A chilling Social Media Curtain far worse than what the Soviet Union put in place
A concentrated effort by tech oligarchs to conservative thoughts erase
Amazon is hiding behind algorithms to claim as a private company it has that right
Unlike the government to ban conservative thought from the public’s sight
The rational cannot be framed only in first amendment terms
Social media has become more like a utility so indispensable we have learned
Like electricity and water without which urban dwellers could not exist
As long as bills paid, service to them a utility company could not resist
Amazon and Parler are now in court
On the validity of Amazon’s service to Parler choosing to abort
Monopolistic power that caused us to break up oil, telephones and railroads
Hope the judge applies the same hammer to Amazon monopoly power before the airing of conservative thought is further eroded
© January 17, 2021 The Alaskanpoet
 

January 17, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Bootleggers Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 17, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 95 million at 95,234,208 with 455,464 new cases (a .48% increase and .71% yesterday) 25,280,277 of which are active, 70,125,024 closed with 68,087,035 recoveries (97.09% and 97.09% yesterday) and 2,038,019, deaths (2.91% and 2.91% yesterday) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus.

      CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 23 million at 24,454,500 with 148,457 new cases (a .61% increase and .84% yesterday) with 9,631,206 active cases of which 28,840 (.30% of active cases and a decrease now of 431 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition 14,823,374 closures,  406,971 of which have been deaths (2.75% and 2.75% yesterday) and 14,416,403 of which have been recoveries (97.25% and 97.25% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .16% lower than the world rate and .10% lower than Canada which has the socialized type medicine Biden may well want to implement here  and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1226 ranks behind Belgium (1756), Italy (1360),  UK (1311) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Bulgaria (1225), and only slightly worse than Peru (1167), Hungary (1176), Peru (1167) Spain (1140), Mexico (1082), France (1075), Sweden (1019) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Argentina (1000), Switzerland (999), Brazil (983), Chile (910) that we recently passed, Bolivia (816) and  Ecuador (805) and we have now conducted 1,648,249 more tests to bring the total to 285,401,375 (now at 859,485/M compared to Russia at 661,786/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, Malta, Singapore and UAE) but for the U.K. which remains off the testing charts with tests at 927,419/M.

      Non CV Case News: Parler is in court seeking an injunction to Amazon’s abrupt cancellation of service removing the communication app used by some 12 million followers hiding behind its algorithms of hateful or calling for violence speech (seems like many other Social Media giants followed Amazon’s lead act leading one to wonder whether a collusion in concert to bar conservative thought from the internet was occurring); Josh Hawley who had the temerity to question the election of Biden because certain battleground states violated the rules of law governing their elections has had Loews cancel a fund raiser because a liberal lawyer was outraged that the chain was supporting a “traitor” and Simon and Shuster cancelled its book deal with him on The Tyranny of Big Tech; Fox News is airing a special tonight on the issue of whether China still has leverage over Eric Swalwell due to his past association with Fang Fang: https://www.foxnews.com/media/china-swalwell-spy-leverage-fang-fang-gordon-chang: the political fallout from the storming of the Capitol continues as MLB announced it is suspending political contributions from its PAC and evaluating its guidelines; in another example that the divide is increasing not decreasing in this country, the FBI arrested Daniel Baker, a self-described hard core leftist, for trying to recruit supporters to attack Trump supporters planning to protest at Florida’s capital the inauguration of Biden; Pelosi after working up the Blues into a frenzy that Trump was a “clear and present danger” and calling the Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to make sure the nuclear codes were secure from any rash action by him now is setting no time to present Articles of Impeachment to the Senate; Alec Baldwin who must have mixed feelings about the election as he will no longer be playing Trump on SNL is in the news making a fool of himself by touting he had a dream that Trump was being tried for sedition in a courthouse with a noose out front (sick person with divisiveness we need not); Rusty Hicks, the Chairman of the California Democratic Party who had previously called the Newsom recall attempt a coup and linked it to the storming of the Capitol has walked back those comments as the recall petition continues to gather signatures over a million https://recallgavin2020.com/petition/

          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In the new-year gun violence is unchecked primarily with shooters of color shooting and killing victims of color but it looks like my data site Hey Jackass.com has now been blocked from giving out daily data.

