Believe It Or Not December 30, 2020
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 584,033 new cases (a .71% increase compared to a .75% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 82 million to 82,853,564, 22,363,169 of which are active, 60,490,395 closed with 58,682,990 recoveries (97.01% compared to yesterday’s 97.01%) and 1,807,405 deaths (2.99% compared to yesterday’s 2.99%) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentages.
CV USA Cases: New cases of 164,307 (a .82% increase compared to yesterday’s .85% increase) to bring the total nearing 20 million to 19,950,045 with 7,836,909 active cases of which 29,089 (.37% of active cases and an increase of 169 for a new peak), recently on a disturbing upward trend with no dips from a high of 19,155 on July 23 (28,920 yesterday), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and is still continuing to go up, and 12,277,443 closures, 349,080 of which have been deaths (2.84% compared to yesterday’s 2.85%) and 11,928,363 of which have been recoveries (97.16% compared to yesterday’s 97.15%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .15% 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 1052 ranks behind Belgium (1667), Italy (1218). Peru (1132), Spain (1084), Bulgaria (1070) and UK (1066) which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and only slightly worse than France (985), Hungary (977) and (839) eight days ago so added to the list, Mexico (956), Argentina (948), Brazil (905), Switzerland (874) and (830) four days ago and so added to the list, Chile (859 that we recently passed), Switzerland (874) and (830) two days ago so added to list, Sweden (861) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Ecuador (789) and Bolivia (775) and we have now conducted 1,593,6481 more tests to bring the total to 251,765,894 (now at 758,397/M compared to Russia at 617,980/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 800,233/M.
Non CV Case News: While Gilligan’s Island in TV land may have been isolated from pandemics, L.A. is not and 82 year old Dawn Wells who beat out 350 actresses including Raquel Welch to play the role of Mary Ann Summers on “Gilligan’s Island” has died of COVID-19; with police departments across the nation demoralized by liberal mayors and leftist city councils and the BLM defund the police movement and hit with massive retirements of officers fed up with the anti-police environment, Biden has just added to their growing woes with his announcement that the DOJ will start monitoring police department behavior; on the now you see now you don’t, Senator McConnell has just introduced a $2,000 stimulus check bill in the Senate that includes a repeal of Section 230 that has enabled social media to censor conservative free speech and the creation of a commission to study election integrity (commission sounds like a great idea but if Biden gets to select or has the power to remove Trump selections look for a whitewash); L.A. District Attorney Gascom, already incurring the wrath of crime victims for his edict to ban bail is now facing a palace revolt and potential lawsuit from career Assistant District Attorneys for his ordering them not to seek sentence enhancements for criminals with prior strikes being prosecuted (this Soros funded leftist bent on making L.A. more unsafe than it already is must have been a great fan of Monopoly and its “Get oul of jail free card”); not sure if this is a true Yogi Berra moment of “It’s Not Over Till It’s Over Moment” but Senator Hawley of Missouri became the first senator to announce that he will join a growing number of Red House members seeking to invalidate the Electoral College Vote on the 6th of January (SCOTUS must be sweating blood over the prospect of being dragged into a process that could invalidate the election of Biden); Warnock’s past continues to dog him as Pastor Calvin Butts who hired him, hosted Fidel Castro at his church in Harlem in 1995, calling him “one of the great leaders in the world”, and has donated $3250 to Warnock’s election; Newsom must be oblivious to the growing recall movement as he announced his plan to reopen public schools to in school teaching in February (what about the science of almost zero CV infection in elementary schools and the fact that teachers and school staff are on the priority list after health care workers and residents of long term care facilities does he not understand https://recallgavin2020.com/); Big Fredo, trying to climb out of the negative popularity hole he has dug for himself, has announced that 6,700 mask wearing and negative testing result fans will be allowed to attend the Bills playoff game; another day in NYC’s defund the police land as a video shows a BMW blocked in Manhattan traffic and then attacked by a bunch of teen aged thugs appropriately hooded and gloved to conceal identity and race (the driver assuming he could move forward deserves a medal for being in fear of his life not driving into these scumbags); with no vacancy signs getting ready to be hung up in ICU’s in Los Angeles County, news that we need like in a hole in the head is that a case of the UK variant now called B.1.1.7 has been confirmed in Southern California in a man was serving in the Colorado National Guard sent to help contain an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Good Samaritan Home in Simla, Colorado.
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of December 29, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 4,164 of whom 715 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 380 behind Chicago at 335 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 “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce, the fact that as more cities get more crowded people are advancing the cause of proxemics and a quote by John Lewis of the UMW on the GM Flint Sit Down Strike of 1936, 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. National Bacon Day—created by Danya Goodman and Meff Leonard on this day in 1997 to celebrate Homer Simpson’s question on the episode “I Love Lisa” “Is It Bacon Day?” Easy holiday to celebrate from enjoying bacon garnish on a Cobb Salad or baked potato or my favorite a toasted BLT.
2. Falling Needles Family Fest Day—created by Thomas and Ruth Roy of Wellcat Holidays and Herbs on a day not known to me to gather the family around the Christmas Tree which is now shedding needles like a bad case of dandruff and if it could talk on this day with bottom of the barrel holidays would say, “Time to take me out as I am so dry I feel I am ready to burst into flames from spontaneous combustion.”
3. 1973 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1973 on this day on a run of 1 week was “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce to join 26 other number 1 songs and as the third person to join the first time list posthumously 13 other acts who had their first number 1 song. Here is a recording of Jim Croce singing “Time in a Bottle”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO1rMeYnOmM Jim Croce’s first two albums were uncharted duds but his next two took off and his star was rising until on September 20, 1973 on the day before his lead single on his fifth album “I Got a Name” was to be released and after a live concert, the private plane he a four others were in crashed into a tree on takeoff killing everyone on board.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “proxemics” which means the study of man’s needs for personal space.
5. Hard to Hold a Tiger---celebrating the birth on this day in 1975 of noted golfer and Stanford attendee Tiger Woods who is tied for the most PGA championships and second in major championships, still going strong in golf and able to win a major tournament.
On this day in:
a. 1903 the Iroquois Theater in Chicago packed with over 2,000 standing room only fans caught on fire from a defective arc light and proceeded to kill 605 from the flames and the smoke, making it the deadliest theater fire in U.S. history.
b. 1916 Russian mystic and adviser to Tsar Nicholas and his family and who bears a startling resemblance to Jack Dorsey was murdered and his body dumped into the Moscow River.
c. 1936 the UAW started a sit down strike at GM’s Fisher Plant which lasted until February 11, 1937 when the parties settled in a one page agreement where the UAW was recognized as the sole bargaining agent and workers were given a 5% increase in pay and allowed to talk about the union during lunch breaks.
d. 2005 Tropical Storm Zeta, the latest tropical cyclone to form in the Atlantic was formed 30 days after the end of the official hurricane season to span 2 calendar years but fortunately never made landfall to cause any damage.
e. 2006 formed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein having been earlier found guilty of crimes against humanity on November 6 was executed by hanging.
Reflections on the Flint Sit Down Strike: “Tomorrow morning, I shall personally enter General Motors plant Chevrolet №4. I shall order the men to disregard your order, to stand fast. I shall then walk up to the largest window in the plant, open it, divest myself of my outer raiment, remove my shirt, and bare my bosom. Then when you order your troops to fire, mine will be the first breast that those bullets will strike.” John Lewis, head of the UMW, to Governor Frank Murphy of Michigan after being informed by him that the Michigan National Guard would forcibly remove the sit down strikers.
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