Wednesday, March 16, 2022

March 15, 2022 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Equal Pay Day



             CV World Cases: The planet continues with cases still increasing but the increase slowing down with cases now passing 462 million at 462,013,906 cases,  61,042,263 of which are active, 400,971,643 closed with 394,897,907 recoveries (98.49%), and crossing the 6,000,000 barrier 6,073,736 deaths (1.51% )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 81 million at 81,244,936 with 23,796,184 active cases  of which 3726 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 .0157% 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 25,545 with 57,448,752 closures with 992,302 deaths (1.73%) and with 56,456,450 recoveries (98.27%). Our death rate percentage is .22%  higher than the world’s death rate.
             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady but slowing climb to 2968 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (6270) 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 (5272), Hungary (4642), Romania (3389),  Brazil (3044), and Poland (3008) and slightly higher than Argentina (2773), Columbia (2690), Belgium (2608), Italy (2606), Russia (2478), Mexico (2449), UK (2381), Chile (2271), Spain (2168), France (2141), Portugal (2098), Ecuador (1953),  Bolivia (1798),  Sweden (1748) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1532). 
             US Vaccinations: As of 03/15/22   557.2 million doses, 220,384 per day last week ( 75.9%) of population now vaccinated  with at least one shot)  and in California 35,853 per day  (which means at least 82.1% 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 72,140,457 total doses have been given (83.3%  of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 80.2%), California is still stuck at 12th tied with Nevada of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 70.8% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 64.6% and has not moved from 11th   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: Biden is off to meet with NATO leaders over Ukraine and will announce an additional $800 million of military aid that will include Stingers and Javelins the Russians in the air and tanks have come to fear as Putin continues his attacks on civilians in cities throughout Ukraine (we should have great fears that once again Biden reacting in a too little too late manner); Zelensky will address virtually a Joint Session of Congress seeking more military aid to fight the Russians with and we hope that he again pleads for Polish surplus Mig 29’s to be flown by Ukrainian pilots that Biden nixed due to his fears of Putin’s reaction; Oleg 
Matveychevr, a Russian member of the Duma outraged over the crippling impact of U.S. sanctions is demanding reparations and a return of Fort Ross and Alaska (if this represents “rational” thought coming out of Moscow, Biden needs to triple his recent aid package and throw in some Iron Domes); as the U.S. is begging with hostile states to increase oil production and here prices are going through the roof Progressive Blues are demanding Biden declare a National Climate Emergency and ban drilling on all federal lands (wonder if the Progressives would support a bill banning them from owning or leasing motor vehicles); hats off to Elon Musk for his ability to rattle those stuck in their ways with his challenge to Putin to fight him mano a mano with the winner taking Ukraine and a noted Chechen militant has offered to train him to become a feared “Elon” as opposed to an effeminate “Elona”; Rubio’s Senate Bill to make Daylight Savings Time permanent has passed the Senate and is now heading for the House; another day another mental gaffe from our president as he refers to Kamala Harris as the “First Lady”; New York has completed an audit of its nursing home deaths due to COVID-19 and concluded that Cuomo’s Administration that ordered nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients undercounted their deaths by some 50% (another reason to take back the idiotic Emmy and recover the book deal advance to him); in the Last Great Race on Earth, the Iditarod, Brent Sass thwarted Dallas Seavey’s attempt to win the race for the 6th time by 1 hour and 8 minutes this morning while 42 mushers were still on the race trail strung out over 346 miles.                                                   

                  Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through March 14;  2022, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 487 shot of whom 100 have died.
               As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a video recording of “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton; the fact that you have worked well to achieve speed in the archaic sense of the word; and a quote of David Lloyd George recorded by Frances Stevenson on the abdication of Tsar Nicolas II, 
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World Consumers Rights Day—promoted on behalf of consumer union organizations around to world and first celebrated on this day in 1983 to promote consumer rights and to ensure that basic consumer rights are protected to render the doctrine of caveat emptor for consumers dealing obsolete and without merit. 
National Equal Pay Day—created by the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 to mark how many more days a woman must work to have received the equivalent amount of pay a man has received. The date that equivalency is reached varies each year with the longest number of days resulting in 2000 with the day celebrated on May 11 and the least number of days occurring in 2022 with the day celebrated today on March 15. Not sure how accurate the calculations are given the different skills needed and the seniority involved but people doing the same work for the same duration of service should be paid the same regardless of sex or marital status.
1981  Number 1 Song—the number 1 song in 1981  on this day was  “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton on a run in that position for 2 weeks noncontinuous  to join 16 other number 1 songs and 9 other acts to  hit the charts at Number 1 for the first time. Here is a video recording of Dolly Parton “9 to 5”: Parton is a noted country music and pop singer and songwriter, actress and businesswoman and a real class act with over 100 million records and when nominated this year for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame she declined commenting that she didn’t think she had earned it. 
              4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “speed” not the common meaning of how fast an object moves or the name on the street for speed but rather the archaic meaning of success or prosperity.
The Notorious R.B.G.—celebrating the birth on this day in 1933 of noted Justice of SCOTUS for 27 years Ruth Bader Ginsburg who became a liberal icon on the court but a close friend of conservative SCOTUS Justice Scalia and fought 5 bouts with cancer and was famous for her attention to physical fitness and was finally disrobed permanently on September 18, 2020 at age 87 to be succeeded by Trump nominee on straight party lines Amy Comey Barrett.
              On this day in:
              a. 1916 after a raid by Pancho Villa into the United States, President Wilson sent almost 5000 American troops in a failed and fruitless attempt to bring Pancho Villa to justice.
              b. 1917 Tsar Nicholas II abdicated ending the 304 year reign of the Romanov Dynasty and laying the ground work for the seizure of Russia by the Bolsheviks. 
              c. 1952 in a 24 hour period starting on this day and ending March 16 a record rainfall of  73 inches fell on Ciaos, Reunion located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar to set a world record.
              d. 1965 with the televised attack on peaceful marchers crossing over a Selma, Alabama still fresh in viewers minds, President Lyndon B. Johnson told Congress “we shall overcome” as he advocated the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
              e. 2019 Brenton Harrison Tarrant in 12 minutes entered 2 mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and shot and killed 51 worshippers and wounded 41 others. After being arrested he plead guilty to murder and attempted murder and has the distinction of being the first person to be sentenced to life without possibility of parole.
Reflections why Tsar Nicolas II was forced to abdicate: “ [David Lloyd George] said the Czar only got his deserts—he had ignored the just pleas of the peasants & had shot them down ruthlessly when they came unarmed to him in 1905.” David Lloyd George's remarks to Frances Stevenson, as recorded in Stevenson's diary (7 February 1935), quoted in Frances Stevenson, Lloyd George: A Diary, ed. A. J. P. Taylor (1971), p. 300.
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