Sunday, February 28, 2021

February 28, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Rare Disease Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 28, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with  cases now past 114 million at 114,663,794 with 297,843 new cases (a .26% increase) 21,931,353 of which are active, 92,732,441 closed with 90,189,979 recoveries (97.26% and 97.26% yesterday) and 2,542,462 deaths (2.74% and 2.74% 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 29,247,577 with 44,753 new cases (a .15% increase) with 9,039,034 active cases of which 15,049 (.17% of active cases and a decrease now of 14,222 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 20,388,543 closures, 525,802 of which have been deaths (2.58% and 2.60% yesterday) and 19,862,741 of which have been recoveries (97.42% and 97.40% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .16% 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 1582 ranks behind Belgium (1897), UK (1803) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Italy (1617), and Portugal (1603) and only slightly worse than  Hungary (1553), Spain (1478), Bulgaria (1474,  Mexico (1427), Peru (1391), France (1323), Sweden (1265) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Brazil (1194),  Poland (1157), Switzerland (1146), Argentina (1143), Chile (1070), and Bolivia (987) and we have now conducted  358,841,746 tests (now at 1,079,927/M) compared to Russia at 760,400/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 2/28/2021 75.2 million doses have been given, 1.74 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 8,821,044 total doses have been given ( 76.1% 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 still at 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 2/28/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 5,897 with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 9.7% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: Cuomo’s Reptilian Brain is fired up denied any sexual overtures and apologizing for his “kidding around” demeanor while feminists so quick to flay Reds have retreated into a cone of silence but to her credit AOC is demanding and independent investigation (reptilian brains must be oblivious to the obvious that “kidding around” on sexual matters is now and has been for some time tantamount to sexual harassment that most women and an very large increasing percentage of men will not tolerate); Trump was in fine form at CPAC ripping into Biden and assuring the faithful he would not form a third party (watching him gives clear indication why the Blues pursued a snap kangaroo impeachment to try to bar him from ever holding office (if he can retain the policies but tone down the personal ad hominen insults he would be a very formidable opponent in 2024 and a very welcome ally in the Red push to take back Senate and House); the Blues are in an intra party fight over Progressives’ demands for a $15/hour minimum wage which most economists and small business owners would be a disaster to small business and result in significant job losses and the non Progressives who want to resist that measure while the House has passed a COVID-19 relief bill which is a Truth in Legislation Fraud with the vast majority of the funds having nothing to do with COVID-19; newly released video shows Cuomo pressuring a female journalist to eat the “whole sausage” ; Pelosi finally has broken her silence on the sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo and called the allegations credible (this good be a welcome sign that Cuomo’s days are numbered and the fall out may cause CNN to drop its biased “journalist” Chris Cuomo); the Golden Globe Awards will be on tonight and the big questions is whether the EMMY Award Winner fallen from grace Andrew Cuomo will be raked over the coals;  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; leave it to a political cartoonist to expose the disconnect of Blue City Council members  in Minneapolis in dealing with the economic disasters caused  to their residents from the riots following the George Floyd death: 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 27, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 430 persons shot of whom 87\4 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 “I Double Dare You ” by Benny Russ Morgan and His Orchestra with vocals by Bernice Park,  the fact that you love a well written quinzaine and a quote by Julie Burchill on nylon stockings 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. Rare Disease Day—first observed in Europe and Canada on February 29, 2008, a date chosen to commemorate the U.S. passage of the Orphan Drug Act to promote awareness of the issues and problems faced by those who are afflicted with diseases rare in terms of the numbers affected but not the consequences and to promote fund raising efforts.

           2. International Repetitive Stress Awareness Day—observed on the last day of February starting in 2000 to promote awareness of the injuries caused in the workplace for those performing repetitive motions again and again during their work shift and to promote ergonomic solutions to minimize such injuries.

           3. 1938 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1938 on this day with a run of 1 week in that position was “I Double Dare You” by Russ Morgan and His Orchestra  with Bernice Park on vocals to join 16 other number 1 songs . Here is a recording of “I Double Dare You” by Russ Morgan and His Orchestra with Bernice Park on vocals: Morgan was a big band leader in the 30’s and 40’s who migrated to television in the 50’s and turned an 8 week gig at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas in 1965 into a 12 year stint as his son took over the band when Russ died in Las Vegas on August 6, 1969 at the age of 65.
Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quinzaine” which means a poem of 15 lines.

          5. Parting Doeth Us Death--celebrating the birth on this day in 1942 of guitarist and singer Brian Jones who also founded the Rolling Stones but had great difficulties with drugs and alcohol and was becoming unreliable so when he was denied a visa to accompany the Rolling Stones on a North America tour due to narcotics’ conviction the band terminated its relationship with him on June 9, 1969 and on July 3, 1969 his body was found at the bottom of his swimming pool; his death was ruled death by misadventure with the report noting an enlarged heart and liver due to alcohol and drug use.

          On this day in:

a. 1935 Dupont scientist Walter Carothers invented nylon.

b. 1940 to the joy of sports fans college basketball was televised for the first time by NBC in a game played at Madison Square Garden between Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh won by Pitt 57-37.

c. 1983 in a record still not passed to watch a final episode of a TV series, 108 million viewers tuned in to watch M*A*S*H.

          d. 2004 over a million Taiwanese joined hands to form a human chain 500 kilometers long to commemorate the 228 Incident on this day in 1947 when Kuomintang Forces who had fled China massacred 5,000 to 28,000 anti government protesters.

          e. 2013 Pope Benedict XVI resigned becoming the first Pope to do so since Pope Gregory XII in 1415. Pope Benedict is still alive today and is the oldest living surviving Pope in history of the Catholic Church as will celebrate his 94th birthday on April 16, 2021.

         Reflections on Nylons: “There's something brave and touching about game girls of all ages keeping themselves smart in hard times - one thinks of those wonderful women during World War II drawing stocking seams in eyebrow pencil up the back of legs stained with gravy browning because nylons were so hard to get hold of.” Julie Burchill, noted English journalist and self described “militant feminist.

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