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June 5, 2021Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Environment Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not June 5, 2021

        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 173 million at 173,628,869 cases (173,287,587 yesterday), 13,402,585 of which are active, 160,226,284 closed with 156,491,669 recoveries (97.67% and 97.67% yesterday, and 3,734,615 deaths (2.33% and 2.33% 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 34,200,391 (34,190,147 yesterday) with 5,490,781 active cases of which 5,600 (5,677) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now down to .10% 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 23,671, 28,709,610 closed, with 612,571 deaths (2.13% and 2.14% yesterday) and with 28,097,039 recoveries (97.87% and 97.86% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is now .20% lower than the world death rate.
      Standing: On a deaths per million population measurement on a steady but slowing climb to 1841 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 (3096), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2581),   Brazil (2209) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Belgium (2150), (Italy (2095), Peru which has had a quantum leap in terms of deaths/M which may be a change in reporting or an error (5564), Poland (1961) 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 (1764), Mexico (1756), Spain (1715), Portugal (1675), France (1681),  Romania (1607),  Chile (1547), Sweden (1426) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in deaths, Bolivia (1261) and Switzerland (1243).
       Tests: We have now conducted 484,038,064 tests (now at 1,454,456/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,323,782/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 2,736,075/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 1756/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:  14,768 Deaths/M 454
        Honduras:    Active Cases: 148,608 Deaths/M 641
        El Salvador:  Active cases:    2,666  Deaths/M 347
        US Vaccinations: As of 6/5/21 300.3 million doses falling to below 1 million at 937,669 day in the last week down from 999,434 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 39,130,665 total doses have been given (81.6% 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  moved 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 44.2% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 41.6% 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: Twitter has been banned from Nigeria and the social media giant is declaring that access to Twitter is a basic human right while it routinely bans conservative thought and conservative tweeters like Trump (such blatant hypocrisy!); AOC always trying to promote herself has come out and endorsed Progressive candidate Maya Wiley in the primary for mayor; chilling video of a Jacksonville, Florida police heading toward the sounds of gunfire being attacked by a crowd and thrown to the ground but managed to escape without pulling out his gun and shooting; at the North Carolina Republican Convention, Lara Trump announced that due to her young children, she would not be running for a Senate seat and Donald Trump threw his support behind Rep. Ted Budd; Trump is demanding $10 trillion in reparations from China in compensation for the damages caused by COVID-19, 100 % tariffs, and cancellation of debt owed to China; Iran which has been too busy sending arms and funds to terrorists has become a deadbeat on its UN dues of $16 million and has lost its voting rights; the left is obsessed with finding “systematic racism” in every nook and cranny of our lives and even birds are not immune as the Audubon Society accord to WAPO has named 150 birds after slave owners and supporters who fought for the Confederacy; as more and more Americans are troubled by a weak President Biden who seems to be aping Obama and leading from behind on our foreign policy, leave in to the political cartoonist to graphically portray what leading from behind means:   
 Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is back to show  that   through June 4, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1508 persons shot of whom 265 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 “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, the fact that you have dodged the a rigescent bullet, and a quote from Indira Gandhi on the eve of her assassination, 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 Environment Day—created by the UN in 1972 and first celebrated on this day in 1974 at Spokane. Washington, the site of Expo ’74 and created to be a platform for creating awareness of various environmental issues facing the planet and the living creatures that inhabit it that change each and every year.
        2. Apple II Day—celebrating the release by Apple Corporation of the Apple  II  Computer.
            3. 2011 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 2011 on this day was “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele on a run of 7 weeks in that position to join 13 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 Adele of “Rolling in the Deep”:  Adele was born in England on May 5, 1988 and has been performing as a singer/songwriter since 2006 and has managed to shed some 45 kilos of weight.
            4.  Word of the Day—the word for today is “rigescent” which means becoming numb or stiff which sadly is a condition that sometimes comes with age.
        5.  Hopping Into Fame--celebrating the birth on this day in 1895 of noted actor William Boyd better known to his fans as Hopalong  Cassidy, the antithesis of the hard drinking, smoking cowboys portrayed in the literature and movies of the Old West; true to this stage name, Boyd hopped from one marriage to another 5 times and left his saddle for the last time on September 12, 1972 at the age of 79 from complications from Parkinson’s disease and congestive heart failure.  
             On this day in
          a. 1947 at a speech at Harvard University Secretary of State George     Marshall unveiled a plan to bring economic aid to war devastated Europe.
           b. 1981 the Weekly Morbitity and Mortality Report of the CDC announced     the deaths of  5 people in Los Angeles from a rare form of pneumonia that affected people with weakened immune systems and was the first notice of the presence of AIDS.
           c. 1984 kicking off Operation Blue Star, India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi  gave orders to Indian Army surrounding the  Harmandir Sahib (the “Golden Temple” to attack it to find and arrest a Sikh rebel and when the dust had cleared on the 10th after heavy fighting , over a 1,000 troops and civilians had been killed and the anger created in Sikhs led to Indira Gandhi’s assassination by her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.
          d. 1989 ank Man, an unidentified Chinese man, stood in front of a  Chinese tank advancing on Chinese protestors in Tiananmen Square holding up its advance for some 30 minutes before it was able to move around him and advance to clear the Square. The identity of the Tank Man whose stand was caught on video has never been revealed but it is a sure bet that he was arrested and executed.
          e. 2001 Tropical Storm Allison made landfall in Texas and lingered until June 20, 2001, in Texas and the Southeast as it moved slowly North until dissipating in Pennsylvania but not until it had caused 41 deaths and $9 billion in damages.
         Reflections on the premonition of assassination by Indira Gandhi following her ordering Indian Army forces to enter the Golden Temple: “I am here today, I may not be here tomorrow. But the responsibility to look after national interest is on the shoulder of every citizen of India. I have often mentioned this earlier. Nobody knows how many attempts have been made to shoot me, lathis have been used to beat me. In Bhubaneswar itself, a brickbat hit me. They have attacked me in every possible manner. I do not care whether I live or die. I have lived a long life and I am proud that I spend the whole of my life in the service of my people. I am only proud of this and nothing else. I shall continue to serve until my last breath and when I die, I can say, that every drop of my blood will invigorate India and strengthen it.” Indira Gandhi in her last speech before her assassination on the next day.
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