Wednesday, June 16, 2021

June 16, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Sea Turtle Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not June 16, 2021       

            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 177 million at 177,191,404 cases (177,191,404 yesterday), 11,687,472 of which are active, 165,874,140 closed with 162,033,575 recoveries (97.68% and 97.68% yesterday, and 3,840,565 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 34,353,431 (34,335,482 yesterday) with 5,158,494 active cases of which 4,336 (4,403) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now down to .084% of active cases and now a significant reduction to decrease the number of serious or critical cases to increase the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 24,935, 29,194,937 closed, with 615,780 deaths (2.11% and 2.12% yesterday) and with 28,579,157 recoveries (97.89% and 97.88% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is now .21% lower than the world’s death rate.

           Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady   but slowing climb to 1850 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5665) the new number 1 which has had a quantum leap in deaths previously unmatched which was a change in the classification to give Peru the u a 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  3.93% of its closed cases have died (3107), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria 2599),   Brazil (2295) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Belgium (2157), (Italy (2106), Poland (1976) and the UK (1875) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing), and Argentina (1900), and slightly better than Mexico (1769), Spain (1724),  France (1690), Portugal (1677), Romania (1676),  Chile (1601), Sweden (1431) that never closed its economy down like we did, Bolivia (1331) and Switzerland (1247). 
           Tests: We have now conducted 496,061,959 tests (now at 1,490,325/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,368,862/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 2,884,509/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 been passed by Argentina to move down to 11th  on my list of deaths from the pandemic  at 1769/M with a fatality rate of 10.52% of closed cases 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:  17,115 Deaths/M 468
                 Honduras:    Active Cases: 151,896 Deaths/M 664
                 El Salvador:  Active cases:     3,196 Deaths/M 354

          US Vaccinations: As of 6/15/21 311.9 million doses finally after decreasing for  several days falling to below 1 million to increase from 1.11 million per day to 1.14 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 40,667,793 total doses have been given (84.2% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 83.2%), 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 of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 46.8% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 43.9% has not moved from 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: Putin and Biden have ended their Summit and each  held  a solo press conference which allowed Putin an anti-American unchallenged forum (Biden’s handlers most likely terrified to have a frail, weak, lapsing President next to vibrant and viral Putin); in a show of a shred of journalistic nonfawning Kaitlan Collins challenged Biden’s claim the Summit was productive only to have Biden go postal on her telling her as he walked away that if she didn’t understand his answer “she was in the wrong business; Biden has given Putin the redline of 16 infrastructure entities that must be immune from cyberattack (hope this is not a déjà vu of Obama’s redline in Syria); Putin has taken advantage of the systematic racism and white supremacy claims of the Blues and the left by holding out the January 6 events at the Capitol and the BLM protests over police killings of blacks; CBS anchor Tony Dokoupi after seeing the brazen shoplifter in a Walmart  stealing merchandise in front of aa security guard and pedaling in the aisle out through the door dismissed it as “he probably needed it anyway”; Tiger Woods was spotted in L.A. on crutches  with a leg brace hobbling); HRC in an interview on the Biden/ Putin Summit apparently still can’t come to grips with her loss in 2016 blaming Putin for destroying her chances (let it go HRC and get a life); ex-FBI now CNN “pundit” is being mocked for claiming the FBI does not know the motive for the shooting of Scalise and others at a Red practice for the Annual Congressional Baseball Game; in an Ohio McDonald’s a black customer went postal and attacked three employees behind the counter because they wouldn’t mix flavors in her Slurpee (one hopes she was having a bad day and not a reflection of anger over the false narrative of systematic racism and white supremacy pedaled by the left; our armed forces evidently have a theft problem involving firearms which sometimes end up in the hands of criminals but despite FOIA requests seems to be hiding the extent of the problem not only from the public but also from Congress; in another anecdotal of the Woke Nation Caleb Wells, a teacher in Illinois slamming the “prison-industrial complex” and the military-industrial complex is slamming those parents who oppose Classic Race Theory as “racist”; in a weird karma moment Haiti’s goaltender Josue Duverger, who born in Montreal, self conceded a goal to give Canada a 1-0 lead enroute to its 3-0 win which eliminated the island nation; the mayor and city council of Minneapolis which have cut the police budget due to calls to defund the police were sued by two residents for failing to staff the department at required levels; frustrated over what he sees as a complete abandonment of Biden’s responsibility to secure the border as seizures of fentanyl are up 800% in just 4 months in amounts sufficient to kill 21 million, Governor Abbot of Texas steps up the plate to announce a $250 million to start building the wall of Texas state land and land to be donated by private citizens; the House with 14 Reds voting no  passed the Senate’s bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating the date on June 1865 when federal troops arrived in Texas to tell them that they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation some two years earlier; Jack Phillips, the conservative baker/artist who won before SCOTUS to prevent creating a wedding cake for a same sex couple has been hit with and lost a lawsuit brought by a transgender woman to celebrate her transition which ruling will be appealed; as nonMSM members continue to raise doubts over Biden’s fading mental acuity, leave it to the political cartoonist to graphical display the concerns over Biden’s declining mental state:

                Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that   through June 15, 2,021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1697 persons shot of whom 293 have died.
            As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a recording musical link to “In a Little Gypsy Tea Room” by Bob Crosby,  the fact that you do not stoop to roorback, and a quote from Mary Alice on how to learn from sea turtles, 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 pricing.     
           1.  World Sea Turtle Day—created  by American Tortoise Rescue in 1990 to promote efforts to protect sea turtles from extinction as certain species the are endangered. The Ridley Kemp Sea Turtle which is the smallest sea turtle and the Olive Green Ridley Sea Turtle which is one of the smallest sea turtles have no relation to the Alaskanpoet, but both are endangered and protected by the Endangered Species Act.
                2National Vinegar Day—created to celebrate that ubiquitous liquid used in cleaning, as a spice, pickling agent and as seasoning and a lesson the wine being stored for years was not properly corked and celebrated on this day and November 1 of each year.                     3. 1936 Number 1 Song USAthe number 1 song in 1936 on this day was “In a Little Gypsy Tea Room” by Bob Crosby a run of 1 week in that position. Here is a recording by Bob Crosby of his number 1 song in 1936: “In a Little Gypsy Tea Room.” Bob Crosby was the younger brother of  the Crooner Bing Crosby and an accomplished jazz singer and band leader in his own right and best known for this group the Bobcats. He used up his 9th life on March 9, 1993 from cancer.    
             4.  Word of the Day—-today’s word is “roorback” which is a defamatory falsehood used for political effect which describes the rants of most Blues but particularly members of the Squad.
                  5.  3 out of 4 Not Too Bad--celebrating the birth on this day in 1970      of  noted golfer Phil Mickelson who is one of 17 golfers to win 3 out of 4 of the major PGA Championships, the Masters, the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open which he has never won but finished a record 6 times as a runner-up and is the oldest player to win a major championship when he won the PGA Championship weeks before his 51st birthday.                                  On this day in:  
                    a. 1904 Irish author James Joyce began his relationship with Nora Barnacle and uses the date as a basis for the actions in his novel Ulysses; the date is now known among Joyce fans as “Bloomsday.”
                    b. 1981 President Ronald Reagan awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to Ken Taylor, Canada’s Ambassador to Iran during the American Hostage Crisis for his role in spiriting 6 American diplomatic personnel out of Tehran; he was the first foreigner to be so honored.
                    c. 2010 the mountain air in Bhutan became much fresher when the country became the first nation to ban all tobacco within its boundaries.
                    d. 2016 the Shanghai Disneyland Park opened, the first Disney Park in mainland China.
                    e. 2019 upwards of 2,000,000 protestors in Hong Kong took to the streets over China’s heavy-handed rule and curtailment of liberties.
                    Reflections on sea turtles on their day of honor: Pride of one’s work is not improper, unladylike, or vain. Low self-esteem is not modesty. We can all take a lesson from the sea turtle. She does not travel thousands of miles or risk all for her ego. She has an instinct for greatness — one that I believe is found in all living creatures.” Mary Alice a noted American actress whose observation is right on.   
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