Wednesday, August 11, 2021

August 10, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Smithsonian Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 10, 2021       

            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 204 million at  204,535, 846 cases (204,089,191 yesterday); 16,529,692 of which are active, 188,006,154 closed with 183,683,597 recoveries (97.70% and 97.70% yesterday, and 4,322,557 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 but which has been stuck on the same death rate for many weeks until the drop to 2.30% from 2.31% on the 5th.
            CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 36 million at 36,814,480 (36,771,525 yesterday)  with 6,243,307 active cases of which 16,339 are serious or critical, (16,055 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now on a serious upswing due to Delta virus up to .026% 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 13,216, 30,571,173 closed, with 634,046 deaths (2.07% and 2.08% yesterday) and with 29,937,127 recoveries (97.92% and 97.92% yesterday). Our death rate percentage is no longer stuck at 2.08% since July 12, 2021 and now .23% lower than the world’s death rate.
             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady   but slow climb to 1903 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5885) 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 (3118), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2653),   Brazil (2631) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Columbia newly added to the list  (2381),  Argentina (2365), Belgium (2170), Italy (2125), Poland (1992), and the UK (1911) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing),  and slightly better than Mexico (1876), Chile (1873), Romania (1797), Ecuador newly added to list (1772), Spain (1758), Portugal (1722), France (1717), Bolivia (1520),  Sweden (1438) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1251). 
              Tests: We have now conducted 544,935,537 tests (1,635,726/M) just passed by France at 1,669,024 who is now 1st  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 3,680.883/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 has been passed by Argentina and newly added Columbia to move down to 12th  on my list of deaths from the pandemic  at 1873M with a fatality rate of 9.54% 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:  37.121 Deaths/M 591
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 197,391 Deaths/M 814
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:     8,677 Deaths/M 420   
     US Vaccinations: As of 8/10/2021 352.6 million doses,  up from .716 million per day to .739 million per day (down to 6 months to go for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 88,607 per day (88,495 yesterday) which means if the rate does not increase it will take us still some 4 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 46,003,535 total doses have been given (89.0% 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  moved down from 14th tied with Utah 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 53.7% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 50.3% has not  moved  from  17th  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: Andrew Cuomo finally came to his senses and resigned today after his lawyer extensively attacked the AG’s Report’s bias and selective inclusion of witnesses’ testimony; after ignoring SCUTUS’s ruling that he did not have authority to extend the eviction moratorium, the CDC ordered an extension through October in areas of high COVID-19 infection (let’s hope that SCOTUS does not take kindly to having the Executive Branch thumb its nose at); Abbot’s threat to arrest fleeing Texas Representatives was put on hold when a Democrat district judge issued a TRO banning any arrests which TRO was lifted by the Texas Supreme Court and the Speaker of the Texas has executed arrest warrants for these scofflaws; Gary Maynard who taught courses at Santa Clara University and Sonoma State University has been arrested for setting an arson fire near the Dixie Fire that is still burning massive amounts of timber, totally out of control; Oregon will require state employees of the Executive Branch to be vaccinated will again require masks for indoor events;   as real concerns are being raised over the runaway deficit caused by Biden’s tax and spending increases with the $1.1 trillion “infrastructure” bill that 19 Reds were foolish enough to vote for, paving the way for the $3.5 trillion social infrastructure bill that with an open border will also create pathways to citizenship for illegals already here, leave it to the political cartoonist to graphically displays the disastrous results of the spending of trillions on the lives of our children and grandchildren:                                                                                

               Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through August 9, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 2748 persons shot of whom 471 have died.
               As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a  video musical link to “Every Breath You Take” by  The Police, that you enjoy using risque words like scortation that  most people do not know the definition of, and a quote by Norm Mineta on the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII , 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.  International Vlogging Day—created by David Bullas and Thomas Burns, organizers of the video sharing conference Summer in the City on February 19, 2018 and first celebrated on this day in 2018 to promote the sharing of creative videos by vlogging them.
              2.  Smithsonian Day—celebrating the creation of the Smithson Institute by Act of Congress in 1846 and the funding of it to restore the initial bequeath of James Smithsonian, a British scientist who bequeathed a gift of $500,000 to for an establishment to create and diffuse knowledge in Washington, D.C. if the sole heir of his estate died without heirs which he did in 1835 but sadly the funds were invested in state bonds that ended up in default. It has grown to become the largest museum complex in the world and a must see site top visit if one is in Washington, D.C.
              3. 1983 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1983 on this day was “Every Breath You Take” by The Police on a run of 8 weeks in that position to join 16 other songs that achieved number 1 status and join 8 other acts that achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a video recording of “Every Breath You Take” by The Police: This British rock band was formed 1977 and performed until disbanded in 1986 for the members to pursue solo careers. They came together for a reunion tour in 2008 that sold out in 30 minutes.
              4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “scortation” which means lewdness or fornication which enables you to use a word that may be inappropriate but meriting no shame because most people will not know what it means.
              5. Music Is the Bread of Life—celebrating the birth on this day in 1943 of noted songwriter, singer and guitarist James Griffin, a co-founder of the soft rock band Bread sadly was a smoker and died from lung cancer at the age of 61 on January 11, 2005.
              On this day in:
               a. 1948 Candid Camera, starring Allen Funt debuted on television
               b. 1961 the test run of spraying herbicides in South Vietnam began on this to evolve into Operation Ranch Hand in early 1962 which would result in the spraying of some 20 million gallons or herbicides and pesticides to eliminate jungle cover and food sources from the Viet Cong but having long term adverse health consequences for the millions of South Vietnamese who were exposed to the spraying along with the soldiers who delivered them .
               c. 1978 3 girls of the Ulrich family were killed when the Ford Pinto they were riding in was rear ended it near Osceola, Indiana with the fuel tank bursting into flames. For the first time in history a defendant was charged criminally for a defective product; in 1980 the civil suits filed by the Ulrich’s were settled for $7500 per plaintiff.
               d. 1988 President Reagan signed into law the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which provided payment of $20,000 to those Japanese Americans who had been interned or relocated by the United States during World War II.
                e. 1999 Buford Furrow, a white supremacist, anti-Semite walked in the North Valley Jewish Community Center and opened fire with an Israeli made Uzi submachine gun, wounding non fatally 5 people, 3 of whom were small children and fled the scene stopping in Grenada Hills to kill a mail carrier who had just delivered mail. After an $800 cab ride to Las Vegas, he surrendered to police, pled guilty to murder and attempted murder and was sentenced to 2 life sentences plus 19 years.
                Reflections on The Civil Liberties Act of 1988: "Today I just feel that Congress is so polarized that I'm not sure a grassroots movement like this would have the kind of impact that we see resulting in the signing of the bill by President Reagan in 1988. There is a saying in Japanese culture, 'kodomo no tame ni,' which means, 'for the sake of the children.' And for us running this campaign, that had much to do with it. It's the legacy we're handing down them and to the nation to say that, 'You can make this mistake, but you also have to correct it — and by correcting it, hopefully not repeat it again.' " Norm Mineta, former 10 term Congressman, only Blue to serve in George W Bush’s cabinet.                                          Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet, and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History,  poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to  Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.

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