Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 26, 2021
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 100 million at 100,600,845 with 526,687 new cases (a .53% increase) 25,893,396 of which are active, 74,707,449 closed with 72,545,983 recoveries (97.11% and 97.11% yesterday) and 2,159,042 deaths (2.89% and 2.89% 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 25,908,105 with 173,947 new cases (a .68%% increase) with 9,863,574 active cases of which 26,235 (.27% of active cases and a decrease now of 3,036 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 16,071,531 closures, 432,862 of which have been deaths (2.69% and 2.71% yesterday) and 15,638,669 of which have been recoveries (97.31% and 97.29% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .20% 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 1303 ranks behind Belgium (1791), UK (1471) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Italy (1431) and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (1284), Hungary (1256), Peru (1200), Spain (1215), Mexico (1159), France (1134), Sweden (1110) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Portugal (1082-a 54/M increase) Switzerland (1057), Argentina (1035), Brazil (1021), Poland (943), Chile (938), and Bolivia (854) and we have now conducted 301,552,049 tests (now at 907,601/M) compared to Russia at 685,071/M) 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 1,018,660,410/M. In the U.S. as of 1/25/2021 23.5 million doses have been given, 1.25 million per day in the last week. In California 2,437,504 total doses given but typical of Newsom’s ineptness, California has slightly improved but has dropped back to 48th out of 50 in the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the state (49.7% only .1% ahead of Rhode Island and only 4.5% ahead of last place Kansas). 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: In a Freudian slip which probably reveals his true thoughts Kevin de Leon when asked to lead the L.A. Council in the Pledge of Allegiance totally botched this simple act; in a frightening proof of the adage that democracy talks but dark money in elections walk the walk, Biden was the beneficiary of $145 million of “dark money” contributions outspending Trump by more than 5 to 1 while the new hypocrite in chief was railing against “dark money” influence in our elections; Lauren Wolfe who was rightfully fired for not checking in her rampant pro Biden anti-Trump bias before going to work at The New York Times is blasting the paper’s account that she was dismissed for her “chills” up her back tweet (there should never be any “reprogramming” of people as suggested by the MSM because of their political views but if there must be advocacy and biased “journalists” of MSM need to be at the front of the line learning how to be objective); disturbing news coming out that the Capitol Police knew in advance that there would be a riot on January 6 but did nothing to prepare for it (if I were a conspiracy theorist I would argue that their lack of preparation was a trap to insure a riot that safe money would be on a bet that Trump was responsible for it and would be grounds to impeach to fulfill the Blues game plan of never having to face Trump or his influence in a election ever again); Americans can be breathing easier that Biden’s moratorium on deportations of illegals which would have effectively handcuffed ICE from protecting us from violent criminal illegal aliens by deporting them has been blocked by a federal judge; the leftist MSM will leave no stone unturned in an effort to smear conservative Reds like Tom Cotton who graduated from Ranger School and served with the 101st Airborne in Iraq by falsely claiming he had claimed he had served as a Ranger in Iraq; in another example of the Biden unity two step, Biden gave credit to Trump for the creation of the vaccine then quick went two steps back claiming the immunization plans were worse than expected due in part to Trump’s questioning of the election; the push for an open border that will destroy minority communities and devastate the middle class has accelerated ad leftist member of the Squad has introduced a bill in the House to decriminalize illegal immigration; on the 1 year anniversary of Lakers Star Kobe Bryant’s death tributes are pouring in from the entertainment and sports world; Newsom recall gains signatures grow to 1,200,000 with here another news item that should drive voters by the thousands to sign the recall and get rid of this pompous inept leader as the EDD benefit scandal now stands at $11 billion with another $20 billion under investigation as millions of Californians went through hell trying to get the unemployment benefits they deserved; after being sworn in to preside over the “show impeachment trial for former President Trump”, 80 year old Patrick Leahy was taken to the hospital as he did not feel well; Newsom is so arrogant and narcissistic that he must feel he can do no wrong when he failed to contest the parole hearing of Garada Zavala a scumbag beyond belief who participated in the torture, sodomy and killing of a Eric Jones, a young black in 2001; 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 45TH in terms of the percentage of vaccines received actually administered and is fortunately moving forward to the required goal of 1.5 million signatures. https://recallgavin2020.com/petition/
Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: HeyJackass.com is back to show that through January 25, 2021, gun violence involving persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 202 persons shot of whom 44 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 “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston, the fact that you are rarely focused on punctiuncle in your business dealings and a quote by William Ginsburg on Monica Lewinsky, 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. International Customs Day—honoring the work of customs agents so essential to facilitate the movement of goods in international commerce and celebrated on this day since 1983.
2. Lotus 1-2-3 Day—commemorating the introduction on this day in 1983 of the spreadsheet program than contained a spreadsheet calculator, database manager, and graphics package for the IBM PC which made accountants and business planners jobs much easier.
3. 1993 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1993 on this day with a run of 14 weeks in that position (5 of which started at the end of 1992) was “I’ll Always Love You” by Whitney Houston to join 10 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of Whitney Houston singing “I Will Always Love You.”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JWTaaS7LdU&ab_channel=whitneyhoustonVEVO
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “punctiuncle” which means a trifling or insignificant point in an argument.
5. Best Guitarist Ever Trumped by Cancer—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1955 of guitarist Eddie Van Halen considered by many to be the best rock and roll guitarist of all time but who starting smoking and drinking at age 12, struggled with alcoholism all his career until going in for rehab which caused him to become sober only to fall victim to tongue cancer, then throat cancer and finally struggling with lung cancer when he died of a stroke on October 6, 2020 at age 65 surrounded by his wife, ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli, son and brother.
On this day in:
a. 1934 the Apollo Theater opened in Harlem.
b. 1934 in a treaty that would end on September 1, 1939, Poland and Germany signed a Non-Aggression Pact.
c. 1972 a bomb in the luggage compartment of JAT Flight 367 exploded into three pieces at 33,330 feet altitude and crashing near Srbská Kamenice, Czechoslovakia, killing 27 of the 28 aboard but not flight attendant Vesna Vulović who acquired the dubious distinction of surviving the highest fall without a parachute and who despite numerous broken bones, temporary paralysis from the waist down and a coma, lived to the ripe old age of 66, dying on December 23, 2016.
d. 1998 President Clinton appeared on national television to lie with a straight face that he had had no sexual relations with “that woman” Monica Lewinsky.
e. 1920 while enroute to Calabassas in a helicopter from Orange County’s John Wayne Airport in the fog to his daughter’s basketball game the helicopter he was riding in crashed 30 miles from arrival killing all 9 aboard including Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant.
Reflections on what
became known as the Lewinsky Scandal that sadly was not the only case of an
uncontrolled Reptilian Brain of our president Clinton: "Where does she go from here? This is a
24-year-old woman. The Clintons will finish their term, receive their pensions,
serve on boards. This will ultimately be a blip in the history of Clinton's
eight-year presidency. Monica is just beginning her life." William
Ginsburg, Monica Lewinsky's attorney, on his fears about her future.
(The Washington Post, “Table Turn as Starr Faces Questions”
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