Wednesday, August 25, 2021

August 24, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not William Wilburforce Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 24, 2021       

            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 212 million at  213,665,862 cases (212,864,443 yesterday); 17,980,784 of which are active, 195,675,078  closed with 191,215,378 recoveries (97.72% and 97.72% yesterday, and 4,459,700 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 38,818,980 (38,548,513 yesterday)  with 7,691,459 active cases of which 23,663 are serious or critical, (23,296 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now on a serious upswing due to Delta virus to .314 % of active cases and to decrease the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 5,608, 31,217,521 closed, with 646,704 deaths (2.07% and 2.07% yesterday) and with 30,570,817 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 1941 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5909 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 (3120), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2690),   Brazil (2683) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Argentina (2422),  Columbia newly added to the list  (2414),   Belgium (2176), Italy (2135),  Poland (1993), and Mexico (1943) and slightly better than the UK which we just passed on the 18th  (1931),  Chile (1901), Romania (1804), Ecuador newly added to list (1788), Spain (1782), Portugal (1738), France (1733), Bolivia (1545),  Sweden (1438) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1255). 
              Tests: We have now conducted 569,090,574 tests (1,707,574/M) just passed by France at 1,708,071 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 3,864,101/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 1943/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:  48,656 Deaths/M 630
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 215,436 Deaths/M 860
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:   10,802 Deaths/M 438   
             US Vaccinations: As of 8/23/2021 363.3 million doses, down from .889 million per day to .854  million per day (down to 4 months to go for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 95,029  per day (99,555 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 47,250,789 total doses have been given (88.0%  of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 84.9%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has  moved  up from  13th tied with Virginia to 10th 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 55.0% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 51.5% has  moved from 17th to 16th  
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: The humiliation of the U.S. with Biden keeps getting worse as a groveling Biden bowing to the Taliban’s demands will not extend our presence in Afghanistan even if Americans trying desperately to leave the country are trapped; the Biden Administration has frozen $7 billion of Afghanistan assets to prevent the Taliban from getting their hands on them; Afghan former president Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan with his hear and supposedly some $169 million in cash which has the Reds demanding he be brought to justice for embezzlement (will the U.A.E. turn him over to us or to the Taliban?); Harris’ anticipated trip to Vietnam from Singapore was delayed for 3 hours due to reports of Embassy personnel in Berlin exhibiting symptoms of the “Havana Syndrome” (like a well-trained VP Harris is praising Biden for his “courageous” stand on Afghanistan while our allies are ridiculing Biden); in a better late than never moment, the idiots who cheapened the Emmy Award have finally come to their senses and rescinded the award given to disgrace Governor Andrew Cuomo; words have consequences as AP refers to the launchers of balloon bombs into Israel from Gaza as “activists” not “terrorists”; Avenatti has dodged the bullet in his fraud trial as the federal judge hearing the case declared a mistrial as the prosecution withheld financial documents Avenatti was entitled to see in his defense; those trusty Taliban like the East Germans who put up the Berlin Wall to East Germans from crossing into West Berlin then fleeing into West Germany have announced intention to ban Afghans from Kabul Airport; WAPO’s ultra-left Jennifer Rubin has become a Taliban shill, reminds us of Tokyo Rose or Axis Sally; Oregon’s Blue Governor has lowered the boom and has issued at edict that masks in public places outdoors will be required regardless of vaccine status (watch for vaccine mandate to follow soon and wonder if the nightly rioters in Portland will comply which they probably will to hide their identity while committing criminal acts; the music of the Rolling Stones will last forever but their members will not as 80 year old Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has just died at home with his family and friends.
                  Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through August 23, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 2966 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  “I'll Be Missing You"  by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans feat. 112, that you are not fearful of secouth situations and a quote by President Truman on how not to fight communism, 
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.  William Wilburforce Day—created by Wilburforce University, a historically black college in Ohio, in 2011 to honor  William Wilburforce, a British 19th Century member of Parliament and tireless abolitionist who tirelessly worked to end slavery in the British Empire.
Can Opener Day—in a real chicken and egg conundrum the Dutch started canning salmon by the end of the 18th Century but opening the cans required a hammer and chisel and it was not until 1855 that the first primitive can opener was patented in Great Britain and not until 1870 that the rotating wheel can opener was patented and not until 1931 was there a can opener with 2 wheels and handles that when gripped together would hold the can while it the lid was opened to enable the diner to enjoy the canned contents therein.
              3. 1997 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1997 on this day was “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans feat. 112 for 12 weeks in that position to join 9 other songs that achieved number 1 status and 4 other  acts who achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 and one of which The Notorious B.I.G. who became the 5th artist to reach that status posthumously . Here is a music video of “I’ll Be Missing You by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans feat. 112:  Puff Daddy is a singer, rapper and record producer with 6 children and going strong at 51 years old. Faith Evans was married to The Notorious B.I.G. until his murder in a drive by shooting which has never been solved and has sold 20 million records. 112 was a R&B quartet.
           4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “selcouth” which means strange or unusual a trait that causes people not curious or adventuresome to shy away from.

              5.  Iron Man Without a Bike, Swimsuit or Running Shoescelebrating the birth on this day in 1960 of the man called the Iron Man, Cal Ripken, Jr. who played MLB for the Baltimore Orioles for 21 years and broke Lou Gehrig’s record for continuous games and continued to add games to end his own record at 2632 consecutive games a record that will stand most likely for a very long time and may never be broken.

              On this day in:
               a. 1954 the Communist Control Act outlawing the American Communist Party went into effect.
               b. 1967 Abbie Hoffman of the Youth International Party leads a group of protestors into the gallery of the New York Stock Exchange and disrupts trading when they start tossing onto the floor dollar bills which cause the traders to start scrambling to pick up the currency floating down to them.
c. 1995 Microsoft released Windows 95 to the general public in North America.
               d. 1998 in a “big brother is tracking you moment” the first RFID was implanted in a test on a human being in the United Kingdom.
               e. 2006 the International Astronomical Unit redefines what constitutes a planet and Pluto is downgraded to a “dwarf planet”.

              Reflections on how not to fight communism: “[we are] going to continue to fight communism. Now I am going to tell you how we are not going to fight communism. We are not going to transform our fine FBI into a Gestapo secret police. That is what some people would like to do. We are not going to try to control what our people read and say and think. We are not going to turn the United States into a right-wing totalitarian country in order to deal with a left-wing totalitarian threat.” President Harry S. Truman Wise thoughts especially when your apply them to the threat of turning the nation into a left wing totalitarian country to deal with a perceived right wing white supremacist threat.
              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.

© August 24, 2021 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
Alaskanpoet for Hire, Poems to Admire
Poet Extraordinaire, Beyond Compare

No comments:

Post a Comment