Saturday, February 13, 2021

February 13, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Radio Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 13, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 108 million at 108,248,345 with 838,889 new cases (a .77% increase) 25,422, 087 of which are active, 83,665,147 closed with 81,261,091 recoveries (97.13% and 97.13% yesterday) and 2,404,056 deaths (2.87% and 2.87% 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 over 28 million at 28,196,073 with 85,384 new cases (a .30% increase) with 9,549,012 active cases of which 19,555 (.20% of active cases and a decrease now of 9,716 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 18,647,061 closures, 496,033 of which have been deaths (2.66% and 2.66% yesterday) and 18,151,028 of which have been recoveries (97.34% and 97.34% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .21% lower than the world rate and now .04% 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 1493 ranks behind Belgium (1859), UK (1717) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Italy (1545) and only slightly worse than Portugal (1492), Hungary (1414), Bulgaria (1389),  Spain (1384), Mexico (1330), Peru (1308), France (1249), Sweden (1226) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Switzerland (1122), Brazil (1118), Argentina (1104), Poland (1076), Chile (1012), and Bolivia (944) and we have now conducted  334,805,401 tests (now at 1,007,815/M) compared to Russia at 728,900/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 1,189,938/M.

       US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 2/13/2021 50.1 million doses have been given, 1.66 million per day in the last week (sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us some 8 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 5,768,764 total doses have been given (up to 71.6% of doses received), but typical of Newsom’s ineptness and because more than 1.5 million recall signatures have been turned in despite the power of growing signatures on his recall petition, California has fallen back and is now at 39th  out of 50 in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states. A long way to go to get herd immunity and little improvement relative to other states and a great reason to recall this inept governor. As of 2/12/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 9,998//M with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 17.1% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: The Mulligan Impeachment trial is over and by a vote of 50 Blues and 7 Reds voting in favor of impeachment and 43 Reds voting against, Trump was acquitted; a bit of fireworks in the trial when the House Managers looked like they wanted to call witnesses to testify on a Trump’s state of mind and then realizing such an plan would extend the trial for weeks on end when the outcome baring some unexpected “I am guilty admission” would be an acquittal and the wrath of the American people, backed off and no witnesses were called; after the verdict Pelosi was in her typical partisan biased form ripping the Reds as being cowards for not voting to convict (sure way to obtain unity is to viciously attack the other side as being cowards when you need their votes in the Senate and given the slimmest of the slim margins in the House, may need them in the House also); T.J. Dulco a former Deputy Press Secretary became the first Biden appointee to fall on his sword to protect Biden after he threatened Politico reporter Tera Palmeri and received only a one week suspension without pay by resigning (China is paying attention and Biden’s response after earlier promising to fire anyone committing such acts will lead them to believe that he like Obama’s Syrian red lines in the sand is all threat and no action); more than 1.5 million irate Californians have signed the Recall Newsom Petition as they continue to seek more signatures to insure enough valid signatures have been collected; Hell hath no fury like an anti-Trumpster as news today is that one of Trump’s impeachment defense team, Michael van der Veen, has had his home vandalized and he and his law firm threatened (in the PC world of the left, right to counsel only exists if you are a Blue?); the nursing home cover up scandal by Cuomo just got more interesting as the Acting Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss, is the mother-in-law of Melissa DeRosa, the aide who revealed the Cuomo cover up on the number of nursing home deaths; to insure a recall in the event that any of the 1.5 million signatures already received are not valid to insure Newsom is put on a recall ballot where he needs to be given his unmitigated ineptness:

          Chicago Gun Violence: is back to show that through February 12, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 326 persons shot of whom 69 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 “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele,  the fact that you have not endured any quassations today and a quote from Willy Brandt on German reunification 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. World Radio Day—created by UNESCO and first celebrated on this day in 2012 to promote awareness of the importance of radio as a means of communication and entertainment.

         2. Global Movie Day—established by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to promote via social media discussion and sharing of viewers’ favorite movies at a time when movie theaters are largely shut down or open on limited capacity due to the pandemic.

         3. 2012 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 2012 on this day with a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele to join 12 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of Adele singing “Set Fire to the Rain”: This 32 year old Brit has been performing since 2006, has sold over 120 million records with 15 Grammys and went on a successful weight loss program where she lost some 100 pounds.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quassation” which is an act of being shaken or shaking which describes what one feels during one of our numerous California earthquakes.

         5. The Show Must Go On Even If the Actor Cannot--celebrating the birth on this day in 1939 of Oliver Reed, noted English actor who was a functioning binge drinker and alcoholic during his career and died from a heart attack on May 2, 1999 after being in a drinking contest with a group of English sailors and consuming vast quantities of alcohol. Gladiator which he had a starring role in had not been completed and his remaining parts were completed by a  body double and computer generated imaginary and he was posthumously nominated for a BAFTA Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

          On this day in:

a. 1954 Frank Selvy playing for Furman University became the first and only player for a Division I NCAA team to score 100 points in a game which he did against Newbury College.

          b. 1960 with its nuclear test called Gerboise Bleue France became the 4th country to possess nuclear weapons.

          c. 1990 an agreement was reached for a two stage reunification of Germany.

          d. 2011 the American Indian Tribe, the Umatilla,  was permitted to hunt Bison just outside of Yellowstone Park, a right granted to them by treaty in 1855 but denied for over a hundred years.

          e. 2021 former President Trump was acquitted in his second impeachment trial.

          Reflections on the reunification of the 2 Germanys: “Now we are in a situation where what belongs together will grow together.” Willy Brandt in a radio interview on November 10, 1989, the day after the intra-border controls were ended by East Germany.

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