Wednesday, August 4, 2021

August 4, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not White Wine Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 4, 2021       

            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now nearing 200 million at  200,857,375 cases (199,957,754 yesterday); 15,733,664 of which are active, 185,123,711 closed with 180,856,023 recoveries (97.69% and 97.69% yesterday, and 4,267,688 deaths (2.31% and 2.31% yesterday) to continue the slow trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentage with some plateaus, dips, and rises but which has been stuck on the same death rate for many weeks but an unforeseen spike in deaths should resulted in the rate remaining at 2.31%.
            CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 38 million at 36,140,136 (35,907,196 yesterday)  with 5,731,451 active cases of which 12,577 are serious or critical, (11,890 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now on a serious upswing due to Delta virus up to .022% of active cases and now a steady increase in the number of serious or critical cases to decrease the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 16,694, 30,408,685 closed, with 631,148 deaths (2.08% and 2.08% yesterday) and with 29,777,537 recoveries (97.92% and 97.92% yesterday). Our death rate percentage has been stuck at 2.08% since July 12, 2021 and still and .23% lower than the world’s death rate.

             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady   but slow climb to 1895 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5874) 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 9.31% 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  3.86% of its closed cases have died (3117), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2645),   Brazil (2613) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Columbia newly added to the list  (2360);  Argentina (2332), Belgium (2168), (Italy (2123), Poland (1991), and the UK (1904) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing),  and slightly better than Mexico (1855), Chile (1849), Romania (1796), Ecuador newly added to list (1764), (Spain (1750),  France (1712), Portugal (1713), Bolivia (1510),  Sweden (1438) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1250). 
              Tests: We have now conducted 540,149,577 tests (1,621,514/M) just passed by France at 1,632,870 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 3,632,748/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 to move down to 12th  on my list of deaths from the pandemic  at 1855/M with a fatality rate of 9.68% 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:  35,548 Deaths/M 576
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 191,829 Deaths/M 790
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:     8,156 Deaths/M 410
              US Vaccinations: As of 8/4/2021 348.1 million doses at up from .673 million per day to .677 per day (down to 6 months to go for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 90,681 per day which means if the rate does not increase it will take us now 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 45,467,015 total doses have been given (88.8% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 86.7%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has  moved down from 16th  to 17th tied with Utah  of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 53.2% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 49.8% has moved up  from 18 to 16th among the 50 states.  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: After the governor of Missouri pardoned the McCloskeys for their gun display to protect themselves, that noted  rent evader and unpaid rent judgment defendant Cori Bush was prompted to threaten Mark McCloskey that “his day will come” (what many believe is a death threat seems to have prompted not a peep from Pelosi or any of her puppets terrified by the Squad ); Biden proved once again his is all words and no action conflict avoidance as although he says Cuomo should resign he will not call him to do so nor weigh in on impeachment; on the CRT front Russ Voight a former Director of the Office of Management and Budget under Trump has filed FOIA requests seeking documents between the pro CRT group Abolitionist Teaching Network and the Department of Education (perhaps better named the CRT and Systematic Racism Brainwashers); Cuomo is not yet running for reelection but already aping Biden’s Bunker Strategy by hiding from the public in true Where’s Waldo style (; not only does it appear that Cuomo will fight efforts to have him resign or be impeached it looks like this bully will allow no quarter as Dani Lever who was on his communications staff until leaving for Facebook in August 2020 has been revealed as  a key player while working at Facebook in disseminating Lyndsey Boylan’s confidential personnel files to journalists trying to discredit her; the stench from CNN keeps getting more and more overpowering as in addition to anchor Chris Cuomo airing not one word on his brother’s sexual abuse scandal, CNN’s Director of Communications was Cuomo’s former Communications Director which may explain CNN’s MIA on any reporting of the scandal; Bill and Melinda are officially divorced and on an interview with Anderson Cooper, Bill expressed regret that  he had had any meetings with Epstein which he claimed were for the sole purpose of encouraging his philanthropy (give him the benefit of the doubt as a marriage of 27 years is a terrible thing to toss into the trash); CNN shedding viewers like someone with a bad case of dandruff has gone a week without having any program be watched by at least a million viewers (when does the red ink from sponsors leaving or ad prices cratering cause pink slips or at least salary cuts?); the “Biden Recovery” on the backs of the Warp Speed vaccines may be running out of gas as the ADP jobs report showed only 330,000 new jobs in July after 680,000 in June; 80 year old drummer Charlie Watts who is recuperating from an unspecified surgical procedure will recuperating at home and will miss the Rolling Stones tour in the U.S. this fall; as Chris Cuomo is ridiculed for not covering his brother’s sex scandal leave it to the political cartoonist to portray his focus instead of journalism:                                                                                                
           Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through August 3, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 2616 persons shot of whom 451 have died.
               As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a  recording musical link to “Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb, the fact that you have never had to endure being the target of a schwerpunkt; and a quote by Robert McNamara on the August 4 Gulf of Tonkin “attack”, 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.  Coast Guard Day—celebrating the formation of the Coast Guard, originally called the Revenue Service, on this day in 1790 that with a fleet of 10 revenue cutters would enforce the nation’s first tariff laws and received its present name when a law enacted by President Wilson on January 28, 1915 merged the Life Saving Service with the Revenue Cutter Service. In addition to maritime search and rescue and boating safety the Coast Guard is on our maritime front line against the importation of drugs, counterfeit goods and illegal aliens.
              2.  National White Wine Day—created by the “Queen of Holidays” noted wine enthusiast and free lance writer  Jace Shoemaker Galloway which is a holiday easy to observe by enjoying a glass of your favorite white wine.
              3. 1978 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1978 on this day was “Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb on a run of 7 weeks in that position to join 19 other songs that achieved number 1 status as 11 acts achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a video  recording of “Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb: He looked so full of life performing the song at 20 years old but to be dead from addiction on March 10, 1985 5 days after his 30th birthday.
              4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “schwerpunkt” which means in a military attack the main point of attack which cannot be used in our effort against the flood of illegal aliens across our border as there is not main point of effort.

