Believe It Or Not December 1, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 587,238 new cases (a .92% increase compared to a .49% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 63 million to 63,857,200, 18,162,495 of which are active, 45,694,705 of which have been closed with 44,215,006 recoveries (96.76% compared to yesterday’s 96.75%) and 1,479,699 deaths (3.24% compared to yesterday’s 3.25%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases 174,902 (a 1.27% increase) to bring the total to 13,933,653 with 5,428,929 active cases of which 25,339 (.47% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23 (24,806 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 8,504,744 closures, 274.743 of which have been deaths (3.23% compared to yesterday’s 3.26%) and 8,230,001 of which have been recoveries (96.77% compared to yesterday’s 96.74%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months is 01% lower than the world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 828 ranks behind Belgium (1434), Peru (1085), Spain (964), Italy (933), and UK (868 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and Argentina (854) and has passed Brazil (812) and only slightly worse than Mexico (818), recently added to the list France (807) Chile (804) that we recently passed, Bolivia (763, Ecuador (758) and Sweden (671) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,256,421 more tests to bring total to 196,205,130 (now at 591,304/M compared to Russia at 525,866/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 642,744/M).
Non CV Case News: Seattle which made disgusting headlines with its Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone which persisted for 3 weeks this summer had another night of vandalism with broken business windows and BLM and anarchists’ slogans with 4 arrests on a night which occurred in the midst of the highest homicide rate in a decade while its left leaning city council was cutting the police budget; Blue San Jose Mayor Liccardo who actually said something sane when he pleaded with Santa Clara Supervisors to end sanctuary cities after a 3 time deported illegal alien stabbed 2 people to death in a San Jose church has won the Hypocrite of the Year Award in San Jose for after hectoring residents to not visit family and friends for Thanksgiving did exactly that with his elderly parents (he also has competition from Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Supervisor who railed against outdoor dining as being so dangerous to spread CV, voted for the ban and then went to a trendy Italian restaurant in Santa Monica to enjoy an outdoor dining meal); a bipartisan group of Senators has cobbled together a $908 billion stimulus bill which does not include any stimulus checks so the question becomes whether Schumer will vote to put it on the floor for amendments if any and be voted on to move it to a House Senate Compromise Committee (do not know if the Blues demands to include money to illegals is in the bill along with other non related CV goodie bags Pelosi has insisted in the past be included); on the next round of the voter fraud front, Georgia has announced 250 pending investigations of voter fraud in the Georgia Senate Runoff election; MSM is back to “fake news of omission” in spades as ABC, NBC, and CBS totally ignored Fauci’s call that school children belong back in school (when this pandemic is over, someone other than Fox should investigate the role of the teachers’ unions in keeping the schools closed); Neera Tanden’s email baggage is coming home to roost as we find she trashed Michelle’s slogan “We go high”(Tanden was right because had it been truthful it would have been “When they go high we go low”); the CDC is now formulating guidelines on who will first receive the vaccines with the early indication health providers and residents of long term care facilities (wonder if all the celebs and Blues who denigrated Trump’s Warp Speed efforts to bring the vaccine to the public will have forfeited their place in line?); in a statement that does not bode well for Trump’s efforts to toss ballots due to fraud, AG Barr has indicated that the DOJ has not found any evidence of massive voter fraud; Biden is now wearing an orthopedic boot as he has a hairline fracture of his foot caused by playing with Major (hope his physical coordination is not going as fast as his mental capabilities); looks like no one on the left has been listening to Biden’s call for healing or are too zoned out to know he won as Red Senators are finding body bags with anti-Trump notes on them on their front porches over no stimulus bill (would be more productive to stop such nonsense and place the bags where they belong-- on the porch of Nancy Pelosi and her goodie bag approach to the pandemic); like birds of a feather Mayor London Breed was caught aping Newsom’s French Laundry performance by attending a dinner party; Blue PACs are pouring money into the Georgia Senate Runoffs with ads trying to induce Trump voters to stay home (hope Georgians see through this deceptive trick and turn out in droves to elect Loeffler and Perdue.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 30, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,910 of whom 666 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 364 behind Chicago at 302 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 “Rumors Have Been Flying” by Frank Carle and His Orchestra with vocals by Marjorie Hughes, the fact that occasionally you are presidial and a quote from Pablo Picasso on the meaning and purpose in life, 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 AIDS Day—created by WHO in 1988 to promote awareness of this deadly disease, how it is spread and steps to be taken to prevent its transmission and to improve the cure patients receive to improve the mortality rate for those millions who carry the HIV Virus.
2. Giving Tuesday—created by the Belfer Center in NYC in partnership with the United Nations in 2012 and celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as an eleemosynary response to the commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday by making donations to charitable organizations who allay some of the hardship the less fortunate experience during the holidays and the rest of the year.
3. 1946 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1946 on this day on a run of 8 weeks was “Rumors Have Been Flying” by Frank Carle and His Orchestra with vocals by Marjorie Hughes to join 17 other acts with number 1 songs. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a0iOJRtGXE Frank Carle was a pianist and band leader known as the “Wizard of the Keyboard” and was active from 1016 to 1989. He died of natural causes short of his 98th birthday on March 7, 2001. Marjorie Hughes was a singer whose mother, married to Carle, gave him Marjorie’s demo while he was looking for a singer who he then hired as soon as he heard it to discover she was his daughter who he then had change her name if she failed which she did not. She retired from singing in 1950 due to an illness to work in radio and television and to the best of my knowledge is still alive at 94.
5. Don’t Need a Weatherman to Get a Weather Report on Drugs—celebrating the birth on this day in 1951 of John “Jaco” Pastorius III, noted electric bassist and song writer who played bass guitar with the Weather Report but who struggled with drug addiction and mental issues to the extent due to unreliability that he was often homeless in mid 80’s. He died on September 21, 1987 as the result of injuries sustained in a fight at a South Florida music club.
On this day in:
a. 1952 The New York Daily News reported on the successful sex reassignment surgery on Christine Jorgensen, one of the first and more notable transgenders.
b. 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks tired after a long day of work refused to vacant her seat at the front of the bus which led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott which helped fuel the Civil Rights Movement.
c. 1958 Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago caught fire and resulted in the deaths of 92 students and 3 nuns and injuring many others trying to escape, some of whom jumping 25 feet to flee the smoke and fire.
d. 1969 the second draft lottery was held.
e. 1990 sections for the Channel Tunnel which had started from France and Great Britain successfully met under the seabed of the English Channel.
Reflections on the giving of Giving Tuesday: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Pablo Picasso, noted artist par excellence.
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