RIDLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT October 6, 2021
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 236 million at 236,829,578 cases, 18,049,652 of which are active, 218,779,926 closed with 213,944,755 recoveries (97.79%), and 4,835,171 deaths (2.21% )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 44 million at 44,787,462 with 9,780,321 active cases of which 18,560 are serious or critical, (8,599 on 3/25/2021) (back to steady decreases despite the Delta variable to .190 % of active cases and to increase the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 10,711, 35,007,141 closures with 724,863 deaths (2.07%) and with 34,282,278 recoveries (97.93%). 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 2174 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5947) 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 (3142), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (3098), Brazil (2792) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and Italy, Argentina (2522), Columbia newly added to the list (2452), and Belgium (2200), and slightly better than Italy (2173), Mexico (2143), UK (2,009), Romania (2006), Poland (2005), Chile (1946), Spain (1853), Ecuador newly added to list (1825), France (1786), Portugal (1773), Bolivia (1581), Sweden (1459) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1274). As vaccine mandate hysteria grows in the U.S., if you are infected you have a 1.615% chance of dying and if you are over 65 the percentages of deaths for that group is 78%.
Tests: We have now conducted 650,725,771 tests (1,951,507/M) just passed by France at 2,188,277 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 4,5,26,264/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 10th on my list of deaths from the pandemic at 2143/M with 360,937 active cases and a fatality rate of 8.40% 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: 24,288 Deaths/M 749
Honduras: Active Cases: 247,087 Deaths/M 981
El Salvador: Active cases: 14,170 Deaths/M 510
US Vaccinations: As of 10/6/2021 397.7 million doses, .932 million per day (down to 3 months for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 111,685 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 51,250,207 total doses have been given (86.9% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 83.1%), California has not moved from 6th of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 59.4% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 56.0% and has moved from 14th to 15th 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.
Non CV News: McConnell crossed the aisle to become other that Manchin and Sinema on the side adults in the room to agree to a short term debt ceiling increase to avoid financial chaos (if inflation numbers keep climbing will Blues come to their senses and toss the reconciliation bill into the trash can?); Manchin becomes more and more like the epitome of what a Senator should be as opposed to most of the Blues who cowering from the Squad are hell bent to ram the $3.5+ (aka “it’s paid for reconciliation bill”) as he refused to carve out from the filibuster an increase in the debt ceiling; Sinema deserves the same accolades while Warren high fiving that McConnell caved comes across as a blithering idiot; another revelation that Biden’s dementia must be getting worse by the day as it was revealed today that Biden who is speaking from the White House is using sets that enable him to read from a face on full video screen text that even he cannot mangle; Biden’s approval ratings continue to sink and his disapproval rating continue to soar with 55% opining his administration is not competent to run the government (Biden and his handlers must be quaking in their boots fearing that pollsters will ask the question “do you feel Biden is mentally up to the task of being president); Psaki is becoming the “Biden walk back artist” par excellence as she heads backwards after Kerry claims French outrage of the breach induced sub deal with the French involving the purchase by Australia of a nuclear powered sub; in another example of the idiocy of defund the police, 2 police officers were stationed in the Timberview High School in Arlington where a shooting that erupted after a fight where 1 victims were taken to the hospital, 1 of whom is in critical condition who responded immediately to the situation preventing further injury to students and the suspect fled and was later captured; in a we need this like a hole in the head moment, the FDA is warning that hand sanitizers distributed by ArtNaturals of Gardena, California may contain levels of cancer causing benzene; in the black on black shooting capital of the world it is refreshing to see two inept Chicago official turn on each other as Mayor Lightfoot (Lightweight) has turned on State Prosecutor Kim Fox (perfect clone for L.A. DA Gascon) for releasing gangbangers back on to Chicago’s streets to continue the carnage; Lt. Colonel Stuart Scheller, Jr. the Marine officer who spoke out against the ineptness of senior leadership of the botched Afghanistan withdrawal and the death of 13 service personnel was placed in the brig and is now facing court martial (accountability of the senior military officers in charge with the fiasco—zip); in the Wild Card Game Dodgers Chris Taylor hit a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Cardinals 2-1 to move on to the Division playoffs with the San Francisco Giants; leave it to the political cartoonist to reveal the deception of Biden and the hypocrisy of Vogue on where the Biden tax increases will probably fall:
Gun Violence: Hey Jackass.com is alive and well to collect data to show that
through October 5, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color
shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 3645 persons
shot of whom 628 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 “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus, the fact that people will rarely if ever see you shail and a quote by Anwar Sadat why he entered into a peace treaty with Israel, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Halloween or Veterans 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. World Space Week—created by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1999 to start on the anniversary of the launch of Sputnik on October 4, 1957 and ending on the anniversary of the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on October 10, 1967 to commemorate man’s progress in exploring outer space for the betterment of human society.
2. Random Acts of Poetry Day—celebrated first on this day in 2015 by creating poetry in a public space with chalk or on a whiteboard which is erasable.
3. 2013 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 2013 on this day was “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus on a run in that position of 2 weeks to join 10 other songs that achieved number 1 status and join 7 other act that achieved their first number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is a music video of “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My2FRPA3Gf8
4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “shail” which means to shamble or stumble which describes our frail president after leaving a speech turning his back on any questions.
5. Never Asked Never Told-- celebrating the birth on this day in 1941 of Army First Lieutenant Paul Popham who served with the 5th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division in South Vietnam and retired as a major in the army reserve in 1969. He founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1981 when AIDS was beginning to devastate the gay community to become and serve as its president from 1981-1985 until AIDS required him to retire to die from the disease on May 7, 1987 at age 45.
On this day in:
a. 1927 the first prominent “talkie” motion picture The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson in black face premiered at Warner Brothers premier theater in New York City marking the rapid beginning of the end of silent motion pictures and the musicians who played in the orchestra pits.
b. 1979 Pope John Paul II became the first Pope top visit the White House.
c. 1981 on live television at an annual victory parade celebrating Egypt’s crossing of the Suez Canal in the Yom Kippur War President Anwar Sadat was assassinated by a band of Jihadists outraged over his peace treaty with Israel.
d. 2007 Jason Lewis survived being hit by a car while cycling and arrested and held for over 100 days on suspicion of spying to complete the first human powered circumnavigation of the Earth which had commenced on July 12, 1994.
e. 2010 Instagram was founded by 2 Stanford grads, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger; after Kevin had turned down a recruitment offer from Mark Zuckerberg in 2012 with only 13 employees the company was acquired by Facebook with Krieger and Systrom remaining in management roles until resigning in 2018. Just as well as Instagram is on the Congressional hot set for practices deemed dangerous to kids.
Reflections on why Anwar Sadat signed a peace treaty with Israel which led to his assassination: “I took this decision after long thought, knowing that it constitutes a great risk, for God Almighty has made it my fate to assume responsibility on behalf of the Egyptian people, to share in the responsibility of the Arab nation, the main duty of which, dictated by responsibility, is to exploit all and every means in a bid to save my Egyptian Arab people and the pan-Arab nation from the horrors of new suffering and destructive wars, the dimensions of which are foreseen only by God Himself.”—Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat, Speech to the Israeli Knesset.
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