Thursday, January 14, 2021

Januaary 13, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Public Broadcasting Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 13, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with  surging cases over 92 million at 92,775,578 with 740,030 new cases (a .80% increase and .86% yesterday)  24,495,291 of  which  are active, 68,280,287 closed with 66,293,445 recoveries (97.09% and 97.10% yesterday) and 1,986,842 deaths (2.91% and 2.90% yesterday) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus.

      CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 23 million at 23,616,345 with 420,046 new cases (a 1.81% increase and .75% yesterday)  with 9,247,381 active cases of which 29,238 (.32% of active cases and a decrease of 33 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition 14,368,964 closures,  393,928 of which have been deaths (2.74% and 2.74% yesterday) and 13,975,036 of which have been recoveries (97.26% and 97.26% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .17% lower than the world rate and .15% 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 1186 ranks behind Belgium (1738), Italy (1330),  UK (1245) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Bulgaria (1206), and only slightly worse than Peru (1158), Spain (1131), Hungary (1135), France (1056),  Mexico (1056), Argentina (990), Switzerland (981), Sweden (970) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, (Brazil (966), Chile (896) that we recently passed, Bolivia (807) and  Ecuador (800) and we have now conducted 1,843,160 more tests to bring the total to 277,448,025 (now at 835,573/M compared to Russia at 648,301/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, Malta, Singapore and UAE) but for the U.K. which remains off the testing charts with tests at 907,488/M.

      Non CV Case News: With no witnesses, no committee hearings, the rush to judgment was clear today as the House by a partisan vote, voted 232-187 to impeach Trump for inciting a riot to cease the Capitol and during the “show impeachments” deliver scathing rebukes to the 75 million voters who supported Trump while the MSM chimed in jumping for joy that Trump voters were pillaged; the Cack News Network laid a huge turd with Jake Tapper “belongs flushed now a crapper” even went so low to slam Rep. Mast a Republican who voted against impeachment; with the Senate not convening until the 19th this impeachment was a exercise in divisive futility whose real purpose was to insure Trump will never be able to ravage the party with no ideas by running: at least for the period of quarantine, the House will be blessed with one less leftist strident voice as Blue Rep Pramila Jayapal has tested positive and is blaming fellow Reds who did not wear a mask when a large group of Congressmen were being sheltered during the storming of the Capitol; Newsom’s vaccine rollout continues to be a disaster with California an epicenter of new cases and deaths but fortunately the recall petition for Gruesome Newsom has now surpassed 1,000,000 signatures and only needs 500,000 more to put the recall Newsom petition on the ballot:

          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In the new-year gun violence is unchecked primarily with shooters of color shooting and killing victims of color but it looks like my data site Hey has now been blocked from giving out daily data.

As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “(Just Like) Starting Over” by John Lennon, the  fact that you are not plagued by the harangues of pseudosophers, and a quote on chemical weapons by Felipe Esparza, 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. Stephen Foster Day—proclaimed by President Truman on December 13, 1951 to commemorate the works of the man called the “Greatest Songwriter  of the 18th Century” and celebrated on this day since 1952.

          2. National Public Broadcasting  Day—commemorating the contributions to our society, culture and economics of public broadcasters who first broadcast a live opera performance from the New York City Metropolitan Opera House on this day in 1910.

          3.  1981 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1981 on this day with a run of 3 weeks in that position was “(Just Like) Starting Over” by John Lennon, joining 17 other number one songs. Here is a recording of John Lennon singing “(Just Like )Starting Over.”  Lennon had a promising career after the Beatles including a Grammy for this song released weeks before his murder and climbing like a rocket on the charts and resulted in Lennon receiving posthumously a Grammy. His killer, Mark David Chapman who pled guilty and was sentenced to 20 years to life was denied parole for the 11th time and will be eligible for a 12th parole hearing in 2022.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pseudosopher” which means a person claiming wisdom and knowledge which that person does not possess.

          5. Can’t Live Without Risk---celebrating the birth on this day in 1922 of Albert Lamorisse, noted French filmmaker and producer and to the joy of young children, invented the board game Risk; he was a passenger in a helicopter en route to  a film site in Iran for a movie he was making when it crashed on June 2, 1970, killing him.

On this day in:

a. 1888 the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C.

          b. 1978 in an attempt to slow the spread of the HIV virus from blood transfusions, the FDA required all blood to be donated to be marked “paid” or “volunteer.”

c. 1990 Douglas Wilder became the first elected African-American Governor when he assumed office as the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

d. 1993 the Chemical Weapons Convention, banning the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons was opened for signature in Paris and New York to  go effective 189 days after it was signed by 65 nations which occurred on April 29, 1997.

         e. 1998 in protest of the Catholic Church’s position on homosexuality, Alfredo Ormando set himself on fire in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, killing himself the flames could be put out.

.        Reflections on chemical weapons set loose in the nation: We have chemical weapons in America too, they're called meth and cocaine.” Felipe Esparza, noted Mexican-American comedian Sadly the observation is true and causing deaths by the thousands.  

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