Believe It Or Not December 25, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 627,555 new cases (a .79% increase compared to a .64% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 80 million to 80,191,630, 21,976,952 of which are active, 58,214,678 closed with 56,457,794 recoveries (96.98% compared to yesterday’s 96.98%) and 1,756,884 deaths (3.02% compared to yesterday’s 3.02%) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 160,199 (a .84% increase compared to yesterday’s .70% increase) to bring the total over 19 million to 19,049,103 with 7,613,451 active cases of which 28,659 (.38% of active cases and a fall from a 28,747 new peak), recently on a disturbing upward trend with no dips from a high of 19,155 on July 23 (28,747 yesterday), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and is still continuing to go up, and 11,595,851 closures, 338,263 of which have been deaths (2.92% compared to yesterday’s 2.92%) and 11,168,177 of which have been recoveries (97.08% compared to yesterday’s 97.08%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .10% 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 1019 ranks behind Belgium (1639), Italy (1181). Peru (1124), Spain (1065), UK (1031 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and Bulgaria (1022) and only slightly worse than France (955), Mexico (935), Argentina (934), Hungary (915 and (839) three days ago so added to the list; Brazil (893), Chile (852 that we recently passed), Sweden (817) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Ecuador (787) and Bolivia (772) and we have now conducted 3,027,872 more tests to bring the total to 243,163,621 (now at 732,543/M compared to Russia at 603,531/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 767,826/M.
Non CV Case News: Nashville’s downtown was rocked with a massive explosion when a parked RV exploded fortunately after police were able to evacuate the neighborhood and only 3 people were injured; Blue Mayor of Nashville John Cooper came across on interviews chuckling on what police were doing to insure the blast was the only one that would occur today; leftist pseudo “journalist” Renea Baek Goddard and 3 others have been arrested in this summer’s BLM “protests” in Little Rock for trying to burn police vehicles; in a day late and dollar short like moment, 20 yr. old William Moss who fired two shots into the back of NYPD Officer Connor Boalick who was not injured due to his wearing a vest apologized for shooting the officer (doubtful if that will reduce his sentence for attempted murder); Witless Whitmer who has proven to be so inept running the state of Michigan revealed she was relieved that Biden picked Harris though she indicated she would have accepted (the persons that should be relieved are the American people having to live in fear when the 25th came down, she would be in the Oval Office); California, a state with some of the strictest lockdown rules in the nation, is experiencing a viral tsunami of new CV cases now topping 2,000,000 forcing the state to seek in foreign lands nurses and doctors to help treat the flood of new hospital patients.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of December 24, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 4,127 of whom 703 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 371 behind Chicago at 332 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 “I Heard It On the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye, the fact that are prospice in your outlook on life and a quoted for W.E.B Du Bois on the pardons granted by Andrew Johnson to former Confederates, 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. Christmas Day—celebrating the birth of Christ on a Christmas like no others in our past history and hopefully never again in our future with lock downs and shutdowns including Christmas church services and the fear of CV infection curbing Christmas travel.
2. National Pumpkin Pie Day—celebrating that delicious pie made from pumpkins that were vegetables indigenous to the New World but whose flavor and texture quickly spread to Europe with cookbooks appearing as early as 1653 on how to make pumpkin pie.
3. 1968 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1968 on this day on a run of 3 weeks was “I Heard It On The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye to join 15 other number 1 songs and join 9 other acts with their first number one song, one of whom was Otis Redding who reached the list posthumously after his death in 1967. Here is a recording of Marvin Gaye singing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hajBdDM2qdg The singer who was known as the “Prince of Soul” grew up in a housing project with a strict almost abusive father and Marvin went on to find great success at Motown. On April 1, 1984 while trying to break up an altercation between his parents at their home, his father pulled out a gun and shot him twice, killing him.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prospice” which means to look ahead which is a skill other than kicking a can down the road that most of our fearless leaders lack.
5. Pennywise and Lifestyle Foolish---celebrating the birth on this day in 1967 of Jason Thirsk, bass player for the punk rock band Pennywise who struggled with depression and alcohol and shot himself to death on July 29, 1996 at the young age of 28.
On this day in:
a. 1809 Doctor Ephraim McDowell performed the first successful in the world removal of the ovaries in a surgery on Jane Crawford without the benefit of any anesthetics, he removed her ovaries along with a tumor weighting 22.5 pounds in 25 minutes. His patient returned home after 25 days and lived another 32 years.
b. 1868 President Andrew Johnson in a healing moment, pardoned all Confederate Veterans who fought against the Union in the Civil War.
c. 1951 hours after Harry and Harriette Moore had celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, a bomb exploded next to their house in Mims, Florida, killing Harry and fatally wounding his wife who died 9 days later. 4 KKK members were suspected of the killings in retribution for the Moores’ activities in the Civil Rights Movement but no charges were ever filed and the closest to justice, justice ever came was when a 4th member committed suicide one day after being confronted by the FBI in 1952.
d. 1989 Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena were tried in a show trial lasting an hour of committing genocide, found guilty as would be expected under the circumstances, then led to a wall and executed by a firing squad.
e. 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as President of the Soviet Union which dissolved the following day.
Reflections on the granting of pardons to former Confederates who had fought against the Union: ”President Johnson, forgetting his own pre-war declaration that the “great plantations must be seized, and divided into small farms,” declared that this land must be restored to its original owners and this would be done if owners received a presidential pardon. The pardoning power was pushed and the land all over the South rapidly restored. Negroes were dispossessed.” W.E.B Du Bois, Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880
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