Saturday, September 18, 2021

September 17, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Citizenship and Constitution Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not September 17, 2021       

            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 228 million at  228,377,752 cases,  18,740,744 of which are active, 209,637,008  closed with 204,944,697 recoveries (97.76%), and 4,692,311 deaths (2.24% to continue the low 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 42 million at 42,799.907 with 9,679,042 active cases of which 25,156 are serious or critical, (8,599 on 3/25/2021) (back to slight decrease despite the  Delta variant to .260 % of active cases and to increase the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 4,115 , 33,120,865 closures with 690,714 deaths (2.09%) and with 32,430,151 recoveries (97.91%). Our death rate percentage is now .15% lower than the world’s death rate.
             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady   but slow climb to 2072 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5934) 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 (3128), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2898),   Brazil (2751) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Argentina (2501),  Columbia newly added to the list  (2441),   Belgium (2188), Italy (2158), and slightly better than Mexico (2070), Poland (1997), UK (1976),  Chile (1932), Romania (1853), Spain (1834),  Ecuador newly added to list (1812),  France (1772), Portugal (1761), Bolivia (1570),  Sweden (1448) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1261). As vaccine mandate hysteria grows in the U.S., if you are infected you have a 1.614% chance of dying and if you are over 65 the percentages of deaths for that group is 78%.
              Tests: We have now conducted 617,825,317 tests (1,853,369/M) just passed by France at 2,049,442 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 4,242,833/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 drop to 10th  on my list of deaths from the pandemic  at 2067/M with a fatality rate of 8.55% 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:  40,322 Deaths/M 707
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 239,030 Deaths/M 936
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:   13,281 Deaths/M 472   
             US Vaccinations: As of 9/16/ 2021 383.0 million doses,  .782 million per day (down to 4 months for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 88,524  per day  (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 49,388,384 total doses have been given (86.5%  of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 83.0%), but due to the pressure of a recall vote for which ends today, California has  moved from  9th to 10th  of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 57.5% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 54.2% and has  moved down from 15th place to 16th place as a percentage of the population fully vaccinated.
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: Biden is aping the workforce during the pandemic by “working” remotely as once again he is off to Delaware but given his cognitive dysfunctionality doubt he is doing any work on the issues that faced but rather just resting; our vaunted over the horizon capabilities in Afghanistan that the Pentagon touted to minimize the failure of our cut and run botched withdrawal was exposed to be a failed myth as the Pentagon had to admit that the drone strike that “killed an ISIS-K terrorist setting off numerous secondary explosions” was a complete lie killing an aid worker and his 7 children delivering water; Michigan schools are probably failing but at least in Mt. Pleasant Public Schools the teachers must be aspiring stylists who strive to cut hair as they cut a 7 year old biracial girls hair without her parent’s permission to remedy a hair cutting by other bullying students on one side (the father has accused the school of racism and filed a $1,000,000 lawsuit); shaking and baking in California today in a epicenter near Carson with a 4.3 earthquake that caused no significant damage; our self-proclaimed icon of foreign policy experiences has another crisis as the UK and the US evidently persuaded Australia to replace France to supply Australia with a nuclear submarine, prompting France to recall its Ambassador to the United States; Blinken, who like his namesake trio Wynken, Blynken and Nod is asleep at the switch in dreamland, has quietly removed a Facebook post claiming the US would stand with the people of Hong Kong; 2 of Gavin Newsom’s 4 children under the age of 12 have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in quarantine; New York’s new Governor Kathy Hochul has released almost 200 prisoners from Rikers Island incarcerated for “technical reasons” involving parole violations (testing positive for drugs and alcohol or missing parole officer appointments doesn’t seem technical giving the offender a get out of jail card); Rachel Maddow, a biased leftist pseudo journalist with 0 objectivity and who was a leading proponent of the false Trump Russian collusion, has given her tongue to a cat on the indictment by Durham of a Clinton lawyer who is charged with lying to the FBI on their probe of the origin of the Russian collusion;  jury has found Robert Durst guilty of 1st degree murder, lying in wait to kill Susan Berman to prevent her from giving testimony that would conflict his alibi over his wife’s disappearance; for those who thought Biden’s strong words on the terrorists involved in the killing of the 13 Americans service persons at the Kabul Airport, leave it to the political cartoonist to reveal the true targets of Biden’s wrath:

                Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through September 15, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 3334 persons shot of whom 567 have died.
                 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a  music recording link to  “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”  by Soulja Boy, that your life is full of seraphic moments and a quote on Occupy Wall Street by Artur Davis,
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              1.  National Concussions Awareness Day—created in 2016 by Brooke Mills, a freshman who suffered a concussion in her freshman year of high school, and observed on the third Friday in September to promote the importance of recognizing the symptoms of a concussion, treating the concussion and enhancing rules and equipment in sports to minimize the incidence of concussions like the rule in football that bans targeting by a player of his head on the head of the other player that results in the ejection of the targeter for 2 halves or portions thereof.
Citizenship and Constitution Day—created by Senator Robert Byrd in 2004 to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on this day in 1787 and requiring all federal agencies and all schools that receive federal funding to provide education on this day about the Constitution which is sorely needed as one could expect that most students are clueless about the Constitution and why the provisions are what they are and the rights of the citizens it protects.
              3. 2007 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 2007 on this day was “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” by Soulja Boy on  a run in that position of 7 weeks nonconsecutive to join 17 other songs that achieved number 1 status  and to join 7 other acts that achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a music video of “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” by Soulja Boy: . Soulja Boy was one of the first rappers to market on social media and his number 1 single was the first number 1 single to sell 3 million copies.

              4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “seraphic” which means serene or blissful which does describe the chaos at the border that Biden is responsible for and continues to ignore.
Reaching Bottom-- celebrating the birth on this day in 1960 of Canadian singer/songwriter John Bottomley who started with the band Tulpa before launching a solo career in 1990 and won the Juno Award for the Most Promising Male Vocalist in 1992 with his second album. He released 11 albums but sadly suffered from clinical depression and hung himself on April 6, 2011.

         On this day in:
          a. 1849 abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in Maryland to begin a career of freeing slaves from their owners via the Underground Railroad. 
          b. 1961 the first stadium with a retractable roof, the Civic Arena, opened in Pittsburgh and the first retraction of the roof occurred at a Carol Burnett show on July 4, 1962.  
          c. 1983 Vanessa Williams became the first African American to be crowned Miss America but resigned  under pressure from the Miss America Pageant Organization near the end of her reign when she learned that  Penthouse would soon be publishing unauthorized nude photos of her. In a better late than never moment in 2016 the head of the Miss America Pageant publicly apologized to her.
          d. 2001 the New York Stock Exchange opened after being closed on 9/11, the longest period of time the it had been closed since the Great Depression.
          e. 2011 The Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zuccotti Park, New York City.
          Reflections on the Occupy Wall Street Movement: “When you hear the party that glorified Occupy Wall Street blast success; when you hear them minimize the genius of the men and women who make jobs out of nothing, is that what you teach your children about work?” Artur Davis, former Democratic Representative who now has returned to the practice of law and who has been both a Democrat and a Republican and if still a Democrat today has to be one of those very rare moderate Democrats that used to be the backbone of the party.
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