Tuesday, July 6, 2021

July 5, 2021 Ridley's Believe it Or Not National Workaholics Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not July 5, 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 184,909,522 cases (184,576,401 yesterday), 11,632,755 of which are active, 173,276,767 closed with 169,276,587 recoveries (97.69% and 97.69% yesterday), and finally exceeding 4 million deaths at 4,000,180 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 34,598,355 (34,593,956 yesterday) with 4,865,440 active cases of which 3,831 (3,817) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now down to .078% of active cases and now back to a 14 serious or critical cases increase to decrease the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 25,4440, 29,732,915 closed, with 621,235 deaths (2.09% and 2.09% yesterday) and with 29,111,580 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 (5779) 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 (2629),   Brazil (2453) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Belgium (2164), Argentina (2116), Italy (2115), 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 (1793), Romania (1778), Spain (1730), Chile (1724),  France (1700), Portugal (1684),  Sweden (1436) that never closed its economy down like we did, Bolivia (1429) and Switzerland (1250). 
Tests: As more and more of us are being vaccinated we are testing fewer each day and we have now conducted 507,959,697 tests (now at 1,525,284/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,437,834/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 3,190,695/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 1793/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:  23,128 Deaths/M  520  
                    Honduras:    Active Cases: 167,565 Deaths/M  704
                    El Salvador:  Active Cases:    4,236 Deaths/M  370 
            US Vaccinations: As of 7/5/21 330.6 million doses with a drop down to .975 million per day probably due to 4th of July which means if the rate does not increase it will take now take us some 5 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 43,082,412 total doses have been given (87.5% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 86.3%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully ends Newsom’s term, California moved back from 20th to 21st of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 50.4% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 47.4% has dropped back from 18th to 19th  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: Recovery efforts have resumed now that the portion of the South Champlain Tower has been demolished and the confirm death count has risen to 28 with number of unaccounted for falling to 117; 2 CNN hosts of violence John Avalon and Laura Jarrett, daughter of leftist political hack Valerie Jarrett, were praising San Jose’s proposal to require lawful gun owners to carry insurance to own a firearm and pay a as of yet determined tax to own a fire arm (what a great one two punch against law abiding citizens make them incur the cost of insurance and tax them after they have paid sales tax to buy an annual tax to keep to raise the cost of protecting yourself while idiotic city councils and mayors are reducing police budgets); Lebron James whose Lakers were eliminated by the Phoenix Suns is at home and attending his son’s basketball games when near the end of the game his son Bronny was fouled and the announcer said foul was called because the teams were playing in a arena with Lebron’s name on it which cause James to head over to the announcer’s table to complain, stop the game and have two police walk over to him to encourage him to return to his seat which he did; the West hit with severe drought and high temperatures is facing another plague of Biblical portions—a plague of grasshoppers which is causing a large amount of damage to agricultural crops; at Yale University the school will be offering a course comparing the prison system of the United States with that of Nazi Germany, China and the Soviet Union in the 20th Century (safe bet is that the syllabus will be designed to promote evidence of systematic racism in the U.S. because the large numbers of blacks who have been found guilty of criminal behavior are in prison ); two other cases of why we need a 2nd Amendment as in the Modesto area, a homeowner rushed back to his home after an alarm company had  indicated someone had broken into his home to have the intruder Rodney Lee Martin start shooting at him prompting the homeowner to fire back and kill him and in the other incident in the Modesto area Pearl Fierro broke the sliding glass door with a fire extinguisher of the home of an elderly couple threatening to kill them which prompted a living there after several warnings to shoot and kill her; Spence School in NYC has just joined a growing number of high priced private schools being attacked by parents for the wokeness of the teachers and principal after a video attacking white women and asking what percentage of white women should one hate; it is hard to criticize the military brass because of their service to the nation but leave it to the political cartoonist to criticize when that military leader crosses the line and instead of working on preparedness and readying our forces to prevent a war or if not prevented win starts pedaling wokeness and CRT: 

                Chicago Gun Violence: Hey Jackass.com is alive and well to collect data to show that through July 4, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 2082 persons shot of whom 355 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 Song from Moulin Rouge (Where Is My Heart?)” by Percy Faith, the fact that you do not suffer from sacralgia, and a quote by L.B.O. Ceallaigh on rabies, 
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               1.  National Mechanical Pencil Day—created by Cult Pens, a seller of fine pens and writing instruments, and first celebrated on this day in 2018; this writing instrument has two great advantages—first that you never have to sharpen it and second you never have to find a waste basket when you have to empty the wood shavings when your pencil sharpener is full.
National Workaholics Day—celebrating or rather pitying those workers who are consumed by their work to the point that they ignore other goals, their health, and friends and family.
1953 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1953 on this day on a run of 10 weeks non continuous in the position was “The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart?)” by Percy Faith and his Orchestra to join 8 other songs in the number 1 position. Here is a recording of “The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart?)” by Percy Faith and His Orchestra My Heart” by Percy Faith and His Orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=M3hWamittvo.                                                       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 “sacralgia” which means a pain in the sacrum which is another reason to go horseback riding infrequently.
This Babe Dressed in Vogue--celebrating the birth on this day in 1915 of Babe Paley, a noted model and fashion editor for Vogue, who became the second wife of William Paley, the founder of CBS, and was noted for being the best dressed woman 14 times. Sadly she was a heavy smoker probably due in part to the extramarital affairs of her husband Bill and was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1974 and died 1 day after her 63rd birthday on July 6, 1978.
               On this day in:
               a. 1885 Louis Pasteur successfully tested his rabies vaccine on 9 year old Joseph Meister who had been bitten by a rabid dog. He did not develop rabies and went on as an adult to become the caretaker of the Louis Pasteur Institute but 10 days after the Wehrmacht entered Paris in 1940, he committed suicide at the age of 64 on June 24, 1940.
               b. 1944 The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus was performing its circus in Hartford, Connecticut under a tent which could accommodate 9,000 spectators when the tent coated with fire to waterproof it but made it very flammable caught fire and quickly spread causing pandemonium and panic  and when the fire ended some 168 spectators had died and some 500 more had been injured.
               c. 1986 Davis Phinney became the first America to win a road stage in the Tour de France.
               d. 2006 the Nathu La pass sealed during the Indo-China War was reopened to trade after 44 years.
               e.  2013 in a glaring example of why pipelines are safer to transport petroleum, a 73 tanker car train derailed at
Lac-Mégantic, Quebec which the resulting fires and explosions destroyed most of the town’s downtown center and killed 47 people.

                  Reflections on rabies: “The earliest documented appearance of rabies on our planet has been in Mesopotamia around 2000 B.C. ... The symptoms of rabies were diagnosed throughout history, following its inception, as being a form of undead or cursed type of creature, revenants if you will.”  L.B.Ó Ceallaigh,  Revenants, Retroviruses, and Religion: How Viruses and Disease Created Cultural Mythology and Shaped Religious Perspectives  
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