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 Virgin” by Madonna, the  fact that you live in Southern California and have no psychrophobia and a quote on the Northridge Earthquake by Linda Sieger who lived through it along with her husband and baby born the morning of it, 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 the details on the pricing.

         1. National Bootleggers’ Day—created by Infinium Spirits on this day in 2016 to commemorate Templeton Rye, one of the more noted bootleg whiskeys that was produced in Templeton, Iowa shortly after Prohibition came into effect on this day in 1920. The whiskey was reintroduced legally in 2006 and produced by a distillery owned by Scott Bush and Myer Kerkhoff, the grandson of Alphonse Kerkhoff, one of the more notable bootleggers in Templeton.

          2. National Cable Car Day—celebrating the issuance of the first patent in relation to the cable car on this day in 1871 which led to on September 1, 1873 the commencement of the Clay Street Hill Railroad commencing operations in San Francisco.
          3.  
1985 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1985 on this day with a run of 6 weeks, 2 of which were at the end of 1984, in that position was “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, joining 26 other number one songs. Here is a recording of Madonna singing “Like a Virgin”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkSxhG4cbPo The “Queen of Pop” is still on a roll, recording and performing and raking in the dough.

        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “psychrophobia” which means fear of the cold which given climate change will be coming into disuse in the future.

          5. High/Low Woman—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political outlook the birth on this day in 1964 of former First Lady Michelle Obama.

On this day in:

a. 1917 Prohibition went into effect after being ratified on the prior day.

          b. 1977 capital punishment was resumed in the United States with Gary Gilmore having the dubious distinction of being the first to be executed since Aaron Mitchell on April 12, 1967 after electing death by firing squad.

c. 1992 in a better late than never moment Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa visiting South Korea apologized for enslaving Korean women as “comfort women” to satisfy the sexual urges of the Japanese soldiers in World War II. 
          d. 1964 the 6.7 Northridge Earthquake, whose epicenter was the town of Reseda, struck the San Fernando Valley with effects felt throughout Southern California, killing 57 people, injuring over 8700 people and causing an estimated $13--$44 billion in property damages.

e. 1998 Matt Drudge on The Drudge Report broke the Bill Clinton Monica Lewinsky Scandal.

          Reflections on the Northridge Earthquake: " A week before my son was born, my husband and I couldn't decide if our son's middle name would be Sebastian or Samson. I laid the argument to rest by saying God would give us a sign. I gave birth to my son on Jan. 17, 1994, at 12:30AM in the Kaiser of Woodland Hills. My husband went home to catch a little sleep before returning to us later in day. The quake hit at about 4:00AM. When my husband and I were reunited, the first thing I said, "I'm never asking God for a sign again." Almost 20 years later, I still haven't asked for a sign and yes, my son's middle name is Samson! We were impacted severely by the quake. Our apartment was uninhabitable for about a week, so we were homeless with a newborn and back then they had you leave the hospital less than 24 hours after a birth. I can tell you that the hospital was not prepared for the quake. I have other stories to tell about that time, but I like this one best.” Linda Sieger
        Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter   account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History,  poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to  Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.

© January 17, 2021 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

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January 17, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Bootleggers Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 17, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 95 million at 95,234,208 with 455,464 new cases (a .48% increase and .71% yesterday) 25,280,277 of which are active, 70,125,024 closed with 68,087,035 recoveries (97.09% and 97.09% yesterday) and 2,038,019, deaths (2.91% and 2.91% yesterday) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus.

      CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 23 million at 24,454,500 with 148,457 new cases (a .61% increase and .84% yesterday) with 9,631,206 active cases of which 28,840 (.30% of active cases and a decrease now of 431 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition 14,823,374 closures,  406,971 of which have been deaths (2.75% and 2.75% yesterday) and 14,416,403 of which have been recoveries (97.25% and 97.25% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .16% lower than the world rate and .10% lower than Canada which has the socialized type medicine Biden may well want to implement here  and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1226 ranks behind Belgium (1756), Italy (1360),  UK (1311) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Bulgaria (1225), and only slightly worse than Peru (1167), Hungary (1176), Peru (1167) Spain (1140), Mexico (1082), France (1075), Sweden (1019) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Argentina (1000), Switzerland (999), Brazil (983), Chile (910) that we recently passed, Bolivia (816) and  Ecuador (805) and we have now conducted 1,648,249 more tests to bring the total to 285,401,375 (now at 859,485/M compared to Russia at 661,786/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, Malta, Singapore and UAE) but for the U.K. which remains off the testing charts with tests at 927,419/M.

      Non CV Case News: Parler is in court seeking an injunction to Amazon’s abrupt cancellation of service removing the communication app used by some 12 million followers hiding behind its algorithms of hateful or calling for violence speech (seems like many other Social Media giants followed Amazon’s lead act leading one to wonder whether a collusion in concert to bar conservative thought from the internet was occurring); Josh Hawley who had the temerity to question the election of Biden because certain battleground states violated the rules of law governing their elections has had Loews cancel a fund raiser because a liberal lawyer was outraged that the chain was supporting a “traitor” and Simon and Shuster cancelled its book deal with him on The Tyranny of Big Tech; Fox News is airing a special tonight on the issue of whether China still has leverage over Eric Swalwell due to his past association with Fang Fang: https://www.foxnews.com/media/china-swalwell-spy-leverage-fang-fang-gordon-chang: the political fallout from the storming of the Capitol continues as MLB announced it is suspending political contributions from its PAC and evaluating its guidelines; in another example that the divide is increasing not decreasing in this country, the FBI arrested Daniel Baker, a self-described hard core leftist, for trying to recruit supporters to attack Trump supporters planning to protest at Florida’s capital the inauguration of Biden; Pelosi after working up the Blues into a frenzy that Trump was a “clear and present danger” and calling the Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to make sure the nuclear codes were secure from any rash action by him now is setting no time to present Articles of Impeachment to the Senate; Alec Baldwin who must have mixed feelings about the election as he will no longer be playing Trump on SNL is in the news making a fool of himself by touting he had a dream that Trump was being tried for sedition in a courthouse with a noose out front (sick person with divisiveness we need not); Rusty Hicks, the Chairman of the California Democratic Party who had previously called the Newsom recall attempt a coup and linked it to the storming of the Capitol has walked back those comments as the recall petition continues to gather signatures over a million https://recallgavin2020.com/petition/

          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In the new-year gun violence is unchecked primarily with shooters of color shooting and killing victims of color but it looks like my data site Hey Jackass.com has now been blocked from giving out daily data.

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 Virgin” by Madonna, the  fact that you live in Southern California and have no psychrophobia and a quote on the Northridge Earthquake by Linda Sieger who lived through it along with her husband and baby born the morning of it, 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 the details on the pricing.

         1. National Bootleggers’ Day—created by Infinium Spirits on this day in 2016 to commemorate Templeton Rye, one of the more noted bootleg whiskeys that was produced in Templeton, Iowa shortly after Prohibition came into effect on this day in 1920. The whiskey was reintroduced legally in 2006 and produced by a distillery owned by Scott Bush and Myer Kerkhoff, the grandson of Alphonse Kerkhoff, one of the more notable bootleggers in Templeton.

