Thursday, October 21, 2021

October 20, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Unity Day


            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 246 million at 246,586,837 cases,  17,807,469 of which are active, 224,779,368  closed with 219,846,826 recoveries (97.81%), and 4,932,542 deaths (2.19% )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 46 million at 46,002,053 with 9,541,967 active cases of which 14,797 are serious or critical, (8,599 on 3/25/2021) (back to steady decreases despite the  Delta variable to .156 % of active cases and to increase the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 14,474, 36,460,386 closures with 748,827 deaths (2.05%) and with 35,711,559 recoveries (97.95%). Our death rate percentage is still .14% lower than the world’s death rate.
             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady   but slow climb to 2245 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5956) 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; Bulgaria the new number 2 (3286), Hungary just passed by Bulgaria (3162),   Brazil (2815) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Argentina (2531),  Columbia newly added to the list  (2460), and  Romania (2257),  and slightly better than Belgium (2213), Italy (2182), Mexico (2180),  UK (2,034),  Poland (2018), Chile (1947),  Spain (1861),  Ecuador newly added to list (1831),  France (1793), Portugal (1782), Bolivia (1589),  Sweden (1468) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1280). 
              Tests: We have now conducted 664,015,290 tests (2,020,903/M) just passed by France at 2,309,846 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 4,729,189/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 is  11th  on my list of deaths from the pandemic  at 2180/M with 355,694 active cases and a fatality rate of 8.36% 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:  32,161 Deaths/M 787
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 248,700 Deaths/M 1,004
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:   14,495 Deaths/M 539   
             US Vaccinations: As of 10/20/2021 409.4 million doses,  .816 million per day (down to 3 months for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 90,556  per day  (which means if the rate does not increase it will take us now only  some 2 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 52,655,046 total doses have been given (86.7%  of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 82.7%), California has not moved from 6th to 7th  of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 60.4% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 57.1% and has  not moved  from 15th in terms of getting vaccines received into arms and the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to other states.    
               Non  CV News: Nikolas Cruz, the shooter in the Parkland School case, entered a plea of guilty to the killing of 17 persons at the school and now faces the penalty phase where the jury will determine whether he will face life of execution; AG Garland under severe criticism for his labeling of parents as domestic terrorists and referring the matter to the FBI will face his first House Oversight hearing on Thursday; in the Quinnipiac poll just released on Tuesday, Biden’s approval continues to sink like a stone with an approval rate of 28% among Independents, 3% among Reds and 80% among Blues (given the Blue infighting between the expanding Progressives and the dwindling Moderates some surprise approval is that high) and 58% of Americans do not want Trump to run in 2024 (in a potential suicidal election mode 78% of Reds want him to run); the mask wearing debate continues unabated for schools and the CDC Director Walensky continues along with her allies the teachers unions to press for mask mandates for kids returning to school (when will we ever get some unbiased studies on the effectiveness of masks in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus?); the undermanned and underfunded CBP arrested more than 1.7 million illegals, a record only surpassed in 1986 when the Amnesty Bill was passed; our vaunted intelligence community was caught asleep at the switch as China revealed that it had developed a hypersonic ICBM capable of carrying nuclear warheads; McAuliffe may be cracking under the increasing signs that his support of CRT and opposition to parents’ influencing what is taught in Virginia’s public schools after he terminated a televised interview half way into it slamming the interviewer for doing his job by asking “dumb questions” ( in Blue speak questions that were not T-Ball or softball); Witless Whitmer has indicated that she will veto a Red sponsored bill that enable students who so desire to enter private schools where they will have a much better chance of receiving a quality education as opposed to being trapped in a failed urban school preparing them only for prison; leave it to the political cartoonist to reveal how out of touch General Milley is concerning the issues that should trouble the nation’s defense:                                                                 


               Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through October 19, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 3800 persons shot of whom 649 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  “All About That Bass”  by Meghan Trainor, the fact that your life is not generally shambolic and a quote by Mike Mansfield on the night of the Saturday Night Massacre bemoaning the decline of bipartisanship in Congress,
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              1.  World Osteoporosis Day—created by the United Kingdom Osteoporosis Society on this day in 1996 and taken over by the International Osteoporosis Federation since 1997 to promote awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases.
Unity Day—created by the PACER National Center for the Prevention of Bullying in 2011 and now celebrated on the Wednesday closest to October 22nd to promote awareness of the harmful effects of bullying and seek to prevent it. If you see someone wearing orange today that person is not getting into the spirit of Halloween but rather showing the person’s support for the day.
2014  Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 2014 on this day was “All About That Bass”  by Meghan Trainor  on  a run in that position of 8 weeks to join 10 other  songs that achieved number 1 status  and join 5 other acts that  achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a music video of “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor: This 27 year old singer/songwriter and television personality won the 2016 Grammy for Best New Singer, has released 3 albums and enjoyed sales of 11 million records on her debut single “All About That Bass.”
Word of the Day—the word of the day is “shambolic” which means chaotic which describes our open border and the Biden Administration being MIA in trying to handle the illegals surging across in record numbers.
The Czar That Wasn’t There—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your point of view  the birth on this day in 1964 of Kamal Harris, the nation’s first female Vice President and first Asian American Vice President serving with Joe Biden.
              On this day in:
              a. 1947 the House Un-American Activities Committee began its investigation of Communist infiltration of Hollywood’s film industry that resulted in the film studios banning suspected Communist actors, directors, screenwriters, musicians and other members of the entertainment industry from being employed by the studios.
              b. 1973 in what became known as the “Saturday Night Massacre” President Nixon ordered AG Richardson and Deputy AG Ruckelshaus to fire Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox which they refused to do and resigned causing the Solicitor General Robert Bork to do so who then wanted to resign but was urged by Ruckelshaus to remain for the good of the DOJ.
              c. 1977 enroute to Baton Rouge to perform at LSU, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s chartered plane ran out of fuel and crashed near Gillsburg, Mississippi, killing the pilot and co-pilot, 3 band members and the assistant road manager and seriously injuring the rest of the band and several road crew members.
              d. 1981 Kathy Boudin after dropping off her infant son Chesa Boudin, who is now the embattled liberal D.A. in Feces City subject to a recall effort, with a babysitter, joined 3 former members of the Weather Underground and 6 members of the Black Liberation Army to rob a Brink’s armored car at the Nanuet Mall in Nanuet, New York, killing 1 and wounding 2 before fleeing with $1.6 million and became engaged in a shootout that killed 2 Nyack police officers. She pled guilty to 1 count of felony murder and robbery and was sentenced to 20 years to life and was paroled in 2003 and is now an adjunct professor at Columbia University.
              e. 2011 Libyan rebels captured deposed ruler Khadafy in his home town of Sirte and killed him and his son Mutassim shortly thereafter.
Reflections on the Saturday Night Massacre by the then Senate Majority Leader: “In the weeks ahead the Senate is going to do what it has done all this year and that is to act constructively, to attend to our business, to keep politics to a minimum, and to make certain that this government of yours and ours functions. Perhaps out of this will come a purification and a cleansing which will be beneficial to the whole country, and which will bring about a reordering of our priorities so that we can attend to the needs of our people first, and perhaps out of this will come a closer look at what the political office holders do. Their records will be scanned more carefully, and that is as it should be, and that is as it must be. We’re all paying a price at the moment because I think all of us in some degree are responsible for what we have allowed to occur. We’ve lost our sense of morality, I believe, to a certain degree, We’ve become too materialistic minded, and maybe a return to the old values and the old virtues might, in my opinion, stand us in good stead today.” Senator Mike Mansfield at a speech honoring Frank Church in Boise, Idaho, October 20,1973 Sadly in Congress those words on both sides of the aisle have been more often than not by the partisan ad hominem attacks on each other ignored.
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