Saturday, May 15, 2021

May 15, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Armed Forces Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not May 15, 2021
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over  163 million at 163,016,995 cases (162,438,045 yesterday), 18,571,576 of which are active, 144,449,415 closed with 141,066,160 recoveries (97.66% and 97.66% yesterday ,and 3,379,259 deaths (2.34% and 2.34 % yesterday) to continue the slow trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentage with some plateaus, dips, and rises.
       CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 33 million at 33,650,248 (33,650,248 yesterday) with 6,686,374 active cases of which 8,293 (8,411) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now down to .12% of active cases and now another blip down to decrease the number of serious or critical cases to increase the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 20,978), 27,401,349 closed, with 599,685 deaths (2.19% and 2.19% yesterday) and with 26,801,684 recoveries (97.81% and 97.81% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is now .15%’ lower than the world rate.
        Standing: On a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1803 the U.S. ranks behind Hungary the new number 1 which has had a huge continuing surge in deaths with the increase barely slowing down and 4.49% of its closed cases have died (3020), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2498), Belgium (2120), Italy (2055), Brazil (2024) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us, Peru (1966), Poland (1894)and the UK (1872) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing),  and slightly better than Spain (1696), Mexico (1692), Portugal (1672), France (1644), Romania (1542), Argentina (1533), Chile (1440), Sweden (1406) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths,   Switzerland (1232), and Bolivia (1139.                      Tests: We have now conducted 464,963,608 tests (now at 1,397,607,193/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,240,940/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 2,478,284/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 has moved up to 11th on my list of deaths from the pandemic at 1692/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 (regardless of number we need no more cases):

                   Guatemala:  Activecases:     12,709     432Deaths/M
                   Honduras:     Activecases:   136,770     591Deaths/M
                   El Salvador:   Active cases:     2,315     335 Deaths/M   

        US Vaccinations: As of 5/15/2021 270.8 million doses and finally after a third day of previous increases dropping for the third day to 1.93 million per day in the last week sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us now back to some 4 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 34,715,312 total doses have been given (78.5% of doses received now less than the U.S. average of 78.6%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has moved down p from 26th tied with Maryland to 27th   out of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 37.7% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 36.7% has  moved  up  from 24th tied with Ohio to 23rd tied with Alaska among the 50 states.  A long way to go to get herd immunity in terms of getting vaccines received into arms and the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to other states which means a great reason to recall this inept and hypocritical governor.
        Non CV News: India, the Bengal Tiger who escaped on Sunday and has been the  object of a massive search in Houston, has been recovered uninjured and from the video clip seems to be overjoyed and band As Police Week comes to an end and police shot and killed in the line of duty for the period ending May 15 total 23 up 28% over the same period last year Biden panders to the left and BLM that minority communities are distrustful and fearful of police (what they should fear is the wave of black on black shootings and killings in urban killing zones like Chicago which I tally daily and over 95% of the deaths are blacks shooting blacks); our once independent and objective and respected FBI has finally reversed its inane conclusion the attack on Red members practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball game was a “suicide by cop” event and called it what it was “a domestic terrorist attack” in which the terrorist was an avowed leftist; while Israel seems to be bending over backwards as it warned occupants of the office building housing journalists that was also suspected of storing weapons for Hamas to evacuate which they did before it was destroyed, no such niceties observe by Hamas launching massive numbers of rockets against civilians in Israel which fortunately most are destroyed in flight by Israel’s Iron Dome; Biden belatedly has called Hamas’ leader and Israeli leader Netanyahu to reaffirm Israel’s right to defend itself but calling for a cease fire and economic aid to Palestinians; when more than ever the nation is looking for compromise from the Swamp to get things done and issues resolved, AOC ranks as the least bipartisan Blue in the House; a professor at St. John’s, the daughter of Holocaust Survivors was fired for reading a passage with the N-word from Mark Twain’s novel Puddin’head Wilson which focused on the absurdity of slavery and racism (academic freedom no longer exists unless one is espousing tenets of the left); Biden doled out another incentive to illegals to come here reversing Trump’s executive order barring immigrants who cannot afford to pay for health care; California is facing severe drought conditions but the water situation on the California Oregon border now catastrophic as many farmers are having their irrigated water cut off (time to consider building solar and wind powered desalinization plants?);  Jimmy Inn, the Stockton police officer killed in a shootout with Lance Lowe, a parole who was released in April of last year after being sentenced to 5 years in 2018 for armed robbery with a gun, has left a wife, a 7 month old son and 2 step children, and 2 stepchildren, age 12 and 14.
         Leave it to the political cartoonist to reveal the dangers and mistake of exchanging failed and weak policies for aggressive and egotistical behavior:                                                                                          

        Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is back to show that through May 14, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1215 persons shot of whom 211 have died.
         As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a video musical link to “The Sign“ by the Ace of Base , the fact that you have achieved retiracy and a quote from Mark Gottdiener on Las Vegas,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Father’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. Armed Forces Daycreated by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson on August 31, 1949 to celebrate those serving in all branches of our Armed Forces and first celebrated on May 20, 1950 and since then on the 3rd Saturday in May.
       2. HG Awareness Day—created by the HER Foundation in May 15, 2012 to promote awareness of Hyperemesis Gravidarum (morning sickness) that affects most pregnant women but can be serious and life threatening in some cases.
         3. 1994 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1994 was “The Sign” by Ace of  ase on a run of 6 weeks non continuous in that position to join 9 other songs reaching number 1 and 5 other acts achieving their first number 1 song. Here is a video recording by Ace of Base of “The Sign”: Ace of Base was a Swedish group of 3 Berggren siblings   and Ulf Ekberg formed in 1990 and largely inactive since 2012 but never formerly disbanded.
        4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “retiracy” which means having sufficient means or property to be able to retire which many young people graduating from college with a huge amount of debt and degrees that are useless in finding good paying jobs are going to have difficulty in achieving.
         5.  Never Too Late to Sing—celebrating the birth on this day in 1942 of noted actress, singer/ songwriter K.T. Oslin who achieved commercial success singing at age 45 and semi-retired in 2001 to later be afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease in 2015 to move into an assisted living facility and die from COVID-19 on December 21, 2020 a week after being diagnosed with the disease.
         On this day in
         a. 1905 Las Vegas was founded in Nevada to ultimately grow into the gambling Mecca of the United States.
         b. 1963 the last Mercury spacecraft was launched into orbit with Gordon Cooper who became the last American astronaut to enter space by himself.
       c. 1988 after 8 years of aping the United States’ experience in South Vietnam, the Soviet Union call it quits and began to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan due in large part to the Stingers provided to the insurgents by the U.S. that were causing Soviet Hind helicopters to drop like flies.
      d. 2008 California became the second state to legalize same sex marriages after Massachusetts.
         e. 2010 Jessica Watson, age 16 became the youngest person to sail around the world non assisted, nonstop and solo in a journey that started on October 18, 2009 from Sydney, Australia and end in Sydney on May 15, 2010, 3 days before her 17th birthday.

          Reflections on Las Vegas: In the fledgling days of the town, the notorious Block 16 was set aside for card games and prostitution. Sin and commerce have marched hand-in-hand ever since, but this alliance made Las Vegas no more atypical than any other American city of the time. The difference is that Las Vegas extolled with pride what other places sought to hide. To the commonplace culture of heavily populated cities and industrial towns that made up the urban fabric of the country, Las Vegas alone stood as the behavioral "Other," a land where the "victimless" crimes of sex, drink, and gambling were not only condoned, but celebrated.” Mark Gottdiener, noted urban sociologist.
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