Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 19, 2021
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 111 million at 110,779,817 with 260,018 new cases (a .23% increase) 22,639,175 of which are active, 88,400,660 closed with 85,943,798 recoveries (97.22% and 97.22% yesterday) and 2,456,862 deaths (2.78% and 2.78% 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 28,512,285 with 30,619 new cases (a .11% increase) with 9,330,107 active cases of which 18,090 (.19% of active cases and a decrease now of 11,181 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 19,212,797 closures, 502,795 of which have been deaths (2.62% and 2.63% yesterday) and 18,707,002 of which have been recoveries (97.37% and 97.37% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .16% 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 1522 ranks behind Belgium (1878), UK (1761) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Italy (1577), and Portugal (1554) and only slightly worse than Hungary (1467), Spain (1426), Bulgaria (1415), Mexico (1372), Peru (1338), France (1276), Sweden (1248) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Brazil (1141), Switzerland (1136), Argentina (1119), Poland (1106), Chile (1035), and Bolivia (964) and we have now conducted 341,868,230 tests (now at 1,028,993/M) compared to Russia at 741,911/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 1,243,681/M.
US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 2/18/2021 59.1 million doses have been given, 1.58 million per day in the last week (sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us some 9 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 6,669,137 total doses have been given (up to 76.8% 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 fallen back and is now at 37th 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 2/17/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 8,866/M with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 14.7% of all hospital beds.
Non CV Case News: Cuomo is defiantly mounting the best defense to a scandal is an offense defiantly lashing out at “crazy Republicans” as a watchdog in Albany is claiming that Cuomo’s policy of sending infected COVID-19 patients from hospitals caused some 1000 deaths (when liberals like AOC join the cry increasing in number and volume each day from Blues New York office holders demanding an investigation as impeachment talk is spoken much more safe bet may be that this arrogant I did no wrong governor is not long to remain in Albany); in another example of the despicable bias of the MSM, MSNBC and CNN have largely gone dark over the expanding Cuomo nursing home scandal but going pedal to the metal on Cruz’ ill-advised trip to Cancun for which he readily admitted was a mistake and returned back to Texas the day (how idiotic can the “journalists” at CNN and MSNBC be to advance the proposition that Cruz’s mistake is equivalent to Cuomo’s deception and killing seniors policy?); as a Paris Court has found the French government guilty of not abiding by its commitments to the Paris Accords Biden is fulfilling his campaign promise and rejoining the Paris Accords (given our litigious society let’s hope such a ruling does not produce a tidal wave of litigation against the government for not complying with the Paris Accords here); the Trump policy of requiring asylum seekers to remain in Mexico until their case is heard is now ended and the first 25,000 illegals are going to start being admitted into the country (watch the number of illegals trying to enter to skyrocket knowing that if they can cross they will most likely not be deported); after 7 years of marriage and 4 kids Kim Khardashian has filed divorce papers against Kanye West; the Texas power grid has been restored and power has returned but many Texans have water problems due to broken water mains and warnings to boil water before using it; good news on the endangered species front as scientists have been able to clone from the DNA of a black nosed ferret that had died 30 years ago another black nose ferret; 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: https://recallgavin2020.com/petition/
Chicago Gun Violence: HeyJackass.com is back to show that through February 18, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 356 persons shot of whom 76 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 “God’s Plan” by Drake, the fact that you are approach issues in a quicksticks manner and a quote from James Bradley on the Battle of Iwo Jima, 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 Fried Fish Day/ National Tartar Sauce Day—celebrating a bookend holiday at the beginning of Lent and the need to observe a meatless Friday which is much easier with a fried fish meal with a decent amount of tartar sauce to go with it.
2. National Vet Girls Rise Day—created by Veterans with Answers in 2017 to honor the services of women veterans to our armed forces throughout the years.
3. 2018 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 2018 on this day with a run of 11 weeks in that position not continuous was “Gods Plan” by Drake to join 11 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of Drake singing “God’s Plan” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpVfcZ0ZcFM Drake is a very successful Canadian singer, rapper and popularizer of the “Toronto Sound.”
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quicksticks” which means without delay which does not describe how our political process works most of the time.
5. Not Blind to Music--celebrating the birth on this day in 1936 of Samuel Joseph Myers, noted blues vocalist and harp player who became legally blind at age 7 due to juvenile cataracts but taught himself Braille and was successful in the music business but not in smoking and came down with throat cancer that killed him on July 17, 2006 at age 70.
On this day in:
a. 1915 British naval forces started shelling the Ottoman forts protecting The Dardanelles without success which forced the Allies to later mount the disastrous campaign landing at Gallipoli which almost doomed Winston Churchill’s political career.
b. 1945 some 30,000 Marines landed on Iwo Jima in a battle that would “insure the existence of the Marine Corps for a 1000 years” at a cost of 25,000 casualties, including some 7,000 dead while only 216 Japanese surrendered.
c. 1953 in a blow to the First Amendment, the Georgia Literature Commission was established to assist local prosecutors to enforce censorship laws and fortunately was abolished in 1973.
d. 1963 Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique that reignited the feminist movement.
e. 1976 in a really what took you so long moment, President Ford issued Proclamation 4066 which formally rescinded FDR’s Executive Order 9066 which authorized the removal of Japanese Americans from the West Coast into internment camps inland,
Reflections on the Battle of Iwo Jima: ““Some optimistically hoped the
unprecedented bombing of the tiny island would make the conquest of Iwo Jima a
two- to three-day job. But on the command ship USS Eldorado,
Howlin' Mad shared none of this optimism. The general was studying
reconnaissance photographs that showed every square inch of the island had been
bombed. "The Seventh Air Force dropped 5,800 tons in 2,700 sorties. In one
square mile of Iwo Jima, a photograph showed 5,000 bomb craters." Admiral
Nimitz thought he was dropping bombs "sufficient to pulverize everything
on the island." But incredibly, the enemy defenses were growing.
There were 450 major defensive installations when the bombing began. Now there
were over 750. Howlin' Mad observed: "We thought it would blast any island
off the military map, level every defense, no matter how strong, and wipe out
the garrison. But nothing of the kind happened. Like the worm, which becomes
stronger the more you cut it up, Iwo Jima thrived on our bombardment.” James
Bradley, Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of
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