Monday, December 28, 2020

December 27, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Visit a Zoo Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not December 27, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 978,796  new cases (a 1.22%  increase compared to a .55% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  81 million to 81,142,113, 22,079,011 of  which  are active, 59,063,102 closed with 57,291,218 recoveries (97.00% compared to  yesterday’s 96.99%) and 1,771,884 deaths (3.00% compared to yesterday’s 3.01%) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.

     CV USA Cases: New cases of 210,558 (a 1.09% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.65% increase) to bring the  total over 19 million  to  19,573,847 with 7,736,834 active cases of which 28,672 (.37% 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  (28,579 yesterday), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and is still continuing to go up, and 11,837,013 closures,  341,138 of which have been deaths (2.88% compared to yesterday’s 2.90%) and 11,495,875 of which have been recoveries (97.12% compared to yesterday’s 97.10%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .12% 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 1028 ranks behind Belgium (1650), Italy (1190). Peru (1129),  Spain (1065), UK (1040 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and Bulgaria (1035) and only slightly worse than France (960), Mexico (945), Argentina (939), Hungary (938 and (839) five days ago so added to the list;  Brazil (896),  Chile (857 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 (774) and we have now conducted 1,468,467 more tests to bring the total to  246,709,973 (now at 743,203/M compared to Russia at 613,270/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 767,804/M.

        Non CV Case News: From DNA evidence and a vehicle VIN police have identified Anthony Quinn Warner as the individual who detonated the bomb in his RV that, thanks to police evacuations, injured only 3 but damaged 41 businesses in the Nashville Christmas morning bombing but the motive for it and the suicide are not clear; Trump has blinked and signed the omnibus funding bill and CV relief bill but has sent to Congress a red lined version of what he would like changed (chances of any spending cuts from Pelosi’s House almost nil so we are stuck with a thank you Nancy $600 lump of coal); Fauci who has been imitating a yo-yo in his estimates of percent of vaccinations needed for herd immunity has now settled on 75-80% and how believes that by summer we will have achieved that goal (assuming Biden does not screw up on the Trump vaccination plans); news uncovered recently reveals that Anthony Quinn Warner transferred 2 houses  in Antioch, 1 in January, 2019 worth $160,000 and the other valued at $250,000 last month to Michelle Steel, an artist development manager at AEG Presents; Blue Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is finding her popularity approaching her name as murders in the city amidst a defund the police movement have risen to 158, the highest number since 1998 ( the total may now be 159 as this 0 year old shot while in a car with her mother and aunt shopping has died on Saturday):

 Phil Niekro has died at age 81  to join 6 other Hall of Famers, including pitchers Tom Seaver, Whitey Ford, and Bob Gibson, who have died this year.

         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of December 26,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 4,151 of whom  710 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 378 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 “My Sweet Lord/Isn’t It a Pity” by George Harrison, the fact that do not tolerate will protervity and a quote from Arthur Koestler, In the God That Failed ed. Richard Crossman,  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. The Third Day of Christmas—celebrating St. John the Apostle who wrote The Book of Revelations.

        2. National Visit a Zoo Day—not sure when established or by whom but clearly created to encourage families to visit zoos in this nation, the first of which, the Philadelphia Zoo, was opened on July 1,1874 after having had its planned opening delayed by the Civil War.

        3. 1970 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1970 on this day on a run of 1 week was “My Sweet Lord/ Isn’t It a Pity” by George Harrison to join 23 other number 1 songs and join 13 other acts with their first number one song.  Here is a recording of George Harrison singing the songs: This Ex-Beatle went on to a great career as a solo performer and with the Traveling Wilburys and  survived 40 stab wounds and a punctured lung when a mentally deranged person broke into his house but was beaten off by his wife with a fireplace poker but sadly his earlier 4 pack a day habit caught up with him and he died from lung cancer at the age of 58 on November 29, 2001.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “protervity” which means peevishness, petulance which seems to describe progressives to a tee when they feel they are not getting their way.

       5. Go Doing What You Love to Do Best---celebrating the birth on this day in 1976  of noted Polish mountaineer Piotr Morawski who was the first person to make a successful winter climb of Mt. Shishapangma, the 14th tallest mountain in the world which is located in Tibet and is 26,335 feet tall but had the misfortune while on an international climbing expedition in Nepal of Dhaulagiri/Manasluunture, the 7th and 8th tallest mountains of falling into a crevasse on April 8, 2009 while acclimating at 5,000 meters and died at age 32.

         On this day in:

         a. 1929 General Party Secretary Joseph Stalin ordered the liquidation of the “kulaks” as a class which the Soviets proceeded to do by systematic starvation of the population of Ukraine which explains why when the Germans invaded in 1941 they were initially welcomed as liberators

          b. 1935 Regina Jonas was ordained as the first female rabbi in the history of Judaism.

        c. 1945 the International Monetary Fund was created with the signatories of 29 nations.

        d. 1983 Pope John Paul II visited Mehmet Ali Ağca, a Turk in prison for attempting to assassinate him in the abdomen on May 13, 1981 in St. Peters Square and forgave him for his attempt. Mehmet was sentenced to life and served 19 years and was released to Turkey where he served 10 years for prior criminal activity and having converted to Catholicism in 2007 came to Rome on December 27, 2014 to lay white roses on St. John Paul II’s tomb.

          e. 1985 in 2 coordinated attacks 4 terrorists attacked El Al’s ticket counter at the Rome International Airport with automatic rifles and grenades, killing 19 and wounding 99 before 3 were killed by security forces and the 4th wounded and captured. Moments later in Austria at Vienna’s International Airport, 3 terrorists attacked the El Al ticket counter with grenades, killing 2 and wounding 40 others, one of whom died on January 22, 1986 before fleeing in a car after a gun battle with Italian police and El Al security but brought to bay with 1 terrorist killed and the other 2 wounded. The Rome terrorist was sentenced to 30 years in 1988 and was released due to good behavior in June, 2010 and the 2 surviving Vienna terrorists were sentenced to life and are still in prison rotting away.

        Reflections on Stalin’s starvation induced genocide of Ukraine: I saw the ravages of the famine of 1932-33 in the Ukraine: hordes of families in rags begging at the railway stations, the women lifting up to the compartment window their starving brats which — with drumstick limbs, big cadaverous heads, puffed bellies —looked like embryos out of alcohol bottles…” Arthur Koestler, In the God That Failed ed. Richard Crossman
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