Monday, March 15, 2021

March 15, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Consumer Rights Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 15, 2021

          CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 120 million at 120,616,867 with 199,838 new cases (a .17% increase) 20,731,818  which are active, 99,885,049 closed with 97,216,776 recoveries (97.33% and 97.32% yesterday) and 2,668,273 deaths (2.67% and 2.68% 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 30 million at 30,081,657 with 9,292 new cases (a .13% increase) with 7,358,720 active cases of which 9,397 (.13% of active cases and back to daily decreases and a now a decrease now of 19,874 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 22,732,229 closures, 547,418 of which have been deaths (2.41% and 2.41% yesterday) and 22,184,811 of which have been recoveries (97.59% and 97.59% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .26% lower than the world rate and now .15% 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 16476 ranks behind Belgium (1930), UK (1843) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Hungary (1772), and Italy (1697), and only slightly worse than Portugal (1641), Bulgaria (1633), Spain (1545),  Mexico (1499), Peru (1472), France (1383), Sweden (1296) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Brazil (1303),  Poland (1248), Argentina (1180) Switzerland (1162), Chile (1132), and Bolivia (1015) and we have now conducted  384,364,335 tests (now at 1,144,426/M) compared to number 2 now Spain at  879,122/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 1,556,392/M.       

          US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 3/14/2021 109 million doses have been given, 2.43 million per day in the last week (sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us now reduced to some 5 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 12,306,608 total doses have been given (75.2% of doses received to again remain below U.S. average of 80.3%), but with the pressure of more than 1.95 million recall signatures have been turned in, California has moved up from 45th to 43rd  out of 50 in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 10.1% of its population fully vaccinated has moved up slightly to 46th in terms of percentage of residents vaccinated. A long way to go to get herd immunity and lagging behind in terms of getting vaccines received into arms and percentage of population vaccinated compared to other states and a great reason to recall this inept governor.

         Non CV Case News: Nothing like a predictable surge of illegals trying to cross the border heeding the amnesty call of Biden for reality to hit Blues in the face as Senator Durbin indicates a call for amnesty is not now viable (should go further and demand border must be secured including finishing the Wall); Biden finally opened his mouth on Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal by saying we should wait to see what the investigation finds and did not call for his resignation probably, given his past history of what many would call inappropriate touching, he would need to resign himself; Cuomo’s ratings among New Yorkers are sinking like a stone with 43% approval rate and 1/3 thinking he should resign immediately; Biden will soon be introducing a massive tax hike that by increasing corporate rates from 21% to 28% and rates on anyone earning more than $400,000 and increasing the capital gains tax on incomes over $1,000,000 to pay for a planned $4 trillion spending increase bill that many fear will be crippling to an economy ravaged by the CV pandemic and just now slowly reopening; Joy Behar again demonstrates she needs a vastly improved prescription to see Antifa riots which have spread across the nation or a comprehensive mental check up as this Joyless and clueless host of The View is a fictitious idea not a real thing; the Minneapolis City Council approved a $27 million settlement of the wrongful death suit filed by his family which has prompted lawyers for Chauvin to have the judge recall for further questioning on the issue of prejudice 7 jurors already selected (how any officers can receive a fair trial in Minneapolis when the jury to a person must know, ala the Rodney King not guilty verdict, their city will be burned to the ground if a not guilty verdict is rendered); Newsom has evidently learned nothing from the arrogance of embattled Cuomo, as he ignores his ineptness, arrogance and hypocrisy over his own stay at home lock down orders to attack the recall effort which unless a very, very large portion of the signatures turned in are ruled invalid will be on the ballot as the misguided work of the “anti-mask anti-vax extremists (interesting he didn’t name the hypocritical likes of Harris who swore she would not prior to the election be vaccinated by any vaccine developed under the Trump Administration which she of course then did after the election); backers of a recall effort for L.A. DA Gascon have formally started the process and have started the 160 day clock to obtain 580,000 signatures of registered voters to place a recall on the ballot; as Biden is still in “hidin” not holding a press conference since inauguration, leave it to a political cartoonist to reveal what must be going on in his rapidly fading mind; though 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 14, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 587 persons shot of whom 107 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 “Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)” by Peggy Lee,  the fact that your life is not consumed by quotidian days and a quote by Talaat Pasha on justification for the Armenian Genocide, 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. World Consumer Rights Day—created on this day in 1983 by the International Organization of Consumer Unions to advance the rights of consumers and allay or end the “caveat emptor” policies found in the consumers’ marketplace.
International Day Against Police Brutality—first observed in Montreal on this day in 1997 to protest police brutality which has to be an observance the BLM Movement can get behind if they have not done so already.
1948 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1948 on this day with a run of 9 weeks in that position was “Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)” by Peggy Lee to share number 1 status with 8 other songs that year.  Here is a recording of “Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)” by Peggy Lee: This 13 time Grammy nominee was a talented singer, songwriter and actress who performed into the 90’s often in a wheel chair and her Mañana finally came on January 21, 2002 at age 81 from diabetes and a heart attack.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quotidian” which means commonplace, especially when mundane which would rarely describe any day in the Trump Presidency.

          5. AQB Dutchman—celebrating the birth on this day in 1926 of noted quarterback and football coach Norm Van Brocklin (the “Dutchman”) whose during his first three years with the Rams alternated with Bob Waterfield and after Waterfield retired went on to be name to 9 Pro Bowls as a quarterback. Best known for his dislike of soccer style kickers that rule the game today but a heavy smoker who took his last snap from a heart attack on May 2, 1983.

          On this day in:

          a. 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was assassinated at a meeting of the Roman Senate at the Theater of Pompey in Rome by being stabbed 23 times by a group of Senators led by Brutus and Cassius but who failed in their assassination to restore the Roman Republic but whose assassination has left us with the warning “Beware of the Ides of March.”

          b. 1921 Talaat Pasha, the chief architect of the Turkish Armenian Genocide, was assassinated in Berlin by a 23 year old Armenian student Soghomon Tehlirian who was arrested, tried and found not guilty after a 2 day trial due to temporary insanity caused by the genocide and to this day is considered a national hero by Armenians and who ultimately moved to the Bay Area where he worked as a postal clerk before his death.

          c. 1952 in Cilaos, Réunion in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa 73 inches of rain, a new world record, fell in 24 hours from March 15th to March 16th.

          d. 1965 President Lyndon Johnson reacting to Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama told Congress “We shall overcome” while advocating passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1965.

          e. 2019 some 1.4 million students in a 123 countries skipped classes to protest the lack of action on climate change.

          Reflections on the sick justification by the Ottomans for the Armenian Genocide: There is no use for you to argue. We have already disposed of three quarters of the Armenians. There are none at all left in Bitlis, Van, and Erzerum. The hatred between the Turks and the Armenians is now so intense that we have got to finish with them. If we don’t, they will plan their revenge.” Talaat Pasha in a statement to  U.S. Ambassador Morgenthau 1915.

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