              5.  Someone Special to Report Special—celebrating the birth on this day in 1970 of noted Fox journalist William Brett Baier who is the anchor for Special Report well known for Jen Psaki’s  ire toward him during another birthday boy on this day Barack Obama who during his administration was on an anti-Fox witch hunt (a FOIA request unsurfaced her email of October 23, 2009 where she referred to Baier as a “lunatic” and vowed to place “some dead fish in the fox cubby”—great training for Biden’s Press Secretary).

              On this day in:
a. 1989 after earlier in the year great fires had occurred in Seattle and Ellensburg, in Spokane, Washington, the Great Spokane Fire broke out and when it finally burnt out 1 person had been killed and 32 blocks, virtually the entire business of the city had burnt to the ground or dynamited to stop the fire’s spread.
               b. 1964 2 whites Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman and 1 black James Chaney, all of whom were Freedom Riders protesting Jim Crow Laws in the South, were found dead from gunshots near Philadelphia, Mississippi after disappearing on June 21,1964.
               c. 1964 after the US Maddox had been attacked by 3 North Vietnamese PT boats, the Maddox and the Turner Joy, which is now moored in Bremerton, Washington as a floating museum, claimed they were attacked North Vietnamese PT boats again which prompted LBJ to go on TV denouncing the attack and go to Congress for passage of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution to get drawn into the national nightmare of the Vietnam War; unfortunately,  the attack never existed but the march to disaster had started and would not end for the U.S. until the Paris Peace Accords were signed on January 27, 1973.
               d. 1987 the FCC rescinded the “Fairness Doctrine” requiring broadcasters to present opposing views on issues such that issues were presented fairly.
               e. 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in warehouse without safety precautions for six years after being seized from the MV Rhosus exploded with a force of 1.1 kilotons of dynamite (5% of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima) to kill 218 people, injure some 7,500, cause $15 billion in damages  and render 300,000 residents homeless.

Reflections on the Gulf of Tonkin Incident of August 4, 1964: “   "...And ultimately it was concluded that almost certainly the [August 4] attack had occurred. But even at the time there was some recognition of a margin of error, so we thought it highly probable but not entirely certain. And because it was highly probable—and because even if it hadn't occurred, there was strong feeling we should have responded to the first attack, which we were positive had occurred—President Johnson decided to respond to the second [attack]. I think it is now clear [the second attack] did not occur..." –Defense Secretary Robert McNamara What a waste caused by a radar readings of waves and sonar readings of the American ships own propellers.                             

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