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July 31, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Ranger Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not July 31, 2021       

            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on a slowing down basis the new year with cases now over 198 million at  198,320,811  cases (197,754,286 yesterday); 14,943,999 of which are active, 183,376,812 closed with 179,147,065 recoveries (97.69% and 97.69% yesterday, and 4,229,747 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.
            CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 35 million at 35,689,184 (35,592,710 yesterday)  with 5,408,070 active cases of which 9,334 are serious or critical, (9,205 yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now on a serious upswing due to Delta virus up to .017% 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 20,066, 30,281,114 closed, with 629,072 deaths (2.08% and 2.08% yesterday) and with 29,652,042 recoveries (97.92% and 97.92% yesterday). Our death rate percentage has been stuck at 2.08% since July 12, 2021 and is still .23% lower than the world’s death rate.

             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady   but slow climb to 1889 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5865) 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 (2642),   Brazil (2594) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Columbia newly added to the list  (2340);  Argentina (2313), Belgium (2168), (Italy (2121), Poland (1991), and the UK (1899) which had passed us despite leading world in testing and now has new deaths barely increasing),  and slightly better than Mexico (1844), Chile (1837), Romania (1795), Ecuador newly added to list (1762), ( Spain (1742),  France (1709), Portugal (1708), Bolivia (1501),  Sweden (1438) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1250). 
              Tests: We have now conducted 529,199,872 (now at 1,588,744/M) just passed by France at 1,590,639 who is now 2nd 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 3,575,718/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 1844/M with a fatality rate of 9.84% 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:  35,918 Deaths/M 563
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 188,580 Deaths/M 778
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:     7,726 Deaths/M 403              US Vaccinations: As of 7/30,21 344.9 million doses at .652 million per day (7 months to go for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 82,509 per day which means if the rate does not increase it will take us now some 5 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 45,044,810 total doses have been given (88.5% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 86.6%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has  moved  up from 19th to 18th   of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 52.7% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 49.5% is still 17th 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: AOC one of the proponents of defund the police because she spent some $34,000 on private security in the first half of 2021 while her constituents and far too many residents of the Big Rotten Apple are dying like flies from surging shootings; thanks to California’s proposition that required pig farmers to provide more space for their pigs, California which consumes 15% of the “other white meat” will soon face shortages of pork and rising prices (as bacon prices go sky high to make bacon a memory, pity the poor California BLM protestors who will not be able connect with supporters with their “pigs in a blanket, fry’em like bacon” chant; Shaun King a liberal black activist whose charities he controls have raised substantial money’s base of “white guilty” is living the good life with his wife having purchased a New Jersey lake front home in New Jersey for $842,000; teammates of fencer Alen Hadzic accused of sexual misconduct were wearing pink masks in protest prior to the start of the epee fencing event at the Olympics; the compulsory vaccination trend continues as both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University announced the requirement that all in person students must be vaccinated and while in class must wear mask despite being vaccinated; in a Chick-fil-A déjà vu, in East Lansing which operates a city run farmer’s market is in court after it banning a farm operated by a couple which also hold weddings on their property but refused to book same sex marriages on religious grounds from selling its produce (city has a nondiscrimination ordinance but couple never refused to sell produce to gays, lesbians or transgenders); homeless protestors have shown up at Pelosi’s house in Feces City to protest the end of the ban on eviction which is expiring today; in Indianapolis parking lot outside a funeral home gunshots were heard and a 4 year old girl in critical condition, a sixteen year old and adult man were in the hospital as the suspect fled before police could arrive (wonder if the shooter was paying respects to fellow gang member lying in the home awaiting services and ran into a rival gang member?); the border crisis continues to worsen as more and more CV infected illegals are crossing to be sent out of processing centers to mingle and infect Americans inland from the border while CNP agents are being infected and having to vacate posts into quarantine; Senate was still trying to complete drafting the $1 trillion infrastructure bill and failed at the end of a rare Saturday session and will be in session again of Sunday; in a show must go on moment the band ZZ Top played its first concert without its founder Dusty Hill who had died in his sleep at age 72 several days ago; marine biologists have found in the ocean deeps two marine creatures that bear a striking resemblance to Sponge Bob and Patrick;  as violent crime soars and police budgets and numbers of officers willing put up with the danger and lack of political support, leave it to the political hypocrisy of the Blues conflating violating growing mask mandates with soaring crime:                                                            

              Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through July 30, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 2557 persons shot of whom 439 have died.
              As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a video recording musical link to “Annie’s Song” by John Denver, the fact that while other areas on the nation are being flooded with scelerats, yours is not; and a quote by Captain Michael Biggs on the British Army on Operation Banner,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.  Perthes Disease Awareness Day—observing a rare hip disease affecting young children that causes the head of the hip socket to be deprived of blood, weakening the bone tissue, and resulting in fractures and osteoarthritis.  Unfortunately, the cause of the disease is not yet known.
              2.  World Ranger Day—created by the International Ranger Federation and first celebrated on this day tin 2007 to honor those park rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty and to promote awareness of the fine work done by park rangers to protect the fauna and flora of national and state parks and visitors thereto while enhancing the quality of such visits.
              3. 1974 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1974 on this day was “Annie’s Song” by John Denver on a run of 2 weeks in that position to join 35 other songs that achieved number 1 status and join 24 other acts who achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a recording of “Annie’s Song” by John Denver: Denver was a prolific singer songwriter who released 33 albums and recorded some 300 songs, 200 of which he had written. An experienced pilot with 2700 hours of flight time, he was killed while practicing touch and go landings in his homebuilt light aircraft Rutan-EZ Monterey, crashing into the bay on   October 12, 1997.
              4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “scelerat” which means a villain or criminal which describes to a tee who are descending in large numbers onto our streets.

              5.  4th Time Not the Third Is the Charm--celebrating the birth on this day in 1992 of Cuban born pitcher José Fernández who failed in his first 3 attempts to defect to the U.S. but succeeded on his fourth to become a pitcher for the Miami Marlins from 2013 to his death in 2016, overcame Tommy John Surgery, and his pitching career was on an upward track until 5 days after his girlfriend announced she was pregnant, on September 25, 2016 drove his boat at over 56 knots into a rock jetty killing himself and 2o passengers. Toxicology reports revealed he had cocaine in his system and was legally DUI.

              On this day in:
a. 1977 the Second Continental Congress accepted the services of Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette to serve in the Continental Army with the rank of major general.
               b. 1970 the officially sanctioned issue of rum to British seaman in the British Royal Navy was ended.
               c. 2006 an ailing Fidel Castro transferred power to his brother Raul who would keep Cuba in his authoritarian Communist grip until bowing to old age of 90 stepped down but the party still rules as demonstrations against the regime have erupted throughout Cuba.

               d. 2007 Operation Banner, the longest operation in military operation in British history which had begun on August 14, 1969 at the request of the government of Northern Ireland as a peace keeping mission and quickly in the eyes of Catholics there morphed into an army of occupation, finally came to an end after the army suffered some 1400 deaths and over 6,000 wounded.
               e.  2012 American swimmer Michael Phelps broke the record set in 1964 by Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina who had won 14 individual medals and 4 team medals by running his medal winning total to 22 but after a brief retirement came back in 2016 to add icing to the medal cake by bring his total medal count to 28, 23 of which were gold  with 13 individual and 10 team before retiring for good.

Reflections on what Operation Banner actually accomplished:  Well, in Newry where I was, it’s a predominantly Roman Catholic area, so you have to say that most of the people I came into contact with would have been Catholics. In Newry I also saw that rather than peacekeeping between the Catholics and the small Protestant community, we were pushing a wedge through, which was furthering the division between the two communities. I could see that we were actually polarizing them.” Michael Biggs, a captain in the British officer, stationed in Northern Ireland who left the British Army as a conscientious objector as a result of his experiences there.

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