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January 31, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Leprosy Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 31, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 103 million at 103,507,287 with 434,455 new cases (a .42% increase) 26,157,119 of which are active, 77,350,168 closed with 75,108,624 recoveries (97.10% and 97.10% yesterday) and 2,237,029 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 26 million at 26,635,116 with 132,113 new cases (a .50% increase) with 9,911,107 active cases of which 24,323 (.25% of active cases and a decrease now of 4,948 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 16,856,122 closures, 452,279 of which have been deaths (2.68% and 2.69% yesterday) and 16,403,843 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 .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 1362 ranks behind Belgium (1813), UK (1559) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Italy (1465) and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (1308), Hungary (1298),   Spain (1247), Peru (1229), Portugal (1226), Mexico (1219), France (1164), Sweden (1144) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise  deaths, Switzerland (1079), Argentina (1056),  Brazil (1052), Poland (983), Chile (960), and Bolivia (878) and we have now conducted  312,136,603 tests (now at 939,773/M) compared to Russia at 698,778/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 1,052,607/M.
       US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 1/31/2021 31.8 million doses have been given, 1.35 million per day in the last week. In California 3,434,295 total doses have been given but typical of Newsom’s ineptness and the power of growing signatures on his recall petition, California has slightly improved is now at 37th out of 50 in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the state (60.6% only .1% ahead of 39th Maryland (60.5%) and 8.0% ahead of last place Rhode Island (52.6%). 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 1/29/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 15,676 with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 29.7% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: 5 of the 7 lawyers who were to be defending Trump in his impeachment trial have departed over Trump’s desires to plead also election fraud (not a trial lawyer but given all of the court dismissals of the election fraud allegations might be a could idea to drop that and focus on the hoax of inciting a riot in storming the Capitol); a group of Republicans has presented to Biden a CV Pandemic Relief package that will cost $600 billion but since False Unity Biden never met with the bipartisan senators proposing a compromise, don’t get your hopes up and look for Biden with the “reconciliation” tactic to ram it down Republicans in the Senate; former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has raised $1 million for an exploratory committee to run in a recall election against Gavin Newsom; if you want to know Harris’ true colors look only as far as the Jussie Smollett bogus lynching case where she immediately jumped on the Smollett is a victim bandwagon (frightening to anyone who worries about the future of this country is that she is a stroke of a 25th pen or a stroke to step into the Oval Office; Chicago Mayor Lightfoot is finally showing some spine against the teachers’ union and their checkbook that slavishly back Blue candidates by ordering them back to school; Robinhood at the center of the short sellers scandal that has rocked the market has reduced the list of companies in which it will restrict trading from 50 to 8-- GameStop, Koss Corporation, AMC Entertainment Holdings, Express Inc., Naked Brands Group, Genius Brands International, BlackBerry Limited, and Nokia Corp.;  after inking a 4 year $134 million deal to keep Jared Goff, the Rams announced they were trading him to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Matthew Lawson, 2 first round draft picks and a third round draft pick;  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 38th  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 29, 2021,  gun violence involving persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 248 persons shot of whom 51 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 “Independent Women” by Destiny’s Child, the fact that your city council is not pusillanimous in dealing its public service unions and a quote by Eddie Slovik before his execution for desertion,  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. Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day—celebrated the issuance of the first Social Security check issued on this day in 1940 to Ida Fuller in the amount of $22.54, worth $419.36 today.

          2. World Leprosy Day—creating awareness of the disease of leprosy and promoting efforts to treat it and cure it.

          3. 2001 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 2001 on this day with a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Independent Women” by Destiny’s Child to join 14 other number 1 songs and 11 other acts that had their first number 1 song. Destiny’s Child was an all female group active from 1990-2006 with 3 of its members being Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Here is a recording of Destiny’s Child performing “Independent Women”:

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pusillanimous” which means to lack of firmness which describes too many of our public officials dependent upon public service unions for campaign contributions when it comes to negotiating benefits and public pensions.

5.  To Be a Black Sheep—celebrating the birth on this day in 1902 of actress Tallulah Bankhead, the daughter of a prominent Alabama Democratic family who opposed the liberal causes she espoused and who smoked 120 cigarettes a day and abused prescription drugs and died on December 12, 1968 at age 66 of double pneumonia complicated by emphysema brought on by her excessive smoking and whose last words were supposedly “codeine with Bourbon.”

On this day in:

a. 1945 U.S. Private Eddie Slovik was executed for desertion, the first execution of a soldier during wartime since the Civil War.

          b. 1949 the nation’s first daytime soap opera “These Are My Children” first aired on NBC in Chicago and was broadcast until March 4, 1949

c. 1971 in another sign of the growing opposition to the Vietnam War, the Winter Soldier Investigation sponsored by the Vietnam War Veterans against the War begin hearings in Detroit on the issue of war crimes and atrocities committed by America and its allies in the Vietnam War.

d. 2001 a panel of 3 Scottish judges sitting in the Netherlands convicted Abdelbaset al-Megrahi of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the skies of Lockerbie, Scotland in 1980 and sentenced him to life imprisonment. He was later released on humanitarian grounds that he had contracted terminal prostate cancer from which he died from on May 20, 2012, 2 years 9 months after his release.
           e. 2020 following a referendum when 51.6% of the UK’s populations voted to leave the EU on June 23, 2016, the UK ceased to be a member of the EU.

Reflections on his execution for desertion: “They're not shooting me for deserting the United Stated Army - thousands of guys have done that. They're shooting me for bread I stole when I was 12 years old." Eddie Slovik before his execution that had he only returned to his unit would never have resulted in a court martial and execution at a time when the Germans were in the early successful stages of the Battle of the Bulge.

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