Thursday, July 8, 2021

July 7, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Chocolate Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not July 7, 2021       

            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 185 million at 185,386,774 cases 11,656,185 of which are active, 173,730,589 closed with 169,721,398 recoveries (97.69% and 97.69% yesterday, and 4,009,191 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 34,622,690  with 4,855,844 active cases of which 3,801) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now down to .078% of active cases and now a significant reduction to decrease the number of serious or critical cases to increase the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 25,470, 29,766,846 closed, with 621,561 deaths (2.09% and 2.09% yesterday) and with 29,145,285 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 1867 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5790) 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 (3113), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria 2629),   Brazil (2462) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Belgium (2164), Argentina (2126), (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 (1796), Romania (1781) Spain (1731),  France (1700), Portugal (1684),  Chile (1644), Sweden (1436) that never closed its economy down like we did, Bolivia (1438) and Switzerland (1250).                   Tests: We have now conducted 509,216,603 tests (now at 1,529,335/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,451,940/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, 209,323/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 1796/M with a fatality rate of 10.36% 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:  24,209 Deaths/M 523
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 169,217 Deaths/M 7108
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:     4,231 Deaths/M 370
              US Vaccinations: As of 7/6/21 331.2 million doses at .866 million per day which means if the rate does not increase it will take us now some 6 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, 182, 509 total doses have been given (87.7% 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  moved to 19th of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 50.5% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 47.5% has  moved 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: With searchers striving to beat Hurricane Elsa bearing down on them, the confirmed death count has risen to 54 from the Champlain South Tower collapse; Psaki is aping former Obama Press Secretary Carney’s proclivity for piling up Pinocchio’s and has just picked another 3 with her inane claim that Reds in Blue cities are defunding the police; Biden met at O’Hare with Crime Fighting Lightweight Lightfoot as Chicago was hit with a massive shooting and killing weekend during the 4th to express his sympathy before heading to a meeting to push his inflation sowing infrastructure plan (probably airport because unlikely to be hit with a stray bullet); NBA Commissioner Silva was bobbing and weaving about the NBA’s commitment to China and its supposed opposition to China’s human rights abuses while stars like Lebron James are mute when it comes to China’s view that homosexuality is a disease; Kerry our climate change Czar once again seen at an airport maskless violating the rules the rest of us even fully vaccinated are supposed to follow (must not have learned the idea of leading by example as a Seal); Randi Weingarten president of the AFT that has bullied with its donations to Blues school officials to keep schools locked down and requiring kids to wear mask has the audacity to claim Reds are bullying against CRT and the teaching of “honest history” (with urban school minorities nearly functionally illiterate in the public non charter schools, she needs to focus on teacher improvement before lecturing us); the NABJ has weighed in on the Nichols/Taylor brouhaha demanding a meeting with Disney and ESPN over Nichols “racist” remarks Taylor would be covering the NBA finals due to “diversity” (complain that you are more qualified and should have gotten the job instead of a minority and you win the racism cigar); looks like Witless Whitmer might win the lying to the public and feds Cuomo Award as the Michigan Auditor General will be conducting a review to see if the COVID-19 deaths were underreported; if a parent in Chicago you might want to consider home schooling as the public schools will be distributing condoms to kids as young as 10 years old; the discredited head of WHO has warned as the death toll form COVID-19 has passed 4,000,000 that the “variants” are winning the race and we could expect massive surges of cases and deaths because of the disparity in the number of vaccines being given in each nation of the world; Governor Ricketts of Nebraska has declared July to be Victims of Communism Month to call attention to the bloody excesses of Communist regimes against their own people as China celebrates 100 years of the birth of the Chinese Communist Party; Calvin Connigan, a convicted felon who should never have had access to a gun was at a 4th of July party and became angry when told to stop because of the presence of children and stared shooting at the partygoers, wounding 2 in critical condition and killing a woman who was trying to provide aid to 1 of the victims but fortunately there was concealed gun permit holder present who stopped the carnage by wounding Connigan who was then arrested for murder and attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon;  as the troika of Pelosi, Biden and Chuckles Harris are hell bent to move this country to the left, leave it to the political cartoonist to show the toolbox they are using to our detriment:                                                                           

               Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through July 6, 2,021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 2122 persons shot of whom 361 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 “Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White ” by Perez Prado and His Orchestra,  the fact that you are not a salacious person  and a quote by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the dedication of the Boulder Dam, 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.  World Chocolate Day—celebrated by chocoholics first on this day in 2009 to coincide with the day in 1550 that chocolate was introduce into Europe.
               2.  Tell the Truth Day—not sure who created this observance only to be sure it was not created by politicians who collect “Pinocchio’s  at the drop of a hat but no matter how painful it might be to tell, truth is a goal all of us should try to achieve in our daily and work lives.
              3. 1955 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1955 on this day was “Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)” by Perez Prado and His Orchestra on a run of 10 weeks in that position to share with 10 other songs that achieved number 1 status. Here is a recording of “Cherry Pink (And Apple Blossom White)” by Perez Prado and His Orchestra: Prado was a Cuban born pianist and bandleader and also known as “The King of Mambo.”
              4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “salacious” which means lecherous which is a trait in the Me Too movement it would be best to have shed.
              5.  Dynamic Duo--celebrating the birth on this day in 1924 of noted singer Iris Summers better known to her fans as Mary Ford who married Les Paul to create a duo in the 50’s that generated 28 hits for Capitol Records from 1950-1957 but with the advent of Rock n Roll their music fell out of favor and the two stopped singing as a duo when they divorced in 1964. Ford struggled with alcoholism and went into a diabetic coma for 8 weeks and died on September 30, 1977. Her tombstone bears the inscription “Vaya Con Dios” one of their long running hits in 1953.
               On this day in:
                a. 1931 Henry Kaiser later to win fame for his efforts to construct Liberty ships during World War II in heretofore record lengths of time, started construction of Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam in 1947, and completed it on March 1, 1936 two years ahead of schedule.
                b. 1980 in a step backward from the 20th Century,  sharia law was instituted in Iran.
                c. 2005 in London a series of 4 coordinated terrorist bombs went off in the London Transit System killing 57 people including the 4 jihadist suicide bombers and injured some 700 people.
                d. 2007 the first Live Earth Concert was held in 11 locations around the globe with 150 musical acts participating to create awareness of the need to fight climate change.
                e.  2019 the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team won its 4th World Cup by defeating the Netherlands 2-0.
                 Reflections on the construction of the Hoover Dam: “This morning I came, I saw, and I was conquered, as everyone would be who sees for the first time this great feat of mankind…Ten years ago the place where we gathered was an unpeopled, forbidding desert. In the bottom of the gloomy canyon whose precipitous walls rose to a height of more than a thousand feet, flowed a turbulent dangerous river….The site of Boulder City was a cactus-covered waste. And the transformation wrought here in these years is a twentieth century marvel.” “Speech by Roosevelt at the Dedication of Boulder Dam, September 30, 1935 in Edgar B. Nixon, ed., Franklin D. Roosevelt and Conservation.
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