Wednesday, January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Inauguration Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 20, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 96 million at 96,651,429 with 339,217 new cases (a .35% increase and 1.08% yesterday) 25,374,891 of which are active, 71,615,755 closed with 69,540,974 recoveries (97.10% and 97.10% yesterday) and 2,074,781, deaths (2.90% 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 24 million at 24,998,975 with 192,011 new cases (a .77%% increase)  with 9,614,365 active cases of which 28,198 (.29% of active cases and a decrease now of 1,073 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition 15,384,610 closures,  415,894 of which have been deaths (2.70% and 2.71% yesterday) and 14,968,716 of which have been recoveries (97.30% and 97.29% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .20% lower than the world rate and .11% 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 1252 ranks behind Belgium (1769), Italy (1385), and UK (1370) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (1250), Hungary (1204), Peru (1179) Spain (1168), Mexico (1113), France (1096), Sweden (1065) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Switzerland (1027), Argentina (1017), Brazil (998), Chile (916) that we recently passed, Bolivia (830) and  Ecuador (811) and we have now conducted  291,570,529 tests (now at 878,007/M compared to Russia at 668,633/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 967,557/M. In the U.S. as of 1/20/2021 17.2 doses have been given, 912,497 per day in the last week. In California 1.5 M total doses, 3.88/100 and 273 K with second dose. A long way to go to get herd immunity but a start.

      Non CV Case News: The some 25,000 National Guardsmen deployed in Washington, D.C., had nothing to do as the Inauguration of President Biden went off without disturbance or drama capped off by a speech that called for unity (maybe the MSM was listening through their gushing over him to shed the purging and deprogramming calls for Trump supporters); now Ex-President Trump left in his last flight on Air Force One landing in Florida with a hour left in his presidency and before departing from Andrews Air Force Base touting the accomplishments of his presidency, wished Biden success and suggested he not raise taxes or increase regulations and sounded MacArthuresque pledging to be back in some form; CNN was its disgraceful biased self as Tapper and Dash both demeaned Trump as he left the White House to helicopter over to Air Force One; Biden may have called for Unity but for perhaps the Clintons the call fell on deaf ears as Bill seemed to have nodded off as soon as Biden started speaking and Hillary in a delusional moment probably saw herself in Biden’s place if in her mind Trump had not “stolen” the 2016 election; in the publishing world it may be that free speech has been kissed goodbye as 550 writers and members of the publishing community have signed a letter demanding a ban on any books written by any Trump officials (unless most likely they are full of “dirt” real or imagined like the rag written by Bolton); Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, who was believed to be on the list of possible Trump pardons did not make the cut as some speculation that McConnell indicated to Trump if he were to pardon, conviction on impeachment would be more likely, the vaccine rollout has been beset by problems and it is telling of the anti-Trump hatred from the Big Tech oligarchs like Jeff Bezos that Amazon waited until after the Biden Inauguration to offer its vaunted distribution and logistics services to air in getting the vaccines into more arms; the recall Gavin Newsom continues to gather signatures over a million moving forward to the required goal of 1,500,000
          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: is back to show that through January 19, 2021 in 2021, gun violence involving persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 157 persons shot of whom 33 have died.

As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Got My Mind Set on You” by George Harrison, the  fact that you are not plagued by puckery and an Inaugural quote by Thomas Jefferson, 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. Inauguration Day—celebrating the Constitutionally required inauguration of the president at 12:00 noon on this day and celebrated on Monday if the 20th falls on a Sunday and a lucky holiday for only federal employees who work in the Capital region.

          2. International Day of Acceptance—created by Stevie Hopkins in 2010 to honor the memory of his sister of Anna Hopkins born in 1984 whose disability required a wheel chair and who fought tirelessly for acceptance of the disabled in business and society and created the 3E Foundation and the Wheel Chair Heart symbol to remind those not disabled to accept those who are.

          3.  1988 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1988 on this day with a run of 1 week in that position was “Got My Mind Set on You” by George Harrison to join 31 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of George Harrison singing Got My Mind Set on You.

          4.  Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “puckery” which means wrinkled which is a fate of aging which Pelosi seems to have mastered with lots of Botox injections.

 5. Women Can Run—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1967 of noted political advisor Kellyanne Conway who successfully ran Trump’s Presidential Campaign, the first woman to be in such a position and later served as Special Counsel to the President and retired in August, 2020 to spend more time with her family and perhaps mend some fences with her husband George who is a very outspoken and rabid anti-Trumpster.

On this day in:

a. 1887 The U.S. Senate allowed the U.S. Naval to occupy the naval base at Pearl Harbor.

          b. 1937 Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner were inaugurated as president and vice president for their second term for the first time since adoption of the 20th Amendment moved Inauguration Day from March to January 20th.

c. 1942 in Berlin, the seeds of genocide of the Jews were sown at the Wansee Convention held in the Wansee suburb of Berlin attended by senior Nazi officials to finalize the “Final Solution” to the Jewish Question.

d. 1954 the National Negro Network, the first black own radio network started broadcasting over its 45 affiliated stations but soon ran out of capital and ceased operations in 1955.

e. 1986 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was celebrated for the first time as a federal holiday.

      Reflections from an Inaugural Speech that are as germane today as when uttered back in 1801: “Let us, then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let us reflect that, having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of as bitter and bloody persecutions.” Thomas Jefferson the members of the MSM ranting on the need for reprogramming really need to take and breath and heed Jefferson’s words.
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