Sunday, January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Bootleggers Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 17, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 95 million at 95,234,208 with 455,464 new cases (a .48% increase and .71% yesterday) 25,280,277 of which are active, 70,125,024 closed with 68,087,035 recoveries (97.09% and 97.09% yesterday) and 2,038,019, 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 over 23 million at 24,454,500 with 148,457 new cases (a .61% increase and .84% yesterday) with 9,631,206 active cases of which 28,840 (.30% of active cases and a decrease now of 431 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition 14,823,374 closures,  406,971 of which have been deaths (2.75% and 2.75% yesterday) and 14,416,403 of which have been recoveries (97.25% and 97.25% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .16% lower than the world rate and .10% 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 1226 ranks behind Belgium (1756), Italy (1360),  UK (1311) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Bulgaria (1225), and only slightly worse than Peru (1167), Hungary (1176), Peru (1167) Spain (1140), Mexico (1082), France (1075), Sweden (1019) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Argentina (1000), Switzerland (999), Brazil (983), Chile (910) that we recently passed, Bolivia (816) and  Ecuador (805) and we have now conducted 1,648,249 more tests to bring the total to 285,401,375 (now at 859,485/M compared to Russia at 661,786/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 927,419/M.

      Non CV Case News: Parler is in court seeking an injunction to Amazon’s abrupt cancellation of service removing the communication app used by some 12 million followers hiding behind its algorithms of hateful or calling for violence speech (seems like many other Social Media giants followed Amazon’s lead act leading one to wonder whether a collusion in concert to bar conservative thought from the internet was occurring); Josh Hawley who had the temerity to question the election of Biden because certain battleground states violated the rules of law governing their elections has had Loews cancel a fund raiser because a liberal lawyer was outraged that the chain was supporting a “traitor” and Simon and Shuster cancelled its book deal with him on The Tyranny of Big Tech; Fox News is airing a special tonight on the issue of whether China still has leverage over Eric Swalwell due to his past association with Fang Fang: the political fallout from the storming of the Capitol continues as MLB announced it is suspending political contributions from its PAC and evaluating its guidelines; in another example that the divide is increasing not decreasing in this country, the FBI arrested Daniel Baker, a self-described hard core leftist, for trying to recruit supporters to attack Trump supporters planning to protest at Florida’s capital the inauguration of Biden; Pelosi after working up the Blues into a frenzy that Trump was a “clear and present danger” and calling the Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to make sure the nuclear codes were secure from any rash action by him now is setting no time to present Articles of Impeachment to the Senate; Alec Baldwin who must have mixed feelings about the election as he will no longer be playing Trump on SNL is in the news making a fool of himself by touting he had a dream that Trump was being tried for sedition in a courthouse with a noose out front (sick person with divisiveness we need not); Rusty Hicks, the Chairman of the California Democratic Party who had previously called the Newsom recall attempt a coup and linked it to the storming of the Capitol has walked back those comments as the recall petition continues to gather signatures over a million

          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 “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, the  fact that you live in Southern California and have no psychrophobia and a quote on the Northridge Earthquake by Linda Sieger who lived through it along with her husband and baby born the morning of it, 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 Bootleggers’ Day—created by Infinium Spirits on this day in 2016 to commemorate Templeton Rye, one of the more noted bootleg whiskeys that was produced in Templeton, Iowa shortly after Prohibition came into effect on this day in 1920. The whiskey was reintroduced legally in 2006 and produced by a distillery owned by Scott Bush and Myer Kerkhoff, the grandson of Alphonse Kerkhoff, one of the more notable bootleggers in Templeton.

          2. National Cable Car Day—celebrating the issuance of the first patent in relation to the cable car on this day in 1871 which led to on September 1, 1873 the commencement of the Clay Street Hill Railroad commencing operations in San Francisco.
1985 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1985 on this day with a run of 6 weeks, 2 of which were at the end of 1984, in that position was “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, joining 26 other number one songs. Here is a recording of Madonna singing “Like a Virgin”: The “Queen of Pop” is still on a roll, recording and performing and raking in the dough.

        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “psychrophobia” which means fear of the cold which given climate change will be coming into disuse in the future.

          5. High/Low Woman—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political outlook the birth on this day in 1964 of former First Lady Michelle Obama.

On this day in:

a. 1917 Prohibition went into effect after being ratified on the prior day.

          b. 1977 capital punishment was resumed in the United States with Gary Gilmore having the dubious distinction of being the first to be executed since Aaron Mitchell on April 12, 1967 after electing death by firing squad.

c. 1992 in a better late than never moment Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa visiting South Korea apologized for enslaving Korean women as “comfort women” to satisfy the sexual urges of the Japanese soldiers in World War II.
          d. 1964 the 6.7 Northridge Earthquake, whose epicenter was the town of Reseda, struck the San Fernando Valley with effects felt throughout Southern California, killing 57 people, injuring over 8700 people and causing an estimated $13--$44 billion in property damages.

e. 1998 Matt Drudge on The Drudge Report broke the Bill Clinton Monica Lewinsky Scandal.

          Reflections on the Northridge Earthquake: " A week before my son was born, my husband and I couldn't decide if our son's middle name would be Sebastian or Samson. I laid the argument to rest by saying God would give us a sign. I gave birth to my son on Jan. 17, 1994, at 12:30AM in the Kaiser of Woodland Hills. My husband went home to catch a little sleep before returning to us later in day. The quake hit at about 4:00AM. When my husband and I were reunited, the first thing I said, "I'm never asking God for a sign again." Almost 20 years later, I still haven't asked for a sign and yes, my son's middle name is Samson! We were impacted severely by the quake. Our apartment was uninhabitable for about a week, so we were homeless with a newborn and back then they had you leave the hospital less than 24 hours after a birth. I can tell you that the hospital was not prepared for the quake. I have other stories to tell about that time, but I like this one best.” Linda Sieger
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