Wednesday, July 14, 2021

July 13, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Fools Paradise Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not July 13, 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 188,579,875 cases ( 188,084,379 cases yesterday); 12,108,223 of which are active, 176,471,642 closed with 172,406,315 recoveries (97.70% and 97.70% yesterday, and 4,065,327 deaths (2.30% and 2.30% 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 34,807,813 (34,766,404 yesterday)  with 4,879,927 active cases of which 4,640 are serious or critical (4457 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now on a serious upswing due to Delta virus up to .0952% 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 24,631, 29,927,886 closed, with 623,435 deaths (2.08% and 2.08% yesterday) and with 29,304, 451 recoveries (97.92% and 97.92% 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 1872 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5819) 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 (3115), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria 2633),   Brazil (2503) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Argentina (2184), Belgium (2165), (Italy (2117), Poland (1989), 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 (1792), Chile (1764), Spain (1732),  France (1703), Portugal (1689),  Sweden (1437) that never closed its economy down like we did, Bolivia (1457) and Switzerland (1250). 
              Tests: We have now conducted 513,711,557 tests (now at 1,542,663/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,485,720/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, 322,548/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:  29,453 Deaths/M 534
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 173,149 Deaths/M 724
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:     4,799 Deaths/M 377

              US Vaccinations: As of 7/13/21 334.9 million doses at .533 million per day finally up from .527 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 43,692,413 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 not moved from 18th of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 51.2% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 48.1% has not moved from 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 95 deaths now confirmed with the latest being a 1 year old girl but now only 14 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 a they have removed 18 million pounds of concrete; our “border is secure fantasy Mayorkas who seems to have no problem with the thousands of illegals pouring across our border because in his mind they are soon to be Blue voters has indicated that Cubans fleeing the oppression in Cuba by boat will not be allowed in (human crisis does not apply when the refugees and asylum seekers are likely to vote Red); Blues had fled the state of Texas to prevent a quorum so what they falsely claim to be a voter repression bill worse than poll taxes or literacy tests cannot be voted on (they should beware as Texas Rangers are looking for them with orders to arrest on sight and bring at least one of them back to Texas to create a quorum); Biden has turned the bully pulpit of the presidency into a platform of pathological liars with his inanity of comparing the Texas election reform law to Jim Crow racism; Chick-Fil-A which has been the top fast food chain for 7 years has incurred the ire of 180 students and faculty who want to ban Chick-Fil-A from the campus because of their false claims of anti LBGBQ bias and contributions to Christian charities (time for the good fathers of Notre Dame to spiff up their spines and tell these woke idiots to pound sand); you know that woke in this country is getting out of hand when the USOC wants to our flag rebrand (do these idiots thing the same athletes who turned their backs on the flag or want to kneel when the anthem plays are suddenly going to become superpatriots with a rebranded flag?) the MLB All Star Game which was move due to the false claims of voter suppression from Atlanta to Denver at a cost of at least $70 million that Atlanta voters should remember next November was won by the AL for the 8th time in a row 5-2; Larry Elder has just entered the recall race against Newsom;  as Reds fume that Biden was given an economy on a silver platter which his kneejerk high regulation high taxes will derail, leave it to the reality of Biden holding on to Trump’s coattails:                                                            

            Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through July 12, 2,021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 2195 persons shot of 
whom 381 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 “Alley Oop” by The Hollywood Argyles,  the fact that you are blessed with sangfroid and a quote by James B. Fry on the NYC Draft Riots, 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.  Gruntled Workers Day—created by Ruth and Thomas Roy to honor all those workers who are happy to be in the job they are in as opposed to those disgruntled workers who are unhappy and wish they had the courage or ability to quit and find work at a place of employment more to their ideals.
              2.  National Fools Paradise Day—observing that state of euphoria to many of us are sometimes exposed to--a state of happiness based on belief, denial, or false hope which after reality sets in as it usually does sooner or later the state is shed to move on to find true and lasting happiness based on reality either existing or what you intend to make it become.
              3. 1960 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1960 on this day was “Alley Oop”  by The Hollywood Argyles on a run of 1 week in that position to join 18 other songs that achieved number 1 status and 11 other acts with their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a recording  by The Hollywood Argyles of “Alley Oop”: The Argyles were a musical ensemble for studio recordings  put together by songwriter Kim Fowley and his fellow musician Gary Paxton and supposedly when this recording was made the members were toasted.
              4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “sangfroid” which means coolness or composure, traits which most of our politicians on either side of the aisle lack. 
              5.  Prescription Death--celebrating the birth on this day in 1966  of noted singer, songwriter and actor Gerald Lavert who released 9 solo albums and whose career was cut short on November 10, 2006 when he was found dead on his bed in his home which an autopsy revealed to be from a deadly cocktail of prescription narcotics and over the counter medications when he was suffering from pneumonia causing acute intoxication which the coroner ruled to be an accidental death.

              On this day in:
a. 1863 riots broke out in New York City against conscription into the Union Army prompting declarations of martial law and federal troops being sent to restore peace and when peace had been restored 3 days later 110-120 people had been killed and some 2000 wounded.
               b. 1973 in what would be the beginning of the end and the “smoking gun”, Alexander Butterfield before the Senate Committee investigating the Watergate Breaking revealed the existence of a heretofore secret tape recording system in the Oval Office,
                c. 1985 Vice President George H.W. Bush became Acting President for a day while President Reagan had polyps removed from his colon.

                d. 2008 Taliban and Al-Qaeda forces attacked an observation base at near Quam, Afghanistan and when they were finally stopped and had to retreat due to artillery and air called upon them, 9 Americans had be killed and 27 wounded and the attacking forces may have lost 21-65 killed and 45 wounded.
                e.  2020 the body of actress and singer Naya Rivera was found in Lake Pru 5 days after a boat had been found floating in it with her 4 year son by himself; her death was caused by drowning and investigators she had died saving her son and somehow getting him back into the boat before she went under the waters.

                Reflections on the NYC Draft Riots: “The enforcement of the draft was yesterday seriously resisted in the ninth district of the city of New York. The mob, variously estimated in numbers up as high as 30,000, attacked the officers of this bureau in the performance of their duty, and destroyed the building in which the draft had been conducted, and many of the rolls, records, and appurtenances connected with the draft. The military and the police force of the city on duty there were overwhelmed and dispersed.
                In the present condition of things, I do not think the draft can be made without additional force. I therefore recommend that four regiments of infantry and a battery of artillery be sent immediately to New York City…”
James B. Fry, Provost-Marshal-General in a letter to the Edward Stanton, the Secretary of War, July 14, 1863.

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