Ridley’s Believe It Or Not May 25, 2021
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic
across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year
with cases now over 167 million at 168,336,758 cases (167,671,546
yesterday), 15,023,448 of which are active, 153,313,310 closed with 149,818,637
recoveries (97.72% and 97.71% yesterday, and 3,494,673 deaths (2.28% and 2.29%
yesterday) to continue the slow trend of increased cases with increased
recovery percentages and decreased death percentage with some plateaus, dips,
CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 33 million at 33,929,537 (33,897,608 yesterday) with 5,752,236 active cases of which 6,848 (6,972) 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 22,423), 28,177,301 closed, with 604,682 deaths (2.15% and 2.15% yesterday) and with 27,572,619 recoveries (97.85% and 97.85% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is now .13% lower than the world rate.
Standing: On a deaths per million population measurement on a steady but slowing climb to 1817 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 improving slightly to 4.22% of its closed cases have died (3069), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2538), Belgium (2136), Brazil (2104) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy (Italy (2078), Peru (2048), Poland (1933) and the UK (1873) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing), and slightly better than Spain (1706), Mexico (1703), Portugal (1674), France (1665), Argentina (1635), Romania (1571), Chile (1484), Sweden (1415) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in deaths, Switzerland (1238), and Bolivia (1187).
Tests: We have now conducted 474,490,801 tests (now at 1,426,017/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,274,799/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 2,614,282/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 1703/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: 11,466 440Deaths/M
Honduras: Activecases: 143,203 616Deaths/M
El Salvador: Active cases: 2,579 341 Deaths/M
US Vaccinations: As of 5/25/21 287.8 million doses and a day down to 1.75 million per day from yesterday’s 1.83 million on 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 37,325,781 total doses have been given (80.3% of doses received to trail the U.S. average of 80.2%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has not moved from 25th out of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 41.7% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 39.5% has moved from 21st among the 50 states. A long way to go still 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: In a new twist to the adage that smoking is bad for your health, 2 IHOP employees in Baton Rouge were taking a smoke break outside when suspects in a stolen car pulled up and started shooting, killing 1 and wounding another and then sped off leaving the stolen car in flames; while shootings and crime in NYC are going through the roof, police budgets cut, and police leaving the force in droves, the City Council has ended qualified police immunity, required racial reports on police stops and expanded Civilian Review Board’s ability to investigate racial bias in policing (if an officer in our litigious society now faces personal liability any time he or she makes an arrest, watch arrests fall and the exodus of more police leaving more and more residents in harm’s way from crime); the Squad, still bent on proving they are not the mouse that roared, is threatening to stop the police reform bill in conference committee on the issue of whether qualified immunity for police is eliminated due to their claim that practice is “systematic racism”; several regional banks of the Federal Reserve System which is supposed to focus on monetary policies that foster low inflation and low unemployment appear to venturing into policies where they do not belong like finding “racism” and promoting the end of it; at a time when American cities are awash in growing homeless encampments like in Venice Beach to the dismay of residents rightfully concerned over drugs, crime and sanitation, HUD has now removed the requirement that people seeking housing vouchers no longer have to provide proof of citizenship which result in illegals displacing American homeless in need of vouchers (no wonder there is a surge on the border); at a time when police shootings of unarmed blacks constitute a mere miniscule amount compared to the daily carnage of black on black shootings in Blue controlled cities like Chicago, New York or St. Louis, to push the false narrative of police systematic racism against blacks, Biden has invited the family of George Floyd, $28 million less legal fees richer, to the White House while the hundreds upon hundreds of black families suffer in anonymity and silence over the loss of loved ones in black on black shootings; the green economy may produce millions of high paying jobs but those jobs will not be here as the example that the minerals needed to produce EV will not be mined here but in places like China (same is probably true for solar panels); what little integrity Cuomo still has took another hit when it was revealed that his $5.1 book deal which should have been reviewed by the Commission on Public Ethics never was but pushed through by staff most likely under pressure from Cuomo that has outraged even New York’s Blue majority Senate (how can this corrupt killer of seniors still be in office?); in another example of the assault on this nation by cartels and their illegal drugs, the CBP in California uncovered 1200 pounds of meth being smuggled in a semi transporting watermelons from Mexico; probably given the green light by the MSM which is now belatedly calling for investigation over whether the origin of COVID-19 coming from the Wuhan Lab it once dismissed as a right wing conspiracy, DHHS Secretary Becerra is now demanding a transparent investigation by WHO; Putin and Biden will be meeting face to face in Geneva on June 16 (hope Biden’s handlers have him supplied with memory enhancements and stimulants so he doesn’t make a complete fool of himself); Florida is now the role model on how to attack the censorship of conservative ideas by social media by enacting legislation that will prohibit permanently banning political candidates from posting on social media platforms with hefty fines and private rights of action (shades of the fairness doctrine that media companies had to comply with for years; leave it to the political cartoonist to reveal the bait and switch fishing for votes with the bait of systematic racism concealing the hook of socialism:
Chicago Gun Violence: Hey Jackass.com is back to show that through May 24, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1367 persons shot of whom 239 have died.
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1. National Missing Children Day—proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan on this day in 1983 to promote awareness of a parent’s worst nightmare, the abduction of a minor child, and call attention to the lack of plan on how to deal with or prevent it.
2. National Wine Day—celebrated on this day since 2009 to celebrate a drink that has been produced since 6000 BCE and here in quantities that makes the U.S. one of the 4 top producing wine countries in the world. Easy to celebrate by pouring yourself a glass of your favorite but remember to always drink or in this case celebrate responsibly.
5. I Am a Cigarette With a Body Attached—celebrating the birth on this day in 1938 of Raymond Carver, considered by many to be one of America’s greatest short story writers and a poet but who drank copiously amounts of alcohol until joining AA on June 2, 1977 but did not stop smoking and died sober from lung cancer on August 2, 1988 at the age of 50 with far too many short stories not written.
On this day in
a. 1979 John Spenkelink who had escaped from prison and serving a 5 year to life sentence for murder killed again and was convicted and sentenced again and after 6 years on death row had the dubious distinction of being the first convict in Florida to be executed subsequent to SCOTUS in Furman v. Georgia declaring the death penalty in the U.S. to be unconstitutional.
b. 2001 Erik Weihenmayer, an activist and motivational speaker, became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, assisted by Doctor Sherman Bull.
c. 2011 Oprah Winfrey aired her last episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, ending a 25 year run.
d. 2012 the SpaceXDragon became the first commercial space vehicle to dock at the International Space Station and successfully return to Earth.
e. 2020 George Floyd caught on a cell phone video after being pinned chest down to the ground by Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin with his knee on his neck for 9 minutes 29 seconds died, prompting riots in protest in Minneapolis and across the nation and a guilty verdict for manslaughter in second degree for Derek Chauvin following his trial.
Reflections on missing children: “Our children deserve safe communities where they can grow and thrive. Today reminds us that we must work together to find our missing children and protect them from future harm," said Amanda Pick, CEO of the Missing Children Society of Canada.
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