Wednesday, January 27, 2021

January 27, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Vietnam Peace Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 27, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 101 million at 101,400,157 with 799,312 new cases (a .79% increase) 25,920,024 of which are active, 75,480,133 closed with 73,294,978 recoveries (97.10% and 97.11% yesterday) and 2,182,155 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 254,857 new cases (a .98% increase) with 9,781,392 active cases of which 25,863 (.26% of active cases and a decrease now of 3,408 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 16,381,570 closures, 439,449 of which have been deaths (2.68% and 2.69% yesterday) and 15,942,121 of which have been recoveries (97.32% and 97.31% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .21% 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 1323 ranks behind Belgium (1797), UK (1496) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Italy (1438) and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (1293), Hungary (1265),   Spain (1225), Peru (1207), Mexico (1172), France (1139), Sweden (1127) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Portugal (1111-a 54/M increase slowing down to 29/M today) Switzerland (1065), Argentina (1044),  Brazil (1032), Poland (953), Chile (939), and Bolivia (859) and we have now conducted  304,302,917 tests (now at 916,246/M) compared to Russia at 687,511/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 1,028,577/M.
       US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 1/27/2021 25.6 million doses have been given, 1.21 million per day in the last week. In California 2,730,262 total doses given but typical of Newsom’s ineptness, California has slightly improved is now 42nd out of 50 in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the state (50.1% only .1% ahead of 43rd  Nebraska and only 5.8% ahead of last place Alabama). A long way to go to get herd immunity but a start but still a good reason to recall this inept governor. We have 17,710 COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 29.7% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: John Kerry the inept idiot who brought us the Iran Nuclear Deal and who is now the Climate Change Czar under the Biden Administration is the proud owner of a carbon spewing Gulf stream Jet which is a paragon of carbon emission (how does he expect anyone to take any climate change message coming from his lips when he is using a private instead of flying coach like most mere mortals); Biden is moving forward on his “bipartisan commission” to study the courts to see if increasing the number of judges would be appropriate (read increase as packing something even FDR backed away from and really is the bonehead idea Biden years ago claimed it to be); Chris Cillizza of the Cack News Network must be feeling the coming drop in his ratings with no Trump to attack by making a fool of himself and blaming Trump for the astronomical rise in Game Stop stock which is most likely caused by shorts covering their positions causing the price to soar; in the war on US energy independence first move was to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline construction that will cost thousands of jobs and force the oil companies to ship the oil shale by train which will spew more carbon than a pipeline at a higher costs quickly followed by the second which was to ban all oil and gas leases on public lands (what Biden must not realize is that oil and gas are a critical bridge to move to a greener economy and should not be devastated as market forces plus government subsidies move us to that greener economy); the Swamp still looks like an armed camp with some 10,000 armed troops there because leftist Blues like Chris Murphy of Connecticut are pushing a false narrative that Trump could incite another “riot” similar to what occurred on January 6, 2021 (the left must view Trump in the same way the Brits view the German fleet in World War I as a fleet in being that could come forth at any time to bring death and destruction to Britain); the NRA may have had its share of legal actions by state AGs against it but it still has teeth to file a lawsuit against Maryland’s law requiring, background checks, finger prints, classroom instruction in firearm usage, live firing of one round and a $50 fee claiming it is burdensome, designed to deter gun ownership and violates the 4th Amendment; with its schools closed and parents frustrated beyond belief of the fact and online learning only is present, one would thing the San Francisco Board of Education would have better things to do than rename its schools which it has proposed 6-1 to do so with a list of 44 schools to have their names changed which in addition to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, the list includes naturalist John Muir, Spanish priest Junipero Serra, American revolution patriot Paul Revere, composer of the “Star Spangled Banner" Francis Scott Key, and current Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein (when will the idiocy of this cancel culture stop?); while Garcetti waged war on restaurants shutting down even out outdoor dining, the City of Los Angeles beset with homeless problems and huge unfunded liabilities for its bloated public employees, but its council members are getting paid as are the 22-36 paid staffers each of the 15 councilors employ 60 of whom are receiving more than $100,000 per year (Garcetti would be hard pressed to find anyone in the public who thought they were getting their money’s worth); 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 42nd in terms of the percentage of vaccines received actually administered and is fortunately moving forward to the required goal of 1.5 million signatures.

          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: is back to show that through January 26, 2021,  gun violence involving persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 210 persons shot of whom 46 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 “All For Love” by Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart and Sting, the  fact that you are not purblind and a quote by Anna Reid on the Siege of Leningrad,  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. Vietnam Peace Day—commemorating the signing of the Paris Accords on this day in 1973 which ended the Vietnam War for the U.S. and required the withdrawal of all U.S. troops in 60 days and the release by the North Vietnamese of all American POW’s. For the South Vietnamese the war did not end and the North soon crossed the border in force and seized Saigon on April 30, 1975.

          2. National Geographic Day—celebrating the formation of the National Geographic Society on this day in Washington, D.C. in 1988.

          3. 1994 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1994 on this day with a run of 3 weeks in that position was “All For Love” by Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart and Sting to join 9 other number 1 songs and 6 other acts that had their first number 1 song. Adams born in 1959 is Canada’s most famous guitarist and still performing today. Stewart born in 1945 is now Sir Roderick David Stewart and still performing and recording but his 2020 tour fell victim to the pandemic and was cancelled. Sting, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist was formerly with the Police and has earned numerous Grammys with the Police and in a solo career. Here is the three of them singing “All For Love”:

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “purblind” which means near blind, a condition that seniors may experience it they do not deal with their cataracts them always seem to appear in old age.

5.  Sports and Politics Do Not Mix—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political belief, the  birthday on this day in 1959 of Keith Olbermann who started out in broadcasting as a sports commentator and evolved to a political commentator often while doing sports at the same time with views that became more progressive each year. He finally left ESPN and has his own political views podcast.

On this day in:

a. 1944 the siege of Leningrad which started on September 8, 1941 was lifted on this day after 2 years, 4 months, 2 weeks and 5 days but not before thousands upon thousands of Red Army soldiers and civilians died from bombardment and starvation.

          b. 1945 the Red Army’s 322nd Rifle Division liberated the surviving 7,000 inmates at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp most barely in a condition to survive.

c. 1967 Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chafee were killed in their Apollo capsule during a test aboard its launch rocket when a fire breaks out in their capsule.

d. 1980 thanks to the aid and assistance of Canada, 6 American diplomatic hostages were spirited out under the noses of the Iranians from Iran in what became known as the Canadian caper.

 e. 2003 the first recordings for the National Registry, a collection of important sound recordings, were announced.

Reflections on the Siege of Leningrad from a victim who did not survive the war: “One of the most oft-quoted records of the siege, scribbled in pencil over the pages of a pocket address book, is that kept by twelve-year-old Tanya Savicheva:
28 December 1941 at 12.30 a.m. – Zhenya died. 25 January 1942 at 3 p.m. – Granny died. 17 March at 5 a.m. – Lyoka died. 13 April at 2 a.m. – Uncle Vasya died. 10 May at 4 p.m. – Uncle Lyosha died. 13 May at 7.30 a.m. – Mama died. The Savichevs are dead. Everyone is dead. Only Tanya is left.”
― Anna Reid, Leningrad: The Epic Siege of World War II, 1941-1942 Sadly Tanya was rescued after the Siege was lifted transferred to a hospital where she died of intestinal tuberculosis on July 1, 1944.

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