Believe It Or Not December 18, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 388,390869,402 new cases (a .52% increase compared to a 1.17% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 75 million to 75,662,123273,733, 20,758,724 of which are active, 54,768,477 closed with 53,093,516 recoveries (96.94% compared to yesterday’s 96.94%) and 1,674,961 deaths (3.06% compared to yesterday’s 3.06%) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentages.
USA Cases: New cases of 257,837 (a 1.46% increase compared to
yesterday’s 1.36% increase) to bring the total over 17
million to 17,884,607 with 7,185,226 active cases of
which 28,107 (.39% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with
no dips from a high of 19,155 on July 23 (28,206 yesterday which
means the peak may finally has been
reached), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and is
still continuing to go up, and 10,699,381 closures, 320,814 of which
have been deaths (3.00% compared to yesterday’s 3.00%) and 10,378,567 of
which have been recoveries (97.00% compared to yesterday’s 97.01%).
Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now
.06% lower than the world rate and .35% lower than Canada which has the
socialized type medicine Biden may well want to implement here and
on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 967 ranks
behind Belgium (1582), Italy (1124). Peru (1114), Spain (1046), and UK (978
which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and only slightly
worse than Bulgaria (938) and newly
added to the list and just passing France (922), Argentina (918), France (922), Mexico
(899), Brazil (871), Chile (836 that we
recently passed), Sweden (789) that never closed its economy down like we did
but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Ecuador (785)and
Bolivia (769) and we have now conducted 1,863,196 more tests to bring the total
to 230,471,516 (now at 694,385/M compared to Russia at 581,679/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 728,550/M.
Non CV Case News: In
the House, Rita Hart the Blue challenger in Iowa lost to the Red incumbent by 6
votes and is petitioning to have the House determine who won (will Blues listen
to the tyrant and vote strict party lines?); Newsom whose shutdown orders are
looking more and more like a recall wish had his restaurant closure orders in
San Diego enjoined prompting an appeal by the state (pity the poor owners in
the quandary of buying food and supplies to reopen only to then have the injunction
tossed out on appeal along with the food just ordered); in a reaffirmation of “don’t
mess with Nancy” the House Steering Committee refused to put AOC on the Energy
and Commerce Committee removing a platform for her “Green New Deal”; another
massive Russian hacking into sensitive government and corporations’ internet
which went on without being detected for nine months which Senator Durbin has
called an act of war and promised there will be a price to pay (wonder if wire
transfer to Hunter was a down payment to insure silence); Biden held a zoom
press conference with no questions about Hunter and only 5 reporters called on
to growing frustration of the press pool (feel sorry for Biden’s communications
staff that must life in total fear every time he opens his mouth to potentially
reveal senility); Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a great basketball player but as a
pundit he has fouled out calling on social media to be doing more censorship to
halt what he calls “misinformation” and what many of us would call conservative
thought; not sure if it is a political stunt but Red Senator Hawley is in the
news indicating he will not consent to a Senate recess until a COVID stimulus
bill is passed (hope Nancy is listening and gets her seat at the compromise
table); in a sobering news flash to Blue politicians who follow the mantra “if
it is open for business shut it down to prevent spread of CV,” the CDC has
reported a surge in drug overdose cases linked to the pandemic and the
shutdowns, at 80,000 through May of this year on a path to set dubious new
records for overdose deaths, year to year; on the vaccine availability front a Dr.
Schmidt is advocating essential workers have priority over the elderly because they
are whiter with less diversity.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of December 17, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 4,047 of whom 688 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 369 behind Chicago at 319 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 “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by The Four Seasons, the fact that you are able to
avoid Biden’s prolations and an off the mark quote on the governorship by Gray
Davis, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any
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by the UN in 1990 to promote awareness of the issues facing migrants especially
those displaced by conflict, natural disasters and poverty.
Arabic Language Day—created
by UNESCO in 1990 to promote multi-lingualism and celebrated on the anniversary
in 1973 when the General Assembly designated Arabic as one of the official
languages of the UN.
Number One Song— the
number 1 song in 1962 on this day on a run of 5 weeks was “Big Girls Don’t
Cry” by The Four Seasons to join 20 other number 1 songs.
is a recording of the Four Seasons singing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8yvnqHmFds
4. Word of the Day—today’s
word of the day is “prolation” which means an utterance which describes what
puts Biden staffers on pins and needles every time Biden speaks when not tethered
to a teleprompter.
5. Life Is Not a Bowl of Pitts--celebrating the birth on this day in 1963 of Brad
Pitt, noted actor and former husband of Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie.
On this day in:
a. 1907 Gaston de Chassel-Loup Labat set the first official land speed record
for an automobile at 39.245 m.p.h. in a Jeannaud electric car.
b. 1943 the Chicago Bears defeated the Portsmouth Spartans, the predecessor to the Detroit Lions 9-0 to win the NFL Championship in an extra game as both teams
identical winning records.
c. 1958 SCORE, the world’s first
communications satellite was successfully launched into orbit on an Atlas
Rocket where it remained functional for 12 days.
d. 2002 Governor
Gray Davis dropped a surprise on the taxpayers of California announcing that the
state’s budget deficit would be $35 billion twice what he had projected when
running for governor two months ago and led to the start of the recall Gray
Davis efforts which were successful and gave us Arnold Schwarzenegger to
the House on party lines voted in favor of impeaching Donald Trump.
Reflections on the 2003 California Recall election: “There is only one governor and his name is Gray Davis.” Gray Davis who was right on the number but not who would be elected to the governor’s office.
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