Thursday, March 25, 2021

March 24, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World TB Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 24, 2021

          CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 125 million at 125,180,921 with 569,592 new cases (a .46% increase) 21,301,196 which are active, 103,879,725 closed with 101,127,853 recoveries (97.35% and 97.35% yesterday) and 2,751,872 deaths (2.65% and 2.65% 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 30,684,577 with 89,775 new cases (a .29% increase) with 7,024,661 active cases of which 8,624 (.12% of active cases and with slight blip up and now a decrease now of 20,647 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 23,659,916 closures, 557,823 of which have been deaths (2.36% and 2.37% yesterday) and 23,102,093 of which have been recoveries (97.64% and 97.63% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .29% 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 1678 ranks behind Hungary the new number 1 (1965), Belgium (1958), UK (1855) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Bulgaria (1781), and  Italy (1761),  and only slightly worse than Portugal (1652), Spain (1584),  Mexico (1532), Peru (1516), France (1421), Brazil (1399), Sweden (1317) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths,   Poland (1331), Argentina (1205), Switzerland (1178), Chile (1165), and Bolivia (1026) and we have now conducted 393,112,143 tests (now at 1,182,611/M) compared to number 2 now France at  929,564/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 1,734,616/M.    
          CV Open Gate: Lost in the pronouncements by Biden and his lackeys that there is no crisis of illegals surging across the border is that fact that COVID-19 is alive and well and spreading in the Northern Triangle and Mexico which is 9th on my list of deaths from the pandemic at 1532/M and the 3 countries in the Northern Triangle in terms of active cases and deaths per million are as follows even though the data may be suspect as underreported:

          Guatemala:  Active cases:    9,716       Deaths/M 371
          Honduras:     Active cases: 110,084      Deaths/M 461
          El Salvador:   Active cases:       767       Deaths/M 306   

          US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 3/24/2021 130 million doses have been given, 2.50 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 15,691,888 total doses have been given (76.6% of doses received to again remain below U.S. average of 77.1%), but with the pressure of a certain recall coming endangering Newsom, California has improved to 33rd from 35th  out of 50 in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 13.5%% of its population fully vaccinated has moved up from 40th to 39th out of the 50 states in terms of percentage of population fully vaccinated 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: Cruz who like all Senators and Representatives have been vaccinated when asked by a reporter to put on a mask, in a polite “go pound sand” moment told the reporter he could step back; in news that should not surprise us concerning a governor with integrity and ethics in the pits and an arrogance and ego of an Emperor without clothes, Cuomo was issuing orders to allow his relatives to jump the line to get scarce CV tests; Cuomo’s reputation of being a bully seems vindicated as the nursing home operator whistle blower who warned of the Cuomo’s policy of sending CV infected into nursing homes to infect residents was ridiculous and who appeared on Fox News was the subject of a surprise visit (coincidence or retaliation?); dementia is causing Biden’s departure from reality to more quickly widen as he is now making the inane claim that the illegal alien surge started with Trump (look at the facts Joe and the impact of the stay in Mexico policies that you scrapped to spike the illegal alien wave); Rachel Levine, the first openly transgender was confirmed by the Senate 52-48 to serve in the DHHS; Biden is finally going to hold a press conference amidst speculation where the press will be able to place their tees for their what is expected to be other than from Fox only T-Ball questions, not even softball ones; VP Harris who believes to her very core of an open border has been selected by Biden as his Illegal Alien Migration Crisis Czar ( what a travesty what a joke); 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 Blues outraged over Boulder shooting seek to use the tragedy for more gun control, leave it to the political cartoonist to capture the fears for one’s safety and the Blue assault on the 2nd Amendment:
           Chicago Gun Violence: is back to show that through March 23, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 657 persons shot of whom 120 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 “The Poor People of Paris” by Les Baxter,  the fact that you are not a rampallion and a quote from Phil Gingrey on illegal aliens bringing bacteria and viruses with them across our borders, 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 TB Day—celebrating one of the 11 UN Public Health Days to promote awareness of tuberculosis and the means to treating it successfully.

         2. American Red Cross Giving Day—celebrated on the 4th Wednesday of March  to promote financial support of the Red Cross, a vital line of defense to man made and naturals disasters.

         3. 1956 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1956 on this day with a run of4 weeks in that position was “The Poor People of Paris”  by the Les Baxter to share number 1 status with 16 other songs that year.  Here is a recording of “The Poor People of Paris” by Les Baxter: Baxter was a singer, pianist, composer, orchestra leader and creator of the genre exotica music who died on January 15, 1996 at age 73.
Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “rampallion” which means a scoundrel or villain which would be good word to use in describing too many on the Progressive wing of the Blues.

          5. In the Genes Times Three—celebrating the birth on this day in 1976 of noted professional quarterback Peyton Manning whose father Archie was a professional quarterback as was his younger brother Eli and who was drafted by the Colts in the first round in 1998 and turned the franchise around and ended his career with the Denver Broncos with 2 Super Bowl rings.

          On this day in:

          a. 1882 Robert Koch announced the discovery of the mycobacterium Tuberculosis, which caused the deadly disease tuberculosis and laid the path to a discovery of drugs to treat it some 67 years later.

          b. 1921 in a great move for women’s sports the 1921 Women’s Olympiad, the first international women’s sporting event began in Monte Carlo.

          c. 1944 76 Allied POW’s in Stalag Luft III began breaking out via an underground tunnel dug literally under the noses of the Germans, but 73 of these were caught and 50 of these executed by a vengeful Hitler. The event somewhat fictionalized was memorialized by the movie The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough.

          d. 1989 the Exxon Valdez, shortly after loading oil from the Trans Alaska Pipeline, ran aground in Prince Williams Sound, prime commercial fishing waters, to spill 257,000 barrels of crude oil to create a massive oil spill to coat miles of beaches and cost Exxon billions in clean up costs and damages assessed against it for the spill.

          e. 1998 Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden, age 11 and 13 respectively, opened fire on teachers and students at Westside Middle School, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, killing 5 and wounding 10 before being apprehended. After convictions each was released after they turned 21 but Johnson returned to spend time in prison for other criminal activity with Golden being killed in a head on traffic collision on July 27,2019.

          Reflections on the mobility of viruses across borders: “Reports of illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis are particularly concerning.” Phil Gingrey, former Red Congressman from Georgia and a practicing doctor who would today at COVID-19 to his list of disease concerns being carried by illegal aliens.
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