Friday, December 10, 2021

December 10, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Human Rights Day

 RIDLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT December 10, 2021

             CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 269 million at 269,117,302 cases,  21,700,635 of which are active, 247,416,667  closed with 242,108,807 recoveries (97.85%), and cracking the 5,300,000 barrier 5,307,860 deaths (2.15% ))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 50 million at 50,547,864 with 9,852,994 active cases  of which 14,647  are serious or critical, (8,599 on 3/25/2021) (back to steady decreases with upticks despite the  Delta and Omicron Variants to .149% of active cases and to decrease the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 14,694, (serious or critical cases now reported again), 40,694,870 closures with 815,442 deaths (2.00%) and with 39,879,448 recoveries (98.00%). 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 2443  the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5992) 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; Bulgaria the new number 2 (4275), Hungary (3785), Romania (3020), Brazil (2871) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths now slowing down passed by Romania, Argentina (2549), and newly added to the list Columbia (2496),  and slightly better than Belgium (2355), Poland (2317), Mexico (2263), Italy (2232),  UK (2138),  Russia newly added to list (1967), Chile (1997),  Spain (1888),  Ecuador newly added to list (1858),France (1835), Portugal (1834),  Bolivia (1620),  Sweden (1488) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1347). 
comparable death rates no longer in easy to report country by country tables)
             Tests: No need to tally tests as testing programs are functioning well.
             US Vaccinations: As of 12/10/21 477.4 million doses,  2.09 million per day over last week (3 weeks left for 75% of population to be vaccinated) and in California 274,874  per day  (which means at least 80% of the population of California has 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 61,693,063 total doses have been given (85.1%  of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 81.3%), California has not moved from  8th of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 64.4% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 60.5% and has  moved from  14th to 14th tied with Colorado  in terms of the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to other states.    
              Non  CV News:  While The BLM movement stands in support of Jussie Smollett, the MSM had massive egg of its face with Smollett being convicted of 5 out 6 counts of lying to police which CNN headlined that he was convicted on “some” counts and MSNBC proved worthy of its name Mostly Slanted Nimwitted Biased Cack as  "Reid Out " host Joy Reid, "All In" host Chris Hayes, "The Rachel Maddow Show" host Rachel Maddow," "The Last Word" host Lawrence O'Donnell as well as "11th Hour" anchor Brian Williams totally ignored the verdict (one could only imagine the amount of time these biased pseudo “journalist” hacks would have drooled over an acquittal); the trial of Officer Kim Potter may be interrupted by wintry blizzard conditions but body cam evidence shows one very emotionally upset Kim Potter after shooting Daunte Wright; one of the issues to be resolved at the trial of Potter is how she could mistake a taser for a gun and the type of training police receive to know the difference (regardless of the verdict look for some design changes in tasers to make in more unlikely that a mistake could occur in future encounters); for parents disgusted with scenes of fights breaking out involving other parents at youth sporting events after Tyra Hunt the wife of  former NBA player Corey Benjamin and the mother of their 15 year old daughter told her daughter to hit an opposing player when a foul was not called which she did in a sucker punch has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor; the CBO has exposed the Big Lie of the Biden Administration that Botch Back Better will be fully paid for, indicating the legislation will add another $3 billion to the national debt; the prosecution’s case of Ghislaine Maxwell may be coming to an end as the last witness as minor was testifying today that Maxwell was rubbing her breasts in a massage when she was 16 at Epstein’s New Mexico compound; Daniel Ho, a lawyer with the ACLU who has been nominated as a District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York has in the past compared voter ID requirements to insure election integrity to chemotherapy for  cancer which may not be the proper treatment in all cases; Jill Biden is explaining that her job as First Lady is a 24 hour a day job which given Biden’s cognitive impairment is probably a fair statement but leaves us wondering if she is looking for compensation in the Biden family tradition; New York Governor Holchul has just ordered a statewide mask mandate while in a public indoor spaces unless the venues or businesses have vaccine requirements (why is it that the U.S. seems to be the only country that places no credence on natural immunity for those who have been previously infected?); we know that the Blues are being ripped apart by the progressives of the Squad and it now looks like the Reds are experiencing some issues with the big tent party membership given that some members seem to be leaning to support some aspects of Biden’s agenda as a political cartoonist so vividly points out:

              Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through December 9, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 4340 persons shot of whom 761 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 “Cold, Cold Heart” by Tony Bennett, the fact that you are not sleathy, and a quote from Richard Feynman on the scientific method, 
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Human Rights Day—created by the UN General Assembly on December 4, 1950, to commemorate the passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on this day in 1948 to encourage member states to foster the human rights as opposed to curtailing them.
Nobel Prize Day—celebrating on this day the awarding of Nobel Prizes from the Nobel Foundation which was endowed with 31 million SEK and first awarded on this day in 1901.
           3.  1951  Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1951 on this day was  “Cold, Cold Heart” by Tony Bennett on a run of 6 weeks in that position to join 9 other songs that achieved number 1 status. Here’s a recording of Tony Bennett performing “Cold, Cold Heart”: Bennett has been a mainstay of American music since 1951 and even after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016 continued performing which probably slowed the onset of the disease until he retired in August of this year at the age of 95.
            4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “sleathy” which means slovenly which often describes the appearance of someone who as been living on the streets.
B-Rod Not an A-Rod—celebrating or bemoaning depending on one’s political views the birth on this day in 1956 of Rod Blagojevich, former Governor of Illinois who was convicted of trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-Elect Obama and sentenced to 14 years in federal prison to have his sentence commuted by President Trump after serving 8 years to then have his law licensed revoked by the Illinois Supreme Court and now trying to make a living with a political podcast.
              On this day in:
              a. 1936 in order to marry Wallis Simpson, the woman he loved, King Edward VIII signed the Instrument of Abdication.
              b. 1968 in Tokyo, a man passing himself off as a police officer on a motorcycle stole 294 million yen ($817,520) from bank employees transferring the money in Japan’s largest theft which has never been solved.
              c. 1978 Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.                                                                       
              d. 1984 the United Nations General Assembly ratified The Convention Against Torture which as of November 17, 2021, 173 Member States are parties to it and 22 are not.

              e. 2017 ISIL was defeated in Iraq but given the weakness of the Biden Administration do not be surprised when it resurrects itself.
Reflections on the scientific method by a Nobel Prize winner: “ Trying to understand the way nature works involves a most terrible test of human reasoning ability. It involves subtle trickery, beautiful tightropes of logic on which one has to walk in order not to make a mistake in predicting what will happen. The quantum mechanical and the relativity ideas are examples of this.” Richard P. Feynman, who was awarded the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Sin-Itiro and Julian Schwinger "for their  fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, with deep-ploughing consequences for the physics of elementary particles."
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