Saturday, November 28, 2020

November 28, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Small Business Saturday


Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 28, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 834,728 new cases (a 1.35%  increase compared to a .65% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  62 million to 62,533,771, 17,917,108 of  which  are active, 44,616,663 of which have been closed with 43,159,349  recoveries (96.73% compared to  yesterday’s 96.72%) and 1,457,314 deaths (3.27% compared to yesterday’s 3.28%) to continue the trend of increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.
           CV USA Cases: New cases of 560,248 with total cases over 13 million at 13,039,271 (a 4.30% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.16%) with 5,295,515 active cases of which 24,501 (.46% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (24,408 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 8,304,004 closures, 272,235 of which have been deaths (3.28% compared to yesterday’s 3.32%) and 8,031,769 of which have been recoveries (96.72% compared to yesterday’s 96.68%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months is only .01% above world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 820 ranks behind Belgium (1407), Peru (1082),  Spain (955), Italy (900), and UK (853 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and Argentina (845)  and has 4 days ago  passed Brazil (809)  and only slightly worse than  Mexico (810), Chile (799) that we recently passed,  recently added to the list France (798), Bolivia (762), Ecuador (753) and Sweden (660) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,743,490 more tests to bring total to 191,033,224  (now at 575,745/M compared to Russia at 516,579/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 626,255/M).
        Non CV Case News: While all the attention has shifted to the Georgia runoff Senate races, one party state California has gained the distinction of the state which flipped the most Blue seats, 4: AOC is back in the headlines claiming Biden on taking office has the power to forgive student loans (nothing like a $1.6 trillion addition to the national debt instead of loan modifications to lower interest rate and extend payment terms as the debt is not forgiven only transferred to the taxpayers including those who with or without struggle paid off their debt); SCOTUS has given New Jersey until December 3 to respond to litigation that challenges its curtailment of religious services (what a world where is it okay under the 1st to protest and riot but not to assemble in church, m dyed purple as the San Francisco moves into the Purple Tier with severe gathering restrictions and shut downs; the adage that Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned should have added to it Hell hath not fury than fantasy boys and girls film fans scorned as 1.568 million have signed a petition demanding Amber Heard be removed from Aquaman 2 for her slandering Johnny Depp in their bitter divorce trial; shades of the Whiskey Rebellion, as a bar pub in Staten Island refuses to close after the State of New York yanks its liquor license for ignoring CV pandemic shutdown orders; shades of Tom Matte a running back for the Baltimore Colts in 1965 who was a former quarterback and pressed into to play quarterback for the  final 3 games of the season a after Unitas and his backup were injured. Winning 2 out of 3 but losing the conference championship game on a field goal by the Packers which videos showed clearly missed as the Broncos’ 3 quarterbacks have tested positive and receiver Kendall Hinton who played quarterback for Wake Forest will play the position in tomorrow’s game against the Saints.
          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 27,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 3,877 of whom  661 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 360 behind Chicago at 301 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 “Paper Doll” by the Mills Brothers, the fact that you do not suffer from presbycousis and an anonymous quote on why your should shop in small businesses this Saturday, 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. Small Business Saturday—created by American Express in 2010 to promote Saturday after Thanksgiving as a day to shop in one’s neighborhood’s small businesses and codified by a Senate Resolution in 2011 but with many jurisdictions imposing a 25 % occupancy limit due to the virus might be difficult to celebrate by shopping there unless they have had the foresight to create an shopper friendly online presence.
        2. National Turkey Leftover Day—celebrating the time to eat up the turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving with a delicious turkey rice or noodle soup or a myriad of other recipes to finish off what is still left of the turkey that graced your Thanksgiving Day table.
         3. 1943 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1943 on this day on a run of 8 weeks was “Paper Doll” by the Mills Brothers to join 11 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of the song:  The Mills Brothers were an African-American quartet and the first to have their own radio show and number one song and were active from 1928 to 1982.

        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “presbycousis” which means hard of hearing in old age which many face especially baby boomers exposed to rock concerts are now experiencing.                 5. The Reptilian Brain Is Part Monkey—celebrating the birth on this day in 1936 of former Blue Senator from Colorado who managed McGovern’s disastrous campaign, lost out to Walter Mondale for the 1984 Blue nomination and then in 1988 as the as leading Blue candidate when his reptilian brain’s extramarital affairs caught up with him and he was photographed with Donna Rice on the boat Monkey Business which forced him to drop out of the Blue Primary Race although he was leading in 1988.                   


          On this day in:

          a. 1843 the Kingdom of Hawaii was officially recognized as an independent nation by Great Britain and France.

          b. 1925 The Grand Ole Opry began broadcasting in Nashville, Tennessee as The WSM Barn Dance.

         c. 1958 the first successful flight of the SM-65, the first ICBM developed tby the United States, occurred.

         d. 1990 the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher resigned as head of the Conservative Party and as Prime Minister to be replaced by John Major.

         e. 2002 3 suicide Al-Qaeda bombers crashed a truck into the barrier in front of the Paradise Hotel in Mombassa, Kenya and detonated its explosives killing 10 Kenyans and 3 Israelis checking in and injured 80 others while co-conspirators never found fired 2 shoulder to air missiles at an Israeli owned Arkia Airlines that had just taken off en route to Tel Aviv but missed.

        Reflections on supporting small businesses on this Saturday: “When you buy from a small business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home.  You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey. a mom putting food on the table, a dad paying for a mortage and a student paying for college.”  Anonymous but words that should spur us to support small business.

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