Thursday, August 26, 2021

August 25, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Lamington Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 25, 2021       

            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 212 million at  214,670,628 cases (213,665,862 yesterday); 18,179,992 of which are active, 196,490,736  closed with 192,015,737 recoveries (97.72% and 97.72% yesterday, and 4,474,999 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 39 million at 39,145,788 (38,818,980 yesterday)  with 7,821,577 active cases of which 24,579 are serious or critical, (23,663 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 4,692, 31,324,211 closed, with 649,625 deaths (2.07% and 2.07% yesterday) and with 30,674,586 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 1950 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 (2702),   Brazil (2691) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Argentina (2430),  Columbia newly added to the list  (2417),   Belgium (2176), Italy (2136),  Poland (1993), and Mexico (1950) and slightly better than the UK which we just passed on the 18th  (1933),  Chile (1902), Romania (1805), Ecuador newly added to list (1789), Spain (1789), Portugal (1739), France (1738), Bolivia (1546),  Sweden (1439) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1256). 
              Tests: We have now conducted 573,510,688 tests (1,721,089/M) just passed by France at 1,856,179 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 3,876,207/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  tied with the U.S. at 1950/M with a fatality rate of 8.94% 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:  51,158 Deaths/M 635
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 216,871 Deaths/M 863
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:   11,457 Deaths/M 439   
             US Vaccinations: As of 8/24/2021 363.9 million doses, up from .854 million per day to .860  million per day (down to 4 months to go for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 95,556  per day (99,029 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 47,304,100 total doses have been given (88.1%  of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 85.1%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has  moved   from  10th tied with Virginia to 13th tied with Minnesota and Virginia of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 55.1% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 51.6% has  not moved from 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: Blinken admitted that the State Department does not have an exact number of Americans still in Afghanistan but believes it to be around 1000 and is warning Americans they must leave immediately while in a Catch 22 situation is advising Americans not to be outside the gates because of security threats (because the State Department closed the Embassy assembling there for chopper evacuation to the airport is probably not feasible); when asked by Peter Alexander of NBC what he would do if Americans were  still in Afghanistan after the 31st , Biden partially aped Harris not with her characteristic idiotic laugh but a smirk and a “You’ll  be the first person I call” answer which the embarrassed WH staff  cut the audio so the American public would not hear (when will this failure realize his handling of the crisis is no laughing matter; Psaki is faced with an impossible job on the questions pertaining to the evacuation but on the issue of Americans being stranded she seems total ignorant of the fact and continues to deny it; adding to the misery of the spiking COVID-19 cases due to the Delta Variant, we now have a salmonella outbreak in 17 states linked to Italia meat (hold the salami on the pizzas and replace with anchovies); the world thinking of buying into the new spin that the Taliban is different needs to take a deep breath as a Taliban mouthpiece inanely ala Baghdad Bob that this is no proof that Osama Bin Laden was behind the 911 attacks; in an example of one bad apple contaminating the lot, the idiots who awarded Cuomo his Emmy must be sighing in relief that they rescinded it before the replacement governor added 12,000 new CV deaths as Fox report Janice Dean who lost her mother and father in-laws in a New York nursing home due to COVID are demanding the DOJ investigate the scandal of deaths Cuomo caused; a desperate Newsom is rolling the dice to have Chuckles Harris campaign with him in the Bay Area in a rally in which attendees have to remain in their cars but must be vaccinated or have negative test to attend (does the term overkill apply here?); mess Biden got us into in Afghanistan keeps getting worse but a political cartoonist graphically portrays the stench of his failure:                            
Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through August 24, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 2977 persons shot of whom 515 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  “This Boy Is Mine”  by Monica and Brandy, that your semantemes are well chosen and quote by members of and beneficiaries of the Cajun Navy, 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.  Lamington Day—created by created by the National Trust of Queensland to celebrate a pastry to celebrate a pastry created by the chef of Lord Lamington, the governor of Queensland, Australia from 1896-1901 which consists of a sponge cake dipped in chocolate and coated with diced coconut.
           2.  National Second Hand Wardrobe Day—celebrating the efforts of charities to raise money for their causes by the sale of donated second hand clothing often designer quality which usually is in great shape and sold at a fraction of its cost in department stores.   
          3. 1998 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1998 on this day was “This Boy Is Mine” by Brandy and Monica for 13 weeks in that position to join 15 other songs that achieved number 1 status and 8 other  acts who achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a music video of “This Boy Is Mine by Monica and Brandy:   Monica is nearing her 41st birthday and had to overcome the suicide of a boyfriend while the two of the were visiting his brother’s gravesite. Brandy like Monica comes from a musical family and has had a successful solo career and going strong releasing albums at age 42.
          4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “semanteme” which means a word expressing an idea like a noun, which too often in today’s politically charged neighborhood are not carefully chosen.
            5.  Man With a Golden Batoncelebrating the birth on this day in 1918 of Leonard Bernstein, the first American born conductor to head a major symphony and the first to bring classical music to the masses via television but a heavy smoker who suffered from emphysema in his 50’s and died from a heart attack on October 14, 1990, 5 days after putting down his baton for good and retiring from conducting.
         On this day in:
         a. 1916 the U.S. National Park Service was founded.
         b. 1950 in order to preempt a threatened strike on the nation’s railroads when the nation had just entered the Korean War, President Truman ordered the Secretary of the Army, Frank Pace, to seize control of the nation’s railroads.
         c. 1967 George Lincoln Rockwell, the head of the American Nazi Party, was assassinated by a former member of this right wing fringe group.
         d. 1997 Ergon Krenz, the last communist leader of East Germany, was convicted for his “shoot to kill” order to prevent East Germans from trying to escape from East Berlin and sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison.
         e. 2017 Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a CAT 4 Hurricane and causes massive flooding, kills 116 people, causes some $125 billion in damages and highlighted the rescue efforts of an ad hoc group of Louisiana boaters called the Cajun Navy. 
        Reflections on the work by the Cajun Navy in times of hurricane disasters: “And as it turned out, we couldn’t have done without those guys. They were a tremendous asset.” Livingston Parish President Layton on earlier concerns of having the Cajun Navy volunteering: “And as it turned out, we couldn’t have done without those guys. They were a tremendous asset.” Among the rescuers was Jere Delaune, an auto-body shop owner who helped ferry an estimated 200 people and their pets to higher ground. When a woman plucked into his boat asked if he had taken to the flood waters to help family, his reply was succinct: “All these people here, they’re humans. They’re all my family.” Jere Delaune, Cajun Navy volunteer who moved 200 some people and their pets to higher ground when asked if he was saving family. “God put us where we needed to be,” Cajun Navy volunteer Joey Bernard who rescued an injured sheriff’s deputy thrown from his boat and hanging on a tree limb for dear life.
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