Thursday, July 29, 2021

July 28, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Hepatitis Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not July 28, 2021       

            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 196 million at  196,267,832  cases (195,664,774 yesterday); 14,052,623 of which are active, 182, 078,402 closed with 177,881,075 recoveries (97.69% and 97.69% yesterday, and 4,197,327 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 35 million at 35,555,430 (35,288,273 yesterday)  with 5,156,410 active cases of which 8795 are serious or critical, (8447 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now on a serious upswing due to Delta virus up to .017% 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 20,476, 30,199,020 closed, with 627,370 deaths (2.08% and 2.08% yesterday) and with 29,571,650 recoveries (97.92% and 97.92% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is now .23% lower than the world’s death rate.

             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady   but slow climb to 1884 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5859) 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 9.31% 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  3.86% of its closed cases have died (3117), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2640),   Brazil (2577) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Columbia newly added to the list (2322);  Argentina (2286), Belgium (2167), (Italy (2121), Poland (1991), and the UK (1894) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing),  and slightly better than Mexico (1831), Chile (1822), Romania (1794),  Spain (1739),  France (1707), Portugal (1703, Bolivia (1496),  Sweden (1438) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1250). 
              Tests: We have now conducted 526,903,395 (now at 1,581,395/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,570,658 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 3,534,930/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 1831/M with a fatality rate of 9.92% 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:  33,219 Deaths/M 557
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 185,564 Deaths/M 766
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:     7,416 Deaths/M 396
              US Vaccinations: As of 7/27/21 342.6 million doses at .588 million per day (8 months to go for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 78,240 per day which means if the rate does not increase it will take us now some 5 months to have 75% of the population of California vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity (other than Flip Flop Fauci who may believe that 90% is required).  In California 44,761,604 total doses have been given (88.5% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 86.8%), 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  20th  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 52.4% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 49.2% is 17th tied with Delaware 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 more difficult for all but the most rabid Blue backers of Biden or those most terrified of Harris’ incompetence and leftist slant to not accept the fact that Biden’s mind may be under raging dementia assault as he first misnames the Afghan President while he is visiting the Oval office then confuses Trump with Obama and implies Trump caused the 2009 recession; Pelosi took time out from her assault on Ranking Minority Leader McCarthy as being a “moron”, to dismiss the Squad’s call for an illegal dismissal by Biden of $50,000 of the student debt that is a great burden to students since Biden does not have the legal power to take that act; anyone not blind can see that the border is open and we are in a crisis with the unprecedented surge of illegals and now we have additional worries the flood of those illegals infected with COVID-19 that are being process and released into the interior among us as spreaders (whistleblowers’ lawsuits that DHS was demanding that CV infections be concealed at the Fort Bliss processing center); the new Iron Curtain in American will soon be the Vaccine Curtain that will keep you out from working there in person unless you are vaccinated as Facebook has joined the vaccine required ranks; as Biden pushing to spend trillions that will most certainly will fuel more inflation, the fed has announced that inflation will remain high for some time; first liberal Blue Barbara Boxer was attacked in Oakland and Newsom’s PlumpJack’s retail wine store had is window smashed by would be burglars (welcome to the real world Newsom); as the January 6 Capitol Commission starts its hearings leave it to the political cartoonist portray graphically what many believe in terms of its ability to be impartial:          

                  Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through July 26, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 2496 persons shot of whom 429 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 “Indian Reservation (Lament of the Cherokee Indian Reservation)” Paul Revere and The Raiders,  the fact that you could never be accused of being a scapegrace, and a quote by Terry Fox on fighting cancer, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Labor 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 Hepatitis Day—created by the World Hepatitis Alliance on May 19, 2008 and changed in May of 2010 by resolution of the 63rd Annual World Health Assembly to change the date, but not the focus to promote awareness of Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E, work for the prevention and treatment of the disease, to July 28 to honor the birthday Baruch Samuel Blumberg who discovered the virus that causes Hepatitis B.
              2.  National Hamburger Day—celebrating that quintessential uniquely American staple of our diet that is believed to have been first served by Louis Lassen at his Louis Lunch restaurant in New Haven on this day in 1900.
              3. 1971 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1971 on this day was “Indian Reservation (Lament of the Cherokee Indian Reservation)” by Paul Revere and The Raiders on a run of 1 week in that position to join 21 other songs that achieved number 1 status and join 15 other acts 1 of whom was Janis Joplin who was the second artist to achieve that status posthumously, who achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a recording by Paul Revere and The  Raiders of “Indian Reservation (Lament of the Cherokee Indian Reservation)”:  This American group with their Revolutionary War garb which have been a no-no today had great success in the late 60’s and the early 70’s.
              4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “scapegrace” which means a scoundrel which sadly defines far too many of our politicians.
              5.  Hope May Not Run Fast But It Runs--celebrating the birth on this day in 1958 of Terry Fox, a high school runner and athlete who lost a leg to bond cancer and after being fitted with an artificial leg decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He dipped his artificial leg into the Atlantic Ocean on April 12, 1980, and then started his Marathon of Hope which involved running a marathon a day on each day he day he ran which was almost every day after 143 days and 3339 a fit of intense coughing caused him to check into a hospital where it was confirmed that his cancer had returned and found its way to his lungs. He was forced to stop, and chemotherapy was not successful resulting in his death from cancer on June 28, 1981 but his death had not gone in vain as his original goal of collecting one dollar from each of the 24 million Canadians was almost surpassed by a telethon that aired a week after he stopped his run that raised $10.5 million and donations continued to pour in such that by April over $23 million had been raised. After his death, an annual Terry Fox Run has held annually that through 2018 had raised over $750 million for cancer research.

              On this day in:
a. 1932 in what would make the January 6 protests at the Capitol look like a picnic, the U.S. Attorney General ordered the Bonus Army of 13,000 WWI veterans and their 17,000 dependents removed from all government property in Washington, D.C. prompting the army to send in 1000 soldiers and cavalry supported by 6 tanks to remove them and burn down their encampment, resulting in 69 police being injured and 2 veterans shot and killed and contributing to the landslide that swept Hoover out of officee.
               b. 1945 in a chilling omen of what a plane crash might mean, a B-25 Bomber in the fog crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building, killing all 3 crew members and 11 people in the building starting fires that were quickly put out and the structural integrity of the building not damaged.
               c. 1984 the Games of the XXIII Olympiad opened in Los Angeles which were boycotted by Iran and Libya and in a tit-for-tat move due to the U.S.’s boycott of the Moscow Olympics due to the invasion by the Soviet Union of Afghanistan by 14 Eastern Bloc nations excluding Romania which participated and was third in total medals won.

               d. 2005 the Provisional Irish Republican Army called an end to its 30 year armed struggle against British rule in of Northern Ireland.
               e.  2018 Australian Wendy Tuck became the first woman captain to win the Clipper Round the World Race.     
Reflections on fighting cancer: “The night before my amputation, my former basketball coach brought me a magazine with an article on an amputee who ran in the New York Marathon. It was then I decided to meet this new challenge head on and not only overcome my disability, but conquer it in such a way that I could never look back and say it disabled me.” Terry Fox whose death passed the baton of his cancer funding efforts to the annual Terry Fox Run.

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