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August 14, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Social Security Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 14, 2021       

            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 206 million at  207,346,282 cases (206,667,144 yesterday); 17,068,528 of which are active, 190,277,754  closed with 185,913,617 recoveries (97.71% and 97.71% yesterday, and 4,364,147 deaths (2.29% and 2.29% yesterday) to continue the slow trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus, dips, and rises.
            CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 37 million at 37,367,643 (37,251,086 yesterday)  with 6,600,372 active cases of which 17,500 are serious or critical, (17,341 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now on a serious upswing due to Delta virus up to .265 % 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 11,771, 30,767,261 closed, with 637,178 deaths (2.07% and 2.07% yesterday) and with 30,130,093 recoveries (97.93% and 97.93% yesterday). Our death rate percentage is no longer stuck at 2.08% since July 12, 2021 and now .22% lower than the world’s death rate.
             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady   but slow climb to 1912 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5892) 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 9.26% 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  3.77% of its closed cases have died (3118), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2661),   Brazil (2651) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Columbia newly added to the list  (2393),  Argentina (2383), Belgium (2171), Italy (2127), Poland (1992), and the UK (1917) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing),  and slightly better than Mexico (1897), Chile (1883), Romania (1799), Ecuador newly added to list (1776), Spain (1763), Portugal (1727), France (1719), Bolivia (1532),  Sweden (1438) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1252). 
Tests: We have now conducted 553,994,518 tests (1,662,812/M) just passed by France at 1,708,173 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 3,740,540/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 12
th  on my list of deaths from the pandemic  at 1897/M with a fatality rate of 9.33% 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:  43,360 Deaths/M 606
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 203,766 Deaths/M 831
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:     9,580 Deaths/M 426   
             US Vaccinations: As of 8/13/2021 354.8 million doses, down from .729 million per day to .716 million per day (down to 6 months to go for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 87,091 per day (88,922 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 46,286,694 total doses have been given (88.4% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 85.8%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has  moved down from 15th to 16th tied with Kentucky of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 54.0% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 50.5% has moved down from 17th 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: We have known for years that China does not play fair in technology or business and now we can add sports as China peeved that it was edged in the Gold Medal and total medal count by the U.S., is, contrary to Olympic rules, adding those medals won by Hong Kong and Taiwan; NBC’s ratings in covering the Olympics were the lowest since 1988 as many viewers are becoming sick and tired of athletes trashing the nation and the flag (ratings equal ad revenue and some anti-woke lightbulbs really need to go on at NBC headquarters); Biden’s “highly unlikely” moment has morphed in lighting speed to now the 4th largest city in Afghanistan overrun by the Taliban, as 5000 troops are heading there to assist in evacuation of American citizens, sensitive papers in the Embassy at Kabul being burned and a deja vu Saigon moment soon to be on our TV screens; we are not alone in the wave of illegal aliens crossing our borders as illegal migration in Europe is up 59% for the month of July; the Biden De Santis snit fit continues with his Department of Education offering funds to those school districts that refuse to enforce a mask mandate; Joyless Reid is comparing the religious right to the Taliban in their treatment of women (whatever credibility Joyless once had has to have been evaporated by now); in another example of the surge of urban violence in NYC at 4:00 P.M. a store video shows a black standing at the counter of a store being shot and killed by a black shooting him from behind and fleeing (another life snuffed out in less than 14 seconds); the cancer of Woke” is spreading way to fast as some doctors are now urging that “breast feeding” now be referred to as “chest feeding”;  NBC has added to its acronyms “Nothing But Concealing” as it erased Jimmy Fallon’s fawning and praising interview of Cuomo in May of 2020 making the outlandish statement that women wanted to date him (can see why Fallon and NBC might be embarrassed); as violent crime surges across the country especially in Blue controlled cities, leave it to the political cartoonist to point out the folly of the Blues’ approach to solving it:                 

               Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through August 13, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 2797 persons shot of whom 479 have died.
               As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a  music video link to  “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2, that you enjoy the fact when you see the red flag warning go up you are smart enough not to risk a scud, and a quote by Rashad Harrison on lynchings, 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.  National Social Security Day—created by the House of Representatives by resolution on August 1, 1985, to commemorate the passage of the Social Security Act of 1935 whose success may be put in peril as the ratio of people working and contributing to the fund and the number of people receiving benefits decreases each year.
              2.  National Tattoo Removal Day—created by Astanza Laser in 2018 and first celebrated on this day in 2018 to recognize the fact that just like marriages or relationships that were started on the supposition they would last forever often do not prompting the need to eliminate the tattoo trace which is now much less difficult with lasers.
              3. 1987 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1987 on this day was “I Still Haven’t Found What I‘m Looking For” by U2 for 2 weeks in that position to join 29 other songs that achieved number 1 status and join 15 other acts that achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a music video of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2: U2 originally starting out as Feedback was formed in Dublin while 14 year old Larry Mullen, Jr. was a 14 year old student at Mount Temple Comprehensive School and went on to great success and are still playing today.
              4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “scud” which means not that Iraqi missile that could not hit a barn door but rather to sail swiftly before a gale.
              5.  Beating the Odds—celebrating the birth on this day in 1941 of noted singer and songwriter, David Crosby who is best remembered for being a band member of the Byrds and Crosby Stills and Nash who overcame some struggles with drugs and alcohol and aided by a liver transplant is still alive and well and performing today at age 81.
              On this day in:
               a. 1893 France became the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration.
               b. 1936 Rainey Bethea, an African American convicted of raping a white woman, had the dubious distinction of being the last person to be executed  by a public hanging which was witnessed by some 20,000 people in Owensboro, Kentucky; sadly although he was the last such public execution not the last hanging which continued until Michael Donald, an African American was lynched on March 21, 1981 not for any alleged crime but for being black in Mobile, Alabama when a black defendant accused of murdering a cop had just had his trial declared a mistrial because of a hung jury and was awaiting a third trial.
               c. 1959 founding of and the first meeting of the American Football League.
               d. 1994  Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, also known as “Carlos the Jackal”, one of the more feared terrorist assassins was captured and is now serving life sentences for the murders of 16 victims.
               e. 2015 the U.S. Embassy reopened in Havana 54 years after diplomatic relations were severed in 1961.
               Reflections on being lynchings: ““The sight of a cross on fire should be unsettling to any true Christian. To a Negro it is worse. A unique kind of fear enters your mind, one perfected by the South: that you could die for the most harmless of offenses. You could die just for the crime of living.”― Rashad Harrison, Our Man in the Dark:A Novel
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