          2. National Cable Car Day—celebrating the issuance of the first patent in relation to the cable car on this day in 1871 which led to on September 1, 1873 the commencement of the Clay Street Hill Railroad commencing operations in San Francisco.
          3.  
1985 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1985 on this day with a run of 6 weeks, 2 of which were at the end of 1984, in that position was “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, joining 26 other number one songs. Here is a recording of Madonna singing “Like a Virgin”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkSxhG4cbPo The “Queen of Pop” is still on a roll, recording and performing and raking in the dough.

        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “psychrophobia” which means fear of the cold which given climate change will be coming into disuse in the future.

          5. High/Low Woman—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political outlook the birth on this day in 1964 of former First Lady Michelle Obama.

On this day in:

a. 1917 Prohibition went into effect after being ratified on the prior day.

          b. 1977 capital punishment was resumed in the United States with Gary Gilmore having the dubious distinction of being the first to be executed since Aaron Mitchell on April 12, 1967 after electing death by firing squad.

c. 1992 in a better late than never moment Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa visiting South Korea apologized for enslaving Korean women as “comfort women” to satisfy the sexual urges of the Japanese soldiers in World War II.
          d. 1964 the 6.7 Northridge Earthquake, whose epicenter was the town of Reseda, struck the San Fernando Valley with effects felt throughout Southern California, killing 57 people, injuring over 8700 people and causing an estimated $13--$44 billion in property damages.

e. 1998 Matt Drudge on The Drudge Report broke the Bill Clinton Monica Lewinsky Scandal.

          Reflections on the Northridge Earthquake: " A week before my son was born, my husband and I couldn't decide if our son's middle name would be Sebastian or Samson. I laid the argument to rest by saying God would give us a sign. I gave birth to my son on Jan. 17, 1994, at 12:30AM in the Kaiser of Woodland Hills. My husband went home to catch a little sleep before returning to us later in day. The quake hit at about 4:00AM. When my husband and I were reunited, the first thing I said, "I'm never asking God for a sign again." Almost 20 years later, I still haven't asked for a sign and yes, my son's middle name is Samson! We were impacted severely by the quake. Our apartment was uninhabitable for about a week, so we were homeless with a newborn and back then they had you leave the hospital less than 24 hours after a birth. I can tell you that the hospital was not prepared for the quake. I have other stories to tell about that time, but I like this one best.” Linda Sieger
        Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter   account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History,  poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to  Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.

© January 17, 2021 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

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Poet Extraordinaire, Beyond Compare

