Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 13, 2021
World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing
basis with cases now over 206 million at 206,667,144 cases (205,986,378
yesterday); 16,899,679 of which are active, 189,767,465 closed with 185,412,972
recoveries (97.71% and 97.70% yesterday, and 4,354,493 deaths (2.29% and 2.30%
yesterday) to continue the slow trend of increased cases with increased
recovery percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus, dips,
CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 37 million at 37,251,086 (36,130,367 yesterday) with 6,508,866 active cases of which 17,341 are serious or critical, (17,136 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now on a serious upswing due to Delta virus up to .266 % 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 11,930, 30,742,420 closed, with 636,664 deaths (2.07% and 2.07% yesterday) and with 30,105,756 recoveries (97.93% and 97.93% yesterday). Our death rate percentage is no longer stuck at 2.08% since July 12, 2021 and now .22% lower than the world’s death rate.
Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady but slow climb to 1911 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5890) 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 (2659), Brazil (2647) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Columbia newly added to the list (2391), Argentina (2378), Belgium (2171), Italy (2127), Poland (1992), and the UK (1916) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing), and slightly better than Mexico (1892), Chile (1880), Romania (1798), Ecuador newly added to list (1776), Spain (1763), Portugal (1725), France (1719), Bolivia (1528), Sweden (1438) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1252).
Tests: We have now conducted 553,001,608 tests (1,659,858/M) just passed by France at 1,708,184 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 3,740,598/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 1892/M with a fatality rate of 9.36% 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: 40,392 Deaths/M 599
Honduras: Active Cases: 202,043 Deaths/M 825
El Salvador: Active cases: 9.592 Deaths/M 425
US Vaccinations: As of 8/13/2021 354.8 million doses, down from .729 million per day to .716 million per day (down to 6 months to go for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 87,091 per day (88,922 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 46,286,694 total doses have been given (88.4% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 85.8%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has moved down from 15th to 16th tied with Kentucky of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 54.0% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 50.5% has moved down from 17th to 18th 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: Biden’s fleeing to Wilmington for a vacation has been cancelled as he returned from Wilmington to Camp David as it looks like despite years and billions of dollars on equipping and training Afghanistan forces, the country facing the surging Taliban is going to collapse like a house of cards (we can only hope we do not have the optics replay of a conga line of terrified Americans and refugees getting on helicopters to flee which even if we do will not have to see them landing on aircraft carriers and then pushed over the side); Blue state New York has lost 1 House Seat but sadly for Reds, Blue NYC despite all its woes and ineptness gained population while upstate New York lost so Blues are licking their chops to be able to redistrict the 8 Red seats down to 4 or 3; Grammy Award singer Erykah Badu who revealed Obama’s hypocrisy dancing on the dance floor maskless at his 60th birthday bash has apologized for being a terrible guest of exposing his hypocrisy; Mayorakis on a leaked audio speaking to Border Patrol Agents admitted what anyone with an IQ higher than room temperature would know that the surge of illegals is unsustainable (but no solutions suggested like the obvious of finishing the border wall, having illegals apply for amnesty in a U.S. consulate in their home country and automatic deportation of anyone seeking amnesty who is applying here after illegally crossing the border; the hypocrisy of a double standard on impeachment was on display once more when with only 14 days left before his resignation became effective the Blue controlled Assembly suspended impeachment proceedings but in Trump’s case with only 7 days to go before his term ended, Trump was impeached by Pelosi and her puppets in the House; after what evidence that exists that would show Chinese culpability in origin of the pandemic has been destroyed by China, China has announced that it will cooperate in WHO’s new probe on the origins of the virus; St. Louis sheriffs who were hired to provide security for Cori Bush while off duty have been fired while Bush continues to promote defunding the police justifying her actions on private security because she might die without it (not wanting to wish that on anyone what about her constituents with reduced policing and not having the money for private security?); Newsom must be panicking with the ads linking the recall to the anti-vaxers, the Reds who stormed