Ridley’s Believe It Or
Not July 3, 2021
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 184 million at 184,211,460 cases (183,249,484 yesterday), 11,630,602 of which are active, 172,580,558 closed with 168,594,518 recoveries (97.69% and 97.69% yesterday), and 3,986,743 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 34,588,043 (34,562,735 yesterday) with 4,879,370 active cases of which 3,803 (3,871) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now down to .078% of active cases and now back to a 68 serious or critical cases decrease to increase the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 25,468, 29,708,673 closed, with 621,255 deaths (2.09% and 2.09% yesterday) and with 29,087,418 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 1866 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5770) 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 (2622), Brazil (2446) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Belgium (2164), Italy (2114), Argentina (2096), Poland (1986), and the UK (1879) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing), and slightly better than Mexico (1792), Romania (1775), Spain (1730), Chile (1710), France (1699), Portugal (1683), Sweden (1436) that never closed its economy down like we did, Bolivia (1427) and Switzerland (1250).
Tests: As more and more of us are being vaccinated we are testing fewer each day and we have now conducted 507,590,331 tests (now at 1,524,547/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,436,896/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 3,147,387/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 1792/M with a fatality rate of 10.42% 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: 23,870 Deaths/M 516
Honduras: Active Cases: 165,470 Deaths/M 702
El Salvador: Active Cases: 4,100 Deaths/M 368
US Vaccinations: As of 7/3/21 330.0 million doses with after 5 days of increasing finally a slight drop from 1.12 million per day to 1.09 and increase back up to 1.12 million per day which means if the rate does not increase it will take now take us some 4 months to meet 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 42,976,116 total doses have been given (87.3% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 86.1%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully ends Newsom’s term, California is stuck at 20th of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 50.2% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 47.3% 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: Reds continue to push the idea that Biden is mentally flawed and should take a cognitive awareness test like Trump did and passed with flying colors which as of yet Biden has refused to do and will be used in 2022 to encourage voters to replace Blue reign in the House and Senate to curtail a dementia impacted president; in Miami the search for survivors has resumed with the death count rising to 24 with the confirmed number of missing now dropped down to 124 as Governor de Santis announced that contracts will be signed to demolish the portion of the South Tower still standing due to its perceived imminent danger of collapsing; while Blues have their heads in the sand claiming that there is no crisis at the board and biased leftist hacks like Joyless Reid are claiming there is no crime spike, latest reports from the CBP are that with 4 months remaining in the 2021 Fiscal Year, 6918 criminal illegals have been arrested crossing the border; e-mails released show the South Tower Condominium Building Manager complaining to the city about delays in getting building permits so construction could be started (bureaucratic delay and ineptness at fault?); Khaled Awad, originally here on a student visa but then illegally here when it expired has been charged with attempted murder of a Jewish rabbis in NYC and is being held without bail and hate charges are being considered; reality has hit Andrew Cuomo finally in the face as only 1/3 of voters think he should run for another term and 62% think he should not (hopefully he will spare us another run but if his ego will not permit him from bowing out, great chance the new Empire State Governor will be a Red); Blues have introduced legislation that would severely curtail the ability of a state where a company is located to tax the telecommuting residents of another state being employed by that company (could very well be another incentive to move from have tax Blue run states to low tax states and telecommute); the 17 year cicadas have come and gone and are burrowed into the ground after their parents have died to reappear in 17 years or perhaps sooner due climate change; after a never ending stream of vitriol on “White Supremacists” real and imaginary finally a heavily armed group of African Americans who view themselves above the law and superior to whites making waves as the heavily armed group in a routine traffic stop in Massachusetts have been arrested with fortunately no shots fired; Amy Gutmann, President of Penn that is in hot water for accepting millions of undisclosed donations from China has been appointed to serve as Ambassador to Germany; as Biden and his policies are raising havoc in this nation, leave it to the political cartoonist to exemplify the Biden Ball and Chain:
Gun Violence: Hey Jackass.com is alive and well to collect data to show
that through July 2, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of
color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1996
persons shot of whom 342 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 “Here in My Heart” by Al Marino, the fact that you enjoy a great sack, and a quote by Col. Doug Douds, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), U.S. Army War College on the Gettysburg Battle site, 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. National Independent Beer Run Day—created by the Brewers Association on June 26, 2019 and first celebrated on this day in 2019 to promote the brewing of craft beers and their consumption and celebrated on the last day before the 4th to stock up on craft beers before one’s barbecue or 4th celebrations.
2. International Day of Cooperatives—celebrated on the first Saturday in July since 1995 to commemorate and honor the efforts of some 1 billion members in cooperatives in a broad spectrum of our economic and cultural activity around the globe.
3. 1952 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1952 on this day on a run of 3 weeks non continuous in the position was “Here in My Heart” by Al Martino to join 10 other songs in the number 1 position. Here is a recording of “Here in My Heart” by Al Martino: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMD-k0C1AM8. Martino was known as one of the great Italian American pop singers and also remembered for his role as Johnny Fontaine in The Godfather.
4. Word of the Day—the word of the day as we leave words starting with “r” and move to those starting with “s” is “sack” which also means a dry white wine or sherry from Spain.
5. One Two Punch Is Too Deadly--celebrating the birth on this day in 1930 of noted guitarist and studio musician who was probably the most recorded musician of the 20th Century Tommy Tedesco who was a heavy smoker throughout his life and had his career ended by a stroke in 1992 that left him partially paralyzed; years of smoking caught up with him and he died of lung cancer at age 67 on November 10, 1967.
On this day in:
a. 1775 General George Washington took command of the Continental Army such as it was.
b. 1886 the New York Tribune became the first newspaper to start using linotype ending the time consuming practice of setting type by hand.
c. 1938 President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Memorial and lit the Eternal Flame at the Gettysburg Battlefield.
d. 1979 President Carter authorized Operation Cyclone, a program of secret military aid to the opponents of the Pro Soviet regime in Afghanistan, which grew significantly under Reagan including Stingers which made it very costly for Soviet helicopters and airplanes to fly missions.
e. 1988 the USS Vincennes in a real oops moment thinking it was being attacked shot down Iranian Flight 655, an Airbus 300, over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 persons aboard which ultimately resulted in a construed U.S. apology and a payment of $61.8 million to the victims.
Quotes on the Gettysburg
Battle site: “On this ground occurred the end of the beginning of the Battle
of Gettysburg and the beginning of the end of the Civil War. The scene of the
last stand of Union troops on the first day fighting and the location of
General Robert E. Lee’s headquarters for the next two, this land has tactical
through strategic importance. To preserve it is an act of faithful
stewardship. It preserves another link for future generations to understand
the Battle of Gettysburg, and the great sacrifices made by earlier citizens
on our behalf.” — Col. Doug Douds, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), U.S. Army War College
July 3, 2021 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet