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December 31 Ridley's Believe It Or Not First Night and a Happy, Prosperous and CV Free New Year


Ridley's Believe It Or Not December 31, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 635,501  new cases (a .73%  increase compared to a .71% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  83 million to 83,489,065, 22,558,177 of  which  are active, 60,930,888 closed with 59,110,913 recoveries (97.01% compared to  yesterday’s 97.01%) and 1,819,975 deaths (2.99% compared to yesterday’s 2.99%) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus.

        CV USA Cases: New cases of 321,540 (a 1.61% increase compared to yesterday’s .82% increase) to bring the  total over 20 million  to  20,271,565 with 7,911,209 active cases of which 29,271 (.37% of active cases and an increase of 162 for a new peak), recently on a disturbing upward trend with no dips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (29,089 yesterday), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and is still continuing to go up, and 12,360,376 closures,  351,752 of which have been deaths (2.85% compared to yesterday’s 2.84%) and 12,008,624 of which have been recoveries (97.15% compared to yesterday’s 97.16%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .14% 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 1060 ranks behind Belgium (1674), Italy (1237). Peru (1133),  passing Spain, Bulgaria (1086), Spain (1084) and UK (1080) which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and only slightly worse than France (989), Hungary (988) and (839)  nine days ago so added to the list, Mexico (964), Argentina (948),  Brazil (910), Switzerland (880) and (830) five days ago and so added to the list, Chile (865 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 (790) and Bolivia (775) and we have now conducted 1,776,746 more tests to bring the total to 253,542,640 (now at 763,537/M compared to Russia at 621,028/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 806,479/M.

        Non CV Case News: Looks like we can kiss idea of $2000 stimulus checks goodbye Chuck and his Blues won’t let Social Media Iron Curtain die; the rhetoric in the “most dignified debating house, the Senate” is going over the top with Blue Senator Jeanne Shaheen ranting that Senator Hawley’s plan to challenge Biden’s win in the Electoral College borders on “Sedition and Treason”(would be better if the Senator from New Hampshire toned it down as those allegations are capital offenses); people are celebrating the end of 2020 around the globe with masks and some attempts at social distancing and in some cases virally as in the case of Times Square as no spectators will be allowed to watch the ball drop; sick news on the CV vaccination front, as a pharmacist has been arrested and fired for removing hundreds of vaccine doses from refrigeration to have them spoil (not identified yet nor any motive yet); despite the fact we have a lot of issues on our plate, the frenzy continues over Hillaria Baldwin’s past contentions she was born in Spain when in fact she was born in Boston (who cares other than her 5 kids probably embarrassed over her claiming something she is not); Lori Lightfoot is light on the truth as released emails show notice of a botched police raid on the wrong address to her months before she claimed she was first noticed (Anjanette Young, a social worker who is black was cuffed nude while the CPD searched her residence in February 2019); Indian casinos are not subject to federal or state regulation so the Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks and the Thunder Valley Casino are holding gala New Year’s Eve celebrations; Blue Progressives are demanding Pelosi allow a Medicare for all vote in exchange for their support of her as Speaker ( If vote is held before the Georgia Runoff, would be a great boost to the 2 Red Senators running); Florida is now the third state after Colorado and California to have its first case of the CV variant B.1.1.7

         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of December 30,  2020 with a few hours left to end to the carnage of 2021,  the number of shootings increased to 4,172 of whom  719 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 385 behind Chicago at 334 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 “Angie Baby” by Helen Reddy, the psammous nature of our Southern California beaches and a quote from Bill Clinton on the Y2K problems thought to be facing the world, 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. First Night—ca North America artistic and cultural celebration held in various cities across the land from noon till midnight probably in the past designed to cut down on New Year’s Eve parties and the resulting DUI carnage that sadly follows which the CV pandemic has probably replaced with viral events  this year.
World Peace Meditation Day—created by 1986 calling on all people around the globe to mediate on the lure of and happiness generated by peace.
1974 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1974 on this day on a run of 1 week was “Angie Baby” by Helen Reddy to join 35 other number 1 songs Here is a

Recording of Helen Reddy singing “Angie Baby”: This very popular Australian-American performed very successfully from 1966 =2002 and retired in 2002 but lure of performing live brought her out of retirement in 2012 but was later diagnosed as having dementia and died this year on September 29, at the age of 78.

        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “psammous” which means sandy which describes to a tee most of our Southern California beaches.
Like Father Life Son---celebrating the birth on this day in 1977 of Donald Trump, Jr., the eldest son of President Trump and who like his father was infected with the COVID-19 virus and like his father and his girlfriend Kimberley Guilfoyle recovered from the infection.

         On this day in:
        a. 1951 The Marshall Plan ended after distributing $13.3 billion to aid in the recovery of Western Europe (worth $133,117,142,308) in today’s currency.

 worth   to restore the damages done to Western Europe.

        b. 1992 Czechoslovakia was peacefully dissolved into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in what many would call the Velvet Divorce.

        c. 2000 the last day of the 20th Century and 2nd Millennium and the last day before the Y2K computer bug was supposed bring havoc to computers around the world which it did not.

        d. 2014 a stampede resulted at a New Year’s Eve fireworks display in Shangai killing 38 and injuring 49 people.

        e. 2019 the WHO was belatedly informed by China on the existence of a new form of pneumonia in Wuhan, China which as of yesterday has killed 1,819,975 persons worldwide.

        Chicken Little and the Y2K falling of the sky that never happened while IP consultants had a field day lining their pockets.:  "I came here today because I wanted to stress the urgency of the challenge to people who are not in this room.... Clearly, we must set forth what the government is doing, what business is doing, but also what all of us have yet to do to meet this challenge together. And there is still a pressing need for action.... In the business sector just as in the government sector, there are still gaping holes. Far too many businesses, especially small- and medium-sized firms, will not be ready unless they begin to act. A recent Walls Fargo bank survey shows that of the small businesses that even know about the problem, roughly half intend to do nothing about it. Now, this is not one of the summer movies where you can close your eyes during the scary parts." -- President Bill Clinton, in a speech about Y2K at the National Academy of

Sciences July 15, 1998

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