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Folks think Missouri and Kansas,
my birthplace and current homes,
folks think this is flyover country,
no big deal,
certainly no person or thing
so powerful as to inspire fear.

How many folks
have ever used
nuclear weapons
on people?

Just one.

Harry S. Truman,
a man from Missouri.

in modern times,
did a runaway pandemic
sweep the whole world,
killing tens of millions?


And that flu virus originated
in Kansas.

1918 pandemic


An estimated one third of the world’s population (or
≈500 million persons) were infected and had clinically
apparent illnesses (1,2) during the 1918–1919 influenza
pandemic. The disease was exceptionally severe. Case  fatality
rates were >2.5%, compared to <0.1% in other
influenza pandemics (3,4). Total deaths were estimated at
≈50 million (5–7) and were arguably as high as 100 million

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here we are again,
another bigjac Tuesday.

I'm posting events,
selected from
Chase's Calendar of events,
every Tuesday,
until further notice.

Plus a few items,
selected from other sources,
if I take time
to do so.

This is my new,
regular topic,
and here's the link,
in case you want to look for yourself:

Chase's Calendar of Events

Here we go:


March 11, 2014

Johnny Appleseed Day: death anniversary of John Chapman (1774-1845)

Organize Your Home Office Day

In 1918, the first cases of Spanish influenza were reported in the US at Fort Riley, KS--the start of a pandemic that took the lives of 500,000 Americans. Worldwide, the pandemic killed 1 percent of the global population by 1920--22 million people.

10 years ago, in 2004, ten terrorist bombs exploded on four commuter trains in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people and injuring 1,800.

In 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck northeast Japan and triggered a massive tsunami that caused widespread damage and destruction. The dead and missing were estimated at 24,500.

Birth anniversary of bandleader, accordionist, TV star Lawrence Welk (1903-92).

Happy Birthday! Sam Donaldson, Bobby McFerrin, Rupert Murdoch, Antonin Scalia

March 12, 2014

1888: a devastating blizzard hit the northeastern US and more than 400 people died.

1912: the Girl Scouts of the USA was founded.

1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt made the first of his Sunday evening “fireside chats” to the American people.

1938: Germany invaded Austria.

20 years ago, in 1994: the Church of England for the first time ordained women.

Birth anniversaries of astronomer Simon Newcomb (1835-1909); Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey (1881-1938); Beat author Jack Kerouac (1922-69); Mercury astronaut Wally Schirra (1923-2007) and Charles Boycott, whose name became part of the English language (1832-97).

Happy Birthday! Edward Albee, David Daniels, Aaron Eckhart, Barbara Feldon, Marlon Jackson, Al Jarreau, Liza Minnelli, Darryl Strawberry, James Taylor, Andrew Young.

March 13, 2014

World Kidney Day. See

Good Samaritan Involvement Day

Smart & Sexy Day
(this is every day, for some of us)

Deaf History Month begins (Mar 13-Apr 15).

Clarence Darrow Death Commemoration, Jackson Park, Chicago, IL.

In 1781, Sir William Herschel discovered Uranus.
(No jokes!)

In 1887, Chester Greenwood of Maine received a patent for earmuffs.

In 1961, Mattel introduced the Ken Carson doll—a boyfriend for Barbie.

50 years ago, in 1964, Catherine Genovese was stabbed to death in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens, NY. The murder became infamous when it appeared (and was reported by the media) that neighbors did not immediately respond to her cries for help.

40 years ago, in 1974, oil-producing Arab countries agreed to lift their five-month embargo on petroleum sales to the US.

In 2013, Argentine cardinal and Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis is the first pope from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and the first Jesuit.

100th birth anniversary of WWII aviator and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Butch O'Hare (1914-43). For whom O'Hare International Airport is named.

Birth anniversary of astronomer Percival Lowell (1855-1916).

Happy Birthday! Charo, Adam Clayton, Dana Delany, Glenne Headly, Emile Hirsch, William H. Macy, Neil Sedaka.

March 14, 2014

Pi Day: a day to celebrate pi—the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (3:14).

