Thursday, July 1, 2021

July 1, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not July 1,, 2021       

    CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 183 million at 183,249,484 cases (182,817,773 yesterday), 11,519,599 of which are active, 171,729,885 closed with 167,762,896 recoveries (97.69% and 97.69% yesterday), and 3,966,989 deaths (2.31% and 2.31% 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 34,550,460 (34,529,913 yesterday) with 4,889,144 active cases of which 3,872 (3,845) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now up to .079% of active cases and now back to a 27 serious or critical cases increase to decrease the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 25,399), 29,661,316 closed, with 620,446 deaths (2.09% and 2.09% yesterday) and with 29,040,870 recoveries (97.91% and 97.91% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is still .22% lower than the world’s death rate.

             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady   but slow climb to 1864 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5754) 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 a new method of reporting to have a fatality rate of 9.37% of total cases now; Hungary the new number 2 has had a huge continuing surge in deaths with the increase now slowing down and improving slightly to  3.90% of its closed cases have died (3113), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2619),   Brazil (2421) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Belgium (2163), Italy (2113), Argentina (2068), Poland (1985), and the UK (1878) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing),  and slightly better than Mexico (1789), Romania (1772), Spain (1729),  France (1698), Chile (1690), Portugal (1682),  Sweden (1436) that never closed its economy down like we did, Bolivia (1417) and Switzerland (1250). 
           Tests: As more and more of us are being vaccinated we are testing fewer each day and we have now conducted 506,671,157 tests (now at 1,521,835/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,428,756/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 3,129,066/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 1789/M with a fatality rate of 10.43% 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:  19,942 Deaths/M  505  
                    Honduras:    Active Cases: 163,301 Deaths/M  696
                    El Salvador:  Active Cases:    3,807 Deaths/M  366 
         US Vaccinations: As of 7/1/21 328.2 million doses with after 4 days of decreasing doses finally increasing for 5 days from 1.002 million per day yesterday to 1.12 million per day which means if the rate does not increase it will take now take us some 4 months to miss Biden’s goal of having 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity (other than Flip Flop Fauci who is suggesting 90%). In California 42,771,685 total doses have been given (87.0% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 85.8%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully ends Newsom’s term, California moved from  10th back to 20th   of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 50% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 47% is still at 18th  among the 50 states (maybe Newsom’s vaccine lottery deserves more credit).  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: In Miami the search for survivors has been halted due to structural concerns over the remaining portion of the tower collapsing on rescuers and when it is recommenced it most likely after 8 days be  shifted to one of recovery of bodies and sadly body parts as Biden and the First Lady have visited the site; SCOTUS has incurred the wrath of the Blues over its ruling that Arizona’s election laws banning ballot harvesting and requiring provisional ballots cast at the wrong precinct be discarded (true to form any attempt to prevent fraud will be opposed tooth and nail by Blues in their quest for one party rule); SCOTUS also ruled that California’s law requiring major donors to 501(c)(3) nonprofits was unconstitutional; Newsom’s recall has been set for September 14 following the certification by the Secretary of State of 1.7 million signatures; as California struggles with 161,000 homeless, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg has proposed a right to housing and a requirement that the homeless accept housing if offered while in L.A. a pilot program with 70 tents for up to 120 people with security, meals and porta-potties at a cost of $2,666 per month which is more than many 1 bedroom apartments in pricey L.A. neighborhoods; Mayor Lightfoot of Chicago who epitomizes a light weight leader is blaming 99% of criticism of her handling of the crime surge in Chicago on racism and sexism motivations of her critiques ( she is right that there has been a slight decrease in the month of June, 2021 from June 2020, but year to date shootings are up from 1406 to 1620); the former Washington Redskins now the Washington Football Team has been tackled with the largest sexual harassment fine ever levied by the NFL, $10 million but no loss of draft picks or suspensions; the Trump Organization and its CFO have entered not guilty pleas to the corruption charges levied against them; no belt tightening at the Biden White House as 22 of his top advisers are sucking down $180,000 per year; Biden after visiting the South Champlain Tower collapse parroted his Energy Secretary’s claim that climate change could have caused the collapse (she was slammed but good chance the fawnee-in-chief will be home free); Garland after taking aim at states passing voter reform under his view that it is racist and having his law suit against Georgia probably destroyed by SCOTUS ruling in Arizona has shifted gears and has placed a hold on all federal executions until a review of federal procedures has occurred to insure defendants were accorded their Constitutional rights; Facebook is back to its anti-free speech behavior having pop-ups appear warning users they may have been exposed to extremists and pointing a click to get help (extremist in Facebook’s universe is usually conservative); in the ongoing sage of the sordid conservatorship tale for Brittany Spears, co-conservator Bessemer Trust has petitioned the court to be able to resign which if grant would put Brittany Spears in a world of hurt with her father who she detests and wants out of her life as the sole conservator (amazing if it can happen to a woman with such earning power what the heavy hand of the state could do to mere mortals); the backlash against the idiotic “defund the police” moves of Blue led city councils is making progress as a judge has order Minneapolis to hire more police officers; a high tax state like California is facing a huge sucking sound from Arizona that will soon install a flat rate income tax of 2.5% which should add another pitch to have high income tax payers leave this states; Gwen Berry whose turning her back on the flag and the National Anthem resulted in a massive amount of condemnation has vowed that she will compete in the Tokyo Olympics;  the MSM is ramping up its scaremongering technics on the Delta Variant of Covid-19 as an expected call for further shutdowns just as the nation is starting to emerge from the lockdowns and shutdowns of our economy;  as shootings and murders across the nation are rising off the charts and Biden is pushing more control against law abiding citizens leave it to the political cartoonist to highlight the fears Americans must now feel:                                                           

               Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through June 30, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1954 persons shot of whom 334 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 “The Third Man Theme” by Anton Karas and his zither, the fact that you rarely do anything that would merit ruth, and a quote by Willie Nelson on Lance Armstrong and The Tour de Francesecure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Fourth of July, 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.  Canada Day—originally celebrated on July 1, 1867 as Dominion Day to commemorate Canada becoming a Dominion of Britain and now celebrated as Canada as it is now an independent country.
               2. Zip Code Day—commemorating the day in 1993 in an attempt to speed up the mail, the USPS instituted the 5 digit zip code to be attached at the end of all addresses.
               3. 1950 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1950 on this day on a run of 11 weeks in the position was “The Third Man Theme” by Anton Karas to join 11 other songs in the number 1 position. Here is a recording of “The Third Man Theme” by Anton Karas: Karas forever memorialized the zither as a musical instrument in the film.
               4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “ruth” which means pity which is what we should feel for the likes of the Squad who know not the damage they do.
              5.  Aging With Grace and Dignity--celebrating the birth on this day in 1916 of one of the more noted actresses of her time in a career spanned 53 years Olivia De Havilland who became the longest living Academy Awards Winner until her final curtain call on July 26, 2020 of natural causes at 104.

               On this day in:
               a. 1903 the start of the first Tour de France.
               b. 1979 to the joy of music lovers everywhere, SONY introduced the Walkman.
               c. 1980 “O Canada” became the official national anthem of Canada.
               d. 1991 the Warsaw Pact was  officially dissolved.
         e.  2020 the United States-Mexico-Canada Act came into force replacing  the disastrous agreement of NAFTRA.

            Reflections on Lance Armstrong and his doping wins of the       Tour de France: “I think it is just terrible and disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong, especially after what he achieved winning seven Tour de France races while on drugs ... When I was on drugs, I couldn't even find my bike.” Willie Nelson, noted singer and marijuana user.                                                          

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