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April 30, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Honesty Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not April 30, 2021
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 151 million at 151,916,113 cases (151,081,350 yesterday), 19,568,777 of which are active, 132,347,336 closed with 129,156,388 recoveries (97.59% and 97.59% yesterday ,and 3,190,948 deaths (2.41% and 2.41 % 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 33 million at 33,091,920 (33,038,439 yesterday) with 6,801,567 active cases of which 9,643 (9,776 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now still at .14% of active cases and now trending 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 19,628),  26,290,353 closed, with 589,861 deaths (2.24% and 2.25% yesterday) and with 25,700,492 recoveries (97.76% and 97.75% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is now .17% lower than the world rate after the world’s spike in improvement and now .10% 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 1773 the U.S. ranks behind Hungary the new number 1 which has had a huge surge in deaths (2857), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2370), Belgium (2079), Italy (2001), Brazil (1889) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and the UK (1870) which had passed us despite leading world in testing),  Peru (1832), and Poland (1785)  and slightly better than Spain (1672), Portugal (1669),  Mexico (1664),  France (1598), Argentina (1395),  Sweden (1384) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths,  Chile (1369), Switzerland (1221) and Bolivia (1097).
       Tests: We have now conducted 446,449.666 tests (now at 1,342,277/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,161,841/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 2,292,480/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 1660/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:     17,304     Deaths/M414
                   Honduras:     Activecases:   127,298     Deaths/M524
                   El Salvador:   Active cases:     2,198    Deaths/M 326  

        US Vaccinations: As of 4/30/2021 240.2 million doses have been given, 2.55 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 30,223,391 total doses have been given (77.7% of doses received slightly less than the U.S. average of 77.8%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has fallen from 27th to 31st  out of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 30.2% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 30.5% has fallen slightly from  29th tied with Illinois to 30th .  A long way to go to get herd immunity and lagging in terms of getting vaccines received into arms and the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to other states means a great reason to recall this inept and hypocritical governor.
       Non CV News: The extent of the racial slurs and personal attacks leveled against “Uncle Tim” by the Blues and their MSM lackeys revealed where true racism lies and the fear that blacks will no longer remain Plantation Blue Voter Slaves (look at Blue Lamar County Chairman Gary O’Connor’s now deleted Facebook claim that Scott is little more than an oreo with no real principles” and the sounds of silence from Blues, BLM and the NAACP); on AMTRAK’s 50th anniversary, Biden who must be clueless over the disaster of overbudget spending on California’s Bullet Train and was proposing a massive $10 billion annual increment to AMTRAK funding when more and more Americans are migrating to a work at home viral environment (in the West AMTRAK has no service from L.A. to Las Vegas  or L.A. to Phoenix that would make sense); in yet another example of the human trafficking by cartel and smugglers racking in huge dollars with our porous borders, police in Houston responding to a complaint found more than 90 illegals stashed in a 2319 square foot house without food and some with CV symptoms; a TSA requirement of mask wearing set to expire on May 11 has been extended to September 13, 2021 despite falling CV cases and increasing percentages of the population fully vaccinated and recovered (when are the CDC experts going to explain to Americans the need to wear masks after fully vaccinated as Biden continues to make a fool of himself wearing, assuming he can remember where he put it, a mask outdoors with almost no one around him).
     The soap opera involving Brittany Spears and her conservator father of 12 years continues with Jamie Spear contending Brittany has dementia; leftist Seattle which has seen 200 police officers quit or retire over its anti-police environment witnessed a chocolate shop Café Chocolati refuse to serve an officer and his trainee; Biden made a major goof in SOTUS when he touted our rejoining the Paris Accords when he admitted that we account for only 15% of the world’s carbon emissions but if do  everything perfectly “it won’t matter” (that’s why Trump had the wisdom to pull us out when we are leading the world in reducing carbon emission and China and India are adding carbon to the atmosphere like there is no tomorrow so we slaughter our economy and the spoils head to China and India and other growing carbon emitters); Arizona’s 2 Blue Senators have blasted Biden for not doing enough at the border as the cartels seem to have taken over the business of smuggling illegals and the surge of human trafficking, drugs, unaccompanied minors and mostly bogus asylum claims soar (since it is clear Where’s Waldo won’t go, Biden should go there to see firsthand the chaos and crisis his ill-conceived policies have engendered; finally after a year of riots in Portland on almost a nightly basis, the Multnomah Sheriff has had enough and deputies will no longer issue citations to appear for misdemeanor reckless burning and criminal mischief but will be booked in the county jail (hopefully the D.A. is not a Soros backed stooge and will prosecute those arrested and instead have them back on the streets committing mayhem against the city and its residents, the FBI searching for Pelosi’s lap top broke down the downs to a Homer, Alaska hotel, handcuffed the owners and quests and confiscated the computers there only to later realize they were at the wrong place, probably wrong city and wrong state.
