Ridley’s Believe It Or
Not July 2, 2021
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 183 million at 183,249,484 cases (183,249,484 yesterday), 11,584,629 of which are active, 172,094,380 closed with 168,118,872 recoveries (97.69% and 97.69% yesterday), and 3,975,708 deaths (2.31% and 2.31% yesterday) to continue the slow trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentage with some plateaus, dips, and rises.
CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 34 million at 34,562,735 (34,550,460 yesterday) with 4,889,688 active cases of which 3,871 (3,872) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now up to .079% of active cases and now back to a 1 serious or critical cases decrease to increase the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 25,400, 29,673,047 closed, with 620,676 deaths (2.09% and 2.09% yesterday) and with 29,052,371 recoveries (97.91% and 97.91% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is still .22% lower than the world’s death rate.
Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady but slow climb to 1864 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5764) 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 to have a fatality rate of 9.37% of total cases now; Hungary the new number 2 has had a huge continuing surge in deaths with the increase now slowing down and improving slightly to 3.90% of its closed cases have died (3113), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2620), Brazil (2430) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Belgium (2163), Italy (2114), Argentina (2070), Poland (1986), and the UK (1878) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing), and slightly better than Mexico (1790), Romania (1774), Spain (1730), Chile (1702), France (1698), Portugal (1683), Sweden (1436) that never closed its economy down like we did, Bolivia (1420) and Switzerland (1250).
Tests: As more and more of us are being vaccinated we are testing fewer each day and we have now conducted 506,673,442 tests (now at 1,521,818/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,428,747/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 as king of the mountain with respect to tests at 3,147,432/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 been passed by Argentina to move down to 11th on my list of deaths from the pandemic at 1790/M with a fatality rate of 10.43% of closed cases and the 3 countries in the Northern Triangle in terms of active cases and deaths per million are as follows even though the data may be suspect as underreported (regardless of number we need no more cases):
Guatemala: Active Cases: 21,804 Deaths/M 509
Honduras: Active Cases: 163,874 Deaths/M 699
El Salvador: Active Cases: 3,807 Deaths/M 366
US Vaccinations: As of 7/2/21 328.8 million doses with after 5 days of increasing finally a slight drop from 1.12 million per day to 1.09 which means if the rate does not increase it will take now take us some 5 months to miss Biden’s goal of having 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity (other than Flip Flop Fauci who is suggesting 90%). In California 42,878,843 total doses have been given (87.1% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 85.9%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully ends Newsom’s term, California is stuck at 20th of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 50.1% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 47.1% is still at 18th among the 50 states (maybe Newsom’s vaccine lottery deserves more credit). A long way to go still to get herd immunity in terms of getting vaccines received into arms and the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to other states which means a great reason to recall this inept and hypocritical governor.
Non CV News: In Miami the search for survivors has resumed with the death count rising to 22, including sadly the 7 year old daughter of one of the firemen searching who at least was not the person who found the body, and the confirmed number of those missing has dropped to 126 with Hurricane Elsa, the first hurricane of the season on a track to hit Florida next week and complicate recovery efforts; Harris continues to fail to meet expectations and now concern may be rising she could not win in 2024 and may sink Blues’ chances in House and Senate; Gwen Berry’s not so stellar past in terms of disturbing and disparaging tweets may be coming back to hammer the hammer thrower (at least the Olympic Committee has set down in stone a rule that athletes may express their beliefs prior to the award ceremonies on the podiums but not during); it looks like the MSM is running out of Biden praises and is now lauding President XI of China on the Chinese Communist Party’s 100th year celebration (more troubling that misplaced and not warranted praise of a human rights abuse regime just as troubling is the news the YouTube has been blocking videos show human rights abuses by China of the Uighurs); Psaki in her White House Briefings is more and more the spinner and deflector in chief ridiculed and mocked when she praises a $.16 drop in hot dogs for barbecues on the 4th showing the Biden plan is working (with inflation at up 5% in May and gas up well over a buck a gallon 16 cents might by an ounce or too); in addition to bumbling and metal lapses Biden is getting more and more testy to press questions he does not like (what a miserable dynamic duo—a testy president and a chuckling vice president); the victims of the Champlain Tower South may not have died in vain, causing Miami to begin reviewing all high rise condos over 5 stories to be examined for structural integrity with the Crestview Towers located 7 miles away having its residents being evacuated after a structural report showed deficiencies; as we prepare to celebrate our 4th of July, leave it to the political cartoonist to remind us what is really important to be celebrated on the 4th and which too often is not taught in schools focusing on CRT:
Gun Violence: Hey Jackass.com is alive and well to collect data to show
that through July 1, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of
color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1989
persons shot of whom 339 have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a recording musical link to “Too Young” by Nat King Cole, the fact that you do not suffer from rutidosis, and a quote by Sam Walton on the secret of succeeding in the retail business, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Fourth of July, 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. Made in the U.S.A. Day—created by Joel D. Joseph in 1989 to promote in the U.S. the purchase of goods made in the U.S.A. as the right thing to do to reduce our trade deficit and not reward bad players like China for their IP theft and illegal or objectionable trade practices to the detriment of American workers.
2. World Sports Journalists Day—created by the International Sports Press Association in 1994 to commemorate the founding of the International Sports Press Association on this day in 1924 during the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris and to promote the work of sports journalists which in recent years seemed to have crossed the line and entered the field of political commentary.
3. 1951 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1951 on this day on a run of 5 weeks in the position was “Too Young” by Nat King Cole to join 9 other songs in the number 1 position. Here is a recording of “Too Young” by Nat King Cole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaFtsqU2V6U.
4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “rutidosis” which means wrinkling which with greater life expectancy is a fate for most of us for our skin as we age.
5. Full Throttle--celebrating the birth on this day in 1927 noted tenor saxophonist Lee Allen, considered by many to be one of the greatest saxophone players of all time who lived life at full throttle, enjoying music, women, drinking, smoking and golfing but like many who smoked to much played his last note on October 16, 1994 due to lung cancer.
On this day in:
a. 1776 the Continental Congress passed a resolution severing ties with Great Britain although the formal wording which became the Declaration of Independence was not published until 2 days later on the 4th.
b. 1962 the first Wal-Mart store was opened in Rogers, Arkansas to begin the chain now known as Walmart that has grown to 10,526 stores and clubs in 24 nations. c. 1964 after a long filibuster by Southern Democrats, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 banning segregation in public places.
d. 1966 France intent on developing its nuclear Force de Frappe detonates its first nuclear weapon on the Moruroa Atoll in the Pacific .
e. 1990 in a walking to Paradise moment, 1400 Muslims on a pilgrimage to Mecca were trampled to death and suffocated in a pedestrian tunnel in Mecca.
Quotes on how to succeed in
retail by the master of retailing: “The secret of successful retailing is to
give your customers what they want. And really, if you think about it from
the point of view of the customer, you want everything: a wide assortment of
good quality merchandise; the lowest possible prices; guaranteed satisfaction
with what you buy; friendly, knowledgeable service; convenient hours; free
parking; a pleasant shopping experience." Sam Walton, founder of
July 2, 2021 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet