Monday, March 8, 2021

March 7, 2021 Ridley's Beleive It Or Not National Finisher's Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 7, 2021

          CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 117 million at 117,423,659 with 352,875 new cases (a .30% increase) 21,945,716  which are active, 95,477,943 closed with 92,873,343 recoveries (97.27% and 97.27% yesterday) and 2,604,600 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 29,689,485  with 35,202 new cases (a .12% increase) with 8,827,142 active cases of which 13,324 (.15% of active cases and back to daily decreases and a now a decrease now of 15,947 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 20,862,343 closures, 537,784 of which have been deaths (2.58% and 2.589% yesterday) and 20,324,559 of which have been recoveries (97.42% and 97.42% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .15% lower than the world rate and now .02% 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 1618 ranks behind Belgium (1913), UK (1827) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Italy (1652), Hungary (1446) and Portugal (1625) and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (1535), Spain (1521),  Mexico (1466), Peru (1436), France (1355), Sweden (1282) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Brazil (1234),  Poland (1197), Argentina (1163) Switzerland (1155), Chile (1096), and Bolivia (1002) and we have now conducted  369,036,634 tests (now at 1,110,485/M) compared to number 2 now France at  841,034/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 3/7/2021 90.4 million doses have been given, 2.16 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 10,634,752 total doses have been given (76.6% of doses received to again slide  below U.S. average of 77.6%), but probably because of the pressure of more than 1.5 million recall signatures have been turned in, California has moved  up from to tied for 34th  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 37/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 4,291/M with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 7.5% of all hospital beds.

         Non CV Case News: The Queen made a speech to the Commonwealth that ignored Harry and Meghan Markel and stressed the importance of unity in her typical class act ahead of the royal outcasts interview with Oprah Winfrey for which CBS is reported to have paid at least $7 million (not sure how much of that goes into Harry’s and Meghan’s s pockets); in a Sturgis déjà vu without the Harleys, 300-400,000 cycles are expected to descend on Fort Lauderdale this week for Spring Vacation; on the CV battlefront a new drug  Molnupiravir, by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, has been reported to be showing significant progress in stopping the spread of infection and cell damage by those infected with COVID-19; the Recall Gavin backers have announced 1.95 recall signatures as they move to their St. Patrick’ Day Goal of at least 2 million signatures to insure that the number of invalidated signatures do not defeat their attempt to recall this inept governor; McKenzie Scott, billionaire ex-wife of Jeff Bezos has just remarried Dan Jewett, a private school science teacher in Seattle;  Little Fredo Chris who with no Trump to attack must be wondering when he will be getting a pink slip is being mocked for for his claim that he is “black on the inside;” in a recent book Obama is seen supporting Warren, claiming Buttigieg couldn’t win because he was gay and too short and had tepid if best support for Biden; Lebron James has indicated that his decision to take or not take the COVID-19 vaccine is a private one between him and his family;; 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 Green New Deal backers taunt their large carbon foot prints, leave it to a political cartoonist to reveal the hypocrisy of carbon warrior like John Kerry: although 80% of the recall Newsom signatures have been verified and 1.95 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 6, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 489 persons shot of whom 94 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 as vocals,  the fact that you do not  face quilquous issues  and a quote by John Lewis on the beating he received on Bloody Sunday, 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 Finisher’s Medal Day—created by the Little Rock Marathon on February 5, 2018 and celebrated on the first Sunday in March thereafter to award anyone who has had the determination and drive to train for and then finish a marathon, half marathon or any the endurance races.

           2. National Cereal Day—celebrating the breakfast of choice or many Americans to free themselves from the high cholesterol; breakfast of meat and eggs which when topped with fruit or berries is a high fiber, high protein winner.

           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 “There Are Such Things” by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with vocals by Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers: 

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quisquous” which means perplexing or difficult to deal with which describes how Biden must describe the issues he faces.

          5. Hard to Make Millions Playing in Dive Bars--celebrating the birth on this day in 1944 of noted guitarist, singer and songwriter Towne van Zandt who struggled with drugs and alcohol and never really achieved his full potential as an artist and died too early from a heart attack brought on by years of drug and alcohol abuse on January 1, 1997 at age 53.

          On this day in:

          a. 1900 ocean liner travel became safer as the SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse became the first ship to transmit a wireless message to shore.

          b. 1944 U.S. Army forces at Remagen, Germany captured the Ludendorff Bridge before the Germans could blow it into the Rhine and started pouring into Germany by the thousands to shorten the war.

          c. 1965 a group of 600 peaceful Civil Rights protesters trying to cross a bridge at Selma, Alabama to reach the state Capitol at Montgomery was brutally attacked by state and local police whose brutality was captured on TV and shocked the nation and almost killed one of the marchers who became a long term Congressman, John Lewis.

          d. 1986 divers from the USS Preserver located the crew cabin of the Space Shuttle Challenger that had exploded shortly after takeoff on the bottom of the ocean floor.

           e. 2007 The House of Commons voted to make the House of Lords 100% elected.
Reflections on March 7, 1965 on Bloody Sunday at Selma, Alabama:   Lewis: Mr. Williams said, “Mr. Major, I would like to have a word, can we have a word?” And he said, “No, I will give you two minutes to leave.” And again Mr. Williams said, “Can I have a word?” He said, “There will be no word.” And about a minute or more Major Cloud ordered the Troopers to advance, and at that time the State Troopers took their position, I guess, and they moved forward with their clubs up over their—near their shoulder, the top part of the body; they came rushing in, knocking us down and pushing us.

Hall: And were you hit at that time?

Lewis: At that time I was hit and knocked down.

Hall: Where were you hit? Lewis: I was hit on my head right here.

Hall: What were you hit with?

Lewis: I was hit with a billy club, and I saw the State Trooper that hit me.

Hall: How many times were you hit with?

Lewis: I was hit twice, once when I was lying down and was attempting to get up.
Hall: Do we understand you to say were hit . . . and then attempted to get up and

Were hit—and was hit again? Lewis: Right”—From John Lewis’s testimony at District Court Hearing to enjoin Alabama officials from attacking the next march on Montgomery through Selma which was granted.  

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