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May 31, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Memorial Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not May 31, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 171 million at 171,455,438 cases (171,037,054 yesterday), 14,069,258 of which are active, 157,294,825 closed with 153,730,061 recoveries (97.73% and 97.73% yesterday, and 3,565,764 deaths (2.27% and 2.27% 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 34,113,046 (34,043,068 yesterday)  with 5,639,539 active cases of which 6,129 (6,136) 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 23,142), 28,473,607 closed, with 609,767 deaths (2.14% and 2.14% yesterday) and with 27,863,840 recoveries (97.86% and 97.86% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is now .13% lower than the world rate.
     Standing: On a deaths per million population measurement on a steady but slowing climb to 1832 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  4.10% of its closed cases have died (3085), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2565), Belgium (2143),  Brazil (2164) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy (Italy (2089), Peru (2077), Poland (1950) 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 (1718), Spain (1708), Argentina (1714), Portugal (1674), France (1675),  Romania (1585),  Chile (1521), Sweden (1419) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths,  Switzerland (1241), and Bolivia (1224).
      Tests: We have now conducted 479,930,123 tests (now at 1,442,204/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,303,020/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 2,660,145/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 1718/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:     12,657     448Deaths/M
                   Honduras:     Activecases:   146,705     629Deaths/M
                   El Salvador:   Active cases:     2,589     345 Deaths/M  
      US Vaccinations: As of 5/31/21 294.9 million doses stuck at 1.32 million per day per day in the last week sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us now back to some 5 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 38,261,502 total doses have been given (80.7% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 80.5%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has moved down from  24th   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 43.0% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 40.7% has not moved from 23rd  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: It is becoming apparent that COVID-19 was leaked from the Wuhan Lab and what is disturbing is the more and more it is beginning to look like MSM dismissed that theory because it would help Trump in the election which Biden won by hiding out in his basement; UK intel is also now pointing to the Wuhan Lab for the COVID-19 leak and condemning WHO for what looks more and more like a sham to shelter Chinese complicity with the increasingly discredited wet market theory (the real question remains which after a year and a half of Chinese coverup is whether the Wuhan Lab was altering the virus to weaponize it and if so what will the U.S. and the world do with over 3.5 million deaths the result of such Chinese activities?); Miami-Dade police have recovered the stolen Nissan Pathfinder that was used in the mass shooting in Miami that killed 2 and wounded 20 and released a video of 3 masked men leaving it; the principal of a Stockton high school was escorted off the stage after telling graduating seniors he loved them and tried to do what was best for them but he had been fired by the school board (wonder if he opposed critical race theory which prompted the axe?); a surveillance video in NYC—where else—shows a 55 year old Asian woman walking on a sidewalk and then knocked unconscious by a black walking toward her who even the most fanatical anti-Asian would want this scumbag to be caught and convicted a felonious assault enhanced as a hate crime; MLB and its players union balked at playing the All Star Game in Atlanta because of Georgia’s new voting law which Wokers’ claim unjustly will curtail black voting and now they are facing potential litigation from a business coalition due to revenue that will be lost due to a moving of the game.                                           
       Chicago Gun Violence: Hey Jackass.com is back to show that through May 30, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1444 persons shot of whom 250 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 “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne feat. Static Major, the fact that you are able to face problems with a riant reaction, and a quote from State Senator Kevin Mathews on the Tulsa Massacre and why residents felt it was not a riot, 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. Memorial Day—celebrating since 1868 all those vets who and served  in   our Armed Forces and sacrificed in the defense of our freedom.
       2. World No Tobacco Day—created by the WHO in 1988 to promote the end of tobacco usage given the deadly effects it has on smokers and those exposed to secondhand smoke and observed on this day since 1989.
        3. 2008 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 2008 on this day was “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne feat. Static Major on a run of 4 weeks in that position to join 13 other songs reaching number 1 and 5 other acts achieved their first number 1 song either as the lead artist or featured guest one of whom Static Major achieved his posthumously as the 7th artist to do so. Here is a video recording by Lil Wayne feat. Static Major “Lollipop”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IH8tNQAzSs Lil Wayne a rapper who has been performing since age 12 has sold over 120 million records and has had 4 children, 3 of which born out of wedlock and a 8 month’s stint in prison for a weapon’s charge has not slowed him down. Static Major was a noted rapper songwriter whose singing career was on an upward track when he died during surgery for a rare neuromuscular disease on February 25, 2008.
       4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “riant” which means laughing or cheery which describes an outlook on life that is good to possess.
       5.  The Beast Danced to a Different Drum--celebrating the birth on this day in 1948 musician John Bonham aka “the Beast” and best known in his short career as the lead drummer for  Led Zeppelin but the Beast when it came to alcohol did not dance to the moderation drum and on September 25, 1980 during and after a day of rehearsal drank enough alcohol to kill a horse which it did as after passing out he vomited up the numerous shots of vodka and choked himself to death at age 32 in his sleep. His fans piled up numerous drumsticks at his grave in the forlorn horn he could rise up and play them again.           On this day in
         a. 1921 a young black shoe shiner Dick Rowland was accused of trying to rape a white elevator operator Sarah Page when he tripped entering her which was the spark that lit the Tulsa Massacre the next day as 75 blacks, some armed had arrived to protect him from being lynched and an angry white mob in the hundreds  were bent on that purpose which resulted in shots being fired and 10 whites and 2 blacks dying outside the jail which set off angry white mobs into black neighborhoods to kill and maim and destroy and when the dust cleared on June 1 after the National Guard was summoned, the official total of deaths stood at 26 blacks and 10 whites, over 800 injured and large numbers of black homes and businesses destroyed. In a terrible footnote to this sad day in American race relations the charges against Dick Rowland, who survived the Tulsa Massacre were dismissed when Sarah Page indicated she did not want to prosecute him.
     b. 1971 in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Memorial Day was celebrated on May 31st, the last Monday in May for the first time as opposed to May 30.
        c. 1977 to the joys of American motorists tired of being held hostage to OPEC, after years of legal delays the Trans Alaskan Pipeline System was completed and soon would be delivering 2 million barrels a day of petroleum to Valdez for shipment to the lower 48 for refinement.
       d. 2005 Vanity Fair disclosed that FBI agent Mark Felt was the “Deep Throat” that exposed the Watergate Coverup that led to President Nixon’s resignation to avoid being convicted of impeachment.
         e. 2019 DeWayne Craddock, a former employee of the Virginia Department of Public Works who had just resigned, went back to the Virginia Beach Municipal Center armed with 2 pistols and shot and killed 1 contractor arriving to obtain a permit and 11 employees and wounding 3 employees and 1 responding police officer before being killed by responding police in a prolonged gun fight. In a what have happened moment, one of the victims according to her family’s attorney had indicated she wanted to bring her firearm to work but that she refrained from doing so due to the city’s policy that forbade such action.
         Reflections on the Tulsa Massacre of 1921: “I kept hearing over and over again that the word riot gives the connotation that you burned your community down. We didn’t do this to our own community. We had it burned down by others. And if it was burned down, it was burned by them.”  State Sen. Kevin Matthews, chairman of the 1921 Race Massacre Centennial Commission in reference to newspaper accounts of the events in Tulsa.

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