Friday, February 5, 2021

February 5, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Western Monarch Butterfly Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 5, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 104 million at 105,705,175 with 321,375 new cases (a .30% increase) 25,905,177 of which are active, 79,799,998 closed with 77,498,720 recoveries (97.12% and 97.12% yesterday) and 2,301,678 deaths (2.88% and 2.88% 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 27 million at 27,260,853 with 63,953 new cases (a .23% increase) with 9,788,531 active cases of which 23,145 (.24% of active cases and a decrease now of 6,126 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 17,536,275 closures, 468,280 of which have been deaths (2.67% and 2.67% yesterday) and 17,067,995 of which have been recoveries (97.33% and 97.33% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .21% lower than the world rate and now .07% 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 1410 ranks behind Belgium (1830), UK (1634) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Italy (1500) and only slightly worse than Hungary (1341), Bulgaria (1340),    Portugal (1350), Spain (1313), Peru (1256), Mexico (1256), Sweden (1195) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, France (1193), Switzerland (1103), Argentina (1076),  Brazil (1073), Poland (1024), Chile (979), and Bolivia (904) and we have now conducted  319,529,491 tests (now at 961,970/M) compared to Russia at 709,725/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 1,122,368/M.
       US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 2/4/2021 36.7 million doses have been given, 1.34 million per day in the last week. In California 3,984,752 total doses have been given (61.9% of doses received), but typical of Newsom’s ineptness and the power of growing signatures on his recall petition, California has slightly worsened and is now at 34th   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 but some improvement relative to other states but still a good reason to recall this inept governor. As of 2/4/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 14,138 with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 24.5% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: Quid pro quo when you are the son of a president has its benefits as Hunter  Biden, his wife and 10 month old son are renting a $25,000 a month house on a canal in Venice, CA a nine iron away from the beach with 24/7 Secret Service protection that seems to have caused the homeless to disappear; across the nation teachers’ unions are digging in their heels and refusing to go back to in person schooling until the schools in which if they are elementary have almost 0 risk of having the CV-19 virus spread are “safe” and teachers are vaccinated (urban school kids mostly minorities are going to be devastated and Biden is held hostage by the unions due to the contributions they made to him); Mayor Lightfoot is finally getting a spine and making her last and best effort offer to recalcitrant teachers to come back to work for in person learning in K-8; Biden’s idea of unity and compromise was on full display as he indicated a “my way or the highway” on his $1.9 trillion stimulus package (are there any Blues like Manchin who will not go along with this partisan  charade cram down?); our border is becoming more and more each day as migrants are flocking to Biden’s siren song of amnesty and are being arrested in droves but given Biden’s misguided executive orders will soon be released with a notice to appear at a future date for a hearing which almost to a person they will not appear; “Sunny” Hostin of the clueless View has spent too much time with Joy Behar and her bias as infected her as Hostin slammed CNN commentator Van Jones for cooperating with Trump on criminal justice reform and inanely claimed this black has lost the trust of the black community; 94 days after the election, Claudia Tenney has finally been declared a winner of the last disputed House Race by 109 votes narrowing the Blue margin in the House to 9 seats (8 if Newsom listens to Lying Schiff and names him as California’s AG); the airbrushing out of history against Trump continues as Biden has indicated Trump as a former president will not have access to Intel briefings; Warner, Hirono, and Klobuchar are leading a move to reform Section 230 to amend some the protections granted to internet websites (step in the right direction but what they should be doing is following the lead of Florida and its attempt to prevent the banning of political and campaigns by companies like Twitter); Squad Rep Presley once again showed that she is so out of touch with most Americans by claiming her surprise that lowering the voting age to 16 would be polarizing (lowering it to 18 could be justified because if old enough then to be drafted, be bound by contracts and enlist in the military without parental approval should be old enough to vote which a 16 year old is not and usually has other things on his or her mind than what candidate would be best for the nation);  here’s the link to join the final 100,000 signatures to put Newsom on a recall ballot where his ineptness will have put him:

          Chicago Gun Violence: is back to show that through February 4, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 269 persons shot of whom 56 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 “Check On It” by Beyonce feat. Slim Thug, the fact that your victories in life are never pyrrhic and two opposing quotes from Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Kamala Harris on the acquittal of the first impeachment of Donald Trump, 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. California Western Monarch Butterfly Day—created by the California State Legislature in 2004 to promote awareness of the migration of the Western Monarch Butterfly that migrates to coastal and southern California in October through March to

lay their eggs in Milkweed plants.

          2. National Fart Day—not sure who created this observance other than to know it has been observed on this day since 2008 and was most likely created by a purveyor of bean dishes.

          3. 2006 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 2006 on this day with a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Check on It” by Beyonce feat. Slim Thug to join 19 other number 1 songs and 18 other acts achieving their first number one songs.  Here is a recording of Beyonce feat. Slim Thug performing “Check on It”:

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pyrrhic” which describes a victory too costly to have been of value to the victor which hopefully will describe the snap impeachment of vengeful Blues of Trump and his expected acquittal.

          5.  Once an Entrepreneur Always an Entrepreneur—celebrating the birth on this day in 1943 of Nolan Bushnell, noted graduate of the Stanford Business School and co-founder of Atari and Pong and creator of Chuck E. Cheese and Bushnell’s Law: “All the best games are easy to learn and difficult to master. They should reward the first quarter and the hundredth.”

          On this day in:

a. 1852 the New Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg opened to the public.

          b. 1985 in a what took you so long moment, Ugo Vetere, the mayor of Rome, met with Chedli Klibi, the mayor of Carthage, met in Tunis to sign a treaty of friendship to bring an end to the Third Punic War which started 2,131 years ago.

          c. 1988 Manuel Noriega, the former dictator of Panama, was indicted on drug smuggling and money laundry charges, and then tried, convicted and sentenced to 40 years to be released after 17 years for good behavior to be then sent to France for similar charges and served another 7 years to be extradited to Panama to serve time after previously being convicted in abstentia where he died following surgery for a brain tumor.

d. 2019 Pope Francis became the first Pope to visit and perform a Papal mass in the Arabian Peninsula in Abu Dhabi.

          e. 2020 Donald Trump was acquitted in his first partisan impeachment trial and if one is a betting man, a good chance that history will repeat itself with another acquittal in his trial on the second impeachment assuming it moves forward since he is no longer in office.

Reflections on the first impeachment acquittal: “If this shallow, hurried, and wholly partisan impeachment were to succeed, it would rip the country apart, pouring gasoline on the fire of cultural divisions that already exist,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.).

“The Senate trial of Donald Trump has been a miscarriage of justice. Calif.). He’s going to escape accountability because a majority of senators have decided to let him.” Sen. Kamala Harris, then Sen. from California and now a heart beat away from Biden.

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