Friday, March 5, 2021

March 4, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Grammar Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 4, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with  cases now nearing 116 million at 115,963,547 with 217,947 new cases (a .19% increase) 21,697,614 of which are active, 94,265,933 closed with 91,691,059 recoveries (97.27% and 97.27% yesterday) and 2,574,874 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 64,155 new cases (a .22% increase) with 8,910,778 active cases of which 14,281 (.16% of active cases and back to daily decreases and a now a decrease now of 14,990 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 20,608,083 closures, 533,386 of which have been deaths (2.59% and 2.59% yesterday) and 20,074,697 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 1605 ranks behind Belgium (1907), UK (1821) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Italy (1639), and Portugal (1617) and only slightly worse than  Hungary (1605), Bulgaria (1520), Spain (1507),  Mexico (1448), Peru (1421), France (1344), Sweden (1280) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Brazil (1223),  Poland (1178), Argentina (1158) Switzerland (1152), Chile (1084), and Bolivia (996) and we have now conducted  364,820,765 tests (now at 1,097,634/M) compared to Russia at 767,931/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 1,367,290/M.       

       US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 3/4/2021 82.6 million doses have been given, 2.04 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 9,860,209 total doses have been given (74.5% of doses received to again slide below U.S. average of 75.1%), but probably because of the pressure of more than 1.5 million recall signatures have been turned in, California has slipped back from 28th to 33rd  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 3/4/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 5,110 with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 8.5% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: Words matter and maybe Biden’s failing mental acuities have destroyed his ability to decipher what he says but his use of “Neanderthal” to describe Red thinking really obliterates his false call for unity and brings back memories of Hillary’s use of “deplorables” to describe Trump voters; Blue Representative from Mississippi Bennie Thompson must be in Pelosi’s dog house as he listened to his constituents and voted against H.R. 1 and compounded that fact by being an African-American  (maybe the stay was short as he also filed a civil suit against President Trump for violating the 1871 Klu Klux Klan Act by “inciting” a riot to interfere with that activities of the House on January 6, 2021); unlike the Nazis who censored by burning books, Jeff Bezos is much more effective—he has them delisted and blocked from Amazon if the content does not agree with his progressive views; while the Seuss Foundation caved with respect to 6 of his books that the Cancel Culture Warriors claimed were racist ignoring one of Seuss’ stepdaughters claimed he had not a racist bone in his body, the New York Public Library is keeping the books in circulation defying attempts of censorship; on the day when a president used to sworn in, the head of the Capitol Police are requesting that the Swamp remain an armed camp with National Guard soldiers for at least 2 more months because of fears of far right riots (really seems like a leftist boogeyman stretch); Joy Reid  continues to win the prize for the misnaming of the Century award as there is not an ounce of Joy in her body only bias and hate as she spews out tweets claiming conservatives would give back their tax cuts in exchange for being able to use the N* Word; on the PC front, a black school resource Tampa Bay Police Officer using the N*Word to describe students under his protection caught of body cam has been fired and the Police Union now wants him back on the force; backers of a recall effort for L.A. DA Gascon have formally started the process and have 160 days to obtain 580,000 signatures of registered voters to place a recall on the ballot; while the left applauded the death of Rush Limbaugh and heaped abuse on his memory. leave it to a political cartoonist to reveal Limbaugh’s entry into the heavens: 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:

          Chicago Gun Violence: is back to show that through March 3, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 455 persons shot of whom 91 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 “Moonlight Cocktail” by Glenn Miller  and His Orchestra with Ray Eberle and the Modernaires as vocals,  the fact that you do not tolerate a quisby in your company and a quote by Arthur Ashe on the blood transfusion of his HIV Virus, 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 Grammar Day—created by Martha Brockenbrough in 2008 to promote which has become somewhat of a dying art with the advent of Spell check and grammar checking programs but still the hallmark of an educated person.

           2. Nationalist Hospitalist Day—created by the Society of Hospital Medicine on this day in 2019 to honor and commemorate the quality of medical care provided by hospitals especially those that struggled with the volume of COVID-19 patients that swamped ICUs.

           3. 1942 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1942 on this day with a run of 11 weeks not continuous in that position was “Moonlight Cocktail” by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with vocals by Ray Eberle and the Modernaires. Here is a recording of “Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with vocals by Ray Eberle and the Modernaires: 

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quisle” which means to betray which is what far too many politicians are guilty of when it comes to keeping promises made to voters.

          5. A Why To Have One’s Own Stuntperson--celebrating the birth on this day in 1889 of noted actress Pearl White better known as the “Queen of the Silents” who made many Perils of Pauline movies but often did her own stunts and injured her back which caused her great pain and led to alcohol use to deaden it and then to cirrhosis which killed her on August 4, 1938 at the age of 48.

          On this day in:

a. 1797 John Adams, the second president of the United States became the first president to be inaugurated on this day which all presidents would follow until Franklin D. Roosevelt became the last one to so be inaugurated on this day in 1933.

b. 1933 Frances Perkins became the first female Secretary of Labor.

c. 1985 the FDA approved a blood test to detect the presence of the HIV Virus in the nation’s donated blood supply to prevent the transmission of AIDS to those patients receiving blood transfusions as a result of their care.

          d. 1998 SCOTUS ruled in the case of Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc. that laws prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace apply when both parties are of the same sex.

           e. 2020 Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk on a tight rope over the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua which fortunately for him did not erupt during his walk.

          Reflections on loss of privacy due to disclosure of disease: “Just as I'm sure everyone in this room has some personal matter he or she would like to keep private, so did we. There was certainly no compelling medical or physical necessity to go public with my medical condition. What I came to feel about a year ago was that there was a silent and generous conspiracy to assist me in maintaining my privacy.This has meant a great deal to me and Jeanne and Camera." Arthur Ashe disclosing to reporters he had contracted the HIV Virus through a blood transfusion.

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