Monday, February 1, 2021

February 1, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Freedom Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 1, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 103 million at 103,918,498 with 411,211 new cases (a .40% increase) 25,957,658 of which are active, 77,955,811 closed with 75,708,857 recoveries (97.12% and 97.10% yesterday) and 2,246,954 deaths (2.88% and 2.89% 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 nearing 27 million at 26,910,518 with 275,402 new cases (a 1.03% increase) with 9,827,714 active cases of which 23,860 (.24% of active cases and a decrease now of 5,411 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 17,082,084 closures, 454,198 of which have been deaths (2.66% and 2.68% yesterday) and 16,628,606 of which have been recoveries (97.34% and 97.32% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .22% lower than the world rate and .09% lower than Canada which has the socialized type medicine Biden may well want to implement here  and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1367 ranks behind Belgium (1815), UK (1565) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Italy (1471) and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (1322), Hungary (1304),   Spain (1263), Portugal (1253), Peru (1239), Mexico (1222), France (1171), Sweden (1144) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise  deaths, Switzerland (1087), Argentina (1062),  Brazil (1055), Poland (984), Chile (965), and Bolivia (882) and we have now conducted  314,195,168 tests (now at 945,956/M) compared to Russia at 700,822/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 1,078,606/M.
       US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 2/1/2021 32.8 million doses have been given, 1.34 million per day in the last week. In California 3,523,111 total doses have been given (62.2% of doses received), but typical of Newsom’s ineptness and the power of growing signatures on his recall petition, California has slightly improved is now at 38th out of 50 in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the state (tied with Illinois  and only .5% ahead of 39th Missouri (61.7%) and 7.7% ahead of last place Alabama (54.5%). A long way to go to get herd immunity but some improvement relative to other states but still a good reason to recall this inept governor. As of 2/1/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 15,212 with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 24.5% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: SNL which lowered to bar to relentlessly ridicule Trump and Reds seems to have lost its satire spine and seems terrified to attack Biden and other likely targets of ineptness like Cuomo; Cuomo who was fawned over in the not to distant past by the sycophants the MSM over his press briefings on the CV pandemic has seen his top officials resign or retire over the undercutting of death reports on CV deaths in nursing homes (Cuomo must be a great poker player as his ability to keep a straight face as thousands died in nursing homes due to his directives defies imagination); New York which has 26 states ahead of it in terms of percentage of vaccines injected of those given to the state is being ravaged by a huge snow storm that with shut down most vaccination centers (when it rains it pours); Cuomo must be trying to shore up his image by proving himself to be fearless after demanding New Yorkers stay home due to the storm, drives himself to New York City (do as I say not as I do—sadly New York does not have a recall mechanism to get rid of this nursing home killer); listening to Representative Cori Bush’s rants on expelling 100 Republican Representative and it is clear that the Unity goal of Biden is that only of conformity to Blues’ agenda while any hoping for a different result should be disappointed big time as Pelosi has named this rabid anti-police zealot with no judicial background to be  placed on the House Judiciary Committee; when it comes to bullets fired by criminals it is not a white officer or black officer only a thin blue or thin green line, as Hancock Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Boutte was shot and killed in a shoot out near Kiln, Mississippi in which the suspect was also shot and airlifted to a hospital:

 (God help us if the left succeed in defunding the police and heroes like Michael no longer are willing to wear the uniform and protect the citizenry of this nation; the government of Myanmar has been overthrown by a military coup and we will get a view of whether Biden learned that “lines in the sand” or in this case “lines in the paddies” mean something that as VP with Obama he ignored (my money is response will be feckless sanctions while China rubs its hands in glee); there was no bell to ring to save 44 year old Dustin Diamond, star of Saved by the Bell, who died within 3 weeks of being diagnosed with small cell carcinoma; in a leopard showing her spots moment, Jalina Porter a new deputy spokesperson for the State Department is being called out for claiming police are the biggest threat to our national security in 2016 for their “genocide of blacks” (what this hack does not realize is that in urban areas the killing and shootings of blacks by blacks dwarf by really large margins any blacks armed or otherwise by police); the recall Gavin Newsom movement continues to gather signatures over 1.2 million and enhanced by his failed policies the latest of which is the disaster or a vaccine rollout and is fortunately moving forward to the required goal of 1.5 million signatures.

          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: is back to show that through January 31, 2021,  gun violence involving persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 249 persons shot of whom 53 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 “U Got It Bad” by Usher, the fact that your city has escaped the putid homeless encampments and a quote by Nikki Giovanni on Mississippi and its ratification of the 13th Amendment,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Father’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. National Freedom Day—celebrating the execution by President Abraham Lincoln of the 13th Amendment so it could be sent to the states for ratification.

          2. Change Your Password Day—created in 2012 by Matt Buchannan, a writer for Gizmo, to encourage computer users to combat hacking by changing your passwords which may be very useful as many programs lock up a site if several failed attempts occur.

          3. 2002 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 2002 on this day with a run of 5 weeks in that position was “U Got It Bad” by Usher to join 6 other number 1 songs.  Here is a recording of Usher performing “U Got It Bad:

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “putid” which means fetid or decayed which probably describes too well the homeless encampments that crowd our urban areas.

5.  Heart Attacks Know No Political Boundaries—celebrating the birth on this day in 1969 of Andrew Breitbart, noted conservative and founder of the Breitbart News and instrumental in the creation of The Huffington Post who was the scourge of leftists but who sadly ended his reign as the number one thorn for the left by dying of a heart attack while on a walk at the age 43 in Brentwood on March 2, 2012.

On this day in:

a. 1884 the first volume (A-Ant) of The Oxford English Dictionary was published.

          b. 1960 4 students began a sit in at the all white counter of a F.W. Woolworth Department Store in Greensboro, North Carolina which prompted more sit-ins until F.W. Woolworth ended its policy of “white only” counters.

          c. 2002 Daniel Pearl, a journalist and Southeast Asia Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal was kidnapped on January 23, 2002 was later beheaded and his body mutilated.

d. 2004 in a Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, in a stampede, 251 pilgrims are trampled to death and 244 more are injured.

e. 2009 the First Cabinet of Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was formed in Iceland, making her the nation’s first female prime minister and the world’s first openly gay leader of a government.

 Reflections on what took you so long to do the right thing and better late than never:  “Mississippi recently, and recently being 1994, finally ratified the Thirteenth Amendment and agreed that the Civil War was over and black people are free. I'm talking 1994. So you know it is kind of time that people got caught up. It's a shame that we are still looking at a world that can use those kinds of concepts, that can think some people have no right to be free.
          Everybody owns themselves. It's all we've got. We have every right to be us. We have every right to satisfy our own needs with the life that we were given. I have no idea, no concept, of why people could ever thing that they could own other people.”― Nikki Giovanni, Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Like My Sister Kate: Looking At The Harlem Renaissance Through Poems.

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