Sunday, December 6, 2020

December 6, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Microwave Day



Ridley's Believe It Or Not December 6, 2020

        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 545,017 new cases (a .82%  increase compared to a 1.03% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  67 million to 67,638,622, 19,204,238 of  which  are active, 48,034,384 of which have been closed with 46,494,489  recoveries (96.79% compared to  yesterday’s 96.78%) and 1,539,895 deaths (3.21% compared to yesterday’s 3.21%) to continue the trend of increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.                  CV USA Cases: New cases 169,131 (a 1.13% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.74% increase) to bring the  total over 15 million  to  14,076,072 with 5,9867,188 active cases of which 26,243 (.44% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (26,158 yesterday which sadly means peak not yet reached and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and is still continuing to go up, and 9,108,884 closures,  288,511 of which have been deaths (3.17% compared to yesterday’s 3.18%) and 8,820,373 of which have been recoveries (96.83% compared to yesterday’s 96.82%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and is finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months is now .04% lower than the world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 869 ranks behind Belgium (1486), Peru (1092),  Spain (989), Italy (994), and UK (900 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and Argentina (873)  and only slightly worse than  Mexico (845), recently added to the list France (844), Brazil (829), Chile (813) that we recently passed,   Ecuador (775), Bolivia (766) 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 1,615,163 more tests to bring total to 207,456,975 (now at 625,164/M compared to Russia at 543,451/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 658,608/M).
          Non CV Case News: Governor Polis’ husband Marlon Reis has been hospitalized with worsening CV symptoms of persistent cough and shortness of breath; on the Trump election front, the lawyer the left should fear Rudi Giuliani has tested positive for CV which may put a crimp in Trump’s continuing legal attack on the election; small victory in Michigan where judge has ruled that the Dominion Voting Machines which have been alleged to have flipped votes must be examined (sadly the world is still waiting for Sidney Powell to produce the evidence she on voter fraud claims she has); San Mateo County has told Newsom to pound sand and is not joining the other 4 area Bay Area Counties shutting down today in advance of ICU capacity dropping below 15%; the outrage from small businesses in California and across the nation over the sweeping shutdown orders many of  which like in L.A. banning outdoor dining have only a very tenuous linkage if at all to the spread of the CV virus (in Newsom’s case watch for a huge uptick in recall signatures and an increasing likelihood recall for this hypocrite will be soon on the ballot); Big Fredo may have gotten an Emmy for his telecasts which glossed over his role in sending seniors to their deaths in nursing homes, but he is lucky there are no awards for the worst toxic work environment which is what a former aide Lindsay Boylan who worked for him for 3 years and is a Blue Candidate for Manhattan Borough President: De Blasio trying to recover from his idiocy of closing NYC public schools to in person learning is now reopening with the requirement that parents consent to random testing of their children without having to be present (what happens when a 5 year old freaks out about having a swab stuck deep up his nose when elementary kids don’t get infected and can’t spread what they don’t have); like reeducation classes in China or North Vietnam after the Vietnam War, teachers in public schools are being forced to take white privileges classes and admit their subconscious racism (what an outrage); in a sad commentary of money talks and democracy walks as special interests are not blocked, ad money in the Georgia Senate Run Off totals now $329 million for both parties combined (wave goodbye to democracy hello plutocracy but hope dirty money from the left is not paying for illegal voters to register and vote Blue).
           Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of December 5,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 3,971 of whom  675 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 367 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 “Cold, Cold Heart” by Tony Bennett, the fact that most of your prithees come true and a quote from Trish Regan on the usual course of socialist countries like Venezuela, 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. National Microwave Day—celebrating that ubiquitous kitchen appliance found in almost all households to quickly cook or warm food which was the subject of a serendipity moment when Raytheon engineer Percy Spencer during the war was standing near a magnetron used for radars and noticed that his chocolate bar in his pocket had melted which led him to try an egg which burst over his face and popcorn which popped and led the company to file for a patent for a microwave oven on October 8, 1945.
          2. National Gazpacho Day—celebrating that cold tomato based soup that in its current form came from the Andalusia region of Southern Spain but while enjoying on a cold winter day do not be tempted to ask why celebrate on a cold December day as opposed to a hot summer day.
        3. 1951 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1951 on this day on a run of 6      weeks was “Cold, Cold Heart” by Tony Bennett to join 9 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of the song:  Tony Bennett’s career has spanned 75 years with its ups and downs due to changing musical styles, drugs, and spending habits to be rescued by one of his sons who became his manager and bounced back to continue to be performing and painting at age 94.
        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prithee” which means an expression of a wish which describes Red’s emotions to a tee with respect to holding the Senate.
          5. Smashing The Pumpkins—celebrating the birth on this day in 1961 of noted keyboard player for several punk rock bands including the Smashing Pumpkins Jonathan Melvoin who sadly died too early at the age of 34 from a heroin overdose on July 16, 1996.
        On this day in:
        a. 1957 the U.S. effort to match the Russian Sputnik failed on national television watched live by millions including this poet, as our Vanguard rocket on launch rose 4 feet into the air to fall back and explode into flames.
           b. 1967 Doctor Adrian Kantrowitz performed the first heart transplant to have been made in the United States and the second in the world on a 19 day old infant born with a heart that would have resulted in his death very, very soon: sadly the recipient for the heart died six hours after surgery was completed.
           c. 1969 in a “we should have vetted better moment” at a free concert by The Rolling Stones at the Altamont Speedway, 18 year old Meredith Hunter, a concert goer tried to emerge onto the stage for the second time with a gun in his hand to be stabbed to death by one of the Hells’ Angels acting as security for the event.
           d. 1998 Socialist Victor Chavez was elected President of Venezuela to start the path to bring the country, once the most prosperous in South America to utter ruin.
           e. 2017 in a what took you so long moment, the United States declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and vowed to move the U.S, Embassy there which it did on May 14, 2018.
         Reflections on Venezuela of Chavez and of Maduro: Think about it: Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Vietnam, North Korea, the former Soviet Union - they all start with the intention of leveling the playing field - or making things better for the little guy - and instead, they created misery, poverty, destruction and a permanent ruling class of bureaucrats.” Trish Regan former conservative host on the Fox Business Channel.
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