Believe It Or Not December 22, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 996,628 new cases (a 1.26% increase compared to a .42% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 78 million to 78,338,106, 21,515,185 of which are active, 56,822,921 closed with 55,100,245 recoveries (96.97% compared to yesterday’s 96.96%) and 1,722,676 deaths (3.03% compared to yesterday’s 3.04%) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 190,738 (a 1.03% increase compared to yesterday’s .40% increase) to bring the total over 18 million to 18,676,286 with 7,412,230 active cases of which 28,426 (.38% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with no dips from a high of 19,155 on July 23 (28,069 yesterday which means the peak of 28,206 on December 17 has not been reached), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and is still continuing to go up, and 11,264,056 closures, 327,448 of which have been deaths (2.94% compared to yesterday’s 2.97%) and 10,933,404 of which have been recoveries (97.06% compared to yesterday’s 97.03%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .09% lower than the world rate and .29% 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 996 ranks behind Belgium (1610), Italy (1156). Peru (1121), Spain (1059), and UK (1004 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (994) and newly added to the list and just passing France (944), Argentina (931), Mexico (915), Hungary (888 and (839) two days ago so added to the list; Brazil (883), Chile (845 that we recently passed), Sweden (806) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Ecuador (785) and Bolivia (770) and we have now conducted 1,631,324 more tests to bring the total to 238,251,891 (now at 717,781/M compared to Russia at 594,012/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 753,601/M.
Non CV Case News: Biden is preaching the doom and gloom of the CV pandemic is ahead of us which must mean he knows he is incapable of managing the ongoing Warp speed efforts to develop therapeutics and a third vaccine and must shift the blame to Trump (what can we otherwise expect from a frail mentally fading basement dweller?); on the elusive stimulus front Trump has weighed that the $600 stimulus check is not enough that more is needed and that the bill includes veritable overflowing gift bags such as funds to foreign countries for border security and cutting back on ours and voting security while doing nothing to improve ours and has threatened to veto it without the increase in stimulus check amounts to $2,000 and cuts in non related CV aid spending (what a terrible way to run a railroad); biggest problem facing Warnock is his past which is becoming more visible to voters to see as in today news surfaced of a claim by his ex-wife that he ran over her foot during an argument to be able to get passports for their two kids to go to their grandmother’s funeral in Africa; Swalwell is refusing to step down from the House Intel Committee over his scandal with Chinese spy Fang raising the question of when Blues are going to put the good of the nation over voting as a solid block on most issues; on the CV dangers front, a passenger on a United Airlines flight to LA. from Florida had a medical emergency causing the flight to divert to New Orleans and three passengers with medical training to start performing CPR which failed as he was pronounced dead in New Orleans and one of the persons providing CPR has come down with COVID-19 symptoms but who has tested negative for CV; Londin Breed, mayor of Feces City is playing the race card big time and attacks Newsom’s pick to replace Kamala Harris as a real blow to the African American community (in her racist mind only blacks can address the ”racism” that affects blacks); Axiom Space, a privately held company that wants to build the first private station has declared Houston to be its home.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of December 21, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 4,098 of whom 698 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 370 behind Chicago at 328 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 “Turn, Turn, Turn (to Everything There Is a Season)” by the Byrds, the fact that you are able enjoy the good works of a prosateur and a quote on the Cultural Revolution need by Mao Zedong, 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 the details on the pricing.
1. Abilities Day—created by Paul Benjamin-Dielman Cannady on this day in 1999 to enable persons with disabilities and their caregivers to demonstrate their athletic, entertainment and other unique abilities proving the ability of the disabled to overcome their disabilities.
2. National Cookie Exchange Day—created by the “Queen of Holidays” Jane Shoemaker Galloway to enable neighbors to get together with social distancing of course to exchange their baked Christmas cookies to add to the caloric celebrations.
3. 1965 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1965 on this day on a run of 3 week was “Turn, Turn, Turn (For Everything There Is a Season”) by the Byrds to join 26 other number 1 songs and join 12 other acts with their first number one song. Here is a recording of The Byrds singing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKP4cfU28vM .
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prosateur” which means a person who writes prose for a living and as such makes more money while living than a poet.
5. Can’t Handle Fame and Easy to Be Left with Squat--celebrating the birth on this day in 1960 of noted and up and coming painter Jean-Michel Basquiat who moved from Graffiti Art to the promising salons but struggled with cocaine and heroin and died from an overdose on August 12, 1988 at age 27.
On this day in:
a. 1968 Chairman Mao Zedong condemned the country’s educated youth to major steps backward by demanding that intellectuals move to the rural areas to be educated ( probably the first step it is easier to steal intellectual property from the U.S. than to develop it in the countryside).
b. 1984 Bernard Goetz shot 4 black muggers on a NYC subway and was acquitted of murder but found guilty of carrying an unlicensed firearm and sentenced to a year in prison for which he served 8 months. In a civil trial brought by one of the would be muggers, a civil verdict was entered against Goetz for $43 million which prompted his bankruptcy which unfortunately the Bankruptcy Court refused to discharge.
c. 1989 The Brandenburg Gate effectively dividing East and West Berlin was opening heralding the coming reunification of West and East Germany.
d. 2008 a containment dam holding some 1.2 billion gallons of coal ash slurry burst sending millions of gallon of slurry into the Emery River with projected costs of clean up to be in excess of $1.2 billion.
e. 2016 a study of the VSV-EBOV vaccine against Ebola was found to be 70-100% effective against a virus that kills close to all who are infected by it.
Reflections on the true nature of Chinese Communism:” Some people say that China loves peace. That’s bragging. In fact, the Chinese love struggle. I do, for one.” Mao Zedong, 1967 Has a certain déjà vu resemblance to Mein Kampf which sadly no one in the West read or paid attention to with disastrous results of WWII.
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