Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 22, 2021
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 98 million at 98,527,657 with 670,798 new cases (a .69% increase) 25,657,332 of which are active, 72,870,325 closed with 70,760,334 recoveries (97.10% and 97.10% yesterday) and 2,109,991 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 25 million at 25,100,750 with 215,694 new cases (a .86%% increase) with 9,739,959 active cases of which 27,626 (.28% of active cases and a decrease now of 1,645 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition 15,576,485 closures, 422,550 of which have been deaths (2.71% and 2.71% yesterday) and 15,153,935 of which have been recoveries (97.29% and 97.29% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .19% 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 1272 ranks behind Belgium (1775), UK (1410) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Italy (1402) and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (1263), Hungary (1224), Spain (1186), Peru (1182), Mexico (1127), France (1112), Sweden (1086) that neve24r closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Switzerland (1037), Argentina (1027), Brazil (999), Portugal (974), Chile (926), and Bolivia (830) and we have now conducted 294,959,857 tests (now at 888,199/M compared to Russia at 674,798M as we are conducting more tests in number and on a per capital basis for all nations (other than those nations that contain small populations like Bahrain, Denmark, Israel, Malta, Singapore and UAE) other than the U.K. which remains off the testing charts with tests at 987,452/M. In the U.S. as of 1/21/2021 18.4 million doses have been given, 939,973 per day in the last week. In California 1,633,873 total doses given but typical of Newsom’s ineptness, California ranks dead last in the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the state (37.3%). A long way to go to get herd immunity but a start.
Non CV Case News: Looks like the Saudis will be jumping for joy knowing the Biden will wage a war on U.S. energy independence from volatile foreign sources with the executive order killing the Keystone Pipeline being the first step which will also boost consumption by switching delivery to less efficient railroads; Biden’s infra structure plan has not been released but we already have a step back with the Keystone Pipeline cancellation; any doubt that the MSM especially the Washington Post is not a propaganda arm of the DNC was removed after WAPO republished a 2019 article on VP Harris but scrubbing some unfavorable remarks which scrubbing was caught and spawned a good deal of outrage prompting WAPO to reinsert the material from the 2019 article; Hank Aaron, who broke Babe Ruth’s home run record on April 8, 1974 by hitting his 715th home run off of L.A. Dodger Al Downing has just died at 86; Boston College may have started a trend on campuses encouraging its students to report on violations of CV spreading prevention guidelines, including improper mask wearing; Texas, which has the misfortune of sharing our porous border with Mexico, has filed suit against Biden’s executive order freezing deportations for 100 days (how many Americans will have to die during the freeze from the hands of illegal alien criminals before Biden realizes the inanity of such order?); while a lot of finger pointing is going on in the Swamp over the sending members of the National Guard to parking garages, Red Representative Madison Cawthorn took matters into his own hands and visited some of them with pizza and an offer to sleep in his office; Biden is announcing a new focus on “domestic violent extremism” as at the same time not word of the Antifa and BLM violence in Portland and Seattle following the Inauguration (chilling thought that we are moving toward a police state and with social media censorship conservative voices that would be raised in protest are to be silenced); while Biden touts the need to put Americans back to work, the nonpartisan CBO is claiming his executive orders will cost at least 4 million jobs; on the 48 anniversary of Roe v. Wade a chilling statistic that as a result an estimated 62 million abortions have occurred and probably most likely disproportional in terms of enhanced numbers in the black communities; the recall Gavin Newsom continues to gather signatures over 1.2 million and enhanced by his failed policies the latest of which is the disaster or a vaccine rollout, ranking last in terms of the percentage of vaccines received actually administered and is fortunately moving forward to the required goal of 1.5 million
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: HeyJackass.com is back to show that through January 20, 2021 in 2021, gun violence involving persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 168 persons shot of whom 35 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 “How Am I Supposed to Live without You” by Michael Bolton, the fact that you are blessed with pudor and a quote on the 747 by Hendrik Tennekes, 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. Roe v. Wade Day—an observing the landmark abortion rights case decided by SCOTUS on this day in 1973 which still divides this with a passion that seems not to have dimmed not one lumen since its decision and an estimated 62 million abortions that have followed.
2. National Activity Professionals Day—created in 1984 to honor and promote the work of those who create and lead the activities in Assisted Living and Nursing Home Facilities that are so beneficial to residents in the ending years of their lives.
3. 1990 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1990 on this day with a run of 3 weeks in that position was “How Am I Supposed to Live without You” by Michael Bolton to join 25 other number 1 songs and 14 other acts with their first number one song. Here is a recording of Michael Bolton singing “How Am I Supposed to Live without You”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwwbWp80EFQ Bolton was born in 1953 and started recording in 1975 and is still performing and going strong today.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pudor” which means a sense of shame a trait like yesterday’s pudicity is a trait too often very rare in far too many people, especially politicians and members of the MSM.
5. Still Spinning Heads—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1959 of noted actress Linda Blair, best remembered for her performance as Reagan in The Exorcist and who is still performing on TV and the silver screen today.
On this day in:
a. 1947 KTLA, the first TV station west of the Mississippi located in Los Angeles commenced operations.
b. 1970 a Boeing 747 operated by Pan American Airways, the first “jumbo” jet, commenced commercial operations with a flight between New York’s JFK and London’s Heathrow Airport.
c. 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica in a Heavyweight Championship Fight between George Foreman and Joe Frazier, in order prevent Frazier from being killed after being knocked to the canvas 6 times in the first 2 rounds, the referee stopped the fight.
d. 1984 the Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer with a graphic interface and mouse was introduced in a truly iconic commercial during halftime of Super Bowl XVIII: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtvjbmoDx-I
e. 2002 Kmart became the
largest U.S. Retailer to file for bankruptcy protection.
Reflections on the 747: “The Boeing 747 is the commuter train of the global village.” Hendrik Tennekes, former Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at Penn State University.
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