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March 5, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Dress In Blue Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 5, 2021

          CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with  cases now over 116 million at 115,963,547 with 696,212 new cases (a .60% increase) 21,794,896 of which are active, 94,864,883 closed with 92,273,538 recoveries (97.27% and 97.27% yesterday) and 2,591,295 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 138,998 new cases (a .47% increase) with 8,874,812 active cases of which 13,618 (.15% of active cases and back to daily decreases and a now a decrease now of 15,653 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 20,718,889 closures, 535,563 of which have been deaths (2.58% and 2.59% yesterday) and 20,183,329 of which have been recoveries (97.42% and 97.41% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .15% 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 1608 ranks behind Belgium (1910), UK (1824) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Italy (1644), Portugal (1620) and  Hungary (1620) and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (1529), Spain (1521),  Mexico (1455), Peru (1427), France (1350), Sweden (1282) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Brazil (1231),  Poland (1188), Argentina (1161) Switzerland (1152), Chile (1088), and Bolivia (998) and we have now conducted  366,795,011 tests (now at 1,103,757/M) compared to Russia at 770,670/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 1,382,664/M.       

          US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 3/5/2021 85 million doses have been given, 2.08 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 10,076,471 total doses have been given (74.0% of doses received to again slide  below U.S. average of 74.5%), but probably because of the pressure of more than 1.5 million recall signatures have been turned in, California has moved  back from 33rd to tied for 34th  to  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 3/5/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 4,714 with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 7.8% of all hospital beds.

         Non CV Case News: The mislabeled Blue COVID-19 Relief Act took a giant step forward to being passed after Blue Senator Manchin and Blue leaders reached a compromise on the Unemployment extension features of the bill; the New York AG has instructed Cuomo to preserve all documents relating to his office’s sending COVID-19 positive patients into nursing homes and the reporting of the deaths occurring there; a slim reed of sanity on the minimum wage was evidenced among Blues as 8 Blues voted against a $15 an hour federal minimum wage; 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 Swamp remains a walled off armed camp, leave it to a political cartoonist to mock the idiocy of Pelosi’s actions with the National Guard and barbed wire: 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 4, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 463 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 “There Are Such Things” by Tommy Dorsey and  His Orchestra with Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers,  the fact that you are not facing any problems that are quisquilous, and a quote by Doctor Joseph Warren on the coming struggle with Great Britain, 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 Day of Prayer—celebrated on the first Friday of March and tracing its roots back to 1887 and given the scourge of the pandemic, the divisiveness in our nation and the issues facing the world today, needed more so than ever.

           2. National Dress in Blue Day—created by Anita Mitchell, a Stage 4 colorectal cancer survivor, in 2006 to promote awareness of the disease and to raise money for its cure and prevention.

                    3. 1943 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1943 on this day with a run of 5 weeks not continuous in that position was “There Are Such Things” by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with vocals by Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers. Here is a recording of Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with vocals by Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers singing “There Are Such Things”: 

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quisquilous which means perplexing or difficult to deal with which sadly describes the mental problems Biden seems to be facing.

          5. Triple Threat Trumped by Smokes and Booze—celebrating the birth on this day in 1927 of Jack Cassidy a noted triple singer and actor who appear on theater, movies and TV but who struggled with alcohol and bipolar disorder who after a night of drinking, came home, lit up a cigarette and passed out on a couch which then caught fire and killed him on December 12, 1976 at the age of 49.

          On this day in:

          a. 1770 in Boston, 5 Americans including Crispus Attucks, a man believed to be African-American, were shot and killed by British troops; the soldiers were put on trial and defended by John Adams who procured acquittals for 6 of the accused.

          b. 1836 Samuel Colts patented his .34 caliber revolver.

          c. 1963 in a “Day the Country Music Died” Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas and their pilot non instrument rated pilot Randy Hughes on a flight back from a Kansas City, MO concert crashed into a wooded area near Camden, Tennessee in adverse weather.

          d. 1974 Israeli forces withdrew from the West Bank of the Suez Canal.

          e. 2021 Pope Francis began a 4 day visit to Iraq, the first ever Papal visit to that country that has suffered 723,189 cases and 23,548 deaths during the pandemic.

          Reflections on the Boston Massacre: “Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.”― Joseph Warren, noted American physician involved in patriot causes in Boston, and as an officer of colonial militia at the battle of Bunker Hill was killed on June 17, 1775 at the age of 34.

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