150th birth anniversary of legendary railroad engineer Casey Jones (1864-1900).

Birth anniversary of Albert Einstein (1879-1955).
(I didn't know he died the year I was born.)
(Maybe his genius jumped into me, and that's why I'm so smart!)

In 1950, the FBI instituted the “10 Most Wanted” list.

Happy Birthday! Frank Borman, Michael Caine, Tom Coburn, Billy Crystal, Rick Dees, Bobby Jenks, Quincy Jones, Grace Park, Rita Tushingham.

March 15, 2014

Ides of March

National Quilting Day. See
(Pam's day!)

Save the Florida Panther Day (Florida)

Maine: Admission Day (1820)

Norway: Birkebeinerrennet, Rena and Lillehammer. Since 1932, ski marathon of 54 km between the cities of Rena and Lillehammer in which competitors carry a backpack of 3.5 kg—commemorating the 1206 rescue by skiers of infant prince Haakon Haakonsson. See

Julius Caesar was assassinated on this day in 44 BC.

Birth anniversary of Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), 7th president of the US.

In 1972, The Godfather premiered. It was nominated for 11 Oscars, and won for Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando), and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Happy Birthday! Fabio, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judd Hirsch, Eva Longoria, Mike Love, Mark McGrath, Bret Michaels, Dee Snider, Sly Stone

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Chase's Calendar of Events.

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  •  I'm not part of IAN, but I'm going to T&R for the (14+ / 0-)

    pro flu shot message! I have been trying to convince my mother in law to start getting the flu shot for a couple years now, and it won't work. Alas, I'm resigned to the fact that she is an adult who has made up her mind, but I will still invite her to get the flu shot with me once a year.

  •  I resisted the flu shot for a long time (13+ / 0-)

    but as a lifelong smoker employed in a hospital where I was constantly exposed to the public, I decided about 4 years ago to get one.  My reasoning was that, at that point, it was more dangerous to risk the flu on my wretched lungs by not getting it than to risk seemingly minor physical and seemingly less important ideological effects by getting it.

    I didn't get the flu for the 3 years I got the shot.  Then I lost my hospital job, lost the corresponding income and insurance, and forwent the shot this year.  Well, guess what?

    Yep, that's right.  Got the flu, was admitted to the hospital for the only time in my life (not counting when I was bearing children) and felt like breathing was a luxury.  

    The hospital admitted me on old information they had on file.  The info they had indicated I still had the insurance I'd had when they employed me.  I don't and I happen to fall in the Medicaid gap created by evil fuckin' governors like Rick Scott who would rather see people like me die than get health care.

    Was a weekend when they admitted me thinking I had insurance. The docs told me I'd be in for three or four days.  Then Monday morning rolled around, the finance lady came in and discovered I didn't have insurance after all, and less than 2 hours later a doc came in and proclaimed me CURED!

    Ain't that some shit?

    If I have any spit left after I've licked my own wounds, I'll be glad to consider licking yours. Peace.

    by nancyjones on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 10:54:34 PM PDT

  •  Hey, I have a day :) (11+ / 0-)
    National Quilting Day. See
    (Pam's day!)
    I gladly share it with all those who Quilt.

    trkingmomoe is an experienced quilter; has a wonderful ongoing series of diaries.  The wonderful Quilt Sisters aka Sara R & winglion have contributed lovely quilts for those in need. All those who have contributed to the DK Quilt Diaries have really taught me tons of techniques. I'm very much a novice. I'm enjoying the process of quilting, and love to share all kinds of quilts.

    June Cleaver on Acid~ Quilt by Geneva Carroll

    June Cleaver on Acid~ Quilt by Geneva Carroll

    •  I knew that was the June Clever quilt before I saw (7+ / 0-)

      your description.  I am laughing because I just had a email conversation with a quilter from another country and she was calling some of the current "modern print quilts," bad trips on acid. Very psychotic with no place to rest your eye.  LOL.  Actually this quilt makes sense and your eye can rest on the inside boarders.  Your eyes start in the center and wanders outward.  That is what so appealing about a medallion style quilt. I will say one thing about the in fashion modern style quilts, they are so full of chaotic color that they are very forgiving of mistakes.  No one notices the bad intersections and wonky blocks with missing points. It is actually a good choice for a new quilter.  

