Monday, January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 18, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 95 million at 95,623,389 with 389,181 new cases (a .41% increase and .48% yesterday) 25,256,955 of which are active, 70,366,434 closed with 68,323,790 recoveries (97.10% and 97.09% yesterday) and 2,042,644, 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 24 million at 24,454,500 with 38,991 new cases (a .16% increase and .61% yesterday) with 9,654,618 active cases of which 28, 744 (.30% of active cases and a decrease now of 527 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition 14,838,873 closures,  407,346 of which have been deaths (2.75% and 2.75% yesterday) and 14,431,527 of which have been recoveries (97.25% and 97.25% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .15% lower than the world rate and .08% 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 1227 ranks behind Belgium (1759), Italy (1366), and UK (1320) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (1226), Hungary (1184), Peru (1170) Spain (1140), Mexico (1085), France (1075), Sweden (1019) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, (1000), Switzerland (1004), Argentina (1000), Brazil (984), Chile (914) that we recently passed, Bolivia (819) and  Ecuador (805) and we have now conducted  285,751,376 tests (now at 860,525/M compared to Russia at 664,525/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 949,994/M.

      Non CV Case News: Pelosi’s rush to impeach because Trump was a clear and present danger has been revealed as a farce as she is sitting on the Articles of Impeachment and not sending them to the Senate which reveals the real reason for impeachment—prevent Trump from ever seeking office again—what an outrage by a kangaroo court like impeachment process—no evidence and no witnesses to link Trump to the storming of the Capitol by inciting protesters to commit that act; in another example of our criminal justice system gone amok, the suspect of the killing of a Temple University graduate while walking his dog, Davis L. Josephus, over prosecutors objections had his bail reduced from $200,000 to $12,000 and released to commit further mayhem; words have consequences and Biden’s ill advised open border ideas coupled with path to citizenship, has ignited the caravan of thousands of illegals crossing the Guatemala border, clashing with police and heading north (if more Latinos voted Red, the Blues would be on the front line demanding a secure border); Trump is expected to commute or pardon some 50-100 criminals, including Lil Wayne; shades of brainwashing perfected by the Communists during the Korean War and passed on to the North Vietnamese and the Chinese and now being aped by Big Tech and the MSM to deprogram and deplatform Trump supporters to complement the firing or not hiring of conservatives in entertainment, academia, and business; Twitter behind its algorithms thinks of itself as an adjunct of the DNC has just unblocked another conservative Congresswoman Rep. Greene of Georgia initially blocked for criticizing Georgia election officials (Trump’s ban should be a wakeup call that the stifling of conservative thought to promote the DNC is the real clear and present danger); the fawning and gushing by MSM by people like Jane Pauley who clearly has lost sight of what it means to be a journalist in her Sunday interview with Harris and her husband is ramping up on all cylinders; the leftist celebs that populate Hollywood and who delusionally think since they can memorize scripts portraying intelligent, heroic or persons with great integrity and believe Main Street care about their thoughts have started a petition to have Cruz removed from the Senate as a traitor; the recall Gavin Newsom continues to gather signatures over a million moving forward to the required goal of 1,500,000 https://recallgavin2020.com/petition/

          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 Jackass.com 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 “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick and Friends, the  fact that you are not plagued by allergies that trigger ptarmic reactions and a quote on coffee by Flash Rosenberg, 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. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—designated by President Reagan as a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr, and to honor his contributions and accomplishments in the Civil Rights Movement achieved not through rioting, burning and looting but through peaceful nonviolence.

          2. National Gourmet Coffee Day—celebrating that morning brew that most of us cannot start our day without and many need an afternoon booster to complete the day. Thanks to Starbucks, Peets, and Kean and other coffee shops that specialize in better beans, we have been freed of the relatively cheap supermarket coffee which too often is highly acidic and lacking taste.

          3.  1986 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1986 on this day with a run of 4 weeks in that position was “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne and Friends, joining 29 other number one songs. Here is a recording of Dionne and Friends singing “That’s What Friends Are For”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyTpu6BmE88. With friends like Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight almost impossible to not have a number 1 record, At 80 this talented singer is still active.

4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ptarmic” which means a substance that causes sneezing like ground pepper, wasabi, or foods the eater is allergic to.

          5. Too Much Temptation for a Singing Temptation—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1941 of David Ruffin, one of the lead singers for the Temptations but struggled with drug addiction and died from an overdose of cocaine on June 1, 1991 in a Philadelphia crack cocaine house.

On this day in:

a. 1895 an X-ray machine was demonstrated by Davidson Professor of Physics Henry Louis Smith.

          b. 1967 Albert DeSalvo “The Boston Strangler” was convicted of several murders and sentenced to life in prison and then escaped, turned himself back in and was moved to a maximum security prison where he was murdered by a fellow inmate.

c. 1981 Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachuted off a Houston skyscraper to become the first two parachutists to complete a BASE jump from buildings, antennae, spans (bridge) and earth (cliff).

d. 1990 Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Berry was arrested for cocaine possession in a FBI sting operation, was convicted and served 6 months and engineered a political comeback and won a 4th  term as mayor.

e. 2005 the Airbus 380, the world’s largest commercial airliner was unveiled.

          Reflections on the coffee:  “I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.”Flash Rosenberg, noted Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts and obviously a coffee   connoisseur.
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