Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 3, 2021
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now past 115 million at 115,745,600 with 548,325 new cases (a .48% increase) 21,715,182 of which are active, 94,030,418 closed with 91,459,962 recoveries (97.27% and 97.27% yesterday) and 2,570,456 deaths (2.73% and 2.73% 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 29,454,706 with 207,129 new cases (a .71% increase) with 8,912,805 active cases of which 14,357 (.16% of active cases and back to daily decreases and a now a decrease now of 14,914 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 20,541,901 closures, 531,537 of which have been deaths (2.59% and 2.59% yesterday) and 20,010,364 of which have been recoveries (97.41% and 97.41% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .14% lower than the world rate and now .02% 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 1600 ranks behind Belgium (1905), UK (1817) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Italy (1633), and Portugal (1614) and only slightly worse than Hungary (1589), Bulgaria (1506), Spain (1502), Mexico (1442), Peru (1409), France (1339), Sweden (1278) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Brazil (1215), Poland (1173), Switzerland (1150), Argentina (1153), Chile (1077), and Bolivia (994) and we have now conducted 363,407,751 tests (now at 1,093,599/M) compared to Russia at 765,877/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 1,354,173/M.
US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 3/3/2021 80.5 million doses have been given, 2.01 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 9,731,169 total doses have been given (76.2% of doses received finally above U.S. average of 75.3?), but probably because of the pressure of more than 1.5 million recall signatures have been turned in, California has improved from tied at 29th to 28th 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 3/3/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 5,110 with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 8.9% of all hospital beds.
Non CV Case News: In an attempt to pressure Congress or maybe a desire to delay exposure to the American public of his fading mental faculties, Biden has announced he will not deliver his Constitutionally required report on the state of the union until after Congress votes on his COVID-19 relief package, the stimulus checks have gone out, the vaccine money has gone out and the money to the schools has gone out (so much for transparency and turning SOTUS into a Roman Coliseum event with free bread and Reds being fed like Christians to the lions); in another grim reminder that Biden’s mental faculties are fading and maybe fading faster than thought possible, after speaking to House Blues virtually on the COVID-19 Relief Bill and then stating he was ready to take questions from them, the virtual feed was almost immediately cut and the event ended (we are in a major heap of trouble when a mentally failing president makes his handlers so insecure they are unwilling to have questions from his own party seen by the American public); in another example that the road through space is not a path free from dangers, in the 3rd test of SpaceX’s SN10 Starship after going 6 miles up into space and landing upright in one piece a fire broke out and the rocket exploded (depressing news for California is that SpaceX is moving forward to build its manufacturing facility in Austin which raises the questions of when Tesla will do the same or to Arizona due to California’s high tax anti business regulatory environment); as Blues push forward with H.R.1 which Reds have alleged is a Blue power grab to distort elections and insure a political stranglehold by the Blues, the AG’s of 20 states have signed and sent a letter to Congress claiming the unconstitutionality of the bill (assuming there is not one Blue in the Senate with integrity to put nation ahead of party to vote against it if it is voted on as a budget reconciliation watch for another major issue to be soon on the doorstep of SCOTUS; Maria Shriver, the ex wife of another governor whose Reptilian Brain dwarfed that of Andrew Cuomo’s has questioned whether Cuomo’s “apology” will be enough; L.A. DA Gascon whose soft on 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 https://recallgeorgegascon.com/; leave it to a political cartoonist to expose the obliviousness of the Reptilian Brain of Cuomo: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cartoons-slideshow: although 80% of the recall Newsom signatures have been verified and 1.9 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: https://recallgavin2020.com/petition/
Chicago Gun Violence: HeyJackass.com is back to show that through March 2, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 443 persons shot of whom 90 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 “Frenesi” by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, the fact that you do not tolerate a quisby in your company and a quote by President H. W. Bush on the beating of Rodney King, 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 Hearing Day—created by the WHO in 2007 to promote awareness of loss of hearing and to promote solutions to address the problem as in many industrialized countries the problem is growing given the aging of the population.
2. Desk Fast Day—created by Better Breakfast and celebrated since 2017 on differing days but this year on today to celebrate and honor those workers who the pressures on work mean a breakfast meal taken at the desk while working way between chews and sips.
3. 1941 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1941 on this day with a run of 11 weeks not continuous in that position was “Frenesi” by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of “Frenesi” by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMOHMYl5BCs Shaw was a noted clarinetist and leader of one of the popular bands of the 30’s and 40’s and who joined to the Navy to entertain the troops in the Pacific during World War II and after resurrecting his band after the war moved on to other pursuits, becoming a renown marksman and fly fisherman. He led an interesting life with 8 wives and died at age 94 on December 30, 2004.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quisby” which means an idler, exactly the sort of person not needed in the work force.
5. A Name Goes Far But Sometimes Not Far Enough--celebrating the birth on this day in 1921 of noted actress Dianna Barrymore, daughter of actor John Barrymore, whose last name opened doors to a film acting career which due to her issues with drugs and alcohol soon ended as did a television show when she failed to show up; she spent a year in rehab, published an autobiography and died from alcohol and drug overdose on January 25, 1960 at age 38.
On this day in:
a. 1859 the Great Slave Auction ended after two days and the sale of 459 men, women and children slave at a site near Savannah, Georgia organized by Pierce Mease Butler, a large plantation owner with slaves and sizable gambling debts which the auction was designed to pay for.
b. 1913 in evidence of the growing suffragist movement, thousands of women marched on Washington, D.C. in the Woman Suffrage Procession demanding the right to vote.
c. 1939 Gandhi began a hunger strike against autocratic British rule in India.
d. 1991 an amateur video captured LAPD officers beating Rodney King after being stopped in a traffic chase, which video would put in motion events that led to the Los Angeles Riot in 1992.
e. 2005 Steven Fossett landed in Kansas to become the first person to fly solo nonstop and airplane around the world without refueling in 67 hours, 1 minute, 10 seconds with an average speed of 342.2 M.P.H., without refueling or making intermediate landings.
Reflections on the beating of Rodney King from the eyes of a president: “What I saw made me sick. It's sickening to see the beating that was rendered. There's no way in my view to explain it away. It was outrageous.” President George H.W. Bush.
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