Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 8, 2021
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 117 million at 117,752,800 with 326,141 new cases (a .28% increase) 21,708,400 which are active, 96,041,400 closed with 93,429,250 recoveries (97.28% and 97.27% yesterday) and 2,612,150 deaths (2.72% 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 29,744,652 with 55,167 new cases (a .19% increase) with 8,756,390 active cases of which 12,882 (.15% of active cases and back to daily decreases and a now a decrease now of 16,389 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 20,988,262 closures, 538,628 of which have been deaths (2.57% and 2.58% yesterday) and 20,449,624 of which have been recoveries (97.43% 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 1621 ranks behind Belgium (1915), UK (1828) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Hungary (1658), Italy (1657), and Portugal (1628) and only slightly worse than Bulgaria (1557), Spain (1527), Mexico (1470), Peru (1441), France (1360), Sweden (1282) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Brazil (1248), Poland (1198), Argentina (1168) Switzerland (1156), Chile (1101), and Bolivia (1005) and we have now conducted 370,637,295 tests (now at 1,115,266/M) compared to number 2 now Spain at 861,552/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 1,416,719/M.
US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 3/8/2021 92.1 million doses have been given, 2.17 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 10,805,474 total doses have been given (77.8% of doses received to again slide below U.S. average of 79.1%), but probably because of the pressure of more than 1.5 million recall signatures have been turned in, California has remained at 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 3/7/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 4,291/M with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 7.2% of all hospital beds.
Non CV Case News: Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markel’s interview with Oprah Winfrey did not go will reportedly with the Royal Family as Prince William is outraged over his wife being drawn in and Prince Charles refusing to speak to Prince Harry (hard to feel empathy with Markel as she was wearing a dress for the interview that cost $5,000); no need to feel pity for Harry and Meghan after leaving the Royal Family as Harry received $10 million from his mother’s estate (no pity assumes that Markel will not spend inheritance into oblivion); in a Jeffrey Toobin near aping Zoom conference masturbating, Brian Stelter was on the air remote without pants which even without jerking off represents a new journalistic low for this pseudo journalist hack; the LA UTA voted overwhelmingly not to return to the classroom but recognizing the wrath of hypocrisy revealed on social media has warned its members against any posts on Spring Break; Cuomo’s rag on his performance during the pandemic is no longer be promoted by its publisher (if this lowlife had even the slightest bit of integrity and honor, the proceeds of the book sales would be donated to the survivors of those seniors who lost their lives to CV in nursing homes due to his moving COVID infected patients into them); Jake Tapper a leftist hack whose views should not be censored so readers can decide after reading whether they should be in the crapper was attacking defenders of Doctor Seuss for not specifically addressing the passages in the 6 books the Seuss Foundation indicated it would no longer publish; 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 https://recallgeorgegascon.com/; while Biden slams the Neanderthal thinking of Governor Abbot opening Texas, leave it to a political cartoonist to reveal the hypocrisy of opening the border to illegal aliens infected with COVID-19: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cartoons-slideshow: 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: https://recallgavin2020.com/petition/
Chicago Gun Violence: HeyJackass.com is back to show that through March 76, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 499 persons shot of whom 98 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 issues that are quisquous 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 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lBmxVnhVW4
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. More Than a 3 Hour Tour--celebrating the birth on this day in 1921 of Alan Hale who is probably best remembered for his role as Skipper on Gilligan’s Island but who also appeared in numerous supporting roles on the big screen and on television and operated a seafood restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles known as Alan Hale’s Lobster Barrel. A heavy smoker for decades, he passed aware from cancer of the thymus on January 2, 1990.
On this day in:
a. 1917 the Senate voted to end the right of filibuster by passing the cloture rule which provided that a 2/3 vote by the Senate could cut off debate to move a matter to voting.
b. 1936 Daytona Oval and Speed Track held its first race.
c. 1971 in a Heavyweight Championship Fight at Madison Square Garden hyped as “The Fight of the Century” between Muhammad Ali, who was trying to regain his Heavyweight Title stripped from him for refusing the draft and Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier who who by decision after 15 rounds of boxing, leading to two rematches both won by Ali.
d. 1983 at a convention of Evangelicals, President Reagan not one for mincing words, called the Soviet Union “an Evil Empire.”
e. 2014 Malaysia Air Flight 370 disappeared on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and is believed to have been flown until in crashed into the Indian Ocean out of fuel in order for the pilot to commit suicide and take with him all aboard.
Reflections on the hype leading up to the Fight of the Century: ““The thrust of this fight on the public consciousness is incalculable. It has been a ceaseless whir that seems to have grown in decibel with each new soliloquy by Ali, with each dead calm promise by Frazier. It has magnetized the imagination of ring theorists, and flushed out polemicists of every persuasion. It has cut deep into the thicket of our national attitudes, and it is a conversational imperative everywhere—from the gabble of big-city salons and factory lunch breaks rife with unreasoning labels, to ghetto saloons with their own false labels.” Mark Kram Sports Illustrated.
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