Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 17, 2021
World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing
basis with cases now over 208 million at 209,154,265 cases (208,263,868
yesterday); 17,276,597 of which are active, 191,877,668 closed with 187,486,965 recoveries (97.71% and
97.71% yesterday, and 4,390,733 deaths (2.29% and 2.29% yesterday) to continue
the slow trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and
decreased death percentages with some plateaus, dips, and rises.
CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 37 million at 37,781,323 (37,469,989 yesterday) with 6,903,229 active cases of which 20,597 are serious or critical, (20,044 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now on a serious upswing due to Delta virus to .298 % of active cases and now a steady increase in the number of serious or critical cases to an decrease the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 8,674, 30,878,094 closed, with 639,232 deaths (2.07% and 2.07% yesterday) and with 30,238,862 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 1919 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5897) 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 9.26% 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 3.77% of its closed cases have died (3119), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2667), Brazil (2658) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Columbia newly added to the list (2400), Argentina (2389), Belgium (2172), Italy (2129), Poland (1992), and the UK (1921) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing), and slightly better than Mexico (1906), Chile (1888), Romania (1800), Ecuador newly added to list (1776), Spain (1769), Portugal (1730), France (1725), Bolivia (1534), Sweden (1438) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1253).
Tests: We have now conducted 558,838,987 tests (1,677,273/M) just passed by France at 1,708,143 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 3,783,656/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 1906/M with a fatality rate of 9.20% 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: 41,281 Deaths/M 612
Honduras: Active Cases: 207,100 Deaths/M 837
El Salvador: Active cases: 9,557 Deaths/M 430
US Vaccinations: As of 8/16/2021 357.34 million doses, up from .722 million per day to .769 million per day (down to 5 months to go for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 89,347 per day (82,240 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 46,585,588 total doses have been given (88.6% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 86.0%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has not moved up from 15th of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 54.3% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 50.8% has moved from 17th to 15th tied with Hawaii 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 must be ruing the day Obama in exchange for deserter Beau Bergdahl, released the Gitmo 5 to Qatar that it would keep the 5 Taliban including Khairullah Khairkhwa who has since proved to be key in the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan away from the battlefield; in addition to the massive amounts of military equipment left by the U.S. in its hasty departure, millions of dollars may have been left for seizure by the Taliban; after hiding out in Camp David, Biden has surfaced enough to talk to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson; ridiculed by the left and right for going on vacation in Wilmington as Afghanistan collapsed the light bulb must have gone on of the abysmal optics his absence from the White House is and he has returned tonight; for what it’s worth the Taliban has assured the world that women will have rights within the limits of Islam law (Sharia Law seems completely opposed to the rights women were starting to enjoy in Afghanistan); Blue Texas Rep Jessica Gonzales who fled to Portugal after fleeing to the Swamp to prevent a quorum was not going there to vacation but to wed her fiancée Angela Hale (no excuse for her despicable act to prevent the Texas House from having a quorum); always trying to become relevant and listened to, Michael Moore is once again comparing the events of January 6, to the Taliban takeover of the Swamp; PG&E already under fire after admitting that faulty equipment may have been responsible for causing the Dixie Fire in Northern California which has burned some 500,000 acres and is still not contained has notified some 50,000 customers in Northern California of impending power shutoffs to prevent more fires due to dry winds; while the markets broke the 5 day string of new highs, the market was down today and Alibaba tanked to its lowest level since 2019 as Chinese regulators were proposing new regulations that could bite into their sales and profits; in a move that might go a long way to decreasing Woke in sports, Meghan Rapinoe, already under fire by some teammates complaining of her bullying to get them to kneel during the national anthem, is considering retiring from professional soccer; as the U.S. faces an never ending set of crises which Biden and Chuckles Harris seem clueless on how to handle and except for the most severe cases of TDS Stage 4, blaming Trump is no longer a believable excuse, leave it to the political cartoonist to ape Nero while Rome burned:
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a music video link to “Vision of Love” by Mariah Carey, that you that you are able to secern news from “fake news” and a quote by Carl Brand on starting over from addiction, 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. National Non Profits Day—created by Sherita J. Herring on this day in 2017 which is the anniversary of the Tariff Act of 1894 which exempted nonprofits from the federal income tax to promote recognition of the contribution of nonprofits to our communities and the world.
2. National Thrift Shop Day—not sure who created this day or when but suspect Goodwill Industries might have been involved to profit thrift shops that sell donated used merchandise to raise revenue for the charity or non profit’s social programs at significant savings during times when money is tight.
3. 1990 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1990 on this day was “Vision of Love” by Mariah Carey for 4 weeks in that position to join 251 other songs that achieved number 1 status with 14 other act that achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a music video of “Vision of Love” by Mariah Carey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tov22NtCMC4 Carey is an American singer, songwriter, actress and producer with a 5 octave voice and over 200 million records sold and still going strong at the young age of 52.
4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “secern” which mean to discriminate which when trying to separate news from “fake” news is becoming harder and harder.
5. Singing the Blues—celebrating the birth on this day in 1943 of noted blues singer and guitarist Dave “Snaker” Ray whose nickname defies finding its origin but sadly for his fans he was a heavy smoker and was diagnosed with lung cancer in May of 2002 but turned down aggressive treatment to continue playing and died from it on Thanksgiving Day in 2002.
On this day in:
a. 1945 George Orwell published his noted satirical allegorical novella Animal Farm.
b. 1953 Narcotics Anonymous founded by Jimmy Kinnon held its first meeting in Southern California.
c. 1969 Hurricane Camille came ashore at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi as a CAT 5 with sustained winds of 175 miles per hour flattening almost everything in its past and causing massive flooding, killing some 259 people and causing some $11 billion in today’s dollars before dissipating in the Atlantic on August 22.
d. 1998 President Bill Clinton in taped testimony and later in an address to the American people admitted that he had had an “inappropriate” relationship with Monica Lewinsky and had misled the American people.
e. 2008 swimmer Michael Phelps became the first person to win 8 Gold Medals in an Olympics, breaking Mark Spitz’s record of 7.
Reflections on the addiction: “Although no one can go back and make a new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” Carl M. Brand, noted author.
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