Wednesday, April 28, 2021

April 27, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Design Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not April 27, 2021
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 149 million at 149,151,519 cases (147,994,795 yesterday), 19,221,595 of which are active, 129,929,924 closed with 126,787,013 recoveries (97.58% and 97.57% yesterday ,and 3,142,911 deaths (2.42% and 2.43% 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 32,908,772 (32,826,166 yesterday) with 6,841,923 active cases of which 9,852 (9,899 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now still at .14% of active cases and now slight blip down on decreasing  the number of serious or critical cases  to once again increase the reduction from the  29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 19,419),  26,094,249 closed, with 587,123 deaths (2.25% and 2.26% yesterday) and with 25,507,126 recoveries (97.75% and 97.74% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is still .17% lower than the world rate after the world’s spike in improvement and now .08% higher than Canada which has the socialized type of medicine Biden may well want to implement here but has approved 4 vaccines as opposed to our 3, one of which J&J is now no longer on hold.
         Standing: On a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1765 the U.S. ranks behind Hungary the new number 1 which has had a huge surge in deaths (2799), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2303), Belgium (2066), Italy (1986),  UK (1869) which had passed us despite leading world in testing),  Brazil (1834) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us, and  Peru (1800),  and slightly better than Poland (1743), Portugal (1668), Spain (1665),  Mexico (1654),  France (1584),  Sweden (1372) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths, Argentina (1364), Chile (1343), Switzerland (1217) and Bolivia (1090).
       Tests: We have now conducted 441,710,376 tests (now at 1,328,092/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,148,806/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 2,223,862/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 1654/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:  Activecases:     16,567     Deaths/M510
                   Honduras:     Activecases:   124,313     Deaths/M518
                   El Salvador:   Active cases:      2,144    Deaths/M 324  

        US Vaccinations: As of 4/27/2021 232.4 million doses have been given, 2.72 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 29,372,925 total doses have been given (78.1% of doses received to equal the U.S. average of 78.1%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has dropped from 24th to 28th tied with South Dakota out of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 29.0% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 29.1% has fallen from 31st 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 means a great reason to recall this inept and hypocritical governor.
     Non CV News: In a rare moment Biden after speaking on vaccinations and mask guidelines actually answered a few questions from reporters shouting them, only to quickly and abruptly stop and walk off stage, saying “he would get in trouble if he answered”(the trouble Biden knows is that impromptu questions not previously reviewed will likely display his fading mental powers to the nation); Biden after probably the longest time after an inauguration will deliver his SOTUS before a Joint Session Congress probably knowing the MSM will true to form give him great accolades( easy prediction as  WAPO has announced that it is terminating its fact checking database on Biden for the remainder of his term in stark contrast to Trump where “factchecking was an all hands of deck 24/7 endeavor); SOTUS will be held when Congress is not in session and unlike the Rush to Judgment 2nd Impeachment Trial, it will not be SRO with only 200 allowed to be present (is it the threat of CV or the desire to minimize the number of potential witnesses to his fading mental faculties?).
      People have been fleeing high tax Blue State New York for years and as a result the state will lose 1 Representative so Cuomo beset by his nursing home scandal, his sex scandals, and his lockdown excesses is doing what cornered politicians do to distract attention—threaten to sue the federal government for miscounting and scaring illegals away from being counted; when it rains it pours as the Louisville Police Department now targeted by the DOJ for its supposed racially skewed police practices is facing an employment crisis as more and more of its police department is resigning or retiring and it cannot find replacements and is now 161 officers short while murders in the city so far this year are up 73 %; Google’s quarterly profit soared to $18 billion continuing to raise concerns that it has become too large and monopolistic and too much of a censor of non-leftist ideas; USA Today is being slammed for allowing super leftist Stacey Abrams of being able to edit an op ed she wrote in March on boycotting Georgia due to its new election laws (nothing like a little criticism of your views Stacey to alter your views retroactively), Where’s Waldo met with the president of Guatemala virally but still has not seen fit to visit the border, blaming the CV pandemic while she visits states to push the Biden Agenda (if it is so dangerous what about the safety of those Americans living there due to Biden’s policies and the ruptured open border?).
       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 Blues continue to push the idea of restarting the Iran Nuclear Deal, leave it to the political cartoonist to expose where Kerry’s allegiances and loyalties may lie as he is accused of leaking Israeli military secrets to Iran:                                                                

      Chicago Gun Violence: is back to show that through April 26, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1011 persons shot of whom 183 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 “Disco Lady” by Johnnie Taylor, that you have your facts in order when you are called on to refel and a quote by Charlie Brooker on Mussolini’s death,  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. School Bus Drivers’ Day—created by California Legislature on May 10, 2009 and first celebrated on the 4th Tuesday of April starting on April 27, 2010 to honor the contributions of school bus drivers to transport school children safely to and from school and school activities but with most schooling in 2020 done online most drivers must have been laid off as another casualty of the CV pandemic.
        2.  International Design Day—created in 1995 by Kim Paulsen, the Vice President of the International Council of Design to commemorate the importance of design in all aspects of our lives.
        3.  1976 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1976 was “Disco Lady” by Johnnie Taylor on a run of 4 weeks in that position to join 25 other songs reaching number 1 and 14 other acts which achieved their first number 1 song. Here is a recording by Johnnie Taylor of “Disco Lady”. Taylor was a singer/songwriter who performed in a variety of genres from disco to R&B and was known as the “Blues Wailer.” O for 3 in Grammys, he died of a heart attack on May 31, 2000 at age 66.
         4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “refel” which means to refute or disprove which our once independent press has become MIA their analysis of Biden’s claims of the effects of his economic proposals.
        5.  House of Dead Freaks—celebrating the birth on this day in 1956 of Bryan Harvey, singer, guitarist and musician and member of the House of Freaks who too soon in his career was murdered on January 1, 2006 along with his wife and 2 small daughters in a home invasion robbery by Ricky Gray and his nephew Ray Danbridge who then set fire to the house to cover their crimes. Gray and Danbridge were arrested for the 4 murders and 3 others which became to be known as the Richmond Crime Spree. Before closing arguments Danbridge entered a plea of guilty in exchange for life sentence without possibility of parole and Gray was convicted and sentenced to death on October 23, 2006 and after the normal course of appeals and stays Gray received his needle on January 17, 2017 while Danbridge is rotting in a Virginia state prison.
          On this day in
           a. 1861 President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus.
           b. 1945 Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were captured in Dongo, Italy trying to flee to Switzerland by Communist partisans and executed the next day by a firing squad and taken to Milan to be hung up by their heels in a public square.
          c. 2005 the Airbus 380 made its maiden flight.
         d. 2006 construction began on the Freedom Tower later renamed the One World Trade Center Building which when completed was the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere and opened for business on November 3, 2014.
          e.  2018 the Panmunjom Declaration was signed by North and South Korea indicating their intention to end the Korean War.
        Reflections on Mussolini’s fall from grace and the living: “A lot of people think right-wingers aren't capable of being amusing at all. Not true. Mussolini looked hilarious swinging from that lamppost.” Charlie Brooker noted English television presenter, screenwriter, producer and satirist
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