Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 26, 2021
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now past 113 million at 113,958,389 with 408,282 new cases (a .36% increase) 21,909,571 of which are active, 92,038,418 closed with 89,510,696 recoveries (97.25% and 97.25% yesterday) and 2,527,722 deaths (2.75% and 2.75% 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 29 million at 29,122,324 with 69,392 new cases (a .24% increase) with 9,075,264 active cases of which 15,837 (.17% of active cases and a decrease now of 13,434 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 20,047,060 closures, 522,667 of which have been deaths (2.61% and 2.61% yesterday) and 19,524,393 of which have been recoveries (97.39% and 97.39% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .14% lower than the world rate and now .03% 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 1573 ranks behind Belgium (1893), UK (1797) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Italy (1610), and Portugal (1596) and only slightly worse than Hungary (1534), Spain (1478), Bulgaria (1465, Mexico (1415), Peru (1380), France (1318), Sweden (1265) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Brazil (1184), Poland (1146), Switzerland (1145), Argentina (1141), Chile (1061), and Bolivia (983) and we have now conducted 355,916,805 tests (now at 1,071,159/M) compared to Russia at 754,921/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 1,308,915/M.
US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 2/26/2021 70.5 million doses have been given, 1.45 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 8,310,945 total doses have been given ( 73.6% 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 up 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 2/24/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 6,152 with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 10.7% of all hospital beds.
Non CV Case News: At the CPAC Convention, speakers came out swinging at Big Tech, the cancel culture of the left and Cuomo (can Reds if they turn to Trump again bring back the RINOs and insure his rhetoric divorced from his policies brings in that diminishing number of moderate Blues and growing number of Indies?); the Biden Administration faced with an ignored foreseen surge in illegals is turning to the Obama and Trump playbook and creating tent cities to house them (rarest of the rare is a potential illegal who will be listening to Psaki’s pronouncements that now is not the right time to cross the border even though the Wall construction has halted ICE severely handcuffed in its ability to deport illegals, even criminals among them); books by Dr. Seuss that have freed millions of beginning school readers from the boredom of inane Dick, Spot and Jane readers are being banned from the Loudon School District because they are racist (when if ever will this nonsense of wrongly perceived racism end?); the Buffalo School District is now promoting the idea that not some but all whites promote systematic racism (God help us!); Big Fredo Cuomo may has some company on the Nursing Home CV Deaths Front, has Red legislators in Michigan are demanding an investigation of Witless Whitmer’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic; in a reaffirmation of the 4th Amendment, the liberal leaning 9th Circuit in a 3 judge panel ruling found California’s ban of magazines with more than 10 rounds unconstitutional last year and will be revisiting the issue with the full court; Blue DA of San Francisco Boudin announced that his 76 year old father serving a 75 to like sentence for murder during a Brink’s armored car robbery in 1981 has been vaccinated while in prison for CV; Blinken must have nodded off during a virtual meeting with Mexico’s Foreign Secretary as he had the Mexican Flag displayed upside down; the Chancellor of the nation’s largest school district New York City has announced his resignation to have time to grieve over the death of friends and family members to COVID-19; leave it to a political cartoonist to expose the myth of Pelosi’s COVID-19 relief bill as being directed to COVID-19 relief https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cartoons-slideshow: 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: https://recallgavin2020.com/petition/
Chicago Gun Violence: HeyJackass.com is back to show that through February 25, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 407 persons shot of whom 82 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 “Alone” by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with vocals by , the fact that you enjoy songs in quinible and a quote by Pope John Paul II on environmental protection, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Mother’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 Skip the Straw Day—created by Susan Tate and the Coral Keepers on February 8, 2017 to promote the end of plastic straws which are dangerous to marine life and pollute the ocean waters.
2. International Stand Up to Bullying Day—celebrated since 2008 on the last Friday in February and the third Friday in November and created when 2 Nova Scotia high school seniors Travis Price and David Shepherd were outraged that a fellow student was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school and purchase 5 pink shirts at a discount store and sent them to fellow students to wear to protest the bullying; the idea quickly spread and has been celebrated since 2008.
3. 1936 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1936 on this day with a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Alone” by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Cliff Weston on vocals performing “Alone”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLWXhj1CMho Dorsey was a trombone player in the big band era and known as the “Sentimental Gentleman of Swing” but after a big meal and using sleeping pills he choked to death in his sleep on November 26, 1951 after a big meal. Weston was a big band singer who had 2 number 1 recordings and died at age 47.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quinible” which means a high pitched voice.
5. A Lasting Hibernation Too Soon--celebrating the birth on this day in 1943 of Robert “The Bear” Hite, the co-lead vocalist for the band Canned Heat who on April 5, 1981 during a break in a performance at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood was handed a vial of heroin which he snorted and went into a coma and after failing to be revived with cocaine some roadies drove him not to a hospital but to a band member’s home where he died at age 38.
On this day in:
a. 1914 the third sister ship to the RMS Titanic and the RMS Olympic, the HMMS Britannic was launched and was supposed to be more “unsinkable” than the Titanic while still being fitted out World War I broke out and she was requisitioned as hospital ship and had the misfortune of running into a man made iceberg in the form of a German mine on November 21, 1916 near Greece after returning from Great Britain after unloading its wounded passengers and quickly sank, but unlike the Titanic, 1035 survived the sinking and only 30 lost their lives as the ship quickly sank to merit the distinction of being the largest liner to ever sink.
b. 1935 to the joy of the out manned RAF who would later fight in the Battle of Britain, Robert Watson-Watt carried out a demonstration near Daventry, England that would lead to the creation of radar.
c. 1971 to the joy of environmentalist present and in the future UN Secretary General U Thant signed a UN Proclamation designating the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
d. 1993 in an omen of what would happen over 8 years later a truck packed with over 1000 pounds of explosives in the parking garage under the North Tower of the World Trade Center exploded killing 6 people and injuring a 1000 but failed in its goal to topple the North Tower into the South Tower to collapse both towers. All of the 6 perpetrators save Yasin who remains on the FBI’s most wanted list have either been killed or are rotting time in prison.
e. 1984 having accepted an invitation to perform, the New York Philharmonic performed in Pyongyang a concert broadcast live throughout North Korea in the first ever visit by Americans to North Korea since the Korean War but failed to accomplish despite some hopes for a softening of American North Korean relations.
Reflections on Earth Day: “The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”—Pope John Paul II How true the observation is on Earth Day and the other 364 days in the year.
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