Tuesday, December 29, 2020

December 28, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not The Pledge of Allegiance Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not December 28, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 515,751  new cases (a .64%  increase compared to a 1.22% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  81 million to 81,657,864, 22,118,245 of  which  are active, 59,539,619 closed with 57,758,713 recoveries (97.01% compared to  yesterday’s 97.00%) and 1,780,906 deaths (2.99% compared to yesterday’s 3.00%) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.

        CV USA Cases: New cases of 207,777 (a 1.06% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.09% increase) to bring the  total over 19 million  to  19,781,624 with 7,741,715 active cases of which 28,912 (.37% of active cases and an increase from a 28,747 new peak), recently on a disturbing upward trend with no dips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (28,672 yesterday), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and is still continuing to go up, and 12,039,909 closures,  343,182 of which have been deaths (2.85% compared to yesterday’s 2.88%) and 11,696,727 of which have been recoveries (97.15% compared to yesterday’s 97.12%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .14% lower than the world rate and .27% 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 1034 ranks behind Belgium (1653), Italy (1198). Peru (1130),  Spain (1072), Bulgaria (1047) and UK (1045 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and only slightly worse than France (966), Hungary (950) and (839)  six days ago so added to the list, Mexico (948), Argentina (944),  Brazil (898),  Chile (857 that we recently passed), Switzerland (848) and (830) two days ago so added to list, 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 2,404,022 more tests to bring the total to 249,113,995 (now at 750,443/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 767,793/M.

        Non CV Case News: The House did not touch the non CV Pork in the bloated goody bag relief bill with only $600 stimulus checks and passed the $2,000 stimulus check bill and sent it to the Senate and ignoring the need to in the interests of free speech and curbing the social media’s Iron Curtain of censorship eliminate Section 230 overrode Trump’s veto of the Defense Authorization Bill; Niki Haley who may well be the Red candidate for president in 2024 slammed Blues for making socialism the default position of the party ( Reds need to put more air time in front of Reps like Rep-Elect Victoria Spartz who left Ukraine and knows firsthand the failures of socialism; Rick Laude, Anthony Quin Warner’s neighbor revealed that Warner had indicated to him on the 21st that “Nashville and the world will never forget me”; Big Fredo had his hands slapped in the toss the First Amendment away jar as the court struck down his draconian rules limiting attendance in  churches, synagogues and other places of worship; Greg Norman, “The Shark,” as he fights CV which has turned his dives into sand wedges in terms of distances is warning that this is a serious disease and to follow the CDC rules;
         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of December 27,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 4,157 of whom  714 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 381 behind Chicago at 333 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 “Family Affair” by Sly and the Family Stone, the fact that you enjoy a good prothalamion as a guest at a friend’s wedding  and a quote on eating endangered fish from Charles Clover, "The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat," 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 Pledge of Allegiance Day—celebrating the Pledge of Allegiance which ironically was written by a Baptist Minister Francis Bellamy who was a socialist to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in North America and Congress on this day in 1942 recognized the Pledge of Allegiance and on this day in 1945 Congress recognized Pledge of Allegiance Day.

       2. National Download Day—not sure when established or by whom but clearly created to encourage smart phone users to download apps which surveys show more apps are downloaded on this day that any other day of the year.

        3. 1971 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1971 on this day on a run of 3 week was “Family Affair” by Sly and the Family Stone to join 21 other  number 1 songs. Here is a recording of Sly and the Family Stone singing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbT_ask1Cco The band was the first major band to be male and female and racially integrated, formed in San Francisco and active 1966-1983 playing funk, psychedelic soul and rock.

        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prothalamion” which means a song or poem celebrating an upcoming marriage, a skill which the Alaskanpoet possesses in spades.

        5. An Admiral With No Ships---celebrating the birth on this day in 1998 of Japanese Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara who after a variety of staff jobs in WWII was appointed to the dead end job of garrison commander of Wake Island after it had surrendered to the Japanese on December 23, 1941. The island was never invaded only bombed occasionally by American carrier forces include one attack in a sortie with future president George H.W.Bush and after one such raid on October 5, 1943, fearing an imminent invasion, Sakaibara ordered the execution of the 98 American civilians doing manual labor for the Japanese, a crime which after the island surrendered to the Americans on September 4, 1945, resulted in his being hanged as a war criminal on June 19, 1947 at age 48.

         On this day in:

         a. 1832 John C. Calhoun became the first person to resign as Vice President as he had been elected to the Senate from South Carolina.

         b. 1895 Wilhelm Rontgen published a paper describing a form of radiation which become known as X-Rays.

      c. 1918 Constance Markievicz, an Irish politician serving in a British prison became the first woman to be elected a M.P. to the House of Commons,

         d. 1967 Muriel Siebert became the first woman to own a seat of the New York Stock Exchange, joining 1365 male members.

         e. 1973 to the bane of developers, the Endangered Species Act was signed into law by President Nixon.

          Reflections on Endangered Species: "Celebrity chefs are the leaders in the field of food, and we are the led. Why should the leaders of chemical businesses be held responsible for polluting the marine environment with a few grams of effluent, which is sublethal to marine species, while celebrity chefs are turning out endangered fish at several dozen tables a night without enduring a syllable of criticism?" Charles Clover, "The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat"
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