Ridley's Believe It Or Not December 14, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 545,290 new cases (a .75% increase compared to a .66% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 73 million to 72,018,907, 20,249,801 of which are active, 52,769,106 closed with 51,144,123 recoveries (96.92% compared to yesterday’s 96.91%) and 1,624,983 deaths (3.08% compared to yesterday’s 3.09%) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 193,593 (a .83% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.16% increase) to bring the total over 16 million to 16,845,240 with 6,771,394 active cases of which 27,635 (.41% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with no dips from a high of 19,155 on July 23 (27,550 yesterday which means sadly the peak has not been reached), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and is still continuing to go up, and 10,073,846 closures, 307,333 of which have been deaths (3.05% compared to yesterday’s 3.06%) and 9,669,211 of which have been recoveries (96.95% compared to yesterday’s 96.94%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .03% lower than the world rate and .41% lower than Canada which has the socialized type medicine Biden may wll want to implement here and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 926 ranks behind Belgium (1546), Peru (1105), Italy (1076), Spain (1027), and UK (946 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and only slightly worse than Argentina (898), France (892), Mexico (880), Brazil (851), Chile (830) that we recently passed, Bulgaria (821 and newly added to list), Ecuador (781), Bolivia (768) and Sweden (742) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths and we have now conducted 1,987,253 more tests to bring total to 223,182,883 (now at 672,468/M compared to Russia at 569,342/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 708,453/M).
Non CV Case News: As the Pfizer vaccine starts to be administered to health care workers across the nation, the U.S. Surgeon General proclaimed “this is the beginning of the end” (too bad there are so many small businesses that have already died and won’t be open to celebrate the CV demise); before we start celebrating in the streets that the vaccine is no being administered, reality is that at least 75% of the population will most likely have to be vaccinated before the pandemic is defeated; on the Trump legal front, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has tossed his recent lawsuit (despite the fact that election changing fraud probably occurred, aided by Social Media censorship, and MSM fake news by omission of any story that would hinder Basement Biden, it is probably now time to end the challenges and commit every ounce of resources to prevent the same thing from reoccurring in Georgia and start work on taking over the House and expanding the Senate majority in 2022); the owner of the Cleveland Indians announced the name used since 1915 will be terminated after the 2021 season (only lacrosse teams will have the temerity to call themselves “Indians” ?);*in a wish we would have known moment, emails have surfaced which seem to confirm Hunter Biden received $400,000 from Burisma which he failed to report and is under expanding grand jury criminal investigations (time to change the Biblical phrase from “Sins of the father” to “Sins of the son”?); AG Barr who greatly disappointed Trump for concealing the criminal investigations on Hunter Biden announced his resignation effective before Christmas; the more one scratches the surface of Warnock’s past the more one finds reasons to not vote for him, like branding Red Senators who voted for the Trump tax cuts as Herods wanting to kill children or praising rabid anti-Smite and white racist Farrakhan; Northwestern University has removed an ex-lecturer from its website because he penned an Op Ed criticizing Jill Biden for using “Doctor” when she is not a M.D.(confusing and misleading for psychologists to use “Doctor” when they are not and psychiatrists are).
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of December 13, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 4,025 of whom 686 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 371 behind Chicago at 315 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 “Heartaches by the Number” by Guy Mitchell, the fact that you are not a proditor and a quote from Scarlett Lewis who lost her 6 year old son at Sandy Elementary School, 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. Green Monday—celebrating the Monday in December when there are at least 10 days left before Christmas and created by E Bay in 2007 to honor the extra green received by retailers even more so this year with the CV shutdowns and lock downs with the bonus that online shopping is environmentally friendly especially as delivery services are headed toward EV delivery.
2. Free Shipping Day—created by Luke and Maisie Knowles of Knoli, Inc. in 2008 to end the procrastination of online Christmas Shoppers by making this day a day of free shipping to induce shopping for Christmas.
3. 1959 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1958 on this day on a run of 2 weeks was “Heartaches by the Number” by Guy Mitchell to join 15 other number 1 songs. Here ia a recording of Guy Mitchell singing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSSj9MoSfVQ
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “proditor” which means traitor which is a charge that is too often be leveled against someone who disagrees with him.
5. Hard to Spike a Habit--celebrating the birth on this day in 1911 of noted musician and bandleader Spike Jones who sadly was a heavy 4 to 5 pack a day smoker and developed emphysema in the early 60’s but continued smoking and performing until his death on May 1,1965 at 53.
On this day in:
a. 1963 the dam at the Baldwin Hills Reservoir failed, killing 5 people and damaging hundreds of homes.
b. 1985 Wilma Mankiller became the female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
c. 1994 construction began on the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River and was completed on July 1, 2012.
d. 2012 Adam Lanza, after killing his mother and taking some guns she owned, went to Sandy Hook School in Newton, Connecticut and shot and killed 20 children aged 6=7 and 6 adults trying to protect them and wounded 2 others before committing suicide as police moved in.
e. 2017 Walt Disney Corporation announced it would acquire 20th Century Fox for $52.4 billion.
Reflections on never giving enough hugs and kisses to your children: “You never know when you won’t get another opportunity to kiss that little cheek.” Scarlett Lewis who lost her son Jesse, age 6, at Sandy Hook.
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