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January 16, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Religious Freedom Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 16, 2021
       CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases nearing 95 million at 94,949,867 with 665,798 new cases (a .71% increase and .80% yesterday)  25,145,611 of  which  are active, 69,804,256 closed with 67,773,336 recoveries (97.09% and 97.09% yesterday) and 2,030,920, deaths (2.91% and 2.91% yesterday) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus.
      CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 23 million at 24,306,043 with 203,614 new cases (a .84% increase and 1.07% yesterday)  with 9,557,138 active cases of which 28,850 (.31% of active cases and a decrease now of 421 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition 14,748,905 closures,  405,261 of which have been deaths (2.75% and 2.75% yesterday) and 14,343,644 of which have been recoveries (97.25% and 97.25% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .16% lower than the world rate and .10% lower than Canada which has the socialized type medicine Biden may well want to implement here  and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1220 ranks behind Belgium (1752), Italy (1354),  UK (1301) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Bulgaria (1225), and only slightly worse than Peru (1164), Hungary (1168), Spain (1140), Mexico (1082), France (1073), Sweden (1019) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths including a 14/M increase on the 15th and 35/M increase on the 14th,  Switzerland (998), Argentina (997), Brazil (981), Chile (908) that we recently passed, Bolivia (816) and  Ecuador (805) and we have now conducted 1,943,241 more tests to bring the total to 283,753,126 (now at 854,521/M compared to Russia at 659,049/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, Malta, Singapore and UAE) but for the U.K. which remains off the testing charts with tests at 927,419/M.
      Non CV Case News: Biden’s perceived open border rhetoric to no one’s surprise has a Honduran caravan of more than 1000 has crossed into Guatemala on Friday heading north to our border, expecting to be let in per Biden’s commitment; Harris is touting Biden’s plan to offer a path to citizenship for the low estimate of 13 million illegals living in this country and immigration rights groups are demanding a meeting with Biden to insure he keeps his border promises (floodgates to citizenship and a mostly porous border will not be humane to vast millions of low income blacks, Hispanics and white rather it will be an economic disaster); Nancy Pelosi has a new item to add to her to do list—check her gourmet ice cream freezer to make sure there is not ice cream there from Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company as news report indicates that a large shipment of its ice cream in China has been contaminated by the COVID-19 virus; while NASA’s hot test of the rocket for its Space Launch System that will put astronauts on the Moon in 2024 had to be shut down after 1 minuted into a 8 minute scheduled test, SpaceX has successfully launched into orbit in its first launch of 2021, a communications satellite for Turkey, first computer driven cars with no humans, now the FAA has approved a commercial drone from American Robotics, Inc. with no human operator on site (when will all truck drivers become obsolete and where will we find the jobs to replace them?); Bill Maher, a rabid anti-Trumper profoundly indicated that you cannot lump 74 million Trump voters into acts of the rioters storming the Capitol; on the anniversary of the first Super Bowl it is perhaps fitting that Green Bay Packers  beat the L.A. Rams and will play the winner of the Tom Brady –Drew Brees match up on Sunday for the NFC Championship and slot in the Super Bowl; Newsom’s vaccine rollout continues to be a disaster only trumped in terms of magnitude and pain of the unemployment claims fiasco and the fraud being perpetrated on the system by prisoners with California an epicenter of new cases and deaths but fortunately the recall petition for Gruesome Newsom has now surpassed 1,000,000 signatures and only needs 500,000 more to put the recall Newsom petition on the ballot: https://recallgavin2020.com/petition/
          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In the new-year gun violence is unchecked primarily with shooters of color shooting and killing victims of color but it looks like my data site Hey Jackass.com has now been blocked from giving out daily data.
          As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Say Say Say” by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, the  fact that you do not have to endure psychrolusia and a quote on Columbia disaster by President George W. Bush, 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 the details on the pricing.

1. National Religious Freedom Day—proclaimed by President George H.W. Bush in 1993 to commemorate the adoption by the Virginia General Assembly on this day in 1786 of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, the cornerstone of our First Amendment.
          2. National Without a Scalpel Day—created by the International Initiative on November 10, 2015 and celebrated on this day since 2016 to promote awareness of important health and cost benefits of Minimally Invasive Image-guided Procedures. Having enjoyed the benefits of 4 arthroscopic knee surgeries and able to walk as soon the anesthetic wore off and be discharged, this poet attests to the benefits.
          3.  1984 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1984 on this day with a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Say Say Say” by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, joining 19 other number one songs. Here is a recording of Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney singing “Say Say Say”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLEhh_XpJ-0
         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “psychrolusia” which means bathing in cold water which is fine for a Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day but a bit on the weird side if done more often.
         5. American Dream Started with a Hot Dog---celebrating the birth on this day in 1917 of noted entrepreneur Carl Karcher who with his wife went into business with a hot dog stand on July 17, 1941 with $311 borrowed on their auto and $15 from his wife’s purse and over time expanded to some 300 restaurants before going public in 1981 but Karcher experienced a fate often suffered by entrepreneurs after going public—getting into disagreements with board members on direction and strategy to be forced out by his board in 1993. An active philanthropist in Orange County for many years, he died from complications of Parkinson ’s disease on January 11, 2008 at age 90.
          On this day in:
          a. 1942 TWA Flight 3 on a flight from New York City to Burbank with 4 stops after taking off from the 4th stop Las Vegas shortly crashed into a mountain due to pilot error, killing all 22 aboard including Hollywood Star Carole Lombard.
          b. 1969 Soviet Spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 became the first spacecraft to dock together in space, transfer crews and for the only time perform such transfer with a space walk from one spacecraft to another.
          c. 1991 one day after the deadline for withdrawal of Iraqi forces had expired coalition forces began bombing, in the first of over 100,000 sorties into Iraq,  Iraqi military forces, installations and communications.
d. 2003 the Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off on mission STS 107 which would prove to be its last 16 days later, disintegrating on reentry and killing all aboard.
          e. 2020 the first impeachment on a partisan vote of President Trump went before the Senate for trial which later acquitted him.
          Reflections on the loss of Columbia: "The Columbia is lost. There are no survivors. ... These astronauts knew the dangers and they faced them willingly, knowing they had a high and noble purpose in life. Because of their courage and daring and idealism, we will miss them all the more. ... The cause in which they died will continue. Mankind is led into the darkness beyond our world by the inspiration of discovery and the longing to understand. Our journey into space will go on. ... In the words of the prophet, Isaiah, รข€˜Lift your eyes and look to the heavens. Who created all these? He who brings out the starry hosts one by one and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength not one of them is missing.' The same Creator who named the stars, also knows the names of the seven souls we mourn today. The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth, yet we can pray that all are safely home." President Bush in an address to the nation on February 1, 2003.
        Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter   account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History,  poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to  Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

