Sunday, May 30, 2021

May 29, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day of UN Peacekeepers


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not May 29, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 170 million at 170,633,437,439 cases (169,841,439 yesterday), 14,481,615 of which are active, 156,151,852 closed with 152,603,176 recoveries (97.73% and 97.73% yesterday, and 3,548,676 deaths (2.27% and 2.27% 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 34 million at 34,035,318 (33,999.993 yesterday) with 5,606,936 active cases of which 6,197 (6,561) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now down to .11% 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 23,074), 28,428,382 closed, with 609,421 deaths (2.14% and 2.15% yesterday) and with 27,818,961 recoveries (97.86% 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 1831 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  4.12% of its closed cases have died (3082), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2559), Belgium (2142),  Brazil (2156) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy (Italy (2087), Peru (2073), Poland (1949) and the UK (1873) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing),  and slightly better than Mexico (1717), Spain (1708), Argentina (1692), Portugal (1674), France (1672),  Romania (1582),  Chile (1495), Sweden (1419) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths,  Switzerland (1240), and Bolivia (1222).
      Tests: We have now conducted 478,917,136 tests (now at 1,439,205/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,290,170/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 2,660,220/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 10th on my list of deaths from the pandemic passing Spain at 1717/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:     13,357     446Deaths/M
                   Honduras:     Activecases:   146,627     627Deaths/M
                   El Salvador:   Active cases:     2,597     344 Deaths/M 
      US Vaccinations: As of 5/29/21 293.7 million doses at 1.39 million per day down from yesterday’s 1.50 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 38,066,786 total doses have been given (80.3% of doses received to exceed 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  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 42.7% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 40.5% has  moved down from 21st to 23rd   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: Where’s Waldo is clueless and MIA on the border and evidently has the same problem of why we have a Memorial Day celebration as she tweets a photo of herself suitable for framing in the Oval Office as she encourages all to enjoy “a long weekend” (it’s about honoring those who served those who died Kamala); a new study that relates to finding 4 positive amino acids in the COVID-19 may point to a finding that the virus did not occur in nature but was manufactured by you guessed it the Wuhan Lab (really frightening stuff for the Chinese to be working on a virus that came close to bring the world to its knees at a collateral damage of less than 5,000 expendable Wuhan residents; Fiddleheads Restaurant in Mendocino, California will be charging mask wearing patrons $5 and offering 50% off for patrons who throw their masks into the trash (mask fee will be donated to charity but the act indicates what restaurant owners feel about Newsom and his shutdowns); in a shades of Terminator 3 moment, a weapons carrying drown without any instruction from its human handler targeted and a Libyan target and killed the person; singer/songwriter B.J. Thomas who was a smoker but quit in 1988 was diagnosed in March of this year has died today of lung cancer; the Biden Trillions Chickens are coming home to roost and bringing their inflation eggs to hatch as inflation, the hidden tax which also destroy those earning under $400,000 that Biden touts will be exempt from his tax hikes, is soaring; following a shooting at the Simon mall in Pittsburgh in which fortunately no one was hit but had shoppers running for their lives, police slammed the owners’ lack of surveillance cameras which forced officers to charge in blind, increasing the dangers to themselves; Baltimore’s schools are probably a disaster when a student who failed all but 3 classes in her 4 years will graduate near the top half (feel for the parents in Baltimore who must be frustrated that their kids are not getting an education that will doom them to a life of crime, really low paying jobs or welfare).     
       Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is back to show that through May 28, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1422 persons shot of whom 248 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 “Buy U a Drank (Shawnty Snappin’) by T-Pain feat. Yung Joc, the fact that you were not planning a fishing trip to your favorite trout laden ria and a quote from Jan Eliasson on UN Peacekeepers, 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. World Digestive Health  Day—created by the World Gastroenterology Organization to each year promote a yearlong awareness of a particular digestive issue and how to treat it and avoid coming down with it with 2021’s topic being obesity which is a major problem in most industrialized countries leading to a host of problems like diabetes, arthritis and heart attacks; but it is ironic that obesity is a major problem when millions of people here go to bed hungry and hundreds of millions of people around the globe have the same problem.
         2. International Day United Nations Peacekeepers—created by resolution by  the   UN General Assembly on December 11, 2002 and first celebrated on this day in 2003 to commemorate the sacrifices made by UN Peacekeepers wearing their blue combat helmets who were first used to monitor the truce after the 1948 Arab Israeli War following the creation of Israel and sadly are very much in need still today around the world.

 3.  2007 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 2007 on this day was “Buy U a Drank (Shawnty Snappin’)” by T-Pain feat. Yung Joc on a run 1 week in that position to join 16 other songs reaching number 1 and 7 other acts achieved their first number 1 song either as the lead artist or featured guest. Here is a video recording by T-Pain feat. Yung Joc of “Buy U a Drank (Shawnty Snappin’)”:   T-Pain, a black rapper was born in 1985 and has won two Grammys and best known for popularizing Auto-Tune, a pitch correcting device used for vocals to give them a robotic quality. Young Joc is a rapper with 8 children, 5 of which were born out of wedlock with 3 women and 3 with his now divorced 1st wife due to his infidelity.
        4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “ria” which means a wide creek which with our drought in California we will not see unless it is a very dry one.
          5.  Life Aping Art--celebrating the birth on this day in 1974 songwriter/singer Lamont Coleman better known in his short career as Big L who just as his hip hop rap career was beginning to take off was fatally shot nine times in a drive by shooting in Harlem on February 15, 1999. His childhood friend Gerald Woodley was arrested 3 months later but the charges were dropped but Woodley after a life of crime including prison time met his Karma on June 24, 2016, by being fatally shot in the head.
          On this day in
         a. 1868 at Decoration Day, the predecessor to Memorial Day, was observed for  the first time and a proclamation was read by John Logan, head to the veterans group, the Grand Army of the Republic.
         b. 1958 the unidentified remains of a soldier from World War II and a soldier from  the Korean War were buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
           c. 1982 Spain joined NATO.
          d. 2008 the Convention on Cluster Munitions prohibiting their production, stockpiling , transfer and use was adopted by 107 nations but not 7 of the 14 who had used them and 17 of the 34 nations who had produced them.
       e. 2020 Crew Dragon Demo made by SpaceX was successfully launched to take 2 astronauts to the International Space Station in the first American rocket to be launched into space with humans aboard since the end of the Space Shuttle Program.
        Reflections on UN Peacekeepers: “For all the civilians saved thanks to     the presence of peacekeepers, there have been those who were lost – the United Nations personnel who sacrificed their lives for a noble cause. Even as we mourn our fallen colleagues, we are all uplifted by their unflinching commitment and are inspired to strive even harder for the collective cause so eloquently envisaged in the United Nations Charter: a world free from the scourge of war."-- Jan Eliasson (Former President of the UN General Assembly)

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