Tuesday, August 24, 2021

August 23, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Cuban Sandwich Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 23, 2021       

            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 212 million at  212,864,443 cases (212,594,579 yesterday); 17,917,801 of which are active, 194,946,932  closed with 190,497,765 recoveries (97.72% and 97.72% yesterday, and 4,448,867 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 38,548,513 (38,545,144 yesterday)  with 7,430,208 active cases of which 23,296 are serious or critical, (23,302 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 first dip in the number of serious or critical cases to increase the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 5,975, 31,118,205 closed, with 645,068 deaths (2.07% and 2.07% yesterday) and with 30,473,137 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 to 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: Harris in Singapore after touting her role in the withdrawal decision became mute and deaf when asked to comment on the chaos indicating not the time while her host the President of Singapore indicating the withdrawal had gone awry (Biden must be delusional to think Harris will bolster nations in the region to have the confidence that the U.S. has their backs when it comes to Chinese potential and desire for aggression (once again Chuckles was laughing on Afghanistan before trying to with a straight face explain what our priorities there were—laughter as a reflex shows she is out of her league and the issue is above her pay grade of competence); Biden has assured us all Afghan refugees will be vetted thoroughly before being allowed to leave temporary military facilities for resettlement (given that 0 vetting is occurring on our Southern border for “refugees” most of home are economic refugees which asylum is not to be granted Americans should be doubting big time that  promise will be followed); Cuomo is out of office at midnight lashing out at the New York AG and denying any sexual harassment on his part (pathetic that he cannot see the gravity of the accusations and despite the deaths caused by his nursing home edicts he will be sucking down his $50,000 a year pension and relishing his idiotic book deal); finally the American troops are aping what other countries are doing—leaving the airport to locate Americans to bring them to the evacuation from the airport as the Pentagon is urging the White House to extend the August 31st deadline to have all Americans out (sad that thanks to Biden we are on our knees begging for the Taliban’s help to get our people out); vaccine mandates are soon going to be the norm as the FDA has removed the conditional approval for the Pfizer vaccine and given it its full approval; Meghan McCain rightfully compares Harris to Joaquin Phoenix’s mentally troubled  laughing character in the 2019 film The Joker https://www.foxnews.com/media/meghan-mccain-kamala-harris-joaquin-phoenix-joker; as Biden’s worsening dementia raises concerns over who if anyone is minding the store leave it to the political cartoonist to given us the answer:

             Chicago Gun Violence: Hey Jackass.com is alive and well to collect data to show that through August 22, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 2957 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  “Macarena”  by Los del Rio, that your seity is still intact and a quote by Cesar Chavez on unionizing, 
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              1.  International Day For Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition—created by UNESCO in 1998 to commemorate the Slave Revolt in Haiti on this day in 1791 that set in motion the ultimate end of legalized slave trading although slavery still exists without legal sanction in parts of the world.
National Cuban Sandwich Day—created by Christopher Spata, a feature editor for the Tampa Bay Times in 2016 to promote that Cuban variation of the ham and cheese sandwich that appeared in cafes in Ybor City in Tampa Bay and Key West that catered to Cuban immigrants.
              3. 1996 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1996 on this day was “Macarena” (Bayside Boys Mix) by Los del Rio for 14 weeks in that position to join 8 other songs that achieved number 1 status and 7 other acts who achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a music video of “Macarena” (Bayside Boys Mix) by Los del Rio:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWaymcVmJ-A Los del Rio is a Mexican duo and “Macarena” (Bayside Boys Mix) was their only number one song in the U.S.
            4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “seity” which means one’s individuality which is a trait one should never lose.           
             5.  Black Mambacelebrating the birth on this day in 1978 of noted basketball guard for the Los Angeles Lakes, Kobe Bryant who became the first guard in NBA history to play 20 and who sadly had his life cut short while heading to with his daughter going to play in a girls’ basketball game when the helicopter he was in crashed in the fog outside of Calabasas on January 26, 2020 killing all aboard.

              On this day in:
               a. 1904 to the joy of motorists living in areas with winter snow and ice driving conditions, the automobile tire chain was patented.
               b. 1970 in the largest farm worker’s strike in U.S. history Cesar Chavez  and his United Farm Workers Union went on strike, called the Salad Bowl Strike, against lettuce growers which strike lasted until March 26, 1971 and was marked by pickets and consumer boycotts and resulted in the passage in California of the California Labor Relations Act.
          c. 1990 East Germany and West Germany announced they would reunite on October 3, 1990.
               d. 1991 the World Wide Web was opened to the public and the internet age was off to the races.
               e. 1994 Eugene Bullard, the only African American pilot in World War I who flew for France not the United States who only accepted white pilots and flew 20 combat missions and is believed to have shot down 1 or 2 German planes, was posthumously granted a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
              Reflections on unionizing farm workers: “There are vivid memories from my childhood – what we had to go through because of low wages and the conditions, basically because there was no union. I suppose, if I wanted to be fair, I could say that I’m trying to settle a personal score. I could dramatize it by saying that I want to bring social justice to farm workers.”There are vivid memories from my childhood – what we had to go through because of low wages and the conditions, basically because there was no union. I suppose, if I wanted to be fair, I could say that I’m trying to settle a personal score. I could dramatize it by saying that I want to bring social justice to farmworkers.”  Cesar Chavez
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