Monday, May 31, 2021

May 30, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not MS Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not May 30, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 171 million at 171,037,054 cases (170,633.437 yesterday), 14,340,267 of which are active, 156,696,787 closed with 153,139,967 recoveries (97.73% and 97.73% yesterday, and 3,556,820 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 34,043,068 (34,035,318 yesterday) with 5,592,640 active cases of which 6,136 (6,197) 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 23,135), 28,450,428 closed, with 609,544 deaths (2.14% and 2.14% yesterday) and with 27,840,884 recoveries (97.86% and 97.86% 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 1832 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  4.10% of its closed cases have died (3084), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2559), Belgium (2143),  Brazil (2160) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy (Italy (2088), Peru (2077), Poland (1950) 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 (1700), Portugal (1674), France (1673),  Romania (1583),  Chile (1514), 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 (1225).

       Tests: We have now conducted 479,490,895 tests (now at 1,440,907/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,296,346/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 2,660,182/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:     13,086     447Deaths/M
                   Honduras:     Activecases:   146,705     629Deaths/M
                   El Salvador:   Active cases:     2,593     345 Deaths/M   

      US Vaccinations: As of 5/30/21 294.9 million doses at 1.32 million per day down from yesterday’s 1.39 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 38,261,502 total doses have been given (80.7% 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 moved down from  24th   to 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 43.0% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 40.7% has not moved from 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: Another mass shooting this time in Miami at a rappers release party as a SUV stopped, gunmen got out and starting shooting, killing 2 and wounding some 25  and then sped off and are still being sought (in his condemnation the Miami police chief condemned the shooters and called for long prison sentences for those criminals who illegally possess guns while reminding everyone that law abiding citizens have the right to bear firearms;  former FDA Commissioner Scot Gottlieb has expressed what many have believed for years that leaks of viruses out of labs occur all the time (more troubling question which may prove impossible to answer was were the Chinese trying to weaponize COVID-19; there is an adage that the third time is the charm which Where’s Waldo blew it first with her inane jokes at the U.S. Naval Academy then with her it’s about me photo wishing people would enjoy a long weekend as finally she today tweeted homage to those vets who have served and sacrificed; Patrisse Cullors, the cofounder of the BLM who has announced she is retiring from the BLM was featured at a Harvard Law School panel where she advocated the destruction of Israel; hold on to your hats as a black threatened a clerk at a drive thru beer outlet with an assault prompting 2 officers to respond who then shot but did not kill the armed suspect when he started to approach him and did not respond to commands and threatened the officers with his rifle (since BlM does not it seems in terms of protest distinguish between armed blacks and unarmed blacks one hopes that the officers’ body cams were on); Mia Khalifa, a former Lebanese porn star has been ranting vial anti-Semitic tweets against Israel; Blues walked out of the State Legislature in Texas to prevent a quorum to prevent Texas from voting on a voting statute which to be expected the Blues contend is a racist attempt to suppress black voting; Biden has announced he will continue discussions with Reds on his “infrastructure” bill into June (the increase in inflation may have even Blues questioning the massive deficit that Biden’s proposals will entail;                                                               

         Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is back to show that through May 29, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1439 persons shot of whom 249 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 MS Day—created by the World Multiple Sclerosis International Foundation in 2009 to promote research to find a cure for this common neuromuscular  disease that affects some 3 million people worldwide which today doctors are only able to treat the symptoms not the disease.

2. International Day United Nations Peacekeepers—created 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 of 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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