the Capitol and complaining about the cost as he indicated Biden and Harris would be campaigning for him and against the recall; the Texas House Sergeant at arms is visiting the homes of Blue Texas House Representatives seeking to arrest them for not appearing at a special session; Mayor Lightweight and CPD Superintendent David Brown put their respective feet in their mouth calling slain policed officer Ella French “Ella Frank” and “Ella Fitzgerald” (couple that with the 2nd in command of the CPD not wanting to wait for the bagpipes to arrive for the traditional sacred send off for a fallen Ella French from the hospital to the medical examiner’s office and one should not be surprised that members of CPD feel that they are not supported and are leaving the department in droves); CNN was shoveling cack warning that 4 Broward County school teachers had just died from COVID when school is not even open for another week; as the West is being ravaged by massive wildfires, leave it to the political cartoonist to point out the folly of more spending as a way to curb the flames of inflation:
Chicago Gun Violence: Hey Jackass.com is alive and well to
collect data to show that through August 12, 2021, gun violence
involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago
is alive and well with 2781 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 music video link to “The Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera, that you enjoy the fact you cannot be accused of being a scrimshank, and a quote by Jo-Ann Mapson on lefthanders, 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. International Lefthanders Day—created by Dean Campbell, the founder of Lefthanders International, Inc. and first celebrated on this day in 1976 to create awareness of the uniqueness of and the difficulties faced by 7 to 10 percent of the population who are left-handed in a righthanders’ world, including this poet’s mother.
2. Blame Someone Else Day—created by Anne Moeller and A.C. Vierow of Clio, Michigan on this Friday in 1982 and thereafter on the first Friday the 13th of the year. Fortunately it is only celebrated once a year other wise people making mistakes and celebrating it’s not their fault would never take the time to look at their role in the mistake and correct their shortcomings.
3. 1986 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1986 on this day was “The Glory of Love” Peter Cetera for 2 weeks in that position to join 29 other songs that achieved number 1 status and join 19 other acts that achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a music video of “The Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQHhqDRn4_c Peter is best remembered for being one of the original members the rock band Chicago from 1967 to 1985 before embarking on a successful career as a solo; still alive today but had retired from the music business in 2019.
4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “scrimshank” which means to avoid work or duty which describes VP Harris’s MIA performance on the border thus far.
5. Collect 30,000 Books But Not the Ones That Would Have Saved Him—celebrating the birth on this day in 1920 of noted actor and WWII Silver Star recipient who went right from the battlefield to the entertainment industry in such films as The Birdman of Alcatraz, Stalag 17, and Riot in Cell Block 11, but none of the books he collected must have warned of the dangers of smoking and alcoholism and he died from emphysema on April 16, 1992.
On this day in:
a. 1792 King Louis XVI was arrested and declared to be an “enemy of the people” by the National Assembly as the first step toward his date with the guillotine on January 21, 1793.
b. 1961 in what would be known as “Barbed Wire Sunday” East Germany started erecting a wall between West Berlin and East Berlin to prevent the exodus of East Germans fleeing into West Berlin and then into West Germany.
c. 1964 Peter Allen and Gwynne Evans had the dubious distinction of being the last persons to be executed for murder in the United Kingdom for the murder of John Allen West.
d. 1969 the 3 Apollo 11 astronauts received a ticker tape parade in New York City and then flew to Los Angeles for a State Dinner to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
e. 2020 relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates were formally established.
Reflections on being left-handed: “She knew for a fact that being left-handed automatically made you special.
Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Linus Pauling, and Albert Schweitzer were all left-handed. Of course, no believable scientific theory could rest on such a small group of people. When Lindsay probed further, however, more proof emerged. Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, M.C. Escher, Mark Twain, Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carrol, H.G. Wells, Eudora Welty, and Jessamyn West- all lefties. The lack of women in her research had initially bothered her until she mentioned it to Allegra. "Chalk that up to male chauvinism," she said. "Lots of left-handed women were geniuses. Janis Joplin was. All it means is that the macho-man researchers didn't bother asking.”
― Jo-Ann Mapson, The Owl & Moon Café.
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