Wednesday, January 13, 2021

January 12, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Pharmacists Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 12, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with  surging cases over 92 million at 92,035,548 with 787,145 new cases (a .86% increase and .64% yesterday)  24,182,398 of  which  are active, 67,853,150 closed with 65,882,548 recoveries (97.10% and 97.09% yesterday) and 1,970,602 deaths (2.90% 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 over 23 million at 23,196,299 with 173,433 new cases (a .75% increase and .84% yesterday)  with 9,163,873 active cases of which 29,222 (.32% of active cases and a decrease of 49 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition 14,205,859 closures,  389,621 of which have been deaths (2.74% and 2.76% yesterday) and 13,816,238 of which have been recoveries (97.26% and 97.24% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .17% lower than the world rate and .16% 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 1173 ranks behind Belgium (1738), Italy (1321),  UK (1222) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Bulgaria (1196), and only slightly worse than Peru (1156), Spain (1127), Hungary (1125), France (1053),  Mexico (1046), Argentina (987), Switzerland (975), Brazil (960), Sweden (954) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Chile (895) that we recently passed, Bolivia (894) and  Ecuador (798) and we have now conducted 2,361,374 more tests to bring the total to 275,604,865 (now at 830,036/M compared to Russia at 645,963/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 898,410/M.

      Non CV Case News: Vice President Pence has politely told the Wicked Witch of the West to get back on her broom and said he would not initiate the 25th Amendment so the Blues with of all icons of patriotic fervor Eric Swalwell named by Pelosi as one of the prosecutors (Fang must be so pleased her boy is in the spotlight of power again; Blues commence impeachment proceedings tomorrow with a few Fed defectives including Liz Cheney who is the Chairman the  House Republican Conference Committee that has prompted calls that she should be removed from her post; In an internal memo, the FBI has issued a warning that it has credible threats of armed protests at state capitals during the Biden inauguration; Pelosi in what In what is a real threat to our democracy  and Constitution is moving forward to impeach the president with 8 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?); Biden is going to start his 100 days of Unity Agenda with an impeachment trial that will not please the 75 million or so Americans who voted for Trump as it is almost guaranteed the Blues will have enough votes to impeach him to send him to a Senate impeachment trial that will not start before the 19th; Alabama ended the college impacted CV season with a crushing destruction of Ohio State 52-24 (if there is an NFL expansion slot open, could not go wrong with Alabama as a team and Sabin as a coach); 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 “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes, the  fact that you do not suffer from pseudodosmia, and a quote on human cloning by Lewis Thomas, 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 Poetry at Work Day—created by the editorial staff of Tweetspeak to be celebrated on the second Tuesday in January starting in 2013 to promote not poetry per se but poetry created in the workplace and by the workplace as many poets were forced to have day jobs while they create their poetry.
National Pharmacists Day—commemorating the contribution to our health care system by pharmacists who may be become even more indispensable as  distribution centers for the COVID-18 vaccine which is experiencing great logjams in terms of getting the vaccine into the arms of more Americans.

          3.  1980 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1980 on this day with a run of 1 week in that position was “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes, joining 16 other number one songs. Here is a recording of Rupert Holmes singing “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”: Holmes is a noted singer, songwriter, playwright and author. He is still going strong at age 73.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pseudosmia” which means a false perception of odors which sadly seems to be one of the symptoms of CV infection.

          5. Cracking the Brass Ceiling---celebrating the birth on this day in 1944 of Cynthia Robinson, one of the founding members of the Sly and the Family Stone as a vocalist and a rarity an African American female trumpet player whose trumpet was finally taken from her for good on November 23, 2015 at the age of 71 from cancer.

On this day in:

a. 1967 James Bedford who had just died from cancer was cryogenically preserved to await the day when cancer has been cured so he can be unthawed and rejoin the human race and his friends and relatives who are at least 53 years older.

          b. 1991 the U.S. Congress authorized President H.W. Bush to use military force to force Iraq out of Kuwait, an act which Hussein foolishly chose to ignore,

c. 1998 in a great move for humans as human beings, 19 European nations agreed to ban cloning of human beings.

d. 2004 the world’s largest ocean liner as opposed to a cruise ship, the RMS Queen Mary 2 made its maiden voyage.

         e. 2010 a massive earthquake struck Haiti near its capital Port-au-Prince which was almost totally destroyed, killing 200-300,000 people and injuring thousands more.

         Reflections on Human Cloning: “The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behavior control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers.” Lewis Thomas, noted 20th Century physician, essayist and yes poet.
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