Saturday, February 20, 2021

February 20, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Pangolin Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 20, 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 819,866 new cases (a .74% increase) 22,309,562 of which are active, 89,290,121 closed with 86,818,918 recoveries (97.23% and 97.22% yesterday) and 2,471,203 deaths (2.77% 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 28,671,866 with 159,581 new cases (a .56% increase) with 9,278,877 active cases of which 17,624 (.19% of active cases and a decrease now of 11,647 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 19,392,989 closures, 509,707 of which have been deaths (2.63% and 2.62% yesterday) and 18,883,282 of which have been recoveries (97.37% and 97.37% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .14% 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 1534 ranks behind Belgium (1881), UK (1767) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Italy (1581), and Portugal (1562) and only slightly worse than  Hungary (1478), Spain (1435), Bulgaria (1423),  Mexico (1379), Peru (1349), France (1287), Sweden (1248) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Brazil (1152), Switzerland (1137), Argentina (1125), Poland (1113), Chile (1039), and Bolivia (967) and we have now conducted  344,394,109 tests (now at 1,036,579/M) compared to Russia at 744,651/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 1,243,644/M.

       US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 2/19/2021 60.5 million doses have been given, 1.49 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 6,929,954 total doses have been given (up to 79.5% 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 moved up slightly to now at 36th 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 8,156/M with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 13.4% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: The friendly skies were not so but rather scary as a Boeing 777 some 20 miles outside of Denver had an engine failure resulting in some large parts hitting the ground but not hurting anyone and fortunately landing safely; in another example of the need for a 2nd Amendment and a reinforcement of the adage that criminals are not the brightest, a suspect who shot and killed 2 and wounded 2 at a gun store and indoor shooting range near New Orleans was shot and killed by armed  Good Samaritan bystanders; the Blues failed attempt with a snap impeachment to forever bar Trump from office has failed as he is back and will speak at the CPAC Convention on February 28 in Orlando; Markey should be ashamed of himself for the reverse racist card saying social justice should determine who gets vaccinated (safe bet is that this 74 year old pulled all the strings there to get vaccinated); the Oakley Elementary School Board caught on a hot mic ridiculing and attacking parents wanting to have schools opened did the right thing and resigned en masse (would be nice but don’t count on it for Cuomo to ape them); L.A. DA Gascon is back in the news again with the same sad residents’ safety be dammed event as he orders his prosecutor not to seek the death penalty of a cop killer gang member (as shootings rise and crime rises in L.A. when do the residents say enough of the misguided Soros funded pro criminal D.A. and seek to recall him?); never underestimate Blues ability to find ways to spend more money disguised as being under the best of motives as the CV stimulus bill has a $100 million plus goody for a BART extension that has nothing whatsoever to do with the CV pandemic; although 80% of the recall Newsom signatures have been verified, 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 19, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 362 persons shot of whom 78 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 “7 Rings” by Arianna Grande, the fact that you are not viewed as a quiddative in your behavior and a quoted by H.L. Mencken on repeal of the 19th Amendment, 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 Day of Social Justice—created by the General Assembly on November 20, 2007 to be celebrated on this day starting in 2009 to promote by member nations social justice within their nation.

           2. World Pangolin Day—observed since 2011 to promote conservation of pangolins or spiny anteaters that are rapidly becoming endangered due to the Chinese desire to use their scales in folk medicine and their meat as a delicacy.

          3. 2019 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 2019 on this day with a run of 5 weeks in that position was “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande to join 15 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of Ariana Grande singing “7 Rings”: m  Grande is a highly successful singer with 5 platinum albums and had the misfortune to be performing in Manchester in 2017 closing just before a terrorist attack on fans in attendance by terrorists.

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quiddative” which means eccentric which in our increasingly PC world seems to have become more all inclusive of those who do not seem to conform.

          5. A Good Son--celebrating the birth on this day in 1951 of noted actor Edward Albert, son of Eddie Albert who appeared in more than 153 movies and TV series and cared for his father suffering from Alzheimer’s but was a smoker and died from lung cancer on September 22, 2006.

          On this day in:

a. 1872 The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art opened in New York City.

b. 1933 to the dismay of bootleggers like Capone, Congress passed the Blaine Act repealing Prohibition and sending the 21st Amendment to the states for ratification.

          c. 1956 the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy became a permanent Service Academy.

          d. 1962 Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth in 3 orbits in 4 hours 55 minutes and later on a Shuttle Mission became the oldest person to orbit into space.

          e. 2003 in a Great White Concert at the Station Nightclub in West Warwick Nightclub in Rhode Island,  a pyrotechnic display gone wrong caused a fire that killed 100 and injured 200 more in attendance.

          Reflections on the 21st which is the only Amendment to repeal a prior Amendment the 19th :  “It seems almost a geologic epoch while it was going on, and the human suffering that it entailed must have been a fair match for that of the Black Death or the Thirty Years War.” H.L. Mencken, noted essayist and commentator

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