RIDLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT January 17, 2022
CV World Cases: The planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 329 million at 329,863,894 cases, 56,056,896 of which are active, 273,806,998 closed with 268,246,568 recoveries (97.97%), and nearing the 5,600,000 barrier 5,560,430 deaths (2.03% )to continue the low trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus, dips, and rises.
CV USA Cases: Total cases now exceeding 67 million at 67,021,487 with 23,052,957 active cases of which 25,779 are serious or critical, (8,599 on 3/25/2021) (back to steady decreases despite the increase in active cases due to the relative mildness of the Omicron variant) to .112% of active cases (back to back steady decreases despite the increase in active cases due to the relative mildness of the Omicron variant and to decrease the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 3,492, 43,968,580 closures with 873,635 deaths (1.99%) and with 43,094,945 recoveries (98.01%). Our death rate percentage is .04% lower than the world’s death rate.
Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady but slow climb to 2616 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (6039) the new number 1 which has had a quantum leap in deaths previously unmatched which was a change in the classification to give Peru the a new method of reporting; Bulgaria the new number 2 (4672), Hungary (4210), Romania (3112), Brazil (2890) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths now slowing down passed by Romania, and Poland (2708) and slightly better than Argentina (2575), newly added to the list Columbia (2533), Belgium (2452), Italy (2334), Mexico (2301), UK (2222), Russia (2205), Chile (2036), Spain (1945), France (1939), Portugal (1905), Ecuador newly added to list (1895), Bolivia (1698), Sweden (1517) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1439).
Tests: No need to tally tests as testing programs are functioning well but the free rapid tests which the Biden Administration was caught flatfooted on the ease of transmission of the Omicron Variant and failed to order are not yet being produced.
US Vaccinations: As of 01/17/22 515.16 million doses, 1.33 million per day over last week; my data from Bloomberg no longer available.
Non CV News: The observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the markets closed and Blues using it to promote passage of their misnamed Voters’ Rights Bills as King’s niece appeared on Fox to urge an end to the great divide in this country, promote the achievement of the American Dream by all based not on color of skin and call for a return to bringing God in our lives (if only Martin Luther King were alive today to address the folly of critical race theory and urge an end to divisiveness; the hostage situation created by Malik Faisal Akram by entering a Jewish synagogue in Colleyville, Texas was ended with their release by law enforcement killing him but the FBI is being castigated for claiming that Akram’s rationale for seizing the hostages was to obtain release of a jihadist terrorist serving 86 years in a nearby federal prison for killing American solders in Afghanistan was not directed against the Jewish community (déjà vu claim by the Obama Administration that the mass shooting at Fort Hood by Army Major Nidal Hasan was caused by workplace violence not jihad); the NCAA is under great pressure to amend its rules governing competition by transgender females in women’s sporting events after scientific studies are showing that even with testosterone suppression, transgenders have an unfair advantage (if some common sense does not return to this issue to require transgenders compete in their biological class, say goodbye the Title IX and the progress made in the name of equality for women’s sports; Virginia has a Red governor largely due to the teachers’ unions and school boards insistence that parents should have no involvement in their kids’ education, a fact which the Blues in Michigan seem oblivious to as the party’s website posted a statement to that effect adding if parents didn’t like the curriculum they could send their kids to private schools (uproar quickly caused the post to be pulled but not before voters had another chance to realize the teachers’ unions have not been acting in the best interests of their kids); emails have revealed that although Education Secretary Cardona has denied, he was involved in encouraging the National Association of School Boards to write to the DOJ complaining that parents in Virginia appearing at school board meetings to protest the teaching of CRT were domestic terrorists which has caused 41 Red lawmakers to in a letter to Biden demand he be fired or resign; as long as crime is confined to poor neighborhoods little if any lasting attention or MSM uproar but when it strikes the affluent the thugs and mentally ill homeless should be alarmed as Brianna Kupfer, a graduate student at UCLA was stabbed to death by a homeless black while working at a high end furniture store Croft House in L.A.; the move to use race as a criteria to determine who obtains scarce medical treatments has rightfully been hit with setbacks as a Midwestern Catholic hospital chain SSM after pushback has eliminated the criteria; Cuomo’s sex scandal claimed another victim as the Chancellor of SUNY resigned after harassing one of Cuomo’s sexual abuse accusers; as more and more grocery shelves look like those of the Soviet Union before its collapse, leave it to the political cartoonist to portray the reality of shopping and the obliviousness of Biden to shoppers’ concerns:
Chicago Gun Violence: Hey Jackass.com is alive and well to collect data to show that through January 16, 2022, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 124 persons shot of whom 21 have died while 2021 shootings numbers compared to 2020 are 4544 to 4248 and deaths are 846 compared to 797.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a recording link to “Don’t Let the Stars Get Into Your Eyes” by Perry Como, the fact that you are not a slugabed, and quotes from Lance Armstrong denying and admitting doping, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Valentine’s Day or Martin Luther King, Jr. 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 details on pricing.
