Archive for September 30, 2009

Another Indonesian Quake

A magnitude 6.8 quake has rattled Indonesia again. Not good considering the people trapped.

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Well, if THAT Ain’t a Kick in the Butt

*sigh* I’m bringing home between $600 and $700 a year less than last year. I contemplate that unhappy total on days like today, when a student suddenly grabbed my breasts and twisted them painfully, pantomiming tearing them off and eating them.

This same student playfully pretends to strangle me, and I have no doubt that, given the opportunity, he would.

I hope the economy picks up soon. VERY soon.

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3.4 Million Jobs Lost in the Last Year (So Far)

Ninety-nine of the nation’s 100 biggest labor markets had fewer jobs in August 2009 than a year earlier, led by a loss of 230,000 jobs from the Los Angeles area, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The only exception was the Mexican border market of McAllen-Edinburg, Texas, which had 3,200 more jobs in August than in the same month a year ago.

Six markets, led by Los Angeles, lost at least 100,000 jobs during the 12-month span. The others were Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, New York City and Phoenix.

Jacksonville lost 23,000 jobs, down 3 percent in August.

The biggest declines on a percentage basis occurred in the Detroit area, where 8.5 percent of the job base evaporated in a single year, and in Phoenix, with a drop of 7.9 percent.

The nation’s 100 biggest markets, taken as a group, lost more than 3.4 million jobs in the past year. Their collective employment was 89.3 million in August 2009, compared to 92.7 million in August 2008. Read the rest in the Jacksonville Business Journal.

It will take a long time to replace those jobs. A very long time.

Meanwhile, while the economy melts down, Obama is out campaigning for the Olympics to go to Chicago.


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3 More H1N1 Deaths in Jacksonville This Week

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In the past week, a 25-year-old man and two women in their 50s died in Jacksonville with confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu.

The Duval County Health Department said there have now been 11 deaths in the county as a result of the flu. The state of Florida reports 102 laboratory-confirmed H1N1 deaths.

Health officials say that while most cases of the so-called swine flu are mild, there are exceptions. Pre-existing health conditions often play a role in how individuals react to the flu.

“H1N1 swine flu, like seasonal flu, can in some circumstances be very serious, therefore, all of us should continue to adhere to good health practices including, stay home if sick, cover cough and sneeze, and wash hands frequently,” said Florida’s surgeon general, Ana Viamonte Ros.

People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.

Yeah, that “washing hands frequently” thing doesn’t work so well if there isn’t a sink in the classroom. If everybody with a respiratory infection stayed home, there wouldn’t be any students as well as any teachers at school.

Also read’s article on 3 swine flu deaths in 3 days last week.

Health officials confirmed the deaths today of three Duval County residents who died of swine flu over the span of three days last week.

The deaths raise the swine flu death toll in Duval to 11, which makes the county second in Florida to Miami-Dade County’s 22.

Dead are a 25-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman who each died last Saturday and a 55-year-old woman who died Thursday. Authorities did not say whether the cases involved existing health problems — one of swine flu’s high-risk groups.

Across Northeast Florida, 13 have died. Clay and St. Johns counties have reported one death apiece.

Across Florida, health officials today reported 11 swine flu deaths newly confirmed over the past week and 102 overall since the virus first appeared last April.

Sure am glad it isn’t flu season!

CDC Says Get Your Pneumonia Shot!

From Tampa Bay Online:

Valerie Post, 24, who died Monday after the health department count was taken, died Monday night.

“A mom who had just delivered just died, and she seemed to be healthy other than pregnancy, so it’s a serious disease and one we should really pay attention to,” said Maggie Hall, spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Health Department.

Health officials say Post had no underlying health conditions but pregnant women are in the high-risk group for swine flu.

In the last two weeks, swine flu claimed the life of two other people in the Bay Area, both in good health – a 39-year old Pinellas County man and a 14-year-old from Highlands County

Army: FL recruit death in SC is swine-flu related
By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER (AP) – 2 hours ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Army says an autopsy shows a soldier from Florida who died while at Fort Jackson in South Carolina passed away from pneumonia caused by the H1N1 flu virus.

Fort Jackson officials said Thursday the death of 23-year-old Spc. Christopher Hogg of Deltona, Fla., is the first such death at the Army’s largest basic training site.

Pentagon officials say they’re trying to confirm details of the case.

Hogg died a week after he was taken to a the hospital with fever and respiratory problems. He was in his fifth week of basic training and would have graduated Oct. 15.

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