Ridley's Believe It Or Not December 10, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 1,469,016 new cases (a 2.12% increase compared to a .93% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 70 million to 70,616,812, 19,953,152 of which are active, 50,663,660 of which have been closed with 49,077,371 recoveries (96.87% compared to yesterday’s 96.82%) and 1,586,289 deaths (3.13% compared to yesterday’s 3.18%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 231,641 (a 1.49% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.37% increase) to bring the total nearing 16 million to 15,983,569 with 6,387,130 active cases of which 27,219 (.43% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23 (27,014 yesterday which means sadly the peak has not been reached and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and is still continuing to go up, and 9,596,439 closures, 298,965 of which have been deaths (3.12% compared to yesterday’s 3.13%) and 9,297,474 of which have been recoveries (96.88% compared to yesterday’s 96.87%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and is finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months is now .01% lower than the world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 901 ranks behind Belgium (1516), Peru (1099), Italy (1036), Spain (1012), and UK (927 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and only slightly worse than Argentina (886), France (871), Mexico (862), Brazil (843), Chile (822) that we recently passed, Ecuador (780), Bolivia (767) and Sweden (726) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths and we have now conducted 1,700,559 more tests to bring total to 215,116,217 (now at 648,243/M compared to Russia at 558,804/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 686,771/M).
Non CV Case News: We are now one step closer to getting a CV vaccine as the FDA Advisory Panel approved Pfizer’s vaccine which still needs FDA approval but should hopefully be a formality (Pfizer was up 2% in the aftermarket on the approval news); not sure if it was part of Warp Speed but the FDA has approved a nonprescription in home CV test that be purchased in store or online requiring a nasal swab be sent to LabCorp for the results (another step in getting a handle of the spread of the virus assuming the tests do not generate a lot of false positives or negatives); Swalwell’s reptilian brain must be advising him that the best defense to the allegations of his dalliance with Fang Fang, the Chinese spy is an offense blaming Trump for the leak to Axios while Pelosi has voiced no concern over his being on the Intel Committee (a likely reward for his having and still is a Russian collusion hoax spreader) and Swalwell for 3 days has been silent and refusing to answer any questions; Hidin’ Biden is now Bobbin’ Biden on the issue of “Defund the Police” telling progressives they have to tone the call down until after the Georgia Senate Runoff Elections as he is fearful Blues will rightfully lose on that issue; CNN “journalist” Kate Bouldan was sporting a $380 cashmere sweater with the logo “facts first” which given the Cack New Network proclivity for burying anti-Blue stories like Hunter Biden’s being investigated by FBI and IRS is a joke label applied to them; the Blues House majority of 222-213 will shrink to the lowest in 80 years when Richmond leaves for the Biden Administration and Fudge is confirmed as Secretary of HUD which might loosen the gridlock Pelosi has imposed on the American people; the appointment of former Obama Aide Denis McDonough as only the second non vet to head the Department of Veteran affairs has provoked push back from veterans’ organization that remember under Obama, the long lines waiting to see a doctor and veterans dying in droves due to the waits; as Pence is warning that China is a serious competitor in space, the U.S. announced the first two bases for the Space Force will be located in Florida; a report out on Senator Feinstein has confirmed what all of us know namely that cognitive ability declines as one gets older but this report reports she is struggling with cognitive disability and has been doing so for several years; yesterday’s Ridley's Believe It Or Not-This Day In History reported on Elizabeth Coleman’s fatal crash of her Range Rover into a Versa, killing the mother and father and injuring critically the 3 children 1,3, and 5 in seat belts in the back seat. Coleman blew a BAC of .2% and had been arrested in August for a DUI but had not been charged with a misdemeanor which would have resulted in immediate restriction of license or suspension because of delays caused by the CV pandemic in the D.A.’s office which might have kept her off the road.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of December 9, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 4,000 of whom 683 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 369 behind Chicago at 314 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 fewer times).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford, the fact that you are not prone to be a proceleusmatic sort and a quote from Nobel Prize winner George Beadle on how to win one, 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. Human Rights Day—created by the General Assembly of the United Nation on December 4, 1950 to call upon all member nations to promote and insure the preservation of human rights within their borders.
2. Nobel Prize Day—celebrating the award on this day first starting on December 10, 1901 for the first Nobel Prize funded by Alfred Nobel’s estate created on December 10, 1896 the day he died and left his estate for the funding of the Nobel Prize which today comes with a monetary prize of $1,145,000.
3. 1955 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1955 on this day on a run of 6 weeks was “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford to join 10 other number 1 songs. The company store for Ford was alcohol and his father was an alcoholic and his first wife Betty with whom he was married for 46 years was an alcoholic and died prompting him to remarry in 4 months but the company store called while he was at a State Dinner with President H.S. Bush and had to leave to suffer liver failure and die on October on October 17, 1991 at age 72. Here’s a recording of him singing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRh0QiXyZSk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “proceleusmatic” which means inciting, exhorting, encouraging which describes what both parties are dong to drive.
5. Dynamic Duo to Go Against Uncle Walter--celebrating the birth on this day in 1911 of noted TV journalist Chet Huntley who co-anchored the Huntley Brinkley Report with David Brinkley on NBC for 14 years often besting the ratings for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite always ending with their signature sign off “Good Night Chet-Good Night David” until he left broadcasting in 1970 to retire to Montana where he was involved in the Big Sky Resort. A heavy smoker he worked tirelessly to get political support and win over objectors in Montana, but sadly died from lung cancer 3 days before its dedication on March 20, 1974 at age 62.
On this day in:
a. 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to receive a Nobel Prize when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in mediating the ending the Russo-Japanese War.
b. 1936 in order to marry the woman he loved, Wallis Simpson, Edward VII, King of England, signed the Instrument of Abdication, abdicating the throne to his younger brother.
c. 1953 Winston Churchill received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
d. 1978 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
e. 1984 the United Nations recognized the Convention Against Torture which has now been signed by 170 nations.
Reflectins on steps to take to win a Nobel Prize: “You too can win Nobel Prizes. Study diligently. Respect DNA. Don't smoke. Don't drink. Avoid women and politics. That's my formula.” George Beadle, an American geneticist who won one half of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1958 for his study on the role of genes in cellular biochemical reactions.
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