Saturday, June 12, 2021

June 12, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Day Against Child Labor


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not June 12, 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 176,209,818 cases (175,757,456 yesterday), 12,231,135 of which are active, 163,978,683 closed with 160,175,448 recoveries (97.68% and 97.68% yesterday, and 3,803,234 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 34,307,188    (34,276,459 yesterday) with 5,346,025 active cases of which 4,919 (4,987) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now down to .092% 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 24,352, 28,961,163 closed, with 614,778 deaths (2.12% and 2.13% yesterday) and with 28,346,385 recoveries (97.88% 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 1847 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5631 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  3.96% of its closed cases have died (3103), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria 2594),   Brazil (2263) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Belgium (2155), (Italy (2103), Poland (1972) and the UK (1875) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing), and Argentina (1856), and slightly better than Mexico (1765), Spain (1721),  France (1687), Portugal (1676), Romania (1664),  Chile (1587), Sweden (1431) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in deaths, Bolivia (1304) and Switzerland (1246). 
            Tests: We have now conducted 493,298,460 tests (now at 1,482,117/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,350,518/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 2,832,849/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 1765/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:  16,476 Deaths/M 462
                 Honduras:    Active Cases: 151,232 Deaths/M 656
                 El Salvador:  Active cases:     2,909 Deaths/M 352

             US Vaccinations: As of 6/11/21 306.5 million doses finally after decreasing for several days falling to below 1 million to decrease from 1.14 million per day to 1.06 million 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 39,959,106 total doses have been given (83.0% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 82.1%), 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  24th of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 45.6% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 42.8% has moved down  from  19th to 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: The cancel culture virus seems to  be  upset that  the backlash seems focused against Critical Race Theory being forced down students’ throats and is stepping up to the plate in the Randolph Township School Board for removing the names of holidays from the school calendar and replacing them with “Day Off”, which has sparked a petition to have them removed if they do not resign; the president of Mexico was gushing over Where’s Waldo to the point of referring to her as the president of the United States and felt the meetings were a success probably since Harris did not raise the issue of Mexico taking back illegals turned back from the border due to public health issues (since Biden is probably oblivious Jill like an earlier Edith should be whispering in his ear that he has a “shadow president” that wants his job); since the federal government under Biden has abandoned its duty to secure our borders and in fact with the halting of the border wall and handcuffing I.C.E. to deport illegals working to further efforts to widen the open nature of the border, the governors of the states of Texas and Arizona are calling on fellow governors for help by sending police resources to their borders; looks like Biden’s one on one meeting with Putin after the G-7 Meeting will still occur in Geneva but the press conference that normally occurs after such meetings will not be a joint one but only involve Putin; the winning bid for a seat of the Jeff Bezos Blue Origin’s first manned flight up and back into space set for July 20th  was $28 million which will go into charity so it will be a deductible expense but still an outlandish expenditure for an 11 minute ride (probably might make it easier for Biden to get his wealth tax); the leaders of the G-7 have voted to end public support for the coal industry raising the interesting question of what we will need to use to generate the increased amount of electricity we will need to power the increased number of EV’s projected; NYC is being hit with the perfect storm of surging violent crime the confluence of massive cuts in the police budget and the actions of a judiciary that seems to bend over backwards to get violent criminals back on to the streets with deadly consequences as 16 year old Alberto Ramirez on his third arrest for gun charges had his $75,000 bail reduced by Acting New York Supreme Court Judge Dennis Boyle to $10,000 cash of $25,000 bond which this gang member’s family posted releasing Ramirez to engage in a gang turf war shooting spree that killed an innocent bystander; Pennsylvania Republicans will pass voter reform that includes a provision for presenting acceptable voter ID and a requirement to request mail in voting as opposed to mass mailing which the Blue Governor Wolf will veto, falsely claiming it is an assault of voting rights by the same people who caused the January 6 events in the Capitol; in a Jonah moment déjà vu lobster fisherman was diving for lobsters ended up in a Hump Back whales mouth and when the whale resurface he started pounded on its mouth and was spit out bruised but with no broken bones; as Harris continues to get slammed for not going to the border and dodge any firm commitment to do so, leave it to the political cartoonist to mock her laughing responses and shifting the narrative efforts:                                                                                

Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is back to show that   through June 11, 2,021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1622 persons shot of whom 280 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 “Despacito” by Louis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, the fact that you are roborean in nature, and a quote from Stephen Jones, counsel for Timothy McVeigh on the impact of his acts, 
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              1.  World Day Against Child Labor—created by the International Labor Organization and first celebrated on this day in 2002 to promote the end of child labor and a minimum age of child labor, better working conditions and ban certain occupations that involve too much danger for children.
             2. Little League Girls Baseball Day—celebrating on this day in 1974 when    girls  were first allowed to participate in Little League Baseball a sport which if biological born males who identify as transgender females are allowed to participate will fade away as females will not want to play against biological males.
             3. 2018 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 2018 on this day was “Nice for What” by Drake on a run of 12 weeks in that position to join 11 other songs reaching number 1 as 9 acts achieved their first number 1 song either as the lead artist or featured guest.  Here is a video recording by Drake:     
             4.  Word of the Day—-the word for today is “rodomontade” which means boasting or bragging which acts are often in inverse relation to the extent of the skills and accomplishments which is the subject of a rodomontade.  
               5.  Even a Member of the Pretenders Can’t Pretend to Cope--celebrating the birth on this day in 1952 of noted English bassist and founder of the band the Pretenders Peter Farndon whose drug use caused another member of the band James-Honeyman-Scott to demand he be fired or he would quit and Farndon was fired on June 14, 1982. In a pot calling the kettle black Honeyman-Scott died from a heart attack in a cocaine overdose on June 16, 1982. Farndon lasted a little longer until April 14, 1983 to drown in his bathtub following a cocaine overdose.
              On this day in:
              a. 1939 the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, New York.
              b. 1987 President Reagan publicly challenged Soviet Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
              c. 2009 television stations switched from analog to digital broadcasting as a result of the DTV Delay Act.
              d. 2016 Omar Mateen a jihadist, is entered the Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, to shoot and kill 48 attendees and wound 53 before being shoot and killed by  police hoprnn1998 Compaq Computer paid $9 billion to acquire Digital Equipment Corporation. 
              e. 2017 Otto Warmbier after 17 months in a hell hole of a North Korean prison returns home to the United States in a coma and dies a week later.
              Reflections on the use of child labor: “Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.” Grace Abbot, noted 20th Century social worker who specialized in child welfare and the regulation of child labor.
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