RIDLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT December 5, 2021
CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 266 million at 266,033,972 cases, 21,097,264 of which are active, 244,936,708 closed with 239,669,205 recoveries (97.85%), and cracking the 5,000,000 barrier 5,267,503 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 49 million at 49,955,823 with 9,633,152 active cases of which 13,744 are serious or critical, (8,599 on 3/25/2021) (back to steady decreases with upticks despite the Delta variable to .143% of active cases and to decrease the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 15,527, 40,322,671 closures with 808,725 deaths (2.01%) and with 39,513,946 recoveries (97.99%). Our death rate percentage is .14% lower than the world’s death rate.
Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady but slow climb to 2423 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5988) 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 (4190), Hungary (3649), Romania (2997), Brazil (2867) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths now slowing down passed by Romania, Argentina (2548), and newly added to the list Columbia (2492), and slightly better than Belgium (2330), Poland (2267), Mexico (2255), Italy (2224), UK (2129), Russia newly added to list (1926), (Chile (1990), Spain (1885), Ecuador newly added to list (1845), Portugal (1826), France (1825), Bolivia (1615), Sweden (1486) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1328).
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 11th on my list of deaths from the pandemic at 2255/M with 349,337 active cases and a fatality rate of 8.31% 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: 1219 Deaths/M 869
Honduras: Active Cases: 245,799 Deaths/M 1028
El Salvador: Active cases: 13,038 Deaths/M 579
US Vaccinations: As of 12/05/21 462.3 million doses, .949 million per day (2 months left for 75% of population to be vaccinated) and in California 116,171 per day (which means at least 79% 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 59,768,100 total doses have been given (84.2% of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 80.4%), 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 63.3% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 59.4% and has moved from 12th tied with Colorado to 14th in terms of the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to other states.
Non CV News: Another of the dwindling numbers of the Greatest Generation who served in WWII, Bob Dole, has passed at 98 after a long career in the Senate and a run for president against Bill Clinton in 1996 at age 73 displaying an energy level and mental acuity compared to Joe Biden who successfully ran in 2020 but compared to Dole looks and acts like he is over a 100; three uniformed SPD officers were asked to leave Hilde and Jesse Restaurant in Feces City because they were wearing guns that “made the staff feel uncomfortable” and received an apology by one of the co-owners couched with the qualification of being welcome without guns (with shoppers in Feces City praying they won’t be in a store when the next smash and grab occurs the co-owner is out of her mind and if a 911 call ever comes from that restaurant the SPD should take their very sweet slow walk time to respond); Feces City, home of the first Omicron Variant case has found a new way to cope with the lawless surge of smash and grab gang thefts of retail stores—suspend the cannabis tax on dispensaries that was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2022 (making it easier to stone out so residents are immune to the breakdown of civilization around them); Ethan Crumbley, the alleged shooter at Oxford High School, on the morning before the shootings that day was able to convince school officials that his violent drawings were for a video game and was allowed to attend classes where later that day he started shooting (look for a massive wrongful death suit against the school district and Crumbley’s parents); Alabama, Cincinnati, Georgia and Michigan are headed to the Final Four for the Football Championship; in what may be a death wish for the Reds in Georgia, Trump has influenced 2020 defeated Senator Perdue who lost to neophyte Jon Ossoff to enter the Red primary for governor to probably face Stacey Abrams who lost but never conceded to Governor Kemp who is also running for reelection (Trump may be aping the old adage of Erasmus—“Women you can’t live with them, you can’t live without them”); as more and more staffers for “Chuckles Harris” are lining up to ape rats and leave a sinking ship, even Blues with her 28% approval rating and sinking are expressing concern over her ineptness and toxic work environment (maybe she should start crying sympathy tears rather than her chuckling cackles that make her look like an idiot); Ron Klain COS for Biden insulted the intelligence of the American people and confirmed his role as a total hack claiming MSM more favorable to Trump than Biden; AOC is dismissing the smash and grab surge of retail thefts that are plaguing the cities of this nation (like the story of “Peter and the Wolf” the more this idiot opens her mouth the more likely people will tune her out completely); Judges now have joined the list of jurors as targets in cases of police officers charged with excessive use of force trial as leftist activist Cortez Rice has been arrested for threatening Judge Chu who is presiding over the trial of Kim Potter for shooting Daunte Wright (ends justify the means running amok); while Blues cowering from AOC and the Squad seem to downplay the impact on safety of the smash and grab thieves terrorizing our cities, leave it to the political cartoonist to portray the reality of the situation:
Gun Violence: Hey Jackass.com is alive and well to collect data to show that
through December 4, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color
shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 4294 persons
shot of whom 754 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 “Rumors Are Flying” by Thomas Carle and His Orchestra with Marjorie Hughes, the fact that your tasks are not sisyphean, and a quote by H.W. Brands on the California Gold Rush, 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. Krampusnacht—celebrated in Germanic speaking countries during the Middle Ages when Krampus a half demon half goat mythical creature whips children who have not behaved on December 5 while St. Nicholas visits the next day with gifts. Banned by the Catholic Church and the fascists, the celebration is now making a comeback in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria and Hungary and becoming popular in the U.S.
2. Repeal Day—created by mixologist, bartender and writer Jeffrey Morgenthaler on this day 2006 when the 21st Amendment repealing the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) was ratified.
3. 1946 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1946 on this day was “Rumors Are Flying” by Thomas Carle and His Orchestra with Marjorie Hughes (his daughter who is still alive today at age 95) on a run of 8 weeks non continuous in that position to join 13 other songs that achieved number 1 status. Here’s a recording of Thomas Carle and His Orchestra with Marjorie Hughes performing “Rumors Are Flying”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6KIKEeplsQ
4. Word of the Day—the word of the day is “sisyphean” which means laborious, endless and futile which describes Biden efforts to sell his trillions of Bill Back Better as not being fully paid for and not adding to the national debt.
5. Do As Drawn Not As I Do—celebrating the birth on this day in 1901 of Walt Disney, noted animator and co-founder of the Disney Company who was heavy smoker of unfiltered cigarettes and of a pipe which none of his animations used and after being diagnosed with lung cancer in early November of 1966 and started cobalt treatments but to no avail and died on December 15, 1966 at age 65.
On this day in:
a. 1831 in a one way electoral street John Quincy Adams became the first and only ex-president to be seated in the House of Representatives while four members have become president on the death or resignation of a sitting president.
b. 1848 in a message to Congress President James Polk confirmed that gold had been discovered in California.
c. 1955 the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to become the AFL-CIO.
d. 1964 Captain Roger Donlon of the U.S. Army in command of a Special Forces Camp at Nan Dong 15 miles from the Laos border was attacked on July 6, 1964 was attacked by an overwhelming reinforced battalion of Viet Cong troops in a battle which lasted 5 hours but resulted in the attacks be beaten off due in large part to Donlon’s leaderships despite being wounded several times; Donlon was awarded the first Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War and the first member of the Special Forces to be awarded a Medal of Honor on this day.
e. 2017 the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics for doping its athletes during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Reflections on the California Gold Rush: “From all over the planet they came…. They came in companies and alone, with money and without, knowing and naïve. They tore themselves from warm hearths and good homes, promising to return; they fled from cold hearts and bad debts, never to return. They were farmers and merchants and sailors and slaves and abolitionists and soldiers of fortune and ladies of the night. They jumped bail to start their journey and jumped ship at journey’s end. They were the pillars of their communities, and their communities’ dregs….”― H.W. Brands, The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream
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