Wednesday, November 10, 2021

November 9, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Freedom Day


            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 251 million at 251,512,179 cases,  18,719,316 of which are active, 232,792,863  closed with 227,714,196 recoveries (97.82%), and cracking the 5,000,000 barrier 5,078,667 deaths (2.18% )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 47 million at 47,626,888 with 9,152,592 active cases of which 11,103  are serious or critical, (8,599 on 3/25/2021) (back to steady decreases despite the  Delta variable to .121% of active cases and to increase the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 18,168, 38,374,296 closures with 778,127 deaths (2.03%) and with 37,596,169 recoveries (97.97%). Our death rate percentage is .15% lower than the world’s death rate.
             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady   but slow climb to 2326 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5967) 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 (3694), Hungary (3261), Brazil (2841) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths now slowing down, Romania (2675), Argentina (2538), and newly added to the list Columbia (2472),  and slightly better than Belgium (2241), Mexico (2216), Italy (2195), UK (2075),  Poland (2058), Chile (1959),  Spain (1872),  Ecuador newly added to list (1832),  France (1802), Portugal (1793), Bolivia (1595),  Sweden (1475) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1292). 
              Tests: No need to tally tests as testing programs are functioning well.
              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 2216/M with 347,067 active cases and a fatality rate of 8.33% 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:    3,426 Deaths/M  843
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 249,863 Deaths/M 1019
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:   14,477 Deaths/M  565 
               US Vaccinations: As of 11/8/2021 432.1 million doses,  1.43 million per day (down to 2 months for 75% of population vaccinated) and in California 187,653  per day  (which means at least 75% of the population of California have received at least one shot which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity (other than Flip Flop Fauci who may believe that 90% is required).  In California 55,616,757 total doses have been given (85.1%  of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 81.%), California has moved from 7 to 5th tied with New York of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 61.7% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 58.3% and has not  moved from 14th   in terms of getting vaccines received into arms and the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to other states.    
               Non  CV News:  Pelosi was working on her Marie Antoinette role attending a gala wedding and reception an Feces City with vaccinated attendees maskless as was she crammed like so many sardines while Newsom  and SFO Mayor London Breed were also there maskless;
 McAuliffe’s defeat has not stilled the fires of outrage as parents flooded a Loudin School Board Meeting with a 2000 signature demanding resignation of the School Board President; Mathew McConaughey, who is vaccinated and contemplating a run for governor in Texas is withholding his consent for now over vaccinating his children wanting more information on the effectiveness and risk of the vaccine; too many Seattle teachers requested a day off after Veterans Day causing the school district to cancel Friday’s classes for in class and remote learning (collateral damage from the vaccine mandate?); a District Court Judge has denied Trump’s attempt to prevent the House Committee investigating the January 6 protests due to executive privilege but stayed his order pending appeal (Blues will do anything to have the investigation in full operation during the election next year); lying Adam Schiff got into a snit fit with a co-host of The View over Schiff’s role in the discredited Steele Dossier which he was pushing as if it were the Holy Bible as she questioned whether his credibility had been diminished; Brian Williams whose credibility was severely tarnished with his embellishments of a false rocket while in Afghanistan has announced his retirement from NBC and MSNBC to spend more time with his family (noble goal but would be enhanced if he spent some time learning how to become more of an objective reporter and less of an advocate); the heavy hand of censorship is alive and well at You Tube when it banned Rep. Issa’s speech on the grounds that it was spreading anti-vaccine myths when the only reference to vaccines was that American vaccines are superior to the Russian Sputnik vaccine; Pete Buttigieg who is the epitome of incompetence in the Transportation Department made a fool out of himself blasting the nation’s Interstate Highway System as racist; the Biden Administration is in essence telling the 5th Circuit of Appeals which enjoined his OSHA requirement that employers with more than 100 employees must require vaccines as a condition to employment or continued employment to pound sand as it is instructing OSHA to ignore the ruling and continue to try to force employers to require vaccination; the voters in Feces City are fed up with Soros backed liberal Chesa Boudin’s pro criminal policies and he will now face a recall on June 22 of this year; Newsom deserves some praise for putting family obligations like trick or treating  with his kids on Halloween over a climate change conference boondoggle in Glasgow and an award for the most appropriate costume to ape his lifestyle in dealing with private business—a pirate; as Biden’s poll approval numbers continue to drop due to a series of Biden engineered policy failures, leave it to the political cartoonist to portray the real cause:                                                                          

              Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through November 8, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 4030 persons shot of whom 701 have died.
              As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a  recording link to  “Remember Me”  by Bing Crosby, admiring the color of silverskins; and a quote from Robert McNamara on self immolations and the Vietnam War, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Thanksgiving 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 Freedom Day—created by President George W. Bush on this day in 2005 to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communist Rule in Central and Eastern Europe.
National Microtia Awareness Day—created by the Ear Community Organization on this day in 2016 to create awareness of microtia a defect where a person is born with 1 or 2 deformed or missing outer ears which fortunately can be ameliorated with reconstructive surgery.
            3. 1937  Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1937 on this day was “Remember Me” by Bing Crosby on  a run in that position of 1 week to join 17 other  songs that achieved number 1 status. Here’s a recording of “Remember Me” by Bing Crosby:

              4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “silverskin” which means the fine skin of a coffee bean that is most pleasing to the eye before you put the beans in the grinder to prepare to start your day.
Too Much Flack To Safely Fly—celebrating the birth on this day in 1979 of English actress and TV presenter known for dating Prince Harry until the British tabloids got wind of it but suffered bouts of depression and was arrested in December 2019 for assaulting her then boyfriend because she thought he was cheating on her. After learning she was going to be prosecuted, she hung herself on February 15, 2020.
              On this day in:
              a. 1851 marshals from Kentucky abducted abolitionist Calvin Franklin in Jeffersonville, Indiana for aiding a slave to escape and took him back to be tried for a second time after he had been paroled after being convicted for a similar offense; he was tried, convicted and sentenced to and served 15 years in the Kentucky State Penitentiary.
              b. 1965 aping the actions of a Buddhist monk in South Vietnam and 2 Americans—Alice Hertz and Norman Morrison who  handed his 1 year old daughter over to a friend and then self immolated himself in protest over the Vietnam War in front of Defense Secretary McNamara’s window at the Pentagon,  22 year old Roger La Porte self-immolated himself and died the next day.
              c. 1989 East Germany opened all the checkpoints in Berlin to all East Germans to cross into West Berlin through the Berlin Wall that soon would be torn down.
              d. 1998 capital punishment which had earlier been abolished for murder was abolished for all remaining capital offenses.
              e. 2004 Firefox 1.0, an open source browser was released.
Reflections on the self-immolation of Norman Morrison: “Antiwar protests had been sporadic and limited up to this time and had not compelled attention. Then came the afternoon of November 2, 1965. At twilight that day, a young Quaker named Norman R. Morrison, father of three and an officer of the Stony Run Friends Meeting in Baltimore, burned himself to death within 40 feet of my Pentagon window. Morrison’s death was a tragedy not only for his family but also for me in the country. It was an outcry against the killing that was destroying the lives of so many Vietnamese and American youth.
I reacted to the horror of his action by bottling up my emotions and avoided talking about them with anyone –even with my family. I knew (his wife) Marge and our three children shared many of Morrison’s feelings about the war. And I believed I understood and shared some of his thoughts. The episode created tension at home that only deepened as the criticism of the war continued to grow.” Robert McNamara The Tragedy in Lessons of Vietnam
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