Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 19, 2021
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 122 million at 122,818,961 with 681,371 new cases (a .56% increase) 21,158,581 which are active, 101,660,380 closed with 98,948,760 recoveries (97.33% and 97.33% yesterday) and 2,711,620 deaths (2.67% and 2.67% 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 30 million at 30,417,203 with 153,606 new cases (a .51% increase) with 7,261,457 active cases of which 9,171 (.13% of active cases and back to daily decreases and a now a decrease now of 20,100 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31 R) are in serious or critical condition, 23,155,746 closures, 553,882 of which have been deaths (2.39% and 2.39% yesterday) and 22,601,864 of which have been recoveries (97.61% and 97.60% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .28% lower than the world rate and now .14% lower than Canada which has the socialized type medicine Biden may well want to implement here but at least has approved 4 vaccines as opposed to our 3 and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1666 ranks behind Belgium (1946), UK (1850) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Hungary (1850), Italy (1726), and Bulgaria (1710) and only slightly worse than Portugal (1647), Spain (1559), Mexico (1514), Peru (1493), France (1402), Brazil (1359), Sweden (1307) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in deaths, Poland (1291), Argentina (1196) Switzerland (1173), Chile (1148), and Bolivia (1019) and we have now conducted 387,248,369 tests (now at 1,165,064/M) compared to number 2 now France at 894,800/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 1,650,916/M.
CV Open Gate: Lost in the pronouncements by Biden and his lackeys that there is no crisis of illegals surging across the border is that fact that COVID-19 is alive and well and spreading in the Northern Triangle and Mexico which is 9th on my list of deaths from the pandemic at 1514/M and the 3 countries in the Northern Triangle in terms of active cases and deaths per million are as follows:
Guatemala: Serious cases: 9517 Deaths/M 367
Honduras: Serious cases: 107,386 Deaths/M 433
El Salvador: Serious cases: 59,576 Deaths/M 303
US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 3/17/2021 118 million doses have been given, 2.48 million per day in the last week (sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us now reduced to some 5 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 13,882,984 total doses have been given (75.1% of doses received to again remain below U.S. average of 76.7%), but with the pressure of a certain recall coming endangering Newsom, California has moved up from 38th to 36th out of 50 in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 11.8% of its population fully vaccinated has moved from 44th to 42nd in terms of percentage of residents vaccinated. A long way to go to get herd immunity and lagging behind in terms of getting vaccines received into arms and percentage of population vaccinated compared to other states and a great reason to recall this inept governor.
Non CV Case News: Biden has fired 5 staffers
for prior marijuana use (is this an attempt to preempt prior pot use VP Harries
from her expected during the first term sooner than later from using the 25th
Amendment?); maybe alert to the hypocrisy, the House passed legislation to
decriminalize at the federal level marijuana; Biden slipped and fell several
times trying to climb up the steps to Air Force One which the MSM dismissed as
having to do with the wind not his physical condition as opposed to when Trump
had troubles going down a wet ramp at West Point raising speculation his
difficulties were do to mental or physical issues; the MSM which too often is
an adjunct of the Blues may have some concern as a Senior DC Judge Laurence Silberman
in a blistering dissent in a libel case blasted the MSM and advanced the
proposition than the Sullivan Case needs to be revisited (an act that would be
near and dear to Trump’s heart and outrage over “fake news”; the board game
Monopoly played for decades is getting a makeover by Hasbro with “Community
Chest” cards changed to reflect more equitable and socially desirable behavior; suffering California theme parks may
be reopening on April 1 with masking requirements and limited to in state
visitors and no screaming on thrill rides (wonder if the latest flip flop of
the CDC mandating 3 feet of separation as opposed to 6 had anything to do with
the order); Chuck Schumer is being introduced to the reality of anti- business
pro higher tax policies of Blues as Jet Blue is contemplating moving headquarter
jobs from New York to Florida forcing Chuck to get on the phone and beg the CEO
of Jet Blue not to move the jobs; the Reverend Kevin O’Brien, the President of
Santa Clara University, who celebrated Mass with Biden on Inauguration Day has
been put on leave due to unspecified allegations; backers of a recall effort
for L.A. DA Gascon have formally started the process and have started the 160
day clock to obtain 580,000 signatures of registered voters to place a recall
on the ballot https://recallgeorgegascon.com/; as Harry and
Meghan who are not hurting and coming up short in their Go Fund Me page to pay
for their mansion, a shopkeeper next to his Antifa destroyed business reads an
article about the National Guard still in the Swamp: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cartoons-slideshow.
Chicago Gun Violence: HeyJackass.com is back to show that through March 18, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 612 persons shot of whom 109 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 “Wheel of Fortune” by Kay Starr, the fact that you avoid raffish; and a quote from Phil Tobin who introduced the bill to legalize gambling in Nevada in 1931, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Mother’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. Certified Nurses Day—created by the American Certified Credentialing Center on this day in 2008 to honor the achievements of credentialed nurses and to encourage nurses to become credentialed in their field and celebrated on the anniversary of the birth of Doctor Margetta Styles, a leader in nursing certification.
2. National Preschool Teachers Appreciation Day—celebrated on the third Friday in March to honor the contributions of preschool teachers to the education of very young children and whose jobs make it possible for a working parent to continued working for part of the day the child is in preschool.
3. 1952 Number One
number 1 song in 1952 on this day with a run of 9 weeks in that position was “Wheel
of Fortune” by Kay Starr to
share number 1 status with 10 other songs that year. Here is a recording of “Wheel of
Fortune” by Kay Starr: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeIce5NsWKk Starr was a star singer in the 40’s and 50’s and successful in jazz, pop and country and continued performing near her death on November 3, 2016 at age 94.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we end the “q’s” to continue the “r’s” is “raffish” which means disreputable which describes the Chinese behavior in Alaska emboldened by their correct view that Biden is a weak leader maybe not mentally fit for the job.
5. B-52’s Can Carry a Deadly Load—celebrating the birth on this day in 1973 of Ricky Wilson, a founder of the band B-52, but who became infected with HIV in 1983, a fact he kept secret from most of the members of the band but the disease progressed and he died on October 12, 1985 of AIDS.
On this day in:
a. 1931 in a let the good times roll, Governor Fred B. Balzar signed a bill legalizing gambling in Nevada.
b. 1943 Frank Nitti scheduled to appear before a Grand Jury investigating extortion charges of Hollywood Studios by Nitti’s Gang and fearful perhaps of serving time in prison again after several stiff shots of booze shot himself 3 times with the third hitting its intended target his head, killing him.
c. 1958 a fire broke out in the Monarch Underware Company’s facilities in New York City killing 24 and injuring 15, 6 of whom were injured jumping from the flames but missing the fire net below.
d. 1979 for those who had trouble sleeping C-SPAN began broadcasting sessions of the House of Representatives.
e. 1982 Argentine forces landed at South Georgia Island in the Falkland Islands which would lead to their forcible eviction in the Falklands War.
Reflections on the legalization of gambling in Nevada after being outlawed in 1909: “I was just plumb sick and tired of seeing gambling going on all over the state and the payoffs being made everywhere. Some of those tinhorn cops were collecting 50 bucks a month for allowing it. Also, the damn state was broke and we needed the money.” Phil Tobin, the Nevada Assemblyman who introduced the 1931 legalization bill.
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