Sunday, March 27, 2022

March 26, 2022 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Purple Day



             CV World Cases: The planet continues with cases still increasing but the increase slowing down with cases now passing 473 million at 478,924,735 cases,  59,196,689 of which are active, 419,728,046 closed with 413,591,449 recoveries (98.54%), and crossing the 6,000,000 barrier 6,136,597 deaths (1.46% )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 81,574,881 with 16,686,949 active cases  of which 2632 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 .0158% 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 26,639 with 64,887,932 closures with 1,002,647 deaths (1.55%) and with 63,885,285  recoveries (98.45%). Our death rate percentage is .09%  higher than the world’s death rate.
             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady but slowing climb to 2999 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (6280) 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 (5307), Hungary (4706), Romania (3411),  Brazil (3060), and Poland (3037) and slightly higher than Chile (2898), Argentina (2783), Columbia (2693), Italy (2630), Belgium (2626), Russia (2510), Mexico (2456), UK (2401),  Spain (2189), France (2159), Portugal (2110), Ecuador (1956),  Bolivia (1798),  Sweden (1765) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1557). 
             US Vaccinations: As of 03/26/22   559.5 million doses, 256,316 per day last week (76.1%) of population now vaccinated  with at least one shot)  and in California 35,165 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 72,488,689 total doses have been given (83.3%  of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 80.0%), California has not moved from 12th of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 71.0% 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: Day 32 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine which around Kiviv seems stalled and likewise along the Black Sea and Aral; Sea coast as Ukraine without enough missiles and planes stop or at least the decrease the quantity of missiles, bombs and shells being rained on its civilian is pleading with Biden and NATO for more than just supportive words; Biden seems terrified of a Putin response and quickly walked back his comments that Russian use of chemical weapons would mean our chemical weapon response and bent over backwards that U.S. forces now in Poland would not be heading into Ukraine; all the social media and tech billionaires must be ruing their backing of Biden and censoring of Trump as it looks like the Biden administration wants to levy on taxpayers worth more than $100 million a 20 % tax rate on income and unrealized appreciation; Elon Musk is openly musing what many conservatives believe that another social media platform is need to compete with Twitter (many of his followers are urging him to buy Twitter and line the pockets of Jack Dempsey with even more millions instead of starting another social media platform); the toxicology report on the urine found in Taylor Hawkins body who died in Bogota this weekend revealed 10 psychoactive substances but no cause of death for the drummer of Foo Fighters has as of yet been released; Americans love underdogs and are enthralled with 15th seeded St. Peters and its guard Doug Edart and his “stache” who are now in the Elite 8 to play UNC Sunday afternoon (wonder if the tournament committee is able to look itself in the face and justify its 15th seed?); the Oscars which an increasing number of people refuse to watch because of its growing PC wokeness and leftist acceptance award slants has dropped 8 categories from the awards with ratings falling like a rock and program looking more and more like it’s on life support (with inflation killing American families and the Biden Administration’s let them eat cake response somewhat tone deaf nominees who are not hurting financially at all are looking at goody bags worth $130,000 this year); Blue Senator Warnock who is in a tight race with former Georgia football star Walker is having a fund raiser hosted by a leftist activist who has labelled Reds terrorists; as gas prices soar and the Biden Administration seems fully committed tgo not increasing domestic production of oil, leave to the political cartoonist to reveal what the average Biden voter is probably feeling:

 Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through March 25,  2022, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 591 shot of whom 111 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 “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson; the fact that you are not surrounded by splenetic individuals; and a quote by Jeffrey Toobin on gerrymandering, 
secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like St. Patrick’s Day, Mothers’ 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.
Purple Day—created by a Nova Scotia 8 year old Cassidy Megan to promote awareness of epilepsy by revealing her struggles and successes in coping with epilepsy; on the 26th if you see people wearing purple in the U.S. and Canada great chance that they are not calling for Reds and Blues to cross the aisle and go into bipartisan mode to solve our issues facing us but rather they support the fight against epilepsy.
Celebrate Exchange Day—celebrating exchange clubs, the first of which was created on this day in 1911 in Detroit, Michigan by local businessmen to meet and promote solutions to issues facing their community which led to the formation of 3 more in Michigan and Ohio in 1917 which resulted in the formation of the National Exchange Club which now has 600 local clubs and fortunately in a better late than never moment opened its membership to women in 1987. The Club focuses on Americanism, Youth Programs and Community Service and their national program to prevent child abuse.
1988  Number 1 Song—the number 1 song in 1988  on this day was  “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson as his second number 1 song of the year and in that position  for 2 weeks to join 31 other number 1 songs while 17 acts  hit the charts at Number 1 for the first time. Here is a video recording of Michael Jackson performing “Man in the Mirror”: Jackson was on his musical success role with 3 number 1 hits surpassed only my George Michael with 4.

              4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “splenetic” which means marked by bad temper or spite which describes to a tee the person that most people do not want to spend time with.
Classless New Strength Exercise—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political affiliation the birth on this day in 1940 of Nancy Pelosi, the first woman Speaker of the House, third in line to the Presidency, and the only Speaker to be reelected to be Speaker of the House but will be best remember for her observation that “we had to pass the ACA to find out what’s in it;” and her truly disrespectful and classless act of ripping up Trump’s SOTUS in sections as not strong enough to rip up the speech in 1 rip. Not sure if she has ever held a private sector job but she and her husband have taken advantage of her political position to make millions in the stock market.
             On this day in:
              a. 1812 The Boston Gazette  on this day published a cartoon portraying a mythical salamander like beast with a body looking like an election district the Governor of Massachusetts Eldridge Gerry had created on a partisan basis and used the term “gerrymander” to describe the process.                                                                                                  
              b. 1939 the Nationalists under General Franco began their final offensive against Republican forces and quickly advanced as Republican forces either fled or surrendered in mass and by the 31st all of Spain was in Franco’s hands.   
              c. 1975 the Biological Weapons Convention which was signed on April 10, 1972 became effective on this day as 22 nations including the 3 depositories for the treaty had ratified it and which now bans the manufacture, storing, selling or using biological and toxin weapons.
              d. 1982 a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Washington, D.C. the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
              e. 2017 anti-corruption protests were held in 99 cities in Russia which according to the Levada Association, a non-governmental polling and data analytical group which had in 2016 by classified by the Russian Ministry of Justice as a foreign agent, were approved by 38% of Russians and 67% held Putin personally responsible for such corruption (wonder what if any polling Levada has been able to do when calling Russia’s invasion anything other than a “special military operation” merits 15 years in prison).
Reflections on the pervasive urge to gerrymander:  Even in Madison’s day, the practice of gerrymandering for partisan advantage was familiar. In the late seventeen-eighties, there were claims that Patrick Henry had tried to gerrymander Madison himself out of the First Congress. The term was coined during Madison’s Presidency, to mock Elbridge Gerry, the governor of Massachusetts, who in 1811 approved an election district that was said to look like a salamander.” Jeffrey Toobin, head legal analyst at CNN who was suspended for masturbating on an online Zoom call to be reinstated after 8 months.
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