Friday, January 8, 2021

January 8, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not War on Poverty Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 8, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet is welcoming the new year with a surging case note with total cases now at 88,985,651, 23,243,800 of  which  are active, 65,741,851 closed with 63,827,212 recoveries (97.09%) and 1,914,639 deaths (2.91%) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus.

     CV USA Cases: Total cases now total over 20 million  to  22,268,109 with 8,087,008 active cases of which 28,993 (.36% of active cases and a decrease of 278 from peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition 13,540,217 closures,  375,758 of which have been deaths (2.78%) and 13,164,459 of which have been recoveries (97.22%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .13% lower than the world rate and .19% 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 1132 ranks behind Belgium (1716), Italy (1290), Peru (1146),  Bulgaria (1,158),  UK (1173) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Bulgaria (1,158), and Peru (1146) and only slightly worse than Spain (1109), Hungary (1082), France (1023),  Mexico (1011), Argentina (972), Switzerland (946), Brazil (940),  Chile (884) that we recently passed), Sweden (931) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Ecuador (797) and Bolivia (791) and we have now conducted 1,140,086 more tests to bring the total to 266,283,680 (now at 802,328/M compared to Russia at 636,445/M so Trump was telling truth that we conduct more tests in number and on a per capital basis for nations (other than those nations that contain small populations like Bahrain, Denmark,  Israel, Malta, Singapore and UAE) but for the U.K. which remains off the testing charts with tests at 864,686/M.

      Non CV Case News: Pelosi and Schumer are beating the impeachment drums to file against Trump, claiming he incited the storming of the Capitol by a small percentage of the protestors protesting the election due to their belief Biden won the election by fraud (so much for the Biden campaign of bringing the country together);  Pelosi has become unhinged in her claims Trump is an “unhinged president” and made an unprecedented call to General Milley on the issuance of access to the nuclear codes; Pelosi and Schumer are also beating the drums demanding Pence invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him which is clearly even more ridiculous as Trump is not physical or mentally incapable of performing his job (Harris will be taking notes and paying close attention as she may be in that position sooner or later given the perception Biden is not up to the job mentally); Biden’s address to the nation on the storming of the Capitol showed that his unity campaign was a sham when he used the racist card to denounce the response of the Capitol police to that of police in BLM “protests” that quickly morphed into riots (he must have been blind to the fact that in a year of BLM riots across the country I believe 2 rioters were shot and killed but here in less than 90 minutes a white woman protester was shot and killed by police); Biden has not yet been sworn in and already his plans on how to distribute the vaccine are being severely condemned as they defy the need to provide for the booster shot that must be administered to increase effectiveness to over 95%; Cuomo consistent with his mishandling of the elderly in nursing homes during the initial phase of the pandemic, initially banned vaccinating anyone over the age of 75 until all health care workers were vaccinated which caused de Blasio to protest vehemently, forcing Cuomo to rescind the ban so the elderly can start being vaccinated; the recall petition for Gruesome Newsom has now surpassed 1,000,000 signatures and only needs 500,000 more to put the recall Newsom petition on the ballot:  
         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In the new year, as of January 7, 2021 39 shot of whom 14 have died. Final 2020 numbers in Chicago with comparisons to 2019 are 4,174 (+51%) of whom  719 (+55%) have died (total travesty of BLM when blacks are shot and killed by blacks in droves and only sounds of silence and complete absence of any protests in front of City Hall demanding action to curb the killings and shootings); Philadelphia  with a fraction of Chicago’s population ended 2020 with 499 homicides (40.2^ over 2019) and for 2021 as of January 7, 14 (+83%) (when will Chicago, Philadelphia and other urban areas get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as  Blue run cities turn deaf ears and blind eyes to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which  have  been way  more  deadly and way more numerous than shootings by  police or by random mass shootings which occur far fewer times),

As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Saturday Night” by the Bay City Rollers, the  fact that you are not plagued with pseudoblepsis and a quote from Robert Filner on lack of funding for the No Child Left Behind Act, 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. World Typing Day—started by STC (Speed Typing Contest) Team from Junior Chamber International Mines and Team TAC (Typo Auto Corrector) to promote speed, accuracy and efficiency in written communications among the public and celebrated first on this day in 2011.

          2. War on Poverty—celebrating the declaration by President Lyndon Johnson of his War of Poverty announced in his State of the Union Address on this day in 1964.

           3.  1976 Number One Song—     the number 1 song in 1976 on this day with a run of 1 week in that position was “Saturday Night” by the Bay City Rollers joining 14 other acts with their first number 1 song and joining 25 other number one songs. Hear is a recording of the Bay City Rollers singing “Saturday Night’: The band was from Edinburgh and known in the 70’s as the “tartan teen sensations from Edinburgh” and with many personnel changes are still playing today.

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pseudoblepsis” which means hallucinations which are often the natural result of heavy drug use.

5. Long Live the King---celebrating the birth on this day in 1935 of the singer known as the “King” Elvis Presley who after a storied career as a singer and actor, succumbed to prescription drug abuse and died of an overdose on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42.

          On this day in:
         a. 1835 President Jackson announced a celebratory dinner to mark the reduction of the U.S. National Debt to 0, the first and last time it has achieved that milestone.

          b. 1973 the trial for the 7 accused of breaking in to the Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. began.

c. 3003 President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act.

d. 2005 the nuclear submarine USS San Francisco struck an undersea mountain at flank speed killing one seaman but fortunately was able to surface and ultimately be repaired.

         e. 2011 Jared Loughner attempted to assassinate Representative Gabby Gifford, shooting her in the head, and killing 6 others and wounding 12 others at a Safeway in Casa Adobes near Tucson; after initially being ruled incompetent to stand trial he was adjudged competent after administration on anti-schizophrenic drugs to stand trial and he instead pled guilty and was sentenced to 7 life sentences plus 140 years and is now rotting in prison.
        Reflections on the No Child Left Behind Act: “We have seen that, in another unfunded mandate, the so-called No Child Left Behind Act, which created tougher standards, and we all support that, but Congress did not provide the money to attract and hire the best teachers.” Bob Filner, former Blue Congressman and Mayor of San Diego who resigned as mayor and was convicted of sexual harassment.
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