      Well Pam, thank you for sharing you day with me.  

  •  Interesting point. I forgot to get my flu shot, (8+ / 0-)

    last fall.

    I've been getting them,
    for about four years.

    I just forgot.

    Look again at the numbers in my quote.

    Typical flu
    is pretty scary;
    on average,
    out of every thousand or so
    who get it,
    one will die.

    The 1918 flu,
    out of every thousand folks who got it,
    more than 25 died.

    Either flu bug,
    any flu bug,
    chances are,
    you will not die.

    But the medical community,
    seems to me,
    wants to see if they can simply prevent
    many millions of us
    from even getting the flu,
    in the first place.

    That way,
    if another big one hits,
    folks will say,
    the medical community
    saved many lives.

    Seems to me.

    Famine in America by 2050: the post-peak oil American apocalypse.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 11:07:38 PM PDT

    •  you can get your flu shot later in the winter, too (6+ / 0-)

      we got TDaP boosters for all of us last fall, after reading a Kossack's saga of post-whooping cough disasters (the lady who kept falling and breaking her nose/sinuses?)(she and her husband had both been hospitalized for Pertussis, and it was taking them forever to recover...)

      we tried doing the aspirin fast before and after the TDaP, and that was just nasty.

      THEN we remembered that we had forgotten about flu while we were getting the other one, so we had to wait until we were all 3 not-sick at once again! FINALLY, we got well enough to go get our flu's, sometime in Jan, I think. Pharmacy shots were about $70 each! THEN later in the week we saw something about flu shots at the county health for like $40 or less, sliding scale!

      Dang. Still need to get the Shingles vaccine but it's terrible expensive, and the HPV for our son is also just a ridiculous amount of money, 3x$300 or something? He's not interested in girls yet, but will be sometime, so we still have time, 8-) Maybe if we can get him on rotten CoverOregon that might help...

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 11:40:13 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Got my flu shot at Rite Aid (8+ / 0-)

    and then discovered that if I had gone to my doctor's office it would probably have been free:(. Still need my tetanus booster and the shingles shot. And maybe a pneumonia shot. But first, taxes etc.

    I think today (Tues) I am going $hopping for LED lamps. Incandescent ones in the hallway have burned out all within two months of each other.

    At 3:37 AM it's 37 deg outside. Snowpack is melting still. And we have a winter storm watch for Wed with perhaps 7" of new stuff coming down. Please, make it go away. So far I have spent $450 on snowplowing this winter.

    Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

    by riverlover on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 12:31:17 AM PDT

  •  I'm 43 and I've never had a flu shot. (8+ / 0-)

    I don't think it's possible to be immune, but I've never had the flu either- not as a kid, not once, not any strain, not ever. And since I don't have insurance and am not likely to have it any time soon, I can't see spending the money.  I'm not saying I'd recommend this course of action to anyone else, just my personal experience.

  •  Yeah I got it and got the flu (7+ / 0-)

    Just like the last time I got the flu shot. This time however, once the flu was gone, immediately I got this excruciating pain in my back. It's been there for over two months now and is the reason I am up at this hour and at almost any hour. The pain goes on and o and on and on.

    I have no idea if there is any connection between the two. I just know that I can't take the pain any more. I am a proud man but just feel like crying. Problem is, I can't. This is a living hell.

  •  g'day; a few years ago, when researchers (8+ / 0-)

    revisited the Spanish Flu (I can remember my grandparents telling me about it), they discovered several sets of preserved lungs taken from recruits who had died at Ft Jackson, SC from the illness.  This was of interest to me as these recruits died at the same time my grandfather reported for induction in 1917 at the same camp

  •  Actually the Spanish Flu had the same starting (8+ / 0-)

    point as the flu has today coming out a Asia. It has only been in the past 15 years that the science community has gained some real understanding of this virus and how it morphs.   The way it can jump from birds to mammals.  Once a virus is isolated it takes 6 weeks to grow enough of it to make vaccine. They are working on shorting that time.  There has been 3 out breaks of deadly flu since Y2K in China.  The Chines have learned how to react to it quickly and isolate it.  

