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February 27, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Polar Bear Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 27, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with  cases now past 113 million at 114,365,951 with 407,562 new cases (a .36% increase) 21,907,982 of which are active, 92,457,969 closed with 89,921,258 recoveries (97.26% and 97.25% yesterday) and 2,536,711 deaths (2.74% 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 29,202,824 with 80,500 new cases (a .28% increase) with 9,045,632 active cases of which 15,084 (.17% of active cases and a decrease now of 14,187 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 20,157,192 closures, 524,669 of which have been deaths (2.60% and 2.61% yesterday) and 19,632,523 of which have been recoveries (97.40% 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 .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 1579 ranks behind Belgium (1896), UK (1801) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Italy (1614), and Portugal (1599) and only slightly worse than  Hungary (1545), Spain (1478), Bulgaria (1471,  Mexico (1421), Peru (1391), France (1321), Sweden (1265) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Brazil (1191),  Poland (1154), Switzerland (1146), Argentina (1142), Chile (1065), and Bolivia (986) and we have now conducted  357,707,996 tests (now at 1,076,517/M) compared to Russia at 757,660/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 1,308,878/M.

       US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 2/27/2021 72.8 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 8,566,470 total doses have been given ( 73.9% 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 is down to 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 2/27/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 5,897 with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 10.2% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: When it rains, it pours for Big Fredo Cuomo as a another 25 year old aide to him who left in November last year described being alone in his office being grilled about whether she was monogamous in her relationships and whether she would have sexual relationships with older men (when does Hirono start beating the women must be heard and believed drum or did she retire that instrument after Kavanaugh’s confirmation despite the hatchet job against it by the Blues); on Cuomo the MSM is major guilty of “fake news” by omission by their total blackout of sexual harassment claims against Cuomo; Newsom is either a complete idiot or believes he is totally above the law after his French Laundry nose thumbing was posting a Tik Tok with George Lopez inside Los Amigos Restaurant in Fresno that still has banned indoor dining; the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is now the third one to have received FDA emergency approval and will soon be heading to the arms of Americans; finally an American company with a spine to tell the “Cancel Culture Warriors” boycotting Hyatt because it is holding the CPAC Convention in Orlando this weekend to pound sand;   L.A. DA Gascon whose soft of criminal policies have sparked outrage in the community and among career prosecutors and members of law enforcement fortunately is facing a recall drive in which backers need 600,000 signatures; we have come to expect the iron curtain of censorship from social media, now we are looking at the health curtain from the Biden Administration to require news organizations to pay $170 for a COVID-19 test every time a reporter enters the White House (another despicable way in which Blues are trying to conceal Biden’s failing mental acuities);  ; leave it to a political cartoonist to expose the myth gender reassignment of minors being peddled by Transgender Nominee for DHHS Rachel Lavine: 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 26, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 416 persons shot of whom 84 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 “Goodnight My Love” by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra with vocals by Ella Fitzgerald,  the fact that you love a well prepared quinnat and a quote by Piers Corbyn on survivability of polar bears, 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. Anosomia Day—created by Daniel Schein who suffered from olfactory dysfunction on this day in 2012 to create awareness of the problems faced by people with anosomia which has become perhaps easier to understand during the COVID-19 pandemic as the loss of smell is often one of the symptoms.

             2. International Polar Bear Day—created by Polar Bear International on this day in 2011 to promote awareness of the plight of polar bears from the loss of sea ice due to climate change and to promote efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

             3. 1937 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1937 on this day with a run of 3 weeks not continuous in that position was “Goodnight My Love” by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra to join 17 other number 1 songs . Here is a recording of Benny Goodman and His Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald on vocals “Goodnight My Love”:   Goodman was a noted clarinet player and band leader known as the “King of Swing” also noted for bring black musicians and singers to perform with him until the notes ended on June 13, 1986 from a heart attack 6 days after his last concert. Ella Fitzgerald known as the “Queen of Song” was prominent jazz singer for almost 60 years until she retired in 1993 and in declining health but a proud possessor of the Presidential Medal of Freedom died on June 15, 1996.

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quinnat” which means a king salmon also known as the California salmon and as a former salmon seiner brings joy to my vocabulary by expanding “chinnook” and king salmon to include “quinnat.”

          5. Doing What You Love--celebrating the birth on this day in 1939 of Peter Revson, noted Formula One race car driver and heir to the Revlon fortune,  whose car during a test session had a suspension failure causing him to die on impact following the crash at the age of 35 on March 22, 1974.

          On this day in:

a. 1801 pursuant to the District of Columbia Organic of 1801 Washington, D.C. was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress, something the Blues are salivating over 2 additional and most likely permanent Blue Senate seats by trying to admit the Swamp as the 51st state.

b. 1951 the Twenty-Second Amendment to the Constitution limiting a president to two terms was ratified.

c. 1991 President George H.W. Bush announced Kuwait was liberated.

          d. 2004 Shoko Asahara the leader of the Japanese Doomsday Cult Aum Shinrikyo was sentenced to death for his role in the March 20, 1995 Tokyo subway sarin nerve gas attack that killed 13 commuters and injured 5,000 others; after years of delays primarily due to the length of the trial, Asahara was executed the old fashioned way by hanging on July 6, 2018.

           e. 2015 in a example of the dangers of criticizing Vladimir Putin, Boris Nemtsov a Russian dissident to the rule of Putin was assassinated while walking on a bridge in Moscow; 5 Chechnya-born men were found guilty of accepting 15 million rubles to kill him but the person paying for the assassination has never been found.

         Reflections on Polar Bears on their day: “Polar bears did very well in the warmer times. They didn't die out at all; they didn't die out in the last 10,000 years, nor during the previous interglacial, nor the one before that. So, they're just used as a deceitful heartthrob; you know, to pluck your heartstrings because the polar bears might die out.”—Piers Corbyn, noted English meteorologist and anti-climate change doubter.

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