Sunday, April 25, 2021

April 24, Ridley's Believe It Or Not Fashion Revolution Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not April 24, 2021
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 146 million at 146,972,105 cases (146,225,032 yesterday), 19,294,415 of which are active, 127,677,290 closed with 124,567,087 recoveries (97.56% and 97.56% yesterday ,and 3,110,603 deaths (2.44% and 2.44% yesterday) to continue the slow trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentage with some plateaus, dips, and rises (have no idea why the comparatively large improvement in deaths and recoveries yesterday).
       CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 32 million at 32,780,457 (32,735,074 yesterday) with 6,860,726 active cases of which 9,769 (9,832 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now reduced to .14% of active cases and now still back on a decreasing path of the number of serious or critical cases  to once again increase the reduction from the  29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 19,502,  25,919,731 closed, with 585,773 deaths (2.26% and 2.26% yesterday) and with 25,333,958 recoveries (97.74% and 97.74% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is still .18% lower than the world rate after the world’s spike in improvement and now .04% higher than Canada which has the socialized type medicine Biden may well want to implement here but has approved 4 vaccines as opposed to our 3, one of which J&J is on hold.
        Standing: On a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1761 the U.S. ranks behind Hungary the new number 1 which has had a huge surge in deaths (2741), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2292), Belgium (2060), Italy (1971),  UK (1869) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Brazil (1822) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us, Peru (1770), Poland (1725), Portugal (1667), Spain (1659),  Mexico (1650),  France (1571),  Sweden (1372) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths, Argentina (1344), Chile (1337), Switzerland (1214) and Bolivia (1083).
        Tests: We have now conducted 438,353,248 tests (now at 1,318,061/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,134,199/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 as king of the mountain with respect to tests at 2,181,710/M.
        CV Open Gate: Lost in the pronouncements by Biden and his lackeys that there is no crisis of illegals surging across the border is that fact that COVID-19 is alive and well and spreading in the Northern Triangle and Mexico which is 12th on my list of deaths from the pandemic at 1650/M and the 3 countries in the Northern Triangle in terms of active cases and deaths per million are as follows even though the data may be suspect as underreported:

                   Guatemala:  Active cases:     18,110     Deaths/M 407
                   Honduras:     Active cases:   123,070     Deaths/M 508
                   El Salvador:   Active cases:      1,880     Deaths/M 322  

        US Vaccinations: As of 4/25/2021 225.6 million doses have been given, 2.82 million per day in the last week (sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us now reduced to some 3 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 28,302,062 total doses have been given (78.4% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 77.6%), but even with the pressure of a certain recall coming endangering Newsom, California has risen from 25th to 23rd   out of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 27.8% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 28.0% has risen from 33rd to 32nd .  A long way to go to get herd immunity and lagging in terms of getting vaccines received into arms and percentage of population vaccinated compared to other states and a great reason to recall this inept and hypocritical governor.
       Non CV News: Even the most rabid Blue believes that the young unaccompanied minors even if citizens are too young to vote so why is the rag book published by Harris given out them while in detention  (this lying equals the means ideologue claims she had no idea the book was being given out to read); Where’s Waldo still not having met the press is even not prepared to go anywhere near the border even flying over it to meet with Mexico’s President but will hold a virtual conference to discuss the root causes on of which is so easy to see and right before her eyes—an open border and handcuffs of deportation; Elvis had a hit record “Blue Suede Shoes” but Biden and his IRS minions are playing a new record Blue Suede Slow Walking Shoes in the disbursement of the $1400  stimulus checks as a Side B to Newsom’s long running hit Blue Suede EDD Crashing Unemployment Checks Shoes; Red Oklahoma State Senator Nathan cracked an non PC joke involving plastic straws and Biden’s and Harris’ abilities and has told PC critics in essence to pound sand; Mad Maxine still in spike land ecstasy over Chauvin’s conviction had the audacity to attack the Chauvin Trial Judge for having the temerity to chastise her for her jury intimidation remarks (if the Pelosi Puppet Blues had a shred of spine, they would have voted on her censure resolution which a safe bet would be that enough Blues would have voted “yes”.
        It’s all in the name as the White House changes Where’s Waldo‘s husband’s first name from Doug to Douglas to make him appear more serious (new flash Waldo it’s your and Biden’s policies that are key not your first names); in another example of the left’s total intolerance for any ideas they think do not follow lock, stock and barrel their leftist dogma, Professor Andrew Donadio of Texas Tech and a faculty adviser for a conservative student group Turning Point has been met with a barrage of leaflets on campus distributed by 2 colleagues, Julia Gruber and Andrew Smith, blasting him for all manner of sins, racism and hate speech; Biden who took forever to call the border situation a crisis at least has come out and called a spade a spade and condemned the Ottoman Empire’s genocide of Armenians in World War I; the Indonesian submarine missing off the coast of Bali is now believed to have sunk and with all oxygen  now gone the crew of 53 should be presumed dead; 7 deputies in Pasquotank County, North Carolina have been put on administrative leave after shooting a black who tried to flee in his car after deputies tried to serve an arrest warrant for felony drug charges.
       Backers of a recall effort for L.A. DA Gascon have formally started the process and have started the 160 day clock to obtain 580,000 signatures of registered voters to place a recall on the ballot; as the dust settles across this land following riots and the mustering of the National Guard to try to prevent them  leave it to the political cartoonist to exposed the true feelings Blues have for the forces of law and order:                                                        


       Chicago Gun Violence: is back to show that through April 23, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 970 persons shot of whom 177 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 “Tie a Yellow Ribbon to the Ole Oak Tree” by Tony Orlando and Dawn, that online shopping is so much easier since you can enjoy redhibition and a quote by Elizabeth Joy on the Fashion Revolution,  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 details on the pricing.
         1. National Day for Laboratory Animals—created by the National Anti-Vivisection Society on this day in 1979 UNESCO and first celebrated of April 23, 1995 to promote the end of using animals in research which almost too often results in their death—tough to balance concern for animals and the fact that without animal trials many life-saving drugs would not make it to the human market.
            2.  Fashion Revolution Day—first celebrated on this day in 2014 the anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh that caused the death of 1133 garment workers and injured over 2500 to promote the end of exploitation of low paid garment workers in developing countries.
             3.  1973 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1973 was “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” by Dawn feat. Tony Orlando on a run of 4 weeks in that position to join 20 other songs reaching number 1 in a year in which 14 groups had their first number 1 song including Jim Croce who achieved his posthumously as the third artist to accomplish that fact.  Here is a recording by Dawn feat. Tony Orlando of “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”: Orlando has been performing since 1959 and after the band Dawn and Tony Orlando, he weathered a bout of cocaine addiction but is still performing at the ripe old age of 77.
             4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “redhibition” which means return of a defective product and cancellation of a sale which the FTA and policies like Amazon have made a consumer no longer in most cases to heed caveat emptor.
          5.  One Letter Short—celebrating the birth on this day in 1940  of popular noted mystery/crime novelist Sue Grafton with the exploits of female private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California the thrilled millions of readers with her alphabet series from A Is For Alibi to  Y Is For Yesterday, her last novel published on August 22, 2017 before her death on December 2017 from appendix cancer deprived her fans being able to read the Z Is For ___  she intended to write.                                                          On this day in                                                                                                                      a.  1918 in a preview of the nature of war in World War II at the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux in the first tank to tank battle in history 3 British tanks engaged 3 German tanks after the British lost 2 tanks and the Germans 1, the 2 German tanks retreated pursued by the British tank which was destroyed by artillery fire.
             b.  1957 after the introduction of UN Peacekeeping forces the Suez Canal which had been closed due to the 1956 Egypt Israel War in France and Britain had participated with little success, the Suez Canal was reopened to traffic.
                c.  1967 General Westmorland held a press conference where he claimed the Viet Cong and NVA thought they could win due to the ant-war movement in the U.S.
              d. 1980 in a moment that typified the weakening of the U.S. military following the end of the Vietnam War, 8 servicemen died in the Iranian Desert in Operation Eagle Claw designed to rescue our hostages seized in the takeover of our embassy in Tehran.
          e. 1996 Congress passed with broad bipartisan support the Anti-Terrorist and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 following the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing and the 1995 Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing.
                Reflections on the Fashion Revolution: “Ethical fashion is the recognition that there are human beings behind the clothes that we wear.” – Elizabeth Joy, founder of Conscious Life and Style 
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