    The British surgeons kept very good records in the late 19th century and early 20th century.  There were cases earlier then 1918.  The first serious out break was in Northern France in late 1916 in a British Military camp, but they didn't have a name for it and it seem to just stay in the camp.  The British had brought in Chines workers to work in Northern France.  Then there were isolated cases aboard British merchant ships. The surgeons entered in the records the symptoms. That spread it around world wide so that it appeared to out break all at once in the spring of 1918.  It was first identified at Ft Riley as the flu after it spread through the barracks and many of the young men died. Right after that the pandemic exploded all over the world starting from the coasts and spreading through countries. The first two waves of it was the most dangerous.  After that it did not kill as many.

    The virus is like a sand spur.  It's outer layer of protein are little spikes and that is the "H" number.  The inside proteins are the "N" number.  It is the viruses that have the proteins on the outside which has the infinity to the cells deep in the lungs that are the most dangerous.  Other viruses have proteins that attach them to other parts of the respiratory system that will make you sick but is easier to treat and causes less deaths.

    Sometimes the Center for Disease control finds a flu outbreak that shows up after the vaccine is all ready made for the season.  Then there is a mad scramble to add it to later batches if it is a nasty one.  A flu shot will always give you some protection in a flu outbreak.  

  •  I've been getting the flu shot for 20 years (8+ / 0-)

    I still got the flu twice during that time, but my doc said it would have been worse without the shot, so I keep getting it every year.

    Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

    by bear83 on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 04:31:29 AM PDT

  •  Good morning. (5+ / 0-)

    I can't take flu shots because I'm allergic to mercury.   There is a preservative in the flu shot called thimerosal, and it has mercury in it.   My husband gets the shot so at least he doesn't bring it home to me.  

    Nice day today.  

    Have a good one.  

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 05:39:44 AM PDT

  •  I have had the flu shot in the past, and I find (3+ / 0-)

    the aches and pains linger for months just from the shot.  I have had flu twice; once around 1980 and then again around 2009.  I didn't like being that sick, but I hate the dragged out feeling I get from the shot.  There is no guarantee that the flu you catch will be the same one as the shot, either.

    At this point I think I can still handle the illness with my own immune system, so I will rely on it for now.  I am allergic to the egg white it is grown in and have to argue with the med-techs to get it anyway, so, for now I am willing to take the risk.

    I got the shingles shot as soon as I became eligible, and keep up with the DPT shot as well.  The flu shot every year?  No thanks.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 06:32:38 AM PDT

  •  The problem with "the flu" is it used as a (6+ / 0-)

    catchall phrase for any illness in the winter and a cold or upset stomach is mistaken for influenza. I have had the flu a couple times when I was young and I do not know if I could fight it at my age with a heart condition. I had the Hong Kong flu in Jr High in the late sixties and i remember being isolated in my parents room away from the rest of the family and moaning and shivering and sweating for a week. Now I'll take my chances with a yearly flu shot and my ten year pneumonia shot. I have a friends who think the flu shot will give you the flu and others who don't believe in any vaccines and nothing will change their minds.

  •  Good morning (4+ / 0-)

    I get the pneumonia shot. I don't get the flu shot because I get really sick when I take it. I tried several times over the years. I don't know if I'm allergic to something in it or I just react badly to it, but I haven't gotten one yet that I haven't gotten sick from.

    So far so good this morning. Dogs are walked, Bit swept the floors for me because my back is tight today. It's been calm this morning here, and warm. The windows are open already. On the bright side the warmer weather means our electric bill came down by about $70 this month! All things considered with our constrained budget and that's a very very good thing.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 08:02:38 AM PDT

  •  every year (5+ / 0-)

    since I GOT the flu in 1993 and thought I was gonna die.

    Haven't gotten it since.

    At 56 I plan on getting a flu shot every year for the rest of my life.

  •  A late hi, everyone! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Yes, I get a flu shot.

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