Saturday, January 23, 2021

January 23, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Handwriting Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 23, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now nearing 100 million at 99,298,143 with 770,486 new cases (a .78% increase) 25,818,466 of which are active, 73,479,677 closed with 71,350,510 recoveries (97.10% and 97.10% yesterday) and 2,128,754 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 25,566,185 with 465,435 new cases (a 1.85%% increase) with 9,808,188 active cases of which 26,998 (.28% of active cases and a decrease now of 2,273 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 15,757,997 closures, 427,634 of which have been deaths (2.71% and 2.71% yesterday) and 15,330,363 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 .18% 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 1288 ranks behind Belgium (1780), UK (1429) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Italy (1410) and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (1274), Hungary (1234),  Peru (1192), Spain (1186), Mexico (1138), France (1115), Sweden (1086) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Switzerland (1041), Argentina (1029), Brazil (1014), Portugal (1001), Chile (929), and Bolivia (839) and we have now conducted  297,389,175 tests (now at 895,496/M compared to Russia at 677,553 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 987,424/M. In the U.S. as of 1/23/2021 21.1 million doses have been given, 1.06 million per day in the last week. In California 2,008,220 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 (40.9%). A long way to go to get herd immunity but a start but still a good reason to recall this inept governor.

      Non CV Case News: Newsom’s total lack of transparency that surfaced big time on his secretive Chinese mask deal is alive and well as he continues to withhold from the public data “justifying” his shut down orders that are killing business and prompting a suit by a coalition of 50 restaurant owners suing over his ban of outdoor dining without any scientific evidence to support it curtails the spread of the CV which appears not to be happening in outdoor dining locals; a new study in California which is the new epicenter of CV cases shows that food and farm workers combined for an "excess mortality" rate of 39% while transportation, logistics and shipping laborers saw a 28% increase in deaths as these professions have workers that are the least likely to be able to work at home; Antifa while continuing the riots in Seattle and Portland is pushing the narrative that has found support in the academic left that violence against property is not violence because no one dies or is physically injured (having one’s business burn down or inventory destroyed or swept from the shelves evidently in their mind is no harm no foul); in a sign that the 75 million who voted for Trump are not going away, Arizona Republicans symbolically censured Cindy McCain, ex Senator Flake, and Governor Doug Doucey;  New York is in the news with a report that as a result of the CV pandemic it lost 1,000,000 jobs, 578,000 of which were in New York City and faces more and more like California high net worth individuals moving their persons and businesses to tax friendlier locales; Larry King, long time and noted talk show host has died at age 87; the recall Gavin Newsom movement 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: is back to show that through January 22, 2021,  gun violence involving persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 179 persons shot of whom 39 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 “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” by Janet Jackson, the  fact that you are blessed with a puissant personality and a quote on the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff during Operation Hannibal by  Ruta Sepetys, 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 Handwriting Day—created the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association on this day, the anniversary of the birth of the creator of the  most notable signature in our history, John Hancock to promote handwriting as a means of communication, which given computers and smart phones is an art that seems to be dying out.

          2. National Pie Day—created in 1975 by Charlie Papazian, who later founded the Great American Beer Festival, to honor and promote the making of pies which as the saying goes, “Is as American as apple pie.” So easy to celebrate by making or buying your favorite and sharing it with maybe some whipped cream or ice cream with your friends.

          3.  1991 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1991 on this day with a run of 1 week in that position was “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” by Janet Jackson to join 26 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of Janet Jackson singing “Love Will Never Do (Without You).” Jackson is the tenth and youngest child of the Jackson family and it is clear from her numerous albums and awards the talented genes in the family have not been diluted. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 she has the dubious distinction of an equipment failure during the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXVIII that exposed one of her breasts before a worldwide audience.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “puissant” which means mighty or powerful which describes our armed forces, a trait which we hope will remain during the Biden Administration.

5.  A Career Cut Short—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1998 of Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy better known to his fans as rapper XXXTentacion whose career took off like a rocket only to collapse on June 18, 2018 at the age of 20 when he was shot and killed while in his vehicle by 4 men robbing a motorcycle dealership who also after killing him took $50,000 in cash he had in his car and fled. They have been caught and are being held in jail without bail pending their murder trial.

On this day in:

a. 1945 in the closing days of World War II with the Red Army rolling toward Germany, Admiral Doenitz started Operation Hannibal, the naval evacuation of German troops and civilians from East Prussia and the Danzig Corridor that dwarfed to evacuation of British and French troops from Dunkirk and in 15 weeks of operation  using 494- 1,800 merchant vessels of all types including fishing vessels in addition to Germany’s last remaining large naval craft, carried some 800,000-900,000 civilians and 350,000 troops from the clutches of the Red Army while losing some 25,000 to sinkings and damages  by Soviet submarines and planes.

          b. 1964 the 24th Amendment to the Constitution banning the use of the poll tax in elections was ratified.

c. 1986 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio installed as its first members Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.
          d. 1997 Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State under President Clinton.

e. 2018 in the Gulf of Alaska, some 170 miles Southeast of Kodiak Island a 7.9 earthquake, tied in 6th place for the strongest ever recorded in the U.S., struck with no fatalities or injuries or damage due to its location.

Reflections on the sinking of the German liner Wilhelm Gustloff during Operation Hannibal: “But in 1945, there was a ship sinking that dwarfed the death toll of the Titanic and the Lusitania combined. I asked my dad's cousin, "How do you know about this ship?" And she said, "I had passage on the Wilhelm Gustloff." The day of the voyage, it turned out, fate intervened and she was not able to get on board the ship. She stood with her family on the dock, watching the Gustloff sail away, thinking her life was over. The Russians were sweeping in, destroying everything in their path, but she couldn't get on the ship. (She later sailed on another ship and now lives in Belgium.) And she said something that lingered with me: "Sometimes it's not where you are. It's where you aren't." And I was fascinated by the story, wondering why it is that some parts of history penetrate our collective consciousness, and others remain hidden?” Ruta Sepetys, author of the novel Salt of the Sea about refugees evacuated during Operation Hannibal.

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