Tuesday, February 16, 2021

February 16, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Marti Gras


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 16, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 109 million at 109,919,194 with 537,071 new cases (a .49% increase) 22,833,913 of which are active, 87,085,281 closed with 84,659,865 recoveries (97.21% and 97.21% yesterday) and 2,425,416 deaths (2.79% and 2.79% 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 59,226 new cases (a .21% increase) with 9,439,537 active cases of which 18,931 (.20% of active cases and a decrease now of 10,340 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 18,918,665 closures, 499,309 of which have been deaths (2.64% and 2.65% yesterday) and 18,419,356 of which have been recoveries (97.36% and 97.35% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .15% lower than the world rate and now .05% 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 1503 ranks behind Belgium (1867), UK (1735) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Italy (1559), and Portugal (1525) and only slightly worse than  Hungary (1435), Spain (1411), Bulgaria (1398),  Mexico (1346), Peru (1319), France (1267), Sweden (1232) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Switzerland (1128), Brazil (1124), Argentina (1107), Poland (1085), Chile (1022), and Bolivia (954) and we have now conducted  337,267,136 tests (now at 1,015,113/M) compared to Russia at 735,063/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 1,218,786/M.

       US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 2/15/2021 54.6 million doses have been given, 1.64 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 6,153,109 total doses have been given (up to 76.3% of doses received), but typical of Newsom’s ineptness and because more than 1.5 million recall signatures have been turned in, due to the power of growing signatures on his recall petition, California has improved  and is now at 33rd  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 2/16/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 9,299/M with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 15.5% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: Cuomo may be a lying politician on the nursing home scandal but when it comes to pulling wool over the voters eyes he remains a master as 61% of New Yorkers in one poll approve of his handling of communications on the pandemic (doubt if anyone who lost a loved one in the nursing homes due to CV-19 was in the polling sample); good to see that Blue politicians in New York must still think it is the Year of the Rat as they are abandoning and attacking Cuomo like rats leaving a sinking ship (even the nation’s most pathetic mayor De Blasio has joined the chorus); the stench from the Feces City by the Bay has spread to its school board as it is spending time not on reopening the schools to in class learning but rather an inane effort to rename schools with  “offensive names like Washington or Lincoln” (the board must be oblivious to the fact that the school kids hurt worst by a lack of in classroom learning are minorities and special needs); the Los Angeles School Board not to be outdone by its leftist neighbor up North, is proposing to reduce is school police force and replace many of its members with “school climate coaches” to address poor performance of minorities, high absenteeism and disciplinary and suspension issues; in a déjà vu Reagan/Tip O’Neill amnesty with secure borders moment without the secure border deception, Biden is proposing amnesty for the over 11 million illegals (number may be far in excess of that number) while at the same time destroying ICE’s ability to deport and turning our borders into open borders (if you think the caravans of illegals was off the charts in the past prepare for a tidal wave of unskilled, illiterate illegals with kids that will devastate our cities’ and states’ abilities to provide education and other social services; the Conway household may be enjoying some new marital bliss as George Conway has cut his ties to the Lincoln Project and called for its disbandment as details of contributions going to co-founders mostly and a growing scandal of sexual harassment by co-founder John Weaver; VP Harris seems to be filling out her dance card with the 25th Waltz as she is making calls to foreign leaders without Biden (at 78 and with all the signs of a fading mental capacity, a safe bet would be he never completes his term); in a glaring and perhaps deadly reminder of the folly of the war on fossil fuels and the total reliance on renewable energy, the freezing weather in Texas caused many of the wind turbines that supply 23% of the electricity to Texas to freeze up resulting in massive black outs across the state (hopefully a wakeup call to the likes of Biden, Kerry and AOC if they have the integrity to listen); Dr. Fauci has become the Yo-Yo Man from his flip flops early on mask wearing  to his most recent attacking Harris for starting from scratch to reversing that attack yesterday (was he looking over his shoulder fearful that an attack on a Biden Administration member means the axe?); 6 term “Red” Rep Kingzinger who was disowned by 11 family members for supporting an invocation of the 25th against Trump and voting to impeach him is off to the RINO races by announcing the formation of a PAC to take back the Republican Party from the influence of Trump; 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: HeyJackass.com is back to show that through February 15, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 345 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 “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, the fact that Blues have joined the chorus denouncing the quatsch  heard at Cuomo’s news conference and a quote from Louis Armstrong on celebrating Marti Gras in New Orleans,  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. Elizabeth Peratrovich Day (Alaska)—honoring the accomplishments of this Tlingit born on July 4, 1911 in Petersburg, Alaska (the Alaskanpoet’s boyhood home),  who was a tireless activist for equality for Alaska Natives and was instrumental in securing the passage of the Anti Discrimination Act of 1945 to become the first state or territory to require full and equal accommodations, facilities, and privileges to all citizens in places of public accommodations within the jurisdiction of the Territory of Alaska and to provide penalties for violation.

           2. Marti Gras—celebrated in the colonies  first in present day Louisiana in 1703 and really took off in terms of celebrations when New Orleans was founded in 1718 expanding to society balls, street parties and dinners until the Spanish acquired Louisiana in 1762 and ended the practice which fortunately was revived after Louisiana became a state in 1812. The parades have been cancelled, restaurants shut down and bars limited to package sales so Bourbon Street in the French Quarter is devoid of any traffic and blocked of due to fears of having a CV super spreader event.

           3. 2015 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 2015 on this day with a run of 14 weeks in that position was “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars to join 8 other number 1 songs and 5 other acts recording their first number 1 song. Here is a recording of Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars singing “Uptown Funk”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPf0YbXqDm0 Mark Ronson is a 45 year old English born singer who splits half his time here and the other in England where he is known as one of England’s best dressed men and an avid cannabis user.

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quatsch” which means nonsense which is what we heard at Cuomo’s first news conference on the nursing home scandal.

           5. Hard Without Balance--celebrating the birth on this day in 1962 of English singer Geoffrey Laurence Burton better known to his fans as John Balance who formed one of the first openly gay duos but used drugs and alcohol too much and lost his balance and fell from a 2nd story balcony on November 13, 2004 and died from the fall.

          On this day in:

a. 1923 Howard Carter unsealed in Egypt the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

          b. 1968 in Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency phone system was created.

          c. 1978 the first computer bulletin board was created (CBBS in Chicago).

          d. 1996 the Chicago bound Amtrak Capitol Limited collided with a MARC commuter train near Silver Springs, Maryland, killing 3 crew and 8 passengers and injuring 11 passengers on the MARC train and injuring 15 passengers on the Capitol Limited.

          e. 2005 Russia ratified the Kyoto Protocol, causing it to come into effect.

          Reflections on celebrating  Marti Gras in New Orleans: "There's a thing I've dreamed of all my life, and I'll be damned if it don't look like it's about to come true — to be King of the Zulu's parade. After that, I'll be ready to die." — Louis Armstrong, fortunately for his fans after being king on March 1, 1949, he was with us for 22 years until July 6, 1971.

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