Thursday, March 11, 2021

March 10, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Bagpipe Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 10, 2021

          CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 118 million at 118,630,045 with 471,680 new cases (a .40% increase) 21,759,397  which are active, 96,870,648 closed with 94,238,652 recoveries (97.28% and 97.28% yesterday) and 2,631,996 deaths (2.72% and 2.72% 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 29,862,124  with 117,472 new cases (a .39% increase) with 8,679,663 active cases of which 12,607 (.15% of active cases and back to daily decreases and a now a decrease now of 16,664 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 21,182,461 closures, 542,191 of which have been deaths (2.56% and 2.56% yesterday) and 20,640,270 of which have been recoveries (97.44% and 97.44% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .16% lower than the world rate and now .02% lower than Canada which has the socialized type medicine Biden may well want to implement here but at least has approved 4 vaccines as opposed to our 3  and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1631 ranks behind Belgium (1921), UK (1834) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Hungary (1693), Italy (1669), and Portugal (1633) and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (1591), Spain (1539),  Mexico (1482), Peru (1452), France (1370), Sweden (1290) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Brazil (1268),  Poland (1216), Argentina (1173) Switzerland (1159), Chile (1103), and Bolivia (1009) and we have now conducted  373,104,726 tests (now at 1,122,695/M) compared to number 2 now Spain at  861,550/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 1,462,645/M.       

          US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 3/10/2021 95.7 million doses have been given, 2.17 million per day in the last week (sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us now reduced to some 6 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 11,62,505 total doses have been given (72.3% of doses received to again remain below U.S. average of 74.9%), but even with the pressure of more than 1.95 million recall signatures have been turned in, California has improved from 42nd to 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 and little improvement relative to other states and a great reason to recall this inept governor. As of 3/7/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 4,291/M with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 7.2% of all hospital beds.

         Non CV Case News: The cat of Hypocrisy has Harris’ tongue as after addressing reporters about the Senate COVID-19 “Relief Bill” she immediately scurries off the stage when asked about Cuomo’s growing sexual harassment scandal (her #ME Too rants against Kavanaugh a distant memory in her hypocrite mind; Biden has gone 49 days without a formal press conference and his handlers spent Tuesday shielding him the press so questions asked of him while touring a hardware store that had received PPP money were not answered (if Hans Christen Andersen were alive he would be writing a new Emperor’s New Clothes story The Emperor Has No Mind); 85 New York Legislators are demanding that Cuomo either resign or be impeached as a 6th female aide has come forth claiming while be summoned to help on a phone problem, he reached under her blouse and the other bookend scandal of his handling of nursing home COVID-19 admissions and concealing of the death count remain active; in a chilling news item a 39 year old mother died within 4 days after taking her second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine; Alcatraz, that former federal penitentiary on the Bay will be reopening for visitors after being closed since December due to the  CV Pandemic; Kat Sullivan a Florida RN and sexual abuse survivor is on the warpath against Cuomo paying for billboards demanding he resign and be impeached with catchy slogans like “Free the Nipple, Fire the Boob”; for trainophiles great news as AMTRAK announced it was restoring daily service to 12 long distance routes;; backers of a recall effort for L.A. DA Gascon have formally started the process and have started  160 day clock to obtain 580,000 signatures of registered voters to place a recall on the ballot; while Biden seems to be in a full on increasing mental fade, leave it to a political cartoonist to reveal Harris’ chomping at the bit to invoke the 25th as she measures the curtains for the Oval Office: although 80% of the recall Newsom signatures have been verified and 1.95 million signatures have been collected, 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 March 9, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 526 persons shot of whom 100 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 “Rum and Coca Cola” by the Andrews Sisters and Vic Schoen and his and His Orchestra,  the fact that you enjoy good quizzacious works and a quote by Jeremy Clarkson on bagpipes, 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. Harriet Tubman Day—created by Congressional Action in 1990 to honor and commemorate the life and deeds of noted anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman who smuggled slaves to freedom from the Confederacy.

           2. International Bagpipe Day—created by the Bagpipe Society devoted to the preservation of bagpipes and celebrated on March 10 since 2012 and a good day if a bagpiper to warm up one’s piping skills for St. Patrick’s Day 7 days hence.

           3. 1945 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1945 on this day with a run of 8 weeks in that position was “Rum and Coca Cola” by the Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra to share with 8 other number 1 songs that year.  Here is a recording of “Rum and Coca Cola” by the Andrew Sisters with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra:

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quizzacious” which means satirical which used to describe the comedy of SNL before it degenerated to the political attack mode of the show.

          5. For Pete’s Sake--celebrating the birth on this day in 1920 of Dutch American businessman Alfred Peet, who was a pioneer coffee roaster introducing the American palate to finer coffees and who founded Peet’s Coffee and Tea in Berkeley, California in 1966 and who mentored the founder’s of Starbuck’s and sold his chain of high quality roasted coffees establishments in 1979 to Sol Bonavita but remained on as a coffee buyer. He passed away on August 29, 2007 having inspired and mentored numerous entrepreneurs to go into the gourmet coffee business.

          On this day in:

          a. 1933 a 6.4 earthquake hit at 5:34 PST with an epicenter off the coast of Long Beach, killing 115-120 people and heavily damaging many structures especially schools which fortunately were not occupied when the earthquake hit. The quake prompted major revisions to the building codes to make structures more earthquake resistant.

          b. 1949 Mildred Gillars aka “Axis Sally” became the first woman to be convicted of treason against the United States and was sentenced to 10 to 30 years and released on parole in 1961. She died from colon cancer on June 25, 1988.

          c. 1969 James Earl Ray pled guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King and was sentenced to serve 99 years. He escaped from prison but was caught and failed in his efforts to rescind his guilty plea. He died in prison on April 23, 1998.

          d. 2000 the bubble after rising some 400 % peaked on the NASDAQ at 5,048.62 sending stocks down some 70 % from their peaks by 2002.

           e. 2019 Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a Boeing MAX 737 crashed 6 minutes after takeoff from Ethiopia, killing all 157 aboard; the crash coming just months after another MAX 737 crash by Lion Airlines resulted in the grounding of all MAX 737 planes.

           Reflections on bagpipes: “If the Scottish want to break away, I shall stand on Hadrian's Wall with a teary handkerchief, and say: 'Good riddance to the lot of you, and take your stupid bagpipes with you.” Jeremy Clarkson, noted English broadcaster, journalist and writer

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