Thursday, January 28, 2021

January 28, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Data Privacy Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 28, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 102 million at 102,037,423 with 637,266 new cases (a .63% increase) 25,967,142 of which are active, 76,070,281 closed with 73,865,825 recoveries (97.10% and 97.10% yesterday) and 2,200,994 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 430,502 new cases (a 1.66% increase) with 9,824,711 active cases of which 25,494 (.26% of active cases and a decrease now of 3,777 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 16,513,896 closures, 443,769 of which have been deaths (2.69% and 2.68% yesterday) and 16,070,127 of which have been recoveries (97.31% and 97.32% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .20% lower than the world rate and .08% 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 1336 ranks behind Belgium (1802), UK (1515) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Italy (1446) and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (1297), Hungary (1274),   Spain (1226), Peru (1218), Mexico (1196), France (1144), Sweden (1137) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise  deaths, Portugal (1140-a 54/M increase slowing down to 29/M per day in the last 2 days) Switzerland (1071), Argentina (1048),  Brazil (1032), Poland (964), Chile (946), and Bolivia (869) and we have now conducted  306,452,138 tests (now at 922,703/M) compared to Russia at 689,864/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 1,040,830/M.
       US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 1/28/2021 28.3 million doses have been given, 1.26 million per day in the last week. In California 2,893,493 total doses have been given but typical of Newsom’s ineptness, California has slightly improved is now 40th   out of 50 in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the state (52.2% only .4% ahead of 41st Mississippi and 6.1% 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 17,143 COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 29.7% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: The unbelievable roller coaster ride for Game Stop continued unabated with it losing some half of its inflated gains in the past few days with Blues not calling for hearings; interestingly in what may result in a major market scandal the White House is standing mute; Andrew Cuomo may have to turn in his inane Emmy as a scandal in New York points to a massive under counting of CV deaths and a cover up of the real death count (this governor has hands coated with the blood of nursing home seniors and should resign); with a hand that must be suffering from writer’s cramp Biden has been entering executive orders like the newest dictator in town, dismissing legislation because elected officials in his view a bunch of total clowns; 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 40th  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 “Creep” by TLC, the fact that you are fighting to prevent spendthrift Blues from purloining your children’s and grandchildren’s future  and a quote by Louis Delescluze on the siege of Paris,  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. Data Privacy Day—created by the European Union in 2007 to promote awareness of the need for computer users to protect their data and to advance the use of best practices to insure data privacy and protection.

          2. National Kazoo Day—created by Chaplin Willard Rahn on this day in 1983 to promote the use and acceptance of this unique vibrating instrument.

          3. 1995 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1995 on this day with a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Creep” by TLC to join 11 other number 1 songs and 4 other acts that had their first number 1 song. TLC was an all female group consisting of Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Chrystal Jones that was formed in Atlanta in 1990 and had great commercial and artistic success which was cut short when Left Eye was killed in an automobile accident on April 25, 2002. The band never reformed after her death but T-Boz and Chilli went on performing as a duo. Here is a recording of TLC performing “Creep”:

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “purloin” which means to steal which many conservatives believe will be the result on the impact of our surging national debt on our children and grandchildren.

5.  Dripping to Fame—celebrating the birth on this day of noted American painter Jackson Pollock, the founder of the drip technique in painting but who like so many creative souls struggled with alcoholism and died while driving under the influence in a single car accident which killed also a passenger but not his mistress.

On this day in:

a. 1871 in the Franco-Prussian War, the siege of Paris came to an end with a decisive defeat of French forces.

          b. 1958 the Lego Company patented the design of its bricks, those foot killing bricks that a parent is so likely to step bare footed on while heading to the early morning cries coming from a crib.

c. 1960 to the joy of professional football fans, the NFL announced that an expansion team in Dallas would play starting in the 1960 season and another expansion team in Minneapolis-St. Paul would start playing in 1961.

d. 1981 Ronald Reagan lifted the controls on the price of oil and allocation controls helping to end the 1979 energy crisis and bring on the oil glut of the 1980’s.

e. 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated shortly after takeoff killing all aboard.

Reflections on the Siege of Paris from Louis Delescluze, the French commander of the Paris Commune in response to shelling by the Prussians of the city in which 400 Parisians were killed and wounded:  "The Frenchmen of 1870 are the sons of those Gauls for whom battles were holidays.”

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