Monday, May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Wold Press Freedom Day



Ridley’s Believe It Or Not May 3, 2021
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 154 million at 154,024,171 cases (153,479,745 yesterday), 19,437,745 of which are active, 134,586,426 closed with 131,363,459 recoveries (97.61% and 97.60% yesterday ,and 3,222,967 deaths (2.39% and 2.40 % yesterday) to continue the slow trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentage with some plateaus, dips, and rises (have no idea why the comparatively large improvement in deaths and recoveries yesterday).
       CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 33 million at 33,210,536 (33,180,441 yesterday) with 6,743,429 active cases of which 9,416 (9,466) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now still at .14% of active cases and now trending down on decreasing the number of serious or critical cases to once again increase the reduction from the  29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 19,855),  26,467,107 closed, with 591,332 deaths (2.23% and 2.24% yesterday) and with 25,875,775 recoveries (97.77% and 97.76% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is now .16% lower than the world rate after the world’s spike in improvement and now .13% higher than Canada which has the socialized type of medicine Biden may well want to implement here but has approved 4 vaccines as opposed to our 3, one of which J&J is now no longer on hold.
         Standing: On a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1778 the U.S. ranks behind Hungary the new number 1 which has had a huge surge in deaths (2895), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2389), Belgium (20886), Italy (2011), Brazil (1907) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and the UK (1871) which had passed us despite leading world in testing),  Peru (1863), and Poland (1801)  and slightly better than Spain (1674), Portugal (1669),  Mexico (1670),  France (1608), Argentina (1411),  Sweden (1384) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths,  Chile (1380), Switzerland (1224) and Bolivia (1103).
       Tests: We have now conducted 449,768,843 tests (now at 1,352,192/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,179,952/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 2,292,382/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 is 12th on my list of deaths from the pandemic at 1670/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:

                   Guatemala:  Activecases:     15,761     415Deaths/M
                   Honduras:     Activecases:   129,540     532Deaths/M
                   El Salvador:   Active cases:     2,3160    328 Deaths/M   

         US Vaccinations: As of 5/3/2021 246.8 million at 2.29 million per day in the last week sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us now reduced to some 3 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 31,382,140 total doses have been given (79.2% of doses received slightly less than the U.S. average of 79.0%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has fallen from 27th tied with South Dakota to alone in 28th  out of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 32.0% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 31.8% has fallen from 28th to 29th .  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: What is not surprising is that NBC, WAPO and the NYT were lying and got caught claiming Giuliani had prior warning before the FBI raid  that the FBI was investigating Russian involvement in the election but what is surprising is that the troika of bias corrected that lie (lawyers are not above the law but police raids on lawyers too often raise questions of the attorney client privilege which is the cornerstone of our judicial system); Reds are properly outraged over Biden’s idea of $4 billion in aid to the Northern Triangle to improve conditions to deter flight to the U.S. (the three countries are plagued by massive corruption and the remittances from those 3 countries in excess of $16 billion a year far outweigh aid Biden is talking about); after a marriage of 27 years Bill and Melinda Gates are calling it quits and will be divorcing (Melinda will probably surpass McKenzie Bezos in terms of wealth unless there was a far less generous prenuptial agreement in place); the Bidens visited a 5th Grade classroom in Virginia and received an earful on virtual learning some good and other bemoaning it was terrible with goods often due to they could nap, eat or plead mic problems  if they didn’t know the answer; the Multnomah County Sheriff announced last week that no more citations for any rioting charges but sadly the facts are on the federal level that of the 97 people arrested on federal charges from May through October, 2021, 58 have had their charges dismissed or are on track to be dismissed and most of the remaining 32 will probably also be dismissed (no wonder cops across the country are leaving or disgusted when putting your life at risk to arrest someone means they are even prosecuted).
         The hubris and ego of Cuomo defy the imagination as he is after his idiotic orders that sent CV infected patients into nursing homes to kill the residents there is now hectoring the unvaccinated to get vaccinated before they kill their grandparents (enough of this lying hypocrite—when does New York rise up and impeach him to send him packing?); Jeff Tobin of CNN who was granted leave but not fired after being caught masturbating during Zoom sessions is still absent and CNN is mum on whether he has been axed or will return; another shooting and killing of a black, this one Erick Derrel Smith who is alleged to have murdered his ex-girlfriend and her nephew and then kidnapped a baby and who died in a shootout with police with the baby taken to the hospital (hopefully even the most rabid BLM anti-cop haters will have a hard time pushing the narrative that the police were not justified); Governor DeSantis has suspended his COVID-19 emergency orders, signed bills preventing the requirement of vaccine passports and limiting CV emergency orders to 7 days; while CV cases continue to decline and more and more of the population is vaccinated, the Pentagon citing CV concerns has banned the 30 year old tradition of veterans on motorcycle in tribute to missing veterans citing CV concerns (easier for an illegal with or without CV to cross the border than Americans to peacefully assemble to pay tribute to veterans); Germany with CV deaths at 1000/M has cancelled Ocktober Fest for the 2nd year.
While the attacks by the BLM, Blues and MSM on Senator Tim Scott have continued unabated, leave it to the political cartoonist to reveal them as the true divisive racists in this country:                                                  


        Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is back to show that through May 2, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1085 persons shot of whom 192 have died.
         As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “I Like Rock and Roll” by  Joan Jett and the Blackbirds, that you enjoy having a relache when under the gun to meet a deadline and a quote by the Florida Times Union and Citizen on the great fire of 1901,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Mother’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. Sun Daycreated by President Jimmy Carter on this day 1978 to promote the use of solar power to produce electricity and after over 40 years solar power in the first 5 months of 2020 produced only 3.2% of our nation’s electricity.
           2. World Press Freedom Day—created by the UN General Assembly in December 1993 and celebrated on this day since 1994 to promote a free press not constrained by the government. We in America are lucky to have a free press which today although not restrained by the government is under woke attack by its leftist members and more and more frequently guilty of censorship by omission of articles or events damaging to the left’s agenda.
         3.  1982 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1982 was “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackbirds on a run of 7 weeks in that position to join 14 other songs reaching number 1 and 9 other acts which achieved their first number 1 status. Here is a recording by Joan Jett and the Blackbirds of “I Love Rock and Roll”: Jett and the Blackbirds are still rocking and rolling and are on tour this year, COVID-19 permitting.
          4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “relache” which means an interval of rest which watching Biden stumble and fumble through the easiest conversation is something that he needs a lot of.
        5.  Checkmate Way to Young—celebrating the birth on this day in 1995 of a noted young chess phenom Ivan Bukavshin who was defeating his peers right and left in chess tournaments but faced a drug checkmate from which he could not escape and died from an overdose of No-Spa.
           On this day in
           a. 1901 a fire broke out in Jacksonville, Florida and when it had burned out 8 hours later, the fire had burned 146 city blocks, killed 7 people, destroyed more than 2,368 buildings, and left almost 10,000 residents homeless (a third of the city’s population). 
            b. 1952 the Kentucky Derby was telecast nationally for the first time.
          c. 1999 Oklahoma was hit with a F5 tornado that caused $1 billion in damages, 45 deaths and 665 injuries and produced the highest winds on the planet ever recorded 300 m.p.h. +/- 20.
            d. 2001 the U.S. lost its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission, a seat which it had occupied since 1947.
          e. 2016 a wildfire descending toward Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada caused the evacuation of 84,000 residents who later returned to 2400 homes that had been  burnt to the ground.
            Reflections on courage and destruction in the Great Fire of 1901: ”The young ladies of the force [Western Union], cool and calm, were standing to their posts, even when the building 40 feet across the street was crumbling. The city building went, a department building, the armory, the County Courthouse, the Clerk’s office with the county records, the Criminal Courthouse, the city jail and the High and Grammar schools and the Catholic church and orphanage, Motyairs Memorial Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church and the convent. The scene was one that beggars description.” Florida Times-Union and Citizen describing the carnage.
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