Friday, June 4, 2021

June 3, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Club Foot Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not June 3, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 172 million at 172,671,166 cases (172,416,191 yesterday), 13,338,995 of which are active, 159,123,187 closed with 155,411,508 recoveries (97.67% and 97.73% yesterday, and 3,711,679 deaths (2.33% and 2.26% 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 34,156,112 (34,154,305 yesterday) with 5,558,176 active cases of which 5,842 (5,999) 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 23,429), 28,597,936 closed, with 611,067 deaths (2.14% and 2.14% yesterday) and with 27,986,869 recoveries (97.86% and 97.86% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is now .17% lower than the world rate.
       Standing: On a deaths per million population measurement on a steady but slowing climb to 1836 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  4.04% of its closed cases have died (3091), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2572),   Brazil (2186) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Belgium (2147), (Italy (2092), Peru which has had a quantum leap in terms of deaths/M which may be a change in reporting or an error (5538), Poland (1959) 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 (1753), Argentina (1740), Spain (1713), Portugal (1675), France (1678),  Romania (1595),  Chile (1525), Sweden (1425) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths,  and Bolivia (1246) and Switzerland (1243).
       Tests: We have now conducted 481,676,943 tests (now at 1,447,407/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,306,524/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 2,709,531/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 1753/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:     13,312     451Deaths/M
                   Honduras:     Activecases:   147,241     637Deaths/M
                   El Salvador:   Active cases:     2,639     347 Deaths/M  
       US Vaccinations: As of 6/3/21 297.7 million doses falling to below 1 million at 999,434 million per day in the last week down from 1.32 million even though decreasing still sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us now back to some 6 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 38,637,248 total doses have been given (81.2% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 80.8%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has not moved from  26th out of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 43.5% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 41.2% has moved up from 21st 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: Fauci has written a book on the pandemic that will be out in the fall but online publishers have pulled it from presales and the publisher is indicating that Fauci will not be paid for the book (hard to believe that statement but maybe Fauci was smart enough not to add to his target status by aping Cuomo’s $5+ million fleece of his publisher); White House is doubling down on supporting him as a “undeniable resource” as leaked emails show him supporting Wuhan  Lab leak was a conspiracy theory; the left’s justification for packing SCOTUS claiming Red appointees are mere puppets took a beating when SCOTUS handed down 5 9-0 decisions and Justice Breyer who is the oldest member of SCOTUS after RBG’s death slammed as did RBG the idea of packing the court by expanding it as it would destroy the court’s independence which is the basis to compel most people to abide by its rulings; Kaamu Boob, the head of Google’s diversity team, got bitten by an old blog that was perceived to be anti-Semitic and was removed (wonder if “diversity” a code word to conceal wokeness); Amazon which should be facing anti-trust litigation is rightfully under fire for promoting the sale of “Blue Lives Murder” attire while hypocritically intoning it does not support that principle; COVID-19 evident was not swayed by Tom Cruise’s anti-CV rant as 1 of the production workers on Mission Impossible 7 has tested positive, shutting down production until June 14; biased CNN “journalist”.
        Brian Stelter should be heading to the ratings bomb shelter as CNN ratings are down 70% since Biden took office (when will sponsors start pulling the plug on CNN shows or at least demanding reduced ad rates which should result in layoffs and salary reductions for the purveyors of bias?); as the recall backers against L.A. County District Attorney  Gascón are out collecting signatures, 17 cities in L.A. County have passed no confidence resolutions against this Soros funded progressive pro criminal D.A.; unfortunately emboldened by CRT, school districts across the nation are trying to implement, it sparking outrage from parents of elementary school kids and in the case in Rhode Island threatening litigation against a mother a kindergartener who is questioning the basis for the doctrine her child is being brainwashed with.
         Hedge fund manager William Ackerman’s SPAC may be closing in on a transaction with the Universal Music Group that would be valued at $40 billion as the SEC is considering new regulations involving transactions involving SPACs; at a time when Russian ransomware hackers have attacked our energy supplies and our meat supplies and even to the dismay of the elitist left-hotel reservations on Martha’s Vineyard, what sort of probing questions do we have to endure from the Washington Press Corps?—what is the status of whether a cat will join the Biden menagerie of pets?; as there seems to be a movement on social media for tattoo artists to remove for free tattoos that today may seem to be “racist” in our PC and Counter Culture environment, leave it to the political cartoonist to point out the hypocrisy of someone who could really benefit from such services:                                                                     

       Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is back to show  that   through June 2, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1476 persons shot of whom 255 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 “OMG” by Usher, the fact that you have a rident personality, and a quote from Al Waxman witnessing the Zoot Suit Riots, 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 Bicycle Day—created by the General Assembly in 2018 12 to recognize the importance of bicycles for over 2 centuries as an environmentally fit mode of transportation and now recognized that use of them can be critical in treating Type I and II diabetes in societies that have seen fit to become heavier and more sedentary.
       2. World Club Foot Day—celebrated on this day since 2013 as an initiative of the Ponseti International Association to commemorate the birthday of Ignacio Ponseti, the pioneer of the Ponseti technique for clubfoot which has been instrumental in giving mobility to those affected with it.

 3. 2010 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 2010 on this day was “OMG” by Usher feat. on a run of 3 weeks in that position to join 16 other songs reaching number 1 and 8 other acts that achieved their first number 1 song either as the lead artist or featured guest.  Here is a video recording by Usher feat. of “OMG”: “OMG” was Usher’s 9th number one single and he became the first artist to have a number one song in the 1990’s, the 2000’s and the 2010’s. is the co-founder of The Black Eyed Peas.
        4.  Word of the Day—the word for today is “rident” which  describes      someone laughing or smiling radiantly which describes our Where’s Waldo with respect laughing but not smiling radiantly.
       5.  Turn, Turn, Turn--celebrating the birth on this day in 1946 of musician Michael James Dick better known to his fans as a member of The Byrds--Michael Clarke who was their drummer, but sadly suffered from a lifetime of heavy drinking and died at age 47 from liver failure on December 19, 1993.
          On this day in
      a. 1937 having previously abdicated his throne “to marry the woman I love” on December 10, 1936, the former King Edward VIII now the Duke of Windsor married Wallace Simpson.
        b. 1943 U.S. Sailors and Marines started attacking Hispanic youths wearing  “Zoot Suits” and when the attacks had ended on the 8th, some 150 Hispanics had been injured.
         c. 1979 the Oil Drilling Platform Itox-1 in the Southern part of the Gulf of   Mexico blew ultimately releasing, before it was capped on March 23, 1980, over 3 million barrels of oil in the second worst oil spill but at least as the oil was heading toward one of the few nesting sites for the Ridley Kemp Sea Turtles, thousands of the baby turtles of this endangered species were airlifted to areas of the Gulf of Mexico free from oil contamination.
         d. 2013 the trial of transgender Chelsea Manning for release of classified documents to WikiLeaks began which resulted in her conviction and sentencing to 35 years imprisonment which was commuted to 7 years by Barack Obama before leaving office on January 17, 2017 which resulted in her being released from prison on May 17, 2017.
         e. 2017 3 Islamic jihadists in London drove their van into pedestrians on   the  London Bridge then jumped out to run into a nearby market where they started stabbing people before having police punch their one-way ticket to Paradise but not before they killed 8 people and wounded 48 including 4 policemen who unfortunately were not armed.                    Reflections on the Zoot Suit Riots, another sad moment in American history:                  “Our boys came out of a pool hall.  They were wearing the zoot-suits that have become the symbol of a fighting flag. Police ordered them into arrest cars. One refused. He asked: “Why am I being arrested?” The police officer answered with three swift blows of the night-stick across the boy’s head and he went down. As he sprawled, he was kicked in the face. Police had difficulty loading his body into the vehicle because he was one-legged and wore a wooden limb. Maybe the officer didn’t know he was attacking a cripple. 
     At the  next corner a Mexican  mother  cried out,  “Don’t take my boy, he did nothing. He’s only fifteen years old. Don’t take him.” She was struck across the jaw with a night-stick and almost dropped the two-and-a-half-year-old baby that was clinging in her arms. . . .
       Rushing back to the east side to make sure that things were quiet here,    I came upon a band of servicemen making a systematic tour of East First Street. They had just come out of a cocktail bar where four men were nursing bruises.     Three autos loaded with Los Angeles policemen were on the scene but the soldiers were not molested. Farther down the street the men stopped a streetcar, forcing the motorman to open the door and proceeded to inspect the clothing of the male passengers. “We’re looking for zoot-suits to burn,” they shouted. Again the police did not interfere. . . . Half a block away . . . I pleaded with the men of the local police substation to put a stop to these activities. ‘It is a matter for the military police,’ they said.” Al Waxman in Eastside Journal

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