Wednesday, December 9, 2020

December 8, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Lard Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not December 8, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 663,103 new cases (a .98%  increase compared to a .31% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  68 million to 68,508,931, 19,528,185 of  which  are active, 48,980,746 of which have been closed with 47,489,181 recoveries (96.81% compared to  yesterday’s 96.80%) and 1,561,565 deaths (3.19% compared to yesterday’s 3.20%) to continue the trend of increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.
         CV USA Cases: New cases 239,882 (a 1.57% increase compared to yesterday’s .98% increase) to bring the  total over 15 million  to  15,558,341 with 6,203,057 active cases of which 26,546 (.43% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (26,517 yesterday which means sadly the peak has not been 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 9,355,284 closures,  292,181 of which have been deaths (3.13% compared to yesterday’s 3.14%) and 9,062,293 of which have been recoveries (96.87% compared to yesterday’s 96.86%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and is finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months is now .06% lower than the world rate and on a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 883 ranks behind Belgium (1497), Peru (1095), Italy (1014),  Spain (998), and UK (912 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and Argentina (882)  and only slightly worse than France (862),  Mexico (850), Brazil (836), Chile (817) that we recently passed,   Ecuador (777), Bolivia (766) and Sweden (711) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths and we have now conducted 1,693,326 more tests to bring total to 211,192,600  (now at 636,401/M compared to Russia at 548,740/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 676,741/M).
       Non CV Case News: SCOTUS has declined to hear the suit Trump brought over the Pennsylvania unilaterally changing constitutionally mandated deadlines which allowed thousands of additional ballots to be counted; Arizona has set the record for new CV cases with 12,304; new D.A. Gascon has released a sweeping list of misdemeanors that his office will no longer prosecute or demand the posting of bail; Texas in an area of the law that gives SCOTUS Original Jurisdiction has filed suit against Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania for illegally changing election voting procedures ( may be a last straw but if the Georgia Republican Governor and Legislature do not call a special session to rectify the mistakes made in the presidential balloting look for the presumed fraudulent practices to be repeated and both Blue senators be elected); once again every time Biden opens his mouth we see evidence of his synapses broken or frayed as he announced his pick of Bracera to hide “Department of Health and Education Services” (it’s DHHS Joe); a Los Angeles judge slammed L.A. County for its ban on in person dining stating the County had not proved any link between such dining and transmission of CV but let the order stand as it was part of Newsom’s statewide mandate; Eric Swalwell who pushed the false Trump Russian collusion narrative 24/7 is looking more and more like the Manchurian Candidate with news of a Chinese spy Fang Fang helping his campaign, placing an intern in his office and cultivating him as a potential friend of China (has a similar déjà vu sound to it like Feinstein having a Chinese spy as a driver for 20 years.
            Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of December 7,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to nearing 4,000 at 3,989 of whom  680 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 371 behind Chicago at 309 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 “Rags to Riches” by Tony Bennett, the fact that you rarely can be accused of procacity and a quote from Ambassador Lu Sontian on rhw COVID-19 (Wuhan Virus), 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 Lard Day—created by the Healthy Fat Coalition on December 8, 2018 to promote the use of animal fats like lard in cooling due to its better flavor and cooking ease than other fat and oil alternative (if you do cook with it, maybe a daily dose of fish oil might be warranted) .
         2. National Christmas Tree Day—created by Jace Shoemaker-Galloway urging all celebrating Christmas to get a tree, put it up and then decorate it to stand in all its lit glory in the living room, awaiting gifts to be stored under it to be opened on Christmas Day.
        3. 1953 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1953 on this day on a run of 6      weeks was “Rags to Riches” by Tony Bennett to join 8 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of her singing the song:  
        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “procacity” which means insolence, petulance which describes behavior of too many politicians when they don’t get their way.
       5. Closed Closet Door--celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of a noted child musician prodigy Dan Hartman who was in his first band producing and writing songs at the age of 13. Sadly, he was a closet gay and was infected with HIV which he kept secret while still working and died of a related AIDS brain tumor on March 22, 1994 at age 43.
        On this day in:
        a. 1660 a woman believed to be Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshal appeared on a public English stage for the first time playing the role of Desdemona in Shakespeare’s play Othello.
        b. 1941 after  President Roosevelt addressed a Joint Session of Congress declaring that December 7 will be a day that will live in infamy, both Houses voted to approve a Declaration of War against Japan.
        c. 1941 Japanese forces simultaneously and successfully commenced the attack on the Shanghai International Settlement, the Philippines, Malaya, Hong Kong, the Dutch East Indies, and Thailand.
        d. 1953 President Eisenhower delivered his “Atoms for Peace” Speech which resulted in information on nuclear power to be distributed to schools, hospitals, and research facilities.
        e. 2019 in Wuhan, China,   the first known case of the Wuhan flu also known as COVID-19.
        Reflections on the origin of COVID-19 confirmed in Wuhan: “The source of infection of this new coronavirus has not been discovered, including in America and all the different countries in the world. The WHO (World Health Organisation) has not discovered where the infection comes from as this is the first time this coronavirus has affected humankind. It is dangerous.” Lu Sontian, Chinese Ambassador to South Africa February 3, 2020 who has since been recalled but not from a good attempt at plausible denial not know where the Wuhan virus came from but at least correct in his view the virus was dangerous.
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