Monday, January 11, 2021

January 10, 2021 Ridley's Beleive It Or Not National Houseplant Appreciation Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 10, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with  surging cases over 90 million at 90,672,307 with 728,230 new cases (a .81% increase and 1.07% yesterday)  23,933,332 of  which  are active, 66,738,975 closed with 64,796,320 recoveries (97.09% and 97.09% yesterday) and 1,942,545 deaths (2.91% and 2.91% 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 nearing 23 million at 22,913,418  to 22,628,935 with 284,493 new cases (a 1.26% increase and 1.62% yesterday)  with 9,051,478 active cases of which 28,940 (.32% of active cases and a decrease of 330 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition 13,861,950 closures,  383,275 of which have been deaths (2.76% and 2.77% yesterday) and 13,364,779 of which have been recoveries (97.24% and 07.23% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .18% lower than the world rate and .18% 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 1154 ranks behind Belgium (1725), Italy (1309),    UK (1196) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Bulgaria (1174), and only slightly worse than Peru (1153),Spain (1109), Hungary (1104), France (1037),  Mexico (1027), Argentina (980), Switzerland (952), Brazil (952), Sweden (931) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Chile (890) that we recently passed Ecuador (797) and Bolivia (795) and we have now conducted 2,149,254 more tests to bring the total to 271,332,398 (now at 817,194/M compared to Russia at 640,553/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 864,649/M.

      Non CV Case News: Pelosi in what In what is a real threat to our democracy  and Constitution is moving forward to impeach the president with 9 days left in his term after trying to get Pence to invoke the 25th which was never designed for this (what would Pelosi do if Trump resigned and Pence as the new president pardoned Trump, his family members, cabinet members and anyone one in authority who worked on the campaign?—can one imagine the howl of the Blues wanting every last ounce of flesh from Trump’s body?); if Biden does not take a “With malice toward none” Lincoln approach and is a party to this Blue lynching his first 100 days are going to wallow in the cesspool of massive divisiveness; rats live on gold courses as the PGA has pulled the PGA Championship from Trump Properties Bedminister Golf Course in New Jersey; while Pelosi is off in idiotic impeachment ranting land, Blue Delegate to the House from the District of Columbia appears to be a voice of reason indicating impeachment is the wrong idea and will derail Biden’s agenda and the only sane measure would be a vote of censure (we need more than ever a chilling out and ramping down of the rhetoric not the dog whistles of divisiveness out of Pelosi’s Botox ingested lips); Red Representative Van Drew who switched parties in 2019 is stating sound advice that the in order to move forward Pelosi and her cohorts need to drop calls for impeachment (if only a few more Blues agreed to the wisdom of that statement and switched to oust Pelosi, we might actually get something done in Washington); Browns blew the Steelers out with 4 turnovers in the first half and won their first playoff game since 1994 and fittingly ended a 4th quarter desperate drive by the Steelers with a game ending interception; AOC was in rare form pouring gasoline on the impeachment fires claiming that we nearly lost half of Congress during the attempt to storm the House Chambers; Newsom’s vaccine rollout is a disaster 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, as of January 9, 2021 86 shot of whom 19 have died. Final 2020 numbers in Chicago with comparisons to 2019 are 4,174 (+51%) of whom  719 (+55%) 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); (when will Chicago and other urban areas get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as  Blue run cities turn deaf ears and blind eyes 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 “How Deep Is Your Love?” by The Bee Gees, the  fact that you avoid pseudologia when speaking or writing; and a prophetic quote from Harold Nicolson on the Versailles Treaty, 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. National Houseplant Appreciation Day—created by the Gardeners Network to promote the use of indoor houseplants to add to the décor and warmth of one’s home or office and if maintenance is a concern go the succulent route as these plants are very low maintenance and attention.

            2. National Cut Your Energy Costs Day—celebrating the steps one can do to reduce consumption of energy from more insulation, to solar power, EV’s, lowering the thermostat for heating and raising it for air conditioning, switching over to electronic bills and better errand management to save money and lower greenhouse carbon emissions.

            3.  1978 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1978 on this day with a run of 1 week in that position was “How Deep Is Your Love” by The Bee Gees,  joining 19 other number one songs. Here is a recording of The Bee Gees singing “How Deep Is Your Love?”: The Bee Gees were a successful English brothers trio band known as the “Kings of Disco” who wrote most of their songs that resulted in over 120 million records being sold with Barry still performing at 74 but his 2 fraternal twin brothers have already passed. 

           4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pseudologia” which means lying in speech or writing, which describes far too many politicians when they are campaigning to get elected or reelected.

           5. Ageless in the Ring and in Business---celebrating the birth on this day in 1949 of two time heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman who won the crown for the second time at the age of 48 and after retirement become the spokesperson for the George Foreman Reducing Grill and now the Inventors’ Network.

On this day in:

a. 1870 John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.

          b. 1920 the Versailles Treaty went into effect, ending World War I and planting the seeds for World War II less than 20 years thereafter.

c. 1956 representatives from 51 nations gathered at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, England for the first meeting of the UN General Assembly.

d. 1985 Daniel Ortega became President of Nicaragua, vowing to transform the country into socialism and conjunction therewith be “elected” to 4 terms as president becoming more and more like a dictator as the economy deteriorated due to socialism.

         e. 1990 Time Warner was formed by the merger of Time, Inc. and Warner Communications.

         Reflections on the Treaty of Versailles:“ ...we were very stupid men...the treaties imposed upon our enemies were neither just nor wise." Harold Nicolson. British Diplomat, 1919 who handed Britain’s Declaration of War against Germany to the German Ambassador to Great Britain.

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