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—signed into law by Ronald Reagan on November 2, 1983 and first celebrated on January 20, 1986 to celebrate his birthday on January 15, 1929 and honor his accomplishments toward civil rights and peace and now celebrated on the third Monday of each January. The day is also honored as one of two National Days of Service to honor the work of Martin Luther King in less advantaged neighborhoods.
2. National Bootleggers Day—created by Infinium Spirits in June, 2015 and first celebrated on this day in 2016, the 86th anniversary of the commencement of the failure experiment known as Prohibition to promote a bootleg rye whiskey produced in Templeton, Iowa and distributed throughout the Midwest and Chicago where it was one of Al Capone’s favorites. It is a small distillery which restarted in 2006 and distributed in the U.S. since 2013.
3. 1953 Number 1 Song—the number 1 song in 1953 on this day was “Don’t Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes” by Perry Como on a run of 5 weeks in that position to join 9 other songs that achieved number 1 status. Here’s a recording of Perry Como singing “Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmkg_E2evbg Perry Como or “Mr. C” as known was noted American singer and television personality who signed with RCA Records and recorded exclusively for them for 44 years, avid golfer, married to his only wife for 65 years before she died and his talent died 6 days before his 89th birthday on May 12, 2001. Billboard Magazine’s epitaph summed up his life best: “50 years of music and a life well lived. An example to all.”
4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “slugabed” which means someone who spends too much time in bed due to laziness” which might describe our president who seems to need more sleep and naps than Trump ever did.
5. Aping Sports Illustrated—celebrating the birth on this day in 1921 of “The First Lady of Television” comedian and actress Betty White who in addition to a 7 decade career was the first person to appear in front of and behind the camera. Definitely loved and admired by her fans and cohorts in the business. The reference to Sports Illustrated is that many times after an athlete was feature on its cover that athlete’s career or season went into the tank. People Magazine’s cover and lead story that hit the newsstand on December 29th and started arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes on the 31st celebrated her career and birthday, having no clue of the Sports Illustrated jinx as she died on the 31st.
On this day in:
a. 1917 fearful that Germany would seize the Virgin Islands for submarine bases, the U.S. after several years of negotiations purchased the islands for the sum of $25 million.
b. 1945 Swedish diplomat Raul Wallenberg was taken into Soviet custody in Hungary and never seen again.
c. 1969 Bunch Carter, founder of the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party and John Huggins, another Black Panther Party member met with members of a rival black group the Organization Us at the Black Student Union at UCLA and were shot and killed. The alleged shooter was never found and three members of Organization U.S. were convicted of conspiracy to commit murder one of whom was sentenced to the Juvenile Authority while George and Larry Stiner were sentenced to life where both escaped with George never being caught and Larry a fugitive with his family in Surinam for 20 years before agreeing to turn himself in to allow his wife and 3 children to escape destitution in Surinam, an agreement which authorities reneged on after Steven returned. In view of the controversy over the presence of FBI agents present at the Capitol to urge protestors to attack Capitol police and enter, we should not be surprised to learn the FBI was planting false flags causing both organizations to believe the other was plotting to violently attack them.
d. 1991 Coalition Air Forces led by the F-111 Stealth Bomber commenced air operations in Desert Storm against Iraq while Scott Spreicher in a F/A Hornet launched from the US Saratoga was shot down by a Mig-25 to become the first combat casualty of the Gulf War.
e. 2013 U.S. Cyclist Lance Armstrong in a better late than never moment confessed to doping to win his Tour de France record number of wins on the Oprah Winfrey’s Oprah’s Next Chapter.
Reflections on doping before and after from the doping king Lance Armstrong:
Jan 2011: "If you're trying to hide something, you wouldn't keep getting away with it for 10 years. Nobody is that clever."
Jan 2013: "All the fault and all the blame here falls on me. I viewed this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times. I made my decisions. They are my mistakes, and I am sitting here today to acknowledge that and to say I'm sorry for that.".
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