Believe It Or Not November 25, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 467,967 new cases (a .78% increase compared to a 1.14% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 60 million to 60,518,698, 17,270,527 of which are active, 43,248,171 of which have been closed with 41,825,250 recoveries (96.71% compared to yesterday’s 96.70%) and 1,422,921 deaths (3.29% compared to yesterday’s 3.30%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 111,072 with total cases nearing 13 million at 13,039,271 (a .86% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.81%) with 5,100,232 active cases of which 23,609 (.46% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23 (23,711 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 7,939,039 closures, 267,024 of which have been deaths (3.36% compared to yesterday’s 3.37%) and 7,672,015 of which have been recoveries (96.64% compared to yesterday’s 96.63%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months is only .07% above world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement at 801 ranks behind Belgium (1373), Peru (1076), Spain (942), Italy (861), and UK (831) which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and Argentina (825) and has yesterday passed Brazil (798) and only slightly worse than Mexico (794), Chile (789) that we just passed, recently added to the list France (775) Bolivia (761), Ecuador (747) and Sweden (647) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,741,647 more tests to bring total to 186,106,026 (now at 560,928/M compared to Russia at 508,845/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 615,299/M).
Non CV Case News: On the Trump election litigation trail, a Pennsylvania judge has halted the state’s certification process, pending the result of a hearing; Trump’s chances of his legal actions overturning the election are beginning to look slimmer each day but Obama just can’t resist the opportunity to rant and degrade evangelical Hispanics who voted for Trump despite Obama’s charge that Trump is a racist (also blasted Trump for putting illegal children in cages when he did the very same thing as he is not listening to Biden’s time to heal message); CDC study says no link between CV infections and outdoor dining but L.A. listening to its director of health who is not a doctor with zero experience in infectious diseases, has shut down outdoor dining; Trump ended a grave miscarriage of justice today by pardoning Michael Flynn; Denver Mayor Hancock won’t be sucking down pumpkin or mincemeat pie only hypocrisy as he flies out of Denver to meet wife and daughter for T-Day; Obama must be fearful Loeffler will win on January 5 Georgia Special Election rand Biden’s restoring his legacy she will help block as he defends that infamous anti-Semite Reverend Wright; the stakes in the Georgia race just went up a goodly number of notches as Biden announced plans to introduce immigration reform that among other things would offer a path to citizenship to some 11 million illegals here along with rolling back some of Trump’s executive orders that have resulted in a reduction in illegals crossing the border; Big Fredo’s Emmy did not sway SCOTUS as it ruled against his anti-CV worship restrictions but disturbingly Chief Justice Roberts siding with the liberal dissent; in what may be a chilling preview in terms of our safety with Biden, the illegal alien Fernando de Jesus Lopez Garcia who was arrested for stabbing 2 in a San Jose church had been deported 3 times, a rap sheet of violent crimes, and never turned over to ICE for deportation.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 24, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,858 of whom 655 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 still 355 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 “Piano Concerto in B Flat” by Freddy Martin and His Orchestra with Clyde Rogers for vocals, the fact that you are not subject to any pretense crimes and a quote from John Cogley on Hollywood blacklisting which is occurring today against conservatives without the benefit of HUAC, 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. Blackout Wednesday—an informal observance started by college students coming home for the first time to their home towns to celebrate Thanksgiving after going off to college to party too hearty with their high school friends but due to the CV pandemic this year, much more subdued as many states have closed bars, banned large gatherings or like in Pennsylvania banned the sale of alcohol after 5:00 p.m.
2. International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women—created by the Feminist Encuentro in Columbia on this day in 1981 to mark the death on that day in 1960 of 3 of the Mirabel Sisters protesting against the reign of Dictator Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republican and then promulgated by the UN General Assembly in December, 1999 to promote awareness of the violence against women and to encourage efforts to end such violence.
3. 1941 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1940 on this day on a run of 8 weeks was “Piano Concerto in B Flat” by Freddy Martin and His Orchestra with Clyde Rogers for vocals to join 10 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckgH8UlIu1k. Martin, a tenor saxophonist known as “Mr. Silvertone”, was a big band leader who pioneered the “Tenor Band” sound and continued his career with his band until the early 80’s. His saxophone was taken away permanently on September 30, 1983 when he died at Hoag Hospital from a second stroke at age 76.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prepense” which means premeditated which when added to a murder brings with it a possible death penalty or life without possibility of parole.
5. Taking Five--celebrating the birth on this day in 1924 of Paul Emil Brietenfeld better known to his fans as Paul Desmond, noted jazz alto saxophonist who was part of the Dave Brubeck, but drank Dewar’s to excess and was a heavy smoker who dodged cirrhosis but not the lung cancer bullet to die too early on May 30, 1977 of lung cancer at age 52.
On this day in:
a. 1974 the Greenback Party with an anti-monopoly platform and freeing the dollar from gold was founded and active in the American political scene and achieved at its peak having members of the party in Congress until its disbandment in 1989.
b. 1947 8 individual screenwriters, 1 director and 1 producer were found in Contempt of Congress by HUAC for refusing to answer questions about their Communist Party involvement and were the first of many to be “blacklisted” from working in Hollywood.
c. 1952 Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London to become the longest running play in history with 28,000 performances but finally has had the curtain drop due to discontinuance due to the CV pandemic.
d. 1977 former Filipino Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. was sentenced to death by firing squad by the Philippine military but had the sentence commuted by Dictator Ferdinand Marcos and was able to leave the Philippines to the U.S. for heart treatment but upon return to the Philippines to try to convince Marcos to give up his dictatorial powers was assassinated almost immediately upon landing in Manila on August 21, 1983 by a shot to the head which circumvented the bullet proof vest he was wearing.
e. 1986 Attorney General Edwin Meese announced that funds from covert sales of arms to Iran were illegally transferred to Contra Rebels in Nicaragua.
Procedures for those in Hollywood to be deblacklisted: “When a former member of the party came to Brewer for help, the first thing [Brewer] insisted on was that the ex‐Communist go to the F.B.I. with all the information he had. Then the ex‐Communist was put in touch with the House committee and some kind of public repentance was worked out. The ex‐Communist was expected to testify (which meant naming names in public session), denounce the party at union meetings and, if he was prominent enough, make some kind of statement for the press ... or in some other way publicly express his new feelings....” John Cogley Report on Blacklisting
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