Sunday, April 3, 2022

April 2, 2022 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Autism Awareness Day



             CV World Cases: The planet continues with cases still increasing but the increase slowing down with cases now passing 491 million at 491,017,722 cases,  59,253,873 of which are active, 431,763,849 closed with 425,589,539 recoveries (98.57%), and crossing the 6,000,000 barrier 6,174,310 deaths (1.43% )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 81,826,371 with 15,292,238 active cases  of which 1988 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 .0130% 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 27,283 with 66,534,133 closures with 1,008,159 deaths (1.52%) and with 65,525,974  recoveries (98.48%). 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 3015 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (6285) 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 (5332), Hungary (4732), Romania (3423),  Brazil (3068), and Poland (3053) and slightly higher than Chile (2922), Argentina (2789), Columbia (2694), Italy (2648), Belgium (2640), Russia (2529), Mexico (2462), UK (2417),  Spain (2192), France (2174), Portugal (2138), Ecuador (1956),  Bolivia (1832),  Sweden (1796) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1565). 
             US Vaccinations: As of 04/02/22   561.2 million doses, 223,358 per day last week (76.2%) of population now vaccinated  with at least one shot)  and in California 27,963 per day  (which means at least 82.5% 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 72,704,550 total doses have been given (83.1%  of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 79.9%), 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 71.1% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 64.9% 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 38 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine has Russians withdrawing from Kviv either being pushed back by Ukrainians or being forced to leave after being exposed to radiation after digging trenches near Chernobyl digging through the earthen cover of contaminated soil and leaving the areas vacated strewn with deadly mines and booby traps to kill or maim civilians that escaped injury during Russian missile and shelling attacks; Biden and his Administration is in full lying and deception mode on their war of fossils claiming the industry has all the leases it needs on federal lands to increase domestic production hiding the fact that the actual permits needed to drill on leased land are being slow walked along with the permits needed to construct pipelines from the well head (look for a massive ad campaign to expose the lies and deception); Duke was beaten by North Carolina 81-77 ruining Duke retiring coach Mike
Krzyzewski’s chance to win his last NCAA Championship; Colin Kaepernick who last played in the NFL in 2016 attended Michigan’s Spring Game at Coach Harbaugh’s invitation  to perform a 15 passing exhibition to who had signup to go into the NFL hoping the pro scouts attending the game and the exhibition would be wayed to recommend his return to the NFL; a Los Angeles judge has declared California’s corporate diversity law which public corporations with corporate headquarter here to include in their boards a member from an underrepresented community including Blacks, Asians, LBGT, Latinos, American Indians or Pacific Islanders to be unconstitutional; in a disturbing trend that continues, the number of police officers shot in the line of duty at 101 is 43% higher that the number shot in 2021; Oberlin College who was sued by the owners of a bakery who the college claimed to be racist has had the $25 million plus over $6 million in legal fees upheld (maybe a good lesson the left should take into account when at the drop of a hat it slings the racist card charge); look for Disney to face a mountain of backlash over its woke crusade against Florida’s new law banning instruction before the 4th grade on the issue of gender identity (Walt must be rolling in his grave over the wokeness the “Happiest Place on Earth” has degenerated into); as inflation is devastating the middle classes pocket books and imposing great strain on obtaining the necessities of life and the war in Ukraine having a potential devastating effect on world grain supplies watch for more food price increases not less.                                                                                
 Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through April 1, 2022, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 6381 shot of whom 120 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 “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles; the fact that you are frugal enough to have some spondulix; and a quote by John Lewis on a conversation he had with George Wallace, 
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.
World Autism Awareness Day—created by the UN on November 18, 2007 and celebrated for the first time on this day in 2008 to promote awareness of the condition and to promote research to develop cures and treatment of the condition and promote efforts in include those suffering from it in society as opposed to excluding them.
International Children’s Book Day—created by the International Board of Books for Young People in 1967 and celebrated on this day which is the anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen to promote and encourage reading early in life to develop a pleasure that will last a lifetime.
1990  Number 1 Song—the number 1 song in 1990  on this day was  “Black Velvet” by Alannah Myles in that position  for 2 weeks to join 25 other number 1 songs and 14 other acts that  hit the charts at Number 1 for the first time. Here is a video recording of Alannah Myles “Black Velvet”:  Alannah Myles is a Canadian born singer songwriter who won a Grammy with “Black Velvet” and is still performing today at 63.

               4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “spondulix” is an archaic 19th Century word which means a reasonable amount of spending money which the wave of inflation is stripping most Americans from.

               5.  “Can’t We Just Get Along”—celebrating the birth on this day in 1965, the year of the Watts Riots in Los Angeles, after a chase for suspected drunk driving on March 3, 1991 was finally pulled over by LAPD who proceeded to brutally beat him on the side of the road not knowing the event was being caught on video and later released to local TV stations. The officers involved were arrested, tried and acquitted despite the clear video evidence of their wrongdoing, sparking a riot that had the dubious distinction of having more people killed and wounded and more property damaged than the Watts Riots. King received $3.8 million for his injuries but struggled with future run ins with the law and drugs and alcohol and on June 17,2012 drowned in a swimming pool with drugs and alcohol is his system that contributed to a heart attack.
             On this day in:
              a. 1912 the ill-fated Titanic begin sea trials that would lead on its maiden voyage to a rendezvous with an ice berg in the North Atlantic that would sink her in the early morning hours on April 15, 1912 with the loss of more than 1500 passengers and crew, including its captain.                                                                                                 
              b. 1972 Charlie Chaplin returned to the United States for the first time after being accused of being a Communist in the 50’s and after leaving on September 18, 1952 to premier his film Limelight in London, had his reentry permit revoked by the U.S. AG.   
              c. 1986 confined to a wheelchair since a failed assassination attempt on his life on May 15, 1972 by Arthur Bremer while campaigning for the Democratic nomination for president, announced that he would not run for a 5th term of Governor of Alabama. Bremer who was sentence to 63 years,  reduced to 53 on appeal, was paroled on November 9, 2007 and will be off probation in 2025.
              d. 1992 John Gotti, the don of the Gambino Crime Family and known as the Dapper Don for his clothes and the Teflon Don for his ability to be acquitted in criminal trials was finally convicted of racketeering and murder and sentenced to life in prison where he died on June 10, 2002 of throat cancer.
              e. 2004 Islamist terrorists, emboldened by the March 4 Madrid attacks, tried to attack a Spanish AVE high speed train with 6 kilograms of high explosives but the device and its detonator had 136 meters of wire which fortunately was not connected to anything to trigger an explosion and never were caught.
Contemplation boosted by confinement to a wheelchair: “He said, 'John Lewis, will you come by and talk with me?'

And I remember the occasion so well. It was like someone confessing to their priest or to a minister. He wanted people to forgive him. He said to me, 'I never hated anybody; I never hated any black people.' "He said, 'Mr. Lewis, I'm sorry.' And I said, 'Well, governor, I accept your apology.' " John Lewis, recently deceased former long term Blue Representative from Georgia.

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