Monday, February 28, 2022

February 28, 2022 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Rare Disease Day


RIDLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT February 28, 2022

             CV World Cases: The planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 436 million at 436,565,699 cases,  63,329,229 of which are active, 373,236,470 closed with 367,265,172 recoveries (98.40%), and passing the 5,900,000 barrier 5,971,298 deaths (1.60% )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 passing 80 million at 80,589,721 with 26,338,029 active cases  of which 8217  are serious or critical, (15,517 on 12/12) (back to steady decreases despite the increase in active cases due to the relative mildness of the Omicron variant) to .031 % of active cases (back to back steady decreases despite the increase in active cases due to the relative mildness of the Omicron variant  and to increase  the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 21,054, 54,251,692 closures with 973,954 deaths (1.80%) and with 53,278,098 recoveries (98.20%). Our death rate percentage is .20%  higher than the world’s death rate.
             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady but slowing climb to 2913 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (6242) 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 (5171), Hungary (4569), Romania (3333)),  Brazil (3019), and Poland (2947) and slightly higher than Argentina (2749), Columbia (2678), Belgium (2580), Italy (2566), Mexico (2425), Russia (2408), UK (2354), Chile (2185), Spain (2125), Portugal (2073), France (2009), Ecuador (1947),  Bolivia (1795),  Sweden (1678) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1510). 
             US Vaccinations: As of 02/28/22   551.9 million doses, 456,283 per day last week ( 75.6%) of population now vaccinated  with at least one shot)  and in California 56,330 per day  (which means at least 81.7% 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 71,306,336 total doses have been given (83.2%  of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 80.3%), California has  moved  from 11th to 12th  of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 70.2%% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 64.2% and has not moved from 10th  in terms of the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to other states (nothing like a recall election to get Newsom’s attention and performance).  
             Non  CV News:  Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has entered its 5th day with ceasefire talks at the Polish Belarus ended without conclusion and reports that 400 mercenaries believed to be from Chechnya have been sent to Ukraine to assassinate Zelenskyy and street fighting in Kharkiv which should increase casualties; Ukraine Parliament pleading with Congress for more weapons to continue the fight against Russia; World Soccer Federations have banned Russia while the NYSE and NASDAQ have halted trading in Russian securities; as a wave of anti-sentiment sweeps the U.S., the company that makes Stoli vodka, is proclaiming that it is Latvian company not Russian; as a sign of desperation or commitment Ukraine announced that it would be releasing criminals from its prisons to join the fight against Russia; Biden is being castigated for his perceived weakness in closing down our Embassy before the invasion by Russia; the sanctions imposed by Biden which do not affect Russia’s economic Achilles Heel, its petroleum industry may be joined by a Red bill introduced to allow seizure of oligarchs’ planes and yachts which if passed and implemented with a vengeance will have Russian oligarchs seething; sadly in places like Kharkiv, civilians are fair game with residential areas being targeted by rockets and shells; 15 states have joined in a law suit against the EPA’s new regulations in its war on domestic energy production which has destroyed our energy independence that we need now more than ever; Maersk a large shipping container company is weighing in or banning containers to and from Russia; Netflix is defying a Russian edict for it to air Russian government channels inside Russia; Nicole-Hannah Jones, the founder of the idiotic 1619 Project, is being mocked for claiming Europe is not a continent and claiming that the alarm over the invasion of Ukraine is racist dog whistle because the Ukrainians are white; Alejandro Mayorkas, the head of DHS, has been a complete and utter complete failure on our southern border but we find that Biden is relying on him to address any threats arising out of the Russian Ukraine invasion (incredible! Just Incredible!); as Russia has invaded Ukraine and outrage over Russian behavior spreads across the world, leave it to the political cartoonist to reveal that Romney was right and Obama missed the mark in their debate over Russia:



                Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through February 27, 2022, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 391 shot of whom 84 have died while 2021 shootings numbers compared to 2020 are 4544 to 4248 and deaths are 846 compared to 797.
               As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a video recording of “Bridge Over Trouble Water” by Simon and Garfunkel; the fact that you are not  viewed as suffering from sophomania, and a quote by then Senator Biden on the Waco Branch Davidian siege
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Global Scouse Day—created by Liverpool resident Graham Hughes on his birthday on February 28 to celebrate with scouse, a meat stew with beef chunks or lamb chunks along with onions, potatoes, and carrots in addition to what leftovers might be in the kitchen and after he left Liverpool in 2008, his friend Laura Worthington, owner of Laura’s Little Bakery continued the tradition but expanded in to include scouse being on a restaurant’s menu and a reason to visit Liverpool on this day each year.
Rare Disease  Day—created to promote awareness and research for those diseases that are rare (less than 200,000 in the U.S. affected by them which is reassuring to those not infected or suffering but very bad news as large amounts of research dollars may not be allocated due to the small number of people suffering.
1970  Number 1 Song—the number 1 song in 1970  on this day was  “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” by Simon and Garfunkel  on a run in that position for 6 weeks  to join 23 other number 1 songs (2 of which were by the Beatles to equal the same number in 1969 and 4 of which were by the Jackson 5) and as 14 acts hit the charts at Number 1 for the first time. Here is a video recording of Simon and Garfunkel performing “Bridge Over Troubled Water: Simon and Garfunkel met in elementary school in Queens and started harmonizing and writing songs to become one of the most popular duos in the 60’s.
            4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “sophomania” which means the delusion of one who thinks he or she is incredibly intelligent that far too many celebs suffer from since they can memorize a script and portray an intelligent person.
Don’t Mess with Mick—celebrating the birth on this day in 1942 of guitarist and singer Brian Jones who founded the Rolling Stones and brought Mick Jaggar and Keith Richards into the band but ended up in disagreements of where the band should be going musically and was dismissed from the band in June, 1969. Struggling with drugs and alcohol he drowned in his pool on July 3, 1969 at 27.
              On this day in:
              a. 1953 James Watson and Francis Crick announced to friends that they had determined the chemical structure of DNA which discovery would be made public on April 23, 1953 after the publication of their findings in Nature.
              b. 1983 the final episode of M*A*S*H aired which was watched by some 106 million viewers, an all-time record for viewers of the final episode of a series.
              c. 1993 agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raided the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas to serve warrants on its leader David Koresh, resulting in the death of 4 ATF agents and 6 Branch Davidians which led to a 51 day stalemate which ended with the feds storming the compound as it caught on fire resulting in the deaths of 76 of the 85 Branch Davidians still in the compound.
              d. 2004 over one million Taiwanese held hands in a 300 mile human chain to commemorate the 228 incident in which Kuomintang forces on February 28, 1947 opened fire on fire on civilian protestors which over the weeks killed thousands of people and had the island under martial law for some 38 years.
              e. 2013 Pope Benedict XVI at age 85 resigned as Pope to become a Pope Emeritus and the first one since Pope Gregory X11 resigned on July 4, 1415 to end the Great Schism in the Church.
Reflections on siege of the Branch Davidian Compound at Waco, Texas: The record of the Waco incident documents mistakes. What the record from Waco does not evidence, however, is any improper motive or intent on the part of law enforcement.” Senator Joseph Biden who was on the Senate Judiciary Committee that issued the Waco Investigation Report.
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