Monday, November 23, 2020

November 23, 2020 Ridley's Beleive It Or Not National Espresso Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 23, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 389,882 new cases (a .66%  increase compared to a .97% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  59 million to 59,375,382, 16,916,876 of  which  are active, 42,458,506 of which have been closed with 41,058,508  recoveries (96.70% compared to  yesterday’s 96.69%) and 1,399,998 deaths (3.30% compared to yesterday’s 3.31%) to continue the trend of increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.
        CV USA Cases: New cases of 109,166 with total cases over 12 million at 12,697,827 (a .87% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.40%) with 4,923,018 active cases of which 23,116 (.47% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (23,113 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 7,774,809 closures, 263,298 of which have been deaths (3.39% compared to yesterday’s 3.40%) and 7,511,511 of which have been recoveries (96.61% compared to yesterday’s 96.60%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months is only .09% above world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement at 794 ranks behind Belgium (1345), Peru (1074),  Spain (922), Italy (835), Argentina (816), and UK (812) which has now passed us despite leading world in testing),  and today tied with Brazil (794)  and only slightly worse than  Chile (788) that we just passed, (Mexico (785), Bolivia (759), newly added to the list France (754) Ecuador (745) and Sweden (633) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,955,713 more tests to bring total to 182,630,295 (now at 560,464/M compared to Russia at 499,793/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 607,350/M).
       Non CV Case News: Nevada is being hit by a one two punch as 16.5% of the people testing are testing positive, prompting the Blue governor to impose 3 weeks of restrictive limitations, lowering occupancy of restaurants to 25% with no more than 4 at a table and requiring masks at all time indoors and out if with someone not a member of that person’s immediate household and secondly Reno being hit with the 1200 acre Pinehaven wildfire that has destroyed several home and forced the evacuations of hundreds; more and more relatives of seniors killed in nursing homes due to Cuomo’s sending CV positive patients to them to spread the infection and kill are coming forth to blast the Emmy award to be given to him; Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu reportedly secretly traveled in a civilian jet to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman which if true as the Saudis have publicly denied would be the first meeting of senior level officials of the 2 countries; in another example of authoritarian rule in Chine, over 17,000 employees at the Shanghai Airport were detained and tested for CV after several baggage handlers tested positive; new study out that should deflate the cancel student debt movement showing that cancelling the $1.7 trillion in student debt will result in $80 being injected into the economy; what’s with the Blues, who, barring some unforeseen manna from electoral heaven in the form of clear voter fraud, have won the election yet continue their anti-Trump rants on the virus with Harris not having rescinded her campaign comments she wouldn’t trust anything developed during the Trump Administration and Big cautioning New Yorkers the vaccine is a “toxic cocktail”; the wheels of justice move slowly but they do move as the trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is finally heading to a trial date for securities fraud on March 21, 2021 and if convicted she is looking at up to 20 years in federal prison; Tesla is riding high with its cars being made and sold like hotcakes and its stock through the roof but a news item is out that it is easy to hack into the car with a smart phone and drive it away if you can access the VIN; that the MSNBC is biased against the Reds should be a given but we now learn the bias runs deeper to include Blue outliers like Andrews Yang who was put on a blacklist from ever appearing on the Lawrence O’Donnell Show.
         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 21,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 3,839 of whom  651 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 351 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 “South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)” by Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra with vocals by Hal Derwin, the fact that you can avoid someone who wants to prelect you and a quote from the Fourth Doctor on the similarity of powerful and stupid people, 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. Eat a Cranberry Day—celebrating that tasty, tart berry that grows in bogs and appears on supermarket shelves near Thanksgiving but I am clueless of who created this observance other than perhaps Ocean Spray, or why this day is chosen or when it was first observed but I do know you will enjoy munching on some crisp cranberries.
         2. National Espresso Day—celebrating a more concentrated way of getting one’s caffeine fix in a much quicker time thanks to the invention of Luigi Bezzera of the espresso machine in 1901.
         3. 1939 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1939 on this day on a run of 5   noncontinuous weeks, joining 14 other number 1 songs, was “South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)” by Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra with vocals by Hal Derwin. Here is a recording of the song:  Fields was a creative band leader with his unique rippling rhythm for swing and jazz and toured with USO during WWII. After the war ended he restarted the band and after it disbanded in 1963 he worked as a disc jockey and later for Creative Management Associates. He died February 23, 1981 at age 70. Derwin sang for many of the Big Bands in the 30’s and formed his own band in 1940. In the early 50’s his band had a 6 year residency at the Biltmore Bowl broadcast by NBC. He died on February 9, 1998 at age 83.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prelect” which means to lecture  which describes to a tee a trait of our elected leaders when addressing us mere mortals.

           5. How to Ruin a Country—celebrating or bemoaning depending your political point of view the birth on this day in 1962 of Nicolas Maduro who as President of Venezuela succeeded Socialist Hugo Chavez and is now in a protracted dispute with Juan Guaido over who is the properly elected president as Venezuela slides further and further into economic disaster due to Chavez’s and Maduro’s socialist policies.

          On this day in:

          a. 1963 the BBC broadcasted “the Unearthly Child” starring Phillip Hartley, the first episode of the first story of the series Dr. Who which would become the longest running science fiction drama and is still being produced and enjoyed today.

          b. 1992 the world’s first smart phone the IBM Simon was introduced at the Comdex Show in Las Vegas.

        c. 2001 the Convention on Cybercrime, the first international treaty to address internet and computer crime, was signed in Budapest, Hungary by 67 nations with an effective date of July 1, 2004.

        d. 2007 the MS Explorer, a cruise ship carrying 154 passengers, aped the Titanic without the loss of life by hitting an ice berg near the South Shetland Islands in the

Antarctic Ocean and then sinking with no casualties other than the passengers losing the vacation of a lifetime.

          e. 2015 Blue Origin’s rocket New Shepard was successfully launched into space and became the first rocket to land vertically back on Earth.

         A truism from Doctor Who: “You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common: they don’t alter their views to fit the facts; they alter the facts to fit their views.” The Fourth Doctor--Very astute observation when describing the MSM either as powerful or stupid.

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