January 15, 2021 Ridley's Beleive It Or Not Wikipedia Day`

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 15, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with  surging cases over 94 million at 94,284,069 with 750,354 new cases (a .80% increase and .82% yesterday)  24,949,262 of  which  are active, 69,341,800 closed with 67,325,168 recoveries (97.09% and 97.09% yesterday) and 2,016,632, deaths (2.91% and 2.91% yesterday) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus.

      CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 23 million at 24,102,429 with 254,019 new cases (a 1.07% increase and .98% yesterday)  with 9,471,604 active cases of which 28,937 (.31% of active cases and a decrease now of 334 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition 14,630,825 closures,  401,856 of which have been deaths (2.75% and 2.74% yesterday) and 14,228,969 of which have been recoveries (97.25% and 97.26% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .16% lower than the world rate and .11% lower than Canada which has the socialized type medicine Biden may well want to implement here  and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1210 ranks behind Belgium (1747, Italy (1346),  UK (1282) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Bulgaria (1222), and only slightly worse than Peru (1167), Hungary (1159), Spain (1140), France (1070),  Mexico (1064),  Sweden (1019) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths including a 14/M increase today and 35/M increase yesterday, Argentina (996), Switzerland (995), Brazil (976), Chile (901) that we recently passed, Bolivia (810) and  Ecuador (802) and we have now conducted 2,337,059 more tests to bring the total to 281,809,885 (now at 848,683/M compared to Russia at 654,936/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, Malta, Singapore and UAE) but for the U.K. which remains off the testing charts with tests at 927,432/M.

