Wednesday, March 23, 2022

March 23, 2022 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Puppy Day



             CV World Cases: The planet continues with cases still increasing but the increase slowing down with cases now passing 473 million at 475,377,335 cases,  58,425,912 of which are active, 416,951,423 closed with 410,826,614 recoveries (98.53%), and crossing the 6,000,000 barrier 6,124,609 deaths (1.47% )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 81,476,269 with 17,025,851 active cases  of which 2934 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 .0172% 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 26,337 with 64,450,418 closures with 999,792 deaths (1.55%) and with 63,450,626  recoveries (98.45%). Our death rate percentage is .08%  higher than the world’s death rate.
             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady but slowing climb to 2990 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (6278) 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 (5300), Hungary (4698), Romania (3407),  Brazil (3057), and Poland (3031) and slightly higher than Chile (2886), Argentina (2781), Columbia (2692), Belgium (2621), Italy (2624), Russia (2505), Mexico (2454), UK (2396),  Spain (2181), France (2155), Portugal (2110), Ecuador (1956),  Bolivia (1798),  Sweden (1765) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1552). 
             US Vaccinations: As of 03/23/22   558.7 million doses, 270,841 per day last week (76.1%) of population now vaccinated  with at least one shot)  and in California 49.298 per day  (which means at least 82.3% 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 72,375,870 total doses have been given (83.3%  of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 80.1%), California has moved from 12th to 10th  of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 70.9% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 64.8% and has  not moved from 12th  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: Madeline Albright, the nation’s first female Secretary of State has died of cancer at age 84 and in addition to her accomplishments may be remembered for her admonition to women in the 2016 election that women who did not vote for HRC “deserve a special place in Hell” fortunately for posterity she quickly retracted the statement); Biden has just landed in Europe for emergency NATO meeting on the Ukraine invasion by Russia as Secretary of State Blinken is publicly claiming Russia is guilty of war crimes (Ukrainians fighting for their lives must be thrilled to hear that but would be more thrilled if Iron Domes and anti-missile and anti-aircraft systems were on their way to cities being leveled by the Russians); photos released of Putin’s near billion dollar yacht show opulence beyond belief while ordinary Russians must be really hurting due to sanctions and those with a sweet must be apoplectic over Nestle’s decision influenced by sanctions and the Russian Ukraine invasion to significantly end its chocolate product sales into the country; despite Russia’s abysmal performance thus far other than leveling civilian areas of cities, any country near Russia would probably want to be a member of NATO as Finland shows as support for joining NATO has risen from 26% to 60% in recent polls; Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson, whom the Blues and the MSM think that she walks on judicial water has drawn some harsh questioning on some of her decisions on child pornographers and being on the Board of a Georgetown private school that teaches CRT and has refused to provide a definition of what a woman is (as the controversy over transgender males competing as females rages) but at least indicated if confirmed she would recuse herself from the Asian students’ Harvard discrimination suit that is heading to SCOTUS; Jen Psaki has tested positive for COVID-19 and is home in quarantine but released her favorite shows to watch which included Netflix’s documentary “Inventing Anna” about convicted fraudster Anna Sorokin who from prison tweeted she was thrilled Psaki was enjoying the work; SUNY Brockport was going to host a speech by Jalil Muntaqim, one of the killers of two police officers in 1971 who was paroled in 2020 that would attract a large number of police officers in protest and announced that students “traumatized” by having cops on campus could skip classes (uproar over class cancellation caused university to convert event to a viral one); the reptilian brain is alive in well in Nevada, as Blue Rep Steven Horsford, married with 3 kids has admitted to a 10 year affair but is still running for reelection and being slammed by his wife who has not yet filed for divorce; while focused on Ukraine, Biden should pay some attention to Xi’s plans for Taiwan.                                                                                                                     


               Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through March 22,  2022, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 567 shot of whom 110 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 “These Dreams” by Heart; the fact that you avoid the spinosity of roses when picking them out at the florists; and a quote by Scott Gottlieb on promises made about the effects of the Affordable Care Act, 
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National Puppy Day—created Colleen Paige in 2006 to educate public about the poor conditions of puppy mills that sell to pet stores for resale of puppies to the general public which has led, along with the lack of spaying and neutering, to the over population of dogs, many of whom become unwanted and end up being euthanized.
World Meteorological Day—created by World Meteorological Organization which was formed by the United Nations in 1950 and first celebrated on this day in 1961 to promote the coordination of member nations’ efforts in meteorology, hydrology and Earth Science.
1986  Number 1 Song—the number 1 song in 1986  on this day was  “These Dreams” by Heart in that position for 1 week to join 30 other number 1 songs and 19 other acts that  hit the charts at Number 1 for the first time. Here is a video recording of Heart performing “These Dreams”:        Heart is a hard rock band formed in Seattle in 1967 under the name The Army to undergo several name changes to end up as Heart until disbanding in 1998 only to reform in 2002 to go on a performing run until 2016 and after a 3 year hiatus began playing again.

              4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “spinosity” which means thorniness which describes the stems of roses to a tee.
Mommie Undearest—celebrating the birth on this day in 1904-1908 of noted actress Lucille Fay LeSueur better known to her fans as Joan Crawford who for a good portion of her career was known as “Box Office Poison” as a star with great name recognition but little commercial draw but later on garnered 3 Academy Award Nominations for Best Actress that resulted in 1 Oscar. Married 4 times with 3 divorces and death of final husband, she adopted 5 children, 1 of whom was reclaimed by the birth mother and 2 of whom were in an acrimonious and disinheriting relationship with her as set forth in daughter Cristina’s book made into a movie Mommie Dearest. She died on May 10, 1977 of a heart attack.
             On this day in:
              a. 1868 the University of California was founded in Oakland, California where it would operate until moving to Berkeley in 1873 to become one of the nation’s top flight universities and later in sports an arch rival to Leland Stanford Junior University after its founding in 1891 in Palo Alto.
              b. 2021 after being launched on February 20, 1986 into low Earth orbit, the Soviet MIR Space Station reentered the Earth’s atmosphere and broke up over the Pacific Ocean near Fiji.    
              c. 2010 the Affordable Care Act or as derided by Reds Obamacare became law.
              d. 2020 Prime Minister Boris Johnson institutes a national lockdown of the UK due to the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic.
              e. 2021 a container ship sailing through the Suez Canal grounded itself on its bank blocking shipping through the Canal for 6 days.
Reflections on the Affordable Care Act: “ President Obama famously promised that the Affordable Care Act would not only slow the growth in health care costs, but would also reverse these trends, making the average health insurance plan cheaper. That isn't happening.” Scott Gottlieb, American physician and investor and Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration 2017-2019
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