Wednesday, March 3, 2021

March 2, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Read Across America Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 2, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with  cases now past 115 million at 115,197,275 with 318,258 new cases (a .28% increase) 21,785,367 of which are active, 93,411,909 closed with 90,857,369 recoveries (97.27% and 97.26% yesterday) and 2,554,540 deaths (2.73% and 2.74% 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 29,247,577 with 77,88928,957 new cases (a .27% increase) with 8,978,924 active cases of which 15,205 (.17% of active cases and first increase in weeks but still and a decrease now of 14,066 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 20,346,542 closures, 527,794 of which have been deaths (2.59% and 2.60% yesterday) and 19,818,748 of which have been recoveries (97.41% and 97.40% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .14% lower than the world rate and now .03% 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 1588 ranks behind Belgium (1902), UK (1810) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Italy (1627), and Portugal (1610) and only slightly worse than  Hungary (1575), Bulgaria (1491), Spain (1488),  Mexico (1434), Peru (1403), France (1328), Sweden (1270) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Brazil (1194),  Poland (1164), Switzerland (1150), Argentina (1145), Chile (1076), and Bolivia (990) and we have now conducted  360,910,270 tests (now at 1,086,118/M) compared to Russia at 763,823/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 1,343,456/M.       

       US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 3/2/2021 78.6 million doses have been given, 1.94 million per day in the last week (sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us some 7 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 9,497,125 total doses have been given ( 75.8% of doses received), but typical of Newsom’s ineptness and because more than 1.5 million recall signatures have been turned in, due to the power of growing signatures on his recall petition, California has improved from 38th to tied at 29th  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 3/2/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 5,302 with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 9.1% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: While the head of the DHS intoned somewhat oblivious to the facts that there is no crisis on the border, a SUV crammed with 25 illegals in it being smuggled across the border was hit by a semi near the California Mexico border near Holtville, killing 13 and sending 8 to local hospitals; Biden true to form is claiming that the border is not in crisis only a challenge as more and more illegals including unaccompanied minors are heading toward our borders; Newsom facing recall lashes out at Abbot that he is reckless ignoring that Gavin’s performance has been totally feckless; Catholic Bishops have come out against the Johnson and Johnson vaccine now coming off the assembly lines in the thousands because of a cloned link to fetal tissue (with people still dying and not enough vaccine to go around, the Catholic Church on this issue seems off base; Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal must be giving Joy no joy as this clueless host of  The View urges Democrats to just ignore it and hope they go away; Neera Tandem whose biased activist past doomed her confirmation has pulled her nomination but Biden foolishly is trying to find a place for this hack in a position that does not require Senate confirmation; Amazon in the height of folly as the nursing home scandal is front and center is still touting and promoting Cuomo’s book praising his handling of the pandemic (New Yorkers who lost parents and grandparents due to his death orders of sending CV positive patients to nursing homes must be shocked and outraged; in yet another example of how oblivious Cuomo is as he was having Doctor Elizabeth Dufort demonstrate how easy an nasal swab for a CV test was on him while she was in full PPE gear made the comment that “You make a gown look good”; thank God for the Senate Parliamentarian who ruled that Pelosi’s pet $100 million subway to nowhere could not be in budget reconciliation and she has pulled that wasteful piece of pork from the House COVID-19 relief bill; Psaki continues to hone her skills as the dodger in chief, dodging and refusing to answer questions on why Biden eliminated mention of Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day; L.A. DA Gascon whose soft of criminal policies have sparked outrage in the community and among career prosecutors and members of law enforcement fortunately is facing a recall drive in which backers need 600,000 signatures; leave it to a political cartoonist to expose the idiocy of attacks on biological gender using Mr. Potato Head: although 80% of the recall Newsom signatures have been verified, 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 February 27, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 442 persons shot of whom 89 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 “Careless” by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with vocals by Roy Eberle,  the fact that you couple quirtitation with constructive action and a quote by Dr. Seuss to motivate, 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. National Read Across America Day—created by the NEA in conjunction with Seuss Enterprises and first celebrated on this day in 1998, the birthday of Dr. Seuss whose works have led to more kids learning how to read and enjoying the process than probably any books on the planet and yet some of those works are now suddenly being labeled racist.

           2. World Teen Mental Health Day—created by the Hollister Co., a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., on March 2, 2020 to raise awareness about mental health issues among teens and to provide education about removing stigmas surrounding preventative mental health which is more important than ever now during the stress of school lock downs during the pandemic.

           3. 1940 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1940 on this day with a run of 5 weeks not continuous in that position was “Careless” by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with Roy Eberle on vocals. Here is a recording of “Careless” by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with Roy Eberle on vocals: Miller was a top selling recording artist from 1939-1942 leading one of the country’s best bands. He volunteered for the U.S. Army to entertain troops and was lost over the English Channel on December 15, 1944 while heading to Paris to make arrangements for a concert. Eberle was the younger brother of big band singer Bob Eberly who sang for Jimmy Dorsey and was asked by Glenn Miller if he had any siblings who sang and he referred Glenn to his younger brother who was quickly hired. Eberle was active in the business until his death from a heart attack at age 60 on August 25, 1979.

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quirtitation” which means complaining or lamentation which when not accompanied by corrective action is wasted energy.

          5. Rehab Goes For Naught--celebrating the birth on this day in 1981 of noted American professional wrestler Lance McNaught better known to his fans as Lance Cade who had drug and alcohol issues but completed a 30 day rehabilitation program in February, 2010 but died on August 13, 2010 of mixed drug intoxication at the age of 29.

          On this day in:

a. 1882 Queen Victoria survived the 8th and last assassination attempt on her life by Roderick Maclean who was arrested on the spot when his shot missed and found to be insane to spend the rest of his life in Broadmoor Asylum.

b. 1949 Captain James Gallagher landed his B-50 Turbo prop Superfortress with a top speed of 395 m.p.h. in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first around the world nonstop airplane flight in 94 hours and 1 minute.

c. 1969 in Toulouse, France the first test flight of the supersonic Concorde was completed.

          d. 1983 after enjoying great success in Japan, compact discs and players were released for sale into the U.S. and other nations.

          e. 1989 in a good day for the Ozone Layer, 12 European nations voted to eliminate the production of all chlorofluorocarbons by the end of the century.

          Reflections on life from Doctor Seuss: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go.” Dr. Seuss With words of encouragement like these how could someone be so foolish to condemn this author and poet as a racist.

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