Tuesday, February 9, 2021

February 9, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Internet Safety Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 9, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now over 107 million at 107,007,788 with 403,490 new cases (a .68% increase) 25,590,547 of which are active, 81,820,731 closed with 79,469,540 recoveries (97.13% and 97.13% yesterday) and 2,351,191 deaths (2.87% and 2.87% 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 27,700,629 with 99,317 new cases (a .36% increase) with 9,680,957 active cases of which 21,460 (.22% of active cases and a decrease now of 7,811 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 18,118,989 closures, 479,772 of which have been deaths (2.65% and 2.65% yesterday) and 17,639,217 of which have been recoveries (97.35% and 97.35% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .22% lower than the world rate and now .06% 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 1444 ranks behind Belgium (1848), UK (1672) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Italy (1523) and only slightly worse than Portugal (1430), Hungary (1374), Bulgaria (1371),  Spain (1348), Mexico (1298), Peru (1282), France (1226), Sweden (1202) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Switzerland (1114), Brazil (1094), Argentina (1091), Poland (1041), Chile (993), and Bolivia (929) and we have now conducted  327,171,794 tests (now at 984,900/M) compared to Russia at 719,312/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 1,157,947/M.
       US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 2/9/2021 44.4 million doses have been given, 1.53 million per day in the last week. In California 4,914,360 total doses have been given (66.5% of doses received), but typical of Newsom’s ineptness and despite the power of growing signatures on his recall petition, California has slightly improved and is now at 39th  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 2/9/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 11,904/M with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 19.824.5% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: The kangaroo court impeachment trial of Ex-President Trump has begun with polls of Americans showing how deeply divided we are as a nation with a slim majority favoring conviction (polls notwithstanding, there is no chance that the Senate will have a 2/3 vote to convict as required by the Constitution and the Senate will be distracted from addressing really important issues like dealing with the pandemic); in another example of the vitriol felt by Blues, a Constitutional Amendment has been reintroduced to limit the ability of a president to pardon himself, his family, his administration officials and campaign advisers (chances of this moving forward to even being placed before the states to ratify are slim, none and nonexistent); in another example of the world being made more dangerous due to cyber hacking, the water treatment facility serving Oldsmar, Florida was hacked into and taken over for 3-5 minutes by an unknown hacker who remotely increased the amount of sodium hydroxide used to treat water from 100 parts per million to 11,000 parts per million; Neera Tanden, Biden’s pick to head up the Office of Management and Budget, ran into to her past rabid bias against Reds in numerous past social media examples (Say it isn’t so Joe, with Tanden your push for Unity is only a charade for show); 51 House Reds have written to Biden condemning the tsunami of illegal aliens  across our Southern border rising to 3,500 per day including 300 unaccompanied minors due in large part to Biden’s reversal of most of Trump’s immigration policies and his siren call of the need for a path of citizenship; the idea that a rabid anti-Trumpster like Senator Patrick Leahy who in the absence of Constitutionally required Chief Justice can somehow be impartial is mind boggling; while Blues are fixated with insuring that Trump will be marginalized forever and never hold office the Palm Beach City Council is having a hearing to determine whether Trump is a “bona fide” employee of Mar-A-Lago and as such can use the resort as a residence (another example of an abuse of NIMBY); WAPO lives up to its well deserved reputation as a rag not worth reading as its obituary heading for Marty Schottenheimer who died at age 77 of Alzheimer’s Disease was slammed for its dig that his teams “faded in the postseason” compared to its obit lauding Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who killed himself and 2 daughters by detonating a suicide vest to avoid capture by U.S. troops, as an "austere religious scholar;” House Blues are moving forward with the idea of a $1,400 stimulus check but eliminating it for any one earning more than $200,000 while Biden in a meeting with top CEO’s is in favor of checks to those earning $75,000; the Senate voted 56-44 to continue the impeachment trial of Ex-President Trump; Biden has come out in opposition to the effort to recall Newsom and the petition continues to attract more signatures now over 1.4 million (once the recall election is validated to go forward the question should become will Senator Feinstein who appears to be at the end of her mental rope retire to give Newsom a chance while he still is governor to name a Blue replacement?);  here’s the link to join the final 100,000 signatures to put Newsom 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 8, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 308 persons shot of whom 64 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 “Low” by Flo Rida, the fact that you rarely leave your tasks quab and a quote by Thomas Sowell on weather forecasts and making bets on them, 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. Safer Internet Day—created in 2004 with the goal of making the internet a safer place for users especially children.

          2. Read in the Bathtub Day—celebrating that time honored way of staying in a bathtub longer—reading one’s favorite book and unless sitting down in a walk-in bath, making sure it is not dropped into the water.

          3. 2008 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 2008 on this day with a run of 10 weeks in that position was “Low” by Flo Rida to join 13 other number 1 songs and 7 other acts that had their first number 1 song.  Here is a recording of Flo Rida singing “Low”:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckKFxMw6z0c

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quab” which means unfinished which describes the effort that need to be made to unify this nation.

          5. To Die In One’s Sleep--celebrating the birth on this day in 1975 of Clinton Grybas, considered by many to be one of Australia’s best sports journalists and broadcasters but died on January 5, 2008 way too early from a head wound inflicted while sleep walking.

          On this day in:

a. 1870 President Grant signed a Joint Resolution of Congress creating the U.S. Weather Bureau.

          b. 1950 Senator McCarthy en route toward a path of censure by the Senate, falsely charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists.

          c. 1964 the Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show before an estimated viewing audience of some 73 million.

d. 1971 the 6.5-6.7 Sylmar Earthquake hit the Greater Los Angeles Area, killing 64 and injuring some 2,000 others.

          e. 1971 Satchel Paige became the first Negro League player to be inducted into

the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

           Reflections on the weather forecast: “Would you bet your paycheck on a weather forecast for tomorrow? If not, then why should this country bet billions on global warming predictions that have even less foundation?” Thomas Sowell, noted economist and fellow at the Hoover Institute.

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