Monday, February 8, 2021

February 8, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Football Hangover Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 8, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 107 million at 107,007,788 with 678,136 new cases (a .64% increase) 25,656,699 of which are active, 81,350,986 closed with 79,014,647 recoveries (97.13% and 97.12% yesterday) and 2,336,339 deaths (2.87% and 2.88% 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 27 million at 27,700,629 with 180,993 new cases (a .80% increase) with 9,711,640 active cases of which 21,435 (.22% of active cases and a decrease now of 7,836 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 17,988,989 closures, 476,405 of which have been deaths (2.65% and 2.67% yesterday) and 17,512,584 of which have been recoveries (97.35% and 97.33% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .22% lower than the world rate and now .06% 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 1434 ranks behind Belgium (1841), UK (1656) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Italy (1516) and only slightly worse than Portugal (1410), Hungary (1364), Bulgaria (1362),  Spain (1332), Mexico (1281), Peru (1272), France (1215), Sweden (1195) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Switzerland (11065), Brazil (1088), Argentina (1088),   Poland (1035), Chile (992), and Bolivia (917) and we have now conducted  325,261,290 tests (now at 979,164/M) compared to Russia at 717,258/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 1,148,385/M.
       US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 2/8/2021 43.1 million doses have been given, 1.47 million per day in the last week. In California 4,746,539 total doses have been given (68.2% of doses received), but typical of Newsom’s ineptness and despite the power of growing signatures on his recall petition, California has slightly worsened and is now at 40th  out of 50 in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states. A long way to go to get herd immunity but some improvement relative to other states but still a good reason to recall this inept governor. As of 2/8/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 12/146/M with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 24.5% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: The kangaroo court impeachment trial of Ex-President Trump begins tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. EST with Chief Justice Roberts nowhere in sight as required by the Constitution with Blue Senator Pro Tem Patrick Leahy presiding with 8 hours of argument over whether the trial is legally permissible (Reds who voted for impeachment in the House are already experiencing push back and anger from their constituents); leave it to the criminal element in this country to try to profit from misfortune as the state of Washington has discovered some 2,000,000 counterfeit N-95 masks have been acquired by the state from non 3M distributors; driving in the U.S. can be dangerous and now even more so as it appears the Biden Administration will halt deportation of illegals convicted of DUIs (ironic since Biden has lied for years that the truck driver who hit and killed his first wife and daughter and injured his 2 sons had been drinking); in Super Bowl LV youth struck out, experience prevailed, Half Time Show was a flop,  and a clothed streaker was arrested for running across the field as Brady won his 7th Super Bowl Ring as the Bucs trounced the Chiefs 31-9; the adage that more toilets flush during halftime of the Super Bowl has a new cousin—more crappers flush when Jake Tapper starts ranting on his anti-Trump/Reds rhetoric driving viewers to the bathrooms; Oatley’s $5 million Super Bowl Ad was a disaster but the vegan product company is moving forward on an IPO with a $10 billion valuation; The Boss, an avid anti-Trumpster who vowed to move to Australia if Trump won in 2020,  was in a Jeep ad during Super Bowl LV touting the need for unity and finding the middle (if more than empty insincere words, he should be applauded); as the recall Gavin Newsom gets closer and closer to the ballot a Red lawmaker is urging school teachers to opt out of paying dues as the money will be spent most likely to defeat the recall movement; here’s the link to join the final 100,000 signatures to put Newsom on a recall ballot where he needs to be given his unmitigated ineptness:

          Chicago Gun Violence: is back to show that through February 5, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 300 persons shot of whom 61 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 “Irreplaceable” by Beyonce, the fact that you have a healthy sense of pyrrhonism in the political arena and two opposing quotes from The Nevada State Journal and The San Jose Mercury News on the use of the gas chamber to execute its first victim, Gee Jon, 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 Epilepsy Day—created by the International Bureau For Epilepsy and the International League Against Epilepsy in 2014 and celebrated on the second Monday in February to promote awareness of the disease and the challenges faced by those suffering from it including their families.

          2. National Football Hangover Day—created by Katie Nolan in 2019 to celebrate the hangovers of those who partied way too hardy while watching the Super Bowl on Sunday with some 100 million other TV viewers and commiserate with the millions suffering from hangovers who stayed home from work.

          3. 2007 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 2007 on this day with a run of 10 weeks in that position of which 3 were in 2006 was “Irreplaceable” by Beyonce  to join 17 other number 1 songs.  Here is a recording of Beyonce singing “Irreplaceable”:

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pyrrhonism” which means total skepticism which when listening to promises or platforms by politicians is a healthy trait to have.

          5.  Perseverance Prevails—celebrating the birth on this day in 1955 of John Grisham, Jr., a lawyer-politician who for the benefit of society became a writer and after being rejected by 28 publishing houses for his first book A Time to Kill which took him 3 years to complete, finally persuaded a small publishing house Wynwood Press to publish 5,000 copies 4 years after he began the book and the rest was history with the Best Seller The Firm to be followed by decades of number 1 best sellers.

          On this day in:

a. 1924 a Chinese gangster Gee Jon having been convicted of killing a rival gang member in 1921 and sentenced to death had the dubious distinction of being the first person in the United States to be executed in a gas chamber.

          b. 1945 Mikhail Petrovich Devyatayev, a Soviet Air Force pilot POW and 9 other Soviet POW’s hijacked a Heinkel 111 bomber from the commandant of the forced labor camp at Usedom on the island of Peenemünde and escaped to land in Soviet territory where the NKVD did not believe his escape and 7 soldiers who were not officers were sent to a penal battalion where 5 died and Mikhail and the other 2 officers were sent to prison for interrogation. Mikhail was released in late 1945 but still classified as a criminal and was not restored to proper status and awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union until 1957.

          c. 1968 200 black students protesting segregation at Orangeburg, South Carolina’s only bowling alley started a bonfire on campus and threw a wooden object at the Highway Patrol who had been called in response to the fire which prompted 8 officers to open up with rifles, revolvers, and shotguns in a 10-15 second fusillade, killing 3 blacks and wounding 27 others mostly in the back while running from the shootings. In what was too typical in the South, no charges against the police were filed, save federal charges of violating the victims’ civil rights which resulted in all defendants being acquitted.

d. 1978 proceedings in the U.S. Senate were broadcast on radio for the first time.

          e. 1993 in a glaring example of “fake news” at its worst GM sued NBC for airing on Dateline NBC a rigged crash scene showing fuel tanks on Chevrolet’s C/K Pickups exploding on impact after investigators had proved the falsity of the story which caused NBC a huge black eye and forced them to settle the next day and causing several executives at NBC to be fired.

Reflections on the use of the gas chamber to execute its first victim: "Nevada's novel death law is upheld by the highest court — humanity." Nevada State Journal. For an opposing view The San Jose Mercury News printed: "One hundred years from now Nevada will be referred to as a heathen commonwealth controlled by savages with only the outward symbols of civilization." The gas chamber was retired after its last use against Jesse Bishop on October 22, 1979 to be replaced by lethal injection which has had 11 subsequent victims, the last of whom was executed on April 26, 2006 less than 100 years after Lee Jon’s death on this day in 1924.

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