Monday, February 15, 2021

February 15, 2021 Ridley' s Believe It Or Not President's Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 15, 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 240,388 new cases (a .22% increase) 22,992,763 of which are active, 86,629,748 closed with 84,212,685 recoveries (97.21% and 97.13% yesterday) and 2,417,063 deaths (2.79% 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 28,298,996 with 37,526 new cases (a .13% increase) with 9,496,033 active cases of which 19,329 (.20% of active cases and a decrease now of 9,942 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 18,802,963 closures, 497,868 of which have been deaths (2.65% and 2.66% yesterday) and 18,305,095 of which have been recoveries (97.35% and 97.34% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .14% lower than the world rate and now .12% 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 1499 ranks behind Belgium (1864), UK (1724) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Italy (1553), and Portugal (1514 and only slightly worse than  Hungary (1426), Spain (1399), Bulgaria (1392),  Mexico (1342), Peru (1314), France (1258), Sweden (1226) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Switzerland (1126, Brazil (1123), Argentina (1105), Poland (1082), Chile (1021), and Bolivia (952) and we have now conducted  335,928,770 tests (now at 1,011,180/M) compared to Russia at 733,694/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 1,211,709/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: Cuomo held a news conference complete with slides in order to blame everyone else but not himself for the nursing homes death in his state which was not up to Emmy standards but did stoke the fires calling for an independent investigation (did not listen to all the questions, but no one seemed to ask the question of why he didn’t utilize the USN Mercy or the Javits Center temporary hospital built by the Army Corps of Engineers); wonder if since his brother denied any fault whether brother Chris will now feel safe enough to cover the story for CNN; Pelosi in her typical “I can do no wrong fashion,” demeaned Red House leaders who demanded answers of why there was little if any security for the House when data from the FBI showed that the storming of the Capitol was preplanned, not spontaneous;  Harris who added fuel to the anti vaccine forces by vowing she would not be vaccinated by any vaccine developed by the Trump Administration and once the election was over was vaccinated is ignoring reality and ignoring Biden’s own CV Czar Fauci by falsely claiming the Biden Administration on the vaccine distribution had to start from scratch; not sure whether the Capitol Police Department Union’s 92 % vote of no confidence on senior leadership is a reflection on Nancy Pelosi whose responsibility includes the safety of the Capitol but some it should cause Pelosi to dump her defiant attitude over her lack of preparation for January 6th storming of the Capitol despite numerous indications there would be a problem; in yet another example of the leftist rush by the Blues, Dejuan Tatro, the new strategic adviser for outreach to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, has blasted the Capitol Police as “White Supremacists” and justified looting following riots protesting the death of George Floyd due to systematic racism (I wonder how many black owned businesses in Minneapolis that were damaged and looted would agree with that idiotic proposition); signature drive continues 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 14, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 336 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 “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, the fact that you are not viewed as a quatch and a quote from Laurence Silberman and former Iraqi Premier Allawi on justification for the Iraqi War, 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. Susan B. Anthony Day—celebrating the birth of pioneer suffragette Susan B. Anthony on this day in 1820 who was tireless in her fight for women’s right to vote and equality and who died on March 13, 1906  over 14 years before the XIX Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920, granting women the right to vote.

           2. President’s Day—commemorating the birthdays of Presidents Washington and Lincoln and honoring the Office of the Presidency.

           3. 2014 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 2014 on this day with a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry feat. Juicy J to join 9 other number 1 songs and 5 other acts recording their first number 1 song. Here is a recording of Katy Perry feat. Juicy J singing “Dark Horse”: Perry has been on a role ever since she changed her birth name of Katherine Hudson to Katy Perry. Juicy J is a 45 year old hip hop rapper.

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quatch” which means a person who has embarrassed himself either through actions or speech which when it comes to gaffes describes our president to a tee.

          5. Danger on the Ground and in the Heavens--celebrating the birth on this day in 1935 of Roger Chafee, a U.S. Navy pilot selected into NASA’s astronaut program and selected as the third pilot on Apollo 1 which was the first of the rockets that would land a man on the Moon and was scheduled to lift off on a test flight of the command and service module on February 21, 1967 but in a test of flight systems on January 27, 1967 a fire broke out aboard the capsule on the launch pad, killing him and fellow astronauts Gus Grissom and Ed White.

          On this day in:

a. 1946 the first general purpose computer ENIAC was dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania.

          b. 1972 to the joy of recording artists everywhere, federal copyright protection was extended to sound recordings.

          c. 1992 serial cannibalistic killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison in Milwaukee which would prove to be a short period before he was beaten to death by a fellow inmate, Christopher Scarver, on February 28, 1994.

          d. 2001 the first draft of the human genome project was published in Nature.

          e. 2003 protests were held worldwide in some 600 cities to protest the proposed war against Iraq to rid the country of nuclear weapons that were later proved to not exist; some 8 million to 30 million participated to sadly no avail as the invasion began on March 20, 2003.

          Reflections on the justifications for invading Iraq on March 20, 2003:

March 31, 2005 - “The intelligence community was absolutely uniform and uniformly wrong about the existence of weapons of mass destruction (in Iraq).” - Laurence Silberman, co-chairman, Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States regarding weapons of mass destruction.

March 19, 2006 - “We are losing each day on average 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more. If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is.” - former interim Prime Minister Allawi.

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