      Non CV Case News: This poet has always abhorred boycotts of people or products and services because one disagrees with the political opinions of the owner in question on the shutdown of Parler by Social Medias and the Washington Post’s support of that move, 75 million Americans should rise up as one over this heinous assault on the First Amendment and boycott Amazon owned by Bezos who owns the Washington Post and withdraw support of any company that places ads with the Washington Post ( the storming of the Capitol by few Antifa like thugs as a threat to our democracy is a dwarfed by the Iron Curtain of censorship launched by Social Media Giants that have grown too large with too much monopolistic power; AOC is grabbing the spotlight blaming Facebook for not doing enough to censor communications among the rioters who stormed the Capitol (do not be surprised if conservative posts and tweets under the excuse of “hate speech”, promoting racism or white supremacy  will become endangered species in 2021); the U.S. for years has been victimized by birth tourists of pregnant aliens coming to the country not to visit to give birth and have their child be an American citizen and now states like Florida are facing an influx of vaccine tourists from out of state coming to Florida and taking advantage of the priority to vaccinate those over 65; the NRA has filed for bankruptcy and is leaving the state for friendlier 2nd Amendment open arms of Florida; in another example of the attack on free speech, Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania Fetterman was ranting that protesting election results was “hate speech” and therefore not protected by the First Amendment (refreshing that his view was actually dumped on); being a resident of NYC is a dangerous, harrowing task which will be made more so if State Assemblyman Johnathan Jacobson’s banning law abiding citizens from owning  or wearing a bullet proof vest (brave words from a hack politician who probably has access to armed guards so he is safe; Cathy Couric who is scheduled to be a guest host on Jeopardy has shed any pretense of being objective as a journalist and is pushing for the ideas that Republicans who supported Trump need to be “reprogrammed” (aka brainwashed);  ; Newsom’s vaccine rollout continues to be a disaster only trumped in terms of magnitude and pain of the unemployment claims fiasco and the fraud being perpetrated on the system by prisoners with California an epicenter of new cases and deaths but fortunately the recall petition for Gruesome Newsom has now surpassed 1,000,000 signatures and only needs 500,000 more to put the recall Newsom petition on the ballot: https://recallgavin2020.com/petition/

          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In the new-year gun violence is unchecked primarily with shooters of color shooting and killing victims of color but it looks like my data site Hey Jackass.com has now been blocked from giving out daily data.

As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Down Under” by Men at Work, the  fact that your choices in life are largely psychagogic and a quote on responding  to life’s difficulties by Chesley Sullenberger, 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 the details on the pricing.

         1. National Booch Day—proclaimed by KeVita Beverage Company on this day in 2019 to promote the consumption of kabucha, a drink made from tea in China over 2,000 years ago and now popular in the country.

          2. Wikipedia Day—celebrating the formation of Wikipedia on this day in 2001

          3.  1983 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1983 on this day with a run of 4 weeks not continuous in that position was “Down Under” by Men at Work, joining 16 other number one songs. Here is a recording of Men at Work singing “Down Under” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfR9iY5y94s The band was formed in Melbourne in 1979 and was active with several breakups until 2012.

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “psychagogic which means attractive.

          5. Is the Dream Now a Nightmare?---celebrating the birth on this day in 1929 of Martin Luther King, JR. one of the true icons of the Civil Rights Movement with his preaching of nonviolence and a dream of judging people by the content of their character as opposed to the color of their skin.

On this day in:

a. 1967 the first Super Bowl was played in the Coliseum in Los Angeles with the Green Bay Packers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.

          b. 1991 the deadline imposed by the UN for withdrawal of Iraqi forces expired, authorizing the use of force under Desert Storm to evict them.

c. 2009 US Airways Flight 1549 an Airbus A320 2 minutes after takeoff for La Guardia Airport had both engines shut down after sucking in flights of birds but Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Copilot Jeffrey Skiles were able to turn the plane around and glide to a perfect landing on the Hudson River with no casualties, an  event forever to be known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

d. 2015 the Swiss Central Bank removed the cap on the Swiss Franc relative to the Euro, causing major turmoil in international financial markets.

         e. 2019 UK Prime Minister Theresa Mae suffered the largest Parliament margin of defeat in English history when the MPs in Parliament voted 202 in favor and 432 opposed to her Brexit withdrawal plan which was the writing on the wall for her resignation which occurred after further Brexit rejections on  July 24.

        Reflections on the Miracle of the Hudson to everyday life: “People had been losing their jobs in large numbers. Home foreclosures were up. Life savings had been decimated. A lot of people felt like they had been hit by a double bird strike in their own lives. But Flight 1549 had shown people that there are always further actions you can take. There are ways out of the tightest spots. We as individuals, and as a society, can find them.”― Chesley B. Sullenberger, Sully:My Search for What Really Matters 

        Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter   account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History,  poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to  Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.

© January 15, 2021 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

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