       While the Blues and their lackeys the MSM continue to rabidly attack  Governor Ron DeSantis fearing he will be a formidable candidate in 2024 for the Red nomination for president, leave it to the political columnist to expose the blatant bias of the MSM:                                                                                                            


       Chicago Gun Violence: is back to show that through April 29, 2021, gun shooting violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1040 persons shot of whom 187 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 “Heart of Glass” by  Blondie, that you enjoy your reguerdon from your work efforts and a quote by Elliot Kahlan on the New York World’s Fair of 1939-40,  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. Honesty Daycreated by author and speechwriter M. Hirsch Goldberg in the early 90’s to promote and encourage sorely needed honesty and straightforward communication in politics, relationships, consumer relations and historical education and celebrated on the last day of the month as April began with April Fools’ Day and Washington’s First Inauguration was on this day in 1789.
       2.  International Jazz—created by UNESCO in November of 2011 and first celebrated on this day in 2012 to celebrate the importance of jazz in our culture.
      3.  1979 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1979 was “Heart of Glass” by the band Blondie on a run of 1 week in that position to join 23 other songs reaching number 1 and 9 other acts who had their first number 1 song. Here is a recording by Blondie of “Heart of Glass”: Blondie was formed by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein and had great success until 1982 when they disbanded after their 6th album and after solo careers by the members reunited in 1997 and are still performing today.
     4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “reguerdon” which means reward which probably describes what will be missing for our economy with Biden’s massive spending proposals without enough wealthy even at a 100% tax rate to fund them.
     5.  In the Genes—celebrating the birth on this day in 1945 of Mimi Baez Fariña, the youngest sister of singer and activist Joan Baez who was a singer and songwriter in her own right and best known for her creation of Bread and Roses, a nonprofit organization that brings artists to perform at prisons, jails, institutions, juvenile facilities, hospitals and nursing homes and still holds some 500 concerts a year. She inherited the same singing talent as her sister but not her longevity and sadly died of cancer on July 18, 2001 at age 56.  
        On this day in
        a. 1927 in a step toward ending the abuse of women prisoners in coeducational prisons by male inmates, the U.S.’s first federal prison for women, the Federal Industrial Institute for Women, a minimum-security prison, was opened in Alderson, West Virginia and is still operational today and had Martha Stewart as an inmate.
        b. 1939 the New York World’s Fair opened and even with the start of World War II with Germany’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 was visited by over 44 million people before closing on October 27,1940.
         c. 1975 the North Vietnamese forces seized control of Saigon and President Dương Văn Minh formally surrendered, ending at long last the Vietnam War.
        d. 1993 to the joy of computer users worldwide, CERN announced that the World Wide Protocols would be free.
     e. 2009 Chrysler Corporation filed for Chapter XI Bankruptcy which resulted in its defaulting on $4 billion in debt although it did pay off its obligations to the U.S. 5 years early but at a cost of $1.3 billion to be absorbed by U.S. taxpayers.
     Reflections on the New York’s World Fair 1939-1940: Not to be out-futured, Westinghouse buried a time capsule to be opened in 6939. It's still down there, holding seeds, fabrics, microfilm, a Gillette safety razor, a dollar in change and a pack of Camel cigarettes. But they couldn't preserve the one thing we'd really want from the era: its inhabitants' sense of wonder and hope. That alien faith in man and his ability to build a world. That's buried somewhere deeper, forever irretrievable. I often wish I could travel back to 1939 and watch my grandmother and those other millions marvel at the World of Tomorrow, while I, in turn, marvel at the world of yesterday.Elliott Kalan, is a writer for The Daily Show and co-founder of the comedy group the Hypocrites.
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