Sunday, August 22, 2021

August 22, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Plant Milk Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 22, 2021       

            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 212 million at  213,594,579 cases (212,103,181 yesterday); 17,938,958 of which are active, 194,655,521  closed with 190,210,934 recoveries (97.72% and 97.72% yesterday, and 4,444,587 deaths (2.28% and 2.28% 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 38,545,144 (38,519,247 yesterday)  with 7,427,282 active cases of which 23,302 are serious or critical, (23,274 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now on a serious upswing due to Delta virus to .314 % 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 5,969, 31,117,862 closed, with 645,058 deaths (2.07% and 2.07% yesterday) and with 30,472,804 recoveries (97.93% and 97.93% yesterday). Our death rate percentage is no longer stuck at 2.08% since July 12, 2021 and now .21% lower than the world’s death rate.
             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady   but slow climb to 1936 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 (2681),   Brazil (2681) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Argentina (2416),  Columbia newly added to the list  (2412),   Belgium (2174), Italy (2133),  Poland (1993), and Mexico (1940) and slightly better than the UK which we just passed on the 18th  (1928),  Chile (1899), Romania (1803), Ecuador newly added to list (1782), Spain (1777), Portugal (1736), France (1732), Bolivia (1544),  Sweden (1438) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1254). 
              Tests: We have now conducted 566,435,673 tests (1,699,911/M) just passed by France at 1,708,081 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 3,820,808/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 10th  on my list of deaths from the pandemic  at 1940/M with a fatality rate of 9.09% 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:  50,199 Deaths/M 629
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 213,083 Deaths/M 852
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:   10,817 Deaths/M 435   
             US Vaccinations: As of 8/22/2021 362.7 million doses, up from .845 million per day to .889  million per day (down to 4 months to go for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 99,555  per day (94,540 yesterday) which means if the rate does not increase it will take us still some 3 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 47,163,521 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 not moved  up from  13th tied with Virginia of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 54.8% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 51.3% has  moved from 16th  to 17th  
Place. 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 without his Austin, Blinken and Harris props updated us on number of those evacuated but not breaking down number of Americans and assuring us all Afghans who before they would arrive in the U.S. would be thoroughly vetted (unlike the chaos on our Southern border of thousands of Blue prized deemed future Blue voters illegally coming here); a recent CBS Poll which Biden claimed he had not seen (or maybe more likely saw and forgot) should be ringing the alarm bells as he is being slammed for his handling of the withdrawal and views of his job performance on competence, focus and effectiveness that were above the mid 50% in April have plummeted 49%,48% and 47%; Harris is racking up the Air Force Two miles in Singapore to go to then Vietnam probably chuckling all the way to avoid having to have been seen masked and silent of the stage with him bumbling and stumbling; NPR Michael Martin is defending Biden on the withdrawal chaos in Afghanistan as the blame should land on his subordinates (looks like the buck stops here has been replaced with Monopoly money) and has the sheer inanity to claim concern is diverting our attention to the nation’s real problem “white nationalism” (and to think taxpayers pay to put such worthless dribble on the air and pay the salaries of idiots like this); Biden has to be between a Rock and an Afghanistan as the MSM including CNN is coming out of the cave of sycophant hibernation to attack his distorted views of reality and question his isolation insulation (welcome to the world of a free press that questions not cheerleads and hope you stay here awhile); in another chilling reminder that COVID-19 respects no political bounds, conservative host praised by many Phil Valentine has died from the virus after a month long struggle at age 61; Tropical Storm Henri ashore in New England and Tennessee devasted by deadly flooding; “Wake Up Little Susie” has come to an eternal rest as Don Everly died at 84; as businesses have great difficulty finding workers look to the political cartoonist to portray the myth of free money to those not working in Minnesota:

                Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through August 21, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 2951 persons shot of whom 512 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  “Waterfalls”  by TLC, that although we may shake and bake in California our building codes free us from some fear from seismicity and a quote by Clint Eastwood on Ruby Ridge shootings, 
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              1.  International Day Commemorating the Victims of Violence Based on Religion and Belief—created by the UN in 2019 to promote awareness of the scourge of violence on victims due to their religion and belief which once we finally leave Afghanistan we will see from the Taliban in spades.
World Plant Milk Day—created by Robbie Lockie of Plant Based News in 2017 to promote the vegan alternative of plant based milk instead of milk produced by methane producing cows.
              3. 1995 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1995 on this day was “Waterfalls” by TLC for 7 weeks in that position to join 11 other songs that achieved number 1 status and 4 acts who achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a music video of “Waterfalls” by TLC: TLC was an American all African-American trio formed in Atlanta in 1990 with great success even after they lost one of their members Lisa “Left Eyes Lopes in a car accident in Honduras.
            4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “seismicity” which describes a degree of vulnerability to earthquakes which we have in California to occurrence but not necessarily to effects given out building codes.
           5.  Winds of Freedom Blow Dollarscelebrating the birth on this day in 1973 of Sergey Brin who emigrated with his family from the Soviet Union at the age of six and while getting his Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford met Larry Page to co-found Google and is now worth some $100 billion.
              On this day in:
           a. 1851 the first America’s Cup was won by the United States in the yacht America.       
           b. 1962 the OAS a French paramilitary organization trying to prevent the independence of Algeria from France tried and failed to assassinate Charles de Gaulle.

              c. 1978 the District of Columbia Voting Rights Amendment was passed by Congress but never received enough votes from the states to be ratified into the Constitution.
               d. 1992 FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi shot and killed Vicki Weaver who was holding her 10 month old child at Ruby Ridge in Idaho whose death during the standoff was one of the triggering factors of the Oklahoma City Federal Bombing later.
               e. 2003 Alabama Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court was suspended for failing to obey a federal District Court Order to remove the Ten Commandments from the courthouse.
              Reflections on Ruby Ridge and Waco (peas in a pod): “At Waco, was there really an urgency to get those people out of the compound at that particular time? Was the press going to make it look heroic for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms? At Ruby Ridge, there was one guy in a cabin at the top of the mountain. Was it necessary for federal agents to go up there and shoot a 14-year-old in the back and shoot a woman with a child in her arms? What kind of mentality does that?” — Clint Eastwood 

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