Ridley’s Believe It Or Not April 6, 2021
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 132 million at 132,820,519 cases (132,293,589 yesterday), 22,900,867 which are active, 109,919,652 closed with 107,040,416 recoveries (97.38% and 97.38 yesterday and 2,879,236 deaths (2.62% and 2.62% 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 31 million at 31,519,836 (31,471,399 yesterday) with 6,872,452 active cases of which 8,774 (8,722 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (.13% of active cases and now reducing the decrease from the peak of 29,271 on 12/31/2020 to 20,497) are in serious or critical condition, 24,647,384, closed, with 569,538 deaths (2.31% and 2.32% yesterday) and with 24,077,846 recoveries (97.69% and 97.68% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .31% lower than the world rate and now .10% 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 1713 ranks behind Hungary the new number 1 (2292), Bulgaria (1996), Belgium (1995), Bulgaria (1967), (1993), UK (1862) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), and Italy (1850), and only slightly worse than Portugal (1660), Spain (1623), Peru (1595), Mexico (1573), Brazil (1559) France (1488), Poland (1456), Sweden (1334) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in deaths, Argentina (1241), Chile (1234), Switzerland (1195), and Bolivia (1047). We have now conducted 411,211,387 tests (now at 1,236,804/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,036,823/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 1,871,359/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 9th on my list of deaths from the pandemic at 1573/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: 8,529
Honduras: Active cases: 112,992 Deaths/M 467
El Salvador: Active cases: 1,121 Deaths/M 312
US Vaccinations: As of 4/6/2021 167 million
doses have been given, 3.0 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 20,485,651 total doses have been given (75.9%
of doses received to almost equal the U.S. average of 76.9%), but even with the
pressure of a certain recall coming endangering Newsom, California has dropped
back for 29th to 34th out of the 50 states in terms of
the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the
states and at 18.3%% of its population fully vaccinated has moved up from 40th
tied with North Carolina to 39th in terms of percentage of population fully
vaccinated. A long way to go to get herd immunity and lagging behind 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 governor.
Non CV Case News: VP Harris, the Biden named Immigration Czar, must be a triskaidekaphobiac as 13 days have come and gone and not a peep out of her as border seems to be more porous each day with more unaccompanied minors, CV infected illegals, drugs and terrorists; Pelosi’s House margin has just dropped to 6 as 15 term Blue Congressman Alcee Hastings, who had the dubious distinction of being impeached as a federal judge from bribery and tampering with evidence, has just died; the sexual harassment claims against Deshaun Watson of the Texas Titans keep coming with police investigations and 22 lawsuits filed against the star quarterback (while he avoided rushing defenders to avoid sacks with ease this may be one blitz in our #MeToo environment he may not avoid); arresting illegals on terrorist watch lists does not support the Biden narrative that there is no border crisis so we should not be surprised when a press release from the CBP on the arrest of 2 Yemini suspected terrorists was quickly scrubbed (would be nice to obtain answers of who ordered the scrub and why under FOIA); Cuomo is hunkering down and refusing to resign in a state which unlike California does not have a recall procedure and is barring the press from any public events at which he might appear to avoid questions; in yet another example of the over the top regulations justified by the CV pandemic a family was kicked off a Spirit flight because their 2 year old was susceptible to seizures precipitated by wearing masks (would fall over backwards if there are any cases of 2 year olds infecting anyone with COVID-19); California allows transgender prisoners to be housed in female prisons and 261 transgenders have so requested (pity the poor female inmate having to share a cell with transgender male against her wishes); Biden is hectoring Georgia to change its law to avoid losing more business; 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 https://recallgeorgegascon.com/; as the crisis at the border spirals further out of control, leave it to the political cartoonist to capture the Blues’ real reason why they feel there is no crisis other than not enough illegals are crossing the border:https://www..comfoxnews/politics/cartoons-slideshow.
Chicago Gun Violence: HeyJackass.com is back to show that through April 5, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 797 persons shot of whom 1474 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 “Venus” by Frankie Avalon, that your behavior is free from rantipole acts and a quote from Jonathan Glover on the Rwanda Genocide, 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. International Day of Sport for Development and Peace—created by the General Assembly on August 23, 2013 and first celebrated on this day in 2014, the anniversary of the first modern Olympiad on April 6, 1896, to promote the importance of sport in implementing social change and community development and to foster peace and understanding among nations.
2. Tartan Day—created in the U.S. by Senate Resolution on March 20, 1998 and celebrated on this day as the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 which document has been referred to as Scotland’s Declaration of Independence. The day is celebrated by here and in countries with significant population of Scottish heritage.
3. 1959 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1959 on this day with a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Venus” by Frankie Avalon to share number 1 status with 15 other songs that year and 8 other acts that recorded their first number 1 song. Here is a recording of “Venus“ by Frankie Avalon appearing on American Bandstand, hosted by a very young looking Dick Clark making a killer cocktail before introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USuR0JMKucw Avalon is still active and will turn 81 on September 18th of this year and at the height of his teen throb career had 31 charting singles and maybe best remembered for his on screen films with Annette Funicello who passed on April 8, 2013.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “rantipole” which means wild, disorderly which would describe the storming of the Capitol on January 6 of this year.
5. Dare to Pioneer Dare to Die—celebrating the birth on this day in 1951 of Jean-Marc Boivin, noted French mountaineer, paraglider, skier and pioneer in extreme sports as the first person to paraglide off the summit of Mt. Everest but died too early on February 16, 1990 BASE jumping 1000 meters high from Angel Falls in Venezuela, the highest waterfall in the world and hitting a tree on the way down.
On this day in:
a. 1973 MLB’s American League, to the joy of pitchers who did not want to get yanked for a pinch hitter, implemented the designated hitter.
b. 1974 the Swedish pop band ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Waterloo” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj_9CiNkkn4 to launch their international career which going on all cylinders.
1994 the Rwanda genocide began when a plane carrying Rwandan president Juvenal
Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyrpien Ntaryamira crashed and did not end
until July 15, 1994 leaving some 500,000-600,000 Tutsis slaughtered.
d. 1998 the Travelers Group announced an agreement to acquire Citicorp for $86 billion which was consummated on October 8, 2018 forming Citibank.
Reflections on the Rwandan
Genocide: “The UN lacked the
ability to act without the support of its more powerful members, notably the
United States. The American government wanted to avoid a repetition of its
unsuccessful intervention in Somalia, in which thirty American troops were
killed. President Clinton issued a directive on UN military conditions. The
operations would also have to be directly relevant to American interests. These
conditions excluded American support for UN intervention to stop the genocide
― Jonathan Glover, Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century
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