Saturday, December 5, 2020

December 4, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Bartender Appreciation Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not December 4, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 809,325 new cases (a 1.24%  increase compared to a 1.06% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  65 million to 65,996,308, 18,803,129 of  which  are active, 47,193,179 of which have been closed with 45,673,457  recoveries (96.78% compared to  yesterday’s 96.77%) and 1,519,722 deaths (3.22% compared to yesterday’s 3.23%) to continue the trend of increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.
        CV USA Cases: New cases 287,579 (a 2.0% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.62% increase) to bring the  total over 14 million  to  14,651,488 with 5,773,290 active cases of which 26,184 (.45% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (26,181 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and is still continuing to go up, and 8,878,198 closures, 284,232 of which have been deaths (3.20% compared to yesterday’s 3.21%) and 8,593,966 of which have been recoveries (96.80% compared to yesterday’s 96.79%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months is .02% lower than the world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 857 ranks behind Belgium (1467), Peru (1089),  Spain (989), Italy (974), and UK (891 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and Argentina (866)  and only slightly worse than  Mexico (835), recently added to the list France (829), Brazil (823), Chile (811) that we recently passed,   Ecuador (767), Bolivia (765) and Sweden (698) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths and we have now conducted 2,120,538 more tests to bring total to 203,884,001 (now at 614,417/M compared to Russia at 535,946/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 658,627/M).
       Non CV Case News: Maybe Seattle is coming to its senses as a recall effort to get on the ballot against Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Savant is heading to the Washington Supreme Court; Biden now has revealed that he suffered a hairline fracture not playing with Major that would have generated sympathy from dog owners but rather from stepping out of the shower and like Trump is now not going to seek mandatory mask wearing but rather simply to encourage wearing; the U.S. is not alone in seeing a spike in cases and deaths as the beginning of this report shows which to little surprise Italy with cases and deaths surging is banning Midnight Mass this Christmas and in Madrid also suffering, patrons of the El Minibar are spending thousands prepaying for tapas to keep their favorite eatery open; the Botox Antoinette Pelosi has without shame admitted what this poet has suspected and what millions of people damaged by CV restrictions and shutdowns should be outraged over that her flip flop and coming to the table for a stimulus bill is due to “having a new president” (special place in Hell for her to be sent there by contaminated ice cream for this political hack who put destroying a Trump presidency above the safety and prosperity of the American people); Biden like Secretary of State Clinton pledged to be free of conflicts of interests in her case the Clinton Foundation and in Biden’s case his family (with the MSM MIA on doing anything other than fawning over him, don’t hold your breath that will actually happen);  unwelcome news to struggling businesses in 5 Bay Area Counties that will stun, as on Sunday draconian shut down orders will be in place; in another example of the Golden State becoming the Iron Pyrite State, Hewlett Packard Enterprises founded in a garage near Stanford University in 1939 and which epitomized Silicon Valley announced its move of corporate headquarters to Houston; in another reason for whites to boycott Facebook, its new algorithms will prioritize attacks on “hate speech” directed against minorities, Jews, LGBTQ community and Muslims but will assign low priority on hate speech directed against whites and  Americans (so much for the idea that “hate speech should be a detested and condemned two way street not to be engaged in.)
         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of December 3,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 3,937 of whom  671 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 363 behind Chicago at 308 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 much less.)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Mule Train” by Frankie Laine, the fact that you are a preterist but do not live there and a quote from Paul Acker on becoming Pan American’s Chairman, 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 details.
        1. Bartender Appreciation Day—created by Sailor Jerry Rum and celebrated on the first Friday since 2011 to honor and appreciate the work of bartenders who in addition to serving and concocting interesting libations are also listening amateur psychologists and may morph into politicians unfortunately like AOC and with the shutdowns may be hurting financially.
        2. Faux Fur Day—celebrated on the first Friday in December to the joys of fur bearing animals everywhere and supporters of PETA and made possible by the introduction of acrylic fiber in 1929.
        3. 1949 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1949 on this day on a run of 6   weeks was “Mule Train” by Frankie Laine to join 8 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of the song:  Frankie Laine known as “America’s Number One Song Stylist” had a singing and acting career that spanned from 1930 to his final performance of “That’s My Desire” in 2005. He died on February 6, 2007.

       4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “preterist” which means a lover of the past which is a good trait to have as long as one does not abandon the present and still have hope for the future.
       5. Peas in a Western Pod—celebrating the birth on this day in 1934 of noted big screen and TV actor Victor French, best known for his roles on Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven and his long friendship with Michael Landon who like him was a heavy smoker and sadly discovered he had terminal lung cancer in March of 1989 and died from it on June 16, 1989.

         On this day in:

         a. 1945 by a vote of 65-7 the U.S. Senate, wanting to avoid the disaster resulting from its refusal to allow the U.S. to join the League of Nations, approved our joining the United Nations.

         b. 1964 police arrested 800 students who took over the Administration Building at the University of California at Berkeley to protest the University Board of Regents ban of protests on university property.

       c. 1978 following the murder of Mayor Moscone by Dan White, Diane Feinstein, as President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, became mayor of San Francisco.

           d. 1991 Pan American World Airways after 64 years ceased operations.

           e. 2017 the Thomas Fire started near Santa Barbara, California due to downed power lines and before it was put out on March 18, 2018 burned 440 square miles, caused $2.2 billion in damages and destroyed 1063 structures and damaged 280 others.
         Reflections on Pan American World Airways : “I was thinking about finding a more challenging job, and I asked about being the captain of the Titanic. But they said I was years too late. So I decided to take the job of Pan Am chairman.” Ed Acker, Chairman of Air Florida, on accepting the job of running Pan American World Airways. Interview in The New York Times, 28 August 1981. A little over 10 years later after hitting the financial equivalence of an iceberg, the Titanic job was his.

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