Wednesday, May 26, 2021

May 26, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Paper Airplane Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not May 26, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 168 million at 168,869,012 cases (168,336,758 yesterday), 14,884,938 of which are active, 153,984,074 closed with 150,477,731 recoveries (97.72% and 97.71% yesterday, and 3,506,343 deaths (2.28% and 2.28% 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 33,950,633 (33,929,537 yesterday)  with 5,737,897 active cases of which 6,841 (6,848) 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), 28,212,736 closed, with 605,307 deaths (2.15% and 2.15% yesterday) and with 27,607,429 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 1819 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  4.20% of its closed cases have died (3073), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2547), Belgium (2138),  Brazil (2114) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy (Italy (2080), Peru (2051), Poland (1939) 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 (1707), Mexico (1705), Portugal (1674), France (1667), Argentina (1647), Romania (1574),  Chile (1486), Sweden (1418) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths,  Switzerland (1238), and Bolivia (1195).
      Tests: We have now conducted 475,455,580 tests (now at 1,428,894/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,275,757/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 2,626,826/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 1705/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:     12,219     442Deaths/M
                   Honduras:     Activecases:   143,945     618Deaths/M
                   El Salvador:   Active cases:     2,574     342 Deaths/M  
        US Vaccinations: As of 5/26/21 289.2 million doses and a day down to 1.70 million per day from yesterday’s 1.75 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 37,480,670 total doses have been given (80.6% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 80.4%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has moved slightly from  25th to 24th out of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 41.9% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 39.7% has moved from  21st to 20th  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: While Biden now claims that a leak from the Wuhan Lab is among the likely scenarios of the origin of the COVID-19 virus and is calling for a full intel probe, disputed reports are surfacing that that Biden Administration pulled the plug on the State Department’s investigation earlier this year (a full probe sounds like a great idea but it is almost like locking the barn door after the cows have left); Apoorva Mandavilli, who sounds so typical of the leftist pseudo “journalists” at the New York Times has tweeted and then deleted her view that a leak from the Wuhan Lab is not plausible and is grounded in racism (since when is opposing the world domination views by the Chinese Communist Party a “racist position”; Samuel Cassidy, an employee at the Valley Transportation Authority went into the railyard located in San Jose early this morning and before killing himself, shot and killed 8 fellow employees; Kate Slater, who is white and absolutely no business being an assistant dean at Brandeis University, is defending critical race theory because in her biased mind “All white people are racist” and she hates being white (she should pedal that inane idea to the white parents and relatives of the many students that marched into the South to protest Jim Crow and were beaten, arrested and in some case killed and report back their reaction); Brittany Kennedy the black female thug captured on video brutally attacking Emily Broadwater who had her baby with her in a Little Caesar’s outlet has been arrested to hopefully be convicted and spend a lot of time in prison where she belongs; coming down with COVID-19 is something no one should have to endure but the silver lining is that the overwhelming percentage of those not confined to the killing fields of nursing homes by the likes of Cuomo and who survive have long lasting immunity to the disease; while only 40% of California voters want to recall Gruesome Newsom the head of the Public Employee Services Union is one of them which will not bode well for Newsom as union support will be critical to stay in office; the Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena had sued Newsom over his restriction on places of worship in violation of the First Amendment has settled that law suit and will be receiving $1.35 million from the state; a shred of reality seems to be setting in Biden’s all out shift to the left as it appears he is dropping his campaign promise to have student debt forgiven (far better solution would be promote refinancing at lower rates to ease the burden of those students with degrees useless in the job market; the MSM evidently has ignored the quote attributed to Marx and Lenin “We will hang the last capitalist with the rope he sold us” as reports indicate the Chinese were buying millions of dollars of advertising from our press; hopefully the Soros backed failure as a D.A. Gascon will not be long for his post as the recall petition drive has started; Facebook which has massive amounts of eggs on its censorship face now belatedly seen the error of its ways and will no longer ban posts claiming CoVID-19 is manmade; it may be too little too late but the Senate has passed a bill requiring the Biden Administration to declassify all information on the origins of the COVID-19 virus; as it seems more likely that COVID-19 came from the Wuhan Lab not the Wuhan Wet Markets pushed by the Chinese and the MSM, leave it to the  political cartoonist to reveal the egg on their face flip flop of the Blues and Fauci:                                                         

         Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is back to show that through May 25, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1379 persons shot of whom 241 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 “Burn” by Usher, the fact that you can with a channel changer flick avoid a rhetoricaster and a quote from Sandesh on paper airplanes, 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.National Paper Airplane Day—celebrating the creation and flying of a remarkably simple aeronautical toy with contests on distance and flight time, the records for which are 226 feet 10 inches and 27.9 seconds respectively as of 2012.
      2. World Product Day—created by Mind the Product, LTD on April 6, 2018 to commemorate the work of product managers in the creation, development and manufacture of product that enhance our lives.
 3.  2004 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 2004 on this day was “Burn” by Usher on a run of 8 weeks non continuous weeks in that position to join 11 other songs reaching number 1 and immediately preceded by Usher’s song “Yeah” on a run of 12 weeks  while 12 other acts achieved their first number 1 song, one of whom was Soulja Slim who became the 6th artist to have achieved number 1 status posthumously. Here is a video recording by Usher of “Burn”:
       4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “rhetoricaster” which means a petty rhetorician which describes many of our long-winded political hacks to a tee.
5.  Cancel Culture Would Have Starved the “Greatest Entertainer of All Times”--celebrating the birth on this day in 1885 of Asa Yoelson better known to his fans as Al Jolson who was the star of the first movie “talkie” The Jazz Singer, called by many to be the “King of Black Face”, was the first entertainer in World War II to entertain the troops in USO and died of a heart too early at age 64 on October 23, 1950 weeks after completing in Korea for the troops and exhausting schedule of 42 performances in 16 days.
         On this day in
         a. 1908 the first major oil strike in the Middle East was made at Masjed Soleyman in what is now Iran; the rights to the oil were quickly acquired by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.
       b. 1967 the Beatles released their 7th Album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
         c. 1968 at 6:00 a.m. Iceland converted from driving on the left to driving on the right.
       d. 1972 the United States and the Soviet Union signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
         e. 2021 James Cassidy, an employee at the VTA entered its yard in San Jose in  the morning and shot and killed 8 people and wounded 1 before as police moved in shooting himself fatally in the head.
         Reflections on missing paper airplanes: Wish for the days to come again where playing with the paper plane and imagining it to be driven by me is more of a fun today whenever I sit on a real plane with no sense of excitement now.” Sandesh

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