Saturday, August 21, 2021

August 20, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Mosquito Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 20, 2021       

            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 211 million at  211,481,696 cases (210,796,650 yesterday); 17,811,868 of which are active, 193,669,828  closed with 189,243,511 recoveries (97.71% and 97.71% yesterday, and 4,426,317 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 38 million at 38,383,135 (38,231,787 yesterday)  with 7,304,851 active cases of which 21,492 are serious or critical, (21,335 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now on a serious upswing due to Delta virus to .294 % of active cases and now a steady increase in the number of serious or critical cases to an decrease the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 7,779, 31,078,284 closed, with 644,274 deaths (2.07% and 2.07% yesterday) and with 30,434,010 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 1930 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5904 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 (3119), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2679),   Brazil (2677) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Argentina (2410),  Columbia newly added to the list  (2408),   Belgium (2173), Italy (2132), and Poland (1992), and slightly better than Mexico (1926),  the UK which we just passed on the 18th  (1925),  Chile (1894), Romania (1801), Ecuador newly added to list (1782), Spain (1777), Portugal (1734), France (1730), Bolivia (1540),  Sweden (1438) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1253). 
              Tests: We have now conducted 564,990,024 tests (1,695,653/M) just passed by France at 1,708,112 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 3,820,971/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 but passed the UK  to move up to 11th  on my list of deaths from the pandemic  at 1926/M with a fatality rate of 9.18% 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:  49,039 Deaths/M 622
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 211,815 Deaths/M 847
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:   10,719  Deaths/M 433   
             US Vaccinations: As of 8/20/2021 360.6 million doses, up from .823 million per day to .837  million per day (down to 5 months to go for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 92,536  per day (94,569 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 46,934,449 total doses have been given (87.8%  of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 84.8%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has now moved up from 17th  to 14th tied with North Dakota of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 54.7% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 51.2% has not moved from 16th . 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: Biden’s press conference with his speech followed by handpicked in advanced reporters and probably with questions approved in advance as he had a stack of note cards to refer to once again once again revealed someone not up to the mental task; He was either lying on what was happening outside the Kabul airport and the reports of our allies or he simply can’t hold a thought long enough to tell the truth (sad to see in real time a mind almost completely gone); time for senior senators especially Feinstein who with her fading mental acuity to approach Biden and tell him it is time to resign;

Biden misled the American people on the issue of our credibility with our allies which is being questioned big time and on the absence of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan (given his worsening mental state question must be is he lying or is unable to recall the facts and for us when is the 25th invoked before more disasters befall us?); Biden has indicated while the southern border remains wide open that he will accept some Afghan refugees although with the Taliban checkpoints around the airport and Taliban teams hunting for interpreters and translators and their families hard to imagine how that is going to occur; while the Delta Variant is spreading rapidly among the unvaccinated, Americans who have been fully vaccinated are being advised to get a booster shot when they become available in September; Hurricane Henri is on a path to be the first hurricane in 30 years to come ashore first in New England; Orlando, Florida hit with a rising wave of Delta Variant COVID-19 cases is urging residents to use less water to decrease the demand for oxygen that normally is used to treat the water supply but is now needed for hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients; Prop 22 approved by 59% of the voters which allowed independent contractors to remain independent contractors was ruled unconstitutional by a California court and hopefully will be appealed and overturned; fires in California continue burning and not being contained with fears that in some containment may await December; with concern over the fallout of Biden’s poorly executed withdrawal plan feared to have dire consequences for us on the world stage, leave it to the political cartoonist to portray fears that Biden’s pulling the pin will lead to more foreign policy disasters:   
       Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through August 19, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 2905 persons shot of whom 503 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  “Can’t Help Falling in Love”  by UB40, that you that you avoid having segnity and a quote by Doctor Sir Ronald Ross on malaria transmission,
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              1.  World Mosquito Day—commemorating the discovery on this day in 1897 that Doctor Sir Bernard Ross discovered that malaria was transmitted by the female anopheline mosquito giving humanity a needed leg up to fight probably the world’s most pervasive and deadly disease.
Virtual Worlds Day—created by the Association of Virtual Worlds on March 11, 2008, and first celebrated on this day in August in 2008 to promote understanding and acceptance of the importance of and benefits of virtual reality in commerce and our daily lives.
              3. 1993 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1992 on this day was “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by UB40 for 7 weeks in that position to join 10 other songs that achieved number 1 status as 6 acts who achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a music video of “Can’t Help Falling In Love by UB40:  UB40 named after the British Unemployment Benefit Form 40 is a reggae and pop band formed in Birmingham in 1978 that has sold over 70 million records and still going strong with multiple changes in personnel but with 5 of the original members still in the band and aging well.
Word of the Day—the word of the day is “segnity” which means sluggishness which describes Biden’s energy level and mental output to a tee.
              5.  Remember the Titans
celebrating the birth on this day in 1953 of noted high school linebacker Gerry Bertier portrayed by Ryan Hurst in the movie Remember the Titans who in real life was not injured in a car accident prior to championship game that left him paralyzed from the waist down but prior to the championship game his time won convincingly. But the film was accurate in recounting he went on to become an outstanding Paralympian and before his time was killed by a drunk driver on March 20, 1981.
              On this day in:
               a. 1888 Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture debuted in Moscow.
               b. 1968 Warsaw Pact troops, other than troops from Albania and Romania and with only a small contingent of specialists from East Germany, invaded Czechoslovakia to crush Premier Dubcek’s Prague Spring.   
              c. 1995 near Firozabad, India a train enroute to New Delhi had stopped after hitting a cow on the tracks and was unable to move when it was rear ended by another train, killing at least 358 passengers, most of whom were asleep as the collision occurred just before 3:00 in the morning.
               d. 1998 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Quebec could not secede from Canada without approval of the Canadian government.
               e. 2020 in a day that many Reds and some Indies feel should go down in infamy, Joe Biden gave his acceptance of his nomination by the Democratic Party as its candidate for president.
               Reflections on malaria: “The belief is growing on me that the disease is communicated by the bite of the mosquito... She always injects a small quantity of fluid with her bite - what if the parasites get into the system in this manner.” Doctor Sir Ronald Ross who was right on point in his conclusion.
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