Thursday, June 10, 2021

June 10, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Alcoholics Anonymous Founders Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not June 10, 2021       

         CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 175 million at 175,241,255 cases (174,929,866 yesterday), 12,694,604 of which are active, 162,546,651 closed with 158,767,911 recoveries (97.68% and 97.68% yesterday, and 3,778,740 deaths (2.32% and 2.32% 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 34,264,792 (34,243,640 yesterday) with 5,397,207 active cases of which 5,083 (5,124) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now down to .094% 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 24,188, 28,867,585 closed, with 613,494 deaths (2.13% and 2.13% yesterday) and with 28,254,091 recoveries (97.87% and 97.87% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is now .19% lower than the world’s death rate.

            Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady but slowing climb to 1843 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5613 the new number 1 which has had a quantum leap in deaths previously unmatched which may be a change in the method of reporting; Hungary the new number 2 has had a huge continuing surge in deaths with the increase now slowing down and improving slightly to  3.99% of its closed cases have died (3102), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria 2590),   Brazil (2242) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Belgium (2154), (Italy (2100), Poland (1969) and the UK (1874) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing),  and slightly better than Argentina (1827), Mexico (1762), Spain (1718),  France (1685), Portugal (1675), Romania (1649),  Chile (1564), Sweden (1430) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in deaths, Bolivia (1290) and Switzerland (1245). 
         Tests: We have now conducted 491,081,281 tests (now at 1,475,502/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,339,668/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 2,800,397/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 down to 11th  on my list of deaths from the pandemic having been passed by Argentina at 1762/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:  Active Cases:  15,268 Deaths/M 459
           Honduras:    Active Cases: 150,359 Deaths/M 653
           El Salvador:  Active cases:     2,832 Deaths/M 350

           US Vaccinations: As of 6/9/21 304.8 million doses finally after decreasing for several days falling to below 1 million to increase again to 1.12 million per day which means if the rate does not increase it will take us now down to some 5 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 39,764,396 total doses have been given (82.7% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 81.8%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has not moved  up from  26th   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 45.3% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 42.5% has moved up  from  20th to 19th 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: The backlash against the teaching of the insanity of Critical Race Theory seems to be growing notwithstanding Barack Obama’s criticism of the backlash (watch school board elections to be the new battleground as parents seek to oust leftist school board members); looks like rifts are occurring in the Blues, leftist Rep Omar rants that Blues who condemn her strident anti-Israeli positions are Islamophobic; the pandemic despite Operation Warp Speed was Trump’s Achilles Heel in 2020 and Blues exploited it to victory with Bunker Biden but Sen. Graham is touting that the leaked Fauci e-mails (which MSM like Chuck Todd and Morning Joe dismiss as a tempest in a teapot) show a politization of the CV research; Zuckerman is being castigated over Facebook’s moderation (read censorship) of the origins of COVID-19 and Reds are demanding Facebook release any correspondence and e-mails between the company and government official pertaining to the origin; the trillions being printed by the government and proposed to be printed by Biden have prompted the inflation vultures to come home to roost as the CPI rose year to year 5% in May, the highest increase since August of 2008; Fauci has added a new card like the race card or homophobic card to the Blues quiver to attack Reds, that the attacks on Fauci are attacks of science causing top Reds to demand his resignation or be fired by Biden; with businesses complaining that they can’t find workers to fill vacant jobs, no surprise that jobless claims fell to an all-time low; AOC is tweeting that negotiating with the Reds is a waste of time as an untimely death could cost them their majority with Harris voting (more likely she should be worried about Biden’s policies and the chaos at the border caused by them); as attacks on the shoving down kids’ throats in schools of critical race theory leave it to the political cartoonist to graphically portray the true costs to our republic:                                                                          

Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is back to show that   through June  8, 2,021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1583 persons shot of whom 272 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 “One Dance” by Drake feat. WizKid and Kayla, the fact that you have no needs for roborants, and a quote from Kurt Vonnegut, 
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      1.  Alcoholics Anonymous Founders Day—celebrating the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous in Akron, Ohio on this day in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Doctor Bob Smith which has grown to an estimated over 55,000 chapters worldwide.
        2.  National Ball Point Pen Day—celebrating the achievement of two Hungarian brothers László and György Bíró omg to invent the ubiquitous ball point pen, a patent for which was filed by László on this day in 1943.
           3. 2016 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 2016 on this  day  was   “One Dance” by Drake feat. WizKid and Kyla on a run of 9 weeks in that position to join 10 other songs reaching number 1 and 7 other acts that achieved their first number 1 song either as the lead artist or featured guest.  Here is a video recording by Drake feat. WizKid and Kyla Lamar of “One Dance”:  Drake is a very successful 34 year old Canadian rapper, singer/songwriter and entrepreneur with 170 million record sales to his credit, 3 homes, 1 of which is 35,000 square feet in Toronto valued at $100 million and a 767 jet.  WizKid is a very successful 30 year old Nigerian rapper who has fathered 3 children out of wedlock from three different women. Kyla is a 40 year old Filipino R&B singer/songwriter.
         4.  Word of the Day—-the word for today is “roborant” which means an invigorating drug or tonic which it seems our president needs higher doses of.
          5.  Pinned Permanently At Too Early an Age--celebrating the   birth on this day     in 1944 of Ze'ev Friedman, an Israeli weightlifter, who place 12th in his event, one of highest places achieved by an Israeli athlete in Olympic competition and after a night celebrating with his teammates and then returning to the Olympic Village was taken hostage by Palestinian terrorists and was killed along with 8 of his teammates at a Munich Airport during a botched rescue attempt. 
On this day in:
         a. 1898 in the Battle of Guantanamo Bay U.S. Marines began the invasion of Cuba during the Spanish-American War of 1898.
         b. 1964 after breaking a 75 day filibuster, the Senate passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
        c. 1977 James Earl Ray and 6 other convicts from Bushy Mountain State Prison where he was serving a 99 year sentence for the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. and were captured 3 days later; his 3 days of freedom on the run cost him an additional year added to his sentence.
         d. 2001 Pope John Paul II canonized St. Rafqa as Lebanon’s first female saint.                       e. 2009 88 year old James von Brunn, a white supremacist, Holocaust denier and neo-Nazi, entered the National Holocaust Memorial Museum  in Washington, D.C. and shot and killed a museum guard and was then wounded by other guards and taken prisoner and charged with murder and a hate crime which made him eligible for the death penalty which he cheated by dying of natural causes awaiting trial on January 6, 2010 at the age of 89.                   Reflections on the creation of Alcohol Anonymous:   What has been America's most nurturing contribution to the culture of this planet so far? Many would say jazz. I, who love jazz, will say this instead: Alcoholics Anonymous.” Kurt Vonnegut, noted American author.   
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