Thursday, May 27, 2021

May 27, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Gray Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not May 27, 2021

        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 169 million at 169,404,850 cases (168,869,102 yesterday), 14,741,377 of which are active, 154,663,473 closed with 151,144,574 recoveries (97.72% and 97.72% yesterday, and 3,518,899 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 33,976,833 (33,950,633 yesterday) with 5,707,223 active cases of which 6,729 (6,841) 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 22,542), 28,269,610 closed, with 606,312 deaths (2.14% and 2.15% yesterday) and with 27,663,298 recoveries (97.86% and 97.85% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is now .14% lower than the world rate.
       Standing: On a deaths per million population measurement on a steady but slowing climb to 1822 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  4.17% of its closed cases have died (3077), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2553), Belgium (2139),  Brazil (2125) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy (Italy (2083), Peru (2056), Poland (1942) 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 (1708), Mexico (1708), Portugal (1674), France (1667), Argentina (1659), Romania (1576),  Chile (1496), Sweden (1419) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths,  Switzerland (1239), and Bolivia (1204).
       Tests: We have now conducted 476,292,193 tests (now at 1,431,385/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,275,749/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 2,644,284/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 tied with Spain at 1708/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:   144,677     622Deaths/M
                   El Salvador:   Active cases:     2,570     343 Deaths/M   
       US Vaccinations: As of 5/27/21 290.7 million doses at 1.62 million per day down from yesterday’s 1.70 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 37,669,020 total doses have been given (80.6% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 80.5%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has not moved from  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 42.2% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 40.0% has not moved from  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: Witless Whitmer may be joining Andrew Cuomo’s concealing COVID-19 deaths at long term care facilities as lawyers representing the journalist who sued under FOIA to obtain nursing home deaths statistics are claiming she may have undercounted such deaths by 100%; murders and crimes are soaring as the Defund the Police Movement is going pedal to the metal to cut and slash police budgets across the nation, prompting in the case of Minneapolis to seek federal and state help; in an appropriate application of karma, Antonio Brown, an Atlanta city council member who voted to slash $73 million from the budget of the Atlanta Police Department, has been indicted for trying to defraud financial institutions and is running for mayor on a platform of defunding the police, misleadingly sugar coated as “reimaging the police” had his car stolen in broad daylight by 4 teenagers (hate to say it but could not happened to more misguided politician); in a perhaps too little too late moment as China has had almost a year and a half to destroy any evidence of its complicity and with “whistleblowers” in China silent as they to know whistleblowing is a death sentence, the Biden Administration is launching a probe of the origin of the virus, forced to do so as China has refused to cooperate with WHO’s investigation (ironic that prior to this announcement, the Biden Administration quietly shut down a similar probe by the State Department (Biden’s biggest fear should be that the 90 day probe determines Chinese complicity and he will be forced to impose sanctions on China which most likely he does not have the spine to do so); add YouTube to the heavy hand of censorship as it blocked a video of a mom excoriating the Atlanta School Board for its mask mandate for children because of “medical misinformation” that the virus does not affect children (Georgia needs to ape Florida but expand Florida’s ban of social media’s banning of candidates to include all speech involving issues being ruled on by public bodies); Where’s Waldo is set to display her ignorance of economic facts and reality by claiming the root cause of the border crisis is the lack of economic opportunity and will propose $4 billion in investment in the Northern Triangle (an amount that is dwarfed by remittances from illegal immigrants here from there and would take years to see any tangible improvements while today we are being overrun by illegals attracted by the thought that if they get here nothing but freebies and they won’t be deported); Mayor Lightfoot of Chicago who has announced she will only grant interviews to journalists of color has by sued by the Daily Caller in Federal District Court for discrimination (as shootings of victims of color by shooters of color continue at record rates, she remains clueless and without any ideas on how to address the problem—which by being ignored sounds like a truer definition of racism); in a win one for the 2nd Amendment, Ira Cox-Berry tried to kidnap an 11 year old girl from an Ogden elementary school and was stopped by a school employee with a concealed gun permit who held the man until police arrived and arrested him; Nevada has committed to undermining open and fair elections by allowing ballot harvesting of mail in ballots and allowing for straight ticket voting.
        Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is back to show that through May 26, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1400 persons shot of whom 246 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 “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani, the fact that you are not plagued with rhinotillexomania and a quote from Japanese Admiral Togo Heichachiro to the wounded and captured Russian Admiral in command of the defeated Russian Baltic Sea Fleet 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 Gray Day—created by Monica Leingang on May 9, 2013, the anniversary of her husband Gary’s birthday to promote awareness of and raise funds for brain cancer that had killed him in 2010 and who before he died asked her to “make something good” out of his impending death; the group Voices Against Brain Cancer supported her efforts and the date for observance was changed in 2015 to today. No one how powerful they are is immune to this terrible disease as the deaths of Ted Kennedy and John McCain aptly illustrate.
       2. Red Nose Day—created by Richard Curtis, one of Great Britain’s more  successful scriptwriters, not to honor the profession of being a clown but to raise money to end childhood poverty with funds going to programs that keep children safe, healthy, educated and empowered so if you see someone wearing a red nose today chances are that person is not going to a birthday party as entertainment but rather who supports the efforts of Save the Children during Red Nose Day.

3.  2005 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 2005 on this day was “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani on a run of 4 weeks non continuous weeks in that position to join 7 other songs reaching number 1, the lowest number ever and 4 other acts achieved their first number 1 song. Here is a video recording by Gwen Stefani of “Hollaback Girl”:  Stefani, a Cal State Fullerton grad is a singer/songwriter and fashion designer who has been performing since 1986 and has sold some 30 million records in her career.
      4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “rhinotillexomania” which means the  compulsive nose picking habit which in social settings most people frown on.
       5.  Not Safe As a Safety--celebrating the birth on this day in 1988 of Tyler Sash who played safety for the University of Iowa and left his senior year to play 2 years for the New York Giants but was cut in August 2013 and was found dead at his home on September 8, 2015 from an overdose of drugs. His family released the results of tests performed after his death that revealed like too many football players, he was suffering from Stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy which is caused by too many collisions to the head.
         On this day in
       a. 2005 the Battle of Tsushima, the first and last sea battle between modern steel battleships, commenced on this day and ended of the 28th with a decisive defeat by the Japanese of the Russian Baltic Sea Fleet of 45 vessels which had travelled some 13,000 miles from Russia to meet its almost complete doom with only 10 Russian ships escaping.
         b. 1933 in response to the crash of the stock market and the beginning of The Great Depression, the Securities Act of 1933 was signed into law regulating the sale of securities and requiring their registration initially with the Federal Trade Commission.
         c. 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge linking San Francisco with Marin County was opened to pedestrian traffic.
         d. 1962 a fire started in a coal seam some 300 feet below the surface in Centralia, Pennsylvania, then a town of some 1500 people, and despite all efforts to extinguish it continues to burn today as the town has been almost completely abandoned and the structures in it razed.
          e. 2016 President Barack Obama became the first U.S. President to visit in Hiroshima  the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and meet with the Hibakusha, Japanese affected by the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
        Reflections on the Battle of Tsushima: “Defeat is a common fate of a soldier and there is nothing to be ashamed of in it. The great point is whether we have performed our duty . . .. For you, especially, who fearlessly performed your great task until you were seriously wounded, I beg to express my sincerest respect . . .” Admiral Togo Heichachiro, commander of the Japanese Fleet that defeated the Russian Baltic Sea Fleet speaking to its commander Admiral Zinovy P. Rozhdestvenski who was wounded and captured by the Japanese.

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