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February 14, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Marriage Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 14, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 109 million at 109,382,123 with 1,133,778 new cases (a 1.05% increase) 25,355,132 of which are active, 84,026,991 closed with 81,615,991 recoveries (97.13% and 97.13% yesterday) and 2,411,000 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 28,261,470 with 65,397 new cases (a .23% increase) with 9,540,008 active cases of which 19,400 (.20% of active cases and a decrease now of 9,871 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 18,721,462 closures, 497,174 of which have been deaths (2.66% and 2.66% yesterday) and 18,224,288 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 1497 ranks behind Belgium (1862), UK (1720) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Italy (1549), and Portugal (1505 and only slightly worse than  Hungary (1421), Bulgaria (1392),  Spain (1384), Mexico (1339), Peru (1314), France (1252), Sweden (1226) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Switzerland (1123), Brazil (1121), Argentina (1105), Poland (1079), Chile (1017), and Bolivia (952) and we have now conducted 335,113,418 tests (now at 1,008,726/M) compared to Russia at 731,639/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 1,189,921/M.

       US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 2/14/2021 53.8 million doses have been given, 1.68 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 5,981,582 total doses have been given (up to 74.2% 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 improved  and is now at 38th  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 9,636/M with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 16.3% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: The idiocy of the defund the police pushed by the BLM Movement is coming home to roost as Minneapolis residents outrage over rising crime and delayed police response time has prompted its city council to approve a $6.1 million  additional funding increase for police; the Blues snap impeachment which predictably failed in the words of Sen. Graham has opened a “Pandora’s Box” opening  a great possibility that if the Reds retake the House may impeach Kamala Harris for her inciting remarks and raising bail money for rioters during the death of George Floyd riots (although I think he is right I hope that a Red House would not go down that path to create impeachment on demand); Adam Garcia, a 20 year veteran of the Bakersfield Police Department, was adding icing to the recall cake now on our menu by attacking policies of Governor Newsom that he claims are contributing to crime and a lack of safety like releasing convicted felons from prisons due to CV-19 fears;  Impeachment Manager Swalwell whose continued silence on Chinese spy Fang Fang remains outrageous appeared on MSNBC to lamely explain why no witnesses were called because the managers did not know what they would have said and regardless of what was said would not have changed Senate votes (begs the obvious question of why the House voted for impeachment when Trump was leaving office on the 20th and why Pelosi would name him as a House Impeachment Manager); Mayor Lightfoot of Chicago struggling with the obstruction of the teachers’ unions there has finally come out with the obvious—the teachers’ unions are acting like political parties (an effective adjunct for years to the DNC); as Little Fredo Chris of CNN refuses to cover the expanding Cuomo nursing home deaths scandal, the network may have earned another acronym—Cover-up News Never; 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 13, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 333 persons shot of whom 73 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 “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, the fact that you are not viewed as a quat and a quote from disgraced former Broward County Sheriff David Israel on the Stoneman High School shooting, 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 Marriage Day—celebrating since 1981 on the second Sunday in February which today falls on Valentine’s Day the institution of marriage and the importance of committed couples to our social fabric.

           2. League of Women Voters Day—commemorating the formation of the League of Women Voters in 1920 and its efforts to promote voter registration, voter education and voters’ right but in recent years has strayed from its non partisan roots to support progressive ideas like banning the Keystone XL Pipeline, climate change and gun control.

           3. 2013 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 2013 on this day with a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat Wanz to join 10 other number 1 songs and 7 other acts recording their first number 1 song. Here is a recording of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz singing “Thrift Shop”: This hip hop duo was formed in Seattle in 2008 and since 2017 has been on hiatus. Wanz has been performing in the music business since the early 80’s but in 2015 returned to his software roots as a quality assurance engineer for Tableau that was acquired by Salesforce in 2019 for $15.7 billion.

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quat” which means an insignificant person which describes far too many politicians compare to their actual abilities.

          5. Playing the Roulette Wheel--celebrating the birth on this day in 1947 of noted singer, songwriter and guitarist Timothy Buckley III, who was living on the edge of dangerous driving, drinking and drugs and who after a night of drinking and heroin ingestion on June 29, 1975 was taken home to his wife where he later died of an overdose. His friend who provided the heroin pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and served 120 days in jail and 4 years probation.

          On this day in:

a. 1929 in a shooting known as the Valentine’s Day Massacre which shocked even the most numbed resident of the city from gangster shootings, 6 members of the “Bugs” Moran gang and one mechanic were lined up against a garage wall by 4 persons in police uniforms and shot to death.

          b. 1989 Union Carbide agreed to pay to the Indian Government $470 million dollars for damages and deaths arising out of the release of toxic industrial chemicals in Bhopal, India.

          c. 1989 in a glaring example of Islamic intolerance Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for Muslims to execute author Salman Rushdie, the author of The Satanic Verses.

          d. 2005 YouTube was founded by 3 former Pay Pal employees to be acquired by Google in 2006 for $1.6 billion.

          e. 2018 19 year old Nicolas Cruz was alleged to have entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and opened fire while some responding deputies took cover and did not enter the building and kill 17 teachers and students and wounded 17 others. Arrested within an hour and shown shooting on video monitors, he has still not yet gone to trial.

          Reflections on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting: "Feis had no gun, no rifle. And yet he ran toward helping students," former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel at Aaron Feis’ funeral as 1 one of the 3 teachers killed who failed to mention that too many of his deputies who were armed did not run to the sound of gunfire.

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