Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 9, 2021
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 118 million at 118,158,365 with 405,565 new cases (a .34% increase) 21,692,427 which are active, 96,465,868 closed with 93,843,767 recoveries (97.28% and 97.28% yesterday) and 2,622,101 deaths (2.72% and 2.72% 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 29 million at 29,744,652 with 56,854 new cases (a .19% increase) with 8,711,254 active cases of which 12,715 (.15% of active cases and back to daily decreases and a now a decrease now of 16,556 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 21,090,252 closures, 540,574 of which have been deaths (2.56% and 2.57% yesterday) and 20,549,678 of which have been recoveries (97.44% and 97.43% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .16% lower than the world rate and now .02% 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 1627 ranks behind Belgium (1918), UK (1832) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Hungary (1684), Italy (1664), and Portugal (1631) and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (1577), Spain (1534), Mexico (1477), Peru (1447), France (1366), Sweden (1286) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Brazil (1257), Poland (1206), Argentina (1171) Switzerland (1157), Chile (1102), and Bolivia (1006) and we have now conducted 371,894,718 tests (now at 1,119,032/M) compared to number 2 now Spain at 861,551/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 1,440,364/M.
US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 3/9/2021 93.7 million doses have been given, 2.15 million per day in the last week (sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us now reduced to some 6 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 10,925,581 total doses have been given (72.6% of doses received to again slide below U.S. average of 76.0%), but even with the pressure of more than 1.95 million recall signatures have been turned in, California has slid from 33rd to 42nd 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 and little improvement relative to other states and a great reason to recall this inept governor. As of 3/7/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 4,291/M with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 7.2% of all hospital beds.
Non CV Case News: Kamala Harris seems to be aping Edith Wilson and continues to take calls from and call to foreign leaders as Biden seems incapable of even remembering the name of a member of his Cabinet standing next to him; Biden whose staff is working 24/7 to shield from the public his fading mental abilities, has become the first president in modern times to go 48 days without a press conference following an election; as 6th woman has come forward alleging Andrew Cuomo inappropriately touched her the Always Biased Cack also know as ABC is being mocked for a “love fest” interview with Cuomo in June of 2020 that praised him beyond and ignored the scandal of the deaths in his nursing homes; the counter culture wars continue to rage unabated as Bringham’s Ice Cream bowing to pressure that its ”Just Jimmies” honors Jim Crow Laws and has changed the ice cream name to “Just Sprinkles”; backers of a recall effort for L.A. DA Gascon have formally started the process and have started 160 day clock to obtain 580,000 signatures of registered voters to place a recall on the ballot https://recallgeorgegascon.com/; while Biden slams the Neanderthal thinking of Governor Abbot opening Texas, leave it to a political cartoonist to reveal the hypocrisy of opening the border to illegal aliens infected with COVID-19: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cartoons-slideshow: although 80% of the recall Newsom signatures have been verified and 1.95 million signatures have been collected, signature drive continues to insure a recall in the event that any of the 1.5 million signatures already received are not valid to insure Newsom is put on a recall ballot where he needs to be given his unmitigated ineptness: https://recallgavin2020.com/petition/
Chicago Gun Violence: HeyJackass.com is back to show that through March 8, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 505 persons shot of whom 98 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 “Beseme Mucho (Kiss Me Much)” by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Roy Eberly and Kitty Kallen as vocals, the fact that you pay to receive a quittance and a quote by John Pershing on the Punitive Expedition, 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. Organize Your Home Office Day—created on the 2nd Tuesday in March, 1993 and with the advent of Zoom and with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing more and more people to work virtually at home more important than ever to present to the virtual world of fellow workmates a neat organized and productive home work space.
2. Amerigo Vespucci Day—created proclamation of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller on March 2, 1959 and celebrated first on March 9, 1959 on the anniversary of the birthday of Amerigo Vespucci, a noted Italian mariner and who the two American continents have been named after but like Columbus Day the day is most likely in the cross hairs of the Cancel Culture Warriors.
3. 1944 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1944 on this day with a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Beseme Mucho (Kiss Me Much)” by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra with vocals by Bob Eberly and Kitty Kallen. Here is a recording of “Beseme Mucho (Kiss Me Much)” by Jimmy and His Orchestra with vocals by Bob Everly and Kitty Kallen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lemtaUo8csE Kallen was a sought after Big Band singer and during the Swing Era but lost her voice after a concert in 1955 but after 4 years of not performing she came back singing under a pseudonym as it returned in full form to record 13 hits. She passed at the ripe age of 94 on January 7, 2016.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quittance” which means a release from a debt or obligation which today thousands of graduates with degrees that are useless in the job market and burdened with thousands of dollars of student debt are looking to get from Biden.
5. Safer in Space?--celebrating the birth on this day in 1934 of Soviet Cosmonaut who on April 12, 1961 became the first human to orbit the Earth in a space flight that lasted 108 minutes. Sadly after a Soyus 1 crash that killed the Cosmonaut aboard, Gagarin was banned from further space flights due to his hero status in the Soviet Union and in reacquiring fighter pilot status in the Soviet Air Force was killed in a Mig-15 training crash on March 27, 1968.
On this day in:
a. 1916 Pancho Villa led 500 raiders to attack the town of Columbus, New Mexico in a pitched battle against the U.S. Cavalry that killed 9 soldiers and 11 civilians and wounded 7 soldiers and 2 civilians but lost 183 killed and wounded and 7 captured, 6 of whom were hanged, and prompted President Wilson to send a Punitive Expedition into Mexico led by Black Jack Pershing.
b. 1959 the Barbie Doll made its successful debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.
c. 1961 in a Cosmonaut survivability test, a dog, some mice and a guinea pig were launched in a Sputnik 9 launch and the dog named Chernushka survived the launch, orbit and landing which was a green light for Yuri Gagarin’s later orbit into space.
d. 1997 in a life apes music moment the Notorious B.I.G. after attending the Soul Train Music Awards was gunned down after leaving a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The murder has yet to be solved.
e. 2011 the Space Shuttle Discovery landed on its last Shuttle Mission soon to be joined later that year by the Shuttles Endeavor and Atlantis which was the last Shuttle Mission.
Reflections on the Rules of Engagement imposed on Pershing in the Punitive Expedition following Pancho Villa’s Raid on Columbus, New Mexico: "Having dashed into Mexico with the intention of eating the Mexicans raw, we turned back at the first repulse and are now sneaking home under cover, like a whipped curr with its tail between its legs." John J. Pershing.
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