Thursday, March 18, 2021

March 18, 2021 Ridley's Beleive It Or Not Supreme Sacrifice Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 18, 2021

          CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 122 million at 122,137,590 with 540,795 new cases (a .44% increase) 21,053,054  which are active, 101,084,536 closed with 98,387,565 recoveries (97.33% and 97.33% yesterday) and 2,696,971 deaths (2.67% and 2.67% 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 30,263,597 with 49,258 new cases (a .16% increase) with 7,302,648 active cases of which 9,259 (.13% of active cases and back to daily decreases and a now a decrease now of 20,012 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 23,010,207 closures, 550,905 of which have been deaths (2.39% and 2.40% yesterday) and 22,459,302 of which have been recoveries (97.61% and 97.60% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .28% lower than the world rate and now .14% 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 1657 ranks behind Belgium (1942), UK (1848) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Hungary (1828),  Italy (1716), and Bulgaria (1695) and only slightly worse than Portugal (1645), Spain (1556),  Mexico (1508), Peru (1487), France (1402), Sweden (1305) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths, Brazil (1335),  Poland (1280), Argentina (1192) Switzerland (1170), Chile (1143), and Bolivia (1019) and we have now conducted  384,297,177 tests (now at 1,156,203/M) compared to number 2 now France at  894,805/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 1,627,764/M.       

          US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 3/17/2021 117 million doses have been given, 2.47 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 13,161,027 total doses have been given (74.7% of doses received to again remain below U.S. average of 76.6%), but with the pressure of a certain recall coming endangering Newsom, California has moved up from 42nd  to 38th out of 50 in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 11.0% of its population fully vaccinated is still at 44th 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: The race card drums for Sen. Warren as  she has come out against the filibuster rule in the Senate claiming like so many other things in her world it is racist; McCarthy has introduced a resolution in the House to remove Fang tainted Rep. Swalwell from his seat on the Intel Committee raising the obvious question Pelosi is deaf to that if in the private sector Swalwell could not get a security clearance why is he privy to our nation’s secrets by being on the Intel Committee? (sadly the spineless Blues under the iron rule of the Pelosi tyrant have voted to table the resolution); CA Blue Rep Jimmy Green must be in a snit over the razor thin majority the Blues have in the House as he will be introducing a resolution on Friday to remove Rep. Green from Georgia from the House and worse has convinced 72 Blues to support it (bad enough the Blues in an unprecedented move removed her from her committee assignments); Newsom finally has wiped the ego from his eyes to see the recall writing of the wall and is not raising money to prevail in the recall election (his latest out of touch faux pas was claiming to be a Zoom parent for his kids’ education when his 4 kids in of course private school have had the luxury of not being held hostage by the teachers’ unions and have had in room teaching since November—nice try for sympathy Gavin but no cigars); Rand Paul, who is a practicing M.D., and Fauci were at each other’s throats over whether vaccinated people needed to also wear masks which Paul very forcibly was claiming the science showed they did not; in yet another Biden gaffe which is closer to reality than his mental failings Biden on Thursday referred to Harris as President Harris (he may be closer to reality than we give him credit for concerning his awareness of the likelihood of the 25th Amendment); in a move to change the name but the curriculum remains the same the Confucius Institutes which have been viewed as propaganda arms of the Chinese Communist Party is changing its name to the Center for Language Education and Cooperation but using the same teaching materials; 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 blamed Trump before the election of putting minors into cages, leave it to a political cartoonist to reveal the reality of the Biden cages:
           Chicago Gun Violence: is back to show that through March 17, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 601 persons shot of whom 108 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 “If“ by Perry Como,  the fact that you avoid rabullous behavior; and a quote from Mexican President Lázaro Cárdenas, on Mexico’s nationalization of its oil and facilities 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. Supreme Sacrifice Day—commemorating and honoring those persons like Good Samaritans, first responders, and soldiers  who have made the supreme sacrifice so others might live. Not sure who created this observance or when it was first celebrated but the honorees of this day should never be forgotten and those who benefited from their sacrifice should continue each day to live a good life.

          2. National Bio-Diesel—celebrated on the anniversary of the birth of Rudolph Diesel to promote the use of replaceable fuel made from plants to the tune of 1.9 billion gallons produced in the U.S. in 2019.
1951 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1951 on this day with a run of 6 weeks non continuous  in that position was “If” by Perry Como to share number 1 status with 9 other songs that year.  Here is a recording of “If” by Perry Como: Como or “Mr. C” as he was known as was a noted singer and television performer who sang for some 65 years, selling millions of records to die in his sleep 6 days before his 89th birthday on May 12, 2001.

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we end the “q’s” to continue the “r’s” is “rabullous”  which means scurrilous which describes too many of our social media warriors who use the internet to falsely attack others they disagree with.

          5. Dusted Off the Mat—celebrating the birth on this day in 1971 of professional wrestler Mike Bell who had a history of substance abuse issues including prescription drugs who died while in the Ramona House rehab facility in Costa Mesa from self inhalation of the chemical difluoroethane in Dust Off on December 14, 2008 at age 37.

         On this day in:

          a. 1874 the Hawaiian Kingdom signed a treaty with the United States granting the U.S. exclusive trading rights.

          b. 1938 Mexico created Pemex by nationalizing all foreign owned oil reserves and facilities.

          c. 1965 Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov left his Voskhod 2 spacecraft orbiting the Earth for 12 minutes to become the first person to walk in space.

          d. 1968 the U.S. Congress repealed the Gold Standard to back U.S. Currency.

          e. 1990 in the largest art theft in U.S. history 12 works of art valued at $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum in Boston and the culprits have never been caught nor any of the art ever recaptured or returned.

          Reflections on the rationale for nationalizing Mexico’s oil resources and facilities: “Who is not aware of the irritating discrimination governing construction of the company camps? Comfort for the foreign personnel; misery, drabness, and insalubrity for the Mexicans. Refrigeration and protection against tropical insects for the former; indifference and neglect, medical service and supplies always grudgingly provided, for the latter; lower wages and harder, more exhausting labor for our people. The tolerance which the companies have abused was born, it is true, in the shadow of the ignorance, betrayals, and weakness of the country's rulers; but the mechanism was set in motion by investors lacking in the necessary moral resources to give something in exchange for the wealth they have been exploiting.”  President Lázaro Cárdenas, Speech to the Nation, March, 18, 1938                Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter   account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History,  poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to  Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.

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