Monday, December 7, 2020

December 7, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not December 7, 2020

        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 207,206 new cases (a .31%  increase compared to a .82% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  67 million to 67,845,828, 19,390,966 of  which  are active, 48,454,862 of which have been closed with 46,906,337  recoveries (96.80% compared to  yesterday’s 96.79%) and 1,548,525 deaths (3.20% compared to yesterday’s 3.21%) to continue the trend of increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.
         CV USA Cases: New cases 147,935 (a .98% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.13% increase) to bring the  total over 15 million  to  15,318,459 with 6,079,223 active cases of which 26,517 (.44% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (26,243 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 9,238,966 closures,  289,136 of which have been deaths (3.14% compared to yesterday’s 3.17%) and 8,948,830 of which have been recoveries (96.86% compared to yesterday’s 96.83%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and is finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months is now .06% lower than the world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 874 ranks behind Belgium (1492), Peru (1094), Italy (1003),  Spain (998), and UK (903 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and Argentina (876)  and only slightly worse than  Mexico (847), recently added to the list France (850), Brazil (832), Chile (816) that we recently passed,   Ecuador (776), 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 2,042,298 more tests to bring total to 209,499,274 (now at 631,309/M compared to Russia at 546,033/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 673,511/M).
       Non CV Case News: Trump is prepared to sign an executive order as Great Britain begins the first rollout of 800,000  vaccine doses on Tuesday that Americans will receive the first doses before the world starts to participate which is a direct slap on Ezekiel Emmanuel’s rant against vaccine nationalism; on the infections front, Nevada rolled craps with the highest ever number of cases at 3200; NBC showed the video of an angry owner whose restaurant was barred from serving outdoor patrons while next door a production company had tents set up for people involved in a TV production which the Nothing But Cack or Concealment Network failed to disclose was one of its shows, Good Girls; misnamed Manny (“Close to God”) Fidel has been rightly slammed for ignoring Kelly Loeffler’s policies but unChristianly body shaming her looks; the Chicago Teachers Union after having deleted its Tweet claiming reopening of the schools was racist, sexist and misogyny, has now filed a request for an injunction barring an opening of elementary schools until the school district meets its demands which at first glance given the infection rates among kids seem to be unrealistic; the Republican Club in Manhattan was vandalized prior to its Christianity and Hanukkah party by thugs believed to be Antifa members; in an award AOC would like to disown the CEO of Goya after sales spiked as a result of her idiotic call for a boycott named her employee of the month.
            Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of December 6,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to nearing 4,000 at 3,978 of whom  678 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 370 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 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 “Why Don’t You Believe Me” by Joni James, the fact that most of your proairesis is in good working order and a quote from Adrian Marks on the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor, 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 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day—celebrating December 7, 1941 when two waves of Japanese planes following receipt of the code to “Climb Mt. Niitaka” on December 2, 1941 to attack Pearl Harbor, crippling the Pacific Fleet but not the aircraft carriers that were not there at sea but fortunately for us in a grave mistake, not launching a third wave to destroy our oil storage tanks and dry docks.
      2. Walt Disney Day—celebrating the birth on this day in 1901 of noted animator and creator of Mickey Mouse and a cast of characters, Walt Disney whose flagship theme park Disneyland  created in Anaheim, California to open on July 17, 1955 sadly remains closed due to the CV pandemic while other similar resorts remain open under strict CV safety protocols.
      3. 1952 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1952 on this day on a run of 4      weeks was “Why Don’t You Believe Me” by Joni James to join 10 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of her singing the song:  Joni James was born in 1930 and was generating hit records in a flood in the 50’s and early 60’s when she retired in 1964  to take care of her ailing first husband. She remarried to  a husband who died in 2005 and is still alive today with her 40 records still being sold adding to her over 100 million in record sales.
       4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “proairesis” which means the ability to make a reasoned decision which is often challenged by the numerous ads on the decision received.
      5. in a Thousand Songs Taps Can Come to Early--celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of one of Canada’s most prolific sing/songwriters, Ron Hynes, who was called “The Man with a Thousand Songs” but who was a heavy smoker and struggled with drug addiction and died too early on November 19, 2015 from throat cancer at age 64.
       On this day in:
       a. 1904 to perhaps no one’s surprise, in fuel trials the HMS Spitelful propelled by diesel fuel bested the HMS Peteral propelled by the backs of crewmen shoveling coal into the furnaces heating boilers to provide steam.
        b. 1932 to the great gain of the U.S. and the loss of Germany, Albert Einstein was granted an American Visa.
           c. 1963 to the joy of fans and the bane of referees making the bad calls, instant replay was introduced in football in the Army Navy Game.
          d. 1982 Charles Brooks, Jr. in Texas had the dubious distinction of being the first person to be executed by lethal injection, after being sentenced to death on April 25, 1978 after being convicted of murder.
            e. 1987 on PSA Flight 1771 from L.A. to San Francisco which proved to be a not “coffee tea or me” flight, David Burke, a disgruntled former employee of US Air , the parent company of PSA, after failing to get reinstated after his meeting with his manager David Thompson, bypassed security and boarded with a pistol and shot and killed him near Paso Robles and then shot and killed the pilot and co-pilot and steered the plane into the ground killing all 47 aboard.                           Reflections from a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor: “Across the channel was Ford Island and Battleship Row, containing the Arizona, Oklahoma, Maryland, Tennessee, all flaming, sinking wrecks. Ahead of us was the Oglala, sunk. Astern of us the cruiser Anchorage was not quite as bad off, but the Helena, the Honolulu, Raleigh and many supply and auxiliary vessels were afire and severely damaged." Adrian Marks, stationed on the USS Sacramento but ashore when the Japanese attacked and survived strafing attacks trying to return to his ship which was fortunate as he was an aviator who found floating survivors on their last legs from the sinking of the USS Indianapolis had been sunk by a Japanese submarine after delivering the atomic bomb to Tinian Island to be dropped on Hiroshima. Adrian Marks died on March 7, 1998 at age 81.
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