Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 12, 2021
World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing
basis with cases now over 205 million at 205,986,378 cases (205,427,507
yesterday); 16,762,647 of which are active, 189,223,731 closed with 184,879,760
recoveries (97.70% and 97.70% yesterday, and 4,343,.871 deaths (2.30% and 2.30%
yesterday) to continue the slow trend of increased cases with increased
recovery percentages and decreased death percentage with some plateaus, dips,
and rises but which has been stuck on the same death rate for many weeks until
the drop to 2.30% from 2.31% on the 5th.
CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 37 million at 37,130,367 (36,7,026,083 yesterday) with 6,418,466 active cases of which 17,136 are serious or critical, (16,339 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now on a serious upswing due to Delta virus up to .267 % of active cases and now a steady increase in the number of serious or critical cases to decrease the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 12,135, 30,711,901 closed, with 635,698 deaths (2.07% and 2.07% yesterday) and with 30,076,203 recoveries (97.93% and 97.92% yesterday). Our death rate percentage is no longer stuck at 2.08% since July 12, 2021 and now .23% lower than the world’s death rate.
Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady but slow climb to 1908 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5887) 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 9.31% 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 3.86% of its closed cases have died (3118), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2657), Brazil (2642) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Columbia newly added to the list (2388), Argentina (2374), Belgium (2170), Italy (2126), Poland (1992), and the UK (1914) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing), and slightly better than Mexico (1880), Chile (1873), Romania (1798), Ecuador newly added to list (1772), Spain (1760), Portugal (1722), France (1719), Bolivia (1522), Sweden (1438) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1251).
Tests: We have now conducted 551,021,111 tests (1,653,540/M) just passed by France at 1,693,717 who is now 1st 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 3,714,734/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 has been passed by Argentina and newly added Columbia to move down to 12th on my list of deaths from the pandemic at 1880/M with a fatality rate of 9.54% 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: 38,687 Deaths/M 596
Honduras: Active Cases: 198,885 Deaths/M 821
El Salvador: Active cases: 9.424 Deaths/M 421
US Vaccinations: As of 8/11/2021 353.2 million doses, down from .739 million per day to .729 million per day (down to 6 months to go for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 88,922 per day (88,607 yesterday) which means if the rate does not increase it will take us still some 4 months to have 75% of the population of California vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity (other than Flip Flop Fauci who may believe that 90% is required). In California 46,089,472 total doses have been given (88.8% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 86.4%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has moved down from 19th to 15th of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 53.8% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 50.3% has not moved from 17th among the 50 states. 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: With the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan Taliban forces are surging across the country and it may be only days before Kabul falls and Americans will be transported back to the fall Saigon and line of Americans and key Vietnamese and their families in long lines climbing up to the helipad to be flown out to waiting aircraft carriers where upon landing, the choppers were pushed over board to make more room for more refugees (not a pretty site); 22 of the Texas Blue Scofflaws, who ignored their duties as state legislators and fled the state along with at least 28 of their colleagues, have taken the unprecedented step of suing Governor Abbot for their “loss of liberty and emotional stress” due to his efforts to bring them back to the state (every name plaintiff should be named and targeted to be replaced in 2021 for their fleeing and frivolous lawsuit); given his energy levels and fading mental capacities one can understand why Biden is hot to trot for a vacation in Wilmington, as inflation is taking off like a rocket, 215,000 illegals a 21 year high, many of whom are COVID-19 infected and will soon transported God knows where to infect Americans, crossed the border, blacks and Hispanics are dying like flies shot by other blacks and Hispanics, and 3,000 combat troops have been transported to Afghanistan to protect Americans and Afghan interpreters soon to be evacuated from Kabul (the light bulb should go off in his failing mind that Wilmington is not Camp David where he could hang out and still perform critical duties rather than MIC (missing in crisis); while the left rants that wanting border security is racist, they are incapable of understanding the wanting to keep out sexual predators, including those targeting minors, like the almost 40 that have arrested with criminal records is definitely not; in a statement that shows Biden’s lack of any grip on reality Biden had the inanity to announce in July that it was highly unlikely the country would fall to the Taliban; the conservatorship nightmare that has devastated Brittany Spears for over a decade may have a light at the end of the tunnel as her father Jamie Spears has agreed to step down once a proper transition plan is in place (sure seems given her ability to earn a living the plan would be to terminate the conservatorship immediately); SCOTUS has struck down a New York law that prohibited landlords from evicted tenants who claimed financial hardship from COVID that prevented them from being able to pay rent; Anita Dunn a special adviser to President Biden and a glaring example of his dishonesty that his administration would be the most transparent in history after refusing to file required financial forms is leaving the White House to gear up most likely his reelection run; in a sign that Newsom is concerned he will be recalled, Biden is proclaiming that he has done a great job and along with his Illegal Alien Queen sidekick Kamala Harris will campaign against the recall; as inflation is taking off like a rocket leave it to the political cartoonist to graphically portray what will happen to the dollar:
Chicago Gun Violence: Hey Jackass.com is alive and well to
collect data to show that through August 11, 2021, gun violence
involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago
is alive and well with 2774 persons shot of whom 475 have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a video musical link to “Shout” by Fears and Tears, that you enjoy the fact you do not need to become more scannel, and a quote by Lord Joseph Lister on admission of errors, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Labor 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. Annual Medical Checkup Day—not sure who created this or when, but an annual physical checkup can be a life saver especially as on get older; now that we are returning to some sense of normalcy out of the pandemic which had many people postponing medical procedures out of fear of being infected it would be a great idea to schedule a physical with your family doctor.
2. Ingersoll Day—celebrating the birth of Robert G. Ingersoll on this day in 1833 known as the “Great Agnostic” who was one of the most noted free thinkers of the 19th Century who advocated that science and reason should shape human beliefs not religion.
3. 1985 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1985 on this day was “Shout” by Tears for Fears of 3 weeks in that position to join 26 other songs that achieved number 1 status and join 16 other acts that achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a video recording of “Shout” by Tears for Fears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye7FKc1JQe4 The band was formed in 1981 and was part of MTV’s Second British Invasion and is still performing today.
4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “scrannel” which means thin or light which as all the ads for Nutri Systems air is a physical description not suitable to describe most Americans.
5. Bite the Hand That Feeds—bemoaning the birth on this day of George Soros on this day in 1930 who has made billions but sadly is swayed by the progressive left and is a major donor to those who support the leftist progressive agenda.
On this day in:
a. 1865 to the joy of surgical patients who now had a fighting chance to avoid deadly bacterial infections as a result of surgery, British scientist and doctor Joseph Lister performed the first antiseptic operation.
b. 1944 General Henri Leclerc’s French forces captured Alencon in Normandy the first French town to be liberated by the French.
c. 1992 The Mall of America, at that time the largest mall in the U.S., opened for business in Bloomington, Minnesota.
d. 1964 South Africa was banned from participation in the Olympic Games due to its apartheid policies.
e. 1994 MLB players go on strike, forcing the cancellation of the World Series.
Reflections that go far beyond surgery to apply in spades to our leaders and appointed bureaucrats: “Next to the promulgation of the truth, the best thing I can conceive that man can do is the public recantation of an error.” Lord Joseph Lister. Sadly on both sides of the aisle our leader believe that they can do no wrong and fortunately after causing great anguish and harm are brought to doom and disgrace.
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