Monday, July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Simplicity Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not July 12, 2021       

            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 188 million at 188,084,379 cases ( 187,533,975 cases yesterday); 12,004,787 of which are active, 176,079,592 closed with 172,023,653 recoveries (97.70% and 97.69% yesterday, and 4,055,939 deaths (2.30% 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 34,766,404 (34,731,593 yesterday)  with 4,869,026 active cases of which 4,457 are serious or critical (4341 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now on a serious upswing due to Delta virus up to .092% of active cases and now a steady increase in the number of serious or critical cases to decrease the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 24,814, 29,897,378 closed, with 623,029 deaths (2.08% and 2.09% yesterday) and with 29,274,349 recoveries (97.92% 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 1871 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5814) 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 9.36% 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  3.89% of its closed cases have died (3114), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria 2632),   Brazil (2492) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Argentina (2176), Belgium (2165), (Italy (2117), Poland (1988), and the UK (1882) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing),  and slightly better than Mexico (1804), Romania (1791), Chile (1762), Spain (1732),  France (1702), Portugal (1688),  Sweden (1437) that never closed its economy down like we did, Bolivia (1457) and Switzerland (1250).                    Tests: We have now conducted 513,059,613 tests (now at 1,540,729/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,480,445/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, 304,221/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 1804/M with a fatality rate of 10.32% 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:  28,513 Deaths/M 533
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 173,149 Deaths/M 724
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:     4,803 Deaths/M 376
             US Vaccinations: As of 7/12/21 334.6 million doses at .527 million per day finally up from .507 million per day which means if the rate does not increase it will take us now some 9 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity (other than Flip Flop Fauci who now believes that 90% is required).  In California 43,661,613 total doses have been given (87.9% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 86.5%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has finally has moved up from 19th to 18th of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 51.1% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 48.0% has  moved down  from 17th tied with Delaware  to 18th  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: Searchers at the collapsed Champlain South Tower with 94 deaths confirmed and 22 believed to still be missing have ended their search for survivors and are now searching to recover bodies or parts thereof  believed to be in the rubble; Cubans have taken to the streets over the lack of vaccines, CV health and the failing economy, demanding an end to communism as the government fires back blaming the U.S. financing mercenaries to protest (the idea that our spineless president who avoids confrontation like the plague is trying to overthrow an oppressive regime is ludicrous); while Cubans protest in the streets, from the left and Castro sycophant Sanders only the sounds of silence; we all know about the inflation tax but in California we are facing a new tax on incomes the shoplifters tax as shoplifting has exploded in California cities since the felony threshold has been raised from $450 to $950 and retailers will be forced to pass the costs on to the general public; the Veteran’s Administration which was in the doghouse during the Obama Administration for long waiting times to see doctors and vets dying by not getting appointments is back in the doghouse again under the Biden Administration as a backlog of processing records needed to qualify for benefits is impacting thousands of vets and their families; MSNBC must have eaten to much crow to speak as it gave 2 minutes of news time covering Avenatti’s prison sentence after having him as an anti-Trump pundit  108 times; while most Americans were applauding as Unity went into suborbital space and then successfully came down CNN’s Brian Stelter was the wet blanket clown asking if is was ethical in times of the pandemic and climate change to have the launch; as Washington, D.C. reached 100 murders in July for the first time since 2003, Biden may be aping Fauci and flip flopping on the defunding the police, calling on the need to hire more officers (a great first step but it ignores the need to back the ones on the street today and the new ones to be hired by eliminating the push to end qualified immunity that is a morale, retention and hiring killer; Stephen Smith a black newscaster for ESPN was backtracking furiously and apologizing profusely that foreign MLB stars like Angel Ohtani should speak English to better promote the game of baseball (Ohtani is playing like Babe Ruth when he played for the Red Sox, pitching and hitting home runs); tomorrow is the MLB All Star Game and viewers will be reminded that the Blues pressured MLB to move the game from Atlanta to Denver under the false claim that Georgia’s election laws were “Jim Crow” suppressing black voters: in a real case of overkill, Rapper KTS (“Kill To Survive”) Dre, after posting bail for a felon in possession of a firearm was released only to be shot 64 times and killed outside of Chicago’s Cook County Jail by shooters so typically not caught; as the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly and easily new concerns increasing that the ease of transmission make it inappropriate to quarantine infected CV patients in hotels; the Peter Principle is running on all cylinders in the case of Kamala Harris as she inanely claims that rural America is not able to copy voter ID documents (they can run farms with thousands of dollars of equipment, hedge in the Commodities Futures Market and navigate to feed the nation but can’t  copy documents—how dumb can our VP really be?); Gavin Newsom is so inept he couldn’t get his party affiliation next to his name on the recall ballot and had to sue to try and  as expected lost (do Californians really want some who thinks he is above the to serve out his term?);   as Reds and even Obama’s former ethics director are slamming Hunter Biden’s $500,000 a painting quid pro quo scheme leave it to the political cartoonist to expose the reality of what is happening and why we should be outraged:                                                                                                                            

            Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through July 11, 2,021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 2186 persons shot of whom 378 have died.
            As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a video recording musical link to “The Battle of New Orleans” by Johnny Horton,  the fact that you expect any trip to a hospital will result in a sanable experience and a quote by Hovhannes Bagramyan r on the Battle of Kursk, secure 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.  Simplicity Day—celebrating the ethos of Henry David Thoreau of living a simplistic life who was born on this day in 1817 which with our 24/7 lifestyles and loss of privacy is getting harder and harder to accomplish.
              2.  National Pecan Pie Day-- celebrating the great Southern desert creation a pecan pie which is a pie hard to put down even if this highly evolved omnivore is clueless of who created this day and when first celebrated.
              3. 1959 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1959 on this day was “The Battle of New Orleans” by Johnny Horton on a run of 6 weeks in that position to join 15 other songs that achieved number 1 status and 8 other acts with their first number 1 song. Here is a video recording  by Johnny Horton of “The Battle of New Orleans”: Just as Horton’s career was taking off on November 5, 1960 his prediction that he would die at the hands of a drunken driven came true on a bridge near Milano, Texas when an intoxicated student James Earl Davis lost control and ran his pickup truck head first into Horton’s car killing him and injuring the 2 passengers in the car. Davis was convicted of murder without malice and sentenced to 2 years which was probated.
             4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “sanable” which means able to be healed which describes to a tee the thoughts of anyone heading into a hospital due to illness or surgery.
             5.  Grindcore--celebrating the birth on this day in 1969 of noted guitarist Jesus "Jesse" Ernesto Pintado Andrade who was the lead guitarist of Napalm Death and coined the term “grindcore” which meant “noise and chaos” to describe his music. He was a heavy drinker and like to many with that problem he suffered from liver failure and died in a diabetic induced coma on August 27, 2006 at the young age of 37.

             On this day in:
a. 1862 the Medal of Honor was authorized by Congress.
              b. 1943 Soviet and German armed forces met during the Battle of Kursk in Operation Citadel in the Battle of Prohorovka in one of the  largest clash of tanks ever seen which when coupled with the landing of the Allies in Sicily broke the back of the Wehrmacht and caused them to soon withdraw from the battle and to insure that the Soviets would ultimately defeat the Germans in the East.
              c. 1948 Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion ordered the expulsion of Palestinians from the villages of Lod and Ramla.

              d. 1962 the Rolling Stones first performed at the Marque Club in London.                              e.  1973 a fire destroyed the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel and Records Center.
         Reflections on the battle of Kursk and its impact: “We have won on the Arlov, Kursk, Belgorod, and Kharkov grounds. We won because the country was being defended not only by the army but by the entire Soviet people. The Socialist economy, Soviet political structure, and Marxist-Leninist ideology proved their unarguable excellence against the Fascist economy, Fascist political structure, and Fascist ideology of Germany.”  Hovhannes Bagramyan, noted Soviet general